Activities and Events at Shugden Centres Around the World – October 2014

Awesome programmes of Je Tsongkapa’s tradition are lined up for October 2014 around the world. Here are some of the outstanding ones:

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Kadampa Meditation Center New York, USA

Buddha Manjushri Empowerment and Teachings

Requirement: Open to the public
Date: 17 – 23 October

The Wisdom to Understand the Mind
Empowerment of Buddha Manjushri and teachings based on Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s remarkable new book How to Understand the Mind with Buddhist monk and international Meditation Teacher, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab.

Part I – October 17 – 21 – Meditation, teachings and empowerment
Part II – October 22 – 23 – Meditation retreat

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Rabten Choeling, Switzerland

Praise of Interdependent Origination

Requirement: Open to the public
Date: 3 – 5 October

Master Je Tsongkapa has composed these extraordinary verses of praise to Buddha Shakyamuni for his teachings on interdependant origination, which is the core of the middle path.

Languages: Tibetan, English, French, German

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Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre

Black Manjushri Residential Retreat

Requirement: Call for more information
Date: 10 – 12 October

Black Manjushri is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. This practice helps us to heal our deep inner negative emotions and the mental sufferings that arise due to problems or sickness; it is also a powerful antidote against the harm and disturbances caused by negative astrological influences.

There are numerous benefits to this meditative practice because above all, it supports both mentally and physically, those suffering from so-called “incurable” diseases such as aids and cancer. It helps us to confront and deal with the negative emotions such as anger, depression, fear and denial that arise when we are challenged by serious health problems or when we are confronted with problems in our daily life.

The practice of Black Manjushri can also be used to purify the negative consequences that can be created, for example, when we perform a marriage ceremony, hold a cremation or cut down trees on astrologically inauspicious days. This practice gives us the opportunity to stop our energy flowing into the wrong path, due to astrological influences.

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Rabten Jigme Ling

The 51 Mental Factors

Requirement: Open to the public
Date: 11 – 12 October

If we want to improve our lives and become happier, it is important to thoroughly know our own mind. All experiences of pain and happiness originate from the mind. We can develop our mind and direct it in a more wholesome way. Therefore, in this series of courses we study the Functions of the Mind and the 51 Mental Factors.

The Buddhist teaching categorizes 51 Mental Factors: 11 wholesome, 26 unwholesome, 10 neutral and 4 changeable. These and still other functions of the mind are explained in this series of yearly weekend courses.

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Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre

Sound Therapy with Tibetan Singing Bowls and Gong Yoga

Requirement: Open to the public
Date: 18 – 19 October

Peter Gouw, musician, teacher and music (sound) therapist at his practice ‘Praktijk Positief’, guides and supports individuals and groups in finding their personal natural (sound) destination. The psychology of the chakras and aura are central in his treatments with tuning forks and singing bowls because of their own timbre and resonance.

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Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre

Ngalso Lam Rim

Requirement: Open to the public
Date: 18 – 19 October

This is Lama Gangchen’s text on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment. It is a synthesis of the many meditation practices required to develop renunciation, bodhichitta and the correct vision of reality. Lam Rim teachings are beneficial in this life and they help us at the time of death and in our future life; they are also fundamental teachings to impart us with the ability to fully help other beings as well as our external environment.

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Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre

Teachings of Buddhist Philosophy

Requirement: Open to the public
Date: 25 – 26 October

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Kadampa Meditation Centre, Hong Kong

The Union of Sutra and Tantra Weekend

Requirement: Open to the public
Date: 10 – 12 October

In his Sutra teachings Buddha encourages us to abandon attachment, and in Tantra he encourages us to transform our attachment into the spiritual path. Some people may think this is a contradiction, but in reality, these practices support each other. In this course, Gen Tonglam will guide us how to experience without contradiction, the perfect practice of the union of Sutra and Tantra as taught in Kadampa Buddhism. By learning to use the power of creativity and integrating both the practices of Sutra and Tantra into our spiritual training, we can change all our experiences, whether suffering or pleasure, into the dynamic path of enlightenment.

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  1. Je Tsongkhapa teachings is spreading all over the world, rejoice about that. Dorje Shugden will be pleased with the spread of the Buddha Dharma.

  2. Je Tsongkhapa’s doctrine illuminate light across every corners of the ten directions. May it benefit all sentient beings.

  3. Rejoice Lama Tsongkhapa teachings spreading all around the world! May many sentient beings be benefited by Lord Tsongkhapa and may the lineage flourish forevermore.

  4. Thank you DS.Com for this happy news that Je Tsongkhapa’s lineage teachings and practice are spreading far and wide, through Shugden Centres worldwide. I rejoice that all these activities are being carried out simultaneously or close to one another in all these Shugden Centres in US and Canada, in Europe and in Asia. These activites will surely bring much benefit May Je Tsongkhapa’s lineage teachings and practice continue to spread to the four corneres and ten directions , through Shugden centres.


  5. Dear Dalai Lama,

    Since you started the cruel ban against the 350 year Dorje Shugden practice, how has it benefit your Tibetan society and Buddhism in the world? Things have become worse and most educated Tibetans can see this. They don’t speak out not because they don’t see your ban as wrong, but you instill fear in them and not respect. It is like fear of a dictator. I am sorry to say so. Everyone is divided. There is no harmony. Before your ban there was more harmony and unity.

    By enacting the ban, you split the monasteries, split so many families, split regions in Tibet apart, split your disciples from you, split your own gurus from you, split Tibetan Buddhism apart. You have created so much disharmony.

    It is not democratic what you have done to ban a religion within your community. You always talk of tolerance and acceptance and democracy and yet you do not accept and tolerate something different from your beliefs. When people practice Dorje Shugden you ostracize them, ban them from seeing you, ban them from using Tibetan facilities. You know you have done that. There are videos that capture your speech and prove this point. You even had people expelled from monasteries just because they practice Dorje Shugden. Some of the monks you expelled have been in the monastery for over 40 years. Many older monks shed tears because of this.

    Many young educated Tibetans lost confidence in you as they saw the damage the Dorje Shugden ban created and they lose hope. Many have become free thinkers. They reject what you have done. So many people in the west left Buddhism because of the confusion you created with this ban against Dorje Shugden which is immoral.

    You could of had millions of people who practice Dorje Shugden to support, love and follow you, but you scared them away. They are hurt and very disappointed. They loved you and respected you deeply before the ban. It has been 60 years and you have failed to get Tibet back. Your biggest failure is not getting Tibet back after 57 years in exile. Now you are begging China to allow you to return to Tibet to the disappointment of thousands of people who fought for a free Tibet believing in you. So many self-immolated for a free Tibet and now you want Tibet to be a part of China with no referendum from Tibetans. Just like a dictator, you decide on your own. It was your government and you that lost Tibet in the first place. Your policies and style of doing things do not benefit Tibet and Buddhism. You have been the sole ruler of Tibet your whole life and you still have not gotten our country of Tibet back for us. Our families and us are separated. Yet you create more pain by creating a ban to further divide people. Please have compassion.

    No other Buddhist leader has banned or condemned any religion except for you. It looks very bad. You are a Nobel laureate and this is not fitting of a laureate. You should unite people and not separate them by religious differences.

    You said Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi did not do right to the Rohingya people in Myanmar due to religious differences, but you are doing the same thing to the Shugden Buddhists within your own society. There is a parallel in this. You separate the Shugden Buddhists from the others in Tibetan society.

    You have lost so many people who would have loved and supported you. You have lost so much support around the world. The Shugden Buddhists who love you number in the millions. When you are fast losing support from governments and private people, it will not do you well to lose more.

    After you are passed away in the future, the rift you created between the Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people will remain for a while and that will be your legacy. Disharmony. You will be remembered for this. Not as a hero but a disharmony creator.

    Dorje Shugden will spread and further grow, but you will be no more as you are a human. No one wishes you bad and in fact we hope you have a long and healthy life, but we have lost so much hope and have so much despair because of you. All the hundreds of Dorje Shugden lamas, tulkus and geshes are maturing and there are hundreds of Dorje Shugden monasteries in Tibet who will not give up Dorje Shugden. You have made a mistake. These hundreds of teachers and teachers to be will spread Dorje Shugden further in the future.

    The gurus that gave us Dorje Shugden as a spiritual practice and you have called these holy gurus wrong and they are mistaken in giving us Dorje Shugden. How can you insult our gurus whom we respect so much? If they can be wrong, then you can be wrong. Then all gurus can be wrong. So no one needs to listen to any guru? You have created this trend. It is not healthy. Your own gurus practiced Dorje Shugden their whole lives. Your own gurus were exemplary and highly learned.

    Dalai Lama you have created so much pain with this ban against so many people due to religion. You are ageing fast. Are you going to do anything about it or stay stubborn, hard and un-moving. You show a smile and preach peace and harmony wherever you go. But will you do the same to your own people? Please rectify the wrong you have done. Please before it is too late. You can create harmony again or you can pass away in the future with this legacy of peace. May you live long and think carefully and admit what was a mistake in having this unethical ban against Dorje Shugden religion.

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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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