The ‘Library of Tibetan Works and Archives’ (LTWA) Published Texts Authored by Dorje Shugden’s Previous Incarnation

COMMENTARY

O Sonam Dragpa, the teacher of teachers!
I bow down at your feet.

From the first page of the Foreword:
Panchen Sonam Dragpa, the holder of sutra and Vajrayana teachings, was a master whose outstanding learning and spiritual accomplishments…

His first incarnation came in the form of one of the five prestigious disciples of Lord Tsong-kha-pa and became known as Vinaya Holder Dragpa Gyaltsen.”

VINAYA HOLDER = DULDZIN – THIS IS DULDZIN DRAKPA GYALTSEN, WHO PROMISED TO ARISE AS A SPECIAL DHARMA PROTECTOR TO GUARD JE TSONGKHAPA’S TEACHINGS.

Then came Panchen Sonam Dragpa, the author of the present text. The next was Ngari Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen. In this way, a line of his incarnations, each with the Dragpa surname, followed successively.

SO WE HAVE, CLEAR AS A BELL
DULDZIN DRAKPA GYALTSEN
PANCHEN SONAM DRAKPA
TULKU DRAKPA GYALTSEN

- THIS BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN 1996, LONG AFTER THE INOFFICIAL BEGINNING OF THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST DORJE SHUGDEN, AND ONLY ONE YEAR BEFORE THE OFFICIAL WORLDWIDE HUNT BEGAN.

REMEMBER, DORJE SHUGDEN IS SYNONIMOUS WITH TULKU DRAKPA GYALTSEN…

- THIS BOOK WAS PUBLISHED BY THE ‘LIBRARY OF TIBETAN WORKS AND ARCHIVES’ WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN EXILE (1970) AS ONE OF THE MAIN INSTRUMENTS OF PRESERVING TIBETAN BUDDHISM. IF THERE IS AN OFFICIAL AUTHORITY, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE THEM.

Conceived of and founded by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) is one of the most important institutions in the world dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Tibetan culture.

- IN JANUARY 2008, AMIDST THE SAD EVENTS OF DISRUPTED DEBATE, EXPULSIONS, SIGNATURE CAMPAINS, HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA TAUGHT EXTENSIVELY FROM TEXTS AUTHORED BY PANCHEN SONAM DRAKPA – WHICH SEEM TO BE TRULY INDESPENSABLE AS HE COULD HAVE EASILY TAUGHT FROM OTHER TEACHINGS WITH AUTHORS LESS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHLY CHARGED CONTROVERSY – STRESSING THAT TULKU DRAKPA GYALTSEN WAS NOT REALLY HIS INCARNATION, SO THERE WAS NO PROBLEM OR CONFUSION.

SO THE QUESTION IS:

WHO’S RIGHT? THE DALAI LAMA OR THE DALAI LAMA?

- THE DALAI LAMA WHO FOUNDED LTWA AND DEFINITELY, BY DEFAULT, ENDORSED THE BOOK AND FOREWORD QUOTED ABOVE, OR THE DALAI LAMA AT DREPUNG?

- THE DALAI LAMA OF 1996 OR THE ONE OF 1997, SO TO SPEAK?

- THE DALAI LAMA TUTORED FOR DECADES BY HIS ROOT GURU KYABJE TRIJANG DORJE CHANG, OR THE ONE ERASING HIM FROM THE LAMRIM LINEAGE PRAYER?

DIFFICULT QUESTIONS, CONSIDERING THAT EVERYTHING IN THIS CONTROVERSY HINGES ON THE LEGITIMACY OF TULKU DRAKPA GYALTSEN AS PANCHEN SONAM DRAKPA’S REINCARNATION…

TRAVELING BACK IN TIME, WE FIND THE 5TH DALAI LAMA WHO ON THE ONE HAND WROTE:

The so-called Dragpa Gyaltsen pretends to be a sublime being,
Even though he is not,
And since this interfering spirit and creature of distorted prayers
Is harming everything – both the dharma and sentient beings -
Do not support, protect or give him shelter, but grind him to dust.

AND ON THE OTHER OFFERED THIS STILL-EXISTING STATUE TO GADEN PELGYELING MONASTERY, COMPOSED A PRAYER TO DORJE SHUGDEN ETC

- THE JEALOUSY OF THE GREAT FIFTH’S MINISTERS OF TULKU DRAKPA GYALTSEN’S GREAT SPIRITUAL ATTAINMENTS, RENOWN AND STATUS – WHICH WERE CONSIDERED EQUAL TO THE DALAI LAMA’S – IS ONE OF THE FEW POINTS ON WHICH EVERY COMMENTATOR AGREES.

- MOST COMMENTATORS AGREE THAT THESE MINISTERS ORCHESTRATED THE MURDER OF TULKU DRAKPA GYALTSEN.

- WE ALL AGREE THAT TO STATE THAT A DEMON CAN ARISE FROM AN ENLIGHTENED BEING IS TO DENY KARMA AND DEPENDENT ARISING, AND THEREFORE BREAKING ONE’S VOWS BY HOLDING WRONG VIEWS.

- ON THE OTHER HAND: AN ENLIGHTENED BEING (ALL THE DRAKPAS ARE MANJUSHRI EAMANATIONS) SUMMONING VAJRA WRATH AT THE TIME OF DEATH BY BEING MURDERED – FOR A SUBLIME PURPOSE IS ENTIRELY PLAUSIBLE…

THIS IS HOW TULKU DRAKPA GYALTSEN FULFILLED THE PROMISE GIVEN IN HIS PREVIOUS INCARNATION AS DULDZIN DRAKPA GYALTSEN.

O Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen,
equal to the Great Fifth,
arisen as sublime protector of Lord Tsongkhapa’s teachings!
I bow down at your feet.

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  1. Through this it is clearly shown that the ban is something that we should really look into. If Dorje Shugden is really an evil spirit, why would the Dalai Lama be giving teachings on Tantras based on books written by Dorje Shugden’s past incarnation, Panchen Sonam Dragpa? More so that both the Dalai Lama and the CTA would not have approved the books written by Panchen Sonam Dragpa to be republished in English. It is just ironic that the Dalai Lama is denying the fact that Dorje Shugden is indeed an enlightened protector, using excuses to put Dorje Shugden down.

    Just thinking that the 5th Dalai Lama composed a prayer for Dorje Shugden during Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen’ death would be a slap towards this ban that is now going on. With the ban going on it would only tell the world that the past 5th Dalai Lama to the 13th Dalai Lama are all wrong. They should not have prayed to Droje Shugden, the great 5th should not have molded a Dorje Shugden statue or written a prayer to Dorje Shugden at all. It is just ironic to flip the fact around, accusing in an indirect way that all the great lineage masters of the Gelug Lineage are wrong.

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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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