Panchen Lama sungbum
Dear friends around the world,
I am delighted to present you with another precious text, His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama’s sungbum (or collected works). Historically, the Panchen Lama was second only to the Dalai Lama in spiritual authority within the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In fact, spiritually the Panchen Lama is on par with the Dalai Lama.
The 10th Panchen Lama was believed to be the emanation of Buddha Amitabha. He was a great patron of Tibetan language, arts, culture, history, religion, scriptures, ancient texts, traditions and a scholar of Buddhism himself. When he gave public discourses, hundreds of thousands would attend.
Contained within this sungbum is prayers to Dorje Shugden, titled Manjunatha’s (Tsongkapa) Lineage protector Dorje Shugden and five forms wrathful propitiations and confessional prayers and fulfilment of activities rites. This text is also known as Melodious sound of Accomplishment of the Four Activities. It was composed at the request of Acharya Lobsang Jangchub and contains the abbreviated form of Dorje Shugden’s Kangsol.
Upon completing this prayer text, the 10th Panchen Lama personally saw auspicious signs and had strong feelings that Dorje Shugden has been working hard to protect the Buddha Dharma in general and especially the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa. The Panchen Lama signed off this composition with both his official name and his ordination name to endorse the validity of this piece of work. Until today, this prayer text is used in Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the Panchen Lama’s traditional seat.
His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama was dedicated to Dorje Shugden till the end of his life. A lama of his caliber, attainments, authority and learning certainly can be relied upon to compose special texts, such as this precious prayer to Dorje Shugden.
The text is shared here with all of you. You can print this precious text and put it on your altar as the representation of Buddha’s speech. You can also print out to offer your teacher or friends. May all beings come under the care, protection and blessings of Dorje Shugden in this and future lives. May you be blessed by this powerful composition by His Holiness Panchen Lama propitiating the compassionate Dorje Shugden.
His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama
“In person, the 10th Panchen Lama is an extraordinarily fearless Tibetan who showed unwavering courage to work for the general cause of Tibet and its people.”
– The 14th Dalai Lama
Tibetans commonly refer to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and His Holiness 10th Panchen Lama as the “sun and moon” of Tibetan Buddhism. They are the center of Tibetan Buddhist civilization, which draws to its sphere of influence millions of non-Tibetan practitioners. The Panchen Lama’s incarnation line began with the 16th abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (1570 – 1662). He was bestowed the title of Panchen Lama by His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama after being declared as an emanation of Amitabha.
After being given the title, his three previous incarnations were posthumously also bestowed the title, making Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen the 4th Panchen Lama. He became a teacher to many Tibetans, Bhutanese and Mongolian religious figures, including His Holiness the 4th and 5th Dalai Lamas, and the 1st Jetsun Dampa of Mongolia. A prolific author, Chokyi Gyeltsen is credited with over a hundred compositions, including a number of commentaries and ritual texts that remain central in the Gelukpa tradition today. Along with his role as a teacher of the Dharma, the Panchen Lamas are usually responsible for the recognition of the rebirths of the Dalai Lamas, and vice versa.
The 10th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Trinley Lhundrub Chokyi Gyeltsen (19 February 1938 – 28 January 1989) continued both the spiritual and political roles of his predecessors. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, his contemporary, was even heard to say and echo the Panchen Lama’s own words that the Dalai Lama would safeguard Tibet from the outside while the Panchen Lama would safeguard Tibet from the inside, as he never left Tibet after the political troubles of 1959. He was truly loved by the Tibetans, all the way until his passing. When he taught, thousands of people would attend, not only from his own Gelug lineage, but masters and practitioners from all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
At his sprawling monastery of Tashi Lhunpo, he has a special chapel specifically dedicated to Dorje Shugden, where prayers and rituals are performed on a daily basis. In his great omniscience the Panchen Lama held Dorje Shugden as the principal Dharma protector of the monastery. He also personally propitiated Dorje Shugden among other Dharma protectors, and even wrote extensive prayers and rituals to Dorje Shugden. These rituals and prayers are contained within his ‘sung bum’ or collected works, which are provided here. As such a great lama, with an erudite and clear understanding of the Buddhist scriptures, a teacher to millions in both Tibet and China, from an established incarnation line and an emanation of the Buddha Amitabha, he could not be mistaken about his practice of Dorje Shugden.
His Holiness 10th Panchen Lama is known for his composition of commentaries and practice texts that are still in use by contemporary Buddhist practitioners both in Tibet and across the world. One of these is a powerful ritual composition propitiating the compassionate Dorje Shugden.
Upon the request by Acharya Lobsang Jangchub to compose a shorter version of the prayer for the exhortation of activities of Dorje Shugden, Panchen Lama immediately composed an abbreviate form of Dorje Shugden’s Kangsol. This text is entitled “Manjunatha’s (Tsongkapa) Lineage protector Dorje Shugden and five forms wrathful propitiations and confessional prayers and fulfilment of activities rites” or “Melodious sound of Accomplishment of the Four Activities” for short. Once the prayers were completed, he had signs and strong feelings that Dorje Shugden has been working hard to protect the Buddhadharma in general and the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa specifically.
Mirroring the abilities of one of his earlier incarnations, Khedrub Je, a disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa and master of both sutra and tantra, the Panchen Lama used his compositional skill and poetic prowess to create a masterful sadhana. Worthy of note is a praise in which the first letter of each verse is a Tibetan vowel. Such compositions are rarely seen, and have historically only been used when propitiating senior Dharma protectors such as Palden Lhamo and Kalarupa.
The Panchen Lama also stated that while composing the sadhana he was filled with a sense of happiness and bliss. He ends the composition with not only his official title but his ordination name, Tenzin Trinley Jigme Choje Wangchuk, endorsing the validity of his work. He composed the sadhana in his own Tashi Lhunpo monastery while in the Hall of Clear Light and Bliss.
Download His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama’s sungbum
The Panchen Lama’s Dorje Shugden Prayers
Presented here for your convenience are the parts of the sungbum directly related to Dorje Shugden. To download these extracts in PDF format, please click here.
To download the entire sungbum, please click here.
TITLE (Tibetan): Gongsa Gyabgon Panchen Thamched Kyenpa Kutreng Chupa Chenpo Jetsun Losang Trinley Lhundrub Chokyi Gyeltsen Pelsang-Poi Sung Bum Shukso
TRANSLATION: All Knowing One, Perfect Refuge Tenth Incarnation of Panchen Lama the Great, Jetsun Losang Trinley Lhundrub Chokyi Gyeltsen Pelsang-Poi’s collected written works.
CHAPTER ON DORJE SHUGDEN (Tibetan): Jamgon Gyelway Tensung Gyalchen Dorje Shugden Rik-nga Drakpo Tselgyi Gangchok leshi Lhundrub-gyi Drubay Trajang Shejawa Shukso
TRANSLATION: Manjunatha’s (Tsongkapa) Lineage protector Dorje Shugden and five forms wrathful propitiations and confessional prayers and fulfillment of activities rites
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For more interesting information:
- The Tsongkhapa category on my blog
- The Dorje Shugden category on my blog
- The Great Lamas and Masters category on my blog
- Panchen Lama’s Dorje Shugden Puja text
- Panchen Lama’s Hat
- Panchen Lama meets Chinese President
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