Four Days of Purification with H.E. Daknak Rinpoche in Taiwan

H.E. Daknak Rinpoche

In the fantasy world, we have superheroes, like Spiderman, who capture the minds of countless children everywhere with their superhuman powers and abilities. But in Tibetan Buddhism, we have super erudite and highly attained Lamas who attract thousands of followers, both ordained and lay, because of their selflessness and great compassion to benefit all beings. One such highly revered lama is H.E. the 14th Daknak Rinpoche who has thousands of followers in Tibet and Taiwan.

H.E. Daknak Rinpoche is highly respected in Taiwan, a country where Tibetan Buddhism is rare and less popular compared to the mainstream Mahayana Buddhist tradition. However, Daknak Rinpoche’s great dedication and hard work in spreading the Gelug lineage in this region eventually led to the founding of the Daknak Genden Lhundup Monastery in Taiwan.

Today, H.E. Daknak Rinpoche travels frequently between Taiwan and Tibet, and also to other countries around the world to expound the great teachings of Lama Tsongkapa and the protector Dorje Shugden. Most recently, Daknak Rinpoche personally presided over a four-day puja: a one-day Yamantaka peaceful Fire Puja and a three-day Medicine Buddha Puja.

Fire pujas are an excellent way to pacify the results of our unwholesome actions, and to clear away obstacles and challenges. In addition, the Medicine Buddha puja is a popular practice especially within Asian communities as it promotes healing and longevity.

Dedication cards were produced for both pujas, a common practice in Chinese temples across Asia where sponsors write dedications for themselves or their loved ones. It is wonderful to see aspects of local culture infused with Tibetan Buddhism in Daknak Rinpoche’s monastery.

We at rejoice to receive such wonderful news about one of the most respected Dorje Shugden lamas of our time and we look forward to hearing more great news of H.E. Daknak Rinpoche and other great masters that in their immense compassion, selflessness and skillful means, have captured the minds of all they meet.

H.E. Daknak Rinpoche in full dakini ritual garb

Bountiful offerings for the Medicine Buddha puja

Offerings for the fire puja neatly arranged

H.E. Daknak Rinpoche performing fire puja

Handwritten dedication cards

Many of Daknak Rinpoche’s Taiwanese students attended the event

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  1. It seems to me that more and more Chinese people whether in mainland China or Chinese in other parts of world , Taiwan, Hong Kong and South East Asia are embracing Gaden Tradition and also Dorje Shugden. His Eminence Daknak Rinpoche who shuttles between Tibet and Taiwan and he does it freely with PRC knowledge and blessing.

    Again this situation is a recognition of Daknak Rinpoche for his works with the Tibetans, Daknak Rinpoche must be bringing benefit and help to the Tibetans in Tibet for the PRC to allow his free access in and out of Tibet. There is trust for Daknak Rinpoche.

  2. Rejoice to see another DS Lama bringing benefits to people around the world. CTA can say what they want to condemn DS practitioners, to threaten them, to harm them, this will not stop the spread of pure Dharma. We must have faith in our Guru and protector, no matter what happens, we must not abandon our precious guru and the practice he gives us.

    May Daknak Rinpoche’s Dharma works flourish and may all his students continue to support his works.

  3. So fortunate of the lay community and students of H.E. Daknak Rinpoche to be able to experience such a powerful puja and contribute towards it. Lamas like Daknak Rinpoche bring Tibetan Buddhism out to the world, and benefit those who otherwise would not have a chance to meet with Tibetan Buddhism. It is because of lamas who tirelessly work hard, so that teachings are not only concentrated in Tibet and India, but the rest of the world can experience, learn and practise it too. How kind and compassionate.

    Did some research on fire pujas:

    A fire puja is an offering of a large number of specific substances tossed into a fire during an elaborate ritual. The fire puja burns off or purifies obstacles and bonds us more closely with the Buddha.

    The Fire Puja is very powerful and has many benefits. For the living, a fire puja ceremony fulfills wishes, removes obstacles, improves health, and increases merits. For Buddhist practitioners, it helps the practitioner gain accomplishments on the path, stabilize one’s meditation concentration and improve one’s spiritual practice. For the deceased, the ceremony is an excellent method of purifying negative karma and attaining higher rebirth.

  4. Thank you “Manjushri” for your research. Much appreciated.

  5. It is just so great that Lamas like Daknak Rinpoche is doing so much in the Asian countries to be spreading the Gelug tradition where Mahayana Buddhism is more popular.

    Medicine Buddha practice is very popular in the Chinese community as many of them would be praying for the good health for their loved ones, especially for their parents as it is a way of filial piety. Chinese would usually be praying for themselves and their loved ones. With Medicine Buddha, they do see the effects and Medicine Buddha blessing them in a very speedy method. Hence they would like it.

    Through there they would get to know more about Dorje Shugden and that is just great news to rejoice in!

  6. I rejoice for the students, followers and sponsors of H.E. the 14th Daknak Rinpoche in this 4 day Purification event where Yamantaka fire puja and Medicine Buddha pujas were performed. How kind and compassionate of Daknak Rinpoche to bring Tibetan Buddhism, specifically Je Tsongkapa’s precious teachings and the powerful Protector Dorje Shugden’s practise to Taiwan. May the turning of the Wheel of Dharma by Daknak Rinpoche spread to more people within Taiwan and all corners of the world. May his followers strongly propitiate the Protector practise to remove their obstacles toward Dharma achievement.

  7. 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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