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Guru's instruction on his birthday party on July 1 st , 2007

My students, Lay Practitioners and all the friends here:

I am very glad to have all your presence for my birthday party today.

In my view, joy and happiness is the purpose of life, for everyone pursues happiness. If mind is not at peace, there is no way for real and lasting happiness.

That's why I regard love and compassion as the global religion. Our own joy and happiness is dependent upon others, for who is in fact the most powerful source of our happiness. To take care of others and serve them will benefit you in turn.

If all sorts of things can reflect the highest level of nature, what unimaginable potentialities human beings should possess. Those who have just taken refuge in Buddhism should take their way step by step to meditate a mandala, build a mandala or make something in the shape of a mandala with correct belief and understanding, which will gradually enable them to move towards enlightenment and bring the truth of Buddhism and the ultimate happiness and ease to numberless beings.

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    HH.The Fifth Dalai Lama
    The mid-17 th century was the golden age for the Gelug clan in the Tibetan Buddhist history. At that time the 5 th Dalai Lama of the Gelug clan was the religious and political leader in Tibet. Among the Dalai Lamas in history, the 5 th Dalai Lama was the most outstanding in terms of practice, knowledge and cause, with tremendously contribution to the spreading and thriving of the Gelug clan. In the meantime, the 5 th Dalai Lama was also the Terton of Ningma clan, writing 25 books of visionary termas. The 5 th Dalai Lama's exterior practice was Gelug dharma, while his interior practice was Dzogpa Chenpo of Ningma clan. Since Langdama destroyed Buddhism, the Ningma clan had till then failed to restore to its flourishing in early time. Besides, the masters of Ningma clan seldom built monasteries. As a result, there were very few Ningma monasteries at that time, not mention a grand and magnificent monastery for practicing. Instead, most masters of Ningma clan chose to secretly practice in silent places such as caves and so on.

    For the above reasons, there was, however, no discontinuance in the extremely precious Ningma dharma succession and there were quite a number of books of Ningma masters.

    Considering the fact that there was very few Ningma monastries, the 5 th Dalai Lama worried about the discontinuance of the Ningma dharma succession and decided to develop and prosper the Ningma clan. The 1 st Dzogchen Rinpoche Pema Rinzin was the greatest one among the Ningma masters who practiced Dzogpa Chenpo at that time. He retreated and practiced in Chimpu, Samye and other places, secretly passing on dharmas to fortunate qualified students. Many practitioners of all clans went a long way to pursue the dharma, including the great Geshi of Gelug clan as well. Rinpoche reached the culminant achievement through Dzogpa Chenpo, and Dzogchen was therefore put in his title as “Dzogchen Pema Rinzin”, meaning Dzogpa Chenpo Master Pema Rinzin. Rinpoche had three heart sons. They were the sun-like Great Terton Rinzin Nyima Tsapa, abbot of Niytsa Monastery and others; the moon-like the first Benlo Nangka Wosa, who kept reincarnating in Dzogchen Monastery; the star-like the first Chechen Ramjang, abbot of the Chechen Monastery.

    All the three great masters of Ningma clan have now passed onto the 7 th reincarntion. Hearing the name of Dzogchen Pema Rinzin, the 5 th Dalai Lama invited Rinpoche to the Budala Palace and asked for the precious Dzogpa Chenpo. In addtion, Dalai Lama also received many precious successions of Gatuo and Daima from great master Terton Rinzin Jumet Dorje. Later on Rinzin Jumet Dorje established the famous Mindrulin Monastery in Lahsa in 1676, which is one of the six Ningma mother monasteries. But there were still no great monasteries in Kham, and the historic Gatuo Monastery began to decay at that time.

    HE Dzogchen Pema Rinzin at his sixties, at the invitation of His Holiness, traveled to the Kham region of Eastern Tibet and founded the first Dzogchen Monastery—Gejet Dzogchen Monastery.

    One of the main protectors in Dzogchen Monastery

    Regarding the future monastery, His Holiness made the following prophesy (Rudam is the original name of the Dzogchen valley):

    As prophesied by Guru Rinpoche, Powerful lord yogi Pema Will establish a seat In eastern Dhokham, Gye, Rudam or Rawagar. Then wild folk will be tamed,  And the doctrine's decline restored.

    In 1684, Rinpoche with three heart-sons traveled around and finally found the holy place, where Padmasambhava had practiced himself and blessed. This place was called “Ridang”at that time and was then given the name Dzogchen for the establishment of Dzogchen Monastery here. When Rinpoche took rest on a stone, the shadows of his backpack rack, hat and stick projected onto the stone, which have now become an especially powerful place in Dzogchen and remain clear till this day.

    When Rinpoche began to give guidance and teachings of Dzogpa Chenpo in the holy place Dzogchen, a thousand and five hundred practitioners came from all directions. Besides, at the invitation of Tus of Dege County,the local governor, Rinpoche went to Dege, where he preached Buddha-dharma and became one of the five gurus of the Tus of Dege. Dege Tus motivated to build the Dzoghcen Palace of Great Heroes, which was then the most magnificent palace in Kham. At the invitation of Dege Tus, Rinpoche went to a lot of monasteries of other clans under Tus' administration. He helped them to purify the precepts and the atmosphere of practice, corrected their practices in a very detailed way and extensively taught the empowerments and secret guidance of Dzogpa Chenpo, which massively contributed to the development of Dzogpa Chenpo and the benefit of numberless beings. From then on Dzogchen Monastery became the source of Dzogpa Chenpo and the only pure site for Dzogpa Chenpo practice. (The Dzogpa Chenpo lineages of Gaytuo Monastery and Beiyu Monastery came from Dzogchen Monastery later on.)

    Dzoghcen Monastery in Winter
    Dzogchen Monaster in Summer

    Quite a lot of masters got enlightened within one life at this holy place of Dzogchen Monastery. In the mid-19 th century, the Fourth Dzogchen Rinpoche HE Migyur Namkhe Dorje and great master Gyalse Shenpen Thaye established the Shria Sing Five Science College, which was the earliest and the only scriptural college in Kham and then cultivated a great number of great scholars, great masters and the backbone of Buddhism. From the 17 th century to the mid-20 th century, Dzogchen Monastery was the center of giving Therevada vows and Bodhisattva vows for the Ningma clan. All the Ningma Therevada vows lineages originated from HH Gyalse Shenpen Thaye, whose heart-sons passed on the Therevada vows from generation to generation. Over the long history, Dzogchen Monastery has received the respect and support from the local Tibetan government. The Second Dzogchen Rinpoche HE Gyurme Tegchog Tenzin was honored with the seal of political and religious leader. The Fifth Dzogchen Rinpoche HE Tupten Choki Dorje was honored as Hutuketu. The Sixth Dzogchen Rinpoche HE Jigdral Jangchup Dorje was honored as Maha Ehrdeni Hutuketu. In addition, the students of the Dzogchen Rinpoches of past ages included the King of Buhtan, Tus(local governor) of Dege County, Jala Tus of Khangding County, Ma Bufang of Qinghai Province, Tus of Changling (the offspring of King Gesar) and so on. They all honored their gurus as dharma kings, from which the name of Dzogchen Dharma King came. Thanks to their great support, the Dzogchen lineage and Dzogchen Teachings have spread all over the world. There are now over 300 branch monasteries around the globe, such as Buhtan, Sikkim, Qinghai Province, Lahsa, Gansu Province, Yunnan Province, Ganzi, Ahba, Liangshan, India, Nepal, the USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Belgium, Great Britan, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Danmark, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Hongkong, Taiwan and so on. Dzogchen Monastery has become one of the famous six Ningma home monasteries.

    The naturally-appearing Sakaymuni Image most precious in Dzogchen Monastery

    Since its founding, Dzogchen Monastery has had 12 abbots till now. All the abbots were the great masters who met the high standards, such as proficient in five sciences, fully-obedient to the precepts and great achievement in practicing. According to the tradition the Dzogchen Rinpoche acts as the Dzogchen abbot. During the interim period between the previous Rinpoche's Nirvana and the enthronement of the next Rinpoche, the former appoints the Dzogchen abbot, whom is his greatest heart son, who has received the clear and complete succession of all his dharmas and then will pass on the dharmas to the next Dzogchen Rinpoche. He was therefore the vajraguru of the next Dzogchen Rinpoche and the important successor of the dharma.

    Apart from the 12 sun-like abbots, there have been a great number of Tulkus of great masters. Due to his great powers and all-encompassing visions, the 5 th Dzogchen Rinpoche Tuden Choqe Dorjer identified many tulkus of all four clans. In others cases, the 5 th Dzogchen Rinpoche invited many reincarnations of tulkus to Dzogchen Monastery when he found them through the miraculous power. Dzogchen Monastery has become the monastery with most tulkus among all the four Tibetan buddhist clans and enjoyed the honour of a monastery of hundred tulkus.

    Many great masters have got enlightenment through the practice of Dzogpa Chenpo at Dzogchen, the original and beautiful place. They left many holy marks, such as handprints, footprints and prints of scripture of boxes. It is here that many great masters who has got enlightened through the power of the transformation of the rainbow body sometimes fly in the sky with body. It is also the place as excellent as the Padmasambhava's realm that has always been benefiting the countless beings for their eternal bliss with the culminant Dzogpa Chenpo of the nine vehicles.