The Return Of A Great Master: H.E. Kyabje Denma Gonsar Rinpoche

The 20th Denma Gonsar Rinpoche

On the 6th of October 2013, a very special and propitious event took place in Tsampehling Monastery in Chatreng, the home monastery of the illustrious Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. That auspicious day marked the enthronement of the new incarnation of one of the most extraordinary lamas of our time, the erudite Kyabje Denma Gonsar Dorje Chang. The late Denma Gonsar Rinpoche, who entered clear light in the year 2005, was an outstanding student of both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo, and went on to become a highly regarded senior lama and one of the most important figures within the Gelugpa sect. Denma Gonsar Rinpoche was also a prominent lineage holder of various important teachings including the practice of Dorje Shugden.

A few months before Denma Gonsar Rinpoche entered clear light, during a lecture he was giving at Tsampehling Monastery, Rinpoche stated clearly that his next reincarnation would be born in Chatreng, a place famed for its strong devotion to Lama Tsongkhapa and the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden.

In addition, Denma Gonsar Rinpoche instructed that his next incarnation would be a boy who could recite the root tantra of Guhyasamaja perfectly from memory. This warrants significant note because the root tantra of Guhyasamaja is an advanced, complicated practice with extensive literature consisting of seventeen chapters with tremendous amount of details. That the late Denma Gonsar Rinpoche pre-empted his students to only recognize and enthrone the incarnation with such an incredible ability speaks clearly of his high attainments and clairvoyance. Only an authentic, attained master who has achieved the enlightened mind could return with his attainments intact, to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma again.

And so, as this great Master had prophesied and instructed, his incarnation – the 20th Denma Gonsar Rinpoche was officially enthroned in his Guru’s monastery. The boy by the name of Dorje, who is seven years old today, was born to a prominent family in Chatreng just as the late Denma Gonsar Rinpoche had predicted. Interestingly, it is the same extended family to which Rabten Tulku Rinpoche (reincarnation of Geshe Rabten) also belongs.

A few months before Dorje was recognized, the monks who were charged with the responsibility of looking for Rinpoche’s incarnation consulted the Dorje Shugden oracle who advised that Rinpoche’s incarnation had already been born in eastern Tibet where Chatreng lies, and that the search should begin. The boy they found showed many miraculous signs and one clear indication was the visible symbols of the sun and moon on the boy’s forehead. The sun and moon are symbols of wisdom and compassion indicating the attainment of enlightenment, and from the first Denma Gonsar Rinpoche to the present 20th incarnation, the sun and moon marks have always been visible on their foreheads.

The boy, Dorje bearing visible symbols of the sun and moon on his forehead as had all previous incarnations of Denma Gonsar Rinpoche

And so began the examination and confirmation process. The current Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche, who frequently travelled to Denma Gonsar Rinpoche’s monastery in Kham to receive teachings and commentaries from the late Master, confirmed Dorje as the current incarnation of Denma Gonsar Rinpoche by divination. The octogenarian Purbu Khuten of Sera Monastery in Lhasa, who was personally trained and authorized by the late Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, also examined the boy, Dorje, and confirmed him as Denma Gonsar Rinpoche’s incarnation. [See Note 1]

In addition, the very well known Nirtue Rinpoche, regarded as the highest and most respected lama in Denma, Kham, journeyed to Chatreng to test the candidate and concurred that the boy was indeed the correct incarnation of Rinpoche. Also of great import is the official recognition of this boy by His Holiness the Panchen Lama, whose lineage can be traced back to Subuthi, one of the original disciples of the Lord Buddha himself. Upon confirmation, His Holiness the Panchen Lama issued an official letter formally recognizing this incarnation of Denma Gonsar Rinpoche.

The official letter of recognition issued by His Holiness the Panchen Lama. A rough translation of the letter reads: “The search party of Dharmaraja Gonsar Choje Thubten Gelek Gyatso, who have been praying to The Three Jewels these few years, have found the incarnation of Rinpoche in Chatreng, Ganzi. The child born to the father by the name of Tenzin Ngyape and Tzirin Yongchen the mother, is hereby recognized as the reincarnation of the 19th Gonsar Choje Dharmaraja”

Most significantly, the search and recognition committee of Denma Gonsar Rinpoche requested Geshe Tdonsang, the changtso of Geshe Thubten Trinley, to travel to the United States of America and consult H.H. Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche as well as the Ari Khuten (Ganden oracle of Dorje Shugden). Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche confirmed that Dorje was indeed the authentic incarnation of his student from Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche’s previous life. The Ari Khuten took trance of Duldzin and similarly concurred with Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche. Trijang Rinpoche wrote a long life prayer especially for this incarnation of Denma Gonsar Rinpoche and recommended some pujas to be done for the growth of the new Denma Gonsar Rinpoche’s work. Trijang Rinpoche, together with the Dorje Shugden oracle, Ari Khuten, conferred a new and auspicious name on this young and prodigious master, Losang Yeshe Tenzin Gelek Gyatso, the 20th Denma Gonsar Rinpoche. And with that, the return of an enlightened mind, who was also known as Denma Gonsar Kangyur Rinpoche for his adroit grasp of all 108 volumes of the Kangyur, was official.

The enthronement of the present and 20th Denma Gonsar Rinpoche was also attended by officials from the Chinese Government who is presently making preparations for a grand and second enthronement ceremony to be held in Rinpoche’s home monastery. Throughout the Sino-Tibetan conflict, the previous Denma Gonsar Rinpoche worked tirelessly for the good of all people, both Chinese and Tibetan, with complete impartiality void of any personal and political agendas and that won the trust and respect of the Chinese Government. It is from great works such as that of Denma Gonsar Rinpoche that will lend credence and substance to the Tibetan people’s hope to return to their homeland.

The return of a pure and virtuous master such as Denma Gonsar Rinpoche is vastly important not only for the preservation and spread of the holy Dharma but also as yet another undisputable proof that claims of Dorje Shugden practitioners not being able to take a positive rebirth are nothing but baseless lies intended to trick unwary practitioners into giving up a very crucial Dharma practice for this degenerate time. celebrates the return of Denma Gonsar Rinpoche with Dharma practitioners all over the world and prays for this great Master’s long and auspicious life, spreading the Dharma and the Protector practice in all ten directions.

Note 1: It is strange and most unfortunate that the original Sera Monastery recognizes and propitiates the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden whilst Sera Monastery in India refuses to due to pressure from the Dalai Lama’s office and the Central Tibetan Administration.

Pictures of the enthronement of the 20th Denma Gonsar Rinpoche

The enthronement ceremony of the present Denma Gonsar Rinpoche at Tsampehling Monastery, Chatreng

A happy 20th Denma Gonsar Rinpoche

The enthronement ceremony was well attended by senior monks of Chatreng and Chinese officials

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  1. May the Dema Gonsar Rinpoche Yansi continue the vast Dharma works of His previous incarnation,without any interference!Long Life to Yansi Rinpoche may the pure Dharma of Lama Manjunatha spread in the ten directions,may we in the western part of the world also receive the nectar of His Holy Dharma Speech!Paolo

  2. With the newly recognized incarnation, Denma Gonsar Kangyur Rinpoche, the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa and the practice of Dorje Shugden would spread like wildfire throughout the world. May Denma Gonsar Kangyur Rnpoche live long, may all lamas live long.

  3. May the Dema Gonsar Rinpoche Yansi continue the vast Dharma works. May Denma Gonsar Kangyur Rnpoche live long

  4. May the Dema Gonsar Rinpoche Yansi continue the vast Dharma works. May Denma Gonsar Kangyur Rnpoche live long.

  5. This is a very important proof that Dorje Shugden’s practitioner will not go to hell by practice Dorje Shugden. The previous Dema Gonsa Rinpoche practice Dorje Shugden whole of his life, and H.H reincarnate back as High Lama. We are very fortunate to have Dorje Shugden practices, by practice Dorje Shugden, we could guide by Dorje Shugden for many lifetimes.

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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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