Great Prayer Festival at Shar Gaden

The most venerated Geshe la, Thupten Thinley Rinpoche, who turned the wheel of dharma with great dedication and love for nearly one and half months at Shar Gaden Monastery is making prayers here at the five-day-long Great Prayer Festival. Many participants, who were endowed with good karma, were fortunate enough to receive wisdom from Rinpoche….


Test Of Faith

by Paul Mooney in Amarbayasgalant Its glory long-since faded, the Amarbayasgalant Monastery nonetheless stands out on the almost deserted Mongolian steppes, its chipped red and gold paint contrasting against a green backdrop of mountains. The dilapidated monastery, which dates back to the 1700s, in many ways serves as a metaphor for Buddhism in this country….


Dorje Shugden Empowerment

Dorje Shudgen is the dharma protector of the Mahayana tradition of the great Buddha-Lama Je Tsongkhapa.  He is an enlightened being who is an emanation of the wisdom, compassion and spiritual power of all the Buddhas.  His powerful mandala and retinue are the synthesis of the three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. His job…


China Premier (Prime Minister) Wen Jiabao meets 11th Panchen Lama

BEIJING – Premier Wen Jiabao met on Friday with the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, in Beijing in Zhongnanhai, the compound containing the offices of both the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council. During the meeting, Wen, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the…


Daknak Rinpoche celebrates Lama Tsongkhapa Day in Taiwan

His Eminence Daknak Rinpoche is Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s brother, Daknak Rinpoche has a center in Taiwan called The Chinese Gandenpa Buddhist Center. These are some pictures of their celebration of Lama Tsonghkapa Day in December 2011.   For more information about H.E. Daknak Rinpoche: The Opening of a New Dorje Shugden Monastery Kyabje 13th Daknak…


Wrathful Dorje Shugden Fire Puja in Shar Gaden

These monks are doing Wrathful Dorje Shugden Fire Puja in Shar Gaden. This puja is very rare and is done once a year officially by Shar Gaden or as requested. It is done to achieve something that is riddled with obstacles.


Panchen Lama holds religious fairs in Sichuan Province (2005)

The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu presides over a religious activity in Kangding County of southwest China’s Sichuan Province June 17, 2005. The 11th Panchen Lama also presides over a religious activity in Litang County of southwest China’s Sichuan Province June 19, 2005. The 11th Panchen Lama made a visit to Sichuan June 12-28,…


Dalai Lama never opposed my recognition of Karmapa: Shamar Rinpoche

South Asia Buddhist Association (SABA) recently commemorated the 900 years of the Karma Kagyu Lineage at the holy monastery of Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in Qutub Institutional Area. This year marks the 900th year since the birth of the first Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193), who founded the lineage of Kagyu in 1139 C.E. team…


Trouble in the Pure Lands: The Karmapa Controversy

The article below provides a background to the controversy of the 17th Karmapa’s recognition, with some examination into the role being played by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s Office. Click on the picture below to expand the article for closer reading. (Source: (Editor’s Note: This link appears to have been removed from the…

Struggle for Tibet’s Soul

The article below, as covered by Asia Week magazine, examines the Karmapa controversy, the reasons behind the controversy and the consequences on the Tibetan community from recognising two incarnations. Click on the picture below to expand the article for closer reading. (Source:


Situ Rinpoche Returns to India

After being barred from entering India, the ban on Tai Situpa Rinpoche was lifted in 1998. He returned to India on 25 August 1998. This article records the occasion, as well as providing a transcript of Tai Situpa’s speech. Click on the picture below to expand the article for closer reading. (Source:


Top Lama “Banned” from India

The Tibet Information Network reports on the Tai Situpa’s banning from India for alleged anti-Indian activities. Click on the picture below to expand the article for closer reading. (Source:


Reflections on Tai Situ’s India Entry Ban

Glenn H. Mullin comments on the ban that the Indian government imposed on Tai Situpa’s travel and entry into India. Click on the picture below to expand the article for closer reading. (Source:


Letter to H.H. the Dalai Lama from the followers of Karmapa Thaye Dorje

When the 16th Karmapa entered clear light, no one could have suspected how controversial the recognition of the 17th incarnation would become. Yet even as late as April 2011, the issue of who is the real Karmapa has split the Karma Kagyus in two. Here, the supporters of one Karmapa, Thaye Dorje, write to show…


Dorje Shugden at Zululand

Green Tara empowerment in Eshowe. 250 people attending, young and old, with Liberation from Sorrow Prayers translated into isiZulu, so beautifully sung. Our Temple in Zululand has been built by the local people, a ruined garage, transformed into a holy place. People enjoy Geshe-la’s Kadam Dharma presentation and blessings, and receive so much benefit from…


China Uses 60th TAR Anniversary to Undermine Dalai Lama

In this article about the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), Dorje Shugden is mentioned in connection with Kensur Lungrik Namgyal, the 101st Gaden Tripa who joined Shar Gaden after completing his tenure as the Gaden Tripa (head of the Gelug lineage). Click on the pictures below to expand the article for closer…


Letter to H.H. the Dalai Lama by Shamar Rinpoche

Date: 20 June 2000 Your Holiness, The controversy of the two Karmapas has caused considerable dissension within Tibetan Buddhism, not to mention confusion in the outside world. In this letter, I humbly explain the reason for my position in the matter and respectfully propose a convenient way to solve the problem that should be satisfactory…


Letter from Shamar Rinpoche to Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of the Dalai Lama

On 26 January 2011, news broke that the Karmapa Urgyen Trinley’s attendants had been stopped and found to have an unusually large amount of cash in their car. Suspicions quickly fell on the Shamarpa, who is the supporter of the other Karmapa Thaye Dorje. Disappointed by the turn of events, the Shamarpa felt it necessary…


The Shamarpa’s statement

In accordance with the wishes of the many people concerned about the numerous claims that my stance on the two Karmapas has been contradictory over the years, I would like to take this opportunity now to openly explain the errors in these allegations and clear any doubt in regards to any position I have taken…


Zawa Tulku Rinpoche

Zawa Tulku Rinpoche is in his early 30s, he is a student of Gaden Tripa, and he received his monks vows from Denma Gongsar Rinpoche. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche is a well-respected reincarnation of a meditation master from Chatreng district in Tibet who resides in Canada. This young incarnation is a very strong practitioner of Dorje…


Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche in Mongolia

Late last year 2011 in the historic visit of HH Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche to Mongolia, thousands turned up to receive the blessings of Trijang Rinpoche. Rinpoche gave speeches, teachings and blessings of the Monastery in Mongolia. It was a long awaited and highly anticipated visit. Many from India, Nepal, Tibet, Taiwan, USA…


The Summer Retreat – 2011

The engagement of twice-monthly confessions, the rains retreat (summer retreat, Tib. yarne) and the closing of the rains retreat by a monastic community is a glimpse of the Buddhadharma existing in its pure form. Basically, the continuation of pure Buddhadharma solely depends on the monks’ communities which engage in…


The Geluk Exam – 2011

The Gelug Exam is widely known as the final stage of Buddhist studies within the monastic community especially in terms of Sutra studies. A monk must pass his monastery’s local exam where one must participate in all the related subjects like the Vinaya class (either 1st year or 2nd year) in order to be a…


Dalai Lama to Decide on Reincarnation at Age 90

Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he will decide when he is about 90 years old whether he should be reincarnated, a Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In a statement Saturday, he said at “about 90″ he will consult with the high lamas of Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public and other people who follow Tibetan…


Dorje Shugden stupa (Gyalchen Tendoe) erected all over Tibet!

Many Dorje Shugden stupas (gyalchen tendoe) have been erected all over Tibet! This is a sign that the magnificent Protector and its practice is spreading far and wide.


Grand Prayer Festival at Kham’s Dorje Shugden Monastery

View this selections of photos from the grand prayer festival at Kham’s Dorje Shugden monastery…


H.H. Gaden Trisur meets Panchen Rinpoche in Tibet 2011!

It’s amazing the Tibetan Govt in Exile and HH Dalai Lama still have not spoken up against HH Gaden Trisur Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche till now! His Holiness Dalai Lama has spoken against a few senior lamas like Denma Locho Rinpoche of Drepung Loseling. Dalai Lama asked Denma Locho Rinpoche to travel to Tibet and speak…


H.H. Gaden Trisur & Yongyal Rinpoche visiting in Chengdu, China

Recently many high lamas of the Dorje Shugden lineage gathered at Chengdu, Sichuan, China. They are the 101st Gaden Trisur Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche, the abbot of Serpom Monastery Yongyal Rinpoche, the young and current incarnation of Zemey Rinpoche, Geshe Wangchuk who has been diligently giving Dorje Shugden initiation in Kham Tibet, and a few others….


Cincinnati Oracle Appears in India

Kuten Lama, head of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Cincinnati and leader of a Tibetan Buddhist lineage is at odds with the Dalai Lama. Last month, Kuten Lama helped to inaugurate a breakaway monastery in South India. Kuten Lama is an oracle, who takes possession of the spirit of Dorje Shugden, a deity banned by…


Dorje Shugden Initiation to 5000 People at Chamdo, Tibet

In early 2011 at Jinka Monastery in Dingqing County of Chamdo, Tibet, Khenpo Zongluo Jampa Khedrup Rinpoche of Chamdo Jampa Ling Monastery gave Dorje Shugden initiation to around 5,000 people!


Cultivation of Rice Fields

From 29th of May 2010, Shar Gaden has started cultivating 20 acres of rice fields which were allotted to us during controversial partition in March 2008. In 1960s, Indian government allocated lands properties to every individual of Buzar monks one acre per a monk purposely for farming, so Gaden Shartse had nearly 90 members at…


Dorje Shugden Movie Project

Dorje Shugden: On The Trail Of A Buddhist Protector is a documentary film project. The general idea is to do documented research on the origin and practice of the Buddhist protector deity Dorje Shugden. It is important to show the practice as integrated part of a living Buddhist tradition without going into the recent controversy….


Shar Gaden Monastery – World Peace Tour

An update from Shar Gaden Monastery of the recent World Peace Tour Please click to enlarge


Torgya Ritual 2010 at Shar Gaden

An update from Shar Gaden Monastery of the Torgya Ritual in 2010 Please click to enlarge


Taktse Dubcho Ritual at Shar Gaden

An update from Shar Gaden Monastery of the recently held four-day Taktse Dubcho Ritual Please click to enlarge


Panchen Lama Gets High Profile – CNN

From Jaime FlorCruz, CNN March 3, 2010 — Updated 0919 GMT (1719 HKT) Beijing, China (CNN) — Until recently, he had rarely appeared in public. But now, he has been named to China’s top advisory body. The appointment of the 11th Panchen Lama, the second highest Tibetan spiritual figure, to the Chinese People’s Consultative…

101st Ganden Tripa Lungri Namgyal Rinpoche

101st Ganden Tripa Leaves Ganden Shartse to Join Dorje Shugden Monastery

In a shocking move, the most recent head of the Ganden tradition along with his Labrang, or office, has joined them. The Ganden Trisur’s personal assistant related that, in the words of one member of the Dorje Shugden Forum…


The Enthronement Ceremony of Domo Geshe Rinpoche

The Enthronement Ceremony of His Eminence the Domo Geshe Rinpoche Lobsang Jigmey Ngak-gi Wangchuck by Piyaporn Erbprasartsook Startled alert from my reverie by the sonorous rumble of the huge 12 foot radongs, the Tibetan long horn, a sound so deep that it has been described as issuing from the depths of the earth, I craned…


President of the Singapore Buddhist Lodge: “Dalai Lama is a political monk”

Xinhuanet 10th Sept 2009 During an interview by Xinhuanet, Mr Lee Bock Guan, President of the Singapore Buddhist Lodge (SBL) told reporters, “The Dalai Lama has obvious political motives behind his activities.” He said Dalai Lama is a “political monk”, not a religious monk. Wherever he goes, he only gives “political speeches”, not religious speeches….


H.H. Ganden Tripa’s Dedication to Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche

April 23, 2009 I, the undersigned, Lungri Namgyel, the official head of the Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism (Ganden Tripa) and successor to the said order’s founder, Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), whose headquarters are Ganden Monastery in Karnataka state, south India, hereby confirm that: • His Eminence Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, having been educated in the teachings…

Contemplate This

.…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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