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The 20th Denma Gonsar Rinpoche

The Return Of A Great Master: H.E. Kyabje Denma Gonsar Rinpoche

On the 6th of October 2013, a very special and propitious event took place in Tsampehling Monastery in Chatreng, the home monastery of the illustrious Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. That auspicious day marked the enthronement of the new incarnation of one of the most extraordinary lamas of our time, the erudite Kyabje Denma Gonsar Dorje Chang….

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Peaceful Dorje Shugden – Plain

This image of Dorje Shugden is unusually peaceful and has been repainted based on an old thangka from the 1960′s. Similar to another downloadable thangka, this thangka has a plain background, bringing out the main features of Dorje Shugden. Like many Dorje Shugden images, the facial features are said to resemble Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, who…

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Pabongka Rinpoche (Wikipedia)

Pabongka Rinpoche (Tibetan: ཕ་བོང་ཁ་, Wylie: Pha-bong-kha; also spelt Phabongkha), Jampa Tenzin Trinlay Gyatso, (1878–1941) was one of the great Gelug lamas of the modern era of Tibetan Buddhism. He attained his Geshe degree at Sera Monastic University, Lhasa, and became a highly influential teacher in Tibet, unusual for teaching a great number of lay people. He was the root Lama of both Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang…

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How A Controversy Led Me To Dorje Shugden

I came to know about Dorje Shugden when I became interested in what the Dalai Lama announced and the hype of the controversy surrounding this whole issue. My first contact with Dorje Shugden was when I Googled his name and found out more about this holy Protector. The controversial issues surrounding him had made me…

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Manjushri

Bearer of the Wisdom Sword Dorje Shugden is a sublime emanation of Venerable Manjushri, Buddha of Wisdom. Highly attained masters like Mahasiddha Tagphu Pemavajra, Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche have mentioned this in their teachings and written works. Venerable Manjushri’s name is…

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Mahasiddha Biwawa

Lord of Miracles The earliest recognized incarnation of Dorje Shugden was born in ancient India as the famous Mahasiddha Biwawa. Mahasiddhas are spiritual practitioners (yogis) who have achieved profound spiritual realization, and are characterized by their often unconventional and outrageous behaviour and…

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Trisong Detsen

Another of the earlier incarnations of Dorje Shugden, King Trisong Detsen would eventually become one of the Three Great Dharma Kings of Tibet, laying the foundation for Buddhism to take root in the Tibetan plateau…

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Naropa

The great Mahasiddha Naropa was exceptional in his maturity, wisdom and compassion, and would eventually be counted as one of the 84 great Mahasiddhas of ancient India…

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Lotsawa Loden Sherab

In the course of his life, Ngok Lotsawa Loden Sherab translated over 137,000 verses and trained countless students in Buddhist philosophy, logic, and tantric practices. He is also credited with bringing the lineage of the Dharma Protector Setrab Chen from India to Tibet…

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Ra Lotsawa

One of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden is the renowned lama Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, who was most famous for introducing the powerful Yamantaka tantras to Tibet…

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Shakya Shri Bhadra

In the year 1127, one of Dorje Shugden’s previous incarnations took rebirth in a Brahmin family in Dasobhara, Kashmir. Little is known of Shakya Shri Bhadra’s family except that he had a brother by the name of Buddhacandra. He was given the traditional Brahmin education of the time…

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Butön Rinchen Drub

Great Collector of the Kangyur and Tangyur Next in the line of Dorje Shugden’s previous incarnations is the prolific scholar Butön Rinchen Drub from Zhalu Monastery. He was born in western Tibet in the same area where Tashi Lhunpo Monastery would later be built. As a child, Butön Rinchen Drub displayed all the extraordinary behavior…

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Sakya Pandita

Unparalleled Master of the Sakya School The next incarnation subsequently manifested in Western Tibet as the legendary Sakya Pandita, the renowned lineage holder of the Sakya School in Tibet. Many decades later, Dorje Shugden was first enthroned as a Dharma Protector and practiced within the Sakya school…

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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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Ngawang Sonam Geleg Pelzang

The Virtuous Spiritual Master The following incarnation, Ngawang Sonam Geleg Pelzang was born in Olka Ribug. From a young age, he was already reciting long Dharani mantras and had clear knowledge of his past life. Soon, students from his previous life came to take him back to his residence in Drepung to be taken cared…

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Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen

The Compassionate Martyr During the era of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Dorje Shugden took rebirth in the form of a very special incarnate Lama. This would be Dorje Shugden’s “last” incarnation before arising as a Dharma Protector. From childhood, this incarnation exhibited many signs of a superior being. For example, he had…

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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…

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The Era of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

Dorje Shugden’s practice remained relatively obscure until the time of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. This Lama was an heir to the Changkya line of incarnations but was banned due to political affiliations that the previous incarnations had with the Chinese court. In this incarnation, the high Lamas decided to enthrone him as a Tulku of an…

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The Time of the Great Fifth

Dorje Shugden’s practice initially began in the Sakya school when the “spirit” of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen first travelled there after failing to enter Tashi Lhumpo to meet his Guru. One of Dorje Shugden’s previous incarnations was as Sakya Pandita. As such the Sakya patriarch at that time, Dagchen Dorje Chang Sonam Rinchen accepted him and…

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Are Dalai Lama’s critics backed by China?

It has been 12 years since I first heard Dorje Shugden’s name. Under normal circumstances it’s best not to talk about protectors openly. This is because the sanctity and potency of the protectors would be compromised, and you don’t really want their assistance to wane. Best kept in silence, they serve as fuel on the…

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Lama Gangchen Rinpoche goes to Tibet, August 2011

This was a talk given by H.E. Gangchen Lama and translated into English by Lama Michel on the subject of the benefits of pilgrimage and getting to know one’s lineage.

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A Tribute to Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Few Buddhist masters have had as extensive an impact on the Buddhist world at large than Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. With over 1,100 Buddhist centers (and growing) across both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has brought the Dharma to places which may otherwise never have exposure to Buddhism. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is one…

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Lama Michel Visits Shar Gaden-2010

Lama Michel Rinpoche and his entourage came to Shar Gaden on the 17th November 2010 for a 5 day-long visit for their Documentary project. Later, they will be visiting Serpom Monastery in Mysore. This filming is most likely related to the documentary project called ‘Lineage’. For more information about ‘Lineage’, check out the site’s previous…

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A Sakya Tale

The Mahasiddha’s Prophesy Imagine, if you will… The year is 1849, and the Sakya temple known as Mugchug resounds with the sonorous tones of a great assembly of high Sakya lamas engaged in a special ritual practice. The Sakya Throneholder Tashi Rinchen, head of the entire Sakya tradition, is in attendance. In fact, the entire…

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Spiritual Lineage

Buddha Shakyamuni – is the founder of Buddhism who lived in the 6th century BC in Northern India. Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and positive states mind. He taught methods for gradually overcoming minds…

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Detailed Lineage

Previous Incarnations of Dorje Shugden The highly realized Master Tagpo Kelsang Khädrub Rinpoche composed the following two verses concerning Dorje Shugden: With deep faith I prostrate to you, Vajradhara Dorje Shugden. Although you have already attained the Buddha ground and engaged in the twenty-seven deeds of a Buddha, You appear in various forms to help…

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Lama Gangchen Rinpoche NgalSo Self Healing Chanting

Watch this video of beloved Lama Gangchen Rinpoche, the holder of an ancient and unbroken lineage of Tantric Masters dating from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. His Ngalso Tantric Self-healing is based on Buddha’s teaching but it’s suitable for modern people.

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With deep faith I prostrate to you, Vajradhara Dorje Shugden. Although you have already attained the Buddha-ground and engage in the twenty-seven deeds of a Buddha, you appear in various forms to help the Buddhadharma and sentient beings. You have manifested in different aspects as Indian and Tibetan Masters, such as Manjushri, Mahasiddha Biwawa, Sakya…

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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