The Sakya Lineage & Dorje Shugden

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Dorje Shugden has a long history of practice within the holy Sakya Lineage. Click to enlarge

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David)

Dear friends,

It is a well-known fact that Dorje Shugden has a long history of association and practice within the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. In fact, Dorje Shugden was first enthroned and propitiated within the Sakya School before becoming a widespread protector practice within the Gelug tradition.

The account of how this came to be was told beautifully by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in his writings on Dorje Shugden. That is why in our tradition, we request Dorje Shugden to come forth from the great Sakya monastery when we engage in his pujas today. This can be seen in the invocation verses of Dorje Shugden puja that was composed by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

There are however claims made by certain parties these days that Dorje Shugden’s practice within the Sakya tradition was only a minor practice and that it has disappeared completely. Curious to find out more, I did a bit of research and I found that Dorje Shugden is not just a minor practice but actually a major protector practice within the Sakya tradition.

Dorje Shugden was one of their main protector practices and considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion (an early Sakya belief). In fact, two of the Sakya Trizins were even considered incarnations of Dorje Shugden. How can a spirit incarnate as a Sakya throne holder? The evidence is clear that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice and he is not a spirit either. Do read further to check out what I have discovered through my research.

Pastor David

www.davidlai.me

 

Overview of Tibetan Buddhism

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

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

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

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

An outline of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

 

Introduction to the Sakya Tradition

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

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

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

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

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

An outline of the Sakya lineage

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

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

 

Special Teachings of the Sakyas

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Introduction to Dorje Shugden in the Sakya Tradition >>

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Introduction to Dorje Shugden

in the Sakya Tradition

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sakya High Lamas Who Proliferated Dorje Shugden >>

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Sakya High Lamas

Who Proliferated Dorje Shugden

Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden and proliferated the practice throughout the Sakya tradition. The following lamas are famous for proliferating the practice extensively throughout the Sakya tradition and thus establishing Dorje Shugden as one of the main Sakya protectors.

The 4th Throne Holder of the Sakyas, Jetsun Sonam Tsemo. Pictured below him is the Sakya depiction of Dorje Shugden riding on a horse, featured in a central position in the thangka immediately under the lama. This thangka was first printed and sold over 20 years ago to Sakya devotees. Click to enlarge.

 

The 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen

The 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen

According to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Dorje Shugden first appeared to Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen (1705-1741) when he was only 17 years old. At that time, he was in the midst of giving teachings on Lamdre, the Path and the Fruit teachings, to a gathering of Nyingmas. A rain of stones and other manifestations accompanied the teaching. That night, the lama dreamt that he was walking towards Tse Chen Temple of Sakya Puntsog Ling and a figure of a monk with many eyes appeared to him announcing that he is a Gaden practitioner.

On another occasion, a manifestation of a red arm appeared in his private chambers and to which, he asked, “What do you want?” A voice responded, “The previous lamas sought to practice me amongst the pantheon of Dharma protectors so I wish to be enthroned as a Dharma protector and I would like to have hand implements and symbols!” Therefore, Sonam Rinchen said, “Well, this is the heart of all beings.” The lama took his own leftover food and rolled it into a ball and placed it in Dorje Shugden’s hand. The ball transformed into an actual human heart, which sealed a powerful covenant between the lama and Dorje Shugden.

Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen would later compose prayers to Dorje Shugden called Request to the King to Eliminate False Guides. He was said to have offered basal substances at a newly established Protector temple and enthroned Dorje Shugden as the Protector of the Sakyas. Later, Sonam Rinchen was said to have worshiped Dorje Shugden together with two other Protectors, Setrap and Tsi’u Marpo (Kache Marpo). Collectively, they were known as the “Three Kings” or Gyalpo Sum. At this time, Sonam Rinchen was proliferating Dorje Shugden in the form that rides on a black horse known as Dorje Shugden Tanag.

 

Morchen Kunga Lhundrub

Morchen Kunga Lhundrub

Morchen Kunga Lhundrub (1654-1728) was one of the leading Sakya lamas of his time. He was also revered as a great lineage holder of the Vajrayogini Tantras. In addition to that, Morchen was revered as a lineage holder of the Sakya Lamdre, or the Path and its Fruit teachings.

Morchen Kunga Lhundrub wrote that he relied on Dorje Shugden and received signs from Dorje Shugden. He is also said to have given various tantric initiations at Trode Khangsar in Lhasa to the public as well as the resident Dorje Shugden oracle. In his writings, he also performed a consecration of the Gyalchen Chapel at Gaden Ling. He was credited as the co-author of the lower part of the Petition to Dorje Shugden Tsel: Granting all Desired Activities. Drubwang Dre’u Lhas, who is the incarnation of the Mahasiddha Drukpa Kunley of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition, composed the upper volume of this text. This text was used extensively by Dorje Shugden temples during this period such as at Trode Khangsar and Riwo Choeling, and was later incorporated into the Dorje Shugden fulfillment text written by Serkong Dorje Chang.

Morchen Kunga Lhundrub was known to have expanded on the foundation of Dre’u Lhas, which came to be included in the ritual origins of Dorje Shugden alongside some of the earliest detailed iconographic descriptions of Dorje Shugden Five Families – Five main emanations of Dorje Shugden. He also wrote rich descriptions of Dorje Shugden and also on each of the individual activities of the four cardinal emanations – peaceful, increasing, control and wrathful along with praises to each of them. All these are evidence of Morchen Kunga Lhundrub’s great contributions as one of the more prolific writers on Dorje Shugden’s practice within the Sakya tradition.

 

The 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen had a son and was later enthroned as the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro (1729-1783). Kunga Lodro was believed to be an emanation of Dorje Shugden himself and received all the Dorje Shugden transmissions from his father. He later wrote about the various rituals of Dorje Shugden, thus combining the lineages received from his father with those of another Sakya lineage holder, Morchen Kunga Lhundrub. Therefore, Kunga Lodro clearly carried on the tradition of his father of propitiating and proliferating Dorje Shugden.

Kunga Lodro was known to have written several significant rituals to Dorje Shugden. He composed a torma offering ritual text to Dorje Shugden Rig Nga or Dorje Shugden Five Families with Dulzin as the principal deity in the middle. This text is known as Phuntsok Dokyil or Swirl of Perfect Sense Offerings. In fact, he was the first to have written about the four other emanations of Dorje Shugden. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche later used this ritual as part of his ‘Melodious Drum Victorious In All Directions‘ text, which is one of the most commonly practiced Dorje Shugden rituals today. Thus, the source of modern-day Dorje Shugden practice can be traced back to the Sakya School.

In his own biography he quoted a Tantric text from the Nyingma tradition, Rinchen Nadun, that recognized Dorje Shugden as having the same nature as Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. Therefore in the Sakya tradition, they also recognized Dorje Shugden as being an emanation of Avalokiteshvara.

 

Sakya Trizin Recognized As Incarnation of Dorje Shugden

The 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen

The 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro is believed to be the incarnation of Dorje Shugden. Later, he had taken rebirth as the grandchild of the 33rd Sakya Trizin Pema Dudul Wangchuk (1792-1853) and was given the name Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899), who later became enthroned as the 37th Sakya Trizin. This explanation was recounted in the autobiography of Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, the 39th Sakya Trizin. In his writings, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen sought to prove that his father (Kunga Nyingpo) was the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara. The Sakyas believed at that time that Dorje Shugden was an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara. In order to do that, he tells the story of what happened in 1849.

Mahasiddha Pema Dudul Wangchuk

At that time, the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865) was without a child to carry on the family lineage. In desperation, he requested his own father, the Mahasiddha Pema Dudul Wangchuk to perform special prayers and rituals on his behalf at the famous Dorje Shugden temple, Mug Chung for the perpetuation of the family line. During the intermission during the rituals, Tashi Rinchen asked the Mahasiddha if he knew who would be taking rebirth as his son. The Mahasiddha replied, “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming. Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendant!

Upon hearing this prophecy, Tashi Rinchen was very pleased and in celebration, a special tradition was started of offering thousands of butter lamps accompanied by the melodious sound of longhorns and trumpets echoing from the rooftops of the temple during the ninth Tibetan lunar month. About a year later, the emanation of Dorje Shugden, Kunga Nyingpo was born.

 

The 39th Sakya Trinzin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen

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

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

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

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

In the earlier part of the 19th century, the heads of the Sakya tradition came to be divided between the Drolma and Phuntsok Phodrang. Each of these ‘Phodrang’, which means house or family line, is where a Sakya Trizin or Sakya throne holder would arise. These two great houses alternate their governance of the Sakya tradition.

Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871-1935) was born within the Drolma Phodrang as the son of Kunga Nyingpo. Dragshul Trinley Rinchen also referred to the Nyingma Tantra, Rinchen Nadun, that states, “The one known as Dolgyal is not mistaken on the path to liberation, he is by nature the Great Compassionate One.” He used this reference to determine Dorje Shugden to be enlightened.

On the other hand, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen stated in his biography that many lamas from various traditions had visited him on many different occasions to receive teachings. In 1905, a particularly noteworthy lama who came to him for teachings was Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. In his writings, it was recorded that Dragshul Trinley Rinchen bestowed on Pabongka Rinpoche several initiations including the Four-Face Mahakala empowerment. It was evident that Pabongka Rinpoche kept the Four-Face Mahakala practice close to his heart, as can be seen in the many rituals of this deity that were composed by Pabongkha Rinpoche, extant within his collected works.

 

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Sakya Depictions of Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden on a Black Horse

Dorje Shugden Tanag

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

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

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag tsa tsa

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

 

Dorje Shugden in Sakya Monastery

(Shigatse, Tibet)

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

The Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

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

 

Mahakala and Dorje Shugden

in the Sakya Tradition

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This antique thangka of Mahakala Panjaranata used to be the personal possession of Sachen Kunga Lodro. The lama figure above the protector is a depiction of Sachen Kunga Lodro himself.

The central protector figure at the bottom of the thangka is the Sakya-lineage of Dorje Shugden riding a black horse.

 

Dorje Shugden on a Throne

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

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

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

 

Kangsol (Part 1) >>

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Sakya Kangsol (Part 1)

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

To download the entire kangsol, please click here.

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Kangsol (Part 2) >>

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Sakya Kangsol (Part 2)

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

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Other Prayers from the Sakya Tradition >>

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Other Prayers from the Sakya Tradition

Enthronement Prayer to Dorje Shugden

By the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes

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

 


 

Praise to Dorje Shugden

By the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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These three statues are of the Sakya founding fathers of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (center), Jetsun Sonam Tsemo (left) and Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen (right).

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

The 4th Throne Holder of the Sakyas, Jetsun Sonam Tsemo. Pictured below him is the Sakya depiction of Dorje Shugden riding on a horse, featured in a central position in the thangka immediately under the lama. This thangka was first printed and sold over 20 years ago to Sakya devotees. Click to enlarge.

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

An outline of the Sakya lineage

An outline of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

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

The Dorje Shugden wall mural at Sakya Monastery in Shigatse

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

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag

Dorje Shugden Tanag tsa tsa

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

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

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

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

Dorje Shugden as depicted in the Sakya tradition

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

 

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Over the course of history there have been a number of Sakya Trizins who practiced and propagated Dorje Shugden. These include:

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

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

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

The holy Sakya Monastery, mother monastery of the Sakya tradition. Above the monastery, slightly to the right, you can see the multi-tiered Mug Chung, the most sacred temple to Dorje Shugden within the tradition. When we invoke Dorje Shugden, this is one of the places we invite him from. The Sakya throne holders cannot have been mistaken about Dorje Shugden's benefit in Dharma practice.

The holy Sakya Monastery, mother monastery of the Sakya tradition. Above the monastery, slightly to the right, you can see the multi-tiered Mug Chung, the most sacred temple to Dorje Shugden within the tradition. When we invoke Dorje Shugden, this is one of the places we invite him from. The Sakya throne holders cannot have been mistaken about Dorje Shugden’s benefit in Dharma practice.

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

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

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

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Conclusion

From the writings of several Sakya Trizins, it is evident that Dorje Shugden was widely practiced and proliferated within the Sakya tradition. This fact is also reiterated within the writings of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche in his seminal work on Dorje Shugden entitled, Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors. In fact, the 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin were recognised to be the incarnations of Dorje Shugden himself.

The Sakya Temple

The whole practice of Dorje Shugden is centered at the Protector temple Mug Chung in the great Sakya Monastery. Hence, when Dorje Shugden is invoked in our pujas today, he is requested to come forth from various place including this temple in Sakya. Further evidence of the popularity of this practice within the Sakya tradition is the surviving thangkas of Dorje Shugden. As Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche says in his writings, Dorje Shugden’s fulfillment offering ritual and propitiation were performed since the time of earlier Sakya Trizins, and continues up until the present day.

The Sakya tradition of Dorje Shugden is centered at the Protector temple Mug Chung.

A depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini's practice.

A depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini’s practice.

Another depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini's practice.

Another depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini’s practice.

Another depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini's practice.

Another depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini’s practice.

Another depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini's practice.

Another depiction of the Sakya master Sonam Tsemo. He is one of the lineage holders of Vajrayogini’s practice.

 

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  1. Lim Han Nee on Oct 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David. This article shows in clear detail that Dorje Shugden was practised strongly and proliferated by the Sakya Lineage.It was definitely not a small practice.

    The 30th throne-holder, the Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen, was the one who enthroned Dorje Shugden as the Protector of the Sakyas. The 31st Sakya Trizin, Kunga Lodro, who was said to be an emanation of Dorje Shugden, received all the D.S. transmissions from his father. Kunga Lodro recognised Dorje Shugden to be of the same nature as Avalokiteshvara. He wrote and composed various rituals of Dorje Shugden which showed that he was committed to the tradition of propitiating and proliferating the Dorje Shugden practice. Kunga Nyingpo, the 37th Sakya Trizin, was also said to be an emanation of Dorje Shugden.

    It was Dragshul Trinley Rinchen (1871-1935), the 39th Sakya Trizin, who stated that “The one known as Dolgyal is not mistaken on the path to liberation, he is by nature the Great Compassionate One.” In this way, he established by inference that Shugden could not be a spirit.The 39th Sakya Trizin , was a great and renowned Master and strong practitioner of Dorje Shugden.

    Thus, there can be no doubt, even from the side of the Sakya Lineage ,that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened Dharma Protector.

  2. Caryn Wong on Oct 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    This is a very good article, very detailed and gives us a good insight of the Sakya lineage and Dorje Shugden. Thank you Pastor David Lai for sharing the article.
    Dorje Shugden practice is passed down through generations and practised by great masters and high lamas. Dorje Shugden is proven an enlightened being and hence practising Dorje Shugden is not harmful however there is a group of people who refuse to accept the benefits that Dorje Shugden’s practice brings to them. May this article make this group of people change their mind which can be a challenge but nothing is not possible.

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  4. Lum Kok Luen on Oct 20, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    This wonderful article (very well researched & documented) shows and proves that Dorje Shugden is definitely not a spirit but a fully Enlightended protector who have no agenda but to help liberate us from samsara in our Dharma journey.

    I am wondering why, after all these evidence, the ban on Dorje Shugden saga is still persisting today and the CTA people are persistently pursuing those who practice DS. There are far more important issues and challenges on hand (such as uniting all TIbetans in exile in India).

    The Sakya lineage is certainly very well intertwined with Dorje Shugden. I thin it suffice to say that without the Sakya lineage, Dorje Shugden would be lesser known today. Just imagine that the Sakya Trizins were direct emanations of Dorje Shugden. Wow!! It is incredible!

    Thank you Rinpoche and PDL for this article.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  5. Jennifer Yuen on Oct 9, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Thank you for the research Pastor David. The article is written well to provide readers the information on Sakya lineage and the relation the Sakya Trizins had with Dorje Shugden. It is very obvious that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. These high Sakya masters could not be wrong. If they were, the lineage would have nothing to stand on. Besides, no high master would compose prayer to a spirit!! It also proves that Dorje Shugden practice has not been just practiced by the Gelugpas but Sakyas too.

  6. Li Kim on Oct 7, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I always enjoy reading and learning more about DS and history of the lineage. 😃

  7. Chris Chong on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Dorje Shugden have a close and deep connection with Sakya tradition. A few of the Sakya Throne holders are believed to be practicing Dorje Shugden and holding the practice close to their hearts. This shows that Dorje Shugden is not a sectarian deity because his practices are not only for Gelug practictioners. If even the most powerful person in the Sakya Tradition is practicing Dorje Shugden and composing praises and kangsol to him, i am sure that Dorje Shugden is a deity that we can rely on. Why would these powerful lamas would want to pray to a spirit? Its illogical.

    Hence, Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being that we all can rely on.

  8. Alice Tay on Oct 4, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Out of 42 supreme Sakya throne holders, 6 of the throne holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. 2 of the throne holders are believed as an emanation of Dorje Shugden i.e. 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro and 37th Sakya Trizin Kunga Nyingpo. Besides, these throne holders built chapels to Dorje Shugden, propitiate Dorje Shugden and puja and composed prayers such as “Request to the King to Eliminate False Guides” composed by the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen, and 149 pages Dorje Shugden kangsol text composed by the 31st Sakya Trizin Sachen Kunga Lodro. The evidence is clear as Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice and also not only practice by Gelug lineage but aslo Sakya lineage.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this informative post. This is good for us to read and enhance our understanding of Dorje Shugden with other lineage.

  9. Esther Goh on Oct 4, 2017 at 9:16 am

    After reading this article I have a better understanding of the significance of the Sakya lineage and Dorje Shugden. As Dorje Shugden is a major protector practice in the Sakya lineage, this clearly shows that there is no segregation between the Sakya and Gelug tradition. Although in the Sakya tradition Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion whereas in the Gelug tradition He is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom, it is accepted because both are also Buddhas. If Dorje Shugden is an emanation of two Buddhas and practised and carried down for so many generations by great Masters and high Lamas how can he be an evil spirit as claimed by certain parties. Those who practised and have faith in Dorje Shugden can attest that He is truly an Enlightened being who brings benefits rather than harm. Hopefully those people who have the wrong perceptions of Dorje Shugden will come to their senses and the ban will be lifted soon. 🙏🙏🙏

  10. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Oct 4, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Again proof of the powerful and enlightened qualities of Dorje Shugden. All the beautiful Thangkhas, the Kangsol and Prayers are done in such an extensive way – this is not done by mistake. Dorje Shugden is swift and powerful and most beneficial.

    There are many protectors mentioned in relation to the Sakya Lineage as we can read above but there is no controversy about them. My wish is that the controversy around Dorje Shugden stops as Dorje Shugden is vastly spread and highly beneficial. The world needs Dorje Shugden, the World Peace Protector.

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  11. June Kang on Oct 4, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Dorje Shugden practise has a very long history and is a protector practice which is 400 years old. This article proof that Dorje Shugden practise is not sectarian and Shugden lineage in Gelug School came from Sakya originally. Sakya masters practiced Dorje Shugden even before the Gelug masters. Dorje Shugden Protector exists is to guide sentient beings on their spiritual path to reach enlightenment and he is an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. If the Dorje Shugden protector practise is wrong meaning that the whole Sakya lineage of teachings was impure because 39th Sakya was wrong to follow Dorje Shugden and also lots of great Lamas in gelug tradition also were wrong. Obviously, the ban of Dorje Shugden doesn’t make sense.

  12. Julia Tan on Oct 4, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Many people think that Dorje Shugden is only a Gelug lineage protector because He arose from a high Lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen which is a very famous lama during HH 5th Dalai Lama time. He’s very learned and loved by Tibetan and Mongolian. He’s also very closed to his dharma brother His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama as they grown up together and go for teachings together.

    Dorje Shugden arose from a pure mind hence his nature is pure. A pure and precious practice like this do not just practiced by one school but many. The practice is limitless to whoever that have faith in him. He’s nature is an enlightened being, a Manjushri hence he blesses all with wisdom.

    It’s very nice to learn about Sakya school. To know about the incredible profound lamas of Sakya. I realised that at the end of the day there’s no other school but dharma. We all practicing dharma and we are simply Buddhist that’s all.

  13. Pastor Chia on Oct 4, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Looking back the origin Dorje Shugden practice, Great Sakya lama like Morchen Kunga Lhundrub, who has received sign from Dorje Shugden and compose the ritual origin of Dorje Shugden and five emanation. Morchen Kungun Lhundrub contribution has allowed Dorje Shugden practice pass down in Sakya lineage. Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen even compose prayer to Dorje Shugden. That how Dorje Shgden practice has pass down to Sakya lineage and even 2 Sakya Trizin consider of Dorje Shugden emanation. All this undeniable factor show Dorje Shugden practice is not the evil practice. How can the great lama from Sakya and gelup lama allow his practice and pass down to their students. The matter of the fact, is Dorje Shugden practice must protect and pass down and not because the ban of him, people should simply criticism and without knowing much about protector origin. That for Pastor David and Rinpoche sharing this informative article .

  14. Tek Lee on Oct 4, 2017 at 5:16 am

    It is clearly stated in this article that Dorje Shugden was practiced in Sakya way before Gelug, plus, two Sakya Trizin were the reincarnation of Dorje Shugden. This strongly proves that Dorje Shugden is not minor practice and is not devil. If Gelug high Lama were wrong about Dorje Shugden practice (which is impossible) it won’t be high Lama from Sakya also wrong about Dorje Shugden practice.
    It’s really ashamed that because of the ban that based on illogical factor, Sakya and some of the Lamas in Gelug give up practicing Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden is in the lineage, saying that practicing Dorje Shugden is wrong means saying all the Gurus are wrong. If it’s like that, then there’s big problem in the whole lineage already. I hope more people will realize this logic. 🙏😍

  15. Pastor Albert on Oct 4, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Reading this article, it says the first place Dorje Shugden went, is the Tashi Lhunpo monastery, he went there intended to pay homeage to his guru and to be enthroned as a protector in that monasteries. In his previous life as a lama, he was a student of Panchen Lama, and even after his death, he still think of his guru and wanted to pay homeage to his guru, such guru devotion is extremely rare and this reminded me of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, because of 1 promise to his guru, Rinpoche came to a foreign land to be called home to spread the Dharma, that is Malaysia, they shared the same guru devotion and it is moving to read about this part, but it is kinda sad that he was not allowed to enter. but because of this, DS went to Sakya and his practice was started in Sakya and then to Gelug.

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

    My guru gave me this practice, I will never stop practicing him no matter anyone say what.

    Thank you Pastor David for researching and writing this article, it is very beneficial to read and understand more about Dorje Shugden.

  16. Eric kksiow on Oct 4, 2017 at 12:14 am

    In this article, it;s clearly proved that Dorje Shugden is Not a Devil. Before Gelug, Sakya masters already started to practice it. If Dorje Shugden is a Devil, why all those Sakya masters are practice of it?

    Thank You PDL for the article. In future, i can share this article to all our KP customers.
    Appreciate it your re-search
    Erick Siow

  17. Andrea Lai on Oct 3, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    It’s a very informative article that I read and knowing that Dorje Shugden was firstly worshipped by the Sakya lineage and popularized by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Frankly, I have confusion of sects on Tibetan Buddhism but after reading this article, I’m getting more clearly picture. Dorje Shugden had been practiced by so many masters and lamas for the past 400 years and it’s truly impossible his practice is minor. There were many proves Dorje Shugden is Enlightened Being and not so-called “spirit” or “demon”. His practice was purely in compassion and peace.

    Other than that, in the article I found intriguing me was the thangka of Dorje Shugden for Sakya was much different with Gelug. Perhaps it will be more interesting to know the definition of these differences. 😉

  18. Vivian Ong on Oct 3, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    From what I understand from article is that Sakya lineage is one of the earliest lineage who started practising Dorje Shugden within the 4 schools of Tibetan Buddhism. And from this practice many erudite masters arose and they reincarnated back as high lamas and masters to teach. So Dorje Shugden’s practice is indeed not an evil spirit practice as said by others. So, for me, as long as my Guru practices Dorje Shugden and he gave the practice to me, I will continue to practice it all the way.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  19. Datuk May on Oct 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    When Dorje Shugden arose from the demise of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, he thought of his Guru and went to Tashi Lhunpo Temple to be enthroned and be the protector of the temple. However, when he arrived he saw the temple guarded by the 8 Lords of Vaishravana. Such being the case, he felt that the time was not right and went to the Sakya temple as in his previous lives, he had been Sakya lamas, Sakya Pandita and Buton Rinchen Drub.

    Further reading this article, many of the Throne Holders of the Sakya tradition had been Dorje Shugden practitioners and the 31st and 37th Throne Holders (Sakya Trizin) were incarnations of Dorje Shugden.

    Prayers and rituals were written by Sakya throne holders in reverence to Dorje Shugden. However the versions of Dorje Shugden in the Sakya tradition rides on a Black house and also seating on a Lion throne. Evidence of this historical facts are from the Thangkas and paintings in Sakya temples.

    Therefore it is totally incorrect for the CTA and Dalai Lama to say that Dorje Shugden is a minor tradition. As pointed out in this article, Sakya enthroned Dorje Shugden as one of their main protectors together with Setrap and Kache Marpo.

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA.

  20. nicholas on Oct 3, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Dorje Shugden practices came in a long way from Sakya lineage and it’s also said that 2 of Sakya Trizin was even the incarnation of Dorje Shugden himself. There is nothing sectarian about this practice and definitely not just a minority that practices this protector.

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

  21. Pastor Henry Ooi on Oct 3, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    A very good research, Pastor David, thank you. This article provides much valued information that Dorje Shugden is a major practice in the Sakya lineage and benefitted readers like me and others who made their comments in this section. This quashes doubts that Dorje Shugden is sectarian and only for the Gelugpas. Yet with all this information from this article and other articles related to Dorje Shugden, there are still bound to be people who refuse to accept that the practice is beneficial than harmful. And there will be people who will not agree no matter what information is provided and evidence is produced that will make them change their mind that Dorje Shugden is an Enlightened Being and not a spirit/demon. To borrow the quote from Rinpoche, “That is the nature of samsara.”

  22. pammie yap on Oct 3, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    It is clearly stated that the Sakyas are the first to practice Dorje Shugden, from written texts to prayers to learned masters. It is mentioned that Dorje Shugden is indeed an Enlightened protector just like what the learned masters of Gelug said.
    How can people still debate that Dorje Shugden is unenlightened? If that is the case then all the learned masters who practiced are wrong. All the lineage masters are wrong. All the students who received Dorje Shugden practices from their Gurus are wrong.

    This mean from the Sakya and Gelug masters and its lineage who practiced it down till now, are wrong. Then why do we need to practice and follow if they are already wrong from the beginning since all that we learned are wrong as well because those learned and holy masters taught us all the wrong things. It really doesn’t make sense. How can so many learned and holy masters be wrong?

  23. justin cheah on Oct 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    This article shows that Dorje Shugden is not only practiced in Gelug lineage but in actual fact was being widely practiced in Sakya tradition hence it is not a small unpopular practice. In fact it is a much popular practice that people actually claims Dorje Shugden to be. As mentioned in the article, evidence of Dorje Shugden images in the thangkas of the Sakya tradition. So actually the argument about Dorje Shugden is not a popular and small practice is inaccurate. Even till these days, we see so many people talking about this practice and its popularity is way more than any other protector.

  24. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 30, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Sonam Tsemo

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

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

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

    And another version:

    Biography: Sonam Tsemo

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sonam Tsemo beautiful thangka

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    Sonam Tsemo

  25. Samfoonheei on Apr 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Its a year ago , i first read these article and i am reading it again to gain more knowledge and understanding of the Sakya lineage & Dorje Shugden which i still have a lot to learn. Dorje Shugden was practiced in Sakya lineage and the 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin were recognised to be reincarnations of enlightened beings.
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this interesting article.

  26. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Since Tsem Rinpoche began speaking openly about Dorje Shugden and imparting accurate and invaluable information about the Protector, there has been noticeable shift in the attitude of the public towards the Protector. This comment by Suzy on Rinpoche’s YouTube channel is yet another indicator that despite the ban persisting, people are now beginning to see the benefits of this ancient and holy practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  27. Anne Ong on Nov 1, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this nice and clear write up of The Sakya Lineage & Dorje Shugden. Here is a summary of what I’ve picked up from this article. “Dorje Shugden was one of their main protector practices and considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion (an early Sakya belief). In fact, two of the Sakya Trizins were even considered incarnations of Dorje Shugden. How can a spirit incarnate as a Sakya throne holder? The evidence is clear that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice and he is not a spirit either.”
    “The great origins of the Sakya teachings is traced back to the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa of the 9th Century. In the scriptures he has several other names, including Birwapa, and his life is recounted as one of the greatest of the 84 Mahasiddhas in terms of miraculous attainments.”
    “On the other hand, there are several other general protectors such as Palden Lhamo, Ekajati, and Chamsing – a protector practice proliferated by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. Besides that, Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Tsi’u Marpo (Kache Marpo) are propitiated as the Three Kings or Gyalpo Sum. The last would be the three Bamo witches, who are unenlightened oath-bound protectors that are unique to the Sakya School.”
    “The 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro is believed to be the incarnation of Dorje Shugden. Later, he had taken rebirth as the grandchild of the 33rd Sakya Trizin Pema Dudul Wangchuk (1792-1853) and was given the name Kunga Nyingpo (1850-1899), who later became enthroned as the 37th Sakya Trizin. This explanation was recounted in the autobiography of Dragshul Trinley Rinchen, the 39th Sakya Trizin. In his writings, Dragshul Trinley Rinchen sought to prove that his father (Kunga Nyingpo) was the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara. The Sakyas believed at that time that Dorje Shugden was an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara. In order to do that, he tells the story of what happened in 1849”
    “At that time, the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen (1824-1865) was without a child to carry on the family lineage. In desperation, he requested his own father, the Mahasiddha Pema Dudul Wangchuk to perform special prayers and rituals on his behalf at the famous Dorje Shugden temple, Mug Chung for the perpetuation of the family line. During the intermission during the rituals, Tashi Rinchen asked the Mahasiddha if he knew who would be taking rebirth as his son. The Mahasiddha replied, “Nowadays because of degenerate times, nobody else is coming. Grandpa Shugden is coming as your descendant!“
    Upon hearing this prophecy, Tashi Rinchen was very pleased and in celebration, a special tradition was started of offering thousands of butter lamps accompanied by the melodious sound of longhorns and trumpets echoing from the rooftops of the temple during the ninth Tibetan lunar month. About a year later, the emanation of Dorje Shugden, Kunga Nyingpo was born.”
    “One of the earliest descriptions of this form of Dorje Shugden comes from the writings of the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro in the mid-18th century that was based on a transmission from his father, the 30th Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen. In this lama’s text entitled Requesting to Annihilate Interfering Forces, he writes that Dorje Shugden’s body is dark red in color, with one face and two hands. His right hand holds a club up to the sky and he holds in his left hand, a human heart inside a skull cup filled with blood. On his head, he wears a lacquer hat and is riding a black horse.”

  28. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  29. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 20, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Dorje Shugden, was incubated, practiced and was an integral part of the Sakya tradition for the longest time. It is a real shame that the Sakyas so readily gave up the practice of Dorje Shudgen that formed a significant part of their repertoire of their practices.

    To me by giving up a ‘true’ friend in samsara, is not benefitting the practitioners of the Sakya lineage at all.

  30. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this article, Until now I never knew Sakya tradition had practice Dorje Shugden.. As many thinking I also thinking if Dorje Shugden is a evil spirit as HHDL and some saying why cant they control dorje shugden like Guru Rinpoche did to many harmful dangerous spirits..So no trouble for them and many who suffering because of the ban.
    _/\_

  31. Pastor David Lai on Apr 24, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Someone private messaged me on Facebook about this comment in regards to the Dharma protector Setrap. In the comments to a post on Facebook someone mentioned that Setrap is not a mainstream practice. This is far from the truth.

    Setrap is indeed a mainstream protector given the fact he is the protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery. Gaden is one of the three largest monasteries of Tibet together with Sera and Drepung, which are collectively known as the 3 pillars of the Gaden tradition. Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug lineage founded Gaden Monastery, making it the heart of the tradition.

    The heads of the Gelug tradition, known as the Gaden Tri Rinpoches are enthroned as such solely at Gaden Monastery. Their thrones must be in Gaden Monastery and this represents their spiritual authority over the entire Gelugpa tradition. Since Setrap is practiced at the heart of the Gelugpa tradition it is an established and mainstream practice.

    Furthermore, Setrap is also the Dharma protector of Nyeari Khangtsen of Drepung Loseling Monastery and also worshipped in the great Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, as part of the liturgies invoking various other Dharma protectors.

    On top of that, one of the state oracles of Tibet is the Tsangpa oracle. This oracle takes trance of the protector Tsangpa Karpo, renowned to be the peaceful aspect of Setrap according to Oracles and Demons of Tibet by Rene de Nebesky-Wojkowitz. This is one of the oracles that the Dalai Lama consults on official state matters for the governance of the Tibetan people prior to the death of the Tsangpa Karpo medium. I have included the excerpt from Oracles and Demons of Tibet, highlighting the fact that Tsangpa Karpo is the peaceful form of Setrap.

    Given all of this, it can certainly not be claimed that Setrap’s practice is not mainstream. In fact as shown it is a very pervasive practice, from the level of an ordinary monk in Gaden Shartse, all the way to matters of state.

    ps – I have included the screenshot of the message I saw on Fb and also an excerpt from the Oracles and Demons of Tibet book.

    Setrap mainstream

    Setrap Tsangpa karpo

  32. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Apr 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    A friend of mine called my attention to this post on Facebook.

    What I find interesting is that after the person has made the effort to highlight Sakya lineage masters who relied on Dorje Shugden (or who were seen to be one with Dorje Shugden), he then degrades the practice of his OWN lineage masters as being a ‘minor practice’.

    Whether minor or major is not the point. The fact is that IT WAS PRACTISED. And it wasn’t being practised by some lama with no name, no reputation or no rank but it was being practised by the head of the WHOLE LINEAGE. If everything else this head did was authentic, then his Dorje Shugden practice was also authentic. So if you look at the level of the practitioner being the lineage head of the Sakya tradition, that validates Dorje Shugden practice within the Sakya tradition as authentic.

    And whether minor or major, the person on Facebook actually RECOGNISES Dorje Shugden was a Sakya practice (although he tried to put it down by calling it ‘minor’). He also stated on Facebook that Dorje Shugden was originally practiced together with Setrap and Tsi’u Marpo, as the Gyalpo Sum. Gyalpos are spirits of monks who broke their vows and samaya with their lamas.

    Why would the Sakya high lamas need to rely on Gyalpo spirits? It doesn’t make sense as these high lamas have their own abilities for protection and blessings, and there are other enlightened Protectors in the Sakya lineage that they can rely on. So why did they rely on Dorje Shugden along with Tsi’u Marpo and Setrap? Because he is an enlightened being.

    On top of that, this same person even wrote that “Sakya Gongma Dragshul Trinley Rinchen states in his diary that Dorje Shugden was an emanation of Avalokiteshvara and that his own father, Kunga Nyingpo (19th century), was an emanation of Dorje Shugden.”

    How is it possible that a Gyalpo spirit can reincarnate as a Sakya throne holder? Wouldn’t this mean that the entire lineage stemming from Kunga Nyingpo has been corrupted?

    So which one is it? Is Dorje Shugden a minor practice? Is Dorje Shugden a Gyalpo spirit practice and so the previous Sakya Trizins broke their refuge vows AND invalidated the whole Sakya lineage by relying on him? Or is Dorje Shugden NOT a spirit practice, but actually the worship of an enlightened being? Or were all the previous Sakya Trizins wrong and only the current Sakya Trizin is correct about Dorje Shugden being a so-called spirit? Or is the current Sakya Trizin wrong, and the previous ones correct?

    To put it simply – are the Sakya lineage masters wrong, or is the current Sakya Trizin wrong?

    If you call into question Dorje Shugden’s validity within the Sakya lineage, you can’t do it without creating doubt in people’s minds about the Sakya lineage masters, their decisions and who is correct – the lineage masters or the current Sakya Trizin.

    Speaking of the Sakya Trizin, the same person on Facebook claims to know what various lamas do and do not practice. I don’t think this can be very accurate. Tibetan Buddhist lamas of all traditions are known to keep their personal yidam and protector practices hidden, even from their own students. To categorically state that a lama does or does not practice a particular deity cannot be a reliable statement.

    Even if Sakya Trizin does not practice Dorje Shugden, it has been proved that the previous Sakya Trizins HAVE PRACTICED. Kunga Lodro (31st Sakya Trizin) and Kunga Nyingpo (37th Sakya Trizin) are even known to be emanations of Dorje Shugden.

    According to the logic of those who denounce Dorje Shugden, people who practice Dorje Shugden have broken their refuge vows. In this case the Sakya Trizins mentioned above and others in the lineage had broken their refuge vows many hundreds of years ago. This would mean the transmission of the entire corpus of Sakya teachings has been corrupt since that time.

    If that is really the case then the current Sakya Trizin has received and is practicing a false and inauthentic lineage. Therefore we should not listen to any of the current Sakya masters who received transmissions of a false and inauthentic lineage. This is the conclusion according to the people who preach that the current Sakya Trizin is correct on Dorje Shugden, and all of the previous lineage masters were wrong to rely on Dorje Shugden.

    Even a cursory examination of these comments, with logic applied, shows that the person posting doesn’t actually understand the implications of their inflammatory comments…

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    • MartinC on Apr 25, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Thank you Pastor Jean Ai. Your comments are very logical and valid.

      The Sakya have always considered their Throne Holders to be reincarnations of enlightened beings and hence the claim to the sacredness of the lineage and their succession.

      It is amazing how, one the one hand critics make the claim that the Sakya’s hail from a divine line of Throne Holders, and now on the other hand state that one of their illustrious Throne Holders, Kunga Ningpo was in fact an emanation of Dorje Shugden which according to this critic of Shugden, to be no more than a minor unenlightened protector. So either established Sakya history is wrong (in which case, it has to be corrected that not all Sakya Throne Holders were emanations of divine beings) or this particular critic is wrong. It cannot be both.

      If this critic were to insist that Dorje Shugden is merely a spirit, then he is saying that Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen (one of the Founding fathers of the Sakya lineage), Kunga Lodro (the 31st Sakya Trinzin), and Kunga Lodro’s rebirth as his own grand-son Kunga Ningpo, the Mahasiddha Padma Dudul Wangchuk (the 33rd Throne Holder) and other great and enlightened Sakya masters were all wrong and he is right.

      What a way to undermine one’s one lineage by trying to insist that one is right while one’s lineage history is wrong.

  33. Pastor Niral Patel on Apr 24, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    This was sent to me by my cousin, whom I shared the practice of Setrap with in the past and who benefited from Setrap’s practice when she was going through a particularly turbulent time in her life. It was stated recently on Facebook that Setrap was brought over to Tibet from India by Lotsawa Loden Sherab, which is a well-known fact amongst those who know about Setrap’s practice. Loden Sherab’s spiritual reincarnation lineage is very much recognised and is today known as Dagyab Kyabgon Rinpoche, who as others commenting have mentioned is still very much respected in Gaden Shartse.

    In other comments in the same post, Setrap is labelled as an unenlightened being. This contradiction in viewpoints really doesn’t make sense for a number of reasons. The first is that the spiritual incarnation lineage of Loden Sherab is respected BECAUSE he brought the practice of Setrap over from India, so the practice did not originate from a valid source.

    Secondly would such a high incarnate lama really bring an unenlightened protector all the way from India and spread his practice? This doesn’t make sense, as surely he would rely on an enlightened protector. Why spend time, effort, energy establishing something unenlightened, if there is a pantheon of enlightened protectors he can propagate?

    If the people on that Facebook thread want to believe that Setrap is unenlightened, then they also believe that Loden Sherab isn’t a high lama and he has no attainments since he could not recognise that Setrap is unenlightened, but mistakenly thought that he is an enlightened Dharma protector.

    So if we follow this course of reasoning, it can only mean two things. The first is that Setrap really is in fact an enlightened protector, as mentioned by some of those who commented on the original post, and the whole of Gaden Shartse and its eminent teachers will attest to. Or secondly, that Setrap is not enlightened, Loden Sherab was wrong and the whole of Gaden Shartse and its eminent teachers have all been mistaken in their propitiation.

    The second reasoning cannot be true because if all of Gaden Shartse was wrong about Setrap, this would negate all Buddhist practice from Shartse, AND it would negate Shartse’s opinion of Loden Sherab as a lama to be respected.

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    LodenSherab

  34. Jason on Mar 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks Pastor David for sharing.Pastor write up really add up my knowledge on Dorje Shugden. Before I read this article, I thought only Gelug lineage practice Dorje Shugden. From the Pastor David write up showed that Dorje Shugden also widely practice in Sakya lineage.Further more 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin were confirmed as incarnation of Dorje Shugden.
    Besides that, Sakya lineage high lama did practice an unelightened protector Sangmo Dorje Putri.This protector is under control by Karhe Mapo who is entourage of Dorje Shugden.
    From the above evidence, how can Dalai Lama claimed Dorje Shugden is spirit can be true?Two lineages also practice Dorje Shugden.
    At last but not least, I plea to Dalai Lama uplift the ban of Dorje Shugden and let more sentient being get benefit of the practice and towards enlightenment.
    Thanks again Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing.

  35. samfoonheei on Mar 26, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Thank you…Pastor David Lai for sharing
    I have learned so much and discovered so much about Dorje Shugden.
    I have more to learn…i am still very new to all these..
    Thank you again for this wonderful post.

  36. Datuk May on Mar 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Knowing history in this instance is knowing and being extremely clear in our faith of our lineage Protector, that of Dorje Shugden.

    With so much written and documented evidence by great throne holders, it seem so illogical that the Dalai Lama would proclaim contrary to the truth and that Dorje Shugden is a spirit and worshipping Him would cause harm to HH Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause.

    Great and erudite Masters and Lamas are emanation and incarnations of highly attained beings and Buddhas and 2 of the Shakya Trizins the 31st and 37th are incarnations of Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Pastor David for this post and the historical and documented facts of our Protector, Dorje Shugden.

  37. Kelsang Choden on Mar 24, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I am a 12 year old tibetan girl that was born in america.But I dont know much about dorge shugden but my parents are dorge shugden practitioners. I saw some tibetan kids that were dalia lama followers they say I am a spirit worshipper i asked them if they consider dalia lama their god then why cant he get rid of this “spirit”.sometimes I ‘m confused because the tibetan community talks about dorge shugden and how dorge shugden is a evil spirit but if dalia lama is so good and powerful why cant he get rid of the spirit? The reason i am interested about dorge shugden because my whole family doesnt talk to me and my parents because dalia lama banned dorge shugden. Also i have another question before dalia lama banned dorge shugden for many years he was a dorge shugden practitioner and he considered dorge shugden as a god when he starts not liking dorge shugden thats when he tells people that dorge shugden is bad. Tsem rinpoche i read you blogs my parents have a hard time trying to explain this to me because i cant really speak tibetan that well your blog answers a lot of my questions.Your blog is the most helpful website for me to get my answers.Thank you. I focus a lot on my studies for school but i also have to be knowing about the dorge shugden ban because it caused me to lose my family.

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Mar 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Dear Kelsang Choden,

      I’m glad that His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s blog has helped you. In answer to your first question, the reason why His Holiness Dalai Lama cannot get rid of Dorje Shugden and neither can anyone else for that matter is because Dorje Shugden is Manjushri, a Buddha. You cannot get rid of Buddha. This just goes to show that Dorje Shugden is not a spirit. The Dalai Lama can definitely get rid of a spirit, so he would definitely get rid of Dorje Shugden if he could. His Holiness Dalai Lama is actually Chenresig and is very powerful. In the past some different high lamas tried to get rid of Dorje Shugden but they could not. You can read about this in the comic book of Dorje Shugden, click the link here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dorje-shugden-illustrated-story-graphic-novel.html

      Yes, the Dalai Lama did practice Dorje Shugden when he was younger. He even wrote a prayer which you can read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html. Since then he has told people not to practice Dorje Shugden if they want to have a spiritual relationship with him. As Dorje Shugden practitioners, however, we should not hate the Dalai Lama because he is actually Chenresig. Tsem Rinpoche has a very nice post about the Dalai Lama, which you can read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/what-i-think-of-his-holiness-the-14th-dalai-lama.html.

      You are right that you should know about the Dorje Shugden because of what has happened to you and your family. Do you know that Dorje Shugden can help you with your studies? This is because Dorje Shugden is Manjushri. Reciting his mantra and prayers can help you do well in your studies.

    • Pastor David Lai on Mar 27, 2016 at 4:22 am

      Dear Kelsang Choden,
      It is very heart-warming to hear from you. Thank you very much for writing in as it is very rare to hear from our Tibetan friends. I am glad you have learned from Rinpoche’s blog and enjoy learning about Dorje Shugden. I hope you will read more and leave your comment or even your questions if you do not understand. Do not be shy to ask questions no matter how small they are. Many of Rinpoche’s learned senior students will help to answer them. Please also share with your friends and maybe your parents too even if they may no understand English very well. Very nice to hear from you. Thank you!

  38. Tomtom on Mar 24, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I am tibetan and a Dorge Shugden practitioner. HH Tsem Rinpoche your blog is very interesting. People that don’t know about Dharma will find this website very useful. Everything you have said is true.I go to other lama’s websites most of them mix religion with politics. Rinpoche you are only talking about Dharma and thats why i am always reading your blogs.Also you don’t do this for money or fame thats why i really enjoy them and also you are a very busy with your practice but still you still give advice and help those who dont know about Dharma and you always continue.

    • Pastor David Lai on Mar 31, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Tomtom,
      Nice to see you here. Hope to see you more and do post what you feel about the article that you have read. It is very encouraging to hear a respectable Tibetan man like you give feedback. It doesn’t have to be long but enough to tell what you feel or think.

  39. JP on Mar 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for the extensive explanation on Dorje Shugden practice in the Sakya tradition. Contrary to what the Sakya’s denial that they practice Dorje Shugden, it is actually one of the main protector practices in the Sakya lineage. Dorje Shugden was even enthroned by Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen!

    For the Sakyas to deny that they practice Dorje Shugden shows how they choose to bow down to CTA’s pressures of banning the practice in order to be in their good books.

  40. Joy on Mar 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    This is amazing Pastor David! Now the world can witness for themselves the truth with these clear proofs that Dorje Shugden was greatly practised not just by the Gelug schools but also Sakya in which DS was originally from!

    Wow looking at how extensive their text on Dorje Shugden is… this is their DS Kangso, 149 pages long! If it was merely just a minor ‘spirit’ practice then why is there a whole Kangso text on Shugden? This is another truth unveil about the lies the Tibetan Leadership tells people and WHY did the Sakya Trinzin lie? Was his arm twisted by the CTA? I suppose it could be so. Why else would He make such a grave lie when all the older monks of Sakya would be know and would probably have these same thangkas, which apparently was distributed freely 20 years ago.

    Now what else are the Tibetan leadership going to say and if they or Sakya Trinzin continues to deny any of this, it will be clear for the world to take note on how they much lies have been created to support the illegal ban on DOrje Shugden practice.

    How can Dorje Shugden be considered a spirit or evil if two of the Sakya Trizins (31st and 37th) were even considered incarnations of Dorje Shugden? If the Sakyas accuses and keep saying Dorje Shugden is a spirit or demon, then it is saying that their lineage masters were “possessed by spirits and so many masters could be fooled and not see through them? What is the use of believing and taking refuge in your Guru or Buddhism then?

  41. Chris Chong on Mar 20, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article. Thank you Pastor David for the extensive research and present it in such nice tabs.

    From this article, I had learnt that Dorje Shugden is not a gelug-only Protector. It was said that Dorje Shugden only protects the Gelug lineage and only the Geluga propitiates him. The evidence is found here. The earliest lineage that added Dorje Shugden into their panteon of protectors is the Sakyas. They are the first one to entrone him as a Protector and propitiated him. Even until now, the main temple at Mug Chung is still a holy place for Dorje Shugden where we invoke him during the Pujas.

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  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 26. 2018 09:46 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching. It is a great reminder to all of us to not be selfish, lazy and intolerant. We have to realise and accept that we are in fact practising all this negative attitude. And therefore we should transform our mind and action to be better and better everyday.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/if-you-are.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 26. 2018 02:01 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these important advice, blessing and very valuable instructions given by Dorje Shugden through the oracle at Kechara Forest Rereat. Dorje Shugden’s advices will benefits us in long term when we trust in the Powerful Protector fully. Applying the teachings daily and go all the way out we can transform our mind and apply it within ourselves to be more positive in life, by working for others.
    Thanks again with folded hands Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/intimate-advice-for-us.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 26. 2018 02:01 PM
    The Tibetan Leadership (CTA) headquartered in Dharamsala North India has instituted this ban against Dorje Shugden for the last 20 years. It is the result of 60 years of the Tibetan leadership abused of power, exploiting their people in all sectors of society. The deep frustration felt by the Tibetan people, is beginning to surface with more and more people speaking up against the Tibetan leadership. There are more than enough evidence that there is no religious freedom. Due to the ban on Dorje Shugden there are discrimination, segregate within Tibetan society. Through Dr Galli’s extensive investigation and analysis of these issues has uncovered and exposed some of the truth facts into an exiled Tibetan leadership. The truth is unveiled having more and more people to know and aware of the issue and their actions. For six decades the Tibetan leadership have caused so much suffering and pain on their own people.
    Thank you Rinpoche having shared Dr Galli’s article with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-tibetan-leadership-exposed-in-modern-diplomacy.html
  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Apr 26. 2018 12:46 AM
    Nice to see the update about wonderful and peaceful Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). Although, some people may not able to visit KFR regularly. But, at least they still able to see these progress updates.
    Thank you Rinpoche and the writer team worked tirelessly to obtain all these beautiful photos and information.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/kfr-photo-updates.html
  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Apr 26. 2018 12:14 AM
    Nice to see the update about wonderful and peaceful Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). Although, some people may not able to visit KFR regularly. But, at least they still able to see these progress updates.
    Thank you Rinpoche and the writer team worked tirelessly to obtain all these beautiful photos and information.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/kfr-photo-updates.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 25. 2018 09:17 PM
    One of the reasons I enjoyed Thailand very much is the statues and Wats aplenty all over the place. Even so, it is unusual to find the holy Green Tara statue, what more right smack in one of the busiest district in Bangkok. Green Tara made the vow to always return as a female Bodhisattva to free sentient beings from samsaric suffering. Hence it is truly a blessing to have Tara’s shrine! May everyone be blessed. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mother-tara-spotted-in-bangkok.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 25. 2018 08:43 PM
    Well done KSK team for organising a successful event and bring new hope and assistance to the homeless in Penang. May more people will be involved in charity and volunteering work that is so beneficial to those in need.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/2011-ksk-penang-charity-dinner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 25. 2018 12:25 PM
    Rinpoche’s advice….. “Never abandon your spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome.” This message paint a thousand words and powerful scenario. Rinpoche is very devoted to his root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche. As such Rinpoche has made a right choice . For me I did something right too having met Rinpoche and my life since then changed for the better . I have learned from nothing to something from Rinpoche’s blog. A lot more to go and improve.
    With folded hands thank you Rinpoche .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/i-did-something-right.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 25. 2018 12:25 PM
    Mingyur Rinpoche is a Tibetan teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He possesses a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet. Mingyur Rinpoche seemed to have everything as a well known meditation teacher and admired by developed world devotees for his interest in the scientific implications of meditation. Giving up his identity as a monk he had left for an unfixed period to become a wandering yogi. Since childhood he has a very strong longing to do a kind of wandering retreat as he loves mountains, caves, and been inspired by the great meditators of the past. It’s an inspiration, reading this article. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such an inspirational story with important message for us to ponder as well

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mingyur-rinpoche-leaves.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Apr 25. 2018 01:24 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette sharing this interesting article showing many kinds of gods or creatures that give/ attract good luck and fortune to us.
    Out of 15 as mentioned the above, I believe most to Ganapati Ragavajra, who is the emanation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and Gyenze, an emanation of Manjushri. Both are enlightened beings and both practices may help us to increase not only outer wealth such as material and financial resources, good health, but also inner wealth that is very important for our spiritual growth.

    Herewith the links about the benefits of Gyenze practice:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/gyenze-chapel-chinese.html
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html


    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/gods-symbols-and-creatures-of-luck.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 09:58 PM
    It is wonderful to read about this spontaneous gathering of a prayer and light dharma sharing by the Guru with the students on a misty morning in the beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat. May all sentient beings benefit from this. Thank you for the sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sunrise-dorje-shugden-puja-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 09:20 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this story. We also shared this story to KSDS students during class. It is a good example of a person who have so many negative attitude such as anger, jealousy, chasing for fame , greedy and in the end he has to suffer the result which he has created by himself. It is a good reminder to all of us to be mindful of our action. To stop creating negative karma as it will harm ourselves and others. Instead of blaming others on what we don’t have, we should look at ourselves and transform to be better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/devadatta-blaming-others.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 07:05 PM
    Dear friends, Guess what we did this morning? Take a peek: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159143 Peace, Tsem Rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 11:49 AM
    Wonderful and interesting article of all the of great 84 Mahasiddhas . Each of the great mahasddhas has a beautiful stories behind it and will inspire us towards realising our spiritual goals. The mahasiddhas are people of all walks of life from men and women, to kings and beggars, young and old, monks and laymen. It is possible to reach the highest human condition within one lifetime nor matter what our initial state is.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/vajradhara-and-84-mahasiddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 11:48 AM
    nteresting article of the greatly learned scholars who referred as the Seventeen Pandits of Nalanda Monastery. All these great master is really very inspiring , and the most important influential Mahayana Buddhist masters from India’s past. The inspiration and teachings of these great masters continue to bless practitioners of the Mahayana to the present day. These seventeen masters are vitally important because their writings are all based on real meditative experience.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-seventeen-pandits-of-nalanda-monastery.html

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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
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It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
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In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
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A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
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Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
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In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
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At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
4 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
4 months ago
This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
5 months ago
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
5 months ago
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
5 months ago
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
5 months ago
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
5 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
5 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
5 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
5 months ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
5 months ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
6 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
6 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
6 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
6 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
6 months ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
6 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
6 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
6 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
6 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
6 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
6 months ago
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
6 months ago
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
6 months ago
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
6 months ago
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
6 months ago
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 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
6 months ago
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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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.
  • Beautiful Buddha being sculpted from clay.
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    Beautiful Buddha being sculpted from clay.
  • After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
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    After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
    Please share this as much as possible. Please care. Please help: http://www.patreon.com/weanimals
  • OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
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    OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
  • It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
    7 months ago
    It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
  • If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
    7 months ago
    If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
  • Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
    7 months ago
    Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
  • Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
    7 months ago
    Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
  • This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
    7 months ago
    This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
  • America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
    7 months ago
    America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
  • Important video to watch and learn.
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    Important video to watch and learn.
  • Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
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    Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
  • Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
    7 months ago
    Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
  • Norma Jean
    8 months ago
    Norma Jean
    These are the heartbreaking scenes we see over and over again, that we share in the hopes of telling the stories of those who otherwise would have suffered and vanished from this earth without a trace. This is Norma Jean. Free for a little over five months, she knew more happiness than millions of her sisters ever will. But she couldn’t escape the fate genetically programmed into her as an egg producing machine. She seemed more lethargic than usual this morning, so we brought her inside to administer fluids and antibiotics in the hopes of pulling her through until we could get her in to see our vet. She couldn’t hang on. She died this evening shortly after this video was taken, severely infected from the rotting egg yolk adhered to various organs throughout her abdominal cavity. Like virtually every single one of her sisters, caged or free range, rescued or not, she paid the ultimate price for eggs (from FB)
  • If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    8 months ago
    If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart
  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    8 months ago
    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    While on a visit to a Hindu mandir (temple), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on diversity as Canada's strength.

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177.22kg were rescued today redistributed equally to 45 needy families staying PPR Desa Rejang. Thanks to this brilliant team where we managed to get it done in no time and in good order. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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177.22kg were rescued today redistributed equally to 45 needy families staying PPR Desa Rejang. Thanks to this brilliant team where we managed to get it done in no time and in good order. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you guys for coming and be such a great help! Great #teamwork #Connexion - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you guys for coming and be such a great help! Great #teamwork #Connexion - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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you CAN transform, you CAN improve, we can overcome it when we think we can overcome it, because we create the karma to overcome it. It is not magic, it is called karma. More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR5zEqFceNs
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Fantastic team work saw 150 of our street friends in JB received various kind of assistance apart from the usual food. Special mention goes to Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio for rendering free haircuts. ❤❤❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Fantastic team work saw 150 of our street friends in JB received various kind of assistance apart from the usual food. Special mention goes to Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio for rendering free haircuts. ❤❤❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you May and Maggie for providing free haircuts again for our clients! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you May and Maggie for providing free haircuts again for our clients! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project in Ipoh have a very fruitful Sunday morning with our recycling activities at Ipoh Garden Thanks to all contributions. 克切拉怡保地球计划感恩大德们捐出环保的物品, 让我们得以满载而归。 By Kechara Earth Project
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Kechara Earth Project in Ipoh have a very fruitful Sunday morning with our recycling activities at Ipoh Garden Thanks to all contributions. 克切拉怡保地球计划感恩大德们捐出环保的物品, 让我们得以满载而归。 By Kechara Earth Project
Our dedicated volunteers preparing for tonight's distribution. Everyone doing their part. ❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our dedicated volunteers preparing for tonight's distribution. Everyone doing their part. ❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Surplus food distribution to needy families. Food that has less "commercial appeal" becomes precious items for those who struggle to put food onto their dining table. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making a difference to the community!!! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Surplus food distribution to needy families. Food that has less "commercial appeal" becomes precious items for those who struggle to put food onto their dining table. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making a difference to the community!!! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you guys for the donation! #SegiUniversity boys! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you guys for the donation! #SegiUniversity boys! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Families receiving their much needed surplus fresh surplus provisions right in front of their door step thanks to all the dedicated #volunteers! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Families receiving their much needed surplus fresh surplus provisions right in front of their door step thanks to all the dedicated #volunteers! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Free haircut service for Kechara Soup Kitchen clients from Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio.
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Free haircut service for Kechara Soup Kitchen clients from Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio.
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Explore the universe within.
Our distribution to the Orang Asli villages in Bentong yesterday evening. Thank you to all not forgetting the local volunteers as well. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our distribution to the Orang Asli villages in Bentong yesterday evening. Thank you to all not forgetting the local volunteers as well. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Uncle Ng with his "No Look" pose today in the kitchen. Thanks to Wei Di, Jian King, Henry Poong who helped in the kitchen today. Justin @ KSK
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Uncle Ng with his "No Look" pose today in the kitchen. Thanks to Wei Di, Jian King, Henry Poong who helped in the kitchen today. Justin @ KSK
Dorje Shugden Chapel in the heart of Bentong! Visit this beautiful chapel at the entrance to Kechara Paradise, 84, Jalan Ah Peng, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Picture courtesy by Pastor Albert, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Dorje Shugden Chapel in the heart of Bentong! Visit this beautiful chapel at the entrance to Kechara Paradise, 84, Jalan Ah Peng, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Picture courtesy by Pastor Albert, shared by Pastor Antoinette
当我去Zambala Room 的时候Kai Te 很开心的说“老师!!!你看我画的美丽人生”我问“哇哈!!好棒噢!你画的好好噢!这个就是你的美丽人生?”Kai Te 回我说“是的!!!这里还有美丽的屋子” 看他满足的笑容,满满的正能量,多疗愈啊!By Asyley Chia KSDS
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当我去Zambala Room 的时候Kai Te 很开心的说“老师!!!你看我画的美丽人生”我问“哇哈!!好棒噢!你画的好好噢!这个就是你的美丽人生?”Kai Te 回我说“是的!!!这里还有美丽的屋子” 看他满足的笑容,满满的正能量,多疗愈啊!By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back last Sunday topic 8 freedom and 10 endowment leading by Teacher Kien and Teacher Lin Mun. Everybody paying full attention while teacher sharing.Well done children. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back last Sunday topic 8 freedom and 10 endowment leading by Teacher Kien and Teacher Lin Mun. Everybody paying full attention while teacher sharing.Well done children. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Ready!!! Get set Throw!!!2 to 4 year old games Time.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Teacher Alice demonstrate full lotus sit to the Class 2 to 4 year old children.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Thank you to Calvin Chan and students from Chung Ling Butterworth High School who helped carry the heavy groceries to needy families. Great to see the younger generation spending their time serving the community. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you to Calvin Chan and students from Chung Ling Butterworth High School who helped carry the heavy groceries to needy families. Great to see the younger generation spending their time serving the community. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Team Cambridge University Press Malaysia also helped to evaluate applicants applying for our food bank assistance programme. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Team Cambridge University Press Malaysia also helped to evaluate applicants applying for our food bank assistance programme. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
466kg of #surplusfood were redistributed to 76 needy families in PPR Beringin on Thursday with the help of these dedicated #volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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466kg of #surplusfood were redistributed to 76 needy families in PPR Beringin on Thursday with the help of these dedicated #volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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KISG has carried out prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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