Trijang Rinpoche Visits Europe 2012

H.H. Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche giving teachings in Rabten Choeling, Switzerland in October 2012

In a stunning, exciting and path-creating trip, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has visited both Switzerland and Italy in recent weeks and conferred on the very meritorious crowd the initiation of Yamantaka and Vajrayogini.

His Holiness was also requested to give the initiation of Dorje Shugden, to which he had agreed. Unfortunately, as there was not enough time, he was not able to confer this initiation on this trip, which leaves an auspicious sign that he will be conferring Dorje Shugden in the future.

Throngs of people crowd to see H.H. Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, the Guru of Gurus

However, as we can see by the large turnout in all the photos, there were many people – including many high Lamas, Geshes and incarnations – there to welcome H.H. Trijang Dorje Chang’s to Switzerland and Italy.

While there, Trijang Rinpoche gave many interviews and intimate audiences to his disciples. Also, he remarked to the high Lamas of Europe that it is time now to invite H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche – a very outstanding and high incarnation – to Europe to give teachings. That was his reminder.

The teaching tour and initiations were a success and held portent of the future: that Trijang Rinpoche will carry on his previous life’s legacy. He will carry on the Buddhadharma and he will spread the pure lineage of Dorje Shugden.

H.H. Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche confers the Yamantaka and Vajrayogini initiations to the amassed congregation


Continuing the Legacy

There has been speculation for many years now about whether Trijang Rinpoche will teach in this lifetime or manifest the same Dharma signs as he did in his previous life. Although his previous incarnation was such an influential and important Lama, especially for practitioners of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism, the current Trijang Rinpoche faced many obstacles to his work during his earlier years, and received death threats and constant physical attacks simply because of his Dorje Shugden practice. This is even after the Dalai Lama gave him permission to practice. The current Trijang Rinpoche is the only person in the world that the Dalai Lama has allowed to continue his practice of Dorje Shugden. Because of his continued devotion to Dorje Shugden, Trijang Rinpoche was living under so much danger that he eventually left Gaden Monastery in India to live in the USA instead.

So this news about the current Trijang Rinpoche granting initiations and teachings is excellent and very significant. It shows that in spite of all the difficulties, this true, unmistaken incarnation is continuing the far-reaching works of his previous life. We rejoice to know that he is once again passing the lineage onwards to many practitioners and continuing the legacy that his predecessor began.

More importantly, we must consider the effects that his teaching will have for the future of Dorje Shugden’s practice in the world… and for all practices of the Gelug lineage.


That Special Exemption

First, we must ask this crucial question: Why did the Dalai Lama permit Trijang Rinpoche to practice Dorje Shugden?

If Dorje Shugden was such a terrible demon, why would the Dalai Lama allow the incarnation of his root Guru to practice something so bad? Some people say it is because Trijang Rinpoche is the only Guru in the world who is powerful enough to control Dorje Shugden. If this is the case, then why doesn’t the Dalai Lama request Trijang Rinpoche to subdue and control Dorje Shugden, to lessen his damage? These questions have never been answered.

Venerable Tenzin Rabgye Rinpoche (Geshe Rabten’s incarnation), H.H. Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, H.E. Gonsar Rinpoche, H.E. Panglung Rinpoche, H.E. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche


Secondly, Trijang Rinpoche – both his previous incarnation and the current one – is one of the most highly respected Buddhist teachers in the world, with thousands of followers everywhere. It is very obvious that the moment this current incarnation begins to teach, he will be passing his lineage and practices to thousands of people.

The Dalai Lama, who is recognized as an emanation of the Buddha Chenrezig, must know this simple fact. Therefore, why give a “bad” and “damaging” practice to the single most powerful lama in the Gelugpa lineage? Doesn’t he know that if Trijang Rinpoche does Dorje Shugden’s practice, there is a very high chance of him passing the practice to all of his followers? Even as a solitary practitioner, Trijang Rinpoche would not practice something on his own without any assistants – the pujas and rituals he does would involve his attendants and students who would set up, make the tormas and assist during the pujas.

These questions have never been answered directly by the Dalai Lama or his people. This can only lead us to one conclusion: The Dalai Lama actually intends for the practice of Dorje Shugden to spread further.


Making Dorje Shugden Flourish

The ban on the practice has resulted in a huge amount of news coverage and awareness about Dorje Shugden. The more the Dalai Lama bans the practice and talks against it, the more people hear about it all around the world. There is no Buddhist deity today that is more “famous” than Dorje Shugden and has been featured so extensively on major international news channels.

Now, as the time for the Dalai Lama’s reign and current incarnation comes nearly to an end (we apologize for saying this and we do not wish for this to happen any time soon), could it be that he is preparing to pass the leadership on to the next generation of powerful teachers? A generation which includes His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche?

So, by allowing Trijang Rinpoche to practice Dorje Shugden, the Dalai Lama prepares for a time when he will no longer be around, and a time when this young, new Lama rises to become a powerful great teacher to pass on the teachings. With the ban right now, the Dalai Lama creates much awareness and knowledge about Dorje Shugden. Then, as he retires, Trijang Rinpoche steps in to take this awareness to the next level – he begins teaching and spreading the practice of Dorje Shugden. Thus, we see that two Lamas are actually working together hand-in-hand to make the practice grow bigger and go further than it ever has before.

In the 1970s, the previous Trijang Rinpoche himself wrote clearly that it is incorrect for us to ‘take sides’ with either the Protector Dorje Shugden or the teachers like the Dalai Lama. He stressed that it is important to realize that “the enlightening activities of these great masters (such as the Dalai Lama or the Panchen Lama) are each as mutually universal and pervasive as the other.” He writes in his very famous text, Music Delighting an Ocean of Protectors:

“…Some who are narrow-minded, not understanding this point, consider this Dharmapala (Dorje Shugden) to be like an ordinary worldly being and, with supposed faith in the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, disparage him; or else they admire this great Dharmapala but criticize the Dalai Lama or Panchen Lama. Using either one as a reason not to admire the other and speaking badly about either in any way is the conduct of an ordinary being who, under the influence of attachment and hatred, just tries to help friends and hurt enemies; it obscures the increase of these great holy Aryas’ deeds and creates the karmic cause to experience unbearable suffering in the future.”

After all, great teachers like the Dalai Lama (who is Chenrezig) and Trijang Rinpoche (who is Vajra Yogini) wouldn’t make such simple “mistakes” about a practice like Dorje Shugden, would they? Are Lamas like these unable to tame a mere spirit? (which is what people claim Dorje Shugden is.) Either they are ordinary and unattained, or they have much bigger plans ahead. We are sharing all this with you with the hope that it is indeed because of bigger, better plans for the future of all practices.

We wish everyone excellent success in your practices. May you always receive the blessings of the Protectors and the Three Jewels. | |


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More auspicious pictures of Trijang Rinpoche’s Europe visit:

H.H. Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche with H.E. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche

Many great masters have kept their practice of Dorje Shugden strong. Here we see Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, meeting with Kensur Lati Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. The Tibetan leadership forced Kensur Lati Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen to give up the practice, but they went to meet Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche in 2000, a sign that they still had great faith in Dorje Shugden. Why else would they meet a Dorje Shugden lama? Despite the ban enforced by the Tibetan leadership, they held their own views strongly. Click on image to enlarge.

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  1. i love Trijang Rinpoche

  2. If it was not because of the Cultural Revolution in 1959, this will never happen in Europe where high Lamas are now residing and Dharma being taught. There is no absolute right or wrong when something happen. Same goes with the ban, it might look like a terrible incident but on the other hand Dorje Shugden’s name will not be so widely known if not because of the ban.

    When the ban is lifted, the world will know He IS the saviour in this era. His compassion is beyond description.

  3. Stage is set and show just begun for his holiness trijang chocktrul rinpoche. He will be the face of Buddhism . It’s just matter of time. He will be even more famous then current dalai lama. Long live his holiness Trijang chocktrul rinpoche.

  4. Such a amazing news that His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche is turning the wheel of pure Dharma and working tirelessly on lifting the ban against Dharmapala Dorje Shugden. The stage is set for the return of the King Trijang rinpoche.

    Dont mean to be disrecpectful to karmapa ( dalai lama chosen one) Always remember, 80% of buddhist are geluk. And they will not accept karmapa as a leader of Tibet . As we all know the Highest geluk guru is Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche and I have no doubt all geluk will follow him.

  5. long live hh trijang chocktrul rinpoche! You are my root guru. Everyone, Check out this other article and more pics of hh trijang rinpoche’s visit in Mongolia. They are amazing.

    admin thank you so much for all the new info on hh trijang chocktrul rinpoche.

  6. Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche the guru of all gurus and root guru of millions dorje shugden practioners all over the world. Near future king of Tibet. The only one person in this world that was allowed to continue his Dorje Shugden practice by Dalai Lama and Tibetan government. I can’t thank you enough for spreading pure geluk lineage and dorje shugden around the world.

  7. Time has come for HH Trijang chocktrul Rinpoche. Very soon he will give teachings and Dorje shugden nitiations at lot bigger gatherings all over the world and The ban and whatever dalai lama say will have no effect what so ever. Peace.

  8. Thanks to the great news! Congratulations to DS practitioners!!

    HH Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche is back to turn the wheel of Dharma, and of course Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche will work towards for the ban of Dorje Shugden.

    May HH Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche have good health and long life and continue to spread Dorje Shugden’s doctrine far and wide.

  9. The old Trijiang made a very big mistake by his Yellow book. I hope he does not do the same. He needs to be a 21st century lama and non-sectarian if he wants respect from all quarters of life.

  10. @666. Don’t you worry. HH current trijang rinpoche will never divided is own Tibetan people And monasteries like the current Dalai Lama did by his baseless reason ban on Dorje Shugden.

  11. @AT,

    You should know this very well. Have you heard of this Yellow Book. HH Dalai Lama was forced to ban DS practice in public because of Zemay and Trijiang Rinpoche publication of the YELLOW BOOK in the 70′s.

    Question: What is the YELLOW BOOK?
    Answer: The yellow book warns that DS will punish all Geluk who follow Nyingma, Kagyuk and Bon tradition.

    Now, this is sectarian and offcourse Nyingmapas, Kyagyukpas and Bons will never take it. Many of these sects high Lamas did not like this and was a major problem for the Unity of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. HH the Dalai lama being the temporal and spiritual head had to ban this sectarian practice in the public diaspora.

    Since the young Trijiang who has lived in a multi-racial and multi-religious country must know how to regard other religions, how to accommodate them. Going against the Dalai Lama will be a very foolish move and a danger to Tibetan Buddhism esp after HH DL passing away.

  12. @Jhonny, Yellow Book, 70′s Really ? it’s almost 2013. Wake up buddy.

  13. @666 or Should i call you Jhonny? or you can make a another name as you go. I really don’t give a crap what happen in the 70′s to tell you the truth. i am concerned more of current and the near future.
    I personally think , His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche will be a lot more famous and powerful then the current dalai lama by spreading pure geluk lineage by Je Tsongkhapa and Dorje shugden all over the world. and becoming more powerful, helpful and famous then current dalai lama by spreading pure dharma and dorje shugden all over the world .. especially in Tibet ( which current dalai lama never did in his life) is going against dalai lama.. then i have nothing more to say to you.

  14. @666/Johnny

    Previous lamas such as the Great Phabonkha Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche and other lamas did whatever they could to keep the Gelug tradition as pure as they possible. They spent their entire life doing that.

    1. Telling someone to engage in pure gelug practice and not to mix up the pure gelug practice with other sects of buddhism is not an act of separatist.

    2. What Dalai Lama is doing right now is an act of separatist. Do you know that dividing the sanghas in multiple groups is considered one of the 5 heinous crimes ? Dalai lama has been doing that since 1996. He divided monasteries, families, friends and made the tibetan community even more weak and fragile.

    As buddha said, sun, moon and the truth cannot be kept hidden for too long.
    Now the time has come for the Great Trijang Rinpoche to Shine and spread the pure gelug tradition.

    Long live His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche

  15. @Josh R, Yes indeed it almost 2013. DS followers must get rid of Sectarian policies and condemn the yellow book.

    @AT. Dont worry about my name. Shakespear said. What is in a name……….
    Your conception of pure, famous and powerful is the source of all this problem. I pity the new Trijiang Rinpoche being sorrounded by people like you. I wonder what kind of Buddhism you follow and what kind of teaching you receive? No wonder the BAN.

    @Vinayaka. Pabonka Rinpoche, Trijiang Rinpoche and others can can practice whatever they want in their personal spheres. But What they cannot do is threaten others by calling names like in the Yellow Book.
    Telling someone you are pure and ohers are not is sectarian and a humilation to others which is bound to cause confilct amongst Tibetan Buddhist and i am sure you don’t want that if you really Buddhist.
    If HH Dalai Lama hand not intervened, other lamas from other sects would have reacted. Imagine the consequences, esp in the himalayan belt where Nyingma and Kayuk dominate. Lets not history repeat. Learn from the past. Even if HH DL had accepted DS. Do you think the other Lamas will accept their sects being humilated. Lets not put more pressue on HH DL, at the age of 77 he has done more then enough for Buddha Dharma, Tibet and the Tibetan people.
    So lets all be rational. Religion can build a nation and can wreck a nation.
    Save Tibetan Buddhism.
    Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    Long Live Trijiang Rinpoche
    Long Live Buddhism.

  16. @666/Johnny, Don’t come on this site and bullshit. but, i will give you credit for admitting that you are posting comments on here with different names..

    Like i said before, People like you that cause problems all over. The current HH Trijang Rinpoche has nothing to do with your yellow book. besides it in 70′s so get over it.

    And current Dalai lama sucks. i am tibetan and you have no idea what me, my family and my friends went through. I am guessing you are either blind dalai follower or probably someone in the west that only see dalai lama when he goes to the west and give some sweet talk and leave.. if that’s the case, if thats the case, its not your fault. You have not tiny bit idea, what current dalai lama and his useless cta does for shugden people living here in india… cta/ dalai cause too much pain to millions, and sperated our family, friends, monasteries, put damn wall between the monasteries like a german nasis.

    our only hope is HH Trijang Chocktrul rinpoche and i have no doubt he will shine like a sun and moon all over the world.

  17. @666/Johnny

    The book you talk about does exist. It does not talk about other religions at all. It tells how shugden can help or harm depending on individuals negative or positive contribution to the pure geluk tradition. Dorje shugden is the wrathful emanation of Manjushri and the special protector of Tsonkhapas teachings.

    Dalai Lama says that he will do exactly what 5th and the 13th Dalai Lama did.

    1. 5th Dalai lama did everything to destroy dorje shugden but later apologized and practiced himself. He even composed prayers and created a statue of Dorje shugden with his own hands.

    2. 13th Dalai Lama again banned the practice of Dorje Shugden but later on he too apologized.

    Do you have any idea how much pain this ban has caused? Pleople living in the west are still fine but it makes it really hard for people who live in India.

    If you are a blindfolded Tibetan, there is no point in telling you anything. But if you are a westerner, please research and as you said please be rational.

    May the pure Dharma flourish without politics!

    Long live Buddha Dharma
    Long live Phabonkha Rinpoche
    Long Live Trijang Rinpoche

  18. 666/Johnny,


    We were all a much stronger and a happier Tibetan community all over the world before Dalai Lama started this ban in 1996.

    He destroyed everything.

  19. @AT. Is this how you payback to the CTA and HHDL for all the free education, free medication, free monastery, free settlement, free soaps, toothpaste, rice and dal………………….. People like you surrounding the new Trijiang Rinpoche are hard to be trusted. Its just a matter of time before you ungrateful people do the same to Trijiang Rinpoche.

    @ Vanayana: I know where i stand and what am talking. I have seen both sides. But for benifit of Buddha Dharma lets all be logical, compassionate, intelligent and rational.

    If you are a real follower of DS. Do so . There are many who do it in their personal spheres. I know friends and families who do so.
    Mud Slinging CTA and HH DL will do no good to the image to DS followers and the lamas. This could have repercussion. On such occasion the losers will be to Tibet, Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhism.

  20. @666/johnny, Payback dalai and CTA? stop opening your mouth before you know the truth.. you act like you know my life.. I have taken nothing free from the useless CTA and dalai. Everything i own and learned is paid for it by my family and myself. free education? tooth paste? Stop telling jokes. Everyone in the world knows, All the tcv schools everyone paid for the school, food and everything on there own..except upper tcv school they do free for kids that comes from tibet. and that’s just 15% of the students. Rest 75% students pay for there stuff on their own. But, you usless cta act like they give free education to all tibetan kids in india and takes donations from all over the world. who knows where that money goes. You sound like you are in 20”s .. been there done that .. okay.

    I am not one of you blind followers. i do my own research and i make my own decision and i know where i stand. I used to follow dalia till i was 35 years old. now after the ban and my own research, i have decided dalai is wrong and will not follow him.

  21. @666/johhy,

    I live in free country. yes, i support dorje shugden cause. but, i don’t practice dorje shugden because i haven’t took sogta.
    But, you are you saying exact same as the useless cta and dalai and say.. They should practice in own personal spheres.. WHY. that’s the problem. You guys are the same people that do demonstrate on march 10th and say ” we want religious freedom” from china. when you don’t have Religious freedom in your own little tibetan in exile.
    Any religion practice should be free… and they can practice where ever and however they want. you cta and dalai has no right to say.. do it on there own private spheres.

  22. @Amdo Tashi,

    Thank you!!! :)

  23. @AT. I still think you need to do more research. Why? because you still don’t know why sectarian practice should not be brought in the public diaspora.

    DS followers must adhere to what they preach. Separate religion from politics. But look at this website. There is enough Politics in here. Hypocrites.

    DS followers and DS Lamas have some form of sympathy towards them, including me. But their constant mud-slinging towards HH Dalai Lama and CTA will make them lose these sympathiser.

  24. @666/Johnny,

    We all know and I am sure you agree to the fact too that Dalai Lama screwed up in case of banning Dorje Shugden. Did he think he would feed some crap to people and they would believe him. You cannot press the truth for too long.

    Dalai lama found mistake in the practice of Phabonkha Dorje Chang and Trijang Dorje Chang?????? haha! He gotta be kidding me.

    Anyways time for the great masters to shine again.

    Speaking out truth is mud-slinging towards Dalai Lama and CTA? I didn’t know that. hehe!

    Stay happy my friend.


  25. @ Vinayaka.
    Actually its the fickle minded westerners (Gobsers) who screws up everything not knowing anything about Tibetan diaspora. All they are concerned is dividing Tibetan Buddhism as its popularity grows.

    I am sure you will accept this. Even if the Dalai Lama had not spoken about DS. These lamas Jamyang Khyentse, the Sixteenth Karmapa, Rangjung Rikpe Dorje, Khyabje Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, HE Shamar Rinpoche, Chatral Sangye Dorje, to name a few would have. THEN IMAGINE THE CONSEQUENCES.


  26. Those who do not possess the insight meaning and primordial essence of Buddha dhamma they never come to know and practice the dhamma as per the law of nature which had been discover by the greatest and super scientist Gautam Buddha. Those who are crave to practice and propitiate Shugden they are damsi ( evil spirit) who do not realize the cause and effect theory. They just want to show their tradition and culture to earn money. Infact believing in damchen Shugden shall lead to the lowest realm of hell. In Gelug tradition once monk/nun or any incarnate lama get married they are no longer monk or nun. So how this Trijang rinpoche can be consired a venerable lama.

  27. @gozin lachenpa, previous pen hen lama is married as well and he became the 2 nd most highest lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Wearing a monk dress has nothing to do with spreading pure Gelek lineage all over the world. HH current trijang rinpoche has done nothing bad to anyone including Tibetan people. So, stop bad mouthing to hh. It’s your Dalai Lama who is still wearing the monk dress and destroying our own Gelek linage and 100k Tibetan people that live in India . Research before you open your mouth.

  28. I mean penchen lama

  29. Long Live Trijang Rinpoche-la.

    So good to see Trijang Rinpoche appearing in the lime light and giving Dharma teaching as well as initiations to students. How lucky they are to receive such high practice from one of the greatest Lama alive…. very very lucky. I truly rejoice for their good fortune and merits.

    I’ve been reading the comments on this post that goes back and forth… I thought it was rather comical, though some have hints of truth in it and shows how some people do think deeper on the Dalai Lama’s motivation. To me, I truly respect the Dalai Lama… although I am deeply sadden that HH banned DS… I believe there is a deeper meaning and a skillful way that HH used to bring DS to many in the future. It is also this very reason that the Dalai Lama allow Trijang Rinpoche to practice, not only because the possibility that HH wants this practice to live on… but also in fear that people would truly harm Trijang Rinpoche.

    I love Trijang Rinpoche and I’m so excited that he will be giving Dorje Shugden initiation in the near future.

  30. @ Jampa.

    You don’t like someone badmouthing new Trijiang Rinpoche but it’s ok for you to badmouth HH Dalai Lama.

    What kind of Buddhist teaching is that?

    Think twice before you open your mouth.

  31. @666/Johnny
    i am speaking the truth. you are the one ” who needs to think twice before you open your mouth” not me.

  32. Could someone give me more information about H.E. Panglung Rinpoche.

    So little is known about this great Tulku.

  33. Take Gelugpa’s path of Practice, then wait for the enlightenment for another thousand of lives or may be never. I respect but definitely I am not the one who chooses a kind of practice who stand just on the outer debates not the inner debates and practices.

  34. Thank you so much for the words of wisdom! Thank you for going deeper than the typical “good guy bad guy” approach that many people on both sides of the issue seem to have taken. The conclusions made in this article seem very true to me. May all beings be at peace

  35. some known person have commented unwanted things on H.H Trijang Rinpoche during 2012 December by using net. Regarding this matter I have been informed by my relatives. I would like to apolozise for the same and followers and disciples who have hurt may forgive me. I would like to mention that no one can say bad things to the Venerable Rinpoches of all sects and they have the every right to choose and recognise incarnate lamas.I have full faith and confident on present H.E Dromo Geshe Rinpoche Jigdral Ngaki Wangpo took birth in the Lingmo Family recognised by the present H.H Trijang rinpoche Choktrul Dorje Chhang. All Kyabje Rinpoches are same for laymen so we are not authorise to critisize them.
    Thank you!.

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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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