Which guru shall I choose?
The King, Queen, Pope, Dalai Lama, Gaden Tripa, Sharpa Choje and Sakya Trizin combined cannot tell you or force you to stop Dorje Shugden practice even if you received the instructions from your guru who might be just an ordinary temple sweeper or simple monk. Your guru the temple sweeper and all the Buddhas are one daily in our meditations and especially when he manifested as Buddha when he gave you the Dharma, love and instructions. I mean no disrespect to the King, Queen, Pope, Dalai Lama, Gaden Tripa, Sharpa Choje and Sakya Trizin.
If the King, Queen, Pope, Dalai Lama, Gaden Tripa, Sharpa Choje and Sakya Trizin combined told you your sweeper lama is wrong and to give up your Dorje Shugden practice and you should listen to them and not your guru, then they are wrong (Sorry). They cannot override anyone’s sacred bond between guru and disciple. This is just between the guru and disciple and no other gurus or students should interfere. They should not do anything to make your life hard just because you honor this commitment. Their disciples also should respect this sacred bond too and we can still be friends because we are all people no matter our beliefs. Love, acceptance and tolerance is spirituality.
We should follow our guru not because of his fame, rank, prestige, power or number of students he has or how big his organization is, but because he helped us to transform our minds to be a better person and we can see this within ourselves. This transformation is sacred. Because he gave us dharma from his heart and loved us. If others persecute us for this sacred bond, we have to forgive them and continue our way and perhaps speak up kindly when necessary. Perhaps tell them I will continue this bond with my guru regardless of what they say, think or do to us. Sorry to sound rude as I don’t mean to be.
And if you listen to them and give up your sacred bond with your personal guru, then you are wrong. Two wrongs never make a right.
Three amazing protectors who work together passed to the Gelug lineage from the Sakya School of Buddhism. Setrap, Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo (aka Tsiu Marpo). The main Sakya Monastery in Tibet as well as many Gelug practitioners propitiate these three powerful yet benevolent beings.
Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche
on guru devotion
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At this time, we see guru devotion in the great monasteries, it is like a vessel leaking. At this time, in the four great monasteries, I see the first [in guru devotion] is Tashi Lhunpo. I am not flattering. The better one is Tashi Lhunpo monks.
Before, Sera has a lot of monks joining…
(video breaks abruptly)
…What I am teaching you today, this is correct or not correct, you must examine. If it is correct, you must practice. If it is not correct, then you can discard it. That is okay.
In brief, you all must carefully examine Lama Tsongkhapa’s Dharma. Apart from that, at this time, Lama Tsongkhapa’s Dharma is like a butter lamp in the strong wind. It has very nearly extinguished, like that. Now you all must carefully examine Lama Tsongkhapa’s Dharma, must carefully examine Lama Tsongkhapa’s Dharma. Do you understand?
If you practise the Protector [referring to Dorje Shugden], you do the practice. If you don’t practise, you don’t do the practice. This is no problem. If you practise, say it very clearly – “I do the practice.” If you don’t practice, say it very clearly – “I don’t do the practice.” Don’t be two-faced.
Must have unity and solidarity. Do you understand? Then good. Then it will be useful that we are monks and stay in the big monasteries. [meaning if they are monks but have no unity, it will not be useful]
At night, all our virtues we must dedicate to enlightenment and the growth of Buddha Dharma, and all the holy masters’ long life, and make aspirational prayers for the growth of Lama Tsongkhapa’s combined sutric and tantric Dharma and for it to remain for a long time. Do you understand?
And if you are a Dorje Shugden practitioner, make aspirational prayers for Dorje Shugden’s blessings to spread all around the world. If you are not a Dorje Shugden practitioner, make aspirational prayers for all protectors’ blessings to be timely and for the Buddha Dharma to grow.
Then good. Then all of you work towards mental unity and pure vows. Please practise well. That’s all, thank you. Finish.
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