Panchen Lama visits another large Dorje Shugden monastery

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By: Ringzin Tsomo

On August 30, 2017, His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu traveled to Chamdo and visited Jampa Ling Monastery. The monastery is situated in Zhidoi County, Qinghai province of China. This visit follows the Panchen Lama’s visit to Denma Gonsa Monastery on July 19, 2017.

Jampa Ling was built in 1444 by a disciple of the famed Lama Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Up until now, Chamdo is one of the strongholds of Dorje Shugden practice. The loyalty of the locals towards this sacred practice is well known within Tibetan society. Jampa Ling is also known for its strict disciplinary and monastic system, both of which are hallmarks of the Gelug tradition.

Throughout all of the pictures and the video below, the Panchen Lama is seen blessing the public by placing his hand onto their heads. This is a traditional form of bestowing blessings, practised by high lamas for thousands of years. The crowd were extremely fortunate to be in the presence of this great teacher who has studied under various elite and knowledgeable masters. Even without his ‘Panchen Lama’ title, he is still a qualified and pure monk who has kept his vows intact since the time of his monastic ordination. He has also received numerous tantric initiations from some of the most renowned masters of this era. Therefore he is more than qualified to teach and transmit the holy teachings of Lord Buddha.

Below are some pictures and a video of the event so that you may rejoice in the spread and growth of Dharma in Tibet. May His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama’s works be free from obstacles, and tens of thousands of people continue to be able to connect to the beneficial teachings of Buddha and Tsongkhapa through his activities.


The Panchen Lama was warmly welcomed by locals in Chamdo

Many people turned up to be in the presence of the Panchen Lama

Monks queued and lined up to give an official welcome to the highest lama in Tibet

The Panchen Lama being escorted into the prayer hall

His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama has studied for over 30 years, and received numerous commentaries, teachings and initiations. As someone who holds his vows, he is more than qualified to transmit these teachings and practices on to others.

Grand ornate throne befitting a lama of his stature

The Panchen Lama blessing attendees

The 11th Panchen Lama bestowing blessings on the Tibetan faithful


The Panchen Lama visits Jampa Ling Monastery
in Chamdo, Tibet

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Information on Jampa Ling

Jampa Ling is located in Chamdo, Tibet, and was built by a disciple of Lord Tsongkhapa in 1444. At its prime there was 5,000 monks at the monastery. The monastery is surrounded by many smaller chapels, and is especially famous for its annual “Lama Dance”. Currently, the monastery houses 1,300 monks.

Overlooking the town of Chamdo, the monastery is situated on a hill above the confluence of the rivers Dza Chu (Mekong) and Ngom Chu. It was founded as one of the earliest Gelugpa institutions apart from Ue-Tsang, and has grown to become the largest Gelugpa monastery in Kham.

A local legend tells that when Lord Tsongkhapa traveled from Amdo to central Tibet and came through Chamdo in 1373, he predicted that the Buddhist doctrine would thrive there one day. This prophecy came true some seven decades later, in 1437, when one of Lord Tsongkhapa’s disciples named Jangsem Sherab Sangpo laid the foundations for a big monastery.

Sherab Sangpo was a native of Kham who first studied at Sera monastery in Lhasa. As he was very much impressed with the high standard of spiritual and intellectual attainments on the part of many scholars there, he once thought to himself, ‘On my return home I should like to do something similar for the welfare of the people.’ Jang Chub Bum, an important personage at Sera, read his mind and invited him to his own room.

The guest was given many gifts and was told, ‘I understand you will soon return to Kham to propagate the doctrine, hence these small gifts.’ The guest was surprised, saying: ‘I did not speak of returning to Kham. Do I understand that I am not welcome here? I shall ask Gyaltshab Je about this. Maybe he will let me stay.’

He went to Ganden Monastery to see him. But strange enough, this senior disciple of Lord Tsongkhapa did not persuade him to remain in Tibet either, but instead encouraged him to go to Chamdo and gave him many gifts. Consequently, in 1444 he built the Jampa Ling Monastery in Chamdo, the first in Kham.

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  1. It use to matter whether the Dalai Lama accepts Panchen Lama or not, but in time it will not matter any more. Dalai Lama is old and he won’t last forever. His views will be actively put into action while he is alive. But once he ages more and slows down or passes away, his views will also disappear. So many powerful rulers in world history had influence and power and now we barely remember their policies or them. Dalai Lama cannot enforce his views forever.

    While back in Tibet, tens of thousands of people are receiving initiation and teachings from Panchen Rinpoche and becoming his disciples. They are forming what is called a ‘samaya’. Samaya is a spiritual bond between teacher and student that is held in great esteem the whole of the students’ lives. Majority of Tibetans hold this teacher-student bond of samaya sacred. They are not forming this with Dalai Lama. Panchen Lama is young and has many more years to live, teach, initiate and grow. The Dalai Lama is old and is this is the most he can do. He has reached his peak. Dalai Lama has done tremendously in some works and failed in others. Unfortunately the Chinese will never let the Dalai Lama into Tibet, so his influence there among the older generations will die out.

    I am actually a supporter of the Dalai Lama. But I am not fanatical follower and try to stay pragmatic. The truth of the matter is whether the Tibetan PM and people in exile inclusive of the Dalai Lama agrees this is the ‘real’ Panchen Lama or not does not matter. Because this Panchen Lama is growing in stature. After the demise of the Dalai Lama, this Panchen will most likely travel the world and gain influence. The other heads of Tibetan Buddhism will be obligated to meet Panchen Lama, take pictures and support him or they will NEVER be allowed into Tibet. So the current spiritual leaders of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet better not oppose this Panchen Lama as he has China’s full support. Who China backs up in Tibet is no one’s business. If the Dalai Lama would change his tactics and stop criticizing this Panchen Lama he will displease the government of China less. After all, the Dalai Lama needs to think of the people in Tibet. The more the Dalai Lama is on good relations with China even superficially, the better it is for the Tibetans in Tibet. This is the Dalai Lama’s choice to keep resisting the Chinese as he is over 80 years old or work with the Chinese for the betterment of Tibetans in China with the time he has left.

    Dalai Lama should stop criticizing China to western powers and the media. He should be humble and make friends with China for the sake of Tibetan culture, language, religion in Tibet. He should think of the Tibetans in Tibet and be humble and fully reach out to China now. Panchen Lama’s stature in Tibet and China will continue to grow as he is young, learned and actively performing Buddhist rituals, teachings and ceremonies for tens of thousands.

    Dalai Lama should reach out to China more seriously.

  2. It is encouraging to see Panchen Lama the 11th being warmly welcomed in Chamdo. With the absence of Dalai Lama for nearly six decades, what Tibet needs is a vibrant and progressive spiritual leader from reliable incarnation lineage. The people in Tibet will benefit from a new leadership as China is more open now in their policy for religious freedom. Therefore the teachings of Buddhism can flourish and prosper. And prosperity can only be achieved when there is no conflict, politicking, and rebel of the Tibetan spiritual head with the central governing body of the country.

    It is high time for Tibetans to ask themselves what do they want? Do they want to get even with China for passed scores at any cost? Or they are ready to learn from past mistakes and embark on new tomorrow with the objective of enshrining Buddhism and reviving Tibet to her former glory?

  3. The Panchen lama, has put much efforts to his studies and benefits the Tibetans and Chinese all alike. One thing I really like about Gelug tradition is that it emphasizes on merit.

    One can start out an ordinary monk and work their way up to become a Gaden Tripa no matter how humble on’e background was.

    Also if the current Panchen Lama, did not have the karma or the learning to back up his position, all manner of illness and difficulty will manifest on his life.

  4. For Panchen Lama to attend to Jampa Ling and bestowed blessing to thousand of public and monks, it means that the public are accepting Panchen Lama as well as Dorje Shugden.

  5. It is interesting that the author of this article, Ringzin Tsomo termed the 11th Panchen Lama as the Highest Monk in Tibet. I recognise the distinction that being not quite well exposed internationally, and also being young and new on the world stage of Tibetan Buddhist, it will take a while for the 11th Panchen Lama to be equal to the most recognised Highest Lama in the world.

    While being well tutored by highly qualified Masters, the Panchen Lama will continue to conduct important initiations and empowerments and bless the Tibetan people in Tibetan, China, of which He is highly qualified to do so.

    As a Buddhist, I rejoice to see the efforts to promote 11th Panchen Lama as an icon of peace and compassion to Tibetans in China.

    As the prestige of this High ranking young lama grows, it will result in harmony among Tibetans in China without any segregation among Dorje Shugden and non Dorje Shugden devotees.


    With a pragmatic China backing this young lama, it is a sad contrast to what CTA is doing to the renowned Dalai Lama who is now facing restrictions to his plans to propagate the Dharma internationally. Many countries have not agreed to grant the Dalai Lama access to their countries.

    Imagine how beautiful it will be to have the two High Lamas of the Gelug sect teaching to the world. But CTA with their obsolete minds is an obstacle to the propagation of the Dharma.

  6. Rejoice with these 10,000 people received the blessings from HH the 11th Panchen Lama in Champa Ling Monastery. All these people are as fortunate as able to get the blessings from HH the 11th Panchen Lama, a great and qualified master who has studied for over 30 years under various elite and knowledgeable masters.
    It was understandably crowded with 10,000 people queuing up to seek blessings. The video showed clearly the people very respect to HH the 11th Panchen Lama and everyone followed the queue to receive blessings.
    The people here seemed like want to receive the blessings from a great master, just as simple as that.

  7. Panchen Lama will imminently be the world spiritual head in Buddhism. There is no doubt he will be riding on the wave of success of China. This would mean Dorje Shugden practice will rise and spread in the ten directions. World Peace Protector cannot be contained as he is the protector of our time. Nothing can stop him to rise not even the ban. CTA will soon vanish and the ban will pass. The ban has made our Protector world famous.

  8. Rejoice 🙏


  9. I hope I can meet Holinsee Gyalwa Panchen Rinpoche thamched Kyenpai in Tibet one day. He is really grow up so beautiful lama and beneficial

  10. It is such a rejoice to see the growing activities of H.H the 11th Panchen Lama in China. From the photos, one can see the reverence of the people for His Holiness and by the crowd, His Holiness’ wide acceptance. It is such a refreshing change as to how His Holiness openly welcomed and blessed everyone, without any discrimination or heavy handed protocol to block certain practitioners from attendance. Here is His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama, a counterpart of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, visiting a Dorje Shugden monastery without any reservation. The feel of such lightness with much blessings comes through the pictures.

    Whereas in Dharamsala, so much sufferings had been imposed on Dorje Shugden protector practitioners by the Ban that discriminates and segregates. DS practitioners are not allowed to public gatherings and most importantly not allowed to attend any of the Dalai Lama’s teachings or initiations. Aren’t Buddha’s teachings the Universal Teachings that are meant for each and everyone irregardless of beliefs or practices? Why the ban on a legitimate 400 year old practice that had benefitted so many. All the highly attained Lamas that had practiced DS had proven his practice right with their optimum reincarnations. Certainly none of those “go to 3 Lower Realms if you practice DS” nonsense. Wish people would have the clarity to support a practice proven rather than follow the popularity gig.

    May His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama continue to turn the Wheel of Dharma and uphold Buddha’s teachings in purity for everyone. May the Leaderships in Dharamsala lift the illogical ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice to reunite their people in acceptance.

  11. Many pro-Dalai Lama Tibetans like to say that this is the fake Panchen… well fake or not, he has proved to the world he is a scholar and he knows his stuff. So whether or not he is real or fake Panchen is beside the point, he knows his stuff and he is a qualified monk/lama and therefore he can bless people!

    So when I see this, it really makes me happy because this is how Tibetan culture and more importantly dharma and the lineage and Buddhism can be preserved and spread to benefit more people. And everyone including the Chinese people can benefit from dharma. If they have the dharma, their mind will be softer, more compassionate and in the end, this will create a better living environment for Tibetans and everyone. There can be only positive results and prosperity.

    So good job and long live His Holiness Gyalwa Panchen Rinpoche, may many people around the world be able to receive your blessings.

  12. I am a Tibetan from Tibet. We support His Holiness the Panchen Lama is loved my hundreds of thousands of Tibetans in Tibet. We have attended his teachings and he is a teacher with a great learning, compassion and patience.

    He gave supreme Kalacakra teachings and explanations recently in Tibet. Now because of him many will take Kalacakra as their practice and meditation. They will achieve great mind growth because of this practice. It is very kind of Panchen Rinpoche to give this practice to so many. I hope Panchen Rinpoche will give more Kalacakra initiations in the future.




  13. His Holiness Panchen Lama is my root teacher. He is a great teacher and he will continue to grow in Tibet because he is young and very learned.


  14. I am from India tibet settlement. Iam Tibet people. Many people of Tibetan in India no want to go to dalai Lama teachings. If we go, we feel angry what he say. But if we don’t go, people say we don’t go and we are against Tibet. We are against Daalai Lama and then make us enemey. We are scared to speak up. We don’t have freedom under Dalai lama govenment in Dhasa.

  15. We are from Spain and we attend kalacackra by Panchen Rinpoche in Tibet. He is great teacher and genuine speaker. We are very happy to visit Tibet at this time he give Kalacakra. Muchos Gracias!


  16. We love Tibet and we want her free. But the Tibetan government in exile is segregating our people due to religion. Here in Germany today September 13, 2017 Tibetans are protesting against the Dalai Lama. Quite a few videos here:


  17. REJOICE !! The world have to rejoice that we have yet another living Buddha, His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, who is committed to turn the wheel of Dharma to benefit all beings !!
    Panchen Lama is young and wise. Panchen Lama will attract many to the Dharma. That’s the whole motivation of these Buddhas who take rebirth in human forms to continue to benefit many with the Buddha Dharma !!

  18. Just to remind you guys this…Here is a clear video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama asking the monasteries to expel monks that practice Dorje Shugden. Click here to watch:

  19. Looking at the situation, Dorje Shugden ban that imposed by Dalai Lama has not much effect anymore, all the claims – Pro China, traitor, etc, is not important anymore to the Tibetans, look at how many people turn up in this event and how many people turn up in the CTA democracy day, it is so much of a difference, this clearly shows where the heart of Tibetans goes to.

    As a citizen, it matter who is the government, whether it is Chinese or CTA, it really doesn’t matter, because the one they need is a government who care, someone who care for the country development, the citizens welfare, and the potential of growth for each and everyone, truly speaking, CTA failed tremendously for the past 60 years, because CTA care only for their pocket, who die or who live, they doesn’t care at all, not at all.

    I felt sad to those Tibetans in the settlements who not able to go back Tibet, CTA promised to bring them back to Tibet since 60 years ago and they did not fulfilled their promise, now China is granting this wish of the citizens but CTA is stopping them to go back, they make it difficult for the Tibetans for leaving the settlement. This clearly shows what CTA is up to, again.

    I hope Panchen Lama live long and healthy, I wish Dalai Lama live long and healthy too, they are both great highly attained lamas, they have contributed so much to the growth of Tibetan Buddhism, may they continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

  20. It’s rejoicing to see His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu giving his blessing to the monasteries in China. This was the first time the Panchen Lama has visited the region since his enthronement 22 years ago.

    What I’m happy to see here is that there is freedom of spiritual practices in China. No discrimination whether you are Dorje Shugden practitioners. We can see Dorje Shugden lamas freely giving teaching and blessing. What important is the lineage and practices are preserved and able to pass down for the benefit of many people without any discrimination. Unfortunately we can’t these with CTA that strongly promote spiritual separation. This is the different of successful leader that emphasise on unity and harmony to bring growth to their country not only material but as well as spiritual.

    May His Holiness Panchen Lama live long and continue to his great work to benefit more people.

  21. That’s a good news for everyone, it’s proven that Dorje Shugden practice is growing. What CTA can do about it? Why don’t CTA lift the ban of Dorje Shugden?

    CTA, please read the article!!!! Even the His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu is openly for Dorje Shugden.

  22. It doesn’t matter who recognized the Panchen Lama because I feel that He should still be respected as he is a monk, holds his vows and bless many. So many received blessings and initiations from him. Don’t forget, Buddhas can emanate many different forms at anytime.

    It’s nice to see that China gives religious freedom and everyone can choose what they want to practice. Unlike the Tibetans. The CTA does everything in their ‘power’ to destroy the peace and discriminate all Dorje Shugden practitioners. Shameful! Instead of making friends with China, they do everything against China and hoping for Free Tibet. Quite pathetic.

  23. Wow! His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu is venerated by so many people! He is clearly a true monk, who is holding his vows very well.

    Thank you for these beautiful pictures and video. It is very clear that Dorje Shugden does not harm anyone but it is a very precious practice.

    Rejoice for all those who were blessed to be present.

  24. This is rejoicing news for Tibet and China. The visiting of His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu to Jampa Ling Monastery were warmly welcome by many locals, which mean China is accepting Tibet. China is accepting Dorje Shugden, not like CTA who use dirty tactics to separate people from their families and freedom choices of believes. Just compare recently, the crowd on Tibetan Democracy festival in Dharamsala and Chamdo are like heaven and earth. Evidence proved that CTA’s power is immobilizing. More Tibetan are accepting China now rather than control and psychopath by CTA. 👍

  25. Indeed, it was a huge turnout of lay people and sangha community to welcome and to receive teachings and blessings from His Holiness Panchen Lama. This is the opposite of how the Dalai Lama got when he visited other states, like for example Germany, where cries and chants of Tibetans protests were heard. Sad. The popularity of HH Panchen Lama augers well for the growth of dharma not only in Tibet, China but also for the rest of world. The teachings of the sage Shakyamuni Buddha would benefit countless beings and politics should be kept at bay. Spirituality and politics are like water and oil, they could not be mixed. Tibetans should speak up against the CTA and tell them to keep to politics, and to focus on helping the Tibetans in their standard of living in India. And tell the CTA to stay away from spiritual and religious matters.


  26. Rejoice to Jampa Ling monastery for having the 11th Panchen Lama to visit their monastery. From the article, we can see that there is a huge turn out where monks and lay people came to get blessings from this learned master. I pray that Panchen Lama may live long and continue to teach and spread the Dharma into the 10 directions _/\_

  27. While CTA still crying for independent, Dorje Shugden ban, fake Panchen Lama, over here, the Tibetan in China, continue their tradition, continue praying to Dorje Shugden, continue getting blessing from Panchen Lama, and the turnout is magnificent! It doesn’t matter what CTA says now. People have already given up hope on them. It doesn’t matter Panchen Lama, Dalai Lama, like stated in the article “Even without his ‘Panchen Lama’ title, he is still a qualified and pure monk who has kept his vows intact since the time of his monastic ordination.” It doesn’t matter who’s the leader, as long as he has good leadership, give peace to the country and people, protect their own people, maintain the beauty of the tradition, then he is a good leader. Now China open their door for Tibetan who wants to come back to Tibet. China promised will keep the Tibetan tradition, China promised will develop Tibet. So, who else will still go for Rangzen that is created out of nothing, and impossible to happen?

  28. May His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama continue to turn the wheel of Dharma and benefit all sentient beings.

  29. I am rejoiced seeing Panchen Lama is coming out more in public giving initiation , teaching dharma in Tibet and China. The current 11th Panchen Lama are qualified lama tranmit tantric initiation to people, whom has received numerous tantric initiation from renowned master in Tibet. Important like 11th Panchen Lama is holding pure with his vows and is effective giving tantric initiation to public. It poweful effect giving those tantric initiation from Panchen Lama. Hope to see more young incarnation lama able to turn the dharma wheel in Tibet and China.

  30. In the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism,Panchen Lama is the highest ranking Lama after the Dalai Lama.He gave supreme Kalacakra teachings and explanations recently in Tibet. He gave Dharma teaching also and thousand of people attended. the Dharma is growing in China and he has benefited so many thousand of people. If you had listen to this Dharma talk, you know that he is compassion. That is only those anti-shugden people will say he is fake lama and ignore his contribution to the grow of Dharma.Their mind is closed. i Pray for His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama long life and continue to teach Dharma and benefit many peoples.

  31. Rejoice to see the growth of Dharma in Tibet. A fully dedicated spiritual head is very important in Tibet now. The H.H. the 11th Panchen Lama is so learned in such a young age. He focus on teachings and spreading the Dharma hence he gained support and trust from the Chinese and Tibetan. This is very important. He shows a example of a real practitioners.

    Panchen Lama also the root guru of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. I rejoice to see the growth of Dorje Shugden practice in Tibet and China. We need countries that practice religion freedom to promote harmony and peace for the people.

  32. On August 30th the Jampa Ling Monastery in Chamdo ,Kham, was blessed with a visit by H.H. the 11th Panchen Lama. How fortunate for the big crowd of people to be in the presence of such a great Lama! The 11th Panchen Lama is a pure and highly qualified Lama, having studied for over 30 years under great pandits and masters.It is great to see the 11th Panchen Lama visit the monastery to give blessings and also travelling around, teaching and spreading the Dharma of Lord Buddha and J Tsongkhapa.

    Jampa Ling is situated in Chamdo, a stronghold of the practice of Dorje Shugden. It was built in 1444 by a disciple of the renowned Lama Tsongkhapa,. It is well-known for its strict disciplinary and monastic system.(The 11th Panchen Lama had ,before this, visited the Denma Gonsar Monastery, which is another Shugden Monastery). Jampa Ling is the largest monastery in Kham with a presence of 1300 monks !

    The 11th Panchen Lama bestowed blessings on the people in a warm and traditional way,placing both his hands on their heads. The huge crowd of people is testimony to his popularity and fame!

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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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