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An Interview with Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso discusses Dorje Shugden as a benevolent protector god Geshe Kelsang Gyatso spoke with Donald S. Lopez, Jr., last summer at Manjushri Buddhist Centre in Ulverston, England. PROFESSOR DONALD LOPEZ: What is the importance of dharmapala (dharma protector) practice in Tibetan Buddhism? GESHE KELSANG GYATSO (GKG): Although dharmapalas appear wrathful, in reality they…

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Trichen Ngawang Chokdhen (1677-1751)

From page 67 of the biography of Trichen Ngawang Chokdhen (1677–1751) composed by Changkya Rolpai Dorje (1717–1786): Previously, a very vicious and evil spirit [1] possessed a man at Draksep. Some unstable lamas, former abbots, and monastic hostels (khangtsens) did practice in relation to it simply by invoking and propitiating it. A cairn for invoking…

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Tales of Intrigue from Tibet’s Holy City

THE HISTORICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF A MODERN BUDDHIST CRISIS by LINDSAY G. McCUNE LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS 5DLPT = Blo bzang rgya mtsho. 1991-1995. “Thogs med drag rtsal nus stobs ldan pa’i dam can chos srung rgya mtsho’i mngon rtogs mchod ‘bul bskyang bshags bstod tsogs sogs ‘phrin las rnam zhi lhun drub ces bya ba bzhugs…

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TWO SIDES OF THE SAME GOD by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

Tricycle : The Buddhist Review: Spring 1998 edition To understand both sides ofthe Shugden debtate, Donald Lopez interviewed Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, an advocate of Dorje Shugden worship, and the author of fifteen books, including Universal Compassion and Essence of Vajrayana; and Tibetan Jigme Norbu, who opposes Shugden worship. Jigme…

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LETTING DAYLIGHT INTO MAGIC – The Life and Times of Dorje Shugden

Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, Spring 1998 edition by Stephen Batchelor Praise to you, violent god of the Yellow Hat teachings, Who reduces to particles of dust Great beings, high officials, and ordinary people Who pollute and corrupt the Gelugpa doctrine. – From “Praise to Dorje Shugden”, quoted by Zemey Rinpoche (1927-1996) The so-called Drakpa…

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Newsweek article – “Did an obscure Tibetan sect murder three monks close to the Dalai Lama?”

© Newsweek April 28 1997 – Posted on May 6, 1997 by World Tibet News Did an obscure Tibetan sect murder three monks close to the Dalai Lama? BY TONY CLIFTON This murder mystery seems earthly to be set in the monastic palace of the God King of Tibet. Yet the facts are inescapable. Three…

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Resolution adopted by consensus at the Tibetan general convention

(Translation of Tibetan original. Brackets and footnotes provided by the translator.) Resolution adopted by consensus at the Tibetan general convention of more than 750 ordained and lay Tibetans, at the auditorium of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (T.I.P.A.) in Dharamshala, from August 27-31 corresponding to day 5 of the 7th Tibetan lunar month, Earth Tiger…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH THUBTEN JIGME NORBU – The elder brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama discusses Dorje Shugden as a hungry ghost

Thubten Jigme Norbu spoke with Donald S. Lopez, Jr., last summer at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. LOPEZ: What is the role of “protector deities” in Tibetan Buddhism? NORBU: There are two kinds: transcendent protectors and worldly protectors. Among the transcendent protectors, you will have Mahakala and many others. These are considered fierce forms of enlightened…

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Deity or Demon? The Controversy over Tibet’s Dorje Shugden

The Controversy over Tibet’s Dorje Shugden Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, Spring 1998 Edition The Controversy over Tibet’s Dorje Shugden TIBETAN BUDDHISTS OF THE GELUGPA LINEAGE have been battling over a protector god named Dorje Shugden –and whether this spirit is a benevolent deity or an agent of evil. The conflict remainedlargely unknown to Westerners…

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PRINCIPAL POINTS OF THE KASHAGʹS STATEMENT CONCERNING DOLGYAL

(English Translation, commented by the Tibetan Studies Press Office) After nearly forty years in exile under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the chances of achieving our goal of freedom for Tibet continues to improve. Tibetans stand out among all the refugees in the world for their unique achievements. This is no doubt…

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Extract from Pg 208 of The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation by Glenn H. Mullin

Another controversy surrounding the Great Fifth concerns the details of the death of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, a famous Gelugpa lama of the period. He was one of the most prominent lamas of his day, and in fact in some circles was held in even higher regard than was the Great Fifth, for the Fifth at…

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Tibet in Exile

In March 1959, the Dalai Lama, together with his two teachers and family, succeeded in escaping from the besieged Summer Palace in Lhasa. The escape route was secured by the guerrilla organization of the Khampas (East Tibetans), who suffered severe losses in the process. Approximately 100,000 Tibetans followed the Dalai Lama to India, and about…

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Does the Minister of the Tibetan Exile Government Lie?

PRESS RELEASE Ref.: Triple murder in Dharamsala, India, February 1997 Murder of the abbot Losang Gyatso, friend of the Dalai Lama by Helmut Gassner ([email protected]) On January 25th, the Swiss Television DRS reported on a murder-case in Dharamsala, India, in its broadcast called Sternstunde. An interview with the police chief of Dharamsala presented the leaders…

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Dalai Lama – Dorje Shugden by Helmut Gassner

Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation, Hamburg, on March 26th 1999 by Dipl.Ing. Helmut Gassner Letzehof 6800 Feldkirch, Austria ([email protected]) Download the article in PDF or Word docx.   How a runaway Austrian gets to meet the Dalai Lama is a story most of us probably know from the wonderful account of “Seven Years in Tibet.” But how a run-of-the-mill…

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Advice from Dorje Shugden that His Holiness should leave and that He guarantees H.H. safety

Leave and I guarantee your safety… Excerpt from the autobiography of Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang regarding the advice from Dorje Shugden that His Holiness should leave and that He guarantees H.H. safety When I was fifty-nine, in the year of the earth boar, on the first day of the year, I performed elaborate fulfillment offerings before…

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Gelug Conference

Speech by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to the Second Gelug Conference (Dharamsala, 6 Dec 2000) We meet here today with Ganden Tri Rinpoche, the representative of Jamgön Gyalwa (Lama Tsong Khapa), chiefly gracing us with his presence. The abbots representing the three seats of Sera, Drepung, Ganden, as well as those of Tashi…

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Concerning Dholgyal with reference to the views of past masters and other related matters

A talk on Dholgyal by H.H. the Dalai Lama during the course of religious teachings in Dharamsala, October 1997 There may be many among you who have never been involved in the practice of Dholgyal at all. In many other cases, you may have practised it in the past, but have later given it up….

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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…

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The 100th Gaden Tripa with controversial Master Loo Sheng-yan together in Kurukule Puja

Master Loo Sheng-yan is a controversial monk based in USA originally from Taiwan. He openly claims he is an enlightened Buddha, that he had tea with Shakyamuni, and many other controversial statements. The 100th Gaden Tripa Lobsang Nyima was from Drepung Loseling. This Tripa openly discouraged and criticized Dorje Shugden s practice. He was not…

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Black Magic Indeed!

November 11, 2009 by truthaboutshugden (extracted from http://truthaboutshugden.wordpress.com) “Later, on another occasion, we were performing a ritual of Hayagriva. It was not particularly aimed at Dholgyal. The aim was to destroy anything, be it human,non-human, a lama, a deity or a ghost, that harms the Dharma and the just cause of Tibet. Whatever it is,…

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Not Afraid of Spirits

November 10, 2009 by truthaboutshugden (extracted from http://truthaboutshugden.wordpress.com) “That’s why, as I just mentioned, when it is said that (my opponents) have been doing lots of black magic, I just have to laugh. I don’t do anything about it, I don’t even visualise the protection wheel(…) I really have true faith. I told the government…

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The End of the Vajrayana

November 2, 2009 by truthaboutshugden (extracted from http://truthaboutshugden.wordpress.com) “…Then I thought of taking the Secret Essence Tantra from (Kunnu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen) as well. I happened to mention this to Ling Rinpoche one day, but he discouraged me. He told me that it was rather controversial and that it would be better not to take…

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Ganden Tripa Authorizes Dorje Shugden Practitioners to represent the Gelugpa tradition

July 11, 2009 by truthaboutshugden (extracted from http://truthaboutshugden.wordpress.com) I confer upon Trijang Buddhist Institute the authority to represent and transmit the teachings of the Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism in the United States. In April of this Year, the Ganden Tripa, spiritual head of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, wrote a letter authorizing Trijang…

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The Dalai Lama’s Question Answered….

December 20, 2008 by truthaboutshugden (extracted from http://truthaboutshugden.wordpress.com) In his speech to the Gelug council, the Dalai Lama asked: “Who originally bestowed the title ‘Protector of the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa’ upon Dorje Shugden?” Answer: The Dalai Lama! The eleventh Dalai lama that is. This is clearly detailed in he writings of The fourteenth Dalai Lama’s…

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Some Thoughts on the History of a Practice

December 11, 2008 by truthaboutshugden (http://truthaboutshugden.wordpress.com) I was recently contemplating the excellent good qualities of the tradition protected by Dharmapala Dorje Shugden, and a great reverence for “Manjushri in a terrifying, wrathful form” rose up in my heart. Shortly on the heels of this, I was struck dumb with the perverse audacity of our present…

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Some Good Advice from Lama Zopa…..

December 20, 2008 by truthaboutshugden (http://truthaboutshugden.wordpress.com) One of the main aims of my having created this blog is to help people to see that the situation around the practice of Dorje Shugden is much more nuanced than the Tibetan Government in Exile lets on. People who know little about Dharma and the historical situation around…

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The Dalai Lama’s ‘Research’ Concerning Past Masters and Dorje Shugden

January 14, 2010 by truthaboutshugden (http://truthaboutshugden.wordpress.com) When the Dalai Lama speaks out against the practice of Dorje Shugden, he often describes how he came to renounce his own practice of this deity, a practice he engaged in for a quarter-century. In these speeches, he inevitably mentions his own “thorough research.” Due to this reference, repeated…

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Proofs of Suppression of Dorje Shugden practitioners

Swiss Resolution regarding the worshipping of Dholgyal On August 16, 2008, in the local assembly of Tibetan people in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, their Deputies discussed thoroughly with great responsibility. After that, the Local Assembly’s Deputies extended their appreciation to the Resolution (1996) adopted by the majority regarding the worshipping of Dholgyal (Shugden). Due to necessity…

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H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche defects to the Dorje Shugden Camp

The term of office for the current Gaden Tripa has finished. He has successfully finished his term. He has the title now of His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. He primarily resides in France although he has a ladrang in Gaden Shartse, Nepal and Yangthing, Tibet. Gaden Tripa-Gaden throne holder Gaden Trisur-Gaden’s ex-throne holder Emeritus Gaden…

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The Tide has Turned – Gelugpa Tradition Revival in the East and the West

Homage to Guru Protector Dorje Shugden! Since the Western Shugden Society demonstrated against the Dalai Lama’s ban on the practice of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden last year, much has happened that is a cause for rejoicing. These demonstrations came about because the Tibetan government were organizing the expulsion of Dorje Shugden practitioners from Tibetan society…

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Panchen & Shugden

The 11th Panchen Lama, Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, one of the two most senior living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism, became a Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee member on Feb. 28. 2010, Earlier on Feb. 3, he was elected vice president of the Buddhist Association of China. The China sanctioned Panchen Lama is 20…

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Dalai Lama Says Trijang Rinpoche Can Practise Dorje Shugden

or download this video In this video, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama made an exception for the incarnation of His guru Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche to practise Dorje Shugden. If Dorje Shugden is really a DEMON, shouldn’t Dorje Shugden be banned for all? Why made an exception for Trijang Rinpoche to practise a demon? Think…Think…Think……

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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…

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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…

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Comment on Karmapa’s Statement

Some comment, please read to the end: Karmapa softens stance on China (2009) Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7946099.stm The Karmapa Lama – Tibetan Buddhism’s third-highest figure – has spoken of his admiration for Chinese culture. The comment made in an interview with the BBC Chinese Service suggested a willingness to co-operate with China. He said he backed the…

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Politics is Politics is Politics

BEJING POLITICS VERSUS DHARAMSALA POLITICS: POLITICS IS POLITICS IS POLITICS… Comment on the Current Tibetan/Chinese Conflict Excerpted from Gelek Rimpoche’s Sunday Talk, March 16, 2008 Let’s try to understand the current situation in Tibet. This has been going on for fifty years. The Communist Chinese have always been suspicious of monasteries and Buddhism. For example,…

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Are Great Lamas Fickle???

I was thinking that it wouldn’t make any sense that great lamas just gave up a lifetime of practice and commitment to Dorje Shugden because the Dalai Lama said to. It doesn’t make sense. Because: That would mean that all these great omniscient lamas weren’t omniscient after all?? That they were very fickle and also…

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Liberation Stories

STORY 1 The “Charitable Assistance Society of Thousand-Arm Chenrezig” (CASONLINE e-news) in Singapore announces a Cittamani Tara empowerment with Loseling Khen Rinpoche, Abbot of Drepung Monastery (Feb 2007):  A Most Precious and Unique Tara Cycle The practice of this Cycle of the Cittamani Tara is unique in it being one of the rarest cycles of Tara practices…

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Suppression Stories

SUPRESSION STORIES OR HOW THE TIBETAN GOVERNMENT USES HIS HOLINESS AND HISTORY TO SUPRESS DORJE SHUGDEN IN THE NAME OF FREE TIBET AND NON-SECTARIANISM Most governments use distorted history and falsified ‘facts’ to remain where they are – in power and looking smart. Why should the Tibetan one be different? Here follows a study of…

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Sanctified Sectarianism

When was the last time you heard Gelukpas telling other lineages which practices were appropriate for them? As if they knew the other schools better than them? As if they had thoroughly studied and practiced them? As if each lineage, although interdependent spiritually, wasn’t a completely independent body of transmissions, methods and customs? When Geluk…

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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