The Dalai Lama visited Gaden Shartse Monastery this year (2013) and gave a set of teachings. With the talks he mentioned:
His Holiness (the previous) Ling Rinpoche doesn’t propitiate Dorje Shugden at all. Even though he doesn’t propitiate Dorje Shugden, he is the heart spiritual son of HH Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche. Ling Rinpoche himself really holds Pabongkha Rinpoche very highly. Ling Rinpoche has NO connections to Dorje Shugden at all, whatsoever.
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We found this statement to be without basis and false. Please examine the facts.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama mentioned that the previous Kyabje Ling Rinpoche “had no connection with Dorje Shugden at all whatsoever, and did not pray to Dorje Shugden”. This is downright incorrect. If one “had no connection at all with Dorje Shugden”, would he write prayers to Dorje Shugden? And not only is it not a casual writing of Dorje Shugden, but it is actually a serious Confessional Prayer and a prayer to request activities and serkym for Dorje Shugden, along with other recognized and “bona fide” protectors in the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism like Mahakala, Palden Lhamo, Kalarupa and Vaishravana. (See the prayer that was composed by Ling Rinpoche at the end of this article.)
Why would Ling Rinpoche include a harmful spirit like Dorje Shugden with the “good” and enlightened protectors in the same prayer? It is obvious then, that Ling Rinpoche did not think Dorje Shugden is anywhere close to being negative.
Therefore, although Ling Rinpoche might not have been propitiating Dorje Shugden, he definitely had high regard for Dorje Shugden, even promoting Dorje Shugden for other people to pray to by, for example, including Dorje Shugden in the prayer he composed.
In Ling Rinpoche’s divination for people, he often recommended them to do Dorje Shugden pujas and rituals to overcome obstacles. According to their karma, circumstances, and obstacles, there are many rituals that can be done to alleviate their problems, and at times he would divine Dorje Shugden to be propitiated, when his practice was appropriate for certain individuals.
It is a known fact among the Tibetan community that Ling Rinpoche prescribed Dorje Shugden’s practice to many persons before. How could a lama like Ling Rinpoche give other people a negative practice? If he prescribed Dorje Shugden’s practice, that means the practice would definitely help the person and not harm them, simply because Ling Rinpoche prescribed it.
Kyabje Ling Rinpoche was the heart disciple of Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche, and Ling Rinpoche received all his Dharma knowledge and practices from Pabongkha Rinpoche. Ling Rinpoche, in turn, passed this knowledge and practices down to the Dalai Lama who is a great Buddhist master. For a lama to be qualified enough to teach the Dalai Lama, they must be at least as equally attained as the Dalai Lama, if not more. Therefore if Pabongkha Rinpoche’s own mind-stream was “tainted” by the practice of Dorje Shugden, he could not have passed down to Ling Rinpoche all the knowledge and practices that made him attained enough to teach the Dalai Lama. Contemplate this point carefully.
This is the level of the lama who composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden – that is, someone who was qualified enough to teach the Dalai Lama. And not only had Ling Rinpoche composed a prayer, confession, request and serkym to Dorje Shugden, but he included Dorje Shugden in the same prayers propitiating Mahakala, Palden Lhamo, Kalarupa and Vaishravaṇa. This shows clearly that he equated Dorje Shugden as being of the same enlightened level as those “good” Protectors.
Here enclosed is a video clip of His Holiness the Dalai Lama talking about Ling Rinpoche having no connections to Dorje Shugden. We also include the text which Ling Rinpoche had composed for practitioners to propitiate Dorje Shugden alongside other Dharma protectors. This contradicts what the Dalai Lama explained in Ganden Shartse Monastery, that Ling Rinpoche had no connections to him. What more of a connection could there be, than a lama actually composing prayers to Dorje Shugden for others to propitiate and worship?
Not only did Kyabje Ling Rinpoche respect Dorje Shugden, but he also composed texts for the Sangha and lay disciples to worship this sacred protector. By doing so, not only did he have a connection, but he was also creating a connection for others to Dorje Shugden.
Please note that at the time of Ling Rinpoche composing this prayer, he was also the 97th Gaden Tripa. He had been selected for his position by the Dalai Lama, to sit as the supreme head of the Gelug School of Buddhism. Thus Ling Rinpoche was composing this prayer as the head of the Gelug School, with full authority to pronounce Dorje Shugden as a Dharma Protector.
Therefore the accusations against Dorje Shugden and the so-called negative repercussions of his practice are totally false, and without any basis in the scriptures or logic. We respectfully request His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the CTA to refrain from curbing the religious freedom of every individual to worship Dorje Shugden henceforth.
Speaking negatively about Dorje Shugden and then saying you have the freedom to choose if you wish to practice him is contradictory.
The ritual below was written by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche at the request of the Gelug assembly at Varanasi University for a simple way to do fulfillment, confession, request for activity and serkyem for Mahakala, Dharmaraja (Kalarupa), Palden Lhamo, Vaishravana and Dorje Shugden. Source: Jam mgon rgyal ba’i bstan srung rdo rje shugs ldan gyi ‘phrin bcol phyogs bsdus bzhugs so. Bylakuppe, India: Ser smad gsung rab ‘phrul spar khang (1992), pp. 63-69.