Spiritual Lineage

Buddha Shakyamuni

– is the founder of Buddhism who lived in the 6th century BC in Northern India. Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and positive states mind.

He taught methods for gradually overcoming minds such as anger, jealousy and ignorance and developing positive states of minds such as love, compassion and wisdom. Through this we will come to experience the lasting peace and happiness of full enlightenment.


– is the Buddha of Wisdom, whose wisdom sword held aloft cuts through the darkness of ignorance for all living beings. The same wisdom sword is held by peaceful Manjushri (Je Tsongkhapa) and wrathful Manjushri (Dorje Shugden).

Je Tsongkhapa

– (1357-1419) was a great Buddhist Master from Tibet who promoted and developed the Kadampa Buddhism that the Indian Buddhist master Atisha (982-1054) had introduced three centuries earlier.

Je Tsongkhapa was an emanation of Manjushri and he showed a very good example of how to build the foundation for the spiritual path, how to progress on that path, and how to complete it. Since then, thousands of practitioners have attained the ultimate happiness of Buddhahood within one life.

Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden

– is also an emanation of Manjushri, who appeared in this world as a Dharma Protector to help preserve and protect Je Tsongkhapa’s doctrine. Through relying upon an enlightened Dharma Protector we can swiftly overcome all obstacles to our spiritual practice and create favorable conditions for developing and increasing pure Dharma realizations.

Je Pabongka

– (1878-1941) was the most influential Gelugpa Lama of the last century. He held all the important lineages of Sutra and Tanta and passed them on to most of the important Gelugpa Lamas of the next two generations. He was widely renowned for promoting the practice of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. He was the root Guru or Spiritual Guide of Trijang Rinpoche and many other highly respected teachers.

His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche

– (1901-1981) was a Tibetan Buddhist master and heart disciple of Je Pabongkhapa. He was also the most highly regarded Gelugpa teacher of generation and showed a perfect example of how to practice the Buddhist path.

He was the Junior Tutor of the present Dalai Lama and the root Guru or Spiritual Guide of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and was the lineage holder of all of Buddha’s teachings during his life.

Geshe Kelsang has likened Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche to a vast reservoir from which all Gelugpa practitioners of the present day receive ‘waters’ of blessings and instructions. Trijang Rinpoche also widely disseminated the practice of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden until the day of his death.

A brief biography of Trijang Rinpoche can be found here.

  1. A Short Biography of Trijang Rinpoche by Lobsang Palden Tenzin Yargye
  2. Watch video of HH Trijang Rinpoche
  3. Hear HH Trijang Rinpoche reciting prayers to Dorje Shugden
  4. Trijang Rinpoche’s extensive explanation and praise of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden: Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors
  5. Trijang Rinpoche’s advice on the practice of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden.

His Holiness Kyabje Song Rinpoche

– (1904-1984) was born in Kham, Tibet, studied at Ganden Monastery, gained renown as a learned Geshe and great debater and served as abbot for nine years. He left Tibet for India in 1959 and later served as principal of the Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath.

Like his dear friend Trijang Rinpoche, he was a great teacher and exponent of the benefits of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden practice, and the end of his life held a week of pujas (chanted prayers) in which he stated very clearly and publicly that his whole life’s work was accomplished through his sincere reliance on Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden.

Watch a video of Kyabje Song Rinpoche reciting prayers to Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden (Melodious Drum)

Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

– (born 1931) is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. From the age of eight Geshe-la studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet. Under the guidance of Trijang Rinpoche, his Spiritual Guide, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreat in the Himalayas.

In his teachings Geshe Kelsang emphasizes the importance of meditation and how to apply it in daily life, the need to be truly happy and how to cultivate a good heart to help others – and he demonstrates these qualities in his own life.

As all Buddhists know, the root of the Buddhist spiritual path is sincere reliance upon one’s Spiritual Guide, and accordingly Geshe Kelsang has faithfully relied upon Trijang Rinpoche’s guidance and widely taught the practice of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. Through his dedication Kadampa Buddhism has spread to many countries throughout the world.

There are also many other great Lamas and disciples of Trijang Rinpoche who are Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden practitioners.

Source: http://www.wisdombuddhadorjeshugden.org/lineage.php#dorjeshugden04)

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  1. These great and highly attained Masters of the Gelugpa Lineage who unwaveringly relied on Dorje Shugden as their main Dharma protector and who were/are great teachers on Dorje Shugden and his practice and exponents of the benefits of his practice, have unmistakenly shown Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden to be what he is. HH Je Pabongkha, HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso have all unanimously and unequivocally proclaimed Dorje Shugden to be the Dharma Protector who was responsible for their great and speedy attainments. As great teachers and highly attained practitioners, their lives were/are a showcase of the bodhisattva’s infinite compassion and wisdom. They thus reflected,by the manner they lived their lives, the infinite compassion and wisdom of their Dharma Protector.

  2. This is a clear and concise explanation of the spiritual lineage passed down to us through the great Gelugpa masters. All these masters had/have relied on Dorje Shugden all their lives and practiced guru devotion. It is clear that they had/have benefited from their practice and benefited others as a result.

  3. There are 4 Lineages in Tibetan Buddhism. If we have sincerely taken Refuge under a Guru in any of the 4 Lineages we must stick to that Lineage loyally with a one pointed mind and Heart. No matter what happens never change your mind. In this article it is about the Gelupa Lineage where Je Tsongkapa is the Lineage Head and Dorje Shugden is the Dharma Protector. Since Tsongkapa embodies the 3 Buddhas Chenriseg, Manjushri and Vajrapani Dorje Shugden is the wrathful emanation of Manjushri thus he is also a Buddha manifested as the Protector of the Gelupa Lineage which we must also practice and pray to him.

  4. Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden’s lineage is pure and beneficial.

    It has been passed down and practised by great renown masters like HH Je Pabongkha, HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and until today, there are many great masters are still practising His doctrine.

    With the practice and protection of Dorje Shugden, the doctrine of Je Tsongkhapa will continue to spread everywhere and the spiritual path will gain speedy attainments.

  5. It is clear to us that Dorje Shugden practice is pure and he is an enlightened Dharma protector. Dorje Shugden practice has been passed down from a high lama to another high lama to us. It is something that is of value and we should not let anything stop us from practicing it.

    The article is clear and precise, allowing all of us to know better about the lineage lamas and what they have done to benefit all of us that is in this degenerated times.

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