10 Reasons Why Dorje Shugden is a Buddha

Dear Respected Fellow Dharma practitioners,

We hope this letter finds you in very good health and enjoying great success in your spiritual practice. We wish to share something very blessed with you, with the hope that it will add to global blessings for a better world.

When the Buddha appeared in the world, he taught that as time progressed, people would have different desires and their minds would be inclined towards different interests and needs. To meet these changing needs of beings everywhere, the different emanations of enlightened Beings thus emerge at different times to help and guide. It is not that one Buddha is more powerful than another. No – they are all equal in their power to bless and help us. However, they manifest in changing forms with different practices for us, so that we can connect to them more quickly and effectively.

One such enlightened being who has appeared in our world at this time is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. At this time, distractions are plentiful and the world is experiencing many turbulent times. Dorje Shugden manifests specifically to help clear our path of mundane distractions and troubles so that we can achieve the best results in our practice.

There has been some discussion as to whether Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha or not. As an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri, he definitely is a fully enlightened being. Attached is an article we have prepared for you, which proves clearly through 10 points that Dorje Shugden is, without a doubt, a Buddha who we can rely on completely.

The practice of Dorje Shugden does not conflict with any other spiritual practices and we hope that by making a connection with him, you will discover great peace, wisdom and joy, and that whatever you wish for will manifest swiftly. We also invite you to visit our websites below, where there is much more information about this Buddha, his history and the incredible benefits of his practice.

Best wishes,

1. Dorje Shugden is the last incarnation in a lineage of enlightened Masters

Dorje Shugden arose from an incarnation lineage of enlightened Teachers. As the highly realized Master, Tagphu Kelsang Khedrub Rinpoche, said:

“You have manifested in different aspects
As Indian and Tibetan Masters,
Such as Manjushri, Mahasiddha Biwawa, Sakya Pandita, Buton Rinchen Drub, Duldzin Dragpa Gyaltsen, Panchen Sonam Dragpa, and many others.”

Their life stories are explained on the websites, dorjeshugden.com and dorjeshugden.net; and the book Heart Jewel by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Since his lineage is enlightened, Dorje Shugden is also fully enlightened – i.e. a Buddha.

2. Dorje Shugden could not be subdued by the Fifth Dalai Lama or other Lamas

When Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen, the last human incarnation of this lineage, manifested as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden (as he had predicted he would do), the Fifth Dalai Lama initially developed the mistaken idea that he was a spirit and tried to subdue him through performing wrathful fire pujas. Although he and many high Lamas tried to destroy Dorje Shugden, they were not able to because he is a Buddha – only Buddhas, fully enlightened beings, are indestructible. This is explained by Tagphu Kelsang Khedrub Rinpoche in his praise of Dorje Shugden, Infinite Aeons:

“Then, although four undisputed powerful Tantrikas,
With concentration, began wrathful rituals to strike you down,
Through the power of having completed Guhyasamaja’s two stages,
You would not be silenced, and showed signs of heroism; praise to you!”

3. Dorje Shugden’s form teaches the paths of Sutra and Tantra

Dorje Shugden’s form teaches the complete stages of the path of Sutra and Tantra, and such qualities are not possessed by the forms of worldly beings. He appears as a fully ordained monk to show that the practice of pure moral discipline is essential for those who wish to attain Enlightenment. In his left hand he holds a heart, which symbolizes great compassion and spontaneous great bliss – the essence of all the stages of the vast path of Sutra and Tantra. His round yellow hat represents the view of Nagarjuna, and the wisdom sword in his right hand (like the one held by Manjushri and Je Tsongkhapa) teaches us to sever ignorance, the root of samsara, with the sharp blade of Nagarjuna’s view. This is the essence of all the stages of the profound path of Sutra and Tantra. He rides a snow lion, symbolizing the four fearlessnesses of a Buddha.

Explanation of his other features can be found on the websites dorjeshugden.com and dorjeshugden.net, as well as the specific enlightened function of each of the 32 Deities of his entourage and mandala, which are explained in a prayer written by Sachen Kunlo, one of the great Sakya Lamas.

Only enlightened beings display a meaningful aspect that teaches the entire path to Enlightenment. Therefore, Dorje Shugden is a Buddha.

4. Dorje Shugden is the incarnation of the five Buddha families

Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden is the incarnation of the five Buddha families and appears in five forms that symbolize the five families. These forms are explained in dorjeshugden.com and dorjeshugden.net and are called ‘the five lineages of Dorje Shugden’.

The principal Deity, Duldzin Dorje Shugden rides a snow lion. Vairochana Shugden (peaceful emanation) is white and rides an elephant. Ratna Shugden (increase/wealth emanation) is yellow and rides a palomino horse. Pema Shugden (control emanation) is red and rides a turquoise dragon. Karma Shugden (wrathful emanation) is dark red and rides a wrathful Garuda bird. These forms also symbolize Dorje Shugden’s attainment of pacifying, increasing, controlling and wrathful actions and his main form as Duldzin symbolizes the supreme attainment – Enlightenment itself.

Since Dorje Shugden is the manifestation of the five Buddha families, there is no doubt that he is the same enlightened nature as Buddha Vajradhara.

5. Dorje Shugden is the same nature as Manjushri, Je Tsongkhapa, Mahakala and Kalarupa

Lama Tsongkhapa

Dorje Shugden is the same nature as Je Tsongkhapa – they are the same person performing different functions. Many Dorje Shugden sadhanas state that Dorje Shugden is the embodiment of the “Guru, Yidam and Protector”, where “Guru” refers specifically to Lama Tsongkhapa. When we practice the sadhana of Dorje Shugden, we are indirectly practicing the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa. Gelugpa practitioners who have a sincere trust in Dorje Shugden will have no difficulty in generating unshakeable faith in Je Tsongkhapa and his teachings.

Both Je Tsongkhapa (‘peaceful Manjushri’) and Dorje Shugden (‘wrathful Manjushri’) are manifestations of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, as are the Dharma Protectors four-faced Mahakala and Kalarupa. Therefore, they are all the same enlightened nature.

6. Dorje Shugden’s mandala deities are the same nature as the body mandala deities of Lama Losang Tubwang Dorjechang

The Deities of Dorje Shugden’s mandala are the same nature as the Deities of the body mandala of Lama Losang Tubwang Dorjechang, who is in essence Je Tsongkhapa. Lama Losang Tubwang Dorjechang is the principal object of refuge in the blessed Gelug practice of Offering to the Spiritual Guide (Tibetan: Lama Chopa), which comes from Manjushri’s Emanation Scripture. In this practice, we visualize within his body the 32 Deities of Guhyasamaja. These 32 Deities manifest as the 32 Deities of Dorje Shugden’s mandala, indicating that Dorje Shugden is the same nature as Je Tsongkhapa and Guhyasamaja, and thus a fully enlightened being.

Of the Deities of the five lineages of Dorje Shugden explained above, the principal Deity is Duldzin Dorje Shugden, who is the manifestation of the aggregate of consciousness of Lama Losang Tubwang Dorjechang. The remaining four lineages are manifestations of Lama Losang Tubwang Dorjechang’s remaining four aggregates. Je Tsongkhapa himself therefore manifests as an enlightened Protector and retinue to protect his Ganden tradition.

7. The practice of Dorje Shugden was taught by Je Tsongkhapa in Tushita Pure Land

Dorje Shugden arose as the principal Protector of Je Tsongkhapa’s doctrine over 300 years ago, at the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama, who composed the first verse of praise to him. However, the current system of empowerment and worship is more recent and comes from a great Lama called Tagphu Kelsang Khedrub Rinpoche. Lama Tagphu went to Tushita Pure Land where he met Je Tsongkhapa and requested a teaching. In response, Je Tsongkhapa lifted up the cloth covering the front of the golden throne on which he was sitting, and the five lineages of Dorje Shugden emerged. Dorje Shugden then transmitted the practice to Lama Tagphu, just as Maitreya had transmitted five major philosophical treatises to Asanga in Tushita Pure Land in earlier times.

Lama Tagphu later transmitted these instructions to Pabongkapa Dechen Nyingpo, who passed them on to Trijang Dorjechang Losang Yeshe – spiritual father and son. From Trijang Rinpoche, these teachings were passed to our present day Gelugpa Teachers, many of whom now have large, thriving Dharma centers throughout the world and, collectively among them, tens of thousands of Dharma students.

8. Dorje Shugden has been relied upon by the highest Lamas, who themselves have been recognized as enlightened

H.H. Trijang Rinpoche

Well-regarded Gelugpa practitioners of Dorje Shugden include:

• the Fifth Dalai Lama
• Kelsang Thubten Jigme Gyatso 1743-1811 (a tutor to the 9th Dalai Lama)
• Losang Thubten Wangchuk Jigme Gyatso 1775 – 1813 (head of the Gelugpa in Mongolia)
• Ngulchu Dharmabadra
• the Indian master Shakya Shri Bhadra
• the 11th Dalai Lama 1838 – 1856 (who installed Dorje Shugden as
the Protector of the Gelugpa tradition)
• Gyara Tulku Rinpoche, Tomo Geshe Rinpoche (regarded by the 13th Dalai Lama as an emanation of Je Tsongkhapa)
• Serkong Rinpoche (regarded by the 13th Dalai Lama as Vajradhara)
• Tagphu Kelsang Khedrub Rinpoche
• Pabongkha Rinpoche
• Trijang Rinpoche
• Ling Rinpoche
• Khangsar Rinpoche
• Tathag Rinpoche (in charge of the Tibetan Government after the death of the 13th Dalai Lama)
• Zong Rinpoche
• Lobsang Tamdin
• Ribur Rinpoche
• Khen Rinpoche Losang Tharchin
• Lati Rinpoche
• Geshe Rabten
• Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
• Khensur Rinpoche
• Khechog Rinpoche
• Dagyab Rinpoche
• Gelek Rinpoche
• Lama Yeshe
• Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
• Yongyal Rinpoche
• the 14th Dalai Lama (until he was in his forties)
• Dagom Rinpoche
• Gonsar Rinpoche
• Gangchen Rinpoche and many others

(more extensive information about these and other Dorje Shugden Lamas are available on dorjeshugden.com and dorjeshugden.net)

These great Masters themselves have all been recognized as realized, holy beings, with many thousands of Tantric disciples who revere them as living Buddhas.

The later Lamas were all direct or indirect disciples of the great Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche. The 14th Dalai Lama says that Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche were “wrong” to worship Dorje Shugden. But they have been recognized as emanations of the Buddhas Heruka and Amitabha respectively, and were the principal upholders of Je Tsongkhapa’s Gelug doctrine in their time; so how can they be wrong?

9. Dorje Shugden performs the twenty-seven deeds of a Buddha

The highly realized Master, Tagphu Kelsang Khedrub Rinpoche, composed a verse of praise:

“With deep faith I prostrate to you, Vajradhara Dorje Shugden. Although you have already attained the Buddha ground and engage in the 27 deeds of a Buddha, You appear in various forms to help the Buddhadharma and sentient beings.”

Dorje Shugden

These 27 deeds, explained in the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, range from showing living beings the way to enter the spiritual path to liberation up to guiding them to the final attainment of Buddhahood. Since Dorje Shugden performs all these 27 deeds, it is clear that he is a Buddha.

Some people say that Dorje Shugden has harmed practitioners who have strayed from the Ganden tradition, but there are no examples of this forthcoming, whereas there are many examples of how Dorje Shugden has protected living beings. For example, Dorje Shugden was responsible for the Dalai Lama being able to safely travel from Tibet to India in 1959.

Even today, there are many Buddhist practitioners with their own stories to tell of how they have been protected by this Dharma Protector. Dorje Shugden’s name means ‘Vajra Possessing Strength’, indicating that he has great power and strength to spread Buddhadharma and to help people in these degenerate times.

10. Relying upon Dorje Shugden leads to supramundane results

The difference between a Dharma Protector and a worldly protector is that the former is an enlightened being whereas the latter is not. Worldly protectors have no ability to flourish the Buddhadharma nor to protect Dharma realizations in a practitioner’s mind. As a Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden’s principal function is to protect our Dharma practice, not just to help our mundane affairs.

Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their virtuous wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities. Dorje Shugden does not help only Gelugpas; because he is a Buddha, he helps all living beings.

Dorje Shugden has removed obstacles and created the conditions for the extraordinary growth of Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings, and most importantly realizations of those teachings, in this current age. Je Tsongkhapa’s doctrine is now spreading to countries throughout the world via some of the largest Buddhist organisations such as the New Kadampa Tradition and FPMT centers.

Those who rely upon Dorje Shugden know that their spiritual realizations come from his blessings. However, as in a relationship with any holy being, this is something that can only be experienced by someone who relies on him with strong faith over a long period of time, steadily building their connection with him.

Gyara Tulku Rinpoche from Drepung Loseling Monastery wrote a prayer of gratitude, whose sentiments are shared by Dorje Shugden practitioners worldwide:

“First you gave me a highly qualified Spiritual Guide
Under whom I studied and practised Dharma.
When through following misleading advice I came close to entering wrong paths,
You immediately hooked me back into the correct path.

O Duldzin, King of the Dharma, I thank you for your kindness.
Your body is the synthesis of all Sangha Jewels,
Your speech is the synthesis of all Dharma Jewels,
And your mind is the synthesis of all Buddha Jewels.”

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  1. I totally agree that Dorje Shugden is definitely an Enlightened Buddha!!!

    I wish to share a little bit my own experiences in Dorje Shugden practice. I had been practice Dorje Shugden practice more than 2 years time. I connected this practice after i face serious financial difficulty. However many of my financial difficulties solve out of my prediction but IS the BEST solution of those problems. The outcome is so awesome and extraordinary.

    Some more i met an accident recently, my car being spinned hence dropped down hill during a heavy rain day but fortunately i did not suffer any injure. At the moment of spin i feel that my car is being hold by a powerful strength and make my car being landed smoothly on the hill. Most of my family and friends were not believe i had met accident until they saw my car pictures.

    Thanks Dorje Shugden for rescue my life and lesser my worldly obstacles hence giving me more time in this practice to help more and more peoples around me.

  2. I agreed Dorje Shugden is a Buddha because Dorje Shugden’s pratice really help me in many way ! He is not only help me to clear my worldly obstacles,examples like my company’s business became stable,my workers also became more hardworking and more responsible on their duty. My relationship with my families are more closer and united,my kids more obedient and independent,the most important point is my husband not stop me to learn dharma anymore,even he became more support in my spiritual path !! Although the Dorje Shugden’s lineage is long and details that I could not understand 100 % but through my experience I definitely feel that Dorje Shugden is a truly Enlightened Buddha !! NO DOUBT !!!

  3. All Buddhas have pervasive, omniscient minds and are enlightened. They can appear in any form they choose to assist practitioners on the path to enlightenment because they already mastered reality and nature of all phenomena.

    Enlightened beings can appear as Spiritual Guides, dharma protectors, ordinary beings and even as inanimate objects. Dorje Shugden, a dharma protector is an emanation and manifestion of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, a Bodhisattva. Their main function is to avert inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from achieving spiritual realizations and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice.

    Their wrathful aspect help us to rid of our inner delusions and negative minds, like anger, greed and ignorance. So far, there is no harm that will befall on those who do dorje shugden practice with faith and trust.

  4. I read with interest this very interesting article. Wow. Really blows my mind and I am shaking with excitement and happiness. Whatever doubt I have on the protector is now gone.

    The points/reasons presented here is so sound and is without doubt. I am now convinced that the Protector Dorje Shugden is a Buddha. 100%.

  5. Dorje Shugden is confirmed a Buddha. There is no doubt about it.

    Dorje Shugden has arisen as the principal Protector of Je Tsongkhapa’s doctrine for over 300 years and since then the Fifth Dalai Lama till the current 14th Dalai Lama (before the ban was imposed) have recognized Dorje Shugden as enlightened. Throughout this long period of time, there were many highest Lamas who have relied on Dorje Shugden. All these Lamas could not be wrong!

    Dorje Shugden is a Buddha, as he is indestructible, even by the high Lamas including the Fifth Dalai Lama. It is only Buddha, a fully enlightened being is indestructible.

    Dorje Shugden is the manifestation of the five Buddha families as explained. Only Buddha, an enlightened being has this capability.

  6. This is such a wonderful logical post on Dorje Shugden in reference to his qualities and backed up by reasoning.

    Buddhism is not made from blind faith but rather pure reasoning and deep analysis. Through such sharp scrutiny of the teachings only will one become better on their spiritual path.

    thank you to all the people behind dorjeshugden.com for making this information possible and accessible to the world.

  7. Thank you Dorjeshugden.com for sharing the points in this structural manners. All the points are very logical and they have clearly showed that Dorje Shugden is a Buddha.
    For me, if all the high lamas such as HH Pabongka Rinpoche & HH Trijang Rinpoche, who themselves have been recognized as enlightened, it is definitely a Buddha and safe for us to follow the practice of Dorje Shugden.
    Besides, HH Dalai Lama has given permission to the current HH Trijang Rinpoche to practice it too. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pWi1fJkTA9Q)

  8. This is an informative article. I like how all the facts are written in simple forms and the explanations are logical and easy to understand. There is really without a doubt that Dorje Shugden is a Buddha based on all the facts presented here. But most of all, it is a protector practice taught by my precious teacher whose lineage goes all the way back to Buddha Shakyamuni.

  9. If we study closely his incarnation lineage of enlightened masters that go back all the way to the Mahasiddha, Biwurpa, it is beyond the shadow of a doubt that Dorje Shugden is one with Manjushri Tsongkhapa, and arose as a protector specifically to protect Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings, especially Je Tsongkhapa’s unexcelled propounding of Nargajuna’s Middle View of Emptiness. Hence, he cannot be other than an Enlightened being , a Buddha, who arose to fulfill the needs, of this degenerate age, for a Wisdom Protector.

  10. This site says……..’Some people say that Dorje Shugden has harmed practitioners who have strayed from the Ganden tradition, but there are no examples of this forthcoming, whereas there are many examples of how Dorje Shugden has protected living beings. For example, Dorje Shugden was responsible for the Dalai Lama being able to safely travel from Tibet to India in 1959′.

    If this is so, then why did Dorje Shugden protect a ‘false’ Dalai Lama, who was to eventually deny the practice and, so it claimed, cause so much harm to Dorje Shugden practitioners?

  11. these do not appear to me so much as ‘reasons,’ but rather justifications.
    for a fuller understanding of this controversy, i suggest reading the book ‘Dolgyal Shugden: A History’ and it is available from amazon and other book dealers.

  12. 10 Reasons Why Dorje Shugden is a Buddha

    10 Reasons but not ten proofs.

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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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