Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen

Duldzin Drakpa Gyelsen

Duldzin Drakpa Gyelsen

Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen was the famed great holder of the vinaya, or pure morality. Duldzin was a direct disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa who built Gaden Monastery, the first and world’s greatest Gelug monastic institution in Tibet, and was also considered as an emanation of Lama Tsongkhapa himself.

Dulzin was so highly respected that he was offered the position of the first Gaden Tripa (Tsongkhapa’s successor or throne holder) after Tsongkhapa’s passing. He turned this offer down, choosing instead to dedicate the rest of his life to upholding these precious teachings. It was with this incredible devotion and commitment that he made a promise to arise as an uncommon Protector to preserve and guard the lineage of his teacher, Tsongkhapa.

This is the Drakpa incarnation that began the story of the uncommon and most powerful Protector, Dorje Shudgen.

Nechung, a worldly spirit subdued by the 8th Century Indian Master Guru Rinpoche to be the general dharma protector of the Buddhadharma, appeared in one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings as a white dove. After the teachings, he transformed into a young boy dressed in white and came to speak to Dulzin. He requested Duldzin to become the special protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings on Nagarjuna’s precious philosophy of the Middle Way. Dulzin promised Nechung that he would do so. However, after he had completed building Gaden Monastery, Dulzin went into retreat in a cave and passed away.

Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, the incarnation of Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen a few lifetimes later, was reminded by Nechung about his promise to arise as an uncommon protector. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen agreed to fulfill his promise to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings so it may flourish and spread far and wide. As Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had no anger in his mindstream at all, Nechung agreed to help by creating the right, conducive conditions for him to manifest wrath in order to arise as the special Dharma Protector. He did so, through various circumstances, thus allowing Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to arise as the uncommon protector Dorje Shugden to fulfill the promise made many years ago by Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen.


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  1. vajrastorm says:

    It is evident here that the life stories of the four Dragpas are inextricably linked together in the teaching of the Dharma [ passed down from the founder Buddha Shakyamuni (via Atisha) to Lama Tsongkhapa] in a lucid and comprehensive form by Lozang Dragpa/Lama Tsongkhapa, and in the upholding of the precious document of the teacher and the preservation and safeguarding of Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage by Duldzin Dragpa Gyeltsen, Panchen Sonam Dragpa and Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen
    By this reasoning, it is logical to see the inevitable arising of a wrathful Protector to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings and lineage especially in this degenerate age. Hence there can be no doubt about the powerful and valid reason for the arising of the Uncommon Protector Dorje Shugden, via the death and assassination of Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen through stuffing a khata down the latter’s throat.

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