Did the 13th Dalai Lama Ban the Practice of Dorje Shugden?

The Dalai Lama claims that he is also following the tradition of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama in banning the practice. However, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama never banned the practice. After condemning Dorje Shugden, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama is said to have changed his mind on the issue and taken up the practice himself (Exploring New Religions, page 239).

The biography of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama does not mention any ban of Dorje Shugden or his oracle. On the contrary, it mentions advice given by Dorje Shugden through the oracle at Tromo Dungkar Gonpa, which the Thirteenth Dalai Lama appreciated and followed (‘phags.pa ‘jig.rten dbang.phyug gi rnam.sprul rim.byon gyi ‘khrungs.rabs deb.ther nor.bu’i ‘phreng.ba.bzhugs.so, compiled by Phurchog Yongzin Thubten Jampa Tsultim Tenzin, Dharamsala, 1984, pp. 621, 630 and 648). Moreover, at no time did the Thirteenth Dalai Lama close Trode Khangsar in Lhasa, a residence of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen that the 5th Dalai Lama had authorized to be turned into a special Protector temple for Dorje Shugden.

The Thirteenth Dalai Lama had great faith in Tomo Geshe Rinpoche, a well-known Dorje Shugden practitioner, whom he called “a manifestation of Je Tsongkhapa.” According to page 620 and 649 of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama’s autobiography, Dorje Shugden came spontaneously through the Tromo Dungkar Gonpa Oracle in trance in front of Tomo Geshe Rinpoche and informed him that there was danger from foreign aggression toward Tibet. Dorje Shugden advised renovating two stupas, “the eastern and western one”. Upon receiving the message, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama immediately renovated the great golden stupa at Ganden and the Potala in Lhasa. The Potala is huge, so this was no small feat! In his autobiography, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama praised Tomo Geshe Rinpoche for having helped to avert a possible national crisis.

(Source: http://wisdombuddhadorjeshugden.blogspot.com/2008/06/did-13th-dalai-lama-ban-practice-of.html)

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  1. I don;’t think what Dalai Lma claims that he is following the tradition of the 13th Dalai Lama is correct. Even though Dalai Lama have brought up the issue to Ban Dorje Shugden practice. He did not ban it according to what was written in his biography. The 13th Dalai Lama changed his mind and do the practice. The 13th Dalai Lama had great faith in Tomo Geshe Rinpoche, a well known Dorje Shugden practitioner whom the 13th Dalai Lama feels is a manifestation of Je Tsongkapa. When the Oracle Tromo Dungkar Gonpa went into trance in front of Tomo Geshe Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden advised him to renovate the Eastern and Western Stupas as there will be foreign aggressions against Tibet. The 13th Dalai Lama immediately renovated the Golden Ganden Stupa and Potala in Lhasa. For believing in Tomo Geshe Rinpoche Tibet has averted a national crises.

  2. The 13th Dalai Lama has never ban Dorje Shugden practice as mentioned by the Dalai Lama, he merely condemned the practice but later changed his mind & do the practice himself. The facts are clearly spell out in this article.

    Firstly, the 13th Dalai Lama has kept opened Trode Khangsar in Lhasa, a residence of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen that the 5th Dalai Lama had authorized to be turned into a special Protector temple for Dorje Shugden.

    Secondly, the 13th Dalai Lama has much respect to Tomo Geshe Rinpoche a great Dorje Shugden practitioner to whom he called “a manifestation of Je Tsongkhapa.”

    In one occasion, the 13th Dalai Lama even listened & followed the advise from Tomo Geshe Rinpoche given to him (Tomo) from Tromo Dungkar Gonpa Oracle (DS oracle) and saved Tibet from foreign aggressions. For the matter of national security, would any leader with the right frame of mind would listened & followed the advise from someone or beings that cannot be trusted? I don’t think so!

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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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