Radio Interview with Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche

H.H. Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche has already given a good indication of how he will manifest. By looking at his website you will see he is going to be (and already is) a great teacher:

And before leaving for America he gave a very interesting interview with the Tibetan Radio in which he also makes clear his position in relation to DS:

“I could not decide against him [the Dalai Lama] but nor could I stop propitiating Shugden with whom my relationship dates back to previous incarnations. I find myself in an immensely difficult situation. The followers of the Protector would not have listened to me…and no one seems to care about the difficulties I am facing…

I also don’t want the people of Chatreng, who have great expectations of me, to be disheartened. But if I continue to propitiate the Protector publicly, I would be compelled to become a sort of head of his worshippers, and this would be an offence to the Dalai Lama from whom I received my Bhikshu ordination, and has always treated me with extraordinary benevolence.

I cannot even hope to keep a low profile as they [the Shugdenpas*] would not let me.

I have reason to believe that my return to India may possibly result in internal chaos, attempts on lives and other immoral activities bringing disgrace to His Holiness…

I cannot sleep and I have had health problems. I am worried about thinking what will happen next. It is quite terrifying to think that I might be a cause of disgrace instead of serving the Tibetan people and His Holiness…

Some have told me, ‘If you abandon the Protector [Shugden], there is no knowing what will happen. We will not consider you a lama [as guru]. The people of Chatreng are strange, very wild and unruly. We do not know what they may do.’

It is very clear my life might be in danger. So I have decided to leave my Labrang and disrobe, so that none of the Shugden worshippers can ask me to be their leader. I hope that this way I can respect the wishes of the Dalai Lama and still revere the protector, practicing in private and far from everyone. I intend to follow a middle way, neither for nor against Shugden. I appeal to both parties not to contact me.

In my own Labrang I have recently witnessed a kind of factionalism and I have discovered that one person in particular was planning an evil conspiracy. This plan was to murder my assistant, Tharchin, and to implicate His Holiness’s government in exile with this odious crime. The conspirator aimed to become chakzoe [manager] of my estate. Tharchin has been very kind to me, more so than my own parents, and has taken care of me since I was three years old. As well as managing the affairs of my Labrang.

With my own ears I heard this person discussing on the telephone a plan to assassinate Tharchin. It is really a matter of great sadness and surprise, especially since the person involved in this ploy has been very close to me as well. If he succeeds in his plan, it would be a cause of great trouble for the Labrang, as well as a cause of disgrace to the Tibetan government and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

These are not lies, but true facts which I want everyone to know. That is why I made this statement.”

Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche concluded his message urging Shugden followers to stop seeking him, “I do not wish to be in touch with you.”

*Shugdenpas are people who are devotees of Shugden.

Signed dedication by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Translation of dedication on photo:

This object of veneration is offered to Trijang Buddhist Institute with the prayer that the Buddha’s teaching flourish, that all sentient beings may obtain the treasure of the Dharma, and that they may live in happiness and virtue.


Dalai Lama, Buddhist Monk

May 9, 2007


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  1. Thank you for this summary of the interview. It is important to understand that the actions of High Lamas are always pure. They undergo difficulties but their intention is always to benefit sentient beings.

  2. It shows clearly from this interview what a great master Trijang Rinpoche is and will be in the future. It shows how much HE respects HH and at the same time how devoted HE is to Dorje Shugden. It’s also sad and disheartening that due to the current situation, awful methods by “certain” group of people are being used to surpressed Dorje Shugden Practise and from the article it shows to what extreme they actually can go.

    However, I’m really glad and happy that high lama such as Trijang Rinpoche has not been swayed away by HIS bad experiences. Currently, he is only 29 years old…can you imagine how much dharma he will spread 5 to 10 years from now.

  3. The judicious decision to disrobe, by Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche, is one(which to me)was motivated by a selfless concern to benefit all beings. This decision also means that Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche can now represent, preserve and spread the Dharma of the Ganden Lineage (in the US) without any impediments and without compromising his principles and his commitments, including his commitments to the practice of Dharmapala Dorje Shugden.

    In fact, the Trijang Buddhist Institute (set up in USA by Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche) has been validated and endorsed by the Ganden Tripa (in an official letter of dedication)and by HH Dalai Lama( as can be seen above in the dedication re the Picture and ‘Object of Veneration’ offered, by HH Dalai Lama, to the Trijang Buddhist Institute)as a center to represent, preserve and spread the precious Dharma teachings of the Ganden Lineage, for the benefit of all beings.

  4. From what I understood, disrobing one’s self could lead to many great karmic actions but nonetheless Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche selflessly did this on his concern of the welfare of his students and most importantly to save the reputation and embarrassment of HH Dalai Lama and in priority to keep his privilege of practicing his protector, Dorje Shugden. This may be beneficial too because now Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche can spread the dharma in the eyes of a layman and see what they see, bringing them each step closer to the freedom of dharma. It’s bittersweet I tell you. What a respected youthful role model Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche is indeed.

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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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