Gyara Rinpoche Gives Dorje Shugden Sogtae / 嘉若仁波切授予多杰雄登托命灌顶
Dear friends around the world,
I would like to share with you this very exciting news of H.E. Gyara Rinpoche’s recent beneficial activities in his birth place, Yading, Daocheng County of Sichuan Province, China, historically known as the Dabpa region of Kham area of Tibet. In the past month, Gyara Rinpoche has been visiting different villages in Yading, accompanied by a number of monks from Shar Gaden Monastery, to give teachings and share Dharma with the people there.
Gyara Rinpoche, also known as Lobsang Tenpai Gyaltsen Gelek Kheldup Palsangpo, is an incumbent of Shar Gaden Monastery in India and studied at the feet of H.E. Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche and many other erudite lamas of our time including H.H. the 101st Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Lungrik Namgyal and H.H. Yongyal Rinpoche.
Among the many virtuous activities of his trip, Gyara Rinpoche gave Dorje Shugden’s life entrustment initiation (sogtae) to a few thousand monks and lay people in Yangting Dechen Ling Monastery yesterday!
Yangting Dechen Ling, also known as Shugden Monastery, is thriving under the leadership of its current abbot, Venerable Geshe Tenzin Peljor, and has produced many illustrious and eminent scholar-monks including H.E. Zemey Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Tendar Rinpoche and H.H. Yongyal Rinpoche.
Daocheng County has a population of 32,450 of which 70%-80% are Dorje Shugden practitioners. There are many Dorje Shugden lamas and geshes in Yading too. Therefore, it is no surprise that through word of mouth, many flocked to attend Gyara Rinpoche’s teachings in Yading.
Note: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has on many occasions stressed that Dorje Shugden practitioners are a minority. Looking at the thousands of Tibetans who gathered at Yangting Dechen Ling Monastery, it is not difficult to spot the glaring inaccuracy of the CTA’s claim!
Apart from the Dorje Shugden sogtae, Gyara Rinpoche also gave a few days of Lamrim teachings as well as the Guhyasamaja initiation in Yangding Monastery. Of particular note is the fact that following the sogtae, Gyara Rinpoche took the time to give an excellent commentary on Dorje Shugden’s qualities and history to strengthen the people’s faith in Dorje Shugden through knowledge and understanding.
In addition, Gyara Rinpoche gave a logical explanation of the Dorje Shugden controversy and the unlawful ban imposed by the CTA, thus creating much needed awareness of the truth behind the Dorje Shugden issue. This is very important in our struggle to lift the Dorje Shugden ban that has caused so much suffering in the Tibetan exile community and beyond.
I truly and sincerely rejoice that Gyara Rinpoche, a fully qualified Geshe Lharampa, spoke so clearly and fearlessly on this controversial subject, thus making it easy for people to understand the benefits that Dorje Shugden can bestow and why the ban on this practice is undoubtedly wrong. To teach based on logic and history is very effective and it is also how I would do it.
Below is a video of Gyara Rinpoche’s teachings to give you an idea of how many have benefited from this event. Rejoice and make a strong motivation that you too may have the merits to receive teachings from qualified lamas like Gyara Rinpoche in the near future.
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- H.H. Gaden Trisur Lungrik Namgyal’s 90th Birthday Celebration
- My recollection of H.E. Guru Deva Rinpoche 忆念尊贵的古鲁迪瓦仁波切
- The Dorje Shugden category on my blog
- The Zong Rinpoche category on my blog
- The Great Lamas & Masters category on my blog
- My Precious Teachers
- Dorje Shugden: My side of the story
- My First Guru in New Jersey
- Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Cuts My Hair
- His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang
- H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography
- Respects to Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche
- H.H. KYABJE PABONGKA RINPOCHE (1878–1941)
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