Kyabje Ling Rinpoche does Dorje Shugden（嘉杰林仁波切修多杰雄登护法）
For hundreds of years, Tibet has been a powerhouse of enlightened minds, devoted practitioners and attained masters. As far as the eye can see, from the great monastic universities to the caves scattered throughout the land, hundreds of thousands of practitioners have engaged in retreats, studied, learned, debated, contemplated, meditated and gained attainments into Buddha’s profound teachings.
Of these practitioners, no two lamas have accomplished the same level of repute as His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, who were selected as the tutors of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche was known as a great scholar and teacher. Ling Rinpoche bears the distinction of having been tutor to four Dalai Lamas (6th, 12th, 13th and 14th). As a young boy, Ling Rinpoche was ordained by 13th Dalai Lama and later, he rose to become the 97th Gaden Tripa (or the Gaden Throne-holder) and head of the Gelugpa tradition. It would be Ling Rinpoche’s second time as the Gaden Tripa; in one of his previous incarnations, Ling Rinpoche had been the 48th Gaden Tripa. Ling Rinpoche was so respected and held in such high regard that when his term as the 97th Gaden Tripa was drawing to an end, the Dalai Lama himself requested Ling Rinpoche stay on for another seven-year term. Ling Rinpoche accepted the request and when he finally stepped down seven years later, he had sat on the Gaden throne longer than any other Gaden Tripa in history (14 years).
Known as ‘the teacher of teachers’, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was one of the foremost Tibetan Buddhist masters of our time. He counted among his disciples practitioners like His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Ven. Geshe Rabten, Ven. Lama Yeshe and Ven. Lama Zopa. A direct disciple of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche himself, Trijang Rinpoche edited Pabongka Rinpoche’s Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. This texts forms one of the core practices and studies in the Gelugpa lineage to this day. Trijang Rinpoche was also directly and indirectly responsible for the proliferation of Dharma in the West, through his own teachings and that of his students who would go on to establish world-renown Buddhist organisations.
So out of hundreds of thousands of monks and scholars, these two masters were selected to become the main tutors of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Selecting tutors for the Dalai Lama has always been a matter of national importance. The tutors would be responsible for shaping and educating the young Dalai Lama, and ensure that he received the proper training, knowledge and exposure required to become not just a Buddhist master, but a powerful and effective temporal leader. In effect, the tutors would be in charge of creating Tibet’s next Dharma monarch.
It would therefore take more than an ordinary Geshe Lharampa to become the tutor of the Dalai Lama. Considering the importance of the role, being selected as the tutor of the Dalai Lama indicates that the chosen master (or masters) has something above and beyond the thousands of practitioners and lamas throughout Tibet. Not only do the tutors have to possess an indisputable command and knowledge of the complete corpus of Buddha’s teachings, but their appointment would have to be vetted and approved by all of the ecclesiastical heads in the Tibetan government.
In this case, His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche were selected for this most exalted position, effectively putting them in charge of Tibet’s future.
We can therefore safely assume that whatever masters of such calibre choose to practise is definitely valid. It cannot be that on the one hand, they are qualified to educate Tibet’s next leader when, on the other hand, they choose mistaken practices. And, being adept in all traditions of Buddha’s teachings, among all of the practices and lineages these two enlightened beings carried, they chose to incorporate the Dharma Protector practice of Dorje Shugden. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche is a highly realised teacher of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and could not be mistaken about the benefits of Dorje Shugden’s practice.
Some people would like to say that His Holiness the Dalai Lama had other teachers who did not rely on Dorje Shugden, and this is somehow justification for the Dalai Lama to drop his practice of Dorje Shugden. Those people who say such things are sadly mistaken. While His Holiness may have received teachings and transmissions from other lamas, there were no other two people who were as instrumental in shaping the Dalai Lama’s thoughts, knowledge and nurturing his wisdom. For 40 years, His Holiness relied on Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche for their knowledge, advice, guidance and mentorship. Unlike the other lamas, they were both considered the Dalai Lama’s root gurus.
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Tsem Rinpoche was offered the audio of these great masters chanting to Dorje Shugden and asked me to share this information, hence this blog post. We would therefore like to present to you here a sacred, holy recording of the two holy tutors of the Dalai Lama performing a Dorje Shugden kangsol (puja) while on a visit to Switzerland. During the kangsol, they recite prayers composed by other Tibetan Buddhist greats such as His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, to invoke upon the blessings, protection and assistance of Dorje Shugden. The holy voices of Ling Rinpoche who acted as umze (lead chanter) and Trijang Rinpoche chanting the puja to Dorje Shugden on this recording is, to say the least, very powerful. Both these masters performed Dorje Shugden puja in Switzerland together. We are so fortunate to receive this recording. Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche were also the gurus and teachers to hundreds of thousands of monks and students throughout Tibet, India, Mongolia, Russia and other lands. To their disciples therefore, their voices are unmistakable; any senior monk in the Gelug tradition today will have no problems recognising the voices of their root gurus on this audio and bring tears of joy again. We are grateful to obtain this beautiful audio from Zawa Rinpoche.
His Holiness Ling Rinpoche’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden
Below is a video recorded during some teachings in Gaden Monastery (Karnataka, India) in 2013. In the video, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is very emphatic and denies that His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche ever had a connection to Dorje Shugden.
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As you can see, His Holiness the Dalai Lama clearly insists that Ling Rinpoche, his own tutor, never relied on Dorje Shugden. To His Holiness, we would respectfully like to disagree. Many hundreds of Kyabje Ling Rinpoche’s students as well as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s students confirm Kyabje Ling Rinpoche’s deep respect for Dorje Shugden. On many occasions, in fact, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche would ask certain questions to Dorje Shugden taking trance in the oracle. When Dorje Shugden gave the answers, it would be written and sealed. The letter would then be presented to Kyabje Ling Rinpoche who would always touch the letter to his forehead before opening it, as a sign of deep respect. Ling Rinpoche would then read the answers from Dorje Shugden before folding the letter and touching it to his forehead again. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche through his dice divinations would also always prescribe Dorje Shugden pujas to many people as he did for Lady Dr Dolma.
Aside from the recording of Ling Rinpoche performing a Dorje Shugden kangsol, we also wish to counter claims that Ling Rinpoche had no connection with Dorje Shugden with this prayer composed by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche himself, to propitiate the blessings of this enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, Mahakala, Pelden Hlamo and Vaishravana together. It was requested by people of Varanasi Sanskrit University and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche wrote this combined prayer offering to these protectors including Dorje Shugden. Indeed Kyabje Ling Rinpoche respects Dorje Shugden tremendously.
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For more interesting information:
- The Dorje Shugden category on my blog
- The 14th Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden
- H.H. KYABJE PABONGKA RINPOCHE (1878–1941)
- What Others Say About H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche
- Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s Clairvoyance
- Incomparable Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche
- Did you know this about Pabongka Rinpoche?
- Holy and Profound Pabongka Rinpoche
- His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang
- Dr Dolma
- Visiting His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche in Vermont
- Prayers for me by HH Trijang Rinpoche & Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering
- Blessed upon sight of these masters
- I pray to what I want to
- Perfect practice equals perfect rebirths
- Various Aspects of Tantra by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche
- His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa Rinpoche
- Lama Yeshe the Great Mahasiddha
- The Perfection of Concentration by Geshe Rabten
- My Message to Lama Zopa
- Can Tibetan Lamas Make Mistakes?
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