Thank You For The Positivity
Since Rinpoche began speaking about the Dorje Shugden practice in public, there have been detractors and critics who have directed insults, vulgarities and violent remarks towards Rinpoche.
Encouragingly however, there have also been many positive comments and messages of support for Rinpoche. We, as Rinpoche’s students, have collected them here, to give encouragement and inspiration to everyone who continues to receive verbal and physical abuse for their practice and beliefs. We rejoice in people’s ability to look at the facts and evidence, and decide for themselves if Dorje Shugden is good or not.
It is sad that even in the 21st century, people continue to be persecuted and discriminated against for their beliefs. Today, people around the world generally have more freedoms compared to any other point in history. Yet, in the case of Shugden practitioners, many receive threats of harm, violence and even death due to the religious choices they make.
Those who are against Dorje Shugden claim that Shugden practitioners have the religious freedom to worship whoever we want but that is definitely not the case. It is NOT religious freedom when there are violent and vulgar consequences to our beliefs. It is NOT religious freedom when hate groups are set up specifically targeting our practice and nothing is done to stop them or shut them down. And it is definitely NOT religious freedom when the leadership and those in power do nothing to discourage all the violence and threats that are directed at Shugden practitioners on a daily basis.
Just by reading the comments below, it is very clear to see that when people do not get swept away by the controversies surrounding Dorje Shugden’s practice, and they propitiate Dorje Shugden as he should be (i.e. a World Peace Protector), they receive immense benefits in their secular and spiritual lives. So when people continue to abuse, demonise and ostracise Shugden practitioners for their beliefs, they make it harder and harder for those who are suffering to access his help.
Thus we humbly and respectfully request His Holiness the Dalai Lama to end the ban on Shugden which is causing much difficulty, pain, suffering and division amongst Buddhist practitioners all over the world. In your compassion, please put an end to the persecution of Shugden practitioners who are only upholding their commitments and practices to their teachers and trying to follow the Buddhadharma as best they can.
I write with horror at the abuse hurled at you and all those who regard Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden as their Dharma Protector. During the middle of last year, I tried for many days to patiently reason with some of these professed supporters of the Dalai Lama but instead they returned nasty, evil comments, calling me a ‘drug abuser’ etc. They clearly looked at my Facebook site and previous photos of me where I don’t look great. I will freely admit, I have had problems with drugs in the past and I still struggle but I am currently almost completely free from any intoxicant or medication, largely thanks to my faith in my Spiritual Guide and the help and support of deities such as Dorje Shugden. I know from personal experience he only increases my love, compassion, wisdom and other good qualities (14 years practice) and helps me reduce my delusions. I wanted to thank you for joining the increasing number of Lamas, Geshes and other esteemed practitioners who are now being open about their Dorje Shugden practice. It takes great courage to put up with the kind of abuse and treatment they receive.
I recently visited Shar Garden in Mundgod, circumnambulated the stupas of Trijang and Song Rinpoche stupas across the road, and then saw one of the posters. Before I could get really angry, two of the monks from the ‘other side’ gave me very broad, knowing smiles. It was then I realised quite how many monks must be secretly practising. I would imagine 1000’s. It reminded me of a visit to Manali, North India, when I had to smuggle a Dorje Shugden Thangkha out of a Gompa, given to me by a monk who sadly professed it was of no use to him anymore because of the atmosphere of hate. This was 10 years ago. But I knew he would always keep Dorje Shugden in his heart and that he had a strong relationship with Setrap, who he saw as very close to Shugden, perhaps even the same nature.
Anyway, enough of my rambles. Thanks again from my heart for your courage. Please maintain it! And ignore the awful remarks, they simply come from the delusions within deluded minds, our only enemies. Also, thank you for your teaching. The main one that inspired me was on Vajrasattva practice, and straight after reading your teaching I went straight into the practice. Wonderful! I myself know I am not strong enough to play an active role in this fight for religious freedom and a unified Tibetan community, but am always behind the seems, hoping, praying, and ready to help when the time comes.
With many prayers and blessings,
The comment above reads:
Thank you for your courageous decision to openly worship Gyalchen Dorje Shugden. I hope that you will remain safe and can continue spreading Je Tsongkhapas doctrine for a long time.
It is sad that Rinpoche’s practice of Dorje Shugden is considered courageous when, in this day and age, what we choose to believe in and practice should not be a matter of bravery. It is an automatic right given to us by any laws that protect religious freedoms of whatever country we are living in.
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The nice comment above (and typed out below) was left on Rinpoche’s video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY). Please take the time to read this personal sharing by Dorje Drakpa who explains how Dorje Shugden helped his father, why he does not bear any animosity towards those who enforce the ban and how Rinpoche’s teaching has inspired him.
Thank you for this awesome logic talk. I have listen to some many talk about Dharmapala Dorje shugden …. both against and For Dorje shugden. And I must complement your talk has been the best …. both in logic and intention. I am a Tibetan reciting in NYC and was fortunate to have met Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I have first hand experience about Dharmapala Dorjeshugden and my experience tells me that Dorjeshugden is enlighten being. How? My father was ex-monk from sera monastery. Toward the end of his life he suffered from Pulmonary Tuberculosis and his body totally wasted. At that time their was no good remedy for the disease. He could not even get up from bed but everyday he deed his puja … Lama cheopa and Neljorma. My mom knowing the end was near requested Dorjeshugden medium Kuten Lama to visit our home. Kuten Lama immediately came to our house. Haphazardly neighbor Constructed small elevated seat upon which Kuten Lama and went to trance. For almost whole one hour Dharmapala Dorje Shugden gave teaching from Lamrim and give his blessing. Soon after My loving Father passed away peacefully while reciting his daily puja with Pecha on his chest. My father was bed ridden for almost three year but he was never on pain. Every day he deed his puja. How can enlighten being such as Trichang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche can teach other to rely on Dharma protector who is evil spirit ? That doesn’t make any sense even to my small mind. Today due to this controversy there is huge separation among Tibetan community which is growing deeper and deeper. If the intension of Tibetan leadership is to fragment the Tibetan community they are succeeding! I never went to protest against HHDL even though I live in NYC… When ever HHDL comes to NYC I want to see and hear from him. SO even though I want to – I don’t go to see him , out of sheer respect for his wishes . If he ever say Dorjeshugden people can come to his teaching I will go happily. Tibetan cause is to dear to me as it is dear to any Tibetan. I pay my green book donation without failure and go to protest against Chinese unlawful occupation of Tibet as all the Tibetan does. We rely on Dharmapla Dorje shugden so as to make progress with less obstructed path towards spiritual attainment. Not because we want to harm other or gain wealth. This controversy must stop if we as a race truly belief in secularism. Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for genuine effort to bring peace within Tibetan community. ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ།།
continue – For almost one hour Dharmapala Dorje shugden give teaching from Lamrim, talk about Impermanence , about Cause and effect ( karma ) and advice my father to practice ” TONGLEN” and make his suffering worthwhile. After few days my father passed away peacefully after doing his daily puja – with his PECHA on his chest. If Dorje shugden is evil spirit would he Dharma teaching from LAMRIM ? This has to stop if we as a “NATION” truly belief in secularism. CHURCH and STATE has to be separate. ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ།།
I would like thank you for helping me with the issue of Dorja shugden as I was really troubled as to what to do in regards to the practice I have been studying on my own for many years and have recently joined the New Kadampa tradition at which time I heard about this controversy for the first time and am Quite taken back by all the name calling and smear tactics but your talk on your Views on Dorja Sugden, the Dalai Lama and request and offering to them helped me feel much more secure in my own practice at the same time extend an apology to you as before watching this talk I was totally mistaken in my view of your teaching by all the Dorja Sugden posts from your sight I placed you in the same light as all the protesters and for this I am deeply sorry I can now say I am a Dorja Shugden Practitioner with out compromising my own views as they a line perfectly to what I have just listened to you teach thank you and may many blessings be bestowed upon you.
We received this really positive comment a few days ago about H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s recent series of video teachings. Watch the videos here (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65988) and see for yourself what about Rinpoche’s videos inspired this person.
The comment above reads:
I consider myself a student of Holy Kalu Rinpoche (although he has no reason to consider me as such), and when I took refuge many years ago I was told that I should study with a lama. I replied that the only lama near where I lived was a Gelugpa lama and I was told that’s OK, that’s good. So I had the immense good fortune of spending time with and studying with the very wonderful, generous and venerable Geshe Khenrab Gajam. Geshe-la had many students and he and some of his students did the Dorje Shugden practise. Some did not. It didn’t seem to be an issue. Geshe-la sometimes taught at a local Kagyupa centre and Kalu Rinpoche taught at Geshe-la’s centre, as did many illustrious Gelugpa lamas and Rinpoches. We had the good fortune of having Geshe-la with us for over three decades and I don’t remember there ever being any problem with the practice of this most extraordinary Dharma Protector until very late in Geshe-la’s life and also after Geshe-la’s passing the practice was continued, and then it seemed to become an “issue” with some people.
I can say that I’ve never found the teachings of the many lamas who practised this this Dharma Protector were ever sectarian or in any way in conflict with any other Dharma teachings that my minute experience has encountered.
Rinpoche, thank you for being so clear in your plea for harmony and understanding.
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