The Dalai Lama Denies the Truth About his Teachers

Kyabje Ling Rinpoche sitting on the right of a young Dalai Lama in an old photo from Tibet

The Dalai Lama was seen to have recently made statements on 22 February 2014 in San Francisco denying the truth about his very own teachers. His statements were recorded in the video below.

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At 0:37, the Dalai Lama said that Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, his senior tutor, has no connection with Dorje Shugden.

At 1:17, the Dalai Lama then said Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, his junior tutor who is also a strong advocate of Dorje Shugden’s practice, considered this protector to be as something very low.

Clearly, the Dalai Lama was not telling the truth.

The Truth about Kyabje Ling Rinpoche

We know that Kyabje Ling Rinpoche had composed prayers to Dorje Shugden, which surely constitutes a very important connection with Dorje Shugden. No High Lama as erudite as Kyabje Ling Rinpoche would compose prayers to a harmful spirit. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche must have had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden and composed these prayers, knowing that propitiating Dorje Shugden would be very beneficial.

Kyabje Ling Rinpoche’s composition is no casual mention of Dorje Shugden, but a substantial Confessional Prayer, a prayer to Request for Activities and a Serkyem liturgy. Also of note is the fact that Dorje Shugden’s prayers were placed alongside other established Dharma Protectors like Mahakala, Palden Lhamo, Kalarupa and Vaishravana, showing that Kyabje Ling Rinpoche regarded Dorje Shugden to be the equal of other enlightened Dharma Protectors. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche was also known to recommend Dorje Shugden practice whenever it was deemed necessary. Now, this is a far cry from what the Dalai Lama had claimed about Kyabje Ling Rinpoche.

The Truth about Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche

A closer look at Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s commentary, Music Delighting an Ocean of Protectors, clearly shows the high regard in which Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche held Dorje Shugden, propitiating him as an emanation of Manjushri. On page 5 of this text, he wrote,

A protector who exhibits a worldly aspect yet is in fact indivisible from Manjusri Yamantaka is this very Dharma Protector, Mighty Gyalchen Dorje Shugden.

Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche goes on to make numerous such assertions throughout the text. Contrary to what the Dalai Lama said about Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s view of Dorje Shugden, it is clear that Trijang Rinpoche saw Dorje Shugden as one with Manjushri and Yamantaka, both fully enlightened beings.

An excerpt from Music Delighting An Ocean of Protectors reveals Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s perception of Dorje Shugden, contrary to what the Dalai Lama claimed

In this text, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche also lists Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, Panchen Sonam Drakpa and Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen as the previous lives of Dorje Shugden. This line of incarnations is one of the most important for their prolific contributions to the development of the Gelug School. On page 33, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche also wrote that,

He (Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen) became a close heart disciple of the great Je Tsongkhapa, revered by the disciples like the Master himself, receiving the kindness of his instructions.

Therefore, Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen (Dorje Shugden’s previous life) was considered by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche to be equal in status and attainments, to Je Tsongkhapa himself.

As for Panchen Sonam Drakpa, Trijang Rinpoche wrote on page 40,

He became tutor of the Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso, who accepted him as his crown ornament.

This is statement is incredibly significant because it means a previous life of Dorje Shugden was once the spiritual guide to one of the earlier incarnations of the Dalai Lama. In other words, the Dalai Lama is not only making false claims about his junior tutor in this life; he is also implying that the spiritual guide of his previous incarnation (the 3rd Dalai Lama), who was also the Abbot of Ganden, Sera and Drepung, had reincarnated as a spirit!

Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche presents facts about Dorje Shugden’s previous lives that reveals his true nature

Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche also wrote on page 94,

Yet his wish to arise as a protector of Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings and the opportunity of the circumstances that would converge between the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen, who were two great beings like the sun and the moon, seemed remote at the time.

Yet again, Trijang Rinpoche’s writings prove beyond doubt that he considered the previous life of Dorje Shugden to be equal to the Dalai Lama. The above are just a few examples; reading through “Music Delighting” will yield much more evidence that Trijang Rinpoche perceived Dorje Shugden to be an enlightened being with a long line of highly respected reincarnations as attained yogis and lamas.

The incomparable Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, junior tutor of the Dalai Lama

It is clear that the Dalai Lama, being such an erudite scholar and master, must have known these facts but has unfortunately chosen to misrepresent them in order to justify the Dorje Shugden ban that he initiated. It is hoped that readers of this article begin to see through the Dalai Lama’s rhetoric (on the ban) instead of blindly embracing the Dalai Lama’s half-truths and sometimes outright lies.

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  1. c est dommage que le dalai lama ai finalement changé d avis a propos de ses guides,sera t on jamais vraiment ce qu il s est passé dans sa tete?nous n aurons jamais vraiment le fin mot de l histoire…ce qui est triste,aujourd hui,c est que des millions de gens souffrent a cause de ses décisions.quoi qu il puisse arriver,nous devons continuer notre pratique,meme contre sont avis!!give us the religious freedom,dalai lama!!

  2. Great article. Thank you for putting the facts out there.

  3. It is mind boggling to try to understand what HH the 14th Dalai Lama is trying to do. The Anti-Shugden campaign has been consistently lacking in logic and completely undermines the position of H.H as a world leader for peace.

    I understand Guru Devotion as the foundation for any progress in the study, practice and attainments in the vajrayana tradition. H.H’s action that seem to disregard devotion to his Guru’s by painting a wrong image of these great masters should cause very bad consequences based on the law of Karma. Furthermore, the basic vows of any Dharma practitioner is to uphold the 10 refuge vows that clearly states that one must not lie…what more if lying about their Gurus.

    The whole scenario doe not make sense even if I try to “squeeze” any scrap of logic out of it.

    So, something bigger than my comprehension is at play. So, for now, I will focus on studying and practicing the Dharma with faith in the 3 jewels that all the drama is all intended for the benefit of sentient beings in the long term.

  4. Thank you for spreading the truth.

  5. One thing I must say about the Dalai Lama, is that he got guts. In a video interview, was asked if his teachers were wrong about Dorje Shugden being an enlightened dharma protector instead of a demon as claimed by the Dala Lama. The Dalai Lama replied, without batting an eyelid that they were wrong, yes, wrong. I retract my words: that he got guts, but he lied.

  6. all religious figures are traitors, and all religion are mere fool

  7. Great article! What stands out clearly for me is the beauty of the words and meaning from Trijang Rinpoche contrasting strongly with the lies of the Dalai Lama.

  8. This Shugden community you have is a front line of Communist China. Shame on all of you spreading lies. Stop spreading lies and being a Chinese mouthpiece. The world knows now more about your lies against HH The Dalai Lama. Its is now you in hot water.You are all shame to the all the Tibetans that gave their lives for His Holiness goodwill and safety.

  9. Reading the above is a very strong evidence and contradict of what had HHTDL claimed about His teacher both Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche both clearly a serious Dorje Shugden practitioner. As both of them were Highly Attained Masters and will not be practicing and paying respect to a spirit if Dorje Shugden is not an Enlighten Protector. So, i am not sure why is HHTDL making this kind of statement in a way saying that His teachers is not capable.

  10. Reading this article is really a big shock, i was always being educated on the importance of Guru Devotion, especially on Vajrayana path. Being the disciples of Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche, HHDL are saying differently on his teacher, and twisting the truth, how would that makes HHDL looks like?

    I have read many articles regarding the kindness of one guru teaching the Dharma and repaying the kindness by spreading the same to many others. To show gratitude HHDL should spread the teaching and lineage of Dorje Shugden to many, and not saying bad things about his teacher’s kindness to him. There are clear evidence documented in “Music Delighting an Ocean of Protectors”, there is no way anyone could denied that.

    HHDL for whatever reason if you have not chosen Dorje Shugden as your personal protector, i would understand, but you don’t have to stop others from practicing, the worse thing is HHDL have instigate others to harm the tibetan community who wish to practice, isn’t there religious freedom?

    Many Tibetan has been harm and killed, the tibetan shanga community are separated because of what said by HHDL, as a Tibetan leader, don’t you care for your own people? how could you call yourself a world peace maker?

  11. Wow, it’s surprising what His Holiness will do to cover up and justify for the ban he wrongfully imposed against Dorje Shugden. What devotion to the guru is His Holiness practising through his outright lie about his gurus? Isn’t that going against his basic vows? Hmm. Food for thought.

    Anyways, all evidences point to the truth. There is nothing for Shugden practitioners to hide but to reveal the truth which so evidently reveals the hypocrisy, lies, misconceptions and contradictions of the unjust ban. CTA and the Dalai Lama, seriously, what harm would it do for the ban to come down? None!

  12. HHDL is trying to salvage his earlier statements in condemning his Gurus to be wrong about Dorje Shugden. Now HH says that his Gurus thing rather lowly of the protector. This action is clearly a sign of cover-up and that the DL is not telling the truth in both occasions. The truth is that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector who brings no harm to HH’s life and does not threaten the independence of Tibet.

  13. easy for me two cymbals

  14. easy for me two cymbols belting togethere

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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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