39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David)

The 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), head of the Sakya lineage, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden. He is known for spreading the practice of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition.

The 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), head of the Sakya lineage, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden. He is known for spreading the practice of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition.

At the beginning of the 19th Century, the ruling family that governs the Sakya tradition split into two great houses – the Drolma Phodrang (palace) and the Phuntsok Phodrang. Since that time, the patriarchs of both palaces have alternated and served as the Sakya Trizin or the supreme head of the Sakya tradition.

In his autobiography, the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro explained that the ruling family of the Sakya are traditionally believed to be incarnations of divine beings. At times, he said, the Sakya Trizin might even be the reincarnation of their own grandfather. In fact, in his own biography, the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen stated that he was one such incarnation. He claimed to be the reincarnation of his own grandfather, the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was born into the Drolma Phodrang in 1871. His father was the renowned 38th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899). Within the same autobiography where Dragshul Trinley Rinchen stated he is the incarnation of a divine being, he also sought to establish that his father, Kunga Nyingpo, was an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, a fully enlightened being. He accomplished this by first establishing his father as an incarnation of Dorje Shugden, who he believed to be an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. He did this by telling the story of how his father was conceived, and this involved both his grandfather, Tashi Rinchen, and his great-grandfather, Padma Dudul Wangchuk, who were the 35th and 33rd Sakya Trizins respectively.

Dorje Shugden sitting regally on a throne, surrounded by his emanations of Shize, Gyenze, Wangze and Trakze. This form of Dorje Shugden is practiced within the Sakya tradition.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen tells us a story of the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen requesting his father, the 33rd Sakya Trizin Padma Dudul to perform a ritual to acquire an heir. During a break in the ritual held at Mug Chung, the most famous Dorje Shugden temple in the Sakya tradition, Tashi Rinchen asked his father, “Who will be coming as my offspring?” His father replied, “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming, Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendent.”

The 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen repeated this ritual again and again until his consort bore him a son who was given the name Kunga Nyingpo, who became the 37th Sakya Trizin. Therefore, there arose a tradition of celebrating the kindness of Dorje Shugden taking rebirth in the form of Kunga Nyingpo to preserve and propagate the Sakya lineage, celebrated during the ninth month of the Tibetan Buddhist lunar calendar. The celebration is similar to Gaden Ngamcho, also known as Lama Tsongkhapa Day, in the Gelug tradition, which celebrates Lama Tsongkhapa‘s parinirvana. The Sakya celebration includes the lighting of butter lamps which are placed on rooftops and windowsills, while various ritual instruments such as longhorns and gyeling trumpets are played as an offering of sound to Dorje Shugden who had chosen to take rebirth once again.

The holy Sakya Monastery, mother monastery of the Sakya tradition. Above the monastery, slightly to the right, you can see the multi-tiered Mug Chung, the most sacred temple to Dorje Shugden within the tradition. When we invoke Dorje Shugden, this is one of the places we invite him from.

The holy Sakya Monastery, mother monastery of the Sakya tradition. Above the monastery, slightly to the right, you can see the multi-tiered Mug Chung, the most sacred temple to Dorje Shugden within the tradition. When we invoke Dorje Shugden, this is one of the places we invite him from.

In addition, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s autobiography records audiences with other high lamas and dignitaries from various lineages. In one particular account that occurred in 1905, he tells us of an audience he had with Sera Pabongka Tulku, also known as Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. He received Pabongka Rinpoche and gave him various items and initiations, including that of Four-Faced Mahakala. The Sakya patriarch noticed that “this tulku [Pabongka Rinpoche] has a wide Dharma eye”, a conclusion based on the breadth of topics they discussed including various fields of study, philosophy and the four classes of tantra. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche placed a great deal of importance on the practice of Four-Faced Mahakala as he wrote quite extensively on the Dharma protector in his collected works. Dragshul Trinley Rinchen then recounted that in 1930, a group of five students of Pabongka Rinpoche from Sera Monastery visited him in order to receive a rare transmission of the meditational deity Vajrayogini.

Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche received the initiation of Four-faced Mahakala from Dragshul Trinley Rinchen. He also sent his students to receive Vajrayogini initiation from the Sakya Trizin. Click to enlarge.

Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche received the initiation of Four-Faced Mahakala from Dragshul Trinley Rinchen. He also sent his students to receive Vajrayogini initiation from the Sakya Trizin. Click to enlarge.

In 1915, it is noted that Dragshul Trinley Rinchen bestowed an oral transmission of the rare Dorje Shugden wrathful torma offering ritual composed by Kunga Lodro called Swirl of Perfect Sense Offerings, together with many other transmissions and initiations. The rare ritual was not originally part of the Dorje Shugden Be Bum (ritual collection). This was because the compiler of the text, the Mongolian Lobsang Tamdin, was unable to obtain the text at the time. However, in more recent times, the text along with another torma offering ritual to Dorje Shugden composed by Kunga Lodro himself, has been included in the latest edition of the Dorje Shugden Be Bum.

Within the Gelug tradition, Swirl of Perfect Sense Offerings was included in its entirety in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s Dorje Shugden fulfillment ritual, The Melodious Drum. Although Pabongka Rinpoche’s Melodious Drum includes some unique descriptions of Dorje Shugden and borrows sections from other earlier Dorje Shugden rituals from the Gelug tradition, the mode of worship is essentially the same as the one composed by Kunga Lodro.

A thangka from the Nyingma tradition, featuring Dorje Shugden as the central figure, surrounded by the significant and important deities of the Nyingma tradition. Click to enlarge.

The basis of Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s claim that the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden is in reality an emanation of Avalokiteshvara is derived from a Nyingma tantra titled Rinchen Nadun. Within the text it states that, “The one known as Dolgyal is not mistaken on the path to liberation, he is by nature the Great Compassionate One.” The text thus establishes Dorje Shugden as being of the same nature as Avalokiteshvara. Being that Kunga Nyingpo was said to be an emanation of “Grandpa Shugden”, in this manner Kunga Nyingpo was also established as the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, a tenth-ground Bodhisattva, who is capable of innumerable emanations.

Therefore, Dorje Shugden is not an ordinary oath-bound Dharma protector, as some claim, but an enlightened protector who has an extraordinary link with the Sakya Trizins, since he himself incarnated as throne holders in order to preserve the lineage. Interestingly, when Padma Dudul calls Kunga Nyingpo ‘Grandpa Shugden’, this probably also refers to his own grandfather, Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) who was another Sakya Trizin and well-known to be an incarnation of Dorje Shugden as well. Kunga Lodro was credited with the composition of the Sakya fulfillment liturgy and rituals to Dorje Shugden, that were later incorporated into the Gelugpa texts. So, it was Kunga Lodro who later took rebirth at Kunga Nyingpo, and both are incarnations of Dorje Shugden.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was himself an accomplished master. He received Lamdre precepts and teachings from his father. Lamdre or the Path and its Fruit, is the central teaching of the Sakya tradition stemming from the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa and combines sutra and the tantric teachings that focus on the deity Hevajra. At the tender age of 16, he had completed a Hevajra retreat and experienced auspicious signs. In 1909, when he was in Lhasa to welcome the 13th Dalai Lama back from China, he gave several teachings. In 1915, he was enthroned as the 39th Sakya Trizin and then in 1920, he was invited back to Lhasa in order to perform rituals at the request of the Tibetan Government and once again had audience with the Dalai Lama.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), the 39th Sakya Trizin, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden. In researching his family history, he even proved that his holy father, the 37th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo (1850–1899), was an emanation of Dorje Shugden.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), the 39th Sakya Trizin, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden. In researching his family history, he even proved that his holy father, the 37th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo (1850–1899), was an emanation of Dorje Shugden.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was very much a hermit lama, spending much of his life in retreat, and was renowned to have visions of both Tara and Vajrayogini. There was also a time when he was making a torma offering, it became hot and he was spontaneously able to recite prayers without learning them. His teachers were some of the greatest lamas of his time and included his own father Kunga Nyingpo, Dorje Drag Rigdzin Thubten Chowang Nyamnyid Dorje, Ngor Khangsar Ngawang Lodro Shenpen Nyingpo, Jamyang Chokyi Lodro and many other illustrious lamas.

In his autobiography, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen records several important instances during which he performed rituals propitiating Dorje Shugden at Mug Chung, the most historic of Dorje Shugden temples with the Sakya tradition. He once also offered a silk khata with a written request for aid to a Dorje Shugden mask at Mug Chung’s protector house.

In 1920, while in Sheldrag in Southern Tibet, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was able to have an audience with Dorje Shugden through an oracle. At the time, Dorje Shugden offered Dragshul Trinley Rinchen a khata and requested him to continue to uphold the Dharma, as well as bestowing some prophesies.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen is not the only Sakya Trizin who has relied on Dorje Shugden. In fact five other Sakya Trizins are well-known for the practice of the Dharma protector. These include:

To read more about the lives of these great masters, click here.

In conclusion, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was very clear about the nature of Dorje Shugden as he asserts that he is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, an enlightened being. Given this fact, and that other Sakya Trizins not only practiced Dorje Shugden but were emanations of the deity, it is clear to say that the Sakya tradition would not be where it is today, without the aid of Dorje Shugden.

 

Addendum

Of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They are known to have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and propagated his practice amongst their disciples. The entire Sakya lineage and their sacred practices such as the 13 Golden Dharmas of Sakya, the Lamdre – the Path and its Fruit, the tantric practice of Hevajra, and other numerous teachings and practices have descended down through these six lineage holders who have proven themselves to be highly attained and erudite incarnations. From these great lamas, the teachings have been passed down to the current throne holders, lamas, and great practitioners of the Sakya tradition.

If someone were to say that these six Sakya thrones holders were wrong or mistaken for their propitiation of Dorje Shugden, for their composition of liturgical texts to him, or for the building of chapels in his honour, then they are saying the Sakya throne holders were ordinary. They were fallible, were not erudite, did not have high spiritual attainments, could be mistaken, and therefore we should not rely on them. If they were just ordinary men adorned with brocade silk hats and expensive robes, while sitting on big thrones, then what is the point to call them lineage holders or masters?

What is the point to practice the ‘tainted’ Sakya tradition in modern times? They were definitely very attained and not ordinary human beings by far. If these six Sakya lineage holders could have made such a huge mistake, then the entire Sakya lineage that has passed through them is tainted and without blessings. So according to that line of thinking, if we were to practice the Sakya lineage today, there will be no blessings and no results. This is because the Sakya lineage as it exists was passed down through these six throne holders without exception. This is neither logical nor possible as they were highly attained masters.

Now, the Tibetan leadership is fond of saying that if you practice Dorje Shugden, then you break your refuge and your divine connection with the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Consequently, you will be damned to take rebirth in the three lower realms, as an animal, a spirit or in one of the hell realms. If that is the case, these six great Sakya throne holders must have taken rebirth in the three lower realms too. But this is impossible! They all practiced Dorje Shugden and there is a lot of research and evidence that confirms this. Some even composed long pujas to Dorje Shugden which are still in use today. In actual fact these six great Sakya throne holders were highly attained beings, and they were definitely not ordinary.

It is because of their extraordinary spiritual attainments, that they were easily able to discern which formless beings were Buddhas and which were negative beings that caused harm. They would have known that Dorje Shugden is definitely not negative and therefore, they had encouraged Dorje Shugden’s practice and composed pujas and prayers to him. They had the clairvoyance to see the very nature of Dorje Shugden, or they could use their wisdom to debate and determine the nature of Dorje Shugden by way of logic. I am sure they did both and arrived at the same conclusion. The simple deduction is that Dorje Shugden is not a harmful being and that is why these six erudite masters both practiced and promoted Dorje Shugden within the sacred Sakya lineage.

I myself have tremendous faith and respect for the exalted Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), the 39th Sakya Trizin, and the other five throne holders too. I pray they bless me so I may gain full enlightenment. When I see Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s photo, I feel as if I have met him or had the great honour to have practiced his teachings in a past lifetime. In any case, great faith arises spontaneously in me for Dragshul Trinley Rinchen as it does for other great masters such as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche and other great masters of their respective lineages.

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Overview of Tibetan Buddhism

Buddhism has a particularly long history in Tibet. It first entered Tibet during the reign of Emperor Songtsen Gampo around 650 CE. It was a Century later that Buddhism began to permeate deeper into the fabric of Tibetan society. This occurred during the period between the reigns of Trisong Detsen in 775 CE and Tri Ralpachen in 838 CE.

Emperor Songtsen Gampo and his wives, Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal (viewer

There was a decline in Buddhism directly after this period due to the reign of King Langdharma (838 – 842 CE) who actively sought to exterminate Buddhism from Tibet. He was to be the last Tibetan king and upon his death, Tibet entered into a 200-year dark age during which there was no centralised system of rule and no patrons of the Dharma either. However, Buddhism somehow managed to survive through this challenging time.

From 900 to 1200 CE there was a revival of Buddhism due to the lively exchange between Tibetan translators who travelled to India, and Indian masters that made the journey to Tibet. By the 14th Century, Buddhism in Tibet had become systematised into the four major Schools of Tibetan Buddhism that we know today, namely the Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug. However, all four schools trace their origins back to the historical founder and fully enlightened one, Buddha Shakyamuni.

An outline of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

 

Introduction to the Sakya Tradition

The great origins of the Sakya teachings is traced back to the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa of the 9th Century. In the scriptures he has several other names, including Birwapa, and his life is recounted as one of the greatest of the 84 Mahasiddhas in terms of miraculous attainments.

Virupa, Indian Mahasiddha. The origins of the Sakya Tradition stem back to Virupa

His main teachings are called Lamdre, which literally means the ‘Path and the Fruit’ teachings. Lamdre forms the main backbone of the teachings within the Sakya tradition. These teachings were brought into Tibet by the Indian scholar Gayadhara (994 – 1043 CE) and were translated by his Tibetan disciple and translator, Drogmi Lotsawa Shakya Yeshe (992 – 1072 CE). Drogmi Lotsawa in turn transmitted these precious teachings to his main disciple Khon Konchok Gyalpo (1034 – 1102 CE). In 1073 CE, Khon Konchok Gyalpo founded the Sakya monastery in the Tsang region of central Tibet. It was named ‘Sakya’, which meant ‘grey earth’ due to the colour of the surrounding soil.

The 3rd holder of the Sakya throne, Kunga Nyingpo. Click to enlarge

Thus, the Sakya lineage was born and is closely linked to the Khon family lineage, who are believed to be celestial beings. The Sakya tradition was established and proliferated by five great early Sakya masters – Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092 – 1158 CE), his two sons Sonam Tsemo (1142 – 1182 CE) and Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen (1147 – 1216 CE), his grandson Sakya Pandita (1182 – 1251 CE) and the Sakya Pandita’s nephew Chogyal Pakpa (1235 – 1280 CE). The Sakya lamas became so famous that the Mongol emperors of China became their patrons. In 1253 CE, the Mongol emperor of China, Kublai Khan conferred the dominion of Tibet upon his lama, Chogyal Pakpa. The Sakya rule of Tibet during this period lasted for a Century.

An outline of the Sakya lineage

Later, in the 14th Century, Tishri Kunga Lodro Gyaltsen (1299 – 1327 CE) who was the eldest grandson of Sakya Pandita’s brother established four dynastic houses, of which only Ducho Ladrang has survived to this day. In the 18th Century, Ducho Ladrang was split between two ‘palaces’, Drolma Phodrang and Phunstok Phodrang. Pema Dudul Wangchuk established Drolma Phodrang and Phuntsok Phodrang was established by his youngest son, Kunga Rinchen. Ever since then, the leadership in the Khon Family and the throne holders of the Sakya School alternate between the Drolma and Phuntsok Phodrang. The throne holders of the Sakya School are known by the title ‘Sakya Trizin’.

One of the founding fathers of the Sakya tradition, Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen who was the 5th Sakya Trizin. Click to enlarge.

Special Teachings of the Sakyas

The teachings on the Lamdre, the ‘Path and Fruit’, form the main core of the Sakya teachings. The Mahasiddha Virupa originally derived the Lamdre teachings from the Hevajra Root Tantra. The Lamdre system essentially expounds a view that the result of its practice is encompassed within the path itself. The root text for the Lamdre teachings is the Vajra Verses by the Mahasiddha Virupa and various commentaries by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen and so forth.

Maharakta Ganapati, one of the deities from the 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya Tradition

The 13 Golden Dharmas are a special cycle of initiations that are especially treasured by the great Sakya lineage holders. These initiations originate from various sources in India and were compiled by the great Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. In the past, those seeking these initiations would offer lots of gold as an offering in reflection of how highly prized these teachings are. Hence, it became known as the 13 Golden Dharmas. The ’13’ consists of Three Vajrayogini initiations – the Naro, Indra and Maitri traditions, the Three Great Red Ones (Marpo Kor Sum) – Kurukulle, Maharakta Ganapati and Takiraja, Three Small Red Ones (Marchung Kor Sum) – Kurukulle, Red Vasudhara and Tinuma and the four additional empowerments – Singhananda, Shabala Garuda, Black Manjushri and Red Dzambala.

In addition to that, there are several other important Higher Tantric systems that play a major role in the Sakya School besides the Vajrayogini Tantras already featured in the 13 Golden Dharmas. These include the Hevajra, Vajrakilaya and Guhyasamaja Tantras. Hence, the important wisdom protectors propitiated in the lineage are Panjaranata Mahakala (the main protector of the Hevajra Tantras), Citipati (the protectors of the Vajrayogini Tantras), and Four-Faced Mahakala (the protector of the Guhyasamaja Tantras).

An outline of the relationship of the Sakya Protectors, including Dorje Shugden on the left

On the other hand, there are several other general protectors such as Palden Lhamo, Ekajati, and Chamsing – a protector practice proliferated by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. Besides that, Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Tsi’u Marpo (Kache Marpo) are propitiated as the Three Kings or Gyalpo Sum. The last would be the three Bamo witches, who are unenlightened oath-bound protectors that are unique to the Sakya School.

 

Introduction to Dorje Shugden in the Sakya Tradition >>

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Introduction to Dorje Shugden

in the Sakya Tradition

In the Gelug tradition of Dorje Shugden’s fulfillment (kangsol) puja, the invocation of Dorje Shugden begins with the recitation of a special prayer. In the invocation prayer, one of the sites that we call upon Dorje Shugden to come forth from is the Sakya temple at Mug Chung. It is well known to many practitioners that Dorje Shugden was first practiced within the great Sakya tradition.

Dorje Shugden Tanag or Dorje Shugden riding a horse. This form is a popular depiction of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage.

According to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche‘s text Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors, the first thought of the high lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen after arising as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden was his lama, Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (1570 – 1662). Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen recalled his lama’s kindness through the innumerable advice, teachings, transmissions and initiations that he had received. Therefore, he traveled to Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Shigatse with the intention to pay homage to his lama and to be enthroned as the protector of the monastery.

Upon arriving at the monastery, he beheld the Eight Horse Lords of Vaishravana who seemed to be holding hands along the circumambulation path encircling Tashi Lhunpo in a protective manner, thus indicating that it was not the right time to enter the monastery. He realised that it was more auspicious to travel to Sakya instead and so, he immediately took off and traveled to Sakya instead due to affinity made during his previous incarnation as Sakya Pandita. But later, he would enter Tashi Lhunpo Monastery during the time of the 9th Panchen Lama. At Sakya, he manifested signs before the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen, who at that time was the 17-year old supreme throne holder of the Sakyas. Subsequently, he enthroned Dorje Shugden as a protector of the Sakyas. Thus, the Sakyas first practiced Dorje Shugden before the practice spread to other traditions as well.

As was mentioned earlier, Dorje Shugden’s connection with the Sakya School began hundreds of years ago during his previous lifetimes as Sakya Pandita and also as Buton Rinchen Drub. These are two great Sakya lamas who were famous for their incredible contributions to their lineage and the Buddhadharma as a whole.

Sakya Depictions of Dorje Shugden >>

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Sakya Depictions of Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden on a Black Horse

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Within the Sakya lineage of Dorje Shugden, the depiction of Dorje Shugden is very different from the one currently being worshipped within the Gelug tradition. In the old tradition of the Sakyas, Dorje Shugden’s principle mount is a black horse and hence, the lineage of Dorje Shugden is called Dorje Shugden Tanag or ‘Dorje Shugden on a black horse’.

One of the earliest descriptions of this form of Dorje Shugden comes from the writings of the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro in the mid-18th Century that was based on a transmission from his father, the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen. In this lama’s text entitled Requesting to Annihilate Interfering Forces, he writes that Dorje Shugden’s body is dark red in color, with one face and two hands. His right hand holds a club up to the sky and he holds in his left hand, a human heart inside a skull cup filled with blood. On his head, he wears a lacquer hat and is riding a black horse.

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag tsa tsa

Dorje Shugden on the horse is on the bottom left of this thangka of Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini is considered one of the 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya Tradition.

 

Dorje Shugden in Sakya Monastery

(Shigatse, Tibet)

This video and these pictures of Dorje Shugden in the Sakya Monastery were recorded in 2015, hundreds of years after they were first painted as part of their pantheon of Protectors.

The Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

A close-up of the Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

 

Mahakala and Dorje Shugden

in the Sakya Tradition

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This antique thangka of Mahakala Panjaranata used to be the personal possession of Sachen Kunga Lodro. The lama figure above the protector is a depiction of Sachen Kunga Lodro himself. The central protector figure at the bottom of the thangka is the Sakya-lineage of Dorje Shugden riding a black horse.

 

Dorje Shugden on a Throne

According to scriptural sources, it seems that the tradition of Dorje Shugden riding on a horse is not the only depiction within the Sakyas. There is another tradition of the Sakyas that invokes Dorje Shugden as a deity uniquely resting on a lion throne. This is similar to the description in the praise of Dorje Shugden by the Great 5th Dalai Lama that was based on his vision of Dorje Shugden in the mid-17th Century.

Dorje Shugden sitting regally on a throne, surrounded by his emanations of Shize, Gyenze, Wangze and Trakze.

Within the Sakya tradition, this depiction of Dorje Shugden can be seen in the writings of Morchen Kunga Lhundrub around the tail end of the 17th Century. In the enthronement prayers or Ngasol that was written by Morchen Kunga Lhundrub, the lama writes, “Posed upon a fearless lion throne, boundlessly powerful Dorje Shugden Tsel.” Hence, there are thangkas of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition that depict Dorje Shugden sitting on a lion throne as well as those in which he is seen riding a black horse as well.

 

Kangsol (Part 1) >>

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Sakya Kangsol (Part 1)

The 31st Sakya Trizin Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) composed the following Dorje Shugden kangsol text. This text contains the propitiation rites that the Sakya high lamas and ordinary monks use in order to invoke the blessings and protection of Dorje Shugden. From this extensive 149-page long text, one can clearly see that Dorje Shugden is evidently not just a minor practice but a significant protector for the Sakyas. Consequently, this important Dorje Shugden text has been in use since the time of Sachen Kunga Lodro to this day.

To download the entire kangsol, please click here.

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Kangsol (Part 2) >>

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Sakya Kangsol (Part 2)

The 31st Sakya Trizin Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) composed the following Dorje Shugden kangsol text. This text contains the propitiation rites that the Sakya high lamas and ordinary monks use in order to invoke the blessings and protection of Dorje Shugden. From this extensive 149-page long text, one can clearly see that Dorje Shugden is evidently not just a minor practice but a significant protector for the Sakyas. Consequently, this important Dorje Shugden text has been in use since the time of Sachen Kunga Lodro to this day.
To download the entire kangsol, please click here.

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Enthronement Prayer to Dorje Shugden

By the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

HUM DORJE CHANG WANG TSA GYÜ LAMA DANG NGÖ DRUB KÜN TSÖL YIDAM LHA YI TSOG BAR CHE KÜN SEL SUNG MAY THU TOB KYI TRINLEY LHÜN DRUB GYEL POR NGA SÖL LO

HUM With the Vajradhara root and lineage masters, The assembly of yidhams1 who grant all realizations, And protectors who remove all obstacles, We recognize you as a king among thrinlay lhundrub2.

GANG KU MUG NAG NYI MA JE WAY ZI CHÖ GÖ SUM DEN RAB JUNG ZHÖN NUI TSUL SER GYI DANG DEN THANG THEB BU LA SÖL CHÖ KHOR YONG KYI SUNG MAR NGA SÖL LO

Your dark-red form blazes like a hundred suns, You appear as a youthful monk in the triple robes, You wear a gold-hued thebzha3 on your head, We recognize you as the protector of all chokhors4.

DREN PA TSAM GYI MI THUN CHOG NAM KÜN KE CHIG NYI LA THEL BAR LOG NÜ PAY LHA MAG JE WAY MAG TSOG GYE PA YI CHAG TSEN TSEN DEN BING GI NGA SÖL LO

Merely by recalling whose name, Who could emanate a million divine hosts, That can reduce to dust all malignant forces, With the divine sandalwood bheng5, we recognize you as such.

TEN DANG TEN DZIN BU ZHIN KYONG DZE CHING NAM ZHI TRINLEY THOG MAY NYUR DRUB PA DRAG SHUL TOB DEN DORJE SHUGDEN TSEL DAG GI TEN GYI DRA LHAR NGA SÖL LO

You are the fierce and mighty Dorje Shugden, Who sustains tenpa6 and tenzin7 like son, And swiftly fulfills all four tasks, I recognize you as my constant dralha8.

DOR NA DAG GI LEG NYE JA WA KÜN CHÖ SUNG CHEN PO KYE LA NYER TAY KYI NYIN TSEN YEL WA MAY PAR SUNG WA DANG CHOG DÜ KÜN TU GYE PAY TRA SHI TSÖL

In short I entrust all my concerns both right n’ wrong, To you, great dharmapala, Protect me day and night with vigilance, At all times and places, grant propitious factors.

Notes

  • 1. Meditational deities.
  • 2. Thrinlay: task, purpose; lhun, shortened form of the adverb lhungyis, effortlessly; drub: accomplishing naturally. ‘By whose blessings one’s purposes are fulfilled effortlessly’.
  • 3. The hat worn by high-ranking ecclesiastical personages in Tibet.
  • 4. A compund of cho (Dharma) and khor (its adherents).
  • 5. The cudgel in the hands of deities.
  • 6. The Buddha’s teaching.
  • 7. Upholders of the Buddha’s teachings.
  • 8. The divinity someone could rely upon in times of strife and war.

 


 

Praise to Dorje Shugden

By the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

Commentary by His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche on the Praise to Dorje Shugden

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(Excerpt from the Dorje Shugden prayer called duelzin choe ki gyalpo choepai choka phuentsog doe gu yong khil she jawa)

At the early time, entering into the teaching of the Tathagata,
you rose in the form of Vinaya-holding Bhikshu,
thus you protect all the teachings of the Sravaka-Pitaka without exception,
I prostrate to you.

Here the prayer exhorts Dorje Shugden’s previous incarnation as a great monk, who protected the teachings. This verse also refers to Dorje Shugden’s previous life as the Vinaya-holder (Dulzin) Drakpa Gyeltsen (1374-1434), he was a pure monk who had made the great aspiration to arise as a Protector of the teachings. The teachings are protected when a person learns the Dharma, practises the Dharma and then teaches it. Therefore when Dorje Shugden in his previous incarnations learned the teachings, he was able to protect them.

For example, if someone says something negative about the teachings, as you have internalised the teachings you can reply using logic. When logic is used to clear the doubt in the mind of someone else, you are protecting the teachings. The best methods to protect the teachings is not to kill or oppress those opposed to it, but to have knowledge of the teachings, and then expound that knowledge so that the ignorance in the other person’s mind is cleared.

Therefore here we see that Dorje Shugden is praised as a monk who had mastered the teachings as he can protect them without exception.

 

In the middle, in front of many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,
having generated the aspiring and entering Bodhicitta,
you obtained the prophecy as a protector of the teaching of the Dharma,
thus you protect all the teachings of the Bodhisattvas without exception,
to you I prostrate.

This verse states that Dorje Shugden has taken the vow of Bodhicitta for the welfare of all sentient beings. Not only that but he has practised and attained Bodhicitta itself, which is the enlightened mind that aids all beings. This was done in front of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Some people could argue that even though he has taken the vow, one can regress in practice. However, as the verse explains, he attained a prophecy when he would be enlightened. That would mean that his generation of Bodhicitta was truly genuine.

 

In the great mandala of the ocean of Tantras,
initiated by Vajradhara, and receiving the samayas,
thus you protect all the teachings of the profound Tantra without exception,
to you I prostrate.

Here the praise mentions the many tantric teachings that Dorje Shugden received in his previous lives. These are based on the sutra teachings, which as we have seen earlier he mastered, and he was also a master of tantra. Therefore as tantra is part of the Buddhist path, he is able to protect them through his own mastery of them. Thus, the nine mothers in the entourage of Dorje Shugden assist tantric practitioners to gain spiritual attainments. The nine mothers are all emanations of Dorje Shugden.

 

In particular in this northern land, surrounded by a range of snow mountains,
though not directly pervaded by the sun of the Buddha, yet sustained by his compassion,
you are the protector of all those perfect schools of Dharma,
I prostrate to you.

This verse exhorts Dorje Shugden as a protector of all schools. Here he is not described as a protector of the Sakya but as a protector of all perfect schools of Dharma. Therefore anyone who practises the Dharma, in any school, if they propitiate Dorje Shugden, he will assist them. This is testament to Dorje Shugden’s quality and nature.

 

All the great holders of the teaching, who comment according to one’s own views,
the entire Tripitakas, the Tantras and their commentaries,
you are the very protector of all the holders of the Dharma,
acting as the fulfiller of the words of those leaders, I prostrate to you.

The great lamas who receive a pure lineage, contemplate the teachings, who practise sincerely and even commentate on the teachings to further elucidate them to their students, in order to bring clarity of mind to others are protected by Dorje Shugden. These lamas are like the sun clearing the clouds in the sky and Dorje Shugden protects them.

Dorje Shugden is not swayed by material offerings or those who make the most elaborate offerings, like an unenlightened being, but favours those who elucidate the Dharma teachings. Therefore Dorje Shugden is especially close to those lamas who teach the Dharma. This shows us he is not an ordinary protector, as ordinary protectors are not excited when someone teaches the Dharma. They are more excited when they are given abundant offerings and respect.

Here we learn that Dorje Shugden is very pleased with lamas who teach the Dharma, after they have received the teachings themselves, practised, internalised them and then gives commentaries. This doesn’t refer to anyone who simply teaches the Dharma, but those who have listened to the Dharma, and teach from experience.

Since the teaching of the Dharma is the gateway to the ending of suffering for all sentient beings, Dorje Shugden finds it the most pleasing and he is closest to these lamas. He will listen to these lamas who teach and assist them. This shows you his nature, as Dorje Shugden is happy when other peoples’ sufferings are relieved. This is not a sign of a worldly protector.

 

The legacy of the pandits, translators, dharma kings and ministers,
all the temples constructed by them,
you are the protector of all those seats of the Sangha without exception,
I prostrate to you.

Here it states that Dorje Shugden is the protector of the legacy of those who have learnt, practised and taught the Dharma. By this it means that he not only protects those great monastic institutions they built, but their teachings as well. This is because these teachings are of great importance for beings to be free of their suffering and gain enlightenment.

 

For entire Tibet, included in upper region Ngari, central region Ue-tsang, and
lower region Dokham,
you act as the very protector, refuge, supporter, and friend of all people without exception,
thus you are the very god of the snow-land country,
I prostrate to you.

In Tibet there are three provinces: Ngari, Ue-tsang and Dokham. Here Kunga Lodro is stating that Dorje Shugden is the master of all three of these provinces. Therefore he is the protector of the entire snow-land, or Tibet itself. This goes to show, even before the Gelugpa lineage arose, some of whom now proclaim Dorje Shugden to be the main protector, the Sakya masters had already stated that he is the main protector of Tibet, and not any other protector.

 

The great protector of all the Buddhas of this fortunate aeon,
who is the eliminator of all the forces of unsuitable Mara,
some day through showing full enlightenment as Samyaksambuddha,
you will fulfil the deed of a Tathagata, to you I prostrate.

This explains that Dorje Shugden is emanating as a Dharma protector for all Buddhist lineages at this moment and that he will continuously emanate to assist sincere practitioners. However, in the future he will take on the form of a Samyaksambuddha. This is a Buddha who manifests when the Dharma is non-existent within samsara to turn the wheel of Dharma to benefit sentient beings. Buddha Shakyamuni for example taught when the Dharma no longer exist, so therefore he is called a Samyaksambuddha.

Likewise, Dorje Shugden will appear in a form like Buddha Shakyamuni to teach the Dharma. Some people would retort that this goes to show that he is not enlightened yet, but is unenlightened. On the contrary, here it states that he will ‘show’ full enlightenment, or take on the form of a Samyaksambuddha, implying that he is already a fully enlightened being. It means he will simply take the form of a Samyaksambuddha for the benefit of sentient beings.

Therefore at the moment he has taken a form of a Dharma protector, later he will take on the form of a Samyaksambuddha. This clearly means that he is enlightened already but will take on the form of a fully enlightened being in the future.

 

In short, in all three times, uninterruptedly,
with your infinite secrets of body speech and mind,
all those beings who are wandering in the ocean of the cycle,
you give them the perfect state of liberation, to you I prostrate.

This clearly states he is an enlightened being as only enlightened beings can provide you with the means of achieving enlightenment. This is not an ability held by any other types of beings. He brings resources, brings practitioners to their gurus who expound the path out of suffering, blesses them so that they are able to receive and understand the teachings. In short he creates the causes for a person to become a fully enlightened being if we have trust in him and his abilities.

 

Thus by the power of venerating you with this ocean of melodious praise,
through generating delight, compassion, and benevolent force of your mind,
please fulfil the activity for increasing of virtues, pacifying of disfavourable
interferences,
and accomplishment of all the purposes in accordance to Dharma.

The last verse states that by praising Dorje Shugden, who is no other than a Buddha, the practitioner generates great waves of merit. From these merits generated by praising him, you supplicate Dorje Shugden to fulfil the various actions of a protector, removing obstacles, granting protection and the granting of conducive conditions for the practice of the Dharma.

When we praise someone with an ego, their ego increases. Whereas if we praise someone without an ego, an enlightened being, our merits increase. Although this verse on the surface level is propitiating Dorje Shugden for various activities in his current role of a Dharma protector, if we look deeper it once again reaffirms his status as an enlightened being as he does not have an ego. This entire praise is a clear sign that Dorje Shugden is not an ordinary being but a fully enlightened being. Similarly it was no ordinary lama who composed these words. This praise was written by the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro, a great patriarch of the Sakya School.

 

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The Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

A close-up of the Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag tsa tsa

Dorje Shugden on the horse is on the bottom left of this thangka of Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini is considered one of the 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakya Tradition.

This antique thangka of Mahakala Panjaranata used to be the personal possession of Sachen Kunga Lodro. The lama figure above the protector is a depiction of Sachen Kunga Lodro himself. The central protector figure at the bottom of the thangka is the Sakya-lineage of Dorje Shugden riding a black horse.

Dorje Shugden sitting regally on a throne, surrounded by his emanations of Shize, Gyenze, Wangze and Trakze.

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

 

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

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  3. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 30, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Sonam Tsemo

    At the age of 41, on the eleventh day of the Tibetan month of Malpo in the Male Water Tiger year (1182), the great Loppon Sonam Tsemo directly entered Sukhavati. As he passed into parinirvana, he manifested two different aspects of his body for the benefit of beings. The first aspect is described in the Supplication with a Mournful Melody: “During the evening of the tenth day, the two holy brothers performed a tsok offering. The next morning Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen visited his brother’s room and found only a Dharma robe left behind, for Loppon Sonam Tsemo had departed to the Kechari realm without abandoning his body. Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen, with great fervor, recited the Supplication with a Mournful Melody and through it he received a special prophecy which emerged from the Dharma robes like the sound of a bee.”

    The second aspect was described by an old woman who witnessed Loppon Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there.

    http://www.hhthesakyatrizin.org/tradition_founder2.html

    And another version:

    Biography: Sonam Tsemo

    Sonam Tsemo, 1142-1182, also called Lobpon Sonam Tsemo (bsod nams rtse mo) of the Khon family was the second of the Sakya Jetsun Gongma Nga, (sa skya rje btsun gong ma lnga) who were the five founding patriarchs of the Sakya order. He was also the fourth Sakya throne holder, although he served as active head of the monastery for only a few years. His mother was called Machig Odron (ma gcig ‘od sgron). Like his father he remained a layman throughout his life, although he never married or had children. He was identified as the reincarnation of the Indian scholar Durgachandra (or Durjayachandra) the master of Drogmi Lotsawa Shakya Yeshe’s (‘brog mi lotsawa shakya ye shes) teacher Viravajra, in India.

    During his childhood, Sonam Tsemo’s main teacher was his father Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (sa chen kun dga’ snying po), who was the first Sakya patriarch and the third throne holder. His studies with his father focused on esoteric topics, and it is said that he could recite fourteen esoteric scriptures, including the Hevajra and Samvara tantras by the age of sixteen. He received oral Lamdre (lam ‘bras) instructions from Sachen during this time. After Sachen passed away, Sonam Tsemo’s education was strongly inflected by the Indian monastic model. At seventeen he went to the Kadampa monastery Sangpu Neutog (gsang phu ne’u thog) to study Madhyamaka philosophy and epistemology with the great master Chapa Chokyi Sengge (phya pa chos kyi seng ge). This teacher had disciples from several of the most prominent families in Central Tibet and Sonam Tsemo’s biography claims that he became the most accomplished of the students. He studied with this master on and off for eleven years and became well versed in Mahayana texts such as Pramanavinischaya and Bodhicharyavatara. Sonam Tsemo also received some instruction from the Indian or Nepali Acharya Shri Anandagharba.

    Sonam Tsemo’s work Chola jugpai go (chos la ‘jug pa’i sgo), which he composed at the age of twenty-six at Nalatse, was extremely influential on the work of his nephew Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen (sa skya paN+Di ta kun dga’ rgyal mtshan), the fourth Sakya patriarch and a widely renowned scholar. Sonam Tsemo’s written works address topics including the Bodhicharyavatara, a schematization of the tantra; an explanation of the last two chapters of the Hevajra root tantra; a commentary on the Samputa tantra; instructions for reading Sanskrit, and commemorative texts for his main teachers.

    Sonam Tsemo first gave the Lamdre teachings in Sakya at the age of twenty-eight. Many famous masters attended the teaching, and he became renowned as a clear and skilled teacher, but his biographical data reflect a career more focused on study, practice and composition of texts than on teaching. His few close disciples included his brother Dragpa Gyaltsen (rje btsun grags pa rgyal mtshan), Ngodrup (dngos grub), Chagkyi Dorje (lcags kyi rdo rje), and Tsugtor (gstug tor). He was the active Sakya throne holder for only three years, after which he passed the responsibility on to his younger brother Dragpa Gyaltsen, in order to devote the rest of his life to study and retreat.

    Sonam Tsemo passed away in 1182 at the age of forty. The details of his death are unclear, but it is recorded that his body disappeared and he left nothing but his robe and a footprint behind.

    https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setid=400

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  4. Irene Lim on Sep 29, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Such awesome article tracing the origin of Dorje Shugden Protector propitiated by the Sakyas. Dorje Shugden even extended his help to preserve the lineage by incarnating as their Heads. I hope those students of H.H. Sakya Trizin who had not studied their lineage well should read this article before they scorn Dorje Shugden and his followers. It will be like a double-edge sword cutting through them when they attack Dorje Shugden and his practitioners.

  5. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    The Sakya lineage has been practicing DS for such a long time. This clearly is solid evidence that there is absolutely nothing wrong in practicing DS. If DS is an evil spirit, as claimed, how can the Sakya lineage be practicing so long without any ill effects?

    Contract it with the ban enacted against DS practitioners, the ban, in my humble opinion, just doesn’t make any sense. Are we saying that all the erudite masters were all WRONG? This just doesn’t make any sense,, unless the ban is enacted out purely for political reasons.

    I pray and dedicate merits that this needless ban on DS practice be over very soon and that all will bring closure to this subject and move on to help others who are more in need than all these needless time spent on suppressing one another’s religion.

    I really hope that all these religious subjugation, segregation, etc. will end soon. May wisdom and compassion return to all so that the world would be a better place to live in.

    Best regards
    Lum Kok Luen

  6. Samfoonheei on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this deep insight details article.Which gave me a better understanding on the 30th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen and Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage..The leadership of the Sakya School is passed down through a hereditary system between the male members of the Sakya branch of the Khon family. It clearly show that they had practiced Dorje Shugden practice since then.There is nothing wrong with the practice and do no harm at all. This unbroken family lineage has continued to the present time and all the teachings of Sakya lineage have been passed down to the current throne holders, lamas, and great practitioners of the Sakya tradition.
    And even 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen and the previous were the incarnations of Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for having researched these article for more people to understand better. I enjoyed reading and learned alot from these.
    Thanks again with folded hands.

  7. June Kang on Sep 4, 2017 at 12:38 am

    If 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden and is known for spreading the practice of Dorje Shugden within the Sakya tradition, but the 41st Sakya Throne Holder claimed that Shugden was a worldly spirit or demon, meaning that the whole Sakya lineage of teachings was impure because 39th Sakya was wrong to follow Dorje Shugden? In addition 31st and 37th Sakya were emanation of Dorje Shugden. Can demon take rebirth as a great lama? Obviously there is no basis to say Dorje Shugden is demon.

  8. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 31, 2017 at 8:10 am

    It is indeed great to see that Dorje Shugden has emanated in the Sakya lineage again and again. It is beautiful to read about the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen and the previous incarnations of Dorje Shugden as well.

    The prayers, Kangsol and forms and Gallery speak a clear language. I rejoice for all those who meet Dorje Shugden and pray to him as he will protect us always.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this indepth article on the 30th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen and Dorje Shugden within the Sakya lineage.

  9. Pastor Chia on Aug 31, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Interesting article to know more about Sakya lineage and few of the Sakya Tenzin is also practice Dorje Shugden and Incarnation of Dorje Shugden himself. Dorje Shugden practice is not sectarian, From this article , we know Dorje Shugden start from the Sakya tradition and then follow by Geglup lineage. It show how Dorje Shugden are ready protect and promote Buddha teaching in different buddhist monastery in Tibet. The great Sakya master like 31th, 33th 35th and 39 th Sakya Tenzin is practicing. Follow by gelup high attaint master like Kyaje Pabongka Rinpiche, Trijang Rinpiche, Zong Rinpiche etc. All this high attain master will recognize Dorje Shugden enlighten mind and pass down his lineage to their dicisple. Time at the pass has proven Dorje Shugden has been check by this high master.Even 13 th Dalai Lama at the pass also praise Dorje Shugden, how could be more wrong if the angry spirit of this being choose to protect buddha dharma. What 14th Dalai Lama and 41th Sakya Trizin has no basis prove all this previous lama is wrong. Despite all the bashing and pull down, Dorje Shugden will prove those who speak negative about his practice. People with pure faith and understand buddhism will get Dorje Shugden blessing and protection.

    Thank you Pastor David extensive reserch in this article. It make people understand Dorje Shugden practice is everwhere in Tibet at the pass.

  10. Mingwen on Aug 31, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Great to know more about the great Dharma protector, where Dorje Shugden first started to be a Dharma protector and high attained beings who able to see his real qualities of a enligtened being and keep Dorje Shugden close to their hearts.

    There is no way to label Dorje Shugden as an evil spirit and when we practice Dorje Shugden, negative effects will fall on us.. I ve been with Dorje Shuden for 2 years, friends of mine have been with Dorje Shugden for decades, highly attained lamas have been practicing Dorje Shugden lives after lives, nothing bad happened to us he only gift us blessings and protections. It is just amazing!

  11. Tek Lee on Aug 31, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Thank you Pastor David and Rinpoche for sharing this article. It is really very interesting to know that Dorje Shugden was actually started in Sakya. It is ashamed to see that people nowadays listen to what they want to listen blindly, but they don’t go and search for facts. In fact, before reading this article, we all know that Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche practiced Dorje Shugden since their previous life. Now with this article and research, it shows that many more high lamas that practiced Dorje Shugden, reincarnate as high lamas again. This obviously shows that the “excuse” for the ban is even more ridiculous. Yet, many people choose to believe. I wonder, why the current Sakya totally stop practicing Dorje Shugden, and yet, until the extend that they discriminate it. I actually have a friend from Sakya warned me before about practicing Dorje Shugden. He told me he had a friend who practiced Dorje Shugden, because of didn’t follow certain thing, then died. Of course I didn’t listen to him. And that made me wonder until now, why do they so discriminate Dorje Shugden, since it started from there? May the ban of Dorje Shugden be lifted very very soon, to stop all these discrimination and controversy. _/\_

  12. Andrea Lai on Aug 31, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Little did I know Tibetan Buddhism have 4 sects – Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug. It’s very interesting to know more of these sect histories and tradition. More engrossing, the strong faith and devotion between Sakya and Dorje Shugden are inseparable. Dorje Shugden is truly a holy enlightened being that have benefited so much and yet He been claimed as “spirit”. Many high attained lamas, geshes that practices Dorje Shugden, gain much swift attainments. If saying practice Dorje Shugden is wrong and “evil”, where is the proof?

  13. Pastor Albert on Aug 31, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Dorje Shugden is also the emanation of Avalokiteshvara, this is getting very interesting. Since Dorje Shugden is Avalokiteshvara and Dalai Lama is also emanation of Avalokiteshvara, then how does this ban work? It definitely cannot be Avalokiteshvara imposed a ban to himself, this got me thinking that for Dalai Lama to do so, there must be a reason behind, and the only thing is we as ordinary people cannot see through.

    Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being, I have no doubt on this, in Gelug tradition, many high lamas has been reincarnating back again and again to continue the practice of Dorje Shugden, now, I also learned that many high lamas in Sakya tradition also keep reincarnating back again and again to spread the teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni, isn’t it very obvious already, how can Dorje Shugden an evil spirit?

    Thank you Rinpoche, Pastor David and the writers team for tirelessly writing the articles in this blog so that we can learn and understand more about Dorje Shugden and Dharma.

  14. Julia Tan on Aug 31, 2017 at 1:48 am

    I am so glad to read about this article. It make so much sense to me. I seriously think CTA, a group of lay people, pretending to be spiritual, working very hard not for their people but their own pocket, on what ground of saying it was a mistake of the Sakya masters for practicing Dorje Shugden? In what sense all these masters can be mistakenly recognising Sakya Trizin as reincarnation of Dorje Shugden? In other words, it means all these great masters of Sakya lineage, the highest of the high, has no power at all, hence do not see or cannot feel the existing of the devil Dorje Shugden. All their initiations and empowerment have no effect, not sure how they subdued other spirits, need not talk about the samaya because everyone who has received initiations from them all the way down to the current Sakya Trinzin. Is that means everyone in Sakya school has no attainment? If you still choose to believe Dorje Shugden is a spirit then please also accept the fact that all Sakya Trinzins already took rebirth in 3 lower realms. Then who has taken rebirth as the current Sakya Trinzin?

    I am so grateful that H.H. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and the team, made the effort to always provide us with facts and teachings so that we understand and not just blindly follow and let others making fool of ourselves. After reading this article, I now know the Sakya lineage better by having strong faith and respect.

    Buddha taught Dharma, He wanted us to think logically not believing in him blindly. Today all of us go to school, so many entered the monasteries to study the sutra and tantra, in order to become the wise one. If someone like me can see what damage CTA has done, directly destroying the Tibetan Buddhism that established since 650 CE. Why is that so?

  15. Justin Cheah on Aug 31, 2017 at 12:55 am

    To be honest I am confused with the timeline of events and with the names in this article but one thing is for sure which I am sure a lot of people will be asking, if Dorje Shugden is really an evil spirit, bad, bla bla bla… will Gelugpa sect be even flourished like it did? Will the renown masters be who they are now? Will all practice take effect even? And as a matter of fact, Dorje Shugden practice actually started in Sakya tradition. Tell me why all these hundreds of years practising Lamas kept reincarnated back into earth life after life even all were claimed as true.

  16. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 30, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Topic : 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen
    Link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/39th-sakya-trizin-dragshul-trinley-rinchen.html
    How can all these erudite and highly attained Sakya Buddhist masters be wrong about Dorje Shugden? How can Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and other high lamas of the Gelugpa be wrong? If so, then logically speaking, all lamas in the Sakya and Gelugpa tradition including HH The 14th Dalai Lama are also wrong. Then where does that leave Tibetan Buddhism when people can start saying that this or that Lama is wrong. This trend of saying that one’s own gurus is wrong is bad and sheds a negative light on Buddhism, particularly Vajrayana Buddhism. If hypothetically these lamas are wrong (of which they are not), doesn’t that make their students wrong too since the students received teachings and practices from their gurus? And the CTA added more fuel to the fire by wrongly claiming that the practice of Dorje Shugden will shorten the life of HHDL, and will create the cause for Tibet to not be returned to the Tibetans. It is preposterous for the CTA to make such lame claims just because they needed a scapegoat whom they can put the blame on for the empty promises they made to their people. It is ridiculous for CTA to accuse Dorje Shugden for these wrong allegations because Dorje Shugden has been in practice for over 350 years, way before the greedy and incompetent CTA lost their country.

    It is a puzzle why the 41st Sakya Trinzin denounced Dorje Shugden. And equally perplexing is also why the Sakya Trinzin changed the 1000 year old tradition of the Sakya sect of who takes over as the 42nd Sakya Trinzin.

  17. pammie yap on Aug 30, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    This is the first time I got to learn a lot of the Sakya tradition and Dorje Shugden’s connection. Even in this tradition, one can see how Dorje Shugden only want to preserve and spread Dharma. They have been around for hundreds of years and surely this also prove that the Sakya Trizin are Enlightened beings or emanations of Buddhas. So if they are, surely they will also know the truth about Dorje Shugden. Else how did their lineage and practice manage to survive so long.

    And not only did Dorje Shugden’s practice flourish in Sakya’s tradition but also in Gelugpa. If Dorje Shugden is ‘evil’, then how come His actions are always the same and beneficial? And wouldn’t the attained Lamas know whether He is the emanation of Manjushri or not? If we say that they are wrong, then all that we studied for the lineage Gurus would be wrong too, right?

  18. Datuk May on Aug 30, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Reading this article, understanding the divinity and reincarnation of the Sakya Trizins makes me realise the power of the enlightened mind. The enlightened mind is never confined to any tradition but is wherever there is faith for the enlightenment to be present.

    As a Dorje Shugden devotee, this article definitely disprove the fact that Dorje Shugden is sectarian and that worshipping Him causes the practitioners to the lower realm.

    In his autobiography, the 39th Sakya Trizin confirms that the throne holders of the Sakya lineage had been reincarnations of Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. This is such a powerful learning.

    This article enriches the knowledge that Dorje Shugden is not exclusive to the Gelug tradition but also within the Sakya and Ningma traditions.

    As the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has taught, it does not matter what is your religious believe, Dorje Shugden is the protector of all sentient beings. With rigour and trust, Dorje Shugden will guide on the right path.

    Dorje Shugden is not sectarian but encompassing.

  19. Eric kksiow on Aug 30, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Thank You PDL for sharing this article to everyone of us.

    From this article i found out ” We ” ( Gelug Lineage ) are not the only one who practicing Dorje Shguden practice. Very interesting.

    Highlight post from Tsem Rinpoche :
    Remember the Shugden lineage in our Gelug School came from Sakya originally. Even our Vajra Yogini practice came from Sakya originally. Sakya masters practiced Dorje Shugden even before the Gelug masters.

  20. Vivian Ong on Aug 30, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing and writing this article about the Sakya lineage practising Dorje Shugden. After reading this article, I learn more about the Sakya lineage, history and also practices. Those anti-shugden people kept saying that Dorje Shugden is not enlighten and is a spirit but how come so many great masters and high lamas are practising Dorje Shugden and there is no side effects from practising Shugden. So are these great masters and high lamas wrong about their practice?

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  21. Nicholas Yu on Aug 30, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    From this article we can see that Dorje Shugden is not just the protector for Gelug lineage but much earlier practiced by Sakya lineage and enthrone as one of the main protector together with Setrap and Kache Marpo.

    We can see clearly Dorje Shugden involvement in Sakya lineage which even the take rebirth as the Sakya Trinzin himself to safe guard the lineage and teaching.
    We can see Dorje Shugden quality as an enlightened being that is very prominent at this degenerate time which even practice by Nyingma lineage. Thinking it over if Dorje Shugden is not enlightened how can he be propitiated by so many people from various lineages and his existence was recorded and evident of his practice is no secret.

    Dorje Shugden practices has been past down generation by generation and the Lama that practiced came back again and again to continue their legacy to benefit many people. This is already a great evident to show that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being that can help and support us in our spiritual journey. If we were to say this protector practice is wrong mean we are saying those lineages and their Lamas are wrong then how can the existing throne/lineage holder be right as they learned from their Lama/Guru which practices Dorje Shugden.

  22. Choong on Aug 30, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Dorje Shugden is not sectarian

    From Rinpoche’s and Pastor David’s article “39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen” dated August 23, 2017 [http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/39th-sakya-trizin-dragshul-trinley-rinchen.html] I quote:

    “The basis of Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s claim that the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden is in reality an emanation of Avalokiteshvara is derived from a Nyingma tantra titled Rinchen Nadun. Within the text it states that, “The one known as Dolgyal is not mistaken on the path to liberation, he is by nature the Great Compassionate One.”

    It might seem odd to some that a Sakya luminary would be quoting from a Nyingma tantra. It would be odd, if one views the world through the lens of sectarianism. Indeed, Dorje Shugden and its practitioners such as Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche have been accused of being sectarian from those looking through this discriminatory lens.

    However as we know, Dharma and practice is never sectarian. It is only us, if we wish, who makes divisions and erect fences. Dharma and practice is indeed universal. One of the great examples of non-sectarianism is with regards to the Guhyagarbha tantra of the Nyingma tradition, a tradition which is the oldest amongst the various Tibetan traditions.

    The Guhyagarbha is a key tantra in the Nyingma lineages, however ever since the 11th century, when members of the “new translations” questioned its authenticity, its status became questionable. A detailed attack on it was written by the 11th century translator Go Khugpa Lhetse, based on his failure to find any lineage for the tantra in India and the fact that, according to his subjective judgement, it didn’t resemble genuine Indian tantras.

    Go Khugpa’s criticism was rather illogical as features which he found “suspect”are in fact also found in tantras of the new translation period that he accepted. However, enough doubt remained that the Guhyagarbha tantra was excluded from the Kangyur compiled in the 14th century.

    It was none other than Sakyasribhadra (1127 -1225), the Kashmiri guru who taught Sakya Pandita (both of whom are recognized as Dorje Shugden emanations), and the last Indian pandita to travel to Tibet to teach, who verified a Sanskrit manuscript of the Guhyagarbha tantra which he found whilst at Samye monastery, thus enabling the tantra to be traced back to Indian origins.

    The manuscript, as mentioned in a 12th/13th century Sakya biography of Sakyasribhadra, was passed from hand to hand until it reached Go Lotsawa Zhonu Pal, author of the “Blue Annals”, who wrote:

    “When the Great Kashmiri Pandita [Sakyasri] arrived at Samye, he discovered the Sanskrit text of the Guhyagarbha. Later it came into the hands of Taton Ziji, who presented it to it Shagang Lotsawa. The latter sent the manuscript to Chomden [Rigpai] Ralgri, who accepted it and composed The Flower to Ornament the Accomplishment of the Guhyagarbha. He showed the text at an assembly of tantrikas at Mamone, and highly praised it. After that Tarpa Lotsawa made a translation of the Subsequent Guhyagarbha Tantra which had not been found before. Most of the pages of the manuscript were damaged. The remaining pages of the Sanskrit manuscript are in my hands.”

    Just as the great seminal master Atisha (982 – 1054 CE) had during his visit to Samye, Sakyasribhadra lent his personal authority to the authenticity of Nyingma tantras. So here you have it without the sectarian lens – the last Indian pandita to travel to Tibet to teach, luminary of the Sakya tradition, Dorje Shugden emanation, who authenticated a key Nyingma tradition tantra whose lineage continues unabated until this day. How can Dorje Shugden be sectarian?

    Note: The attached picture is of Sakyasribhadra.

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  23. wan wai meng on Aug 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you so much to Rinpoche and all the writers, it gave me a lot more clarity about Dorje Shugden being in the Sakya tradition. If Dorje Shugden was the evil of all evils then, the Sakya tradition would have not survived at all up to this day, and would have been contaminated with all manner of evil and negativity. Yet the Sakya tradition is going strong. Also there is no reason for the Sakya, who count their founders as Virupa and a great many Sakya Masters, Sakya Pandita and others, who cannot recognize demon from buddha.

    Also the Dorje Shugden in the Sakya tradition, focuses on the very same things as Dorje Shugden in the Gelugpa tradition, teachings and the dharma. I feel one of the ways Dorje Shugden ripens the mindstreams of sentient beings is by, giving the dharma and also helping practitioners master the dharma. If practitioners master the dharma they protect their own buddhist lineages and the buddha dharma as well.

  24. Soon Huat on Aug 26, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the precious teaching, Thank You Pastor David Lai for compiling all the valuable information. This article is really open my eye to get to know that Powerful World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden has been practicing in Sakya lineage as one of main protector even before Gelug.

    I am amazed by this verse and this is clearly shown that Dorje Shugden is not sectarian, He is protecting all the perfect Dharma school or in other words, Dharma teaching.

    “In particular in this northern land, surrounded by a range of snow mountains,
    though not directly pervaded by the sun of the Buddha, yet sustained by his compassion,
    you are the protector of all those perfect schools of Dharma,
    I prostrate to you.”

    I am particularly moved by the story between the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen and the 33rd Sakya Trizin Padma Dudul ; Tashi Rinchen asked his father, “Who will be coming as my offspring?” His father replied, “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming, Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendent.” This is strong evident again that Dorje Shugden will take all means to protect the precious lineage and teaching to benefit all sentient beings. I have no doubt that He is embodied of wisdom and compassion (emanation of Avalokistevara and Manjusri).

    My faith to the Powerful Protector Dorje Shugden is getting stronger. Thank You Rinpoche.

    p/s: I think I am addicted to not only blog chat but blog articles too.

  25. Paul Yap on Aug 25, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Dorje Shugden has been the main protector for the Shakya Lineage and it will continue to be so in the future. What interesting point I have learned from this article is that Dragshul Trinley Rinchen has claim that the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden is in reality an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. All the while we knew that Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri. This shows the quality of Dorje Shugden which has encompassed both quality of wisdom and compassion.

    The old Shakya’s thangka has depicted Dorje Shugden in the center as the main deity, he is surrounded by Buddhas, Lineage Gurus and Protectors. This thangka has shown that in fact Dorje Shugden has been the main practice in Shakya until the banned imposed by Dalai Lama. I believe that there is far greater reasons behind all these ban. I believe that Dorje Shugden has been very beneficial to the Shakyas, and he will be the center of protector practice for a very long time.

  26. Jacinta Goh on Aug 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor David,

    These two days I’ve browsed and read many articles about the Sakya, their lineage, the practices, the monasteries, the recent issues such as the shorter period given for Successors and everything in between. I am trying to draw links between these and the issue surrounding Protector Dorje Shugden. From many angles, we can safely deduced that it is not a small practice and it affects not only the Gelugpas, but the Sakya too. I do not have further comment but will continue to read more with an open mind to learn more , hopefully. Thank you Rinpoche

  27. Anne Ong on Aug 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this very interesting insights on Sakya lineage practice of Dorje Shugden. Here are some points that i find fascinating.
    1. Dragshul Trinley Rinchen tells us a story of the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen requesting his father, the 33rd Sakya Trizin Padma Dudul to perform a ritual to acquire an heir. During a break in the ritual held at Mug Chung, the most famous Dorje Shugden temple in the Sakya tradition, Tashi Rinchen asked his father, “Who will be coming as my offspring?” His father replied, “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming, Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendent.”
    2. The basis of Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s claim that the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden is in reality an emanation of Avalokiteshvara is derived from a Nyingma tantra titled Rinchen Nadun. Within the text it states that, “The one known as Dolgyal is not mistaken on the path to liberation, he is by nature the Great Compassionate One.” The text thus establishes Dorje Shugden as being of the same nature as Avalokiteshvara. Being that Kunga Nyingpo was said to be an emanation of “Grandpa Shugden”, in this manner Kunga Nyingpo was also established as the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, a tenth-ground Bodhisattva, who is capable of innumerable emanations.
    3.Therefore, Dorje Shugden is not an ordinary oath-bound Dharma protector, as some claim, but an enlightened protector who has an extraordinary link with the Sakya Trizins, since he himself incarnated as throne holders in order to preserve the lineage. Interestingly, when Padma Dudul calls Kunga Nyingpo ‘Grandpa Shugden’, this probably also refers to his own grandfather, Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) who was another Sakya Trizin and well-known to be an incarnation of Dorje Shugden as well. Kunga Lodro was credited with the composition of the Sakya fulfillment liturgy and rituals to Dorje Shugden, that were later incorporated into the Gelugpa texts. So, it was Kunga Lodro who later took rebirth at Kunga Nyingpo, and both are incarnations of Dorje Shugden.
    This article shows that Dorje Shugden was practiced by the Shakyas before it became a Gelug Lineage practice.
    Thank you very much Rinpoche for recommending this topic for me to read up and learn . I will try to go further into this article and try to understand it well. It so happens my mum and i was watching this old video previous night and then this related article came up. 🙂
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v52s_pF2A4o&index=20&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LyKpzzUPQ-FjIsu2TW7FRz4

  28. G on Aug 24, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the comments above on the Sakya lineage and their Dorje Shugden practice. A few things stood out for me when I read more on this subject .

    1)As I understand Dorje Shugden was enthroned as a Protector by the 30th Sakya Trizin as the 3rd member of the Gyalpo Sum, the other 2 Protectors being Lord Setrap and Tsui Marpo. When the current 41st Sakya Trizin started to degrade Dorje Shugden and deny the practice , wouldn’t he also be degrading Lord Setrap and Tsui Marpo ( both currently still highly revered by other lineages ). They are all “brothers ” in their mission to protect the Dharma.

    2) If the Sakya lineage Masters are wrong in some areas of their practice that means their teachings are not pure. If that’s the case the whole Sakya school should not continue anymore if they are spreading tainted teachings. Shouldn’t the CTA or Dalai Lama take action on this to “protect” the innocent ?

    3) if the Sakya teachings are tainted how come the other schools “borrow” teachings from them e.g the Vajrayogini teachings and propagate and praise highly of these teachings.

    Clearly, it doesn’t make sense to hear the current Sakya leaders talk bad about the practice of their past teachers and yet continue to “sell” their practice to others as being pure and authentic. It’s clearly self destruction 😓

    The recent changes in the Sakya lineage of shortening the tenures of the Sakya head etc also gives rise to controversies to the intention behind these changes. Seems they are really messy themselves yet they want to make things worse by degrading and denouncing a Protector who has done so much for them in the past. Very sad ! Worst of all adding salt to the wounds of current Dorje Shugden practitioners – very undharmic indeed.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving me the opportunity to learn more. It’s also great to learn from the comments of the writers team etc who are so well read on these subjects. Thank you Rinpoche 🙏🙏🙏

    G

  29. Choong on Aug 23, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the commentary and Pastor David for putting the comprehensive article together. Pardon me for this long comment but this article really resonates with me.

    What strikes me amidst all the details, is the all important Guru-disciple relationship.

    Vajrayana or Tantrayana is marked by emphasis on the Guru-disciple relationship and this is not a one-way street, for before entering into this special spiritual-development relationship, the Guru has to know the future disciple and the disciple conversely also checks out his future Guru.

    Please correct me I’m wrong, but in this article, even Dragshul Trinley Rinchen of the Drolma Phodrang demonstrated checking out his Guru who happens to be his father, the renowned 38th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo. He found out that his father was an emanation of Dorje Shugden!

    What should the future disciple look for in a Guru? We should look for a Guru who firstly, has the knowledge, who is well-versed in the Sutras and Tantra, and who is well-versed in his practice, not only knowledgeable but who is also a practitioner. We may call it the Guru’s qualities and activities.

    As important is that the Vajrayana Guru also needs to have an unbroken lineage; that means the Guru must have received initiations from his Gurus that continue up to where it started. And in many cases this trail ends with the historical Buddha in one form/emanation or
    another. The lineage must be “alive and unbroken”.

    This article reminded me that the “founder” of the Gaden tradition, Lama Tsongkhapa, had studied extensively with his Sakya teacher, Nyapon Kungpa Pel. However, this ended when one day Nyapon Kungpa Pel was struck by an illness and unable to teach. He referred Tsongkhapa instead to his chief disciple, Jetsun Rendawa (this itself is a teaching about Guru devotion and samaya).

    The Sakya Master, Rendawa, and Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru-disciple relationship became legendary stuff.

    One of the famous stories with regards to Rendawa-Tsongkhapa is how the Migstema prayer came about. This prayers remains till this day, the principal prayer in the Ganden tradition.

    In honor of his Guru, Lama Tsongkhapa offered a prayer to Rendawa which Tsongkhapa had earlier received from Manjushri Bodhisattava and altered two lines to suit his Guru.

    However, Rendawa then altered the verse to include Tsongkhapa’s name instead and offered the prayer back to Tsongkhapa. This prayer, containing the blessings of both Lama Tsongkhapa and Master Rendawa, is now known as the Migtsema mantra.

    From Tsongkhapa to Rendawa:

    Lord of stainless wisdom, Manjushri,
    Objectless compassion, Chenrezig,
    Crown jewel of the Sages of the Land of Snows,
    O Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro, at your feet I make this request;
    Grant protection to me; a fly seeking liberation.

    Revised by Rendawa and offered back to Tsongkhapa:

    Objectless compassion, Chenrezig,
    Lord of stainless wisdom, Manjushri,
    Congquering mara’s hordes, Vajrapani,
    Crown jewel of the Sages of the Land of Snows,
    Losang Drakpa, at your feet, I pray.

    So you see, it is more a matter of Guru-disciple relationship rather than labels (Nyingma, Sakya, Kadampa, Gelugpa, Kagyu, Jonang, …)

    The elementary nature of unbroken lineage and Guru-disciple relationship was once again highlighted and demonstrated by Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen who arose as the enlightened protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings Dorje Shugden.

    When Dorje Shugden first arose, he travelled first to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in memory of his Guru, Panchen Lama Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen, who resided there. However at the entrance, the Dharma Protectors of the monastery refused to allow him to pass through.

    Dorje Shugden went on to Sakya (Mug Chung) instead, a result of his connection from his previous life as Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen.

    It was in Sakya that patriarch Dagchen Sonam Rinchen first enthroned Dorje Shugden as a Dharma Protector of the Sakya lineage. Later, the 8th Dalai Lama, the regent of Tibet and the Qing Emperor Daoguang recognised and enthroned Dorje Shugden in an elaborate ceremony as the Dharma Protector of the Gaden lineage, thus fulfilling the original promise that Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen made to Nechung to protect the unmistaken teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    All this illustrates the fundamental, uncompromising nature of the Guru-disciple relationship in Vajrayana, and which leads to unbroken lineage.

    Fast-forward today, without mentioning names, it is clear where broken lineage, broken samaya occurs and where it remains, as it has since the time of Buddha Shakyamuni.

    The lesson to me is, avoid looking at labels, at titles, at thrones, at seniority, at all the “bells and whistles”, and just concentrate on the fundamental Guru-disciple relationship as demonstrated by all the great masters of every tradition.

  30. Lim Han Nee on Aug 23, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this most informative and interesting article.

    It is established very clearly by the most highly attained 39th Sakya Trizin, that the the 37th Sakya throne-holder was an emanation of Dorje Shugden. According to ,the 39th Sakya throne-holder,Dragshul Trinley Rinchen , the 35th Sakya Trizin had asked his father the 33rd Sakya Trizin, for a ritual to help him get an heir. When he asked who his heir(the 37th Sakya Trizin) would be, his father replied that it would be Dorje Shugden, who is one with Avalokiteshvara.Furthermore, reference to the heir as “Grandpa Shugden coming as his descendant”, also means that the 31st Sakya Trizin was also an emanation of Dorje Shugden. Thus this establishes that 2 of the Sakya Trizins were emanations of Dorje Shugden and far from being a spirit, he is a fully enlightened Protector.

    The 39th Sakya Trizin was a highly revered master, to whom even Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche went to receive teachings and initiations ; Pabongka Rinpoche also sent his students to receive Vajrayogini transmissions from him.

    Six out of 42 Sakya Trizins -the 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 35th, 37th and 39th -were devoted Shugden practitioners,and these six were highly attained masters through whom the central teachings and practices of the Sakya Lineage have been passed in an unbroken lineage transmission. If you say that these six Sakya Trizins were wrong in practising Shugden, you are dangerously casting aspersions on these masters as being tainted , and also saying that the whole Sakya transmission of lineage teachings are invalid , as they were also transmitted by the six Sakya Trizins who are part of the 42 Sakya Trizins!

    Not only was Dorje Shugden actively engaged with the Sakya Lineage, he was also likewise a protector for the Nyingmas, as the reference to the Nyingma text “Rinchen Nadun” shows. . It is amazing how compassionate Shugden is to come in these degenerate times to guide and protect us,where no other enlightened being has come . “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming, Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendent.”says the 33rd Sakya Trizin to his son.

    Indeed there is a tradition of celebrating the kindness of Dorje Shugden taking rebirth in the form of Kunga Nyingpo to preserve and propagate the Sakya lineage, which is celebrated during the ninth month of the Tibetan Buddhist lunar calendar!
    This article shows that Dorje Shugden was practiced by the Shakyas before it became a Gelug Lineage practice.

    • Lim Han Nee on Aug 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings on the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, which shows us the greatness and kindness of so rare an attained being that he was

  31. Tsem Rinpoche on Aug 23, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Two photographs (close up and full throne) of His Holiness the 39th Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936). He was the main throne holder of Sakya lineage in his time and he was a great Dorje Shugden practitioner among many practices as he was highly attained.

    He said that Dorje Shugden is the same nature as Avalokitesvara. This 39th Throne holder was one of the greatest masters of his time and generation and would have visions of Vajra Yogini and Tara directly.

    Even the great Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche would go to this 39th Sakya Throneholder for teachings and practices. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche would send his own students to get Vajra Yogini teachings from this great master…so blessed to even see his face in these pictures. Sarva Mangalam!

    Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), the 39th Sakya Trizin, was a strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Dragshul Trinley Rinchen researching his own family history, he even proved that his holy father, the 37th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo (1850–1899), was an emanation of Dorje Shugden. Can you imagine, even some of the Sakya throneholders were emanations of Dorje Shugden. And this is in Dragshul’s own biography.

    30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen (1705-1741)
    31st Throneholder Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783)
    33rd Throneholder Padma Dudul Wangchug (1792-1853)
    35th Throneholder Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865)
    37th Throneholder Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899)
    39th Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936)

    Up to date, there 42 Sakya Throneholders of which the above six were known prominent Shugden practitioners and some built chapels to Shugden or composed long prayers. This is in the Sakya lineage!

    Remember the Shugden lineage in our Gelug School came from Sakya originally. Even our Vajra Yogini practice came from Sakya originally. Sakya masters practiced Dorje Shugden even before the Gelug masters.

    Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

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    • Joy on Aug 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Dear Rinpoche,

      Thank you for the messages and teachings on the Sakya master “Dragshul Trinley Rinchen”. It is incredible to know that His own father was an emanation of Dorje Shugden. And since The Sakya Masters are known to be emanations of Manjushri, so how can Manjushri say that Dorje Shugden is “wrong” or cannot tell that Dorje Shugden is unenlightened? Hence, this is another clear evidence that Dorje Shugden is not a demon and definitely NOT sectarian unlike what is being said by the Tibetan leadership. I totally agree with what Pastor Jean Ai said below as I that immediately came to mind as well:

      “I can’t think of any other protector who, when you examine their story, has such an intricate connection with all of the lineages. Perhaps we just haven’t studied enough of them but from my limited view, that is what it appears to be. Dorje Shugden’s activities reflect that of Lama Tsongkhapa who made the Gelug tradition a synthesis of the essence of the other traditions.”

      If we look at the bigger picture…. in actuality ALL the synthesis of the essence from all lineages are in Gelug. Hence, the Gelug lineage CANNOT be sectarian and it is illogical for anyone to say that. And by right everyone and every lineage SHOULD be getting along with one another just like how it used to be BEFORE the injustice ban.

      For the Tibetan leadership to say Dorje Shugden is wrong and hence all these great attained Lamas are wrong is basically saying ALL lineages are wrong because in one way or another we are all CONNECTED and you cannot have one without the other.

      Those who say otherwise do not have enough Dharma or knowledge to see this and this is what Rinpoche teaches us. We are so fortunate to have this.

      Thank you,
      Joy 🙏🏾

  32. Tsem Rinpoche on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    30th Sakya Throneholder Sonam Rinchen (1705-1741)
    31st Throneholder Sachen Kunga Lodro (1729-1783)
    33rd Throneholder Padma Dudul Wangchug (1792-1853)
    35th Throneholder Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865)
    37th Throneholder Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899)
    39th Throneholder Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936)

    Six out of 42 supreme throne holders of the Sakya traditions either practiced Dorje Shugden, built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and/or perpetuated Shugden’s practice among their disciples. All the 13 golden teachings of Sakya and numerous other teachings of Sakya today come through these six lineage holders who were very high and erudite incarnations. From them the teachings have been passed down up till now to the current throne holders/lamas/practitioners of the Sakya tradition. If you were to say these six Sakya throne holders were wrong to propitiate/perpetuate Shugden, write pujas to him or build chapels in his honor then you are saying they are infallible, ordinary, do not have high attainments, are not erudite, and can make mistakes therefore we should not rely on them. If they are just ordinary men with brocade silk hats, expensive robes on big thrones, then what’s the point to call them lineage holders or masters? What’s the point to practice the ‘tainted’ Sakya lineage in modern times? Of course they were very attained and not ordinary humans. If these six Sakya lineage holders can make mistakes, then all the Sakya lineages we have today that passed through them are tainted and without blessings and all the practices have passed through them for sure. So if we practice the Sakya lineage, then there will be no results. Because all Sakya practices in modern time came through these six throne holders. That is not logical nor possible. They were very great and attained masters.

    Because the Tibetan leadership likes to say if you practice Dorje Shugden, then you break your connection to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and therefore you will take rebirth in the three lower realms. So does that mean these six great Sakya throne holders all took rebirth in the three lower realms? Impossible. They all practiced Dorje Shugden and there is much research and evidence of this. Some even composed long pujas to Dorje Shugden which we can see today. In fact these six great Sakya throne holders were very attained, highly realized and not ordinary beings. Because of their extraordinary attainments of course it is easy for them to see which formless being is a Buddha and which one is a negative being causing harm. They would know for sure Dorje Shugden is not negative and therefore encouraged Dorje Shugden’s practice and composed pujas and prayers to him. They can use their clairvoyance to see the nature of Dorje Shugden. Or they can use their debate skills to philosophically argue out the nature of Dorje Shugden. I am sure they did both. Simple deduction is that Dorje Shugden is not a harmful being and that is why these six erudite masters practiced and promoted Dorje Shugden within Sakya’s holy lineage.

    I myself have tremendous faith and respect for the exalted Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871–1936), the 39th Sakya Trizin and the other five throne holders too. I pray they will bless me so I may gain full enlightenment. When I see Dragshul Trinley Rinchen’s photo I feel as if I have met him and or had the great honor to have practiced his teachings in a past time. But great faith does arise in me spontaneously for Dragshul Trinley Rinchen as it does for Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and Kyabje Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche…Tsem Rinpoche

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  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 01:51 AM
    In Buddhism, before become an enlightened beings, all living beings have to experience the suffering in taking rebirth for many lifetimes and each of the rebirth, we must have father and mother. It is possible that our previous lifetime’s father and mother have taken rebirth in other forms such as animals, hungry ghosts and etc in this lifetime. Due to this reason, we should love and treat all sentient beings well as everyone might once been our father or mother in the previous life. We owe them kindness and therefore we should practice dharma and help to liberate them from suffering and lead them to enlightenment.

    I am extremely grateful that I meet and learn dharma from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s skilful means teachings let me understand that I should not only care about myself, my family and friends but to be kind and compassion to everyone around me. Rinpoche reminds and encourage us to do our commitments and daily sadhana. Later, I realized that when we do prayers, sadhana or pujas, we must begin with Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels and followed by recitation of the Four Immeasurables. Through this practice, it is actually to help us to set a good motivation and generate our Bodhicitta for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/five-ways-to-love-more-by-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 10:27 PM
    Rinpoche’s blog has so many interesting topics and articles. Be it heavy and technical or light such as traveling tips, all are very useful and informative to the readers. I appreciate Rinpoche and writers team hardwork in giving us vast information and opportunity for us to learn and improve our dharma knowledge.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-am-honoured.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:04 AM
    Wow …such a unique island called Socotra which i did not know before or come across . Everything from trees to flowers looks so unique. A place home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely which adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. The landscape of this remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film.
    From what I see through the pictures this Socotra Island, looks more like Alien place. It’s truly unlike any place on earth and is also called the ‘Lost World ‘ to some of the tourist. I did some research on this island .
    It seem over millions of years, the isolated island in the Arabian Sea has cultivated a unique biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. Twisted dragon’s blood trees and bulbous bottle trees have made Socotra a place of legends, feared by sailors throughout history and believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden.
    Now it seem to be a tourist attraction in Yemen after when UNESCO named it as World Natural Heritage Site in 2006. Its wonderful news as UNESCO recognizes the importance of preserving the island.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these unique island with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/socotra-island.html#comment-753145
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:03 AM
    Beautiful sacred painting by Rinpoche. Amazing to know RInpoche as a small kid is so talented in drawing and painting . Yet after so many years the painting still looks good condition. Such a beautiful White Tara painting and now Rinpoche still paints.
    Wow interesting stories behind the scared painting of the powerful white Tara. When we have trust and faith that’s how these powerful Tara will help us.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/sacred-painting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:02 AM
    The two beautiful Yeti painting comes a long way from Nepal with love to Malaysia .Specially for Rinpoche……such a beautiful gift and unique .. Knowing Rinpoche like Bigfoot so much. Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. It is not the gift but the thought that counts.
    Rejoice for Mitra Poudel and Khom Thapa
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful paintings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html
  • Jason
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:14 PM
    This is a great news to animals. Gucci, a leading fashion company going to stop fur clothing now. I just watched a video about the people peel off the fox skin. So cruelty.
    Even though we own any fur clothing, we shouldn’t wear it because this will create a desire cause to others to buy more fur clothing .
    Human beings are very intelligent but we shouldn’t take away animals rights to live in this planet.
    Thanks Rinpoche sharing.

    Jason
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:51 PM
    藏传佛教格鲁派第十世班禅喇嘛被视为阿弥陀佛的化身,并且是继达赖尊者后拥有最高权威的佛法大师。第十世班禅喇嘛是一名颇有影响力的大师,每当他给予公开开示时,数以千计的人都会前去听法。
    第十世班禅喇嘛和达赖尊者的关系可以追溯到第五世达赖尊者时期。在当时,第五世达赖尊者的上师,同时也是杜固扎巴坚赞(多杰雄登前世之一)的上师是第四世班禅喇嘛。为了感激上师,达赖尊者赐予上师“班禅大师”头衔,并对班禅大师的三任前世加以追封。此外,达赖尊者也将扎什伦布寺赐为其上师的驻锡地。而此扎什伦布寺内还安设一间供奉多杰雄登的护法殿至今,并且还成为著名的旅游胜地。
    由此可见,如果多杰雄登就如藏人行政中央所说的修持多杰雄登会伤害西藏事业,那么当时的第五世达赖尊者为何要赠送设有多杰雄登的护法殿的扎什伦布寺予第四世班禅喇?如果多杰雄登真的会伤害西藏事业,那么第十世班禅喇嘛为何要费尽心思来撰写这篇约30至40页的的“妙音怙主(宗喀巴)佛教护法天王金刚具力五部威猛尊酬供仪轨”的祈愿文?难道第十世班禅喇嘛铁了心肠不再理会或是存心要危害西藏人民?这一切的一切,让我们不得不深入的思考。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:22 PM
    It is very worrying that there are such high percentage of plastic fibres found in our tap water. Even developed country such as UK, Germany and France has 72% of their tap water contaminated with plastic fibres. I guess this is the price we have to pay. With improve technologies and new science inventions we keep coming out with new products that uses various types of plastics and chemicals to bring down the production cost. But unfortunately, nothing comes free as human who will have to suffer the implication of these plastics fibres in the form of water and air, and it is alarming to our health. I think the only way is to create awareness to people telling them how harmful it can bring to us and we should avoid using the products that contribute the pollution and use alternative.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:04 PM
    It is good news that Tibetan MP Venerable Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. Why would a democratic country listen to an oracle to seek advise for the country governance and administration? It just puzzled me. If Nechung is right, why isn’t the country and people progressing but divided further with the Dorje Shugden ban? What more Nechung is an not enlightened dharma protector. It was proven that so many Nechung’s prophecies was wrong but none would question and CTA would still follow the wrong advice. The CTA leaders continue to segregate, discriminate and remove all the human rights against Dorje Shugden practitioners such as education, medical, religion and etc. This is so illegal.

    In this age, we should be able to think and fight for our rights. I hope more people like Venerable Tenpa Yarphel will speak up against the unfair Tibetan leadership towards their people. Everyone should be treated equally and especially for a Buddhism country.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:29 AM
    Shocking to read and hear this, happening in our own country. Even though this post is old , feeling sad for those cats starving been kept at two pet boarding premises which they called pets hotel. Pets owner discovered that those pets were left abandoned and starved . They also found dead cats and many were in a sad condition. Our local newspapers reported that about 200 cats and a dog were rescued from that premise alone .Another location about 100 cats were found and rescued. These episode was highlighted in news national wide. It such a shameful act .How can the owner of the premises do it for their own selfishness just because of celebrations.
    It is good that the authorities took a stern legal action against the owners of the centre.
    Animals are ignorant and do not deserve to be treated so badly. Be kind and caring to all sentient beings. Have empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:28 AM
    A beautiful approach by the British MPs has recommended that people reduce the amount of meat they eat to help prevent food shortages in Britain . Even though it is political approach yet still happy as less animals will be killed for foods on the table.
    The massive increase in meat consumption in recent decades has led to the price of grain increase which used for animal feed. Its also lead to widespread deforestation and pressure on agricultural land. The MP are trying to tackle food wastage as half the food bought from UK supermarkets goes in the bin. The UK population are encouraged to eat less meat in long run.
    Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/british-mps-says-eat-less-meat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:27 AM
    So touching ….watching this beautiful videos , could not controlled my tears too. Its such a warm moment when the two of them met again after a long search nearly 25 years of a hopless search . Mitchell Shigemoto has never forgotten how James Pearson saved his life. In foreign places, and the way Shigemoto’s relationship with James Pearson training together and fighting ,along side in the war ,they became best friends.
    James Pearson is truly a selfless ,kind and friendly person, nor matter what happen stands by Mitchell Shigemoto.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this inspiring post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mitchell-shigemoto-and-james-pearson-best-friends-in-war.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 12:42 AM
    Venerable Tenpa Yarphel showed great courage to voice up and pointed out that if the Tibetan Government-in-Exile is really practice democracy, basically no one will be discriminated and segregated regardless of ethnic group, gender, religious and etc. The people should work together for the growth of the state instead of just listened or seek advice from Nechung and ultimate decisions are still come from HH the Dalai Lama in spite of his retirement from politics.
    Miraculously, Tibetan community continues to believe the Nechung although they have experienced the false prophecies given by Nechung with the possible reason that no one can fully understand the language that Nechung speaks.

    Hope there are more people like Ven. Tenpa Yarphel stand firm and continue to speak up for truth just to benefit and bring no harm to the people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 17. 2017 11:08 AM
    So sad and heart breaking watching this video ,did not able to watch that part when our best friend was put into the boiling pot. Disgusting and cruel indeed. How can they do it and later sold as meat in restaurants…..so inhuman and shocking. My heart sink for a moment to see what happening to those poor dogs. They were tortured, abused before death. Dog meat trade should stop in this modern civilization , where dog deserved much better to live ,love, like us. They are our men best friends after all. They are one of us ,accompany us ,guard our house and keeps us happy. Please do not hurt them i plea.
    Hope the government or people concerned stop the dog meat trade industries. Go on vegetarian is the right healthy choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dog-meat-trade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 17. 2017 11:07 AM
    Unseen beings do exists . We human cannot see but our best friends do sense the unseen being existing around and are sensitive too. Animals do behave unusually .
    There must be some kind or unhappy event happened long time ago. A fire or someone killed ?? The unseen being are trapped ,maybe which we won’t know. They need the couple to set them free from sufferings and pain. Whatever it is , its up to the couple after they have investigated of what happen. Hope the haunted house with unseen being have a happy ending.
    Thank you for sharing, interesting videos .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-haunted-terror-at-maple-dale-farm.html

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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
3 days ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
3 days ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
2 weeks ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
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Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
3 weeks ago
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
See what Linus has to say to Charlie Brown: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
1 month ago
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
1 month ago
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
1 month ago
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
1 month ago
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
1 month ago
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
1 month ago
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
A separate Tibetan state? 

Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state?
In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
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A separate Tibetan state? Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state? In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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