Lama Zopa on Je Pabongka Part 1

Lama Thubten Zopa

Regarding allegations that Pabongka Rinpoche was a sectarian Lama who presided over the destruction of the monasteries and sacred images of other traditions….

“Another thing is that some Tibetans and others severely criticize Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo because he practiced Shugden, making him out to be some kind of demon. However, Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo wrote incredible teachings on sutra and tantra; on Heruka, Tara Cittamani and many other topics.

All these amazing teachings were written purely from his experience. So it’s impossible that he can really be some kind of evil being, as those extremists accuse him of being. There’s no way he could have done the negative things they say he did.

Regarding his realization…

My root guru, His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche; Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s guru’s root guru; His Holiness Song Rinpoche, from whom many of the older students received the initiation of Shugden; and the previous incarnation of Gomo Rinpoche, who has a strong connection with Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, here in Italy, all promoted the practice of Shugden. They were all aspects of the Dharmakaya.

Regarding Kopan Monastary giving up Dorje Shugden Practice…

This was done for His Holiness (The Dalai Lama). This does not mean that Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo, His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, and His Holiness Song Rinpoche have made mistakes. It does not mean they are wrong. Nor does one have to look at the protector as evil. For us ordinary people it is difficult to judge, because we cannot see these lamas ’ minds.

Another side of the teaching is that it is mentioned that the protector (Dorje Shugden) is an Arya Bodhisattva, a manifestation of Manjushri. So, then, there is also the risk of our creating very heavy karma in that context (by critisizing or abandoning this practice).

February 12, 2009 by truthaboutshugden (extracted from http://truthaboutshugden.wordpress.com)

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  1. This was before Lama Zopa was brow-beaten into renouncing Shugden. Lama zopa did shugden pujas monthly for over 30 years.

  2. Lama Zopa knows that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shuden helped FPMT to become big. Lama Yeshe himself had said that.

    It was Dorje Shugden speaking through the oracle at Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s monastery that recognized Lama Zopa as a real tulku or Reincarnated lama.

    Lama Zopa’s own recognition came from Dorje Shugden himself.

  3. Since it was Dorje Shugden that recognise Lama Zopa as a reincarnated Lama through an Oracle at Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s Monastery. And Lama Zopa is very closely connected with Dorje Shugden before the Ban. His Guru Lama Yeshe and Je Pabongka practice Dorje Shugden until they pass away. I don’t think Lama Zopa will abandon the Dorje Shugden practice and also not break Samaya with Dorje Shugden and Dalai Lama. I am sure Dorje Shugden will find a way for Lama Zopa to still maintain the connection with Dorje Shugden and Dalai Lama with no obstacles.

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.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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