Rely on the Protector

Relying on a Dharma Protector to clear the obstacles to our Dharma practice is what we are taught, but it is so rarely practiced. We choose to rely on our Dharma Protector to clear obstacles to the things we think we want, not what our Dharma Protector knows we need.

Back in 2004, I had a chance audience with the Protector, through an oracle, where he gave me the following personal advice: “Stay longer, learn more Dharma, start work and business here.” This meant that I should stay in the same country as my wife and do Dharma work and practice there.

Being new to Dharma, I did what any newbie would do. I thought that I knew my life best and planned to go back to my home country, take care of personal matters and then return to join my wife as soon as possible. Well, the obstacles kept coming – from wanting to start a career, to getting work experience, to paying off debts, to getting some savings to support me coming back to do Dharma…

It took me three years and an ultimatum from my wife to take the Protector’s advice. All my friends and colleagues thought I was nuts. I had no savings and no job prospects. I only had two thoughts: to do live and breathe Dharma and have a long relationship with my wife in a Dharma community.

It’s coming up to almost four years since I made that shift and finally moved to be with my wife and commit to the Dharma. Along the way, the Protector has been there when I needed him the most. For example, there was a time when I overstayed my travel visa, when I first came back to be with my wife. The Protector arranged circumstances so I would meet the right people at the right time and the obstacle was overcome. There were no penalties nor further delays.

If we are sincere in our motivation to be in the Dharma, I do believe the Protector will answer our prayers. Never think he is not there, never struggle with your attachment to your expected outcome; rely on the Protector and know that he will protect you. It is his sworn oath to all the Buddhas.


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  1. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Drew. You were very “lucky” to have meet the Protector Dorje Shugden through the Oracle. Imagine meeting and receiving the advice from the Buddha himself. How powerful is that? It really shows how deep we are mired in Samsara that we think we can choose to bend the advice of the Buddha to our convenience. I would certainly agree that the Protector had been there all along creating conditions for you to finally be in the Dharma. How wonderful that you have the support of your wife. May you and family always be blessed and receive the care from this enlightened Protector.

  2. You are the living proof that the Protector does give assistance to clear obstacles and create circumstances for us to continue our dharma path. This is so very much in line with his promise to protect the stainless teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    Whatever the masters and Guru taught is true if you do dharma work.

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