I am very excited about the launch of my biography on my birthday dinner because this work was done over a period of many years. Hundreds of hours were undertaken to ensure that my life details are accurately portrayed. We have already published the Nepali version a few years before and it was successfully distributed amongst Nepalese readers.
This book is very close to my heart as it conveys my childhood memories, my mother’s unconditional affection and struggles, and my karmic destination. From the moment I was recognized as a tulku by HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, my life changed from that of a supposedly ordinary boy to one filled with meaningful life’s purposes. Having the guidance from great masters and gurus, I learn to understand hardships, face life’s challenges and eventually how to overcome each and every one of them triumphantly. Hence the title of the biography “Triumph”. I hope my humble life stories in this book can inspire and resonate with you.
TRIUMPH will be officially launched on 10 September 2022 on my birthday dinner. You can get a copy from the book launch reception counter at the dinner venue. Any donation amount to help subsidize the printing cost is greatly appreciated. Subsequently, it is available at Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre, Singapore at SGD20/- each. The proceeds will fund the Sangha’s education in Nepal.
A book review by Amelia Choon:
"TRIUMPH"- Shangpa Rinpoche's story on overcoming adversity.
This touching auto-biography details how 2nd Shangpa Rinpoche triumphed through adversities particularly in his childhood and eventually took on the role of abbot at Jangchub Choeling Monastery and embarked on his various projects.
The tragic tale of how he lost his father, the horrific bullying encountered by his mother and himself and the destitute state they were reduced to on their journey to Pokhara was gripping and moving.
The story of his youth and training included honest admissions to mistakes and shortcomings and the learning from these, which are relatable and endearing.
The story peppered with interesting anecdotes, has at the end of each chapter, insightful reflections by Shangpa Rinpoche on certain incidents that occurred, which are lessons on how to augment our thinking through Buddhist teachings. For example, instead of bearing ill-will towards the bully and thief Dawa Pura, who almost caused him to die, Shangpa Rinpoche instead views what transpired as purification of his past life karma, as well as the propelling force for his progress in life towards the Dharma. Such magnanimity and fortitude is praiseworthy and leads the reader to think of why we cannot forbear our own sufferings which are small and insignificant in comparison and forgive those who have caused us unhappiness.
I trust reading this story would direct the reader to also reflect on their own actions and thoughts and guide the reader to assimilate the Dharma teachings through his/her direct experience in life.
A book review by Ched Lee:
This timeless voice that speaks in Triumph led me to imagine what it’s like to see through the eyes of Shangpa Rinpoche – a renowned teacher and tulku.
I have heard that among the Buddha’s teachings is the tantric tradition of using emotions as the path of enlightenment. This intimate glimpse into the life of little Penpa Tsering on his maturing into Shangpa Rinpoche, evoked many waves of emotions. And no matter how imaginary my experience was, this timeless voice led me, “without hiding, fabricating, beautifying or exaggerating” <italics>, to recognise yet a little more of raw tenderness and clarity.
What if the story of the outer teacher, is none other than part of the path to experience the inner teacher?
A book review by Gina Chan:
Over the years travelling with Rinpoche, I’ve been fortunate to have heard some stories and is aware of his childhood and early years. Rinpoche’s early years was rough and tough, but I never knew it was deeply infused with so much physical pain, emotional anguish and metal stress.
This book was an eye-opener for me. Reading it, it felt like I was given the privilege of being The Eye on a drone, looking on at all the experiences Rinpoche went through. I enjoyed the journey and the events unfolding. It was hilarious when his parents had to gently shove him into a bag of tsampa and he later emerged looking totally white. And the part where Rinpoche could not resist buying balloons and blowing them up, only to have them burst in his face, twice! Such little snippets made Rinpoche feel so ‘real’. I loved these little stories so much and was very excited for the part where Pokhara was mentioned. I could see myself waiting and walking around the airport, at and around JCM and making sense of the monastery that grew from just a small room to what it is today.
BUT I also had steam coming out of my ears and nostrils. Some moments into the book, I was so fuming mad, I was ready to GO. Go to where Rinpoche was and do something about all the injustice that I felt he was going through. I was ready to slap someone or, even fight to keep Rinpoche and Mayum safe.
Seated on my couch with my ipad, I certainly did not expect to take a ride on this emotional roller coaster where I vicariously experienced what Rinpoche went through in his early years. It was easy to get really angry and upset. However, after many episodes of deep breathing to calm myself, what went through me were waves and waves of heartache and deep sadness, for a mother and her son, wandering the harsh conditions of Tibet and Nepal, during those organic and undeveloped years, and meeting with the people who they chanced upon.
Being a Tulku, no one will expect that people around him will abuse, bully, steal and lie to him and his mum. Despite all these that Rinpoche has experienced, he wrote “ Every human has a loving nature, but adverse conditions make this nature change” And just this line, pulled me out from dwelling in the habitual lower energies of injustice, anger and resentment. That sentence gave me lungs to breathe again.
This is just one example of how teachings are weaved throughout the book, disguised as Rinpoche’s personal reflections, believes or thoughts.
They can come in 1 sentence or a short paragraph. And boy… this helped jolt me back to the awareness of the precious Dharma and how easily, I was attached to my emotions while reading the life story of Rinpoche.
Oh! And if you are also keen to find out the tantrums and mischievous things that Rinpoche has done, Yes. This sensible little child also had tantrums and did silly things. There is only 1 way. Get yourself a copy of Triumph and get first hand details of how Rinpoche overcame adversity to be who he is today.
Just a suggestion. Grab yourself a coffee or hot chocolate, get comfortable coz you’re not gonna want o put the book down. And Remember to put on your seat belt, in case you, like me decided you wanna punch someone…
We hope you enjoyed reading the book. Feedback is a gift and Rinpoche would love your feedbacks. We appreciate if you can write a short review on the book including any feedbacks on how we could further improve.
The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!
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