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The Truth About The ‘Democratic’ Dorje Shugden Vote-Stick Referendum

The oft-quoted example used to support the Dalai Lama’s claim that monks voluntarily chose to renounce Dorje Shugden’s practice is known as the ‘vote stick referendum’ that took place in 2008. On the face of it, the monks were given a choice. But this claim is not true…

In 2008, Dhokang Khangtsen with its 600 tulkus, geshes and monks separated from Gaden Shartse monastery and formed Shar Gaden. This fledgling monastery is an enduring legacy of the segregation imposed by the Dorje Shugden ban

Unclean Offerings Should Be Returned

There were many sincere Dorje Shugden practitioners that lived within the walls of Ganden Shartse monastery in the past. Many of these practitioners were great Tulkus, Geshes and ordinary hard-working members of the monastic community. Needless to say, many of these practitioners have contributed everything they had towards the sustenance and expansion of Ganden monastery…

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Gaden Trisur is Ostracized

Dear Friend in Dharma, I am writing to share with you the life and works of very special, courageous and extraordinary Buddhist master, one we must always remember for his contribution to Dharma. His Holiness Gaden Trisur Lungrik Namgyal is a remarkable Buddhist teacher, who was chosen among many other elite scholars to become the…

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The Hypocritical Situation

Dear fellow Dharma brothers and sisters, By now, the religious ban on the deity Dorje Shugden, as instructed by the Dalai Lama, has drawn worldwide attention. For the first time in Buddhist history, Buddhists are being excluded from Dharma teachings and social welfare, brutally attacked and discriminated against by their own Buddhist community, simply because…

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Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen

Immaculate Disciple of Je Tsongkhapa In a previous lifetime, in1327, the great being Dorje Shugden emanated in Central Tibet as Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. As in his previous incarnations, he displayed a compelling inclination towards spirituality from a very young age, and took on his studies with tremendous zeal and astonishing…

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Panchen Sonam Drakpa

Great Scholar and Spiritual Master of the Dalai Lama In 1478, a special child was born in Tsethang, in the Lhoka region of Central Tibet. He grew up to become known as the great scholar, Sonam Drakpa. ‘Panchen’ is translated from the Sanskrit word ‘Pandit’ and is an honorific title referring to Panchen Sonam Drakpa’s…

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Sonam Yeshe Wangpo

The Supreme Spiritual Friend After Panchen Sonam Drakpa passed away, he took rebirth as Sonam Yeshe Wangpo near Tölung Lampa in Tibet. From birth, he spoke with clairvoyance and seemed to remember people and events of his past life. After he was recognized, he was brought to Drepung Monastery and presented to the Omniscient…

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The Fulfillment of a Great Promise

Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen incarnated as the great master Panchen Sonam Drakpa, who was the first and only Lama to have become the abbot of all three monasteries, Gaden, Sera and Drepung. He was known throughout his lifetime for being an exemplary debater and for his incomparable teachings. To this day, monks in Gaden Shartse and…

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A Sublime Aspiration is Generated

During the time of the incomparable Manjushri Je Tsongkhapa, a dove was once seen circling around the hall during a teaching session at Gaden Monastery. Gyaltsab Je and Kedrub Je, two of Je Tsongkhapa’s closest disciples, knew the bird was an emanation of the Dharma Protector Nechung but they didn’t say anything…

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Lobsang Tamdin (1867 – 1937)

Lobsang Tamdin, a Mongolian scholar and master, was a lineage holder of many practices. He became especially known for collecting many important texts written by Mongolian and Tibetan masters throughout his life. He was also known for having composed rituals to Dorje Shudgen. Lobsang Tamdin began his studies first in Gaden Monastery, Ulanbataar (Mongolia) where…

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Western Shugden Society

Very few have discussed the plight of Shugden practitioners in Western Shugden Society. I will delve into some of the issues faced by some of our eastern brothers in Tibet. The Tibetan exile government put the Dalai Lama’s wishes into practice directly in India, and in the same way the Dalai Lama’s official representative in…

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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….

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Validity of Oracles

TK’s reply: Geshe-la did give special treatment to his oracle uncle. Geshe-la invited his uncle the oracle several times to UK. In fact his oracle uncle took trance of Dulzin for over three hours and GAVE INITIATION OF AVALOKITESVARA to the students there one one occasion. That is how much the power of the oracle…

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Lama Tsongkhapa’s Holy Items

These are holy items still kept in Tibet today: Lama Tsongkhapa’s holy tooth relic Lama Tsongkhapa’s Mala, bell and hat Lama Tsongkhapa’s bowl Kedrup Je’s Yamantaka Statue

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Trijang Rinpoche’s statue, stupa and oil painting in Trijang Ladrang

Trijang Rinpoche’s statue, stupa and oil painting in Trijang Ladrang, Gaden Monastery, India

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Gaden Monastery was built by Dorje Shugden

A Brief History of Ganden Monastery Alexander Berzin, 1991 expanded with Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II, September 2003 Original version published in “Gelug Monasteries.” Chö-Yang, Year of Tibet Edition (Dharamsala, India, 1991). The founding of Ganden Nampar-gyelway-ling Monastery (dGa’-ldan rnam-par rgyal-ba’i gling dGon-pa) by Jey Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa (rJe Tsong-kha-pa Blo-bzang grags-pa) (1357-1419) was prophesied by Buddha…

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Wish Fulfilling Dorje Shugden Statue

For many decades this sacred large statue of Dorje Shugden was in Gaden Monastery housed in the Lachi or the large prayer hall. The Lachi has a protector chapel containing images of various Dharma protectors of the Gaden Lineage. In this sacred Chapel, this holy Dorje Shugden statue resided together with Mahakala, Kalarupa, Shidak Genye,…

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Four Faced Mahakala

Who is he? Known as the ‘Great Black One’ in Sanskrit or Chaturmukha, Four Faced Mahakala is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. He is popularly known to be able to quash our obstacles arising from ignorance and anger. Being an enlightened Dharma Protector, he has been propitiated by many great masters including…

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Kyabjye Zong Rinpoche performing Fire Puja

Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang performs a fire puja in front of the Ganden Shartse old assembly hall. Geshe Tendar Rinpoche is also in this picture. Tendar Rinpoche was widely known for having transcendental wisdom in Tantric fields and had conferred the Dorje Shugden Life entrustment many times at various places. At the moment his reincarnation…

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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…

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Chod Tsok, Gaden Nyengyu

In this video, Zawa Tulku Rinpoche is performing Chod Tsok. The Chod offers us a method to forcefully cut off the source of our most undesirable negativities—self-cherishing and ego-grasping. In this book the translators have rendered into English both the Chod texts and its commentary given by His Holiness, the late Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Kyabje…

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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…

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Venerable Zawa Tulku Rinpoche – Moncton Buddhist Centre

The inauguration of Moncton Buddhist Centre by Venerable Zawa Tulku Rinpoche was also attended by Mr Jampal Yeshe – President of the Dorje Shugden Society, and Dr Lucie Blouin who assisted with medical issues faced by monks in Shar Gaden and Serpom Monastery in India. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche is enrolled at Shar Gaden and regularly…

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Shar Gaden History Part 2 – How the monastery arose

This video describes in brief Gaden monastery’s history and how Shar Gaden arose from Dokhang Khangtsen of Gaden Shartse. It also highlights that Tibet historically had conflict with foreign powers, such as Britain, Ladakh, Mongolia, and Germany (Nazis), leading to the exodus of many Tibetans in the 1959 and the reestablishment of the three great…

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Shar Gaden History Part 1 – Ganden Shartse Monastery in the early days

This beautiful historical video showcases what the life of monks was like during the early days in Gaden Shartse Monastery, circa 1985. The video features Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, as well as footage of monks studying and senior monks making tormas in Zong Labrang. It was from Gaden Shartse that Shar Gaden Monastery later arose…

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The Gaden Tripas

The History of Gaden Tripas Throne holders of Tsongkhapa and Supreme Head of the Gelugpa School of Buddhism The Ganden Tripa or Gaden Tripa (tib. dGa’-ldan Khri-pa) (“Holder of the Gaden Throne”) is the title of the spiritual leader of the Gelug (Dge-lugs) school of Tibetan Buddhism, the school which controlled central Tibet from the…

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Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (1904-1984) was born in Kham, Tibet, studied at Ganden Monastery, gained renown as a learned Geshe and great debater and served as abbot for nine years. He left Tibet for India in 1959 and later served as principal of the Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath. Like Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche,…

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History of Various Gelugpa Monasteries

1. Ganden Monastery In 1409, Tsongkhapa instituted the Great Prayer Festival (sMon-lam chen-mo) at the Lhasa Jokang Temple (Lha-sa Jo-khang, Jokhang). Afterwards, his disciples, concerned about the effect of constant travel on their teacher’s health, offered to build him a monastery at any site of his choice. Tsongkhapa accepted and chose Drogri Mountain (‘Brog ri-bo-che), approximately…

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Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on Je Pabongka

Kyabje Phabongka had such vast qualities it is difficult to comprehend them ~ Zong Rinpoche About Zong Rinpoche… Zong Rinpoche was one of the foremost Lamas of his generation, and a life-long Dorje Shugden practitioner besides… (Zong) Rinpoche was born in Kham in 1905. He went to Lhasa when he was eleven years old to…

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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (1904-1984) was born in Kham, Tibet, studied at Ganden Monastery, gained renown as a learned Geshe and great debater and served as abbot for nine years. He left Tibet for India in 1959 and later served as principal of the Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath. Like his dear…

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Segregation Wall in Ganden Monastery

As a practical means to follow the Tibetan governments directive, Ganden Monastery has erected a wall to separate Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Monks from the other monks in the monastery. Previously the monks have lived in harmony.

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Monlam Festival 2010 at Shar Gaden Monastery

‘Monlam’ also known as The Great Prayer Festival, falls on 4th -11th day of the 1st Tibetan month in Tibetan Buddhism. The event in Tibet was established in 1409 by Je TsongKhapa, the founder of the Geluk tradition. Watch this video of Monlam Festival in Shar Gaden Monastery!

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Dalai Lama’s Ban on Dorje Shugden Affecting Gaden Shartse Monks

Watch this video of monks in Gaden Shartse Monastery, engaged in their daily practice of rituals, prayers, studying, debates at the courtyard… Dorje Shugden has been practiced for 350 years as the principal protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage. These monks are devastated due to the ban imposed by the Dalai Lama.

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Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche

His Holiness Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche is one of the most erudite scholar-yogi masters of this century to arise from the esteemed Gaden Shartse Monastery. Zemey Rinpoche was a very devoted student of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. And Zemey Rinpoche held all the lineages, transmissions and practices that Trijang Rinpoche had. When HH the 14th Dalai Lama…

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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang Chants the Prayer of Dorje Shugden

Watch and listen to the holy chant of Trijang Rinpoche. May our minds be blessed by this holy master. Enjoyed the footage? Download this video

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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…

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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