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The 5th Druk Gyalpo His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk and the current 70th Je Khenpo His Holiness Tulku Jigme Choedra. The position of the Je Khenpos was created by none other than Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Bhutan: The Rise of Kings and Dorje Shugden

Buddhism in Bhutan has a long and established link to the practice of the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden. This actually stems back to the legendary founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal…

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The Tibetan Government’s Meddling Created Three Karmapas

No one could have anticipated the controversy that would follow the passing of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. The recognition of his reincarnation, the 17th Karmapa, has since become one of the most controversial topics to rock the Tibetan community…

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Tai Situ Rinpoche Criticizes Sakya and Gelug Lamas

Recently, a short video clip of the current 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche, one of the four Regents of the Karma Kagyu lineage, has surfaced showing him flaming fears surrounding Dorje Shugden, a Dharma Protector of the Gelug tradition…

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The ramifications of Karmapa’s shocking special message

This year, attendees at the Kagyu Monlam Festival received a special message from Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje wherein he openly expressed his frustration, the reasons for his frustration and, in his own words, his ‘depression’…

Tibetans Offer Prayers To Express Solidarity After Nine Tibetans Set Themselves On Fire

The Tibetan leadership has destroyed Tibetan Buddhism

In Tibet, politics and religion have always been inseparable. The justification for this dangerous mix was that Buddhism would ‘cleanse’ and protect politics from abuse. However, it is much more common to see the religion being abused to explain away certain actions and decisions by the Tibetan government which seem to be devoid of logic and common sense.

The Dalai Lama loved and revered as both a god and a king to the Tibetan people.

6 Theories as to Why the Dalai Lama Imposed the Ban on Dorje Shugden

In this article, we will look at some theories that are frequently raised to explain the Dalai Lama’s perpetuation of the ban against the Dorje Shugden practice. Over time, one insubstantial reason after another was advanced to explain the ban but when tested against established Buddhist doctrines and also secular logic, they were easily debunked…

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje is accepted as the legitimate Karmapa by Buddhist practitioners throughout South East Asia.

South East Asia’s Choice of Karmapa

By: Ashok Rao Introduction Over the course of recent years His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje has traveled through South East Asia on extensive teaching tours, visiting Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines on a number of occasions. Despite not having been recognized by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama nor the Central…

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The Karmapa oppressed by Dalai Lama loyalists

by Michaela Smith The opinion piece below was sent to dorjeshugden.com for publication. We accept submissions from the public, please send in your articles to [email protected] In an interesting turn of events, an explosive open letter to the Dalai Lama has recently come to light. Written by Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche, who served as the General…

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CTA and the Kagyus

This article seeks to point out the selectivity of the CTA when dealing with Tibetan Buddhist issues, and how their bias and prejudice have the potential to destabilize Tibetan society. Is the real intention of the Dalai Lama and CTA to unite their people and pursue a genuine fight for freedom, or is it to divide the Tibetan community for their own selfish agendas? Based on hard facts and analysis of past events, it would seem that the latter is more plausible…

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Jigme Norbu (1831-1861), the Fourth Zhabdrung Mind Incarnation

High Lamas can manifest in different forms, such as the Mind emanation, Body emanation or Speech emanation. Jigme Norbu was a layman who was recognised as the Mind emanation of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651). To understand the importance of this incarnation, we must look at the achievements of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who was the reincarnation…

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An Open Letter to Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman is promoted globally as a learned scholar and author of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also famous for being “personal friends” with the Dalai Lama. Which is more important then? The fact that he could be a strong authority of Buddhism in the West, bringing the many sacred, ancient teachings to millions in “the…

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Drubwang Drukpa Kunley of the 17th Century (Dreuley lineage)

The Himalayan region is known for its deep spirituality and, aside from Tibet, is one of the most renowned Buddhist nations in the region is Bhutan. Bhutanese monks are predominantly of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage as the result of their founding lama Ngawang Namgyal acting on the advice of Mahakala, and fleeing Tibet following an…

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Karmapa Asked Anti-Shugden Statue to be Removed

I remember the admin posted this before, so I would like to repost here for everyone’s reference: While the Sixteenth Karmapa (the previous Karmapa) was on a pilgrimage in Nepal he stopped at Urgyen Rinpoche’s new monastery. At that time the Nepalese king and queen were there and came out to greet him with a…

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What’s the similarity between Sharmapa and Shugden’s dilemma?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and CTA (formerly known as Tibetan Government-in-exile in Dharamsala) did not support the integrity and choice of the chosen Karmapa recognized by His Eminence Sharmapa Rinpoche. The Karma Kagyu leaders for centuries have the full right to choose and recognize the immaculate line of Karmapa incarnations according to their traditions…

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A Teaching on Dharmapalas, from a Kagyu Perspective

by Choje Lama Namse Rinpoche Dharmapalas, Chos-skyong – “Protectors Lama Namse Rinpoche was born in Tsurphu, Tibet in 1930 and became a monk at the age of fifteen. He studied the Tibetan religious language, etymology, grammar, poetry, all major Hinayana and Mahayana texts and commentaries, as well as the philosophy of the various Buddhist schools…

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The Tibetans Twice Exiled

Thank you Meindert Gorter for your writing. I would like also to give this story as I understand it, from my personal experience, research and reflections. No doubt some data I owe to the Charitable Society, and I’ve given them my thoughts too. But mainly because I’ve been inside the Tibetan Buddhist world since the…

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Various Aspects of Tantra by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche

The Relationship between Buddhist Tantra and Hindu Tantra Translated by Gavin Kilty. Prepared by Michael Lewis. Printed in From Tushita, edited and published by Michael Hellbach, Tushita Editions, 1977. Although some scholars have maintained that Buddhist tantra was derived from Hinduism, this is not correct. The theory, prevalent among those who adhere to the tenets…

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Phelgyeling Monastery

Phelgyeling Monastery now in Kathmandu, Nepal, was originally located in Nyanang, Tibet, not far from the Nepali border. It has a statue of Dharmapala Dorje Shugden made by the Fifth Dalai Lama himself, who converted the monastery from Kagyu to Gelugpa in 1665. It was in the original monastery in Tibet, but during the escape…

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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