Glenn Mullin on Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends,

The renowned and well known author, translator, scholar, speaker, teacher and guide to various power places, Mr. Glenn Mullin explains in his books how Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice among the Gelugpa tradition and among Gelugpa aristocratic families as well. This is contrary to what others have said, that it was or that it is a minor practice with only a small following back in Tibet. This is totally untrue.

To ban a minor practice or major practice has much to do with people’s sympathies. Some people might think that if it was a minor practice, it must not be very good, so it is not a big deal if it was banned. But since it actually was a major and pervasive practice, it would mean many highly attained lamas for the last four hundred years saw the true nature of Dorje Shugden as being enlightened. These great masters had extra-sensory abilities that came about from meditation and could clearly see Dorje Shugden’s enlightened nature. It was for that very reason they passed the practice to tens of thousands of their learned and ordinary disciples in the Gelugpa world.

If it was simply a minor practice, there would be a connotation that it was not very good. Therefore, it would never have become popular and would have remained a minor practice. However, Dorje Shugden’s practice was the opposite. It is an extremely effective practice and therefore became popular and pervasive, spreading throughout the Gelugpa world. My point is that Dorje Shugden’s practice was very pervasive and that when I arrived in Gaden back in 1988, it was practised in Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Prior to that it was also practised in His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Namgyal Monastery, His Holiness the Panchen Lama’s Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, other larger and smaller Gelug monasteries in Tibet and Nepal, and in Gelug centres throughout the world. Even the famous Sakya Monastery in Tibet practised Dorje Shugden. I have met monks from Sakya who have told me so. Hence, the restrictions regarding the practice of Dorje Shugden does not really have a logical basis. This is based on the fact that many high lamas from within the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism practised this supreme protector. This is the same for some of the holy Sakya throne holders, or Sakya Trizins, of the past, who also practised this effective protector.

I am adamant in regards to the practice and the sharing of the practice, as my motivation of telling others about the benefits of Dorje Shugden is strictly spiritual. I have the right to share this practice. This right is the same as anyone else who wishes to share about any religion, god, gods, divine beings, and so forth within the democratic countries we live in. No spiritual or secular leader should advise against anyone else’s religion/practice/path, discourage them, or create bad feelings towards any spiritual path. It is up to the individual.

By criticising or ‘advising’ against another person’s practice, even out of a good motivation, you create disharmony, damage, hurt, confusion, schism and sometimes even war. After all, there are supporters of every spiritual path on this planet as well as people who disagree with every spiritual path available. Every religion or spiritual path has supporters and detractors. No religion is an exception. Who do we listen to? Who is to decide? To criticise any religion, god, path or so on in today’s modern world only furthers disharmony. We already have so much disharmony and fighting due to religion and therefore, spiritual leaders should be very careful in ‘advising’ against another’s path or religion these days. It is better to accept and let others choose.

Spiritual and secular leaders should not be exclusionist in regards to their people who do not agree with their opinions of their religious belief system. Policies against people who do not adopt your spirituality should never be made. They should not bar people from attending their sermons, talks and gatherings and their sharing of subjects of a non-tantric nature. Just because someone does not follow your religious path or ideology does not mean that they are going to hell, or that they are a bad person. After all, whatever they are following was most likely was taught to them and therefore there is a lineage of practice. It was not made up from thin air.

Exclusionist policies against people by their governments, secular leaders, spiritual authorities or whoever is in charge only serves to make the human divide bigger. There are more harsh feelings, and you encourage others to avoid and abandon those who do not believe in your spiritual path. You encourage the divide. That is wrong. That is in contradiction to religion because people of any religion should be extra kind, compassionate, tolerant, accepting and caring. This is likened to a mother’s actions towards a child regardless of how the child behaves.

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Disallowing Dorje Shugden practitioners or anyone different from your belief system from attending your talks, into your environment, your temple, your place of worship, your home, and even your friendship is blatantly contradictory to the goal of spirituality. How can you say, “I will not be your friend because you are Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Zen, Vodou, Wiccan, Christian, Zoroastrian, Jew, atheist or a Dorje Shugden practitioner?” People are people and be kind to them because everyone, no matter what their religion, deserves human respect, dignity and consideration. True, their religion, colour, race, creed and culture may be different, alien or frightening to you, but learn to understand, tolerate and come to terms with diversity. They are who they are and they have a right to be and you do not have a right to segregate them.

Diversity is the key word for harmony in today’s troubled world. Do not make yet another distinction that if you practice Dorje Shugden, you are bad, evil and you are going to hell so therefore you are not allowed to be my friend, my family, to enter my house, my place of worship or to attend gatherings; and you are banished, so stay away. How can anyone say or do this in today’s day and age? Especially if you are a spiritual leader, you should never abandon anyone and disallow them to attend your non-tantric gatherings, talks and environment. Spiritual leaders must set the example of tolerance, compassion and acceptance. Spiritual leaders should never make policies that abandon or segregate any sentient being. If Lord Buddha was here, would he say you cannot attend his talks because you are Wiccan, Jain or a Dorje Shugden practitioner? Certainly not. This is because his confidence in his path and his compassion would embrace you no matter what level or denomination you are at. We should follow the path of compassion and understanding.

I do not remain silent, abandon nor cower on the practice of Dorje Shugden as I was given permission by my special teachers to continue doing exactly what I am doing. I am only answerable to my teacher whom I deem as closest to myself. I respect all my teachers, but all 16 of them have various views about many issues, practices, deities, tantras and traditions and not just on Dorje Shugden. Some say that Tara is the best, while others say Kalachakra, Hevajra, Cittamani Tara or Yamantaka or Heruka and so on are the best. Some say the system of study in Sera is excellent and others say that the system is better in Gaden or Drepung. It is not that they are against any monasteries, but given a choice, they will direct you to the monastery they are from, whether that would be Sera, Gaden or Drepung Monastic universities.

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From top to bottom: Buddha Shakyamuni, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and Dorje Shugden. Click on image to enlarge

Lama Tsongkhapa‘s guru Sakya Jetsun Rendawa had doubts on the efficacy of the Kalachakra tantra and did not recommend it. But Lama Tsongkhapa had very powerful meditative experiences with Kalachakra while in retreat, had visions of the Kalacakra deity and decided to proliferate this practice and now it is a practice given by lamas of all four schools of Buddhism and widespread in the world. The same goes for the Yamantaka practice that was not very popular until Lama Tsongkhapa proliferated it within his school of Buddhism. Yamantaka had many detractors when the lineage of practice was first brought to Tibet by Ra Lotsawa. Many famous lamas of his day criticised this ‘new’ yidam Yamantaka, claiming it was not authentic. They claimed it was a demonic practice that leads you to the three lower realms and that it did not have a verifiable lineage. Ra Lotsawa was scorned, made fun of and even threatened for proliferating the Yamantaka tantra back then. On the other hand, it is now a pervasive practice. This is reminiscent of what is happening with Dorje Shugden’s practice in modern times. Ra Lotsawa never gave up Yamantaka although the majority of the famous lamas during his day were dead against Yamantaka and discouraged others from receiving this practice. Even a guru may not think highly of a certain practice, but in respect, a disciple still can, as in the case of Lama Tsongkhapa and Rendawa.

Out of the 16 teachers I have studied with, only two do not practice this protector. The remaining 14 teachers, both alive and passed, are or were stalwart practitioners. Within this group of 14 teachers, one is my root teacher and I follow his instructions implicitly regarding Dorje Shugden as he was the one who gave me the practice. Any other teacher would not have the right to override his personal instructions to me regarding this practice. I gain nothing from sharing this practice otherwise. Sometimes we have to stand up for what we believe in, even if the current powers to be are against my views. But my views are shared by many in Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, India, and around the world in fact. My views on this protector were passed to me by some of the greatest Gelug masters of our modern times, some of them have passed away and some are still living. Some of them practising openly and some of them practise in secret so as to not receive scorn from the current secular Tibetan ‘authorities’.

A beautiful statue of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen on the private altar of Tsem Rinpoche

A beautiful statue of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen on my private altar

Mr. Mullin has done some very interesting research. I want to make it clear that Mr. Mullin is not involved with either pro- or anti-Dorje Shugden factions or groups, as he is a scholarly author who writes based on facts and research. His writings are therefore unbiased and without prejudice whatsoever. Furthermore this book has a foreword written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I would assume that His Holiness is aware of the information in the book, that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive and mainstream practice among the Gelug school of Buddhism in Tibet, otherwise why would he write a foreword about something His Holiness did not agree with.

Mr. Mullin has my respect, as he is one of the main people who brought the powerful teachings of the Buddha to lands where the Buddha’s teachings have not traditionally been prevalent in the past. I grew up reading his powerful and yet easy to read books which are very profound. His works inspired me a lot and quenched my thirst for the Dharma in the English language. I highly recommend his books and will have them available in Kechara in the future for people to have easy access to them. In Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia, we have Naropa’s Cave, and I will have his works available there in the future.

It would be nice to meet Mr. Mullin one day soon as I would love to speak about the great masters that he met in the past when I was small child and I did not have a chance to meet. I feel Mr. Mullin is a sincere practitioner and has really transmitted a lot of the Dharma to many countries through his studies and research which resulted in his educational and powerful books. I truly wish Mr. Mullin will live very long and continue unimpeded with his works.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation by Glenn H. Mullin

Extracted from Pg 208:

Another controversy surrounding the Great Fifth concerns the details of the death of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, a famous Gelugpa lama of the period. He was one of the most prominent lamas of his day, and in fact in some circles was held in even higher regard than was the Great Fifth, for the Fifth at the time was still in his youth.

One day Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was mysteriously murdered. His followers claimed that the culprits were followers of the Fifth Dalai Lama, although there was no suggestion that the Great Fifth was personally even aware of the plan.

The theory was that the Great Fifth was being eclipsed by the towering stature of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, and thus would greatly benefit from the death. As long as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was alive the Fifth Dalai Lama would be number two in the Gelugpa School; his death allowed the Great Fifth to rise to the position of number one.

Whether or not the followers of the Great Fifth were involved in Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s murder was never proved, but the rumours persisted.

The tale, already somewhat bizarre, now takes an even more exotic twist. It is said that the soul of the murdered monk wandered in the hereafter for some time as a disturbed spirit, creating havoc for the people of Lhasa. Eventually the Great Fifth contracted a group of Nyingmapa shamans to exorcise and pacify it, but they failed. He then contracted a group of Gelugpa shaman monks.

As a result of the rituals of this second group the spirit of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was eventually pacified and transformed into the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

This spirit was later adopted as a guardian angel by numerous Gelugpa monks who disapproved of the Fifth Dalai Lama’s manner of combining the Gelugpa and Nyingmapa doctrines.

Although the Great Fifth tried to discourage the practice of worshipping this deity, it caught on with many monasteries. The practice continued over the generations to follow, and eventually became one of the most popular Protector Deity practices within the Gelugpa School.

In particular, during the late 1800s, when four Dalai Lamas died young, it became an all-pervasive monthly practice within almost all provincial Gelugpa monasteries, and was especially popular with Gelugpa aristocratic families.

The controversy surrounding the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and the deity that emerged from his disturbed spirit has shadowed the Dalai Lama office until the present day. By the time the Tibetans came into exile in 1959, worshipping Dorje Shugden was still a common monthly practice of most Gelugpas.

In recent decades the present Dalai Lama has attempted to discourage the practice, but with little success. It is as strong today as ever, if not stronger; for with the Dalai Lama discouraging it in India, the Chinese are fully promoting it in Tibet.

Tibet watchers will be aware of this bizarre controversy, as it has even found its way onto the pages of Times and Newsweek, and has dozens of web pages dedicated to it.

 
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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 21, 2017 at 6:57 am

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  2. Pastor Adeline Woon on Oct 20, 2017 at 1:20 am

    In order for a spiritual practise to preserve and remain for centuries , it must have proven beneficial results. In this case, the practitioners include those who have high spiritual attainments. This means, they are people that can see the unseen and receive instructions, advice and teachings from higher source that we cannot.

    Dorje Shugden is not a spirit and has proven track records of his accurate prophecies and advice, including the one for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to flea Tibet immediately that has saved His Holiness lives and allows Tibetan Buddhism to spread far and wide in the world. Nechung, on the other hand, advised His Holiness to remain in Tibet and that would get him killed if he listened to it. Previously, Nechung had advised the 13th Dalai Lama wrong medication that resulted in His Holiness’ death. If the 14th Dalai Lama did not consult Dorje Shugden through his tutor Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Nechung would be the murderer again of the Dalai Lama among many other wrong advice Nechung has given.

    Nechung was the one that told His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to ban Dorje Shugden in the name of unity and independence of China. Again, Nechung’s advice is proven to be wrong because after 58 years, the Tibetans are not united, they went to different countries to start their new lives and Tibet is part of China. The banning of Dorje Shugden has in fact further segregated the already small amount of Tibetans. This is a sign of advice given by a spirit instead of an enlightened being like Dorje Shugden.

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  3. Tsem Rinpoche on Oct 9, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I still love and miss His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I am hoping he will unite all of us no matter what our religion is. I know he will. His Holiness has done so much good in the world. I’ve admired him since I was a very young boy and when I met him for the first time in 1979. He came to Howell, New Jersey where I grew up. It was magical to see him. I pray one day he will accept all Dorje Shugden practitioners as was his root guru was a Dorje Shugden practitioner and invite us into his presence again with love and acceptance. I pray for his long life and continued presence in this world. I never lost hope in His Holiness the Dalai Lama to accept all of us regardless of race, religion, sect and background once again.
    I place my unworthy head to his feet, Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com

    I love Dalai Lama

  4. Carmen Koo on Oct 9, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Religion is free, God is free. So then it should also be free choice for people to choose their religion, if they ascribe to one, and not be told that they are not allowed to practice this or that. Facts are out there and there is no need to blatantly ban a certain practice just because it doesn’t fit into your believes anymore.

    How can Dorje Shugden practice be banned, and a whole population of practitioners, scorned? How can CTA allow their own people to hurt another group of their own just based on their practice of Dorje Shugden? How can people be violently treated because they practice Dorje Shugden?

    Dorje Shugden’s practice has been around for 400 years, and to nullify the practice is to nullify the Dharma since the time of the 5th Dalai Lama, who recognised Dorje Shugden and wrote a praise to Dorje Shugden too? Even Mr Mullin wrote: “The practice continued over the generations to follow, and eventually became one of the most popular Protector Deity practices within the Gelugpa School.” If the practice was already flawed then, it would not have been such a fundamental and widespread practice amongst the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and practitioners till today. Otherwise the CTA and the Anti Dorje Shugden factions and the 14th Dalai Lama are saying that all the great lamas/teachers/yogis/practitioners were wrong, including the Great 5th Dalai Lama himself.

  5. powa chenpo on Oct 8, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    DORJI SHUGDEN NOT RIGHT .Using the term Dorji Shugden itself is not right it is better to call it as Great Lama Drakpa Gyaltshen practice since there is not a deity such as Dorji Shug den it was created as an idea to rest the mind of the belivers and followers lama Drakpa Gyaltshen to stop the unrest at that time as he was murdered. Dorji Shugden is just a name given to a new concept of being to alter the thought of the belivers so why call it by that name still after understanding the whole matter?

    • Martin on Oct 9, 2017 at 4:36 am

      Dear Powa Chenpo,

      Thank you for your comment and also your respect of Dorje Shugden people.

      However, I must correct you when you say there is no such things as a deity called Dorje Shugden.

      1. Firstly, we know for a fact that Buddhas and enlightened beings can and do manifest in different forms at different times as is necessary to benefit all sentient beings. We can also say that there was no deity known as Yamantaka before the great Ra Lotsawa introduced the deity into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhist deities. Countless great masters have followed this ‘non-existing’ deity and reached great attainments and enlightenment by its practice.

      2. Just like the prophecies that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and Lama Tsongkhapa would emerge to revive the pure Dharma when it is at risk, Lord Dulzdin Drakpa Gyaltsen had already sworn the oath to arise as a Protector to protect the pure lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa. This oath was made by Duldzin Drakpa Gyalytsen (the previous incarnation of Dorje Shugden) long before there was any political conflict and even before Tulku Drakpa Gyaktsen was born, let alone, murdered.

      Also we know for a fact that the Tibetologist and historian, Rene Nebesky-Wojkowitz studied the ancient texts that says the Dharmapala Dorje Shugden will one day arise to become the Chief Dharmapala of Tibet. You can find this on page 445, of the Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s world famous publication, “Oracles and Demons of Tibet: The Cult and Iconography of the Tibetan Protective Deities”. Again, this statement was made before there was any conflict surrounding Dorje Shugden.

      3. Your reasoning that Dorje Shugden was a political creation to appease the people because of the murder is also flawed when we see how Dorje Shugden was first worshiped as an enlightened protector by the greatest (6 in total) Sakya masters who did not belong to the Gelug lineage and were not part of its issues by the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsem. See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/39th-sakya-trizin-dragshul-trinley-rinchen.html. If your statement is correct, it would mean that the greatest of the Sakya masters were so easily fooled and even accepted a ‘made-up-deity’ as one of the key ancestors of the Sakya lineage.

      4. Your assertion that Dorje Shugden was a made-up deity also means that the Tibetan government has invented deities for political motives and that the entire religion of Tibetan Buddhism should be doubted because it is possible some of the Buddhas and deities were simply invented. How can Tibetan Buddhism be trusted then?

      5. None of the above reasoning is logical. What is completely logical is the historic narrative of Dorje Shugden who vowed to arise as a worldly protector so that beings of the degenerate age can more easily connect with it. When we look at how the pure lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa (which is the same lineage as that of Dorje Shugden) is being preserved today even in the face of such tremendous opposition, we see that Dorje Shugden is fulfilling his promise which he arose to do. What kind of made-up deity can do this?

      Thank you

  6. Karma tenzin on Oct 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Glenn Million, u have cited 4 different schools of Buddhism in ur writing. The Buddha has nowhere said anything about any school except what preached, practiced n taught.
    Now you tell me who the wise crack in history n when, why n how these 4 schools of buddhism came into existence?
    M a simple straight forward believer of the lord n his simple teachings. And in his teachings, there’s no mention of all or any masters n mistresses OR gelugpa OR kagyugpa OR any other brand of Buddhism.
    If u believe in what n why u write, don’t u realize u r being biased which is against the very principles of Buddhism!

  7. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Oct 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    There is some misinformation here, Dorje Shugden is not a spirit in the first place, and since he is not a spirit, of course nobody could exorcise or pacify him, be it Nyingmapa or Gelugpa. How could a great Buddhisy scholar, practitioner, a lama where”Great Fifth was being eclipsed by the towering stature of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen” could ever become a spirit? If such person can become a spirit, then all of us should not practise Buddhism, we should abandon Buddhism altogether, because if even a person as attained as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen could become a spirit, then there is no hope for us normal people anymore. Hence logically, Dorje Shugden is not a spirit, in fact he is the opposite, he is a Buddha, so any attempt to discourage the practice will only lead to failure, because the basis of the discouragement is flawed in the first place by claiming Dorje Shugden as a spirit.

  8. Wylfred Ng on Oct 2, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    从Glenn Mullin 的书我们看到, 多杰雄登自从在第五世达赖喇嘛时代就已经成为一位非常有名的护法。 虽然根据Glenn Mullin 所说, 达赖喇嘛一直都不鼓励修持多杰雄登, 不过这也是无阻很多寺院继续修持多杰雄登, 直到现世达赖喇嘛情况还是如此。

    其实我们也可以想一想, 为什么历代达赖喇嘛“不鼓励” 修持多杰雄登 (我们也看到很多资料显示达赖喇嘛有写一些祈愿文赞颂多杰雄登), 怎么多杰雄登法门还是历久不衰呢? 是不是多杰雄登利益很多众生—修行者乃至平民都得到利益? 而且很多近代喇嘛如帕绷喀大师、至尊赤江仁波切等等都一生修持和传授多杰雄登法门。 这也代表多杰雄登是一位非常有力的护法。

    谢谢

  9. Karen Chong on Oct 2, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    “Although the Great Fifth tried to discourage the practice of worshipping this deity, it caught on with many monasteries. The practice continued over the generations to follow, and eventually became one of the most popular Protector Deity practices within the Gelugpa School.
    In particular, during the late 1800s, when four Dalai Lamas died young, it became an all-pervasive monthly practice within almost all provincial Gelugpa monasteries, and was especially popular with Gelugpa aristocratic families.” — This goes to show although the Great fifth or even the current DL has discouraged the practice of Dorje Shugden, the practise just continued to grow and more so with the promotion of Chinese government, Dorje Shugden practise has gone to a higher level now. For instance, we can see various Dorje Shugden Lama in China like His Holiness Panchen Lama and Lama Wangchuk are giving huge Dharma teachings. inititions and blessings to thousands of the public with the support from the local authority. Since Qing dynasty, gelug lineage has been very closely connected to the Chinese royalty and authorities and therefore Dorje Shugden practise is widely accepted and practised by both the sanghas and lay person in China and Tibet.

  10. Su Ming on Oct 2, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I grew up in an environment where I have been taught to respect and co-exist with other culture /race and religion in harmony . This has been taught by my own parents and also teachers in school. And my lama, Tsem Rinpoche has been promoting this value to all his students consistently. Therefore, the discrimination we have been experiencing with regards to our own Dorje Shugden practice was very much appalling at the beginning.

    Therefore, whatever information we can get and have gotten from sources like Glen Mullin is very much appreciated to debunk whatever the anti- Shugden people has been saying. Glen Mullin is considered one of the closest people to H.H. The Dalai Lama and from his book he has wrote how big the followers of Shugden is which anti-Shugden people has been saying that we were small. This is so untrue and reading this article gave some form of light to the darkness many of us especially my Lama has felt all these years with the threats / discrimination from these anti Shugden camps. Thank you.

  11. jerry_sito on Oct 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    感谢仁波切的教诲与分享

    我对于这篇帖子的最深的部分是,不因该您的信仰是什么,而造成彼此相处之间的任何影响,和平与不和谐,我们都应该用正确的态度与最基本的礼貌对待任何的人以及他们本身的信仰,而不是因为彼此的信仰不同,就排斥对方。

    我相信佛陀在世的时候,不会因为您的信仰,种姓,身份或是什么,而拒绝您参与佛陀给予任何的佛法教诲,佛法是包容与大慈大悲的,如果因为彼此所信仰的方向的不同,就就不给予公平,和谐,的对待的话,那么“佛法”会是什么一个·定义呢?

    谢谢
    Jerry

  12. William Chua on Oct 2, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Glenn Mullin acknowledges that Dorje Shugden’s practices have become bigger and bigger over the years. However, Glenn Mullin did not acknowledge that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being but a subdued spirit who transformed into a Dharma Protector. With China promoting this practice, Dorje Shugden is a major practice in the world and no longer a minority practice.

    A dramatic and unfortunate event that happened 400 years ago in Tibet has propelled the practice to become so big in this day and age to benefit many people. Surely a divine play in action which is not yet seen the finale.

  13. Tsem Rinpoche on Oct 1, 2017 at 4:37 am

    It is wonderful that our Kecharian students have conceptualized a sacred chapel dedicated to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a very famous and erudite master 400 years ago in Tibet. Due to intrigue within the Tibetan government at the time, they had him eliminated him. In order to cover the fact of what they did, they had all his teachings, writings, works and biographies destroyed. They banned his incarnation to appear which did not stop him at all. He kept returning but under another name to continue benefiting many beings as various well known high lamas. Some of his works survive in today’s Mongolia as his Mongolian students took them there for safety at the time and now preserved. He was the student of the great 4th Panchen Lama and he himself had thousands of students including Mongolian royalty. He was saintly and very popular and because of his popularity, jealous camps plotted to get rid of him. They were successful for a short while. For later on as he had promised, he arose as a supreme dharma protector Dorje Shugden. Holy beings can manifest in many different forms including Dharma protectors to benefit beings according to their karmic dispositions. This chapel in Bentong near Kechara Forest Retreat is opened and dedicated in his memory in order to commemorate his great works as well as to invoke his blessings. A chapel to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, a holy man who was silenced during his life and now will not stay silent. His chapel is to invoke his blessings for all that come to worship to be blessed with healing, fortune, turn of luck, protection and granting of meritorious wishes. It will be a place to pray to clear our obstacles to deeper spirituality. The blessings of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen will bring us into a higher form of thinking. The lineage of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is now being revived once more in Bentong, Malaysia. Congratulations to those students who are making this all happen. They are meritorious indeed. Their dedication, trust, confidence and faith in the holy Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen is reviving his lineage. Today while escorting his statue to the chapel, amidst a fully blazing midday sun, it immediately lightly drizzled as the sun continued to shine. All those present witnessed this unusual event exactly at the juncture of escorting his statue into the new chapel. This is considered an auspicious omen. We pray to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen that he will bless in many ways all who will visit his chapel from today onwards. Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche

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  14. Anne Ong on Sep 26, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Highly respected and learned Mr Glenn Mullin has been living in the Indian Himalayas between 1972 and 1984 where he studied philosophy, literature, meditation, yoga, and the enlightenment culture under thirty-five of the greatest living masters of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. I would like thank Mr. Glenn Mulin unbias comment toward Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen during Great Fifth time through his biography. Before the ban only Tibetans know of Dorje Shugden was practice by many. People outside of Tibetan communities was not aware of such fact. However the Tibetan leadership has repeated claim Dorje Shugden is a minor practice. And this practice has been around for the past 400 years! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beneficial post 🙏

  15. Cynthia Lee on Sep 25, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I like how Mr Glenn Mullin’s debunked the usual claims we hear by various anti-Dorje Shugden people:-
    1. Dorje Shugden is a minority practice.
    2. Dalai Lama did not ban nor discourage the practice of Dorje Shugden but merely advised against the practice.
    3. Dorje Shugden did not emerge from Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, an attained and caliber High Lama.

    Facts coming from someone like Mr Glenn Mullin who is neutral yet highly respected, famous and an expert in the Tibetan literature, meditation, and Buddhist philosophy carries a lot of weight.

    I believe and trust that Mr Glenn Mullin’s research and observation is correct. In recent years, more and more lamas gave teachings, explanations, and initiation of Dorje Shugden openly to thousands at a time.

    On December 11, 2016 H.E. Zava Damdin Rinpoche conferred a Dorje Shugden initiation to 10,000 ordained monks and lay people in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10000-mongolians-receive-dorje-shugden.html

    In early 2011 at Jinka Monastery in Dingqing County of Chamdo, Tibet, Khenpo Zongluo Jampa Khedrup Rinpoche of Chamdo Jampa Ling Monastery gave Dorje Shugden initiation to around 5,000 people.

    This proves that Dorje Shugden’s practice in Tibet under the ruling of China is growing and will continue to grow.

  16. Kenneth Chan on Sep 22, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Also, today – September 21 – is the International Day of Peace or World Peace Day, so here’s wishing everybody,”Happy Dorje Shugden Day!!!”

  17. sweekeong on Sep 22, 2017 at 12:09 am

    There is a lot of good information and wisdom packed in a short post.

    Despite the Great Fifth discouragement the Dorje Shugden practice has been growing since that time until today. It has become a common monthly practice by the Gelugpas as stated by Mr Mullin. The Tibetan leadership can say it is a minor practice but I would rather trust the fact presented by a Tibetology scholar who is unbias. We may not able to cross check all the fact ourselves.

    For spiritual practitioners the best is trust practice given by our gurus. Guru has our best interest in heart therefore we wouldn’t be in doubt.

  18. Kenneth Chan on Sep 22, 2017 at 12:06 am

    There are so many strands of theories on the arising of Dorje Shugden. What I find most fascinating is the mystery and intrigue of the political interplay between Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen and the Fifth Dalai Lama which is in many ways quite similar today as it was 400 years ago. Whatever the truth may be, we will most likely never know. What holds true however is that there is a strong karma of politics – Dorje Shugden was born as a result of a political struggle and it still is very much so. In a time when politics is the greatest power, wielded by politicians, maybe that is the reason why a Buddha born of politics is exactly what the world needs.

  19. Sharon Ong on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Prior to reading this post, I did not know who Glenn Mullin is. After reading this, I became curious and did some reading to find out more about him. Below are some of my findings:

    1. A scholar person who has done advanced study in a special field. In Glenn Mullin’s case, he is a Tibetologist and is a leading authority in Tibetan Buddhism and anything related to Tibet. As a highly regarded scholar, who has written over 25 books on Tibetan Buddhism where 10 are on H.H. Dalai Lama, Glenn Mullin’s learned and unbiased writing carries a lot of weight. His work “The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation”, on Pg 208, where he writes about the 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, has debunked many of the myths about surrounding Dorje Shugden.

    2. According to “An Interview with Glenn H. Mullin, Tibetologist”, besides his two principal tantric gurus the late masters Ling Rinpoche (1903-1983) and Trijang Rinpoche (1901-1981), Mullin’s other teachers and initiation masters include the Dalai Lama, Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Ngakpa Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen, Geshe Ngawang Dargyey, Geshe Rabten, and Gongsar Tulku. Having teachers who are not just from the Gelug tradition but from other traditions such as Sakya and Kagyu would offer Mr. Mullin a more well-balanced and informed view on the Dorje Shugden issue since his views are not based on just one tradition alone.

    Therefore, logically, Mr Mullin’s opinions can and should be accepted due to who he is and what he is by training.

    Thank you for this informative post, Rinpoche as this post presents facts and opinions of a learned scholar and not some politically motivated individual.

  20. Wah Ying on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    After reading this article points stood up to me are:
    1. Glenn Mullin is not nobody, he is a author of over thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism, many of which have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. He is the most prominent biographer of all fourteen Dalai Lamas. He is not somebody who does not know much about Tibetan Buddhism or Dorje Shugden issue. His writings definitely based on lots of research. He is better recognised as a Buddhist scholar than someone belonged to any Dorje Shugden camps, either anti or pro. Thus he is someone “heavy weighted” with writings carry weight; and if he is not neutral but seems neutral to comment on the practice of Dorje Shugden as pervasive practice among the Gelugpa tradition and among Gelugpa aristocratic families as well, against all this while many keep saying the practice is just a minority one and followed by not many.

    2. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a famous Gelugpa lama of the period, he arose as dharma protector Dorje Shugden, opposed to what many previously saying that Dorje Shugden is some other spirit but not Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. Even Glenn Mullin did not say about Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector, but if he is not, Dorje Shugden practice would not practiced pervasively among Gelugpa tradition and other traditions.

    3. Dorje Shugden practice is not only practiced by many during this era but also popular during late 1800s, and during 1959, as the common monthly practice of most Gelugpas.

    4. Previously I did;t know about the Great Fifth have tried to discourage the practice of worshipping this deity, which Glenn Mullin has stated. However the practice continued over generations and became one of the most popular Protector Deity practices within the Gelugpa School.

    5. Foreword of the book was written by His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, thus His Holiness was assumed has read about what Glenn Mullin has written and agreed on, if not he wouldn’t have done so. Thus, what the author has written gained acknowledgement or green line from His Holiness, which is something based on fact and with throughout research being done.

  21. Chon Kong on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Mr. Glenn Mullin explains in his book , how Dorje Shugden is major and pervasive practice. It is not a minor practice!

    Dorje Shugden practice is and has been for 400 years. Dorje Shugden has been around since the 5th Dalai Lama. History has been proved that the practice is beneficial to so many high lamas and monks. All dorje shugden incarnation lama are highly attain , practicing sutra and tantra.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

  22. Jace Chong on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for the article.

    Glenn Mullin is a great and important writer on Tibetan Buddhism, to read about this page on Tulku Drapa Gyeltsen, it indicates clearly that Dorje Shugden is a Dharma Protector.

    However, I am not sure if what Glenn Mullin says is true that the 5th Dalai Lama discourage the practise of Dorje Shugden, below are traces of 5th Dalai Lama appreciates Dorje Shugden:

    1. Trode Khangsar – a chapel dedicates to Dorje Shugden built by the 5th Dalai Lama.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    2. A hand made statue of Dorje Shugden by the 5th Dalai Lama
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10-holy-dorje-shugden-statues-in-the-world.html

    3. A praise prayer to Dorje Shugden by the 5th Dalai Lama

    Nonetheless, what Glenn Mullin says contrary to what CTA tells the world that Dorje Shugden is a spirit, and there’s no ban on Dorje Shugden practice. Most of the things that CTA says have no ground, wonder where they made up from.

    Thank you.

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  23. Sarah on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    The practice of Dorje Shugden has been around for 400 years and is considered a major practice. It has tens of thousands of followers. In spite of the controversy, the practice is growing and spreading to many parts of the world. I agree with H.E. Tsem Rinpoche that spiritual leaders should not give advice against another’s path and religion because this will create disharmony and conflicts, and even wars. Imagine the great amount of suffering caused by such conflicts. I’m all for the path of compassion and understanding. Thank you, Rinpoche, for being the voice of peace and harmony.

  24. SF HAN on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Highly respected and learned Mr Glenn Mullin has been living in the Indian Himalayas between 1972 and 1984 where he studied philosophy, literature, meditation, yoga, and the enlightenment culture under thirty-five of the greatest living masters of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Based on facts and research, Mr Glenn non bias and objectively mentioned in the book that “Although the Great Fifth tried to discourage the practice of worshipping this deity, it caught on with many monasteries. The practice continued over the generations to follow, and eventually became one of the most popular Protector Deity practices within the Gelugpa School.” Thousands thousands of Dorje Shugden practitioners get the benefits from this great protector throughout so many years, hence its illogical to ban / to discourage this practice.

    From Pastor David’s comment, points to ponder “China had been actively promoting the Panchen Lama and Dorje Shugden practice, lamas and temples in China. It is pretty clear that they deliberately did this to spite the Dalai Lama but perhaps, it was all played into the hand of the Dalai Lama.” China as the most populated country in the world, eventually DS practitioners will be keep growing ……

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beneficial post!👍

  25. Alice Tay on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Dorje Shugden practice is discouraged since the 5th Dalai Lama until recent decades HH the 14TH Dalai Lama. Nevertheless, this practice is common, support and continues to spread far and wide in many countries including Tibet, India, China as well as the Western. Herewith the 2 interesting articles that support Mr Glenn H. Mullin’s view on the attempt to discourage Dorje Shugden practice is not very successful instead it become famous and well known by everyone.

    1. 10 Holy Dorje Shugden Statues around the World:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10-holy-dorje-shugden-statues-in-the-world.html
    Build Buddha statue with the bigger size bring much beneficial to all sentient beings.
    The largest Dorje Shugden statue, 24 feet tall, commissioned by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and currently housed in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Pahang. In mid 2015, the statue was consecrated by Dorje Shugden in trace through the famed Panglung Oracle.

    2. They were not wrong
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/they-were-not-wrong.html
    Many great teachers, masters, yogis, geshes, mahasiddhas, lineage holders of various schools of Buddhism (especially Sakya lineage) that practiced or was affiliated closely to Dorje Shugden. Some of the senior monks who have been practicing Dorje Shugden for over 70 years and have no intention of giving up their practice of this protector. Besides, many great masters eg HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, H.E. Gangchen Rinpoche and many others would also have thousands of students (both lay and ordained) in Tibet and all over the world rely on Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting writings by Mr Glenn H. Mullin.

  26. CindyH on Sep 21, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    What Mr. Mullin researched and wrote actually corroborates the facts and explanations given all along by Dorje Shugden practitioners about the circumstances pertaining to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen as well as the nature Dorje Shugden practice at the material time. It further debunks the claims of Dorje Shugden being a minor practice and reveals the prevalence of the Dorje Shugden practice. The very fact of such prevalence is a testament of effectiveness of this practice which led to many high lama and lay practitioners alike developing much faith in this practice, so much so that earlier active efforts to suppress and stamp out this practice failed. It is unfortunate that over time, such faith wavered and diluted to the point of the current sordid defamation, ostracization, and attack of the Dorje Shugden practice. The silver lining is that the greatness and effectiveness of Dorje Shugden speak for itself and this controversy indirectly allowed for its spread to many. The neutrality of Mr.Mullin’s work and his background is definitely the icing on the cake as it makes it harder for those to dismiss such account of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen as propaganda or told with prejudice. Thank you for such informative sharing.

  27. Stella Cheang on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:23 am

    It is mind-boggling to read the extraction starting from page 208 of the book by Mr. Glenn Mullin. There are a few points from here that arouse my curiosity to read the book in full.

    One of it is why the Nyingmapa shamans failed to exorcise and pacify the spirit of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, but the Gelugpa shaman monks succeeded in pacifying and transforming him (his spirit) into Dorje Shugden.

    Another noteworthy point would be that Dorje Shugden practice caught on and became widely practiced by many monasteries, DESPITE the discouragement by the 5th Dalai Lama. This is very telling of the position of Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader.

    Based on Mr. Glen Mullin’s research, the popularity of Dorje Shugden’s practice grew over time, in particular during late 1800 when four Dalai Lamas died young. I find it highly unusual to link this uncommonly short lifespan of Dalai Lamas to the growing popularity of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Bearing in mind that even aristocratic families developed the strong faith in DS practice during this period.

    As we gain glimpses into the feud between Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen / Dorje Shugden and the Dalai Lamas, it becomes apparent that the validity, effectiveness, and propitiation of a Protector’s practice does not depend on Dalai Lama’s endorsement.

    Dorje Shugden’s practice is prevalent among both monasteries as well as laities, particularly the aristocratic families. From here, we can deduce that Dorje Shugden’s practice, is efficient and works in both spiritual and secular terms. Otherwise, why would monasteries and aristocratic families propitiate the practice?

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this insightful sharing.

  28. Pastor Chia on Sep 21, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Reading through this article, I would like thank Mr. Glenn Mulin unbias comment toward Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen during Great Fifth time through his biography. Is over 400 year since Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen arise as protector Dorje Shugden. His practice has become popular among Sakya and Gelupa lineage. Especially current time, protector practice become more effective during dharma degenerate time.
    Master in the past at Gelupa and Sakya lineage like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Song rinpoche, His Holiness Sakya Tenzin 31th, 33th, 35th, 37th and 39th etc,. All has promote protector Dorje Shugden practice to their students and followers. That show protector practice is not the minor practice but suitable for this time. With the time past, most people will get benefit through this practice and more attain master has prove his practice will not go wrong bacause before manifest as protector, all dorje shugden incarnation lama are highly attain ,practicing sutra and tantra.

  29. June Kang on Sep 21, 2017 at 8:22 am

    If you believe in HH Dalai Lama, you should trust what is written in this book because HH Dalai Lama gave a foreword in this book meaning HH would have already read the book before gave a foreword. Furthermore, Glenn Mullin neither pro or anti-Dorje Shugden in his approach but takes a neutral stance in his works and he has proved himself in his research, knowledge and learning over the times . The logic is why would the great Gelugpa lamas and monasteries practice of this Dharma Protector for the past 400 years. History has been proved that the practice is beneficial to so many peoples and even the high lamas, why it is suddenly being ban. Not only it was ban, but has created suffering to the Dorje Shugden practitioner, there was no compassion here, this is against the teaching of the Buddha on compassion.

  30. Pastor Antoinette on Sep 21, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Here is another proof of how beneficial the Dorje Shugden practice is and has been for 400 years. As it is stated in Glenn Mullin’s book, “The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation”, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was even more prominent compared to the Great Fifth. How could it be that such a highly accomplished being would do anything to harm us?

    The practice of Dorje Shugden is and was highly effective for hundreds of years and has been practiced by many high lamas. How could these many lamas be tricked? This makes no sense at all. See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/they-were-not-wrong.html

    I thank Glenn Mullin for stating this so clearly, and for me there is no doubt about Dorje Shugden as he arose as a Dharma Protector from a highly accomplished lineage, only to help and assist us on our way to enlightenment in these degenerate times.

  31. Justin Cheah on Sep 21, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Many probably wouldn’t have realised the fact that actually the Dalai Lama himself actually gave a foreword in this book meaning HH would have already read the book before giving his “credit” to this book. So this would mean The Dalai Lama actually agreed to what was written in the book itself which actually gave an honest account of Dorje Shugden practice which is actually a very popular practice and not a small practice as claimed by some parties. A lot have been said and done in the past and do we still need to be debating about the clear explanations about Dorje Shugden being a protector king who is of Enlightened Mind and the reasoning of banning the practice is actually unfounded.

  32. Andrea Lai on Sep 21, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I was quite amused for Glenn Mullin have such great interest in Tibetan Buddhism and produce books of HHDL from the 1st till the current.

    Dorje Shugden has 400 years of history which mean the ban had started ever since. Sad to see many high attained lamas, geshes, sanghas and even lay people were forced to leave their country or swear out of practicing Dorje Shugden by the Tibetan government. Initially, religion shouldn’t be involved with politics. CTA is the example of failing leadership. ☹️

  33. Mingwen on Sep 21, 2017 at 1:04 am

    May individuals who are working toward Dharma, justice, freedom and world peace just like Mr. Glenn Mullin, have continuous flowing resources for them to enable their works that could benefit all sentient beings.

    Without these dedicated individuals who work tirelessly regardless of their own welfare but the welfare of all sentient beings, we could probably be stuck in uncertainty, hatred, jealousy and wars for lives.

  34. Eric kksiow on Sep 20, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for this article. And this is the 1st time i get to know about Glenn Mullin.

    What i found out from this article is :

    How can you say, “I will not be your friend because you are Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Zen, Vodou, Wiccan, Christian, Zoroastrian, Jew, atheist or a Dorje Shugden practitioner?” People are people and be kind to them because everyone, no matter what their religion, deserves human respect, dignity and consideration. True, their religion, colour, race, creed and culture may be different, alien or frightening to you, but learn to understand, tolerate and come to terms with diversity. They are who they are and they have a right to be and you do not have a right to segregate them.

    I copy and paste ( highlight ) the sentence above, because of the sentence above touched my heart deeply. As Rinpoche posted it before in FB – here’s the quote – ( If I can just be the way I am & you the way you are & we accept each other, world peace is near. )

  35. pammie yap on Sep 20, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I like the way Mr Mullin (from the extract) wrote about the controversy. I feel that he wrote it without bias from the research he has done. Whether one is pro or anti Dorje Shugden, it should be read with an open mind in order to thoroughly understand.

    The practice of Dorje Shugden has been around since the 5th Dalai Lama, and its true what Rinpoche said. How can it be that the highly attained Lamas not see whether Dorje Shugden’s practice is wrong or not? And it’s also true that, Dorje Shugden’s practice is growing big and everywhere.

    But what I find interesting is HHDL writing a foreword for this book. Knowing that HHDL discourage people from practicing Dorje Shugden, then why did he do so?

  36. Datuk May on Sep 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Many westerners have gone to the Orient to study Buddhism with a questioning mind. The minds are not bias but rather to see evidence of proof to what is Buddhism. Being mystical, Tibetan Buddhism is the tradition of Buddhism that captures the curiosity of these western scholars.

    It is therefore without doubt what Mr. Glenn Mullin has written about the propitiation of Dorje Shugden being pervasive and of large following is accurate and true. Worship of Dorje Shugden was very popular among the Tibetan aristocracy and High Lamas of many monasteries and today even with a ban on Dorje Shugden.

    Mr. Mullin did not have any comments as to whether Dorje Shugden is enlightened or not but that Dorje Shugden arose from the murder of a Lama considered during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama to be of higher and larger prestige than the 5th Dalai Lama who was a youth. For that reason, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and arose as Dorje Shugden.

    A lama of the status of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in his lifetime was already highly attained and by nature an enlightened being. As such his arising as Dorje Shugden cannot be less but that of an enlightened Protector.

    History and facts having proven the nature of an enlightened Buddha in Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, it is without doubt that Dorje Shugden is also enlightened.

    As a Dorje Shugden practitioner and from my experience, Dorje Shugden is an Enlightened Protector who does wonders for me not to fall off my spiritual path.

  37. Pastor Albert on Sep 20, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Dorje Shugden is the emanation of Manjushri, there is no doubt about it, look at the years of Dorje Shugden’s activities, he has helped and saved a lot of people, and how in the world that a spirit that will performed such virtues acts? Secondly, look at the previous lamas who practiced Dorje Shugden, they are not some small lamas who do the practice quietly at a corner, they are the very attained lamas that are very significant in Gelug and Sakya’s monasteries, Zong Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Pabongka Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gangchen Rinpoche, Sakya Trizin, so on and so forth, we can’t even finish mention all the names of lamas who practice him more over the number of people who practice him worldwide? All these high lamas who practice Dorje Shugden does come back life after life to continue the doctrine of Dorje Shugden, how can such calibre Protector be a spirit?

    This has been my question that since Dalai Lama is the emanation of Chenrezig aka Kuan Yin, how come after Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen passed away and being called a “spirit”, Dalai Lama has to invite other lamas to subdue this so called spirit? How come Dalai Lama doesn’t subdue this ‘spirit’ by himself? Since he is a Bodhisattva and I do not believe that there is any spirit in samsara that a Bodhisattva cannot subdue, I have never heard about it. If Dorje Shugden can’t be subdued by any High Lamas, then he must be an enlightened Protector, only enlightened beings can’t be subdued.

    I respect Glenn Mullin with his great wisdom in seeing this truth and even written a book about this controversial. There is no such thing that when someone who does not has the same belief with me, whatever they pray to is a spirit, if it is this case, then why did Buddha has so many emanations? Then we should all just pray to Buddha Shakyamuni, everyone who pray to any deity other than Buddha Shakyamuni should be prohibited, no other emanation needed to exist.

    I believe in my guru, I believe in all the high lamas who practiced Dorje Shugden, they will never wrong, and no way I will stop practice Dorje Shugden at any cost, because Dorje Shugden practice was given by my guru, and I will never stop promoting him. The greatest and the World Peace Protector – Dorje Shugden.

  38. Pastor Niral Patel on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Dorje Shugden has been considered a controversial deity since 1996 when the ban on the practice was enforced by the Tibetan exile authorities. Those people who simply followed the Tibetan authority’s dictates on the issue out of blind obedience or fear are going against the spiritual logic the Buddha taught, and also what the great masters since the Buddha’s time have taught also.

    While these people like to say that the practice of Dorje Shugden was minor and therefore insignificant, they are simply buying into the propaganda spread by the Tibetan authorities. What Glenn Mullin does is dispel this myth through his historical analysis. He is someone that can be trusted for sure, because even His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said that Glenn Mullin knows more about the 14 lives of the Dalai Lama than even he does! Glenn Mullin has proved himself over time the years through his research, knowledge and learning. So when he writes about Dorje Shugden being a prevalent practice, he can be trusted in his work. Also he is neither pro- or anti-Dorje Shugden in his approach but takes a neutral stance.

    The very fact that His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama would employ what he terms as “shamans” to get rid of Dorje Shugden and that they were unsuccessful, speaks volumes of his true nature. And the matter of fact is that his practice became very wide spread, and would not have done so if people did not gain benefit from it. However, Dorje Shugden’s practice does have extreme benefit and that is the reason Dorje Shugden was practiced by both the monastic community and the laity alike.

  39. Pastor David Lai on Sep 15, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I think the opinion of Glenn Mullin is an exceptionally pivotal piece in a huge jigsaw puzzle that is called the Dorje Shugden controversy. From the Dorje Shugden practitioner point of view, it is very easy to be misled into hating the Dalai Lama for the ban on Dorje Shugden and consider it just ordinary actions of an extraordinary lama called the Dalai Lama.

    So much problems, segregation and separation of the monasteries had arisen from this ban and what’s interesting is the fact that the whole conflict had brought untold suffering to lamas and practitioners because they believe that Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri. From the side of the followers of the Dalai Lama, they are just enforcing an instruction of their Lama-Buddha to safeguard practitioners from falling into a devil-worshipping cult. The clash between both sides had resulted in the Dorje Shugden controversy.

    The pivotal piece comes with Mr Mullin’s observation that while the Dalai Lama is banning Dorje Shugden within his domain in India. China had been actively promoting the Panchen Lama and Dorje Shugden practice, lamas and temples in China. It is pretty clear that they deliberately did this to spite the Dalai Lama but perhaps, it was all played into the hand of the Dalai Lama.

    Perhaps, that is exactly what the Dalai Lama had intended it to be. In fact, the Dorje Shugden ban was nothing but trouble and problems for the Dalai Lama and his office. This lead one to think that the Dalai Lama actually had ulterior ‘divine play’ intention. Perhaps, he had wanted China to take up Dorje Shugden practice and proliferate it all along and the ban was engineered for this. This opinion of Glenn Mullin does present some very interesting possibilities that is really not that fantastic.

  40. Julia Tan on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Mr. Glenn Mullin lived in the Indian Himalayas between 1972 and 1984, where he studied philosophy, literature, meditation, yoga, and the enlightenment culture under thirty-five of the greatest living masters of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

    In his book he mentioned that although HHDL discouraged, but many monasteries still practicing Dorje Shugden as their protector and became most popular, even the time the Tibetans came into exile in 1959.

    So why Dalai Lama has been discouraging the practice, but with little success? If something not beneficial will all those high lamas and monks continue to practice and passing through so many generation? Why is that almost everyone in Gelug practicing but HHDL? If he is an evil then how can it be so popular in Gelug? a small group can be wrong but not majority.

    What was the intention behind the ban? Why CTA using more resources to split the Tibetans by segregating them from hospital, school, work, food and need not talk about human rights. Why created more sufferings instead of providing more help to their own community? Why is that a leadership keep tapping on a spiritual issue that has nothing to do with Tibetan course? Nothing else seems important to them other than creating the situation to get more benefits into their own pockets.

  41. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Sep 14, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Having read Mr Mullin’s extract, and Rinpoche’s commentary to it, these for me are the points that stand out the most.:

    (1) why did the Dalai Lama call on Nyingma shamans to destroy Dorje Shugden? Why did he not call on Gelug lamas?


    And why were their rituals ineffective? The ineffectiveness of their rituals is either a reflection of their lack of attainments, or a reflection of Dorje Shugden’s own enlightened nature that he cannot be destroyed.

    (2) that the practice caught on with the monasteries. If Dorje Shugden was a so-called spirit or a demon, it seems to me that it would’ve been impossible to fool thousands of monks into engaging in the practice. Surely someone in the monasteries would’ve stood up and voiced their objections.

    (3) one commonly-touted statistic is that pre-1959, 90% of Tibetans were Gelugs. In that way, when writing that “almost all provincial Gelugpa monasteries” relied on Dorje Shugden, Mr Mullin pretty much confirms that the practice was pervasive throughout Tibet.

    (4) Mr Mullin writes that the 5th Dalai Lama tried to discourage the practice but despite this, it caught on with the monasteries. This point I find very interesting because it either reflects a time when the 5th Dalai Lama had not yet consolidated his power, or that the Gelug monasteries saw through to Dorje Shugden’s nature and decided to practise him anyway.

    Either way, it does not infer positive things for the 5th Dalai Lama’s position at the time, and helps to confirm the so-called possibility of his assistants murdering Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen (but without the 5th Dalai Lama’s knowledge, as Shugden practitioners have always maintained).

    (5) since the time of the 5th Dalai Lama, the practice has been discouraged but it only grew stronger. Even in the present day, Mr Mullin confirms this; where people following the 14th Dalai Lama try to suppress the practice, it only continues to grow.

    —–

    In a topic that is as controversial as this, I have to say I really appreciate Mr Mullin’s objective manner of approaching the subject. In his writings he does not impose his personal feelings or opinions, but presents the available information to the reader and leaves it up to them to conclude.

    Thank you Mr Mullin for your fair coverage of the topic 🙏🙏 whether or not we agree on the same practices, it’s precisely this type of objective, without-bias approach that helps to foster harmony between the different practices and traditions. Division and schism rarely, if ever, result in long-term positive results.

  42. Irene Lim on Sep 13, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Glenn Mullin has lived in the Tibetan community and studied under many great teachers before returning to Canada, his country of residence where he now travels the world over to spread Tibetan Buddhism. Glenn Mullin’s books are powerful as he writes factually, without fear, favour and prejudice.

    As can be seen from the excerpt on Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and Dorje Shugden, it confirmed Dorje Shugden is a 400 year old pervasive protector practice which had gone through alot of bashing including exorcism by Tibet’s top notch exorcists, the Nyingmapa shamans and is under an illegal ban. How amusing it is despite all odds and effort to kill off this ‘evil spirit’ from Day 1, this protector practice has continued to grow stronger and receive world-wide publicity and attention, no other protectors ever had. I fully agree with Glenn Mullin the event surrounding Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and Dorje Shugden is somewhat bizzare and exotic. Well it only reveals that only a Buddha can evolve and survive over such a long period of attack and banishment.

    Sad to say this 20 year old exclusion on Shugden practitioners has created so much suffering, pain and confusion in the community. Disharmony and disunity are the result of the unholy ban.

    May His Holiness the Dalai Lama heal the ban now and may peace prevail.

  43. bk on Sep 13, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    In the short extract, Mr Mullin makes the point on not one but three separate occasions that Dorje Shugden’s practice was pervasive – during the time of the Great Fifth, during the 1800s and during the time of exile into India. Thus, naysayers wishing to play down the importance and popularity of Dorje Shugden’s practice should really do their historical research or at least read the writings of learned scholars like Mr Mullin if they have no access to old Tibetan documents!

    And although Mr Mullin does not specifically state whether Dorje Shugden is an enlightened or worldly protector, it would be logical to conclude that his popularity in Gelugpa monasteries indicates his supramundane status. Why else would the great Gelugpa lamas and monasteries proliferate the practice of this Dharma Protector if he wasn’t a fully enlightened being who is able to help us along the path to enlightenment?

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  44. Fong on Sep 13, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Mr Glen Mullin has put the researched facts in a very matter-of-fact way. He’s not siding but rather stating the matter as it stands, that Dorje Shugden practice was widespread within the Gelugpa and that though it was discouraged by the Great Fifth, it still took off and was not a minor practice. So, as a pervasive practice, all the more it should be allowed.

    But, then again, even minor practices, despite the connotations of being minor and not worthy, are practiced and the practitioners deserve the right to practice in peace. That is a Human Right, this freedom of religion.

    Bottomline is, all religion teaches love, peace, harmony and unity.

  45. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I read this interesting book some 15 years ago when Rinpoche recommended it, and it’s a good read. I would think HHDL would have read the draft copy before print or had someone read it before he agreed to put a foreword to it.

    Whether Dorje Shugden is a spirit or not is not the issue. What is not right is disallowing Dorje Shugden followers in public places, places where people of other faiths are allowed. The CTA instigated their supporters to verbally and physically harass people who want to continue with Dorje Shugden practice, a practice some of them have been doing for most of their lives out of their great devotion and loyalty to their spiritual gurus, past and present. And the CTA said that there is no ban? Then what does all these constitute? Just an ‘advice?’ Where are the peoples rights? Where is the freedom of choice and the freedom of religious practice for the people? Is this democracy? I think not. I think it is politically motivated so the CTA can continue to stay in power and control the Tibetan people while the CTA continue to enjoy what they are enjoying, at the expense of the Tibetans.

  46. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 13, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this eye-opening posts. Although Glenn Mullin is known to have a good relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, it does not sway him to be politically correct. I like the face that he had done his research well for this book and recognized that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice. It is in line with the fact that Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche, both are huge Gelugpa lama were widely propagating the Dorje Shugden practice during their lifetimes. Because Dorje Shugden is a pervasive practice, the Dorje Shugden ban is affecting many people and not only the unfortunate few.

    While I do believe that the Dalai Lama was speaking against the Dorje Shugden practice for a bigger picture as what Trijang Rinpoche mentioned in his book Music Delighting the Ocean of Protector, I could see that the ban has served its purpose and should be ended soon. I agree with what Rinpoche said in the article that “No spiritual or secular leader should advise against anyone else’s religion/practice/path, discourage them, or create bad feelings towards any spiritual path. It is up to the individual.”

    Only with religious tolerance, peace and harmony can be achieved.

  47. Choong on Sep 13, 2017 at 1:27 am

    I would like to quote Page 132 of “MUSIC DELIGHTING THE OCEAN OF PROTECTORS” by Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang:

    “In short, by reason of the fact that all Buddhas are of one entity or nature in the sphere of reality, dharmadhatu, this great Dharma Protector is of one nature with the Great Fifth Dalai Lama even though, in the provisional sense, to common view, they appeared to be different and distinct.”

    If we understand this well, we will understand the time of the 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. We will understand why the Sakyapas regard Dorje Shugden as an emanation of Avalokiteshvara while Gelugpas regard Dorje Shugden as an emanation of Manjushri.

  48. nicholas on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:26 am

    It is great to read what Mr. Glenn Mullin a Tibetologist, Buddhist writer, translator of classical Tibetan literature wrote here which is neutral to the controversial of Dorje Shugden issue. Mr Glenn has been living in the Indian Himalayas between 1972 and 1984 where he studied philosophy, literature, meditation, yoga, and the enlightenment culture under thirty-five of the greatest living masters of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It’s a great respect to him especially through his numerous contribution through his books on Tibetan Buddhism.

    From Mr. Glenn which a non bias and telling through what he found, I strongly believe what he said as that Dorje Shugden practice became an all-pervasive was especially popular with Gelugpa aristocratic families. Dorje Shugden practice has been a monthly practice for most of the Gelupa monasteries and the practice continued over the generations and became popular not until the present Dalai Lama put a stop on it. Since it has been practice by so many monasteries how can the high lamas unable to see if Dorje Shugden is a spirit and how could it be popular? Aren’t this protector practice should be beneficial and helpful then only it can be practice and continue over the generation?

    I’m glad that Mr Glenn has pointed out the fact which differ from what CTA has been claiming the other side of it. As a leader, CTA should unite their people by respecting the differences of their people’s right of choice. At this juncture CTA at one side is asking for freedom but on the other hand discriminating their own people’s beliefs. This really violate the human rights and religious freedom which I don’t think any leaders will do at this time or era.

    There are many people received Dorje Shugden practice from their lama and if His Holiness the Dalai Lama would like to gain the respect from their people I hope His Holiness would respect their people in order to gain it in return and build a strong connection with their people.

  49. Wei Theng on Sep 12, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    It is a very interesting and refreshing article to read. 👍😎

    The well known and well respected author Mr Glenn Mullin is very learned, scholarly and does a lot of research. What he wrote is unbiased, non-judgemental and it is based on facts and research. 👍🙏

    He wrote down the facts on Dorje Shugden history and it was a pervasive practice among the Gelupag tradition and among the Gelugpa monasteries. If Dorje Shugden practice is a pervasive practice and has been practiced by many monks and even high lama, how would it possible that Dorje Shugden is a spirits as claimed by the CTA all these while?

    Mr Mullin also wrote: “In recent decades the present Dalai Lama has attempted to discourage the practice, but with little success. It is as strong today as ever, if not stronger; for with the Dalai Lama discouraging it in India, the Chinese are fully promoting it in Tibet.
    Tibet watchers will be aware of this bizarre controversy, as it has even found its way onto the pages of Times and Newsweek, and has dozens of web pages dedicated to it.”

    From the above extraction, we all can see that the truth behind that Dorje Shugden practice. Do we still need to say more?

    CTA, please stop discriminating and blame Dorje Shugden practitioners. Please stop the ban and do not mix politics into religion. Everyone deserve to practice their religion peacefully and have the basic rights to go to school and hospital and does not need to have the approval from any political parties or government.

    Thank you Mr Mullin. I look forward to read more of your books! 🙏😊

  50. sweekeong on Sep 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Before the ban only Tibetans know of Dorje Shugden was practice by many. People outside of Tibetan communities wouldn’t aware of such fact. However the Tibetan leadership has repeated claim Dorje Shugden is a minor practice. This is not true but without knowledge from living in Tibetan communities non-Tibetans people are lead by Tibetan leadership to belief it is true and thus avoid such the practice. Mr Mullin is a well known scholar who knows Tibetan language and their culture well. Therefore what was written has credibility backed with his research. Hopefully more people get to see his works and have a better open perspective on Dorje Shugden issue.

  51. Joy Kam on Sep 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    After reading this Mr. Glenn Mullin has stated as much truth as he knows without bias, and if it was not true, I doubt he would dare to request His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to write a forward. I mean His Holiness’s assistants would have read the book before allowing the Dalai Lama to sign his name on it right? If they did not, then it shows that they 100% trust Mr. Mullin’s accuracy and writings, hence the foreword. So this indicates clearly the Mr. Mullin definitely did not simply make things up, and if it is good enough for the Dalai Lama, it is definitely good enough for us.

    So what did Mr. Mullin said… well very clearly that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive and a mainstream practice among the Gelug school of Buddhism in Tibet, so to say that Dorje Shugden practice was only for a minority is definitely untrue. He even stated why Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered because he was famous and more prominent than the Dalai Lama and from the statement; “The theory was that the Great Fifth was being eclipsed by the towering stature of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, and thus would greatly benefit from the death. As long as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was alive the Fifth Dalai Lama would be number two in the Gelugpa School; his death allowed the Great Fifth to rise to the position of number one.” This makes it clear and confirms that the Tibetan leadership and those in the Dalai Lama’s office are indeed power hungry, greedy, jealous and basically this was simply a political power struggle for them so that they will be in control. It is very simple, if the Dalai Lama was number 1 then more people will go to the Dalai Lama to make offerings, and who gets benefitted, of course, the Dalai Lama’s office, his ministers who manage the funds etc.

    So Mullin’s observation and the few paragraphs really summarised how the Tibetan Leadership and the Dalai Lama’s managers operate. It shows how brutal and violent they can become to maintain their power and yes this is exactly what is happening now, right up until this day with anyone who opposes the Dalai Lama or is seen to being more prominent.

    This is so clear but what is even better is that the more the Dalai Lama attempts to discourage the practice, the stronger it becomes, as he stated “In recent decades the present Dalai Lama has attempted to discourage the practice but with little success. It is as strong today as ever, if not stronger; for with the Dalai Lama discouraging it in India, the Chinese are fully promoting it in Tibet.” And because of Dalai Lama’s suppression, it gives China good reasons to support and encourage Dorje Shugden practice even more. So really is the Dalai Lama stopping Dorje Shugden practice or spreading it even more? Something to think about. 🤔

  52. yinping on Sep 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Glenn H. Mullin is a Tibetologist, Buddhist writer, translator of classical Tibetan literature, and teacher of Tantric Buddhist meditation. He is also the well-known biographer of all fourteen Dalai Lama. He has committed so much time and effort to complete the biography. No doubt he has built a closed relationship with His Holiness too.

    In his book, he has written some facts about Dorje Shugden that is contradicted with H.H Dalai Lama’s standpoint. His Holiness regarded Dorje Shugden practice was practiced by a small amount of people within Tibet, but the fact written in the book is Dorje Shugden was a pervasive and mainstream practice among Gelug school of Buddhism in Tibet. Still H.H Dalai Lama writes foreword for this book. This is something important that everyone should look into and think again.

    The matter of fact is, a country should not imposed laws that restrict people from practicing their believes and spiritual path. When The Tibet Leadership claiming itself as democracy country, please grants religious freedom too to Tibetan people because everyone deserved human respect, dignity and considerations regardless of their believes or religion.

  53. Chris chong on Sep 12, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this extracted text from Mr Glenn Mullin’s book. It is refreshing to see someone writing about Tulku Drapa Gyeltsen’s death and his becoming of a Dharma Protector. He is just stating the fact and what happened without exaggeration or bias. When something like this comes from a neutral source, it made the Dorje Shugden issue a lot smaller than what it is now. It cuts off all the BS, exaggeration of biased parties and reveals the simple nature of the ban. Now everyone can have a clear picture of the ban. I sincerely thank Mr Mullin for simply presenting the facts and sharing it in his book.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  54. MC on Sep 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I feel I can confidently place a lot of trust in what Mr. Glenn Mullin wrote here. To begin with, it is quite apparent that he is not a party to the Dorje Shugden divide and therefore would not have any bias whatsoever.

    Mr. Glenn Mullin’s official website states that he studied under 35 of the most illustrious Buddhist masters of his time from all 4 schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The site lists his teachers and initiation masters to include the Dalai Lama, Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Ngakpa Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen, Geshe Ngawang Dargyey, Geshey Rabten, and Gongsar Tulku. That’s pretty impressive and what is more, he is also a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. And so I would say that Mr. Glen Mullins possesses a very firm academic and personal knowledge, understanding and experience of Tibetan Buddhism, its history, development and the many facets of its common and esoteric practices across all the 4 schools.

    Secondly, Mr. Glenn Mullin is not only famous but also a highly learned well respected amongst his peers and fellow scholars and Tibetologists and in fact I have not heard of any criticisms of his works at all. Such a reputation of integrity and trustworthiness must be hard-earned and I cannot imagine Mr. Mullin throwing it away just like that by putting to print claims that would ruin a brilliant career and reputation had it been proven to be false.

    Therefore, when Mr. Mullin wrote that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice, it would confirm that the Tibetan government-in-exile inflicted a very deep fracture into the foundations of the Gelug and Sakya traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, and a lot of people have been affected. You can even say that the Tibetan leadership lied and willfully misled the world public on many occasions by playing down the spiritual and social significance of this dharmapala practice.

    In any case, whether a religion has a large or small following should not be a factor. No one has the right to criminalise any religion especially if the laws of the countries of the free world upholds the citizens’ right to their religion. In fact the Tibetan leadership’s religious ban makes a mockery out of many laws of countries that has ironically been supporting the Tibetan struggle for ‘freedom’.

  55. Pastor Shin Tan on Sep 12, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I’m glad Mr. Mullin talked about the fact that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was held in even higher regard than the Great Fifth in some circles. It is well known that one of the political tactics the Tibetan government employed in the past includes banning the search for reincarnations of lamas that were considered a threat or rival to the Dalai Lamas and they did what they can to prevent the knowledge about these lamas to be proliferated. An example of this was Pabongka Rinpoche, who was a reincarnation of the Changkya line that includes the illustrious scholar Changkya Rolpay Dorje (1717-1786), a principal Buddhist teacher in the Qing court, a close associate of the Qianlong Emperor and an important intermediary between the Chinese imperial court and Inner Asia. As the name “Changkya” had very strong Chinese connotations, the Tibetan government denies Pabongka Rinpoche the right to claim the title, and declared him to be “Pabongka”, a reincarnation of the abbot of a small monastery atop the Pabongka rock.

    Something that makes me wonder is the mention that the Great Fifth tried to discourage the practice of worshipping this deity. I have read previously that the Great Fifth converted his ‘picnic house’ (‘Tro Khang’) into a chapel to Dorje Shugden, composed a praise to Dorje Shugden and crafted a statue with his own hands to Dorje Shugden as a Dharma protector. This chapel, Trode Khangsar still stands today behind the Jokhang Temple.

    Until today, the reasons for the unethical ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden that had been popular since the late 1800s were deemed not logical as scholar monks debated about them in the monasteries.

    I believe that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being and not a spirit. According to the 4th Panchen Lama Losang Chogyen, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s illustrious incarnation lineage includes great beings such as Magadha Zangmo, Bodhidharma, the Kashmiri Pandit Shakya Shri, Buton Rinchen Drub and more. It doesn’t make sense that such an attained mind would become a “disturbed spirit”. The Nyingma Tantra Rinchen Nadun says that Dorje Shugden is “by nature the Great Compassionate One” (Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig) while many of the Sakya throneholders viewed and wrote praises/ prayers to Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being. In fact, according to the Sakya masters, the 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin were recognised to be the incarnations of Dorje Shugden himself. Perhaps Mr. Mullin can shed some light on this and write more about this special being and his incarnation lineage.

  56. Lew on Sep 12, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    “Tibet watchers will be aware of this bizarre controversy, as it has even found its way onto the pages of Times and Newsweek, and has dozens of web pages dedicated to it.”

    This is quite an interesting remarks as this deity Dorje Shugden is becoming even more prominent with all the controversy. Many other deities such as Tara, Lama Tsongkhapa, Manjushri does not even come close to the publicity of Dorje Shugden. In this time and age, people tend to be more logical, and they examine the real reason of the discourage of the practice, they will realise that the reasons do not hold water. Most of the HH Dalai Lama’s followers just follow what HH Dalai Lama’s discouragement but turn them into hatred, which is totally un-Buddhist like. How can Buddha reject or discriminate anyone who practice Dorje Shugden? Didn’t Buddha promote love, kindness and acceptance?

    Thank you Mr Mullin for writing the facts. I hope the Tibetans will not hate Mr Mullin for what he wrote.

  57. Choong on Sep 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Nothing beats a time tested effective practice, in this case 400 years. It cannot be simply taken away, erased, banned, proven ineffective, shouted down, edited out, or destroyed. In fact, its effectiveness itself “guarantees” its continued existence and practise; and credit should be given to all the lamas, monasteries, advocates, supporters, sponsors, practitioners, friends, who have unselfishly ensured its continued existence for the benefit of more and more millions. With folded hands.

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    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 08:38 PM
    It is very sad for the Tibetan in exile that after 60 years they are still refugees and not able to have a good environment to develop in any sense. The question is why isn’t the governing body (Central Tibetan Administration) whom has been receiving helps from other countries been able to help the Tibetan in exile in getting good education and get them out of the vicious cycle ? Above article clearly shows that Tibetan living in other countries were given the opportunity to learn and freedom to develop ones talent. I hope the Tibetan in exile understand their position and stand up to fight for their rights and freedom.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-are-these-tibetans-successful-without-the-cta.html
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    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:19 PM
    Very touching…….farmer and his cow for 23 years through thick and thin .A special bond between them even when separated to retirement home we can see how much tears flowing the two of them. True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils.
    After the cow was sent to the retirement home, the cow refused to eat for 3 days till the owner came to show up again. Amazing the cow started eating after met up the farmer. There must be a direct relationship between these two of them.
    Animals have feelings too ,and they needs our care ,love aswell.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

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    Is really heart breaking to watch this video ,how horrible and sad how those chickens, turkeys ,cows, cattle ,pigs and died suffering so much pain and abused. I almost in tears how can the slaughter men did it…..so cruel. The chicken is the worst abused animals ,suffered cramped, bitten by the owner before been slaughtered. Having the throat slit alive or scalded alive.
    Cattle horn were piled off, injuries on them left alone. Thousands of cows or cattle were not able to walk before going to the slaughtered house. Pigs suffered the same faith, throw against the wall. Many pigs suffered injuries and so forth. Those who are so sick and cannot made to the slaughtered house were shot dead. Some are burned alive.
    Choose vegetarian ,live healthy and safe those poor aniamals.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

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    What I heard is more than the 9;s…. 3 and 6 too from old folks many years back. I was warned on these ….year we odd to be careful and so forth. All those black years has passed by me with up and down. I do not believed of such myth and I don’t quite actually remember much and try not to remember as it’s the past. I have let go all ,just looking forward and now I am glad to have Rinpoche to thank for having learn and practice Dharma. Every day is a new day for me ,learning new knowledge from Rinpoche blog.
    Thank you Datuk May for sharing your thoughts of the 9’s.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-blind-corner-at-each-decade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:14 PM
    Wonderful platform for Rinpoche to share with more people having an account of FB. From there they can have live streaming to express each individual opinion on certain interesting subject. Having these live streaming Rinpoche did a lot of sharing with people of different walks of life ,his biography, his spiritual journey, meeting his Guru and on the practice of Dorje Shugden .It s a powerful way to spread Dharma knowledge through social media. It can be shared by many and since the video is saved ,the viewer could see from time to time to get a better understanding .
    These live streaming lasted for 3 hours with many beautiful comments.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. We love HH Dalai Lama and we love Dorje Shugden ..Please resolve the Dorje Shugden issue as soon as possible. and please end the suffering, segregation and prejudice.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-tsem-rinpoches-first-live-streaming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 21. 2017 09:30 PM
    This is great move by Gucci and I hope it will encourage more brands to follow suit. We do not need to have animals fur on our body to look pretty and to prevent us from cold. We have many options. Choose one that does not harm and bring suffering to other beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 21. 2017 09:22 PM
    This is horrible and it is a shame that we human can do such actions that bring tremendous pain to the animals. We should stop using leather products and this will directly stop the demand of leather goods. I hope authority of respective country will implement rules to protect animals welfare. It is only when there are laws that people will stop such act.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/where-does-leather-come-from.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:04 AM
    Interesting someone like Rob Lowe a famous actor actually told he came face-to-face with Bigfoot was with his two sons .No proof and details given to support his encounter. Whether for publicity his coming show no one knows. He was filming his new paranormal documentary series when he said he saw it. It does not matter at least it helps to raise awareness of that Bigfoot do exist. Good in way more people will come to accept it and will further investigate its existence of Bigfoot. It also encourages people to start thinking broadly of possibilities.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/rob-lowe-face-to-face-with-bigfoot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:03 AM
    Well,I have read news of Bigfoot sightings in the jungles of southern Malaysia before years back. Interesting as our country do have the sighting of Bigfoot too.It seems that Bigfoot can be found anywhere in this world. To many people, Bigfoot is the stuff of nightmarish folklore. Described by hundreds of alleged eyewitnesses as an ape-like creature that stands nearly eight feet tall. There is a number of sighting by the locals and may be linked to environmental changes and the shrinking jungle. This has attracted world attention, having teams from different countries and our local government as well. The research scientists, has been trying to verify Bigfoot’s existence so far none has really performed intensive research on this matter. Historical records show eight claimed sightings of enormous apemen or Bigfoot or oversized apes. Despite numerous sightings, photos and footprints , there has never been conclusive proof that these creatures exist in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bigfoot-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:02 AM
    Alarming height and shocking to know there is microplastic contamination in our drinking water after scientific investigation has discovered that.
    Glad to know scientists are doing more for research on the implications for health. At least we could know more knowledge and more aware of all plastics fibres in our tap water. All this while we have been drinking . Scientists warn microplastics are so small they could penetrate organs. That is bad for our health. Plastic fibres have infiltrated the drinking water of cities and towns all over the world. Our oceans are littered with plastic, which is killing whales and other marine mammals, and contaminating fish. Previous studies have shown when people eat seafood, they are also eating high levels of microplastics, not to mention taking in a lot of mercury as well
    Many people have involved to make a change for a better environment for the generation to come. Educating the people from school children to the people on the streets the safest ways of garbage disposal will be a wonderful start. We should all take responsibility to care for the environment and help raise awareness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • 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

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
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These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
yesterday
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
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Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
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Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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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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