"If you finish my biography, then,
I will not die."
-- NOVEMBER 2023
INTRODUCING NEW PHOTO ALBUM OF GARCHEN RINPOCHE'S BIOGRAPHY
Dearest everyone, in March 2003, before i left the center after ten days of interviewing Garchen Rinpoche for the first time for his biography, Lama Bu Nima and Lama Gape gave me two small photo albums, including many old photos of Garchen Rinpoche, the Rinpoches, Tulkus and Lamas at Gar, landscapes of Gar monastery in the past, people from the monastery and those who played a significant role in Garchen Rinpoche's life, past activities at Gar and etc. Garchen Rinpoche and the Lamas said that i should keep these photos and use them for the biography books as i wish. These are old, faded photos (and a number of newer ones that Lama A Bo gave me later). At that time, I showed them to Kathy (the GBI center director) and Mara Snay. The center was rather empty at that time, quiet and bare, only few people came by during the winter time, so it wasn't too busy, and Mara was an assistant in the center's office. Seeing all of those photos, Mara kindly said, just leave them there, I will scan all these photos for you.
Twenty years ago, without smartphones, we couldn't take pictures of the pictures to save them anywhere, except to manually scan each and every photo using the scanner in order to save them on our computer. It was quite a time-consuming process, so I'm very grateful to Mara for taking the effort to help with this task. A few years later, many other photos appeared, and they came from Garchen Rinpoche, Lamas, Khenpos, Drupons, websites etc. and at that time, i still had to scan the old photos to save them on the computer.
Now the conditions are ripened, so I would like to share with everyone GARCHEN RINPOCHE'S BIOGRAPHICAL PHOTO COLLECTION ALBUM (still in progress). Hopefully by the end of 2023 or early 2024 the full album will be complete and so in the future, no matter what i do or don't do, open or close doors, being here or elsewhere, etc. everyone will still have enough images to enjoy and to archive, and in that way, i fulfill my promise to Garchen Rinpoche and the Lamas, doing what i am supposed to do with these photos. The majority of the old photos in this album did not appear in the books, because for the printed versions, i could only select a limited number of photos and could not include every scenery, every person and every activity. Thank you everyone for your patience over the past 20 years! Please kindly share this link with other friends if you can.
*Please click +Show More on the album page to view more photos or click on the photo itself to enlarge on screen.*
GARCHEN RINPOCHE'S BOOK ONE - THE EARLY YEARS (1937-1958) NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON
Dearest everyone, it has been exactly 10 years since the start of Garchen Rinpoche's biography project, so in the beginning of this year 2023, I put the complete English version of Book One of Garchen Rinpoche’s life stories online at www.garchenbiography.us/read-oline-english-1 for a free download. However, there are many friends who have expressed to me their wish to have a printed copy of the book in hand. Thus, I have finally been able to create a version on Kindle Direct Printing via Amazon. It is in black and white on cream paper. The photos are also in black and white as it is too expensive to print a color version of the book via Amazon. Click here to purchase.
Please kindly share this information with other friends and students if you can. Below is the link where you can purchase directly. As always, all proceeds will be used toward Dharma activities, as well as charity and printing projects, and are not for my personal gain. With love and gratitude always!
Amigos dharma de habla hispana !
EL LIBRO 2 (ESPAÑOL) YA ESTÁ DISPONIBLE PARA DESCARGAR GRATIS - LEER HISTORIAS EN LÍNEA - HAGA CLIC AQUÍ!
Juan Garlos Gil (Editor) & Sofía Sarquís (Traductora) - Centro Garchen Mexico
Centro Garchen México Gar Janchup Wangpo Ling es una organización cuyo objetivo es difundir las enseñanzas de nuestro iluminado Maestro en español para las personas de habla hispana, tanto libros como traducciones simultáneas. Los donativos son voluntarios como una forma de apoyar esta labor y pueden hacerse a través de la cuenta paypal asociada a este correo firstname.lastname@example.org. Gracias!
--DECEMBER 2022-JANUARY 2023
BOOK 1 IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD - READ STORIES ONLINE - CLICK HERE (1/2023)
TUYỂN TẬP 1- ĐỌC TRUYỆN TRÊN MẠNG - BẤM VÀO ĐÂY (12/2022)
To each and every reader of Garchen Rinpoche’s biography, may we traverse the same pathway in our reading, from the darkness of a pupa to the light of a butterfly, as he did in his real life. May whatever doubt and disturbance that arise for us as we encounter Garchen Rinpoche’s openly communicated life stories transform into the great power of truth that brings us closer to our own genuine realization. Book Two is available on Amazon.com. Click here to order a paperback copy.
--MAY 8, 2021
Recently, during a personal retreat, the author realized, with deep regrets, that due to the extended time period of over 16 years that it took the author to finish compiling Book One and Book Two of Garchen Rinpoche’s Biography series, “The Lama of Many Lifetimes,” from 2003 until 2019, as well as the author’s inexperience, sporadic writing, and the overwhelming task of gathering a large amount of information from many different sources over the years, human error crept in, and there has been a lack of source citations for some quotes and for some other writings in a number of cases in both Book One and Book Two.
Additionally, due to the nature of oral-history-through-oral-translation, and through the kindness and assistance of Lama Thupten Nima (Gape Lama), Lama Bu Nima, Ruyu Gan and a few Tibetan friends, the author also found out that there has been a number of minor detail discrepancies, as well as spelling errors of Tibetan names of people and places.
All of the above-mentioned mistakes will be rectified to the best of my ability, and will be updated frequently on Garchen Rinpoche’s Biography Website at https://garchenbiography.us/errata (see "Errata" under "More"). Should you find anything else that needs to be rectified, please kindly contact the author.
With all humility, the author asks for everyone’s patience and understanding, and may all shortcomings and mistakes be purified and transformed. The author welcomes all comments, so please don't hesitate to write to: email@example.com.
May we develop and be in absolute awe of Bodhicitta at the end of this journey.
LAMA'S HEART, YOUR HEART, MY HEART, ALL BEINGS' HEARTS... ONE AND THE SAME.
MAY PALDEN GARCHENPA FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JETSUN MILAREPA AND BE DEATHLESS!
With love and gratitude always,
(Tâm Bảo Đàn)
Garchen Rinpoche holding one of the miniature notebooks that was secretly kept in the prison.
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