Famous Oracle of Dungkar Monastery

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This photo shows the famous Dungkar Monastery oracle who could take possession of six deities including Dorje Shugden and his entourage Kache Marpo and Namkar Barzin, and it was through this oracle that Lama Zopa Rinpoche was confirmed as a tulku.

It was at this Dungkar monastery that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama composed the praise to Gyelchen Dorje Shugden “MELODY OF THE UNCEASING VAJRA”.

The oracle of Dungkar Monastery taking trance of Dorje Shugden (wrathful form) – photo taken between 1947-1949.

The oracle of Dungkar Monastery taking trance of Dorje Shugden (peaceful form) (photo taken between 1947-1949)

Domo Geshe Rinpoche

Domo Geshe Rinpoche (also spelled ‘Tomo’ or ‘Tromo’ Geshe Rinpoche) was beyond the shadow of a doubt one of the greatest Mahasiddhas in Tibetan history. His kindness and compassion are still legendary throughout Tibet.

People of all traditions held him in utmost reverence, many never even knew which of the four schools he belonged to. In the Dromo region many added his name to the Mani Mantra (DOMO GESHE RINPOCHE OM MANI PEME HUNG).

Dungkar Monastery had a Guru Rinpoche statue blessed by Guru Rinpoche himself, and Domo Geshe Rinpoche performed annual special ceremonies to Guru Rinpoche.

The 13th Dalai Lama proclaimed that he had met Je Tsongkhapa after meeting him. There was a saying to the extent that
While Pabongkha, Trijang and Domo Geshe Rinpoche are alive, all is well in Tibet.

His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang said of him: he is exactly like me. He had very special spiritual connections with Vajrayogini (of whom he had the first vision at the age of four) and Dorje Shugden.

One of the most famous miracles that accompanied Domo Geshe Rinpoche wherever he went is depicted on a wall of his Monastery: the vision of a whole ‘procession’ of Buddhas and deities that was witnessed by Rinpoche and his entire entourage. It is beautifully described in “The Way of the White Clouds” by Lama Anagarika Govinda, the first of its kind book that continues to inspire countless seekers.

To do this supremely holy being even remote justice, may we please refer the reader to the wonderful though uncompleted biography of Ursula Bernis, who passed away while working on it. To read it is to receive a direct taste of Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s blessing enlightened influence in this world.

Notice that behind Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s throne in Dunkar Monastery is a thangka of Vajrayogini with main protectors below, which include Kalarupa and Dorje Shugden.

The next photo also shows Dorje Shugden as one of the protectors in the thangka behind His Holiness Zong Rinpoche, who was at Phari district then to give teachings. Back then Dorje Shugden was not an issue and it was widely practised/praised by great masters including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, but why is it an issue now?

Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s throne at Dungkar Monastery
(photo taken between 1947-1949)

Zong Rinpoche at a branch monastery of Rizong Pordoh at Phari Dzong
(photo taken between 1947-1949)
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Thangka behind Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s throne at Dungkar Monastery showing Dorje Shugden as one of the protectors (bottom right corner)

Thangka behind Zong Rinpoche showing Dorje Shugden as one of the protectors
(top left corner)

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  1. All these pictures are priceless, they recorded historical moments of Dorje Shugden lineage. I always hate history in schools, didn’t understand the reason for studying and memorizing the facts of bygone era and weird looking men and women of ‘dark ages’.

    Now I appreciate what the historians been doing, with these precious records, we know our roots.

  2. The article it allowed us to know more about Domo Geshe Rinpoche, and the things that he has accomplished in his life time.

    Through the photos in this article, it clearly shows us that many high lamas practice Dorje Shugden and regard Dorje Shugden as their protector. Even the 13th Dalai Lama did the same. I do not understand why there is a ban now. Does it mean that all the high lamas including the 13th Dalai Lama was wrong about Dorje Shugden and that they did not know better that Dorje Shugden was in fact an evil spirit?

    There are so many loop holes to the ban, yet there are still so many people who are willing to believe in the ban. It is sad to see that so many Buddhists just take what is being given to them instead of checking on the validity of the statement.

  3. There is for sure no reason for any ban. The famous Dungkar Monastery is where H.H. Dalai Lama was composing the prayer to Dorje Shugden: “Melody of the Unceasing Vajra”.

    It would be amazing to witness the oracle taking trance of Dorje Shugden and other protectors like Kache Marpo.

    Thank you http://www.dorjeshugden.com for these powerful pictures. All these high lamas cannot be wrong! Why banning Dorje Shugden’s practice after hundreds of years. How could the Dalai Lama write a Prayer to Dorje Shugden and all of a sudden discover that he was wrong…?

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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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