Updated: Dorje Shugden Teaching Videos
Dear treasured friends around the world,
When I first founded Kechara back in the year 2000, one of my wishes was to have a Dharma community… people who dedicate themselves to learning, practicing and teaching the Dharma. As Kechara grew, this need became even more urgent because physical growth must also be accompanied by the ability to explain and expound the dharma, as more and more people will need it. If the Dharma has survived for this long, it is because there have been teachers who committed themselves to preserving the knowledge, passing it on from one generation to another. In the case of Kechara in Malaysia, one person alone would never be able to meet the needs of hundreds of students, which is why I conceptualized the Pastors, who are wonderful individuals that dedicate their lives in service of others.
I have noticed that accurate information about Dorje Shugden’s practice and lineage is difficult to come by online. This is not surprising as due to unfortunate circumstances, the practice of this very beneficial deity has been muted in the last 20 years, which explains the lack of teachings available for the public online. So I thought we, in Kechara, should create videos to share and teach Dorje Shugden’s practice to others so that people from all around the world can learn about this beneficial practice. Dorje Shugden is not the only practice we do in Kechara, but it is a practice that has been passed on by my teachers to me, and I have in turn passed them on to my students.
I am very happy to see Kechara Pastors and senior students taking this opportunity to be involved in such a beneficial project, so that it can be made available to the public for free… and after many months of fundraising, pre-production, planning, filming, editing and post-production, I am very happy to share with you these professionally produced educational videos which cover a myriad of topics about Dorje Shugden including his history, lineage and practice.
I will be adding more videos over the next few weeks as they are released, so do return to check out the latest teachings. There will also be videos about Dorje Shugden in Chinese language which will be released on this post at a later date, so keep an eye out for those too!
It is my deepest hope and wish that these videos will enable more people to understand about Dorje Shugden, and for all misconceptions about his true nature to be cleared. I would like to thank everyone who contributed their time, effort, funds, prayers, etc. to this project, especially Ms. Han and her crew for being on set from morning to night shooting and spending countless hours editing the videos to perfection. I thank Beng Kooi the coordinator, the writers team, ladrang, speakers and sponsors. I am extremely happy about this project because I know it will bring tremendous benefit to many people around the world and into the distant future.
I wish everyone well, and may all of you gain great advancement in your spiritual practice. May all of us find hope, peace, kindness and finally enlightenment.
- Why We Need Dharma Protectors
- The Benefits of Dorje Shugden’s Practice
- Dorje Shugden’s Story: How and Why He Arose
- Dorje Shugden’s Incarnation Lineage
- The Lineage of Dorje Shugden in Kechara
- The Iconography of Dorje Shugden
- The Mandala of Dorje Shugden
- The Relationship Between Dorje Shugden & Setrap
- Dorje Shugden and the Tradition of Oracles
- How To Set Up A Tibetan Buddhist Altar
- How To Begin Dorje Shugden’s Practice
- Serkym Offering to Dorje Shugden
- Kawang Prayers to Dorje Shugden
- The Mantras of Dorje Shugden
- Incense Offering to Dorje Shugden
- Dorje Shugden Practice for Protection Against Black Magic and Spirits
- Dorje Shugden Practice to Increase Life, Merits and Wealth
- How To Do A Dorje Shugden Retreat
- Is Dorje Shugden A Demon or Buddha?
- Is Dorje Shugden’s Practice Sectarian?
- Is Dorje Shugden’s Practice Dangerous?
- Is There A Ban on Dorje Shugden’s Practice?
- How Dorje Shugden Helped Me
- Thoughts on the Dorje Shugden Controversy
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Why We Need Dharma Protectors
Dharma Protector practice is central to Vajrayana Buddhism and is the third of the Three Roots, which is a refuge formulation in Tibetan Buddhism. The other two are The Guru and The Yidam. The role of the Dharma Protector is to help the practitioner clear inner and outer obstacles and also to provide suitable conditions for the practitioner to conduct his practice with minimum distractions. Within Tibetan Buddhism, Dorje Shugden is the most recent Dharma Protector to arise, with the specific purpose of protecting Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching on Emptiness, and he is regarded as a wrathful emanation of Manjushri.
The Benefits of Dorje Shugden’s Practice
The Protector Dorje Shugden is in fact the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, emanating in a worldly form to help dharma practitioners in their practice. Being the most recent Dharma Protector to arise, and also by virtue of his taking on an earthly form, Dorje Shugden is naturally closest to us in karmic terms (strongest karmic affinity). As an emanation of Manjushri, Dorje Shugden’s practice also provides all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice. Another added advantage of Dorje Shugden’s practice is that he emanates in five forms to specifically meet the various mental dispositions of individual practitioners and to help them with different types of enlightened activities.
Dorje Shugden’s Story: How and Why He Arose
An intricate tale of how Dorje Shugden arose as a Dharma Protector to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings on Emptiness. This historical account, based on the writings of H.H. Trijang Rinpoche, spans hundreds of years of Tibetan history. Starting with a chance encounter between the Dharma Protector Nechung and Lama Tsongkhapa’s main disciple, Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, the tale culminates with a dramatic showdown during the time of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and the rise of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
Dorje Shugden’s Incarnation Lineage
Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage is a stellar list of scholar-saints and great Mahasiddhas, which extends all the way back to the Buddha Manjushri. These tales of Dorje Shugden’s previous lives reflect how Manjushri has arisen time and time again, lifetime after lifetime, to help dharma practitioners through his various emanation and capacities. The enlightened mind stream that is Dorje Shugden today is also the same mind stream of these indisputable lamas, pandits and Mahasiddhas. Thus, this incarnation lineage is clear evidence of Dorje Shugden’s enlightened nature of wisdom and compassion.
The Lineage of Dorje Shugden in Kechara
Kechara’s Dorje Shugden lineage is pure and unadulterated, and can be traced directly through an unbroken line of lineage masters all the way to Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen. Thus, the practice of Dorje Shugden within Kechara is ripe with the blessings of the lineage masters including Mahasiddha Tagphu Pemavajra, H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche, H.H. Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. Zong Rinpoche.
The Iconography of Dorje Shugden
The iconography of an enlightened being is a roadmap to enlightenment, communicating not only the function of the deity but also serves to invoke a certain awareness in the minds of practitioners. Therefore, every detail of a deity’s form, from their stance and posture to the implements they carry, their mounts, and their mudras are in fact teachings in themselves. Dorje Shugden’s iconography is no different and illustrates well the deity’s enlightened nature and how he helps practitioners overcome their outer, inner and secret obstacles.
The Mandala of Dorje Shugden
The thirty-two deities of Guhyasamaja’s mandala are represented in the mandala of Dorje Shugden, and each of these beings is an emanation of Dorje Shugden himself. This introduction to the various deities of Dorje Shugden’s mandala illustrates the many ways in which he can assist us, through the Five Families of Dorje Shugden as well as through his entourage – the Nine Mothers, the Eight Guiding Monks and the Ten Youthful and Wrathful Deities.
The Relationship Between Dorje Shugden & Setrap
Dorje Shugden’s close relationship with the Dharma Protector Setrap Chen is historically significant. Not only did Dorje Shugden’s line of previous incarnations, including Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, propitiate Dharmapala Setrap, it was also one of Dorje Shugden’s past incarnations, Lotsawa Loden Sherab, who brought the practice of Setrap from India into the Tibetan pantheon of deities. The close association between these two enlightened Dharma Protectors can also be seen in the story of how Dorje Shugden arose, as well as within the depiction of Dorje Shugden’s mandala.
Dorje Shugden and The Tradition of Oracles
Oracles are intermediaries between the deities and humans, and are the channel through which the deity speaks, gives advice, heals, teaches (in the case of Dorje Shugden) and has communion with lamas and practitioners. Dorje Shugden oracles play an important role in Tibetan Buddhism from recognizing incarnations of highly important lamas to giving advice in critical situations, for instance when helping the present Dalai Lama escape from Tibet in 1959 against very difficult odds.
How To Set Up A Tibetan Buddhist Altar
The Buddhist altar serves a practitioner in a number of ways. Firstly it is a visualization aid that inspires the practitioner to remember the qualities of the Buddhas and to progressively let go of samsaric attachments. The altar is also a field of merit through which the practitioner can accumulate merits through the act of cleaning and making offerings. This introductory video is a guide to setting up various types of altars according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, from the simplest to the most extensive.
How To Begin Dorje Shugden’s Practice
Reap the benefits of Dorje Shugden’s practice with this short and easy daily prayer. In this video, you will learn how to begin the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, according to the short sadhana compiled from traditional sources by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Safe for everyone to do without initiation, this practice will bring the benefits of wisdom, abundance, protection, peace and wish-fulfilling blessings to all.
Serkym Offering to Dorje Shugden
Serkym or ‘golden drink’ is part of the Protector practice and is a powerful ritual to propitiate Dorje Shugden and seek his swift assistance. It is usually performed using black tea, a rare and precious commodity in Tibet. This video is a step-by-step guide to Dorje Shugden’s serkym offering prayer, and includes extensive explanations of the verses, rituals and benefits of this powerful practice.
Kawang Prayers to Dorje Shugden
Kawang is a confessional prayer to purify negative karma that has been accumulated over time. The practice of kawang will remove obstacles that threaten our dharma practice and stand in the way of spiritual progress. When the kawang is done correctly, consistently and sincerely, coupled with the proper visualizations, it is an extremely powerful ritual that will purify tremendous amounts of negative karma.
The Mantras of Dorje Shugden
Mantras are sacred verbalized words that invoke the protection and blessings of the deity to whom the mantra is ascribed. Mantras are also the manifestations of Buddhas in the form of ‘sounds’, hence the mantras of Dorje Shugden and his four forms contain the essence of the Protector. This video explains the various holy mantras of Dorje Shugden’s five forms, and their benefits including the activities of pacification, increase, control and wrath.
Incense Offering to Dorje Shugden
The practice of offering incense has many benefits, amongst them purification of the atmosphere. It is also an offering of scent to the deities to create the positive potential to hold one’s vows and to practice the perfection of morality. This video covers the history, significance and method of performing the Dorje Shugden incense offering ritual known as the ‘Sangsol’ as well as the incense offering prayer composed by Serkong Dorje Chang.
Dorje Shugden Practice for Protection
Against Black Magic and Spirits
The existence of spirits cannot be denied and they occupy one of the six realms of samsara. Like human beings, there are benevolent as well as malevolent spirits, and malicious spirits may attach themselves to people through various methods including black magic. Tibetan Buddhism offers a number of practices that can combat against black magic and spirit harm, and one such practice is that of Dorje Shugden Trakze.
For further information on Trakze’s practice, please visit: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html
Dorje Shugden Practice to Increase
Life, Merits and Wealth
Gyenze is the ‘increase’ or ‘wealth’ form of Dorje Shugden and the purpose of his practice is to increase our financial resources, lifespan, as well as attainments. His blessings bestow all the necessary resources and conditions for a practitioner’s practice to thrive. This video includes a superb explanation on the visualization that accompanies the recitation of Gyenze’s mantra.
For further information on Gyenze’s practice, please visit: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html
How To Do A Dorje Shugden Retreat
A retreat is time taken away from daily mundane activities that dominate our lives, to meditate, contemplate and engage in activities that create merits. The Dorje Shugden retreat is an effective way to achieve such an objective, and to develop closer ties with Dorje Shugden who can benefit us in both mundane and spiritual ways. As Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, the benefits of this Protector retreat also include clarity of mind, improved memory and a faster comprehension and absorption of the Dharma.
For further information on Dorje Shugden’s retreat practices, please visit: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html
Is Dorje Shugden A Demon or Buddha?
Dorje Shugden’s practice has been established for over 350 years yet since 1996, some have labeled this protector a demon instead of an enlightened Buddha, thus causing confusion and fear to arise in the minds of those new to the dharma.
In this video, the question of whether Dorje Shugden is a malicious spirit or in fact a fully enlightened Dharma Protector is discussed and addressed with fact and logic.
Is Dorje Shugden’s Practice Sectarian?
Since 1996, the long-established practice of the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden was banned. Although no sound reasons were given for this ban, some have claimed that this practice causes sectarianism and disunity among Tibetan Buddhists. However, such statements directly contradict historical facts surrounding this protector practice.
In this video, key issues, facts and events pertaining to Dorje Shugden’s practice are discussed, which clearly proves beyond a doubt that Dorje Shugden’s practice is neither sectarian nor ‘supremacist’ in nature.
Is Dorje Shugden’s Practice Dangerous?
Detractors of Dorje Shugden’s practice claim that this practice creates harm and danger for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan cause as well as the individual practitioner. Such accusations are not only untrue, but also challenge the most basic Buddhist concepts such as karma and the nature of enlightened beings.
This video directly addresses such unfounded claims and rebuts it with clear logic and also foundational beliefs that the Buddhist religion is built on.
Is There A Ban on Dorje Shugden’s Practice?
Despite the overt discrimination and aggression against both lay and ordained Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world, some have attempted to deny the existence of a ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice.
This video explores historical and current events surrounding Dorje Shugden’s practice since 1996, to ascertain beyond any doubt that there is most certainly a ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice, that this ban has been enforced, and that the rights of Dorje Shugden worshippers’ to engage in their faith without fear of persecution has been breached.
How Dorje Shugden Helped Me
Some wrongly claim that Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit and that his practice causes harm. Yet, when you speak to those who engage in Dorje Shugden’s prayers as part of their daily sadhana, they will state in no uncertain terms how the Protector has helped them in their lives and their dharma practice.
In this set of videos, practitioners of Gyalchen Dorje Shugden share their stories of how this enlightened Protector, with his limitless compassion and wisdom, has helped them overcome problems and obstacles.
Thoughts On The Dorje Shugden Controversy
Some attempt to claim that there is no ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice. And yet when you speak to Dorje Shugden practitioners, they will tell you of their very and real personal experiences as the result of the smear campaigns against this enlightened Dharma Protector.
In this set of videos, practitioners voice their opinion of the Shugden controversy and how they have been affected.
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