Descended from Tushita

One of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s Gurus, Mahasiddha Tagpu Pemavajra had the miraculous ability to astral travel to pure lands of the Buddhas, such as Tushita Heaven. On one occasion, Tagpu Pemavajra ‘travelled’ to Tushita and had an audience with Lama Tsongkhapa and his Eight Great Disciples. There, he specifically requested Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen to expound the teachings on Dorje Shugden.

In response, rainbow lights streamed forth from Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen’s heart to Lama Tsongkhapa’s heart. From Lama Tsongkhapa’s heart, the lights shone back to Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. Then another ray of rainbow light shone down from Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen to underneath Lama Tsongkhapa’s throne.

From under the throne, Dorje Shugden manifested with his full 32-deity Mandala. Dorje Shugden himself expounded the practice and gave the oral transmission directly to Tagpu Pemavajra. Upon completion, the mandala was dissolved back under the throne.

When Tagpu Pemavajra’s consciousness returned back to his body, he quickly penned everything down. He also composed a praise of Dorje Shugden that he called ‘Infinite Aeons’.

Tagphu Pemavajra

Tagphu Pemavajra

Tagpu Pemavajra passed this practice, along with many other practices, down to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Later, Pabongka Rinpoche began to promote the Vajrayogini Tantra and Dorje Shugden extensively throughout all his teachings.

He explained that these practices would be highly effective in our degenerate era, when people had lower merit and were surrounded by stronger distractions. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche then composed the fulfillment ritual called ‘The Melodious Drum Victorious In All Directions’ that is frequently used by practitioners all over the world to this day.

The master Ganden Jangtse Serkong Dorje Chang also wrote another fulfillment ritual which is still in use, called ‘Extensive Fulfillment Ritual for the Dharmapala Dorje Shugden’. According to the colophon, the Dorje Shugden oracle of Trode Khangsar had requested for this text to be written.

It is also explained that the ritual text contains parts written by Morchen Dorje Chang of the Sakya School and Dre’u Lhas, the fourth incarnation of Drukpa Kunleg, the great Mahasiddha of the Drukpa Kagyu School.

Later, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the heart student of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, composed ‘Music Delighting The Ocean Of Protectors’, the most definitive commentary to Tagpu Pemavajra’s praise, ‘Infinite Aeons’. In this commentary, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche gives very detailed explanations and teachings about the practice of Dorje Shugden, the rituals and how to perform them.

He also writes extensively about the lives of Dorje Shugden’s illustrious previous incarnations, which include highly revered Lamas such as Sakya Pandita, Buton Rinchen Drub, Panchen Sonam Drakpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen.

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  1. Tagpu Pemavajra is NOT the author of Infinite Aeons, the poem that Trijang Dorjechang wrote commentary to.

    There is a slight misunderstanding about this subject of the 2 Dagpo Rinpoche’s, Tagpu Pemavajra, who the author of Infinite Aeons is, and who went to Tushita and returned with the close lineage instructions on Dorje Shugden. People are confusing the following people – Dagpo Kelsang Khedrup, Dagpo Jampel Lhundrup, Tagpu Pemavajra.

    Trijang Rinpoche’s commentary is to the poem called Infinite Aeons, and the author of that poem is Dagpo Kelsang Khedrup, NOT Tagpu Pemavajra, and NOT Dagpo Jampel Lhundrup.

    Dagpo Kelsang Khedrup was the Guru of Dagpo Jampel Lhundrup who was the Guru of Je Pabongkhapa.

    Tagpu Pemavajra was the Guru of Pabongkha Rinpoche who went to Tushita and brought back the special close lineage teachings on Dorje Shugden.

    There are several reasons for the misunderstanding:

    1) The names sound very similar, and it is easy to mix up if there is an abbreviated reference such as ‘Dagpo Rinpoche’ for instance.

    2) Admin of this website made a mistake in the English translation of Trijang Rinpoche’s commentary to Infinite Aeons by putting a picture of Dagpo Jampel Lhundrup instead of Dagpo Kelsang Khedrup who is the actual author of Infinite Aeons.

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