Enthronement of Dorje Shugden

As all rituals failed, the 5th Dalai Lama soon realised that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was indeed not a spirit and had actually manifested as a Dharma Protector – Dorje Shugden. The Dalai Lama proceed to compose a praise in recognition of his awakened qualities. With this recognition by the Great Fifth, the calamities, dying of livestock, hail, earthquakes and all terrible things ceased. Everything flourished in the land once again and peace was restored.

No one can compete with him! He is the one called Dorje Shugden Tsel, The Mighty One Endowed With Vajra Strength!
~ Nechung, during an official proclamation

This was how he was given the name Dorje Shugden. The 5th Dalai Lama subsequently ordered a temple of Dorje Shugden to be built in Lhasa. It was named Trode Khangsar and still stands there to this day as a popular pilgrimage site.

The Dalai Lama even made a statue of Dorje Shugden with his own hands, which he offered to Phelgyeling Monastery along with the practice. This statue can still be seen in Phelgyeling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, where the monks have relocated since the 1950s.

A high Chinese minister named Amban Che Trungtang was resident in Lhasa. He heard of the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Trode Khangsar and sought prophecies for some important questions he wrote in Chinese. He came to the temple and burned the questions in front of the image of Dorje Shugden and demanded clear answers.

Right the next day, Dorje Shugden took trance in the oracle and gave precise answers that delighted the Chinese official with conviction. He reported it to the reigning Chinese Emperor Daoguang.

Consequently, imperial representative of the Chinese emperor Daoguang, the 11th Dalai Lama Kedrub Gyatso, his regent, patrons and many High Lamas presented a Pandit hat to Dorje Shugden in an elaborate ceremony at Trode Khangsar. In that way, the esteemed guests all praised and enthroned Gyalchen Dorje Shugden as principal protector of the Yellow Hat Teachings.

Moreover, the practice of Dorje Shugden has grown all over the world and is now being followed by tens of thousands of practitioners in both the East and the West. Having arisen as a Dharma Protector specifically for this time, Dorje Shugden is bringing great protection, resources and help to practitioners everywhere and helping the Dharma to spread in all directions.

Some of the world’s largest Buddhist organizations, such as the NKT and FPMT centers, are or have been under the guidance of Lamas who were well-known Dorje Shugden practitioners.

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  1. Thank you DS.com for these posts on the history of Dorje Shugden. I have read the story before and also watched the animated illustration of how Dorje Shugden arose as the uncommon protector of our time. However, it is always good to refresh our memories and remind ourselves to be grateful for all the efforts put into the manifestation of Dorje Shugden.

    Requesting the highly attained mind stream of Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen that is the emanation of Manjushri himself to become a Dharma Protector is certainly an extraordinary “arrangement” because Dharmapalas are either emanation of enlightened beings like in the case of Setrap (an emanation of Amitabha) or tamed worldly gods like the case of Nechung.

    For Dorje Shugden to arise as a Dharma Protector, Nechung planned from the lifetime of Dultzin Dragpa Gyeltsen. With an oath to Guru Rinpoche to protect the Dharma as a whole, it is impossible that Nechung will go through so much effort to create a demon or worldly spirit as claimed by anti-Shugden groups.

    With the calamities that followed Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen, even the 5th Dalai Lama suspected for a brief moment that, perhaps, Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen became a spirit because of the unjust cause of his death. However, after personally conducting powerful rituals to remove spiritual disturbances and observing the phenomena where Yamantaka appeared each time the Nyingma ritual masters attempted to throw Dorje Shugden into the fire, the 5th Dalai Lama eventually realized that Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit but a Dharma Protector of the precious lineage founded by Lama Tsongkhapa. This was supported by His Holiness’ own action of composing a praise for the Protector as well as the molding of Dorje Shugden’s image from his own vision.

    With this history combined with more recent events where Dorje Shugden and his practitioners consistently displayed true practice of Dharma during these controversial and difficult times, my growth in this enlightened Buddha grow. I pray for the swift removal of the ban so that focus, effort and resources are devoted to benefits more sentient beings by creating the cause for Dorje Shugden to always remain close and be the source of salvation for those with faith.

  2. No one can compete with him! He is the one called Dorje Shugden Tsel, The Mighty One Endowed With Vajra Strength!
    ~ Nechung, during an official proclamation.

    This was how he was given the name Dorje Shugden.

    True! No one can compete with Dorje Shugden!

    Thank you for sharing this amazing story how the powerful Dorje Shugden took trance and gave the correct answers to the questions burned before him.

    This website is amazing with all the information given and spot on to the forum with discussions on the situation regarding the Dalai Lama, the CTA and the Tibetans. Thank you!!

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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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