Dharma Demystified: The Enthronement of Dorje Shugden

A rare statue of an enthroned Dorje Shugden in Trode Khangsar

The enthronement ritual is traditionally performed at the end of the medium or long Dorje Shugden Kangsol (propitiation text), originally composed by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions, and is an investiture of power and authority placed upon Dorje Shugden by the practitioner.

The enthronement prayer seals the merits of Dorje Shugden’s blessings in a particular location, image or practitioner’s life. Through this ritual, one is able to consecrate statues, pictures and thangkas of Dorje Shugden. It is also a request for Dorje Shugden to reside in a particular location, thus blessing the place and dispelling various negativities and interferences.

Most importantly, the enthronement ritual plays a key role in supporting the growth and flourishing of the Dharma, particularly if performed in a location that will be used for the practice and furtherance of Lama Tsongkapa’s rare lineage.

OM SARVA BI PURA PURA SURA SURA AWARTAYA AWARTAYA HO BENZA PARANAKAM(recite 3x)

The enthronement ritual begins with the recitation of a special mantra that enthrones and empowers Dorje Shugden, followed by special requests that delineate the reason and purpose of the enthronement.

HUM
We enthrone you as the holy venerable one
Inseparable with root and lineage Vajradhara gurus,
Grantor of infinite easy attainments
And dispeller of all obstructions on the path without exception!

In the first verse, Dorje Shugden is enthroned as a fully enlightened monarch who has the same qualities as our root Guru and the rest of the enlightened lineage Gurus stemming directly from the Buddha.

With this Buddha nature, Dorje Shugden is also enthroned as the protector deity who bestows all common and uncommon attainments. Common attainments are those that are common to both Sutra and Tantra, for instance Bodhichitta, renunciation, valid view of reality and so forth. Uncommon attainments are those specific to Tantra, such as those of the generation and completion stages.

We enthrone you in the nature embodying the three refuges;
The fully enlightened, verbal and realised dharma’s sovereign,
Holy dharma, peaceful, freed from all attachment,
And Sangha, untiring in serving others’ welfare!

Next, Dorje Shugden is enthroned as the holiest object embodying the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, in which we take refuge.

From emptiness’s great sphere, whatever various forms will subdue
Full distinctly appear like the moon’s reflection in water;
Principal of all Tantric sets’ countless mandalas,
We enthrone you in nature of the yidam deity!

Dorje Shugden is then recognized as having direct perception of emptiness or Shunyata. He is praised as being equal to the Tantric deities and is thus enthroned as an equal of a Buddha-Yidam. In this verse, the practitioner recognizes Dorje Shugden’s enlightened qualities and enthrones him accordingly to create the merits to achieve the same qualities.

The Choyang oracle in full trance of Duldzin Dorje Shugden is enthroned like a lama

In form of a red raksha protecting, without exception,
The temple libraries of Jambudvipa,
The teachings, and Sangha assembly upholding them,
We enthrone you as principal of all dharmapalas!

In this verse, Dorje Shugden is praised as the special guardian of the scriptural and oral lineage teachings. We also request him to protect practitioners and members of the Sangha, thereby protecting the spread of the lineage and its teachings.

Powerful king granting all wished common and supreme attainments
To anyone who properly relies on and propitiates you;
Bestowing all easily like a wish-granting gem,
We enthrone you as protector who fulfils all hopes!

We, master, disciples, and entourage,
Entrust ourselves to you, protector, guard us unceasingly!
Pacify all negative circumstances and grant accomplishment
Of whatever desired attainments at our mere wish!

In the final verse, we request Dorje Shugden to remove all difficulties and problems resulting from our negative karmas that may distract or pull us away from the spiritual path. Lastly, Dorje Shugden is entreated to accomplish whatever purpose that the practitioner requests.

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  1. Makes our kangsol session more meaningful thank you.

  2. We are so blessed that able to recite such holy prayers that originally composed by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions.

    Thanks DS.com to make the break down hence explain in details to make us understand more the ingredient of ” The Enthronement of Dorje Shugden “, we are so fortunate that able to engage in Lord Dorje Shugden practice to gain the blessing and protections as recited in ” The Enthronement of Dorje Shugden “…

  3. Pabongka Rinpoche is a very high lama with great knowledge. He has taught the Lamrim which is being treated like the bible in the Tibetan school of Buddhism, and He is also the one who composed this enthronement text for Dorje Shugden.

    How can such a high master be wrong about the Dorje Shugden practice? If his Lamrim is being used as reference, it only make sense that Dorje Shugden is unmistakeable enlighten Dharma Protector.

  4. Thank you for sharing the importance and knowledge on enthronement so that we learn how to consecrates statues, images as well as to request Dorje Shugden to stay and to bless a location.

    From the enthronement prayer, Dorje Shugden is
    1. A fully enlightened monarch and the protector deity who bestows all common and uncommon attainments.
    2. Embodying the three refuges – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
    3. Is praised as being equal to the tantric deities as well as a Yidam.
    With the above qualities or praises, if Dorje Shugden is a spirit, I am sure he could not last until 300 + years as he would have been “killed” by the three jewels that protect us from spirits when we take refuge in them.

  5. Thank you for the explanation. It does makes my prayers more meaningful and I understand what I am doing. This is very powerful because it helps me seal in the merits which I have accumulated from my practice of Dorje Shugden.

    Also to ask Dorje Shugden to remove all my obstacles so that my life could be smoother and be successful in everything I do. With the prayer done sincerely, I’m sure my wish will be granted.

    Om Vajra Biki vitana soha.

  6. From the long Dorje Shugden Kangsol composed by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, we can know that DS is an enlighten being, which is equal of a Buddha-Yidam, therefore whatever the practitioner offered and pray, we are praying to a Buddha.

    The CTA has been non-stop numerously putting down DS and his practitioner. If ones making offerings to a Buddha, then they will collects merits, then if one putting down DS, that person will too collect demerits, cos then taking rebirth in the 3 lowers.

  7. From the long Dorje Shugden Kangsol composed by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, we can know that DS is an enlighten being, which is equal of a Buddha-Yidam, therefore whatever the practitioner offered and pray, we are praying to a Buddha.

    The CTA has been non-stop numerously putting down DS and his practitioner. If ones making offerings to a Buddha, then they will collects merits, then if one putting down DS, that person will too collect demerits, cos then taking rebirth in the 3 lowers.

  8. Pabhongkha Rinpoche gave many teachings that has created the foundation of the gelug lineage in today’s world. There are many texts which he authored and composed, and this one is no different. People all around the world study the Lamrim, therefore it gives credibility to this text which he wrote as well. If people study the Lamrim, but doubt the Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions, then they are basically doubting the credibility of the Lamrim as well.

    It is evident from this that Dorje Shugden is more than an enligtened protector.

  9. Thank you dorjeshugden.com for the explanation making the Enthronement prayer more meaningful. Inviting Protector Dorje Shugden to remain with us to help us overcome obstacles to our dharma practise. Dorje Shugden, being such an enlightened Protector who could be propitiated as a Yidam, is so compassionate that he humbled himself so… “Dorje Shugden is entreated to accomplish whatever purpose that the practitioner requests”. Just as out of Guru devotion and compassion for us to be able to receive the precious teachings of Je Tsongkapa, Dorje Shugden (Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen) made the promise to Nechung and then gave his life to fulfil his promise (Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen). Enthroning him in our hearts is absolutely the right way to go for our Dharma practise.

  10. Through this Enthronement prayers article, i learned that Dorje Shugden can be a Yidam because of His enlightened nature. Also, enthronement is important for us to invite Dorje Shugden into our daily life. 👍😍

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