Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche giving Dorje Shugden and Amitayus initiations, Chengdu, March 2013

Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche went to Chengdu to give Dharma teachings to 80 students

By: Poleen Wu

While some people may not be familiar with authentic Tibetan Buddhism, it is in fact the same as Mahayana Buddhism, which many are more familiar with. Despite being a lineage apart from Mahayana with a different approach, the objective of all Tibetan Buddhist lineages is the same – to travel the path that leads to enlightenment.

All the students were very fortunate to be able to learn the Lamrim from Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche, in the same tradition as Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche had taught is very pleased and happy to learn that one of the most renowned Gelugpa masters, Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche, has been continuously preserving and spreading Lama Tsongkhapa’s pure teachings. On this occasion, Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche spared no effort to go all the way to Chengdu to give Lamrim teachings based on Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand for 17 days.

This trip to Chengdu was from March 6-22, 2013. Besides his teachings on Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche also bestowed the precious Dorje Shugden initiation and the Amitayus initiation, an extremely auspicious and potent combination.

Venerable Guru ZhiMin is the abbot of Duobao Lecture Monastery in the Zhejiang Province of China

This particular teaching trip attracted 80 students. Surprisingly, among the 80 students were 8 Mahayana monks and nuns. We also learned that there are quite a few Chinese monks who practice the Gelugpa lineage, such as Venerable Guru ZhiMin (智敏上师).

Venerable Guru ZhiMin’s handwritten notes – The introduction of Lama Tsongkhapa 《宗喀巴大师简介》

It is a reason to rejoice when monks and nuns from different lineage backgrounds come to learn the pure teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. Clearly there is no sectarianism being practiced amongst these Dharma practitioners and it also shows that the accusation of Dorje Shugden practitioners being sectarian is something that is not true.

There were 8 Mahayana monks and nuns at this teaching

Having meals together

The class ended at 6pm everyday

On 11 March 2013, Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche gave a Dorje Shugden initiation to the students. Dorje Shugden’s practice is the most efficacious for people these days and this deity, recognized as the Wisdom Buddha, manifests as a worldly Dharma Protector in order for us to establish a connection with an enlightened being more easily.

In the course of his 350-year history, this Dharma Protector has assisted numerous lineage lamas such as Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Ling Rinpoche, Zemey Rinpoche and protected and guided these lamas’ dharma works and visions. Dorje Shugden arose as a Dharma protector in fulfillment of his oath to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings (which is in fact Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings if we trace it to its origin). Therefore those who practice and study the Lamrim (Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand) should know the very Protector who is protecting the teachings.

Attendees attentively listened to Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche speak about Dorje Shugden’s practice

In Dagom Rinpoche’s sungbum, an incident was recorded where the 16th Karmapa visted Nepal on pilgrimage, and during one occasion the Karmapa advised all present that “You will have no choice in the future but to practice this protector; there will come a time when you need him [Dorje Shugden]“. The 16th Karmapa’s advice resonated strongly with the voice of one of the most renowned Gelugpa masters, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, who strongly encouraged people to practice Dorje Shugden!

At this point in time, we are witnessing the growth of Dorje Shugden’s practice as it is being widely spread around the world by Shugden lamas like Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche, with the support of the Chinese Government. Apart from Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche, high incarnate lamas like Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche are also likewise spreading Dorje Shugden teachings. Recently in Europe and Mongolia, Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche turned the Wheel of Dharma and also gave Dorje Shugden initiations. The future that the 16th Karmapa mentioned in the past is starting to manifest now!

It was a grand event and everyone listened
and participated in earnest

Making offerings of body, speech and mind to the lama

On the last day, Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche gave an Amitayus long life initiation to the students. Everyone was very lucky to receive this initiation as having a long life enables us to have good health and longevity of time and opportunities to practice the Dharma and purify our negative karma in order to serve sentient beings better. rejoices for those who received this initiation and thank Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche for his supreme kindness.

Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche giving explanations
about the Amitayus practice thanks Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche for his compassion in tirelessly traveling and teaching the lay people and sangha in Chengdu. This surely has planted powerful Dharma seeds in the students’ minds for them to learn and practice the Dharma from life to life, and eventually attain enlightenment.

Good to see so many people benefiting from this event

Giving initiation to the students

Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche giving
the Amitayus long life initiation

Group photo with Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche



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  1. wish you long life.T
    And thank you all best giving knowledge of the Amitayus long life initiation.
    it is really good job for the Buddhism as compassion humanities.
    keep it up for all!!!

  2. hlaso fyafulla

  3. i like

  4. It is very much a piece of enthralling news to know that Lama Jampa Ngodrup is tirelessly giivng Dharma to others through his works of spreading the Dharma in mainland China.

    His devotion to his Guru, Lama Tsongkhapa, protector Dorje Shugden and especially his motherland is very applaudable.

  5. As the Dalai Lama grows older, Dorje Shugden lamas are increasingly manifesting their previous lives attainments and work. Spiritually it must be the right time and secularly I guess its because they can see his influence is waning globally – since the Dalai Lama no longer holds any political office, governments are less able to entertain his visits to their nations because they cannot use the excuse that it is a state visit to talk about the welfare of the Tibetans in exile.

    Its exciting that Lama Jampa Ngodrup is so active! I cant wait to see what the masters of our lineage continue to accomplish!

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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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