Tsongkhapa Spreads in Canada

An hour outside of Montreal is the little town of Sainte-Sophie which has just been established firmly on the Buddhist map after events over the weekend. Between August 15 and 16, 2015 this small town became home to one of eastern Canada’s Tibetan Buddhist centres proliferating the authentic lineage of Je Tsongkhapa. Known as Centre de Meditation Tsongkhapa (CMT), this Dharma centre was established by its spiritual guide Venerable Zawa Tulku.

The main entrance of Tsongkhapa Meditation Centre. Click to enlarge the image

For over a decade, Zawa Rinpoche has been on the forefront of the movement to lift the ban against Dorje Shugden. When he is not organizing and attending protests, Zawa Rinpoche has also been travelling tirelessly to receive practices from many great masters, to ensure lineages are not lost as great masters pass on. With the establishment of this new centre, Zawa Rinpoche now has a location from which he can spread and transmit the teachings he has received.

Officiating the opening ceremony was His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche who led eminent Dorje Shugden lamas in prayers to consecrate and bless the new centre and its land. This was followed by a teaching from His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, who spoke for two hours on the Segyu tradition of The Hundreds of Deities of the Land of Joy (Tushita Heaven), from a text composed by Tulku Chokyi Nyima. Attendees were blessed to hear His Holiness recite the text as he granted an oral transmission (lung) of this practice, which His Holiness himself had received from His Eminence Lati Rinpoche.

The gompa which has been sent up in the traditional manner. Click to enlarge the image

The second day of the two-day celebrations began with a smoke offering, followed a demonstration of prayers from First Nation natives. Accompanied by their traditional ritual instruments, they recited traditional prayers to invoke upon their ancestors to bless the land and the activities. This was followed by traditional Tibetan chanting by the Geshes who had flown from all over the world to celebrate this auspicious occasion.

His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche arrives at the Tsongkhapa Meditation Centre to officiate the opening

After all, this opening was also an opportunity for Dorje Shugden practitioners from all over the world to come together to rejoice in yet another Dorje Shugden centre opening. Having been forced out of the monasteries, many Dorje Shugden lamas have worked hard to reestablish their centres, practices and lineages in whichever countries they have sought refuge. Thus every centre opening is another success story for our lineage, and further proof that faith, loyalty and devotion to our Dharma Protector can only bring good results.

DorjeShugden.com would like to congratulate Venerable Zawa Rinpoche and his hardworking committee on this auspicious occasion. With the opening of Centre de Meditation Tsongkhapa, it is actually the growth of the Buddhadharma and the expansion of Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition in Canada. Thus we wish Zawa Rinpoche and his students every success, and offer our prayers that whatever their lama prays to accomplish with this new centre may manifest swiftly, immediately and without delay.

The side of the gompa. To the left is the garage which will be converted into a kitchen in the near future. The centre sits on four-acres of pristine Canadian forest. Click to enlarge the image

As you enter the main doors of the centre, you step into a reception area. Click to enlarge the image

The reception area of the centre. Click to enlarge the image

A look into the gompa (prayer hall) as seen from the reception area. Click to enlarge the image

The walls of the gompa were handpainted by Kyabje Zawa Rinpoche himself. Click to enlarge the image

Those entering the gompa will be blessed by thangkas of Dorje Shugden. Click to enlarge the image

The library at Tsongkhapa Meditation Centre. Click to enlarge the image

His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s throne. Click to enlarge the image

Some of the statues on the altar, including a set of Lama Tsongkhapa and sons. Click to enlarge the image

The centre also has a statue of His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche (bottom row, centre) on the altar of their gompa. Click to enlarge the image

A Vajrayogini statue in front of the Namgyalma stupa on the centre’s altar. Click to enlarge the image

The stupa of the late Geshe Khenrab, who was Venerable Zawa Rinpoche’s teacher and the founder of Tsongkhapa Meditation Centre’s previous location in Montreal. This stupa contains his holy and precious relics. Click to enlarge the image

On the left of the main altar is a separate cabinet for the Protector Dorje Shugden. Click to enlarge the image

A close-up of the centre’s Dorje Shugden statue. Click to enlarge the image

An auspicious lotus was drawn on the ground to welcome His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, in front of a tent set up to host the guests

A festive gate and prayer flags greets the guests

His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche was welcomed by the Sangha present with khatas

His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche was escorted into the gompa under a golden parasol, with flower petals scattered at his feet

His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche listens to opening remarks from Venerable Zawa Rinpoche

His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche leads the Sangha in short consecration prayers to bless the centre and the land

His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche returns to the gompa after a short break, to give a teaching on The Hundreds of Deities of the Land of Joy (Tushita Heaven)

His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche giving an oral commentary on Gaden Lhagyama

Guests enjoy a traditional Tibetan meal

Sangha recite traditional Buddhist chants on the second day of the opening ceremony

The Secretary of Kalsang Mejung Phuntsok (Canadian Gelugpa Society) makes an opening speech

Mireille Goetghebeur (second from left) and Zawa Rinpoche (second from right) prepare to offer a token of appreciation to the local dignitaries who had attended the occasion

A group photo of Tibetan community leaders and local dignitaries with Venerable Zawa Rinpoche (front row, left) and Geshe Tsultim Tenzin (right)

 

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  1. Congratulations to Venerable Zawa Rinpoche and all at the Centre de Meditation Tsongkhapa (CMT), Montreal, Canada.
    It is extremely heart warming to read the above and to see the photos taken of the centre, the statues and the whole event !
    It is certainly no easy feat to come this far, when you are labelled evil and many minds and situations purposely crete obstacles and challenges in your path, to stop you from progressing or helping other sentient beings. This I refer to many Dorje Shugden Lamas who have to endure discrimination, bad/vulgar expressions thrown at them and in some situations risking the security of their lives just to keep the Dharma Wheel turning !
    When one reads and witness the growth of Tsongkhapa’s teachings or the Dharma spreading and growing AGAINST ALL ODDS , it is so heart warming and inspiring, so liberating to know that having faith in Dorje Shugden is the way to our freedom ! One very High Lama said ” When we trust Dorje Shugden’s advice and follow it over our own emotions and fears, the bright shining results will come to us ” !!

  2. Rejoice that another temple arises that supports the proliferation of Dorje Shudgen and Tsongkhapa. Beautiful surroundings and event. So happy to see this happening and happy for Zawa Tulku Rinpoche who has fought to lift the Dorje Shudgen ban.

  3. Through Zawa Rinpoche’s success it shows with the practice of Dorje Shugden, the protector blesses us with the correct resources to learn and also spread the Dharma.

    If the practice is truly a mistake or a bad practice, we will not be seeing centres and monasteries opening more and more frequently with the kind of support that they are receiving now.

    Big congratulations to Zawa Rinpoche for the new opening of the centre.

  4. Congratulations to Venerable Zawa Rinpoche and all in Canada! It’s such a good news to have a centre to spread Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings and have many many benefited from the teachings :) By the way, I love the Dorje Shugden statue, it’s so beautiful!

  5. Congratulations to Zawa Rinpoche for the opening of this beautiful center (CMT) to further spread the teaching & lineage of Tsongkhapa. Rejoice for all in Canada.

  6. Excellent a centre of the pure Tzong Khapa tradition.

  7. I’m very happy to read about the opening of a new centre in Canada to spread Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings. Congratulations to H.E. Zawa Rinpoche and his supporters! May their efforts bear fruit. May the ban be removed very soon and Dorje Shugden’s practice spread, and Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition flourish to benefit all sentient beings!

  8. Congratulations to Ven Zawa Rinpoche on the auspicious opening of the Tsongkhapa centre, great environment and great centre! It’s such an honour to even see the holy image of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, such a wonderful and great being. I believe that it was a huge blessing having His Holiness there. May Lama Tsongkhapa’s doctrine spread far and wide, may His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche have a good health and long life and may the ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted very swiftly and smoothly.

  9. Rejoice Zawa Rinpoche and the kind sponsors for preserving and spreading Lama Tsongkhapa precious teachings. This matches Glenn H. Mullin’s findings presented in his “The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation”. On page 208, Glenn H. Mullin said: “In recent decades the present Dalai Lama has attempted to discourage the practice, but with little success. It is as strong today as ever, if not stronger; for with the Dalai Lama discouraging it in India, the Chinese are fully promoting it in Tibet.” This is the case proven now by another wonder dharma centre opened in Canada!

  10. Congratulations to Venerable Zawa Rinpoche, his sponsors and students on the successful opening of Centre de Meditation Tsongkhapa (CMT), Montreal, Canada. The people of Montreal are so blessed to have such a nice centre built in their area. It was such an honour to have His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche officiate the opening and to grant the oral transmission (lung) to the practise of The Hundreds of Deities of the Land of Joy (Tushita Heaven).

    I rejoice to see that Lord Dorje Shugden fulfilling his promise to protect and spread Lama Tsongkapa’s precious teachings. Although many had tried to diminish and banish him, Protector Dorje Shugden had risen each time to proliferate the dharma and help the people to find their path.

    May the wishes of Venerable Zawa Rinpoche and his students be fulfilled and may the ban on Protector Dorje Shugden be lifted swiftly.

  11. Congratulations to the residents of Sainte-Sophie, Canada. The opening of a Buddhist Dharma centre known as Centre de Meditation Tsongkhapa (CMT) is very meritorious, it brings Buddha Dharma to people in Canada. This Dharma centre was established by its spiritual guide Venerable Zawa Tulku. The center was officiated by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche.

    Both Venerable Zawa Tulku and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche are Dorje Shugden practitioners. This is a truly auspicious as it means the teachings of Laa Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden is spreading to all corners of the world. We rejoice for this opening.

  12. Rejoice to Venerable Zawa Tulku.
    This is a very important milestone in the relations to have this new Centre de Meditation Tsongkhapa (CMT). May the people in Sainte-Sophie and the surrounding receive the Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings and practice accordingly. . May the dharma protector, Dorje Shugden, clear the obstacles so that Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage can be spread to all over the world.

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.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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