DORJE SHUGDEN CHAPEL (Lhasa, Tibet) – built by The Dalai Lama

January 24, 2012 by  
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In the 17th Century, the Fifth Dalai Lama had Trode Khangsar built in dedication to the Protector Dorje Shugden.
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inside was also commissioned by the 5th Dalai Lama. By the end of the 17th Century, the Fifth Dalai Lama’s Regent Desi Sangye Gyatso entrusted Trode Khangsar to Riwo Choling, a Gelug Monastery.

Today it is in full use and located behind the main Chapel of Jowo Buddha or central Cathedral of Lhasa just off the
main circumambulation circuit or barkor.

Many pilgrims visit and monks are available daily performing
pujas/ceremonies to Dorje Shugden daily. It is open to tourists.

This chapel is over 350 years old in the heart of Lhasa

Dorje Shugden Chapel is 8 mins walk from Jokhang

More information on Trode Khangsar can be found in this book, page 195-199. It is available on

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Serindia Publications; illustrated edition edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English

(from the front flap of this book) The Temples of Lhasa is a comprehensive survey of historic Buddhist sites in the
Tibetan capital of Lhasa. The study is based on the Tibet Heritage Fund’s official five-year architectural conservation
project in Tibet during which the author and his team had unlimited access to the buildings studied. The documented
sites span the entire known history of Tibetan Buddhist art and architecture from the 7th to the 21st centuries.

The book is divided into thirteen chapters, covering all the major and minor temples in historic Lhasa. These include
some of Tibet’s oldest and most revered sites, such as the Lhasa Tsuklakhang and Ramoche, as well as lesser-known
but highly important sites such as the Jebumgang Lhakhang, Meru Dratsang, and Meru Nyingpa. It is illustrated with
numerous color plates taken over a period of roughly fifteen years from the mid-1980s to today and is augmented with
rare photographs and reproductions of Tibetan paintings. This book also provides detailed architectural drawings and
maps made by the project. Each site has been completely surveyed documented and analyzed. The history of each site
has been written — often for the first time — based on source texts and survey results, as well as up-to-date technology
such as carbon dating, dendrochronology, and satellite data. Tibetan source texts and oral accounts have also been
used to reconstruct the original design of the sites. Matthew Akester has contributed translations of Tibetan source
texts, including excerpts from the writings of the Fifth and Thirteenth Dalai Lamas.

This documentation of Tibetan Buddhist temple buildings is the most detailed of its kind, and is the first professional
study of some of Tibet’s most significant religious buildings. The comparative analysis of Tibetan Buddhist
architecture covers thirteen centuries of architectural history in Tibet.


Thangkas That Include Dorje Shugden

November 26, 2011 by  
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Thangkas of various Buddhas, Protector Deities, and Tibetan Lamas that include an image of the Wisdom Buddha and Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.


Dorje Shugden Thangkas

November 26, 2011 by  
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Some beautiful thangkas of the Dharma Protector and Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden for you to enjoy.


Yangting Dechen Ling Monastery, Kham, Tibet

September 24, 2010 by  
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Yangting Dechen Ling Monastery in Kham, Tibet has successfully completed the construction of the new main prayer hall recently after long hard-work and dedications. The original monastery was founded by Yogi Je Lodö Namgyal who was one of the foremost disciples of Je Tsongkhapa in 1421, a couple of years after Jamchen Chöje Shakya Yeshi founded Sera Monastery in 1419 in Tibet

The officials of Yangting Dechen Ling have announced the date of Inauguration Ceremony of this huge mesmerizing hall on 10th August 2010, it will be a four-day long event with diverse programs. This monumental hall was built specifically in order to spread and preserve the Pure Je Tsongkhapa Tradition and pure Buddha Dharma in General.

This is the Monastery in Tibet that His Holiness Gaden Trisur Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche hails from. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche decided to keep on practicing Dorje Shugden so he has joined Shar Gaden Monastery.

This is another Dorje Shugden monastery!

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The history and significance of the Dharmapalas

September 6, 2010 by  
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‘Dharmapala’ – hoary Sanskrit from India, terra firma giving birth to the Vedas;’ The End of All Knowledge’, innumerable deities, home of the Ganges river and Buddha The Awakened One – means “…guardian of the teachings[i]” Variously, the term is also used to mean defenders or protectors of the law of the ‘Diamond Vehicle’.

Vajrayana, or the ‘Diamond Vehicle’, is a Buddhist school of Indian Mahayana teachings that, so far, can be archeologically traced to the first millennium. Dharmapalas are deified protective agents for the Vajrayana teachings (an evolved style of yoga practice and philosophy derivative of the historical Buddha’s practice). As history in the far eastern traditions is constantly being updated and rewritten, it is also possible that these deities were first used in Tantric teachings.

A practical ritual application of all or any one of the Dharmapalas is for today’s Tibetan yogi or sadhana practitioner to call them forth during ritual and meditation in order to protect against negative influences that will keep one from advancing along the path of sadhana or practice.

While the Dharmapala deities figure heavily in Tibetan art as horrific and angry, it’s understood that here the end justifies the means; actually these are compassionate, Buddhist deities, whose angry sneers, heavily ornamented, husky bodies, and deadly weaponry are protective camouflage devices for the good of the practice, to drive away illusion and evil; in Judeo-Christian parlance we refer to this type of deity as an archangel.

Eight Dharmapala deities are known – each one may be known by several designations – and called upon, each for its specific specialized areas of protection: “Mahakala,Yama,Yamantaka, Hayagriva,Vaisravana,Shri Devi,Changpa,Prana Atma.[ii] ” This listing is the traditional hierarchical accounting with Mahakala appearing in the number one position as that Dharmapala who protects the Dalai Lamas (those highest spiritual leaders in the Buddhist community).

Two principle viewpoints are offered for the importance of Dharmapalas: the fundamental and literal; and the metaphorical and often mystic. The fundamental is covered above in the definitions of, and traditional use of these deities. However, what of the metaphorical and mystic?

It is the goal of all yoga to return to the source, and that life in the human body is transcendental. The body and finite mind therein is a powerful instrument of return. Could these Dharmapalas be part and parcel of our higher, dedicated, and as sadhana practitioners, disciplined self? Taking a Jungian view, perhaps these are archetypal elements of self-discipline towards yoga practice. It is not uncommon protocol for a group meditation in the Zen Buddhist school to have one monitor with a fierce face and wielding a bamboo rod skulking the crowd waiting to sharply strike that one – with compassion, of course – who has fallen asleep at his sitting.

Footnote :

[i] ‘The Shambhala Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen’ –Shambhala Publications, 1991.

[ii] As above.

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Why does Dorje Shugden appear so fearsome?

January 18, 2010 by  
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Kwai Chang Caine: Master, why does such a fearsome statue stand at the entrance to our peaceful place?

Master Po: These are the threshold guardians, grasshopper, set here to keep away those not ready for the
silence within.

Kwai Chang Caine: Must they be so… horrible?

Master Po: Those incapable of understanding the Way see things divine as monsters. Better for them never to
enter here.

Kwai Chang Caine: Yet if a man is unafraid of stone, he may pass unhampered!

Master Po: He may physically pass the guardian, but if his mind is in the outer world, he will leave us, in time,
to rejoin it.


Latest Video of Serpom Monastery

January 4, 2010 by  
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A collection of photos from Ser-pom Monastery. Sera has produced innumerable scholars, masters, yogis, abbots,
reincarnated tulkus and even regents. Currently Sera is in South India 6 hours away from Bangalore in Bylakuppe
Tibetan Colony, Mysore State .

Due to the ban His Holiness the Dalai Lama has enforced, Dorje Shugden practitioners may not associate with
non-Dorje Shugden practitioners in any way, shape or form. It is illegal for a Tibetan to associate with another
Tibetan that practises this Protector. This is what His Holiness the Dalai Lama says for Dharma and secular
lives, we must keep away from Dorje Shugden practitioners.

Hence, a large group of monks wishing to continue their practice of Dorje Shugden, had to separate from Sera
Monastery in order to carry out this directive. They have formally started a new Monastery nearby.

This new monastery is SERPOM NORLING MONASTERY. Watch this video of beautiful collection of photos
from this monastery. They have currently many qualified Geshes, six Tulkus and altogether 500 monks.

They may be contacted at:

Serpom Norling Monastery
P.O. Bylakuppe
571104, Mysore , K.S., India
Email: [email protected]


The Oracle taking trance of Dorje Shugden at the Official Opening of Shar Gaden Monastery in Oct 2009

December 18, 2009 by  
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The Oracle taking trance in full regalia of wrathful Dorje Shugden

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Grand Audience for the public with Dharmapala Setrap and Dorje Shugden


Dorje Shugden Monastery in Chakzamka, Riwoche, Tibet Kham Area

December 15, 2009 by  
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The practice of Dorje Shugden is widespread in Kham area of Tibet, this is one of them, a
monastery in Chakzamka, Riwoche, Tibet Kham Area

昌都地区类乌齐县甲 桑卡土登达吉林护法殿


Dorje Shugden in Denma Gonsa Rinpoche’s Monastery

October 17, 2009 by  
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Watch this excellent video on Dorje Shugden produced by Denma Gonsa Rinpoche’s Monastery
showing beautiful thangkhas and footages in the monastery.


Shar Gaden Monastery, India

September 23, 2009 by  
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With 600 Tulkus, Geshes, Masters and monks keeping the lineage alive, Shar Gaden is located in
Mundgod South India. It is next to Gaden Monastery and 25 minutes away from Drepung. We can
access this great institute via Bombay or Bangalore. From Bombay/Bangalore you may take train or
Bus which is 8-10 hours to the nearest city of Hubli. From Hubli it is one hour away by taxi.

Since His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said that all Dorje Shugden practitioners must separate from
the Monasteries and the general populace of non-Dorje Shugden practitioners in all ways, this
monastery was formed. All Tibetans who do not practice Dorje Shugden may not have any association
with those that do was the strict decree. As a result many tulkus, geshes, senior practitioners and
monks had no choice but to sadly leave their respective monasteries out of respect for His Holiness
Dalai Lama’s decree. They gathered and joined to have Shar Gaden Monastery. Shar Gaden
Monastery was not formed to counter or oppose His Holiness the Dalai Lama in anyway, but to have
the freedom to practice as they have been from the instructions of their root gurus.

H.H. Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche’s ladrang has also joined Shar Gaden leaving Gaden Shartse
Monastery, where his line of incarnations have been for hundreds of years. Domo Geshe Rinpoche
also has joined.

This video shows Shar Gaden Monastery today alive with practice, debates, pujas, torgyas, and
teachings. They have been ostracized by the whole Tibetan community who are not allowed to have
ANY ASSOCIATION WITH THEM. We need to give them our support now to keep the lineage alive for
future generations. Share this video with others. Shar Gaden’s existence is hope, strength, light and
practice exemplified. Its continuation offers us great encouragement.

Obviously Shar Gaden Sanghas are experts in doing many types of beneficial pujas such as Tara,
Medicine Buddha, Dorje Shugden’s various rituals, pujas, fire offerings, mandalas, Heart Sutra,
Pelden Lhamo, Namse, Kalarupa, Mahakalas, etc. Wonderful to sponsor a puja for birthday,
anniversary, death, marriage, special events, or just to clear obstacles for whatever plans you may

Do contact, support, visit and do whatever you can for our Sangha who wishes to practice their
lineage as it has been done for 350 years now. It is the least we can do to help safeguard this holy
lineage which is going through obstacles at this time but will shine forth bright in the future as


Mailing address:
Shar Gaden Monastery
Lama Camp #-1, P.O. Tibetan Colony
Mundgod 581411
Distt-Karwar (Karnataka State), INDIA

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These are recent photos of Shar Gaden Monastery, Mundgod, South India, which separated from Gaden Monastery because the monks held strong to
their commitments towards their Gurus and refused to give up the practice of Dorje Shugden. Today it is a flourishing monastery of around 550 monks,
and increasing.

Lama Tsongkhapa with Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s throne

Kedrup Je

Gyaltsab Je

Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

Five Forms of Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden






Kache Marpo



Performing Dorje Shugden’s Torgya

This is a card from the Shar Gaden Namling Buddhist Cultural Association, they have a guest house in Delhi, please
support them by patronizing the guest house


Dalai Lama’s Stance on Non-Violence

September 16, 2009 by  
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In 1996 followers of the Dalai Lama stoned and hurled insults of followers of an
ancient Buddhist practice that was banned. How did the Dalai Lama respond?


Thangka of Guru Rinpoche above Dorje Shugden

September 11, 2009 by  
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Antique thangka of Dorje Shugden with Guru Rinpoche directly above Dorje Shugden.
Surrounding them are various well known Yidams propitiated by the Nyingmapa order as
well as Yidams mostly propitiated by the Gelugpa order.


Firsthand experience of the Dalai Lama’s Persecution

September 2, 2009 by  
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A Dorje Shugden practitioner and student of Domo Geshe Rinpoche shares her personal reasons
for why she practises Dorje Shugden, and why she is protesting.


On July 17, 2008 a group of hundreds of angry followers of the Dalai Lama attacked a group of
peaceful Buddhist protestors. Imagine the persecution faced by Dorje Shugden practitioners in
India and other countries.

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Dorje Shugden monks are forced to leave their monastery and then their water is cut off.


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Interviews with protesters about why they are protesting:

“I’m here to protect our lineage because at the moment, our lineage is under threat…


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A ban the Dalai Lama imposed on followers of JeTsongkhapa’s teachings affects even children and takes
away their right to continue their education.


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According to the Dalai Lama who can attend his teachings? Everyone except followers of his root guru…


Dalai Lama Relies on Spirits for Political Advice

September 1, 2009 by  
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A CNN video explains how the Dalai Lama relies on spirit oracles for political advice on Tibet and China,
for instance, with the State Oracle of Tibet in Dharamsala.

Dalai Lama asks Spirit Nechung for Political Advice

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Nechung’s advice on Tibetan affairs has been sough by HH Dalai Lama for hundreds of years.


Dorje Shugden Oracle

July 25, 2009 by  
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Watch these footages of Dorje Shugden Oracle taking trance and answering the many
requests and questions to spread the Buddha Dharma.


Wrathful Dorje Shugden Ritual taken at Zong Labrang’s Temple, 1985

July 24, 2009 by  
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Ganden Monastery had a strong practice of Dorje Shugden.
This video shows the wrathful Dorje Shugden ritual taken at Zong Labrang’s temple, 1985