The Cult of Dorje Shugden or the Cult of the Dalai Lama?

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  1. The explanations here are very clear. By any definition, there is no basis to assert DS is a cult practice.

    Personally, I don’t care what others say. Its just a label and subjective. I go by what the practice entails. I can see nothing in the DS sadhana, instructions and prayers that goes against Buddha’s teachings. In fact, Heart Jewel , right from the beginning reminds practitioners that it is to help those on the Buddha vehicle not other Samsaric vehicles.

    Actually , propitiating DS keeps us mindful that we are our own biggest obstacle and enemy . To invoke a real Dharma protector, we ourselves need to maintain pure motivation and with others’ welfare in mind. The purer is our practice, the more likely we will be able to receive help from such a Protector.

    By the same token, we do not need to label HH as cultish.

  2. Despite much ‘Shugden-bashing’ and despite it being labelled as a cult, the practice of Dharmapala Dorje Shugden is growing and spreading in an unstoppable fashion. This proves that Dorje Shugden,who had been relied on greatly by many highly attained Masters in the past, including Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, is an Enlightened or Supramundane Dharma Protector. It also proves that the practice Of Dorje Shugden is an authentic Dharma practice that has brought much benefit to Dharma practitioners in the cultivation of their practice of the Path to Enlightenment. So therefore, it is not a ‘cult’ practice.
    On the other hand,HH Dalai Lama, who is without doubt, the greatly compassionate Boddhisattva Chenrezig, has spread the Buddhadharma so very rapidly throughout the world. Indeed, through him and through his indefatigable efforts, Buddhism has become a household word and Tibetan Buddhism has become ‘demystified’. Hence he Not a cult leader and the Dharma he practices and transmits through his teachings cannot be called a cult.

  3. The Dalai Lama is the Sovereign of Tibet. And whatever he says must be obeyed and followed even if people do not want to. Dalai Lama says practicing Dorje Shugden is a cult. And he does not believe in praying to a cult. So he stop his people from praying to Dorje Shugden. But if Dorje Shugden is a cult and Dalai Lama has also been practicing Dorje Shugden all this while. He has even written a praise to Dorje Shugden for people to follow. Dalai Lama is a Buddha why then is he practicing Doje Shugsen until now. Buddhas cannot be wrong. Why the switch? There must be a reason why the Dalai Lama has to do this.

  4. If Dalai Lama proclaims that Dorje Shugden practice is a cult. Why then does he follow his Root Guru Trijang Rinpoche for so many years and practice Dorje Shugden. Buddhism is supposed to be a pure Religion and also a way of life. It is to be applied to everyday life. Dorje Shugden is an Enlightened being or a Buddha. And praying to a Buddha is a Religion and not a cult.

  5. H.H. the Dalai Lama was probably acting as a mirror. Many practitioners do not stick to their tradition and seek teachings from other traditions. Westerners, in particular, are very protective of their rights, especially the freedom of religious practice. They also tend to impose this “freedom” on others. To me, it’s a kind of mirror of what people do, to show them that what is right for one may not be right for another. In fact, there is no “right” or “wrong” practice. “Right” and “wrong” are both impermanent.

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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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