The Supreme Path to the Trikaya ༄༅། སྐུ་གསུམ་མཆོག་།།
Dear friends around the world,
I recently acquired a copy of the text, The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, and wanted to share it with all of you. This text of quintessential Dharma was written by Geshe Thupten Lama, who entered the great Gaden Monastic University when he was just six years old. There he earned the Geshe Lharampa degree, which is the highest academic degree awarded in Tibetan Buddhism. In this text, you will find detailed explanations on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures. I have included both the English and Tibetan versions of the text for you.
Geshe Thupten Lama was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile and served as a school teacher from 1963 to 1994 for which he received high commendations from the Tibetan exile government. However, later on there was danger to his life, because of the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden that began in 1996. This eventually led him to seek political asylum in America as he would not abandon the practice of Dorje Shugden because he promised his guru to do the practice (Do take a read of his account on page 64 and 65 in “The Author” section of the book below).
Geshe Thupten Lama is one of the great scholars and masters among hundreds who has upheld the lineage of Lord Buddha’s liberating teachings as well as continued his practice of Dorje Shugden. Geshe Thupten Lama, according to his own account, requested His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama back in 1996 (when the ban against Dorje Shugden began) three times to not institute the ban against Dorje Shugden. He said that in his letters to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, that the ban against Dorje Shugden is against the instructions of the Dalai Lama’s own guru and it will violate the constitution of democratic and free India. This is because in India, any religious practice is allowed and none should be banned. But His Holiness never replied to Geshe Thupten Lama and for making these humble requests to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he was branded a ‘evil Chinese spy’ and his life was threatened back in 1996.
This is typical of Tibetan government in exile. If you don’t follow their diktats, you will be branded something evil and your life will be threatened. Just like what is happening today and now. It has happened to thousands of Dorje Shugden practitioners and it has happened to myself also. When they brand you an evil Chinese spy, they then get ignorant Tibetans to turn against you and make you an enemy. It can be dangerous. Today they attack you on social media and do their best to defame you as they do me for practising the religion of my choice. They tell you that you have the freedom to practice but if you do, you are segregated by many subtle and overt means. Geshe Thupten Lama recounts this very clearly in his book. Luckily his American students escorted him to the USA and to safety. Do read his account I’ve included here.
Even a great scholar like Geshe Thupten Lama who has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan government in exile during their greatest hour of need in exile is made into a enemy just because he has expressed his views openly, and bravely I might add, regarding not banning the practice of Dorje Shugden that would plunge thousands of people into confusion. He is not a Chinese spy but an ardent devotee of Buddhism and very patriotic member of the Tibetan community. He begged His Holiness the Dalai Lama not to create this ban in 1996 against Shugden people. He was not disrespectful or trying to oppose His Holiness the Dalai Lama but the practice of Dorje Shugden has been handed down to us for 400 years. Our gurus are not wrong in giving us this practice. We as Tibetans should be treated equally and without prejudice regardless of our religion and views. Equality for all. None of us wishes to harm His Holiness the Dalai Lama or wishes ill of Tibet, but we just want religious freedom and to pursue worship as we see fit for ourselves without bias, segregation and prejudice. After serving the Tibetan government for so many years, Geshe Thupten Lama is threatened and branded a Chinese spy. This is not democracy at all. Nor is there free speech or religious freedom in the Tibetan communities of India and Nepal. Luckily he escaped to the USA and he bravely spoke out in this book. He is very brave to speak out.
Many Tibetans now are saying in hushed tones that the ban against Dorje Shugden and followers has brought no benefit. In fact, since the ban began in 1996, it has created further disharmony within the Tibetan communities throughout the world up until now in 2017. There are many reasons for so much disharmony within the Tibetan communities and one of them is religious persecution against Dorje Shugden people. Even the non-Tibetan practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism around the world look at each other suspiciously to see who is practising Dorje Shugden and therefore bad, and who is not and therefore good. So much disharmony. Everyone should be treated equally no matter what their religion is. No leader either secular or spiritual should ever ‘advise’, condemn or degrade another person’s religious path now in the 21st century. It is not good leadership to create division. We must learn from the past.
Besides the ban mentioned in this book, his teachings are very good and I recommend reading this book very much. It is short but to the point. Geshe Thupten Lama is indeed a great scholar and his book is very enlightening in many ways.
To read the text in Tibetan བོད་ཡིག , please click here
For more interesting information:
- Panchen Lama sungbum
- Panchen Lama’s Dorje Shugden Puja text
- Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors – A Definitive Guide to Dorje Shugden by Trijang Rinpoche
- Dorje Shugden category
- The Buddhist Divide – An Unholy Campaign against Religious Freedom
- The Fourteenth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 十四世达赖尊者与多杰雄登
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