The Gaden Lineage

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(Portuguese with English Subtitles)
Note: at 2:58 in the video, there is a thangka of Dorje Shugden

Nothing comes from nothing and nothing comes to nothing.

To know and understand this better, the reality we live in, we need to know and understand the past and the present that surrounds us. Increasingly, we live without connecting with the relation of cause and effect, interdependence.

We look to see the fruits without the roots. This means that we have a superficial and not well-understood reality in which we live. Living almost everything as a fad, passing by and aimless.

By knowing the root, you will value the fruit and their seeds.

In Buddhism, the roots are important and manifest themselves through the lineage. The lineage is the uninterrupted transmission of knowledge, feelings, blessings and accomplishments. Moving on from master to disciple. From father to son.

Like a big family, which arises from a root with many distinct branches, Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha Shakyamuni, began this lineage. By His great compassion and wisdom He taught and showed the way for people in different ways, with different qualities.

So then began the different traditions, each following a path shown by Buddha. Each tradition, school, or philosophical views may seem in direct contradiction with another, but are in perfect harmony to the extent that they lead to the same result by different means.

The Ganden Gelug Nyengyu – the Whispered Lineage of Ganden, is a branch of this vast spiritual family. It was brought to Tibet from India by Atisha Dipankara, and then passed down to Lama Tsongkhapa, the 4th Panchen Lama Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen, passed to lineage masters like HH Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo, HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and from them to the present generation of teachers who maintain and transmit these teachings excellently in both the East and West.

To convey the preciousness of this lineage, this film aims to connect us with our roots and appreciate them. Thus creating value of the principles, values and knowledge we have and to be grateful for those handed down to us.

A comment about this part of the video – Our lineage has produced a massive number of great masters since the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. This lineage has also been engaging in the Dorje Shugden practice for the past 350 years.

The last 350 years saw the Gelugpa lineage in an uninterrupted fashion still producing great masters like His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche and many others too many to be named here who relied on Dorje Shugden as their main protector. Hence the Dorje Shugden practice is proven to be beneficial and valid for our times.

The name of the documentary this trailer was made for is called ‘Lineage’. Read about what Lama Michel says about this documentary below.


LAMA MICHEL Rinpoche – “A spiritual tradition is kept alive not only by knowledge, but mainly for the inner transformation that comes as a result of spiritual practice based on transmission of knowledge and experience between master and disciple.

The documentary will tell the story of the lineage of Ganden Nyengyu, beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha, transmitted via many other great eminent masters before getting to His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche and contemporary masters like Lama Gangchen Rinpoche.

The value of this documentary is that it is important to all who are and still part of this spiritual family, all who are following this lineage. I ask everyone to believe in the value of the lineage and the importance of telling their story, to contribute and participate at making this project a success.

The first phase will be filming in Tibet, in August, and then there will be other phases of filming in India, Nepal, Europe, USA, Brazil, and the editing and completion.

I believe that with the help of the Sangha we will do it without any obstacle! I deeply appreciate the dedication, effort and affection of everybody!”

Cheers, in Dharma, Lama Michel

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  1. May a sea of yellow hats arise all over the world to uphold Je Tsongkhapa’s whispered lineage.

  2. Lineage,as defined here, is the ‘uninterrupted transmission of knowledge, teachings, blessings and accomplishments (as well as experiences)’, moving down from master to disciple.The Ganden Gelug Ngengyu – the ‘Whispered Lineage of Ganden’ is a most precious and sacred lineage brought from India to Tibet by Atisha. It was passed down to Lama Tsongkhapa and then to Gelwa Ensapa and to Losang Chokyi Gyeltsen (the first Panchen Lama), and to modern day masters like Pabongkha Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche. They, in turn, have passed on the lineage to the present generation of teachers who ‘transmit these teachings excellently in both the East and the West’.
    This lineage, which has been engaging in Protector Dorje Shugden’s practice for the last 350 years, has seen an ‘interrupted’ flow of great and highly attained masters, like Pabongkha Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche. All these masters have relied upon Protector Dorje Shugden as their main Dharma protector.
    This lineage is, indeed, a living lineage as the teachings and experiences transmitted from master to disciple have resulted in realizations of the teachings and inner mind transformation by the disciple via their spiritual practice. As Dorje Shugden is the great Dharma protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings, the practitioners of this lineage can be assured of tremendous spiritual progress and quick attainments when they (like the great Masters) rely on him as their main Dharma guardian and protector.

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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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