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Tsem Tulku Rinpoche (24 October 1965 – 4 September 2019) was a recognised tulku, an incarnate lama of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, and the founder and spiritual guide of Kechara House Buddhist Association with its headquarters in Malaysia.[1] [2] [3] [4].

Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
Born(1965-10-24)24 October 1965
Died4 September 2019(2019-09-04) (aged 53)
Cause of deathLiver failure
Senior posting
TeacherZong Rinpoche

Tsem Tulku Rinpoche was born on 24 October 1965 in Taiwan to a Tibetan father and Mongolian mother, and was adopted by an American-Mongolian family. His adoptive name was Burcha Bugayeff[5]. In 1987, at the age of 22, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche received full ordination from the 14th Dalai Lama and became a monk of Ganden Shartse Monastery in India. Starting in 1992 Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has lived in Malaysia where he commenced work on the establishment of Dharma Institutes[6]. One of the institutes he founded is known as Kechara House Buddhist Association. He also founded a charity organization known as Kechara Soup Kitchen[7] [8] and the dharma retreat centre Kechara Forest Retreat[9].

In the meantime, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche took a stand against the position of the Central Tibetan Administration in the Dorje Shugden controversy and built the world's largest Dorje Shugden statue[10]. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche strongly supported the Dorje Shugden religious practice[11] [12], prohibited in 1996 by the Central Tibetan Administration, and was a critical voice advocating for the separation of politics and religion which is a feature of Tibetan Buddhism[13]. He was known for his advice against the self-immolation protests by Tibetans in China[14]. For his dissenting opinions[15], he was marked as a controversial Buddhist teacher[16] and attacked in smear campaigns[17], although Tsem Tulku Rinpoche simultaneously advocated devotion for both the 14th Dalai Lama and the Dorje Shugden religious practice.

Tsem Tulku died on 4 September 2019 after a long illness.[18]

Major WorksEdit

  • Gurus for Hire: Enlightenment for Sale, Kechara Publications, 2005 ISBN 978-9834188788
  • Faces of Enlightenment, Kechara Publications, 2006 ISBN 978-9834188764
  • Why I Make Myself Unhappy, Kechara Publications, 2005 ISBN 978-9834188726
  • Compassion Conquers All: Teachings on the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation, Kechara Publications, 2007 ISBN 978-9834188795,
  • Nothing Changes Everything Changes, Kechara Publications, 2007 ISBN 978-9834188771, (Online)
  • If Not Now, When?, Kechara Publications, 2008 ISBN 978-9834339944
  • Snakes, Roosters & Pigs, Kechara Publications, 2011 ISBN 978-9675365317
  • The Living Buddha Within, Kechara Publications, 2012 ISBN 978-9675365416
  • The Promise (4th Edition), Kechara Publications, 2017 ISBN 978-9675365850


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