Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden’s two functions

May 28, 2012 by  
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Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden

The function of a Dharma protector is to arrange all outer and inner conditions so that everything that happens to us is perfect for our swiftest possible enlightenment. But Dorje Shugden is more than just a Dharma protector, he is also a wisdom Buddha. It is not enough to just know that the outer and inner conditions of our lives are perfect for enlightenment, but to be able to take full advantage of these conditions we need to understand and realize directly how (or in what way) they are indeed perfect.

When we have the wisdom which realizes how our conditions are perfect, then we can fully take advantage of them and move most swiftly towards enlightenment. The blessings of Dorje Shugden bestows upon us this wisdom of realizing how the conditions he has emanated for us are in fact perfect. Then, we are not only happy with everything but can use everything most effectively to advance along the path.

When we realize the emptiness of inherent existence, then we realize that Dorje Shugden’s power is not limited to just arranging perfect conditions for ourselves and bestowing upon ourselves the wisdom to realize how our conditions are perfect, but we can also invoke him to accomplish the same blessings for each and every living being.

We pray to him so that he can arrange all outer and inner conditions for each and every being so that whatever happens to them will be perfect for their attainment of enlightenment. He can then bestow upon us the wisdom that sees directly how whatever arises is in fact perfect for the attainment of enlightenment. Then, we can share the wisdom we have acquired with others, helping them towards the bliss of full enlightenment.

From our perspective, Dorje Shugden is the same being as the wisdom Buddha Manjushri. Manjushri appears in two aspects, as Je Tsongkhapa to lead us along the path and as Dorje Shugden to arrange all the suitable conditions for our practice. It is therefore impossible to reject one without rejecting the other two. Since we agree that Manjushri and Je Tsongkhapa are perfectly reliable Buddhas and Dorje Shugden is for us just a different aspect of the same being so Dorje Shugden is also perfectly reliable. We cannot reject him without rejecting the others. Since we cannot reject the others, we cannot reject him.

Source : http://kadampaworkingdad.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/wisdom-buddha-dorje-shugdens-two-functions/


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.


The Manjushri Jenang 2011

October 5, 2011 by  
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On 23rd, September 2011, Venerable Abbot Jetsun Lobsang Phende conferred the Manjushri Jenang, also known as the Permitting Empowerment, to the Shar Gaden students at the request of the teachers’ association. The spiritual event was conducted for the students to improve their learning skills in their daily educational activities. Manjushri is also known as the Buddha of Wisdom and his practice is supreme for learning.


Blessed by Shugden Pt. 9

August 10, 2010 by  
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As a universal Protector whose time has come, there are countless stories of the benefits that Dorje Shugden’s practice brings to his practitioners. From protection from black magic, to help with mundane worldly issues; from guidance in spiritual matters to teachings that change a person’s life – these are the stories of those who have been helped. These are some real-life stories to show that he is here and with us.

Creating the conditions for practice

I am very new to Dorje Shugden’s practice as I was formally introduced to the Protector only about a month or so ago. It would be hard to write a testimonial when I do not have months and years of practice behind me, but I would still like to seize the opportunity to share a few things related to my practice of Dorje Shugden:

When I first became involved actively with the study of the Lamrim, and as I did further research on the Internet about the Gelugpa teachings and its lineage, I came across the controversy of Dorje Shugden. At first, I searched more to find out what it was about and quickly realized that I just could not make any sense of it AT ALL!

The statements of the Dalai Lama seemed contradictory and it didn’t make much sense at all to me. Then I saw the images of monks demonstrating with banners asking the Dalai Lama to stop…. lying???? Some were even describing him as a… dictator??? Then, he also said that his own teachers were… wrong??

I had been through some parts of the Lamrim by then, and had the determination to study it more as it was answering all of my questions. So I decide to COMPLETELY ignore the topic of Dorje Shugden. Every time I came across it on the Internet, I just did not look at it, did not read anything about it and kept it at the back of my mind, to be explored later when I would have sufficient knowledge and be able to understand the dynamics at play.

I did this because there was one answer from the Dalai Lama to a formal request for clarifications sent by Western Gelugpa monks: “Your main concern should be the study and realization of the 18 volumes of Lama Tsongkhapa”. And so, following the Dalai Lama’s advice, I too set myself to study the Lamrim before entertaining a polemic in my mind.

It was only months later that, through the kindness of my teacher, I was given more detailed explanations and gained more understanding as to why the whole thing seemed to make no sense at all: The very fact that it made no sense indicated that sense is to be found at another level, at a larger scale. Then, instead of undermining my determination to learn and practice, the controversy made it stronger. I realized that His Holiness was acting out of great compassion and with a pure and sincere motivation. His actions are truly remarkable! The controversy is helping many and will continue to help many more!

I run my own business, and very, very soon after having connected with the Dharma and with Dorje Shugden, my business collapsed and all my ventures got suspended or cancelled. ALL! And all within only four weeks. I had 18 employees in October 2008; by the beginning of 2009, I only had two left and we were working only four-day weeks with salary cuts.

Until then, I lived out of a suitcase, travelling 20 days a month, from the States to the Maldives, Dubai, Singapore, China… As such, I would not have been able to study the Lamrim, as I was away most of the time. So, by losing all my jobs, I suddenly had lots more free time at hand. I must say here that I never panicked in this situation. Instead, I took the opportunity at hand to study the Lamrim; I knew that it was a unique opportunity.

My business never collapsed completely and it survived. As a matter of fact, we are now busy working on projects that are spreading the Dharma, and now, even my working hours have been made meaningful!

This is a story I do not talk about openly to just anyone because in the mind of new practitioners, Dorje Shugden is supposed to “protect” us, so how could he have created conditions such that my business collapsed? If some people heard this story, they may not even want to make prayers to Dorje Shugden or do his practice.

Dorje Shugden is a Dharma Protector and his “role” is to create conducive conditions for people to practice the Dharma. In my case, the loss of business created the conditions for me to practice Dharma and as a result, my life is now meaningful, I am happier and, looking at the bigger picture, I have received tremendous help from him. I feel very fortunate.

I wish for my mind to be completely free of any confusion, and may such achievement come to be helpful to others.

~ Eva ~

Somewhere over the rainbow

Last year, my company held a huge outdoor festival close to our office premises, with many activities organized in the open space around the main building. It was a wonderful day that brought many people from the nearby community. The place was filled all day with exciting sounds, colors and aromas of food, and the weather was perfect for an outdoor celebration.

Then, as evening fell, large dark clouds started to gather from the west. As one of the main organizers of this evening, I became very worried because we anticipated more people would come to the festival for dinner and we still had a whole night of traditional cultural performances lined up. There was nothing I could do but make strong prayers to Dorje Shugden in my heart. You may think this is a coincidence but soon after, the black clouds slowly shifted away and there, in front of all of us, rainbows appeared instead!

Thank you, Protector. Once again, you show that if we have a sincere motivation, you would help practitioners.

~ Bernie ~

The highest protection

I was very fortunate to be introduced to Dorje Shugden by my Lama seven years ago. He advised me to chant the mantra as much as I could and told me that things would go smoothly. At that time, I had just got married and we were in the midst of applying for my visa to stay in my husband’s home country.

There were so many procedures and we had to submit many documents to different places in order to obtain the visa. Everything went smoothly and during our interview with the immigration officer, he suddenly offered me a multiple-entry visa so that I would be able to travel in and out of the country easily. My husband and I were very surprised; we never knew that there was even such a thing as a multiple-entry visa. We had expected to get only a single-entry visa.

This multiple-entry visa made things much more convenient because it enabled me to travel to other countries for work and to go home to my own country. I said a big thank you to my Lama for his love and care, and did a thanksgiving serkyem offering to thank Dorje Shugden for clearing all obstacles so that I could obtain my visa without any problems.

Throughout my first pregnancy, I was very worried and nervous about the delivery. Since I was very young, I have always been very scared of pain; I would even avoid an injection if I could! Giving birth to a baby – be it by natural childbirth or by Caesarian – is a very big thing and I was very scared.

My Lama again kindly advised me to chant Dorje Shugden’s mantra daily and blow onto my stomach after I finished chanting for the benefit of the baby. I did this everyday, and during my pregnancy, the usual migraines I suffered disappeared and I suffered no sickness, headaches, flu or fever (which I usually get once every few months). I only had a little vomiting after meals, which is normal during pregnancies.

My Lama also gave me advice on what to do during my labor and the visualizations I should do. He told me to not worry, not to be scared of the delivery, and that everything would be fine.

On the day of the delivery, I went through all the procedures without any problem. Even as the baby was moving down, which caused pain in my back, it was still at a level of pain I could bear. I followed what my Lama had advised me: I thought about my Lama and Dorje Shugden as one and chanted Dorje Shugden’s mantra. I visualized that any pain experienced by the people I knew would come to me and that I could absorb their pain so that they may be free of suffering. I thought about this again and again, starting with the people who are close to me, and moving on to include strangers.

Finally, the baby moved down and came out by natural delivery. I was conscious throughout the birth and knew everything that happened. I just felt very weak (as I was not allowed to eat for a whole day in case there was an emergency and I needed to go for an operation.)

My baby was born healthy and well. I chanted Manjushri’s mantras and blew on her mouth and ears right after she was born, as advised by my Lama. I stayed at the hospital overnight and was allowed to go home the very next day with my baby. My baby was easy to take care of throughout her infancy and hardly ever cried unless she was hungry. She was blessed by Dorje Shugden.

I’m very grateful to my Lama and my Protector. They have protected me and my family, and have helped me during difficult times, to make sure everything went smoothly. Their love and care towards us are unending and they really benefit all beings.

~ Winnie Wong ~

The incredible lightness of being

I don’t really know how to describe my experiences after praying to Dorje Shugden, but I know I feel much happier and lighter. My faith in Dharma has become stronger and stronger. This is hard to explain as this kind of thing is difficult to measure, but I am very sure that because of my practice and reliance on the Protector, my anger has lessened and doesn’t arise as quickly as it used to. Before, if I became angry with someone, it would take me two to three hours to calm down. It is different now – I still get angry but I also calm down very quickly. Sometimes, the anger disappears within just a few seconds. And even if people are sometimes screaming or shouting at me, I can accept it much more easily than I could before and not hold on to it.

Another specific example of how the Protector has helped me was while I was working in theatre a few years ago. In one particular production, I faced a lot of obstacles. People would cancel on me at the last minute, leaving me in the lurch without the right people to finish the job. I felt constantly tense and a bit nervous; I really didn’t know what to do. However, in my heart, I prayed strongly and sincerely to the Protector. You wouldn’t believe it – the very next day, someone called me and said he wanted to help me find people for the areas I was struggling to fill. Within two or three days, the people and materials I needed all came together completely. We made the deadline! I believe that it was because of the Protector that my obstacles disappeared so quickly. Very blessed!

~ Mary ~

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Introduction to Dorje Shugden

June 10, 2010 by  
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A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or a Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from gaining spiritual realizations, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice.

In Tibet, every monastery had its own Dharma Protector, but the tradition did not begin in Tibet; the Mahayanists of ancient India also relied upon Dharma Protectors to eliminate hindrances and to fulfil their spiritual wishes.

Though there are some worldly deities who are friendly towards Buddhism and who try to help practitioners, they are not real Dharma Protectors. Such worldly deities are able to increase the external wealth of practitioners and help them to succeed in their worldly activities, but they do not have the wisdom or the power to protect the development of Dharma within a practitioner’s mind.

It is this inner Dharma – the experiences of great compassion, bodhichitta, the wisdom realizing emptiness, and so forth – that is most important and that needs to be protected; outer conditions are of secondary importance.

Although their motivation is good, worldly deities lack wisdom and so sometimes the external help that they give actually interferes with the attainment of authentic Dharma realizations. If they have no Dharma realizations themselves, how can they be Dharma Protectors?

It is clear therefore that all actual Dharma Protectors must be emanations of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas. These Protectors have great power to protect Buddhadharma and its practitioners, but the extent to which we receive help from them depends upon our faith and conviction in them. To receive their full protection, we must rely upon them with continuous, unwavering devotion.

Buddhas have manifested in the form of various Dharma Protectors, such as Mahakala, Kalarupa, Kalindewi, and Dorje Shugden. From the time of Je Tsongkhapa until the first Panchen Lama, Losang Chökyi Gyaltsän, the principal Dharma Protector of Je Tsongkhapa’s lineage was Kalarupa. Later, however, it was felt by many high Lamas that Dorje Shugden had become the principal Dharma Protector of this tradition.

There is no difference in the compassion, wisdom, or power of the various Dharma Protectors, but because of the karma of sentient beings, one particular Dharma Protector will have a greater opportunity to help Dharma practitioners at any one particular time.

We can understand how this is so by considering the example of Buddha Shakyamuni. Previously the beings of this world had the karma to see Buddha Shakyamuni’s Supreme Emanation Body and to receive teachings directly from him.

These days, however, we do not have such karma, and so Buddha appears to us in the form of our Spiritual Guide and helps us by giving teachings and leading us on spiritual paths. Thus, the form that Buddha’s help takes varies according to our changing karma, but its essential nature remains the same.

Among all the Dharma Protectors, four-faced Mahakala, Kalarupa, and Dorje Shugden in particular have the same nature because they are all emanations of Manjushri.

However, the beings of this present time have a stronger karmic link with Dorje Shugden than with the other Dharma Protectors. It was for this reason that Morchen Dorjechang Kunga Lhundrup, a very highly realized Master of the Sakya tradition, told his disciples, “Now is the time to rely upon Dorje Shugden.” He said this on many occasions to encourage his disciples to develop faith in the practice of Dorje Shugden.

We too should heed his advice and take it to heart. He did not say that this is the time to rely upon other Dharma Protectors, but clearly stated that now is the time to rely upon Dorje Shugden. Many high Lamas of the Sakya tradition and many Sakya monasteries have relied sincerely upon Dorje Shugden.

In recent years the person most responsible for propagating the practice of Dorje Shugden was the late Trijang Dorjechang, the root Guru of many Gelugpa practitioners from humble novices to the highest Lamas. He encouraged all his disciples to rely upon Dorje Shugden and gave Dorje Shugdän empowerments many times.

Even in his old age, so as to prevent the practice of Dorje Shugdän from degenerating he wrote an extensive text entitled Symphony Delighting an Ocean of Conquerors, which is a commentary to Tagpo Kelsang Khädrub Rinpoche’s praise of Dorje Shugden called Infinite Aeons.

(Source: http://www.wisdombuddhadorjeshugden.org/dorjeshugden-about.php)


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.


Praise and Requests to Dorje Shugden by the 14th Dalai Lama

September 19, 2009 by  
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The 14th Dalai Lama wrote praises to Dorje Shugden:
Melody of the Unceasing Vajra
A Propitiation of Mighty Gyalchen Dorje Shugden, Protector of
Conqueror Manjushri Tsongkhapa’s Teachings
Why is there a ban put on Dorje Shugden now?


An Introduction to Dorje Shugden

July 30, 2009 by  
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Introduction and Lineage
How did Dorje Shugden come into being?
The Symbolism

The Benefits of Dorje Shugden’s Practice
The High Lamas who Practice Dorje Shugden
Places to Worship Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden’s Prayers
FAQs – Part 1
FAQs – Part 2

Who is Dorje Shugden?

Dorje Shugden is an enlightened Being, an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri, who arose as a Dharma Protector 350 years ago. He emanated as a Dharma Protector in order to best safeguard the precious teachings of the Second Buddha known as Lama Tsongkhapa, to benefit all sentient beings.

During these degenerate times and due to our karma, Dorje Shugden is the most helpful Dharma Protector for us, because he is swift, powerful and benevolent. He removes our obstacles, protects us and our loved ones, and provides conducive conditions for a successful life and spiritual practice. Above all, he grants us our virtuous and spiritual wishes quickly.

What does his name mean?

“Dorje” is defined as diamond – the hardest element which cannot be destroyed. In the Buddhist context, indestructibility refers to the fully enlightened mind.

“Shug” means “power” and “Den” means “immovable”. Altogether, “Dorje Shugden” means “Diamond of Immovable Power.”

What is a Dharma Protector?

A Dharma Protector is a being who manifests in a wrathful form in order to: 

  • Avert inner and outer obstacles to Dharma practice and to the achievement of spiritual realizations
  • Create conducive conditions for the practice of Dharma

(Source: Heart Jewel by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and http://www.westernshugdensociety.org)

Dharma Protector practice is very valuable for helping to remove immediate worldly obstacles, problems and hindrances in our spiritual practice; and to provide conducive conditions for us to engage more effectively in our Dharma work and practice.

There are two kinds of Dharma Protectors: Enlightened Protectors who are emanations of Buddhas, such as Palden Lhamo (an emanation of Tara), six-armed Mahakala (Avalokiteshvara), Dorje Shugden (Manjushri), and Setrap Chen (Amitabha). There are also unenlightened Dharma Protectors, such as Nechung, who may be spirits that were oath-bound by Lamas to stop causing harm and to serve and protect the Dharma as a Protector instead.

We can take refuge in Enlightened Protectors but not in unenlightened Protectors.

The Lineage of Dorje Shugden

As emanations of the Wisdom Buddha, every incarnation that arose before Dorje Shugden manifested was a fully enlightened being. Each incarnation contributed greatly towards the growth of Dharma throughout the Buddhist world. Dorje Shugden’s lineage of incarnations includes past great Mahasiddhas (highly attained practitioners), renowned Buddhist scholars, monastics of high moral discipline and outstanding Dharma teachers.



- Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.

- Manjushri emanated during the time of Buddha Shakyamuni as one of Shakyamuni’s direct disciples.

- Manjushri had already achieved full Enlightenment in a previous age, long before the time of Buddha Shakyamuni.

- In the Sutra Revealing the Abode of Manjushri, Buddha explains how Manjushri manifests countless emanations to help sentient beings.

Mahasiddha Birwapa

-  Manjushri manifested rebirth as the Mahasiddha Birwapa

-  During the day, he studied and meditated on the Sutra teachings and during the night he engaged in highly advanced practices.

-  Whenever he did his prayers, Buddhas like Vajrayogini and celestial beings with whom he had a particularly strong karmic connection would come to his room to participate in the ritual feast.

-  He was nicknamed “Birwapa”, which means “bad man” because the monks in Nalanda Monastery where Birwapa studied saw the celestial beings in his room as ordinary women and believed that he was breaking his ordination vows and bringing bad reputation to the monastery.

-  Due to Birwapa’s extraordinary deeds, many people developed faith in him and in the Buddhist teachings. In this way, he led many people onto a spiritual path.

Detailed Lineage >> 

Sakya Pandita

Sakya Pandita

-  Birwapa later incarnated in western Tibet as the great Lama of the Sakya Tradition, Sachen Kunga Gyeltsen, more commonly known as Sakya Pandita.

-  He was very special even as a young child. Once, he dreamt that the great Indian Pandit Vasubandhu gave him teachings on his text Treasury of Phenomenology. When he awoke, he had memorized the entire text, which was almost 50 pages long.

-  Sakya Pandita’s name spread far and wide, reaching even to the Chinese Emperor who developed deep faith in him and the Buddhadharma.

Detailed Lineage >> 

Butön Rinchen Drub

Buton Rinchen Drup

-  Sakya Pandita took rebirth as Butön Rinchen Drub in western Tibet. When Butön was a child, he could converse with Manjushri and displayed attainment of compassion and Bodhicitta in his speech and action.

-  In this life, he focused mainly on teaching and writing. He translated many scriptures from Sanskrit into Tibetan and wrote 26 volumes of commentaries on Dharma practice (Kangyurthe spoken words of the Buddha & Tangyurthe commentaries of Buddhist teachings)

Sakya Pandita and Butön Rinchen Drub showed practitioners how to meditate correctly and practice effectively to develop great wisdom and concentration.

Detailed Lineage >>

Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen

- Butön Rinchen Drub was later reborn in central Tibet as Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, who became one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s principal disciples.

- Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen’s main activity was to help the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to flourish.

- He was especially famed for his pure morality and for upholding his vows very purely. His very name, “Duldzin”, means “Holder of the Vinaya”.

- Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen oversaw the full building of Gaden Monastery, the first and most prominent monastery of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism.

- Lama Tsongkhapa’s disciples believed that Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen and Lama Tsongkhapa were equal in terms of their realizations, abilities, and wisdom. The position of Gaden Tripa – representing Tsongkhapa on earth, after his passing – was offered first to Duldzin. However, Duldzin declined the honour and offered it to Gyaltsab Je, choosing instead to devote his life to protecting and spreading Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings.

- It was with this commitment and devotion to the Dharma that Duldzin first made a promise to arise as a Dharma Protector specially to protect the Middle view of Nagarjuna, as taught by Lama Tsongkhapa.

Detailed Lineage >> 

Panchen Sonam Drakpa

- Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen was later reborn in central Tibet as the special Lama Panchen Sonam Drakpa. Like Duldzin, he devoted his whole life to make Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage and teachings flourish everywhere.

- He was the Spiritual Guide to the 3rd Dalai Lama.

- This Lama was unique in that he was the only person who has ever become the abbot of all three main Gelug monasteries – Gaden, Sera and Drepung in a single lifetime. He was also the Abbot of Gyuto Tantric College and became the 15th Gaden Tripa.

- Panchen Sonam Drakpa wrote many commentaries to both Sutra and Tantra. To this day at Drepung Loseling, the largest Gelugpa monastery, as well as at Gaden Shartse, monks qualify for their Geshe degrees by relying principally upon the scriptures of this great teacher.


Detailed Lineage >>

Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen

- Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen lived in Drepung Monastery during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama. They were both disciples of the First Panchen Lama, Losang Chokyi Gyeltsen. Their affinity went back to the time when Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen – in his previous incarnation as Panchen Sonam Drakpa was the Spiritual Guide to the 3rd Dalai Lama.

- Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was so highly attained that Tibetan, Mongolian and Chinese nobility and royalty would travel immense distances just to make offerings and request teachings from him. His attainments were often likened to those of the Dalai Lama himself. 

It was in this lifetime that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen fulfilled his promise to become a Dharma Protector and arose as Dorje Shugden.

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FAQs : I am New Here (Part 1 of 2)

July 29, 2009 by  
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Introduction and Lineage
How did Dorje Shugden come into being?
The Symbolism

The Benefits of Dorje Shugden’s Practice
The High Lamas who Practice Dorje Shugden
Places to Worship Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden’s Prayers
FAQs – Part 1
FAQs – Part 2

Q. Who is Dorje Shugden?

Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, the enlightened Buddha of Wisdom. He arose as a Dharma Protector about 350 years ago especially to protect Nagarjuna’s Middle view, as taught by Lama Tsongkhapa. He is often considered to be a Protector of the Gelugpa lineage but actually, he protects all sincere Dharma practitioners equally.

Read more here: An introduction to Dorje Shugden

VIDEO: Buddhist teacher Geshe Kelsang Gyatso talks about Dorje Shugden

View the original video on Youtube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oUhBgBuH4k

Q. What is a Dharma Protector?

A Dharma Protector is a being who manifests in a particular form with the particular function of averting obstacles and providing conducive conditions for our spiritual practice. There are two kinds of Dharma Protectors: Enlightened Protectors who are emanations of Buddhas, and unenlightened / worldly Protectors.

Q. What is the difference between an enlightened Dharma Protector and an unenlightened / worldly Protector?

The difference between an enlightened Dharma Protector and a worldly Dharma Protector is that the former is a Buddha whereas the latter is not.

Many of the Dharma Protectors who are most commonly relied upon are enlightened beings, such as Dorje Shugden, who is an emanation of the Buddha Manjushri. Enlightened Dharma Protectors’ principal function is to protect our Dharma practice, not to help our mundane affairs. Famous enlightened Dharma Protectors are Palden Lhamo (an emanation of Tara), six-armed Mahakala (Avalokiteshvara), four-armed Mahakala, Kalarupa and Dorje Shugden (Manjushri), and Setrap Chen (Amitabha)

The most famous of the unenlightened Dharma Protectors is Nechung/Pehar. These unenlightened Protectors are usually worldly beings who were oath-bound by Lamas to stop causing harm and to serve and protect the Dharma instead.

Q. Why are Dharma Protectors so important?

When we are engaging in spiritual practice, obstacles will arise that may disturb our practice. With the many distractions of today, it can often be difficult to fulfil our commitments or engage purely and deeply in Dharma practice. Dharma Protectors are a very important part of our practice as they help to remove immediate obstacles to our spiritual progress; they also provide conducive conditions for us to accomplish our spiritual aspirations smoothly. For example, they can help to avert physical problems such as illnesses, accidents, financial difficulties; and bring about the resources we need such as sponsorship, resources and spiritual friends to support our practice.

Dorje Shugden has removed obstacles and created the conditions for the extraordinary growth of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings, and most importantly, realisations of those teachings. Lama Tsongkhapa’s doctrine is now spreading swiftly to countries throughout the world and touching the lives of many who have been able to learn the teachings and put them into practice to effect great transformation in their lives.

Q. How can Dorje Shugden help me? What are some of the benefits of doing Dorje Shugden’s practice?

Dorje Shugden is very swift in his help and can help you in any aspect of your life, for your highest benefit. He can help to:

  • Alleviate financial difficulties and health problems
  • Bring greater peace, clarity and stability to your mind
  • Clear your mind so that you are able to handle difficult situations with more focus and wisdom for positive outcomes
  • Grant you wealth and all the resources you need for a successful life and spiritual practice
  • Protect you from dangerous or life-threatening situations
  • Protect you against negative interferences such as spirit disturbances, negative energies or black magic
  • Improve your intelligence, memory and wisdom
  • Clear obstacles so you can focus on your Dharma practice without any interruptions or difficulties
  • Help you to progress in your spiritual path
  • Open your mind to gain a deeper understanding of the Dharma teachings. Then, you can apply and practice them to bring improvement to your life

Q. Can Dorje Shugden protect me from harmful spirits?

There are many types of protection one can have, depending on the spirit or malady, but one of the most powerful is relying on an enlightened Dharma Protector, such as Dorje Shugden.

Dorje Shugden’s rites, rituals, prayers, meditations and protective mantras are hailed as one of the best. This practice is excellent to do daily to bless our premises, as it is very effective. You can download a picture, keep it in your home or office, and ask for sacred protection. Many can attest that Tibetan protection is ancient and powerful. Daily prayers and invocation to Dorje Shugden also bless the environment and bestow peace to all beings in that area.

Read more here: Powerful Protection Against Spirits or Black Magic

Q. I’m not very spiritual, or spiritually inclined right now. How can Dorje Shugden still help and would he?

Of course Dorje Shugden will still help you; he helps all beings equally, just as the sun shines on all. He can help you on the most basic level of clearing your immediate problems (financial, health, relationships, family, harmony, business, legal matters etc.). On a higher level, he helps you develop a stronger spiritual practice to bring more peace and wisdom into your life.

VIDEO: A short introduction to Dorje Shugden

View the original video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcRT7H5p5A4

Q. What does Dorje Shugden get in return for helping me?

Dorje Shugden doesn’t require anything from us and does not “get anything back” from us. As a fully enlightened being, he helps us unconditionally, out of his great compassionate wish to free us from suffering. The only thing he would like for us is to improve our minds to become better, kinder people.

Read more here: What Dorje Shugden Wants

Q. Is Dorje Shugden a spirit / demon?

No, he is neither a spirit nor a demon. Quite the opposite. He is an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom, and is therefore a fully enlightened being.

Read more here: Is Dorje Shugden a spirit?

Q. Why does Dorje Shugden look so fierce?

In Buddhist iconography, wrathful expressions denote a very fast and powerful energy. It is likened to the “fierce” but compassionate energy of a mother who shouts at her child if she sees him playing with fire or about to harm himself.

Dorje Shugden’s expression of fierceness is symbolic of his very swift and efficacious ability to destroy obstacles for Dharma Practitioners and come to our aid very quickly. Underneath the fierceness, everything that Dorje Shugden does is out of total compassion.

VIDEO: Why does Dorje Shugden appear so fearsome?

View the original video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqZ6vmq2VU4

Q. Can I be harmed in any way from doing this practice?

It is impossible for any enlightened being like Dorje Shugden to harm anyone. He abides totally in compassion and wisdom, and would never do anything to harm any being.

Q. Has Dorje Shugden emanated as other forms before?

Yes, prior to arising as a Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden manifested as many renowned and highly respected Lamas including:

  • The Indian Mahasiddha Birwapa
  • Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen (one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s closest disciples who built Gaden Monastery)
  • Panchen Sonam Drakpa (an erudite scholar and debate master, whose philosophical texts are still being studied in the monasteries today)
  • Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen (a highly respected Lama who was often compared to the 5th Dalai Lama).

Q. I’ve heard that there are other forms of Dorje Shugden. What are these forms and what do they do?

There are five principal emanations of Dorje Shugden:

  1. Dorje Shugden, the principal figure who represents consciousness. He bestows wisdom and shows the way to higher attainments.
  2. Vairochana Shugden or Shitze, who represents form. He purifies negative karma and obstacles.
  3. Ratna Shugden or Gyenze, who represents feeling. He brings increase of all is good.
  4. Padma Shugden or Wangze, who represents discrimination. He brings peace of mind.
  5. Karma Shugden or Trakze, who represents compositional factors. He helps to overcome delusions and combat the strongest negative, harmful energies.

VIDEO: A beautiful view of an altar with the five forms

View the original video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixpl207gflM

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FAQs : I am New Here ( Part 2 of 2)

July 29, 2009 by  
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Introduction and Lineage
How did Dorje Shugden come into being?
The Symbolism

The Benefits of Dorje Shugden’s Practice
The High Lamas who Practice Dorje Shugden
Places to Worship Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden’s Prayers
FAQs – Part 1
FAQs – Part 2

Q. What are oracles, and how are they related to Dharma Protectors?

Oracles are specially trained people who can take trance of the Dharma Protectors. This means that the essence or energy of the Dharma Protector can enter and use their bodies as a vessel to speak to us directly. Therefore, we can receive enlightened and accurate advice to make the right decisions to support our spiritual path in our daily lives.

VIDEO: An oracle taking trance of Dorje Shugden at the Grand Opening of Shar Gaden, Oct 2009

View the original video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7-AXZ453-4

Q. Where did Dorje Shugden’s practice come from?

Dorje Shugden arose as the principal Protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s doctrine over 300 years ago, at the time of the 5th Dalai Lama, who composed the first verses of praise to him.

However, the more common lineage and practice that is being followed throughout the world today is more recent and comes from a great Lama called Tagphu Pemavajra. Tagphu Pemavajra had the special ability to astral travel and one day, he travelled to Tushita Heaven, the celestial abode of the Buddhist saint Lama Tsongkhapa. There, he requested the Buddhist ascended master Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to expound the mystical teachings and practice of Dorje Shugden.

For the first time ever, Dorje Shugden’s full entourage and mandala emanated out from under Lama Tsongkhapa’s throne. Dorje Shugden then transmitted the practice directly to Tagphu Pemavajra, just as the Buddha Maitreya had transmitted five major philosophical treatises to the master Asanga in Tushita Heaven in earlier times.

Tagphu Pemavajra later transmitted these instructions to his disciple Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo, who passed them on to Trijang Dorjechang Losang Yeshe. From Trijang Rinpoche, who was also the junior tutor to HH the 14th Dalai Lama, the teachings were passed to many renowned Gelugpa teachers today who are teaching all over the world.

Q. Is this a secret practice that requires initiation?

No, it is not secret. You do not require any initiation or empowerment to recite some of the prayers and Dorje Shugden’s mantra.

Q. Can I practice Dorje Shugden even if I have not received the practice/initiation/empowerment from a Lama?

Yes, you can. It is good to request an initiation (permission) or oral transmission from a qualified Lama if possible, as you will also receive the lineage blessings of this practice.

More advanced practice would also require guidance and permission from a qualified teacher but you can already start to create a profound connection to this Protector by reciting prayers and his mantra, and praying sincerely to him.

Q. How can I start doing Dorje Shugden’s practice?

If you have an image of Dorje Shugden, you can set up an altar if it is convenient. You can also make daily offerings such as flowers, light, incense, food or whatever you find pleasing.

If it is not convenient for you to have an altar, you can start his practice simply by downloading and reciting any of the prayers that are available on this website. Or, you can recite his mantra anytime, anywhere: OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA.

The most important part of doing Dorje Shugden’s practice is to have a sincere and pure motivation. Click here to download Dorje Shugden’s prayers.

VIDEO: Listen to HH Trijang Rinpoche recite the prayers

View the original video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8cpn5TAzoI

Q. The practice seems complicated. How can I do the practice if I don’t have much time?

You don’t need much time for this practice. Simply recite a short prayer (below) and the mantra. You can also recite the mantra alone any time, anywhere and as many times as you like.

Whenever you have more time, you can recite the longer prayers and/or recite more mantras. Most importantly, generate a good motivation and have strong faith that Dorje Shugden will help you.


By just recollecting you for an instant,
Outer and inner obstructions are dispelled,
O powerful Dorje Shugden’s five families,
Bestower of the four activities,
To the Dharmapala and entourage
I bow down.


Q. What happens if I miss doing the practice when, for example, I’m ill or travelling?

No problem. If for any reason you cannot recite the prayers or mantra for one or two days, simply resume your practice whenever you can. Nothing bad will happen to you. However, to get the best results, it is more beneficial for you if you can be as consistent as possible in your practice.

Q. I already have a Dharma Protector practice so why would I need to do Dorje Shugden’s practice?

Dorje Shugden has manifested specifically at this time to assist practitioners in this day and age. As obstacles and distractions become much greater at this time, Dorje Shugden’s practice is very effective to help us clear these obstacles. His practice is very complementary to all our practices and there is no conflict or overlap at all.

You should continue your existing Dharma Protector practices, but you can also add Dorje Shugden’s practice to your daily prayers. You can add his prayers in after your normal Protector prayers, or simply recite his mantra.

Q. Can I still do Dorje Shugden’s practice if I am already doing other spiritual practices?

Yes, there is no conflict or problem to add Dorje Shugden’s practice to what you are already doing. You can also put images of him on your altar alongside images/statues of other deities and/or Buddhas.

However, if you already have a Lama and have already been advised to do certain prayers, you should maintain what you have already been taught. If you wish to do Dorje Shugden’s practice (or any other practice for that matter) on top of what you have already been advised, do seek the advice of your Lama as he will know what practices would be most suitable and beneficial for you.

VIDEO: Thangka of Dorje Shugden and Guru Rinpoche

View the original video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB00AFiSYZM

Q. Will Dorje Shugden harm you if you stop doing his practice?

No. As he is a fully enlightened Buddha, he will never have any motivation to harm any being.

Q. Which high Lamas practice Dorje Shugden?

Many of the highest Lamas today – who have been recognized as highly realized, enlightened Beings themselves – have been well known for relying upon Dorje Shugden. Well-known and highly esteemed Gelugpa practitioners of Dorje Shugden, past and present, include:

  • The 5th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Thubten Jigme Gyatso 1743-1811
  • Losang Thubten Wangchuk Jigme Gyatso 1775 – 1813 (head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism in Mongolia)
  • Ngulchu Dharmabadra
  • The Indian master Shakya Shri Bhadra
  • The 11th Dalai Lama 1838 – 1856 (who installed Dorje Shugden as the Protector of the Gelugpa tradition)
  • Gyara Tulku Rinpoche
  • Domo Geshe Rinpoche (regarded by the 13th Dalai Lama as an emanation of Lama Tsongkhapa)
  • Serkong Rinpoche (regarded by the 13th Dalai Lama as Vajradhara)
  • Tagpo Kelsang Khedrub Rinpoche
  • Pabongka Rinpoche
  • Trijang Rinpoche
  • Ling Rinpoche
  • Khangsar Rinpoche
  • Tathag Rinpoche (in charge of the Tibetan Government after the death of the 13th Dalai Lama)
  • Zong Rinpoche
  • Lobsang Tamdin
  • Ribur Rinpoche
  • Khen Rinpoche Losang Tharchin
  • Lati Rinpoche
  • Geshe Rabten
  • Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
  • Khechog Rinpoche
  • Dagyab Rinpoche
  • Gelek Rinpoche
  • Lama Yeshe
  • Lama Zopa
  • Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
  • Yongyal Rinpoche
  • The 14th Dalai Lama
  • Dagom Rinpoche
  • Gonsar Rinpoche
  • Gangchen Rinpoche and others.

More resources:

VIDEO: Trijang Rinpoche and the validation of Dorje Shugden’s practice

View the original video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2XoW0N_BQM

VIDEO: Zong Rinpoche doing a Dorje Shugden ritual

View the original video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVgMnfA3Cp0

VIDEO: Gangchen Rinpoche chanting the Medicine Buddha mantra

View the original video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViJH6KGYFr0

Q. Where can I find out more information about this Protector and his practice?

There is plenty of information available on this website www.dorjeshugden.net including a wealth of articles and videos.

VIDEO: An introduction to www.dorjeshugden.net

View the original video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWDCPE3rLAI

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I am New Here – A step by step starter kit (新人入门 )

May 13, 2009 by  
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Dorje Shugden, the Indestructible power of the enlightened mind

Who is Dorje Shugden?

An emanation of Manjushri, the enlightened Buddha of Wisdom. He manifests as a Protector who removes obstacles, protects us and our loved ones and grants our wishes quickly.

多杰雄登,具备证悟者的心识, 拥有坚不可摧的力量

祂是文殊菩萨的化身,即是智慧佛。祂化现為护法以消除我们及我们至爱的人的障碍,并 以最快的速度达成我们的心愿。

His lineage

As a direct emanation of Manjushri, he has manifested as many renowned figures throughout history, such as :

• Lord Dulzin, who built Gaden Monastery
• Panchen Sonam Drakpa, whose renowned teachings are still studied in monasteries today
• The legendary Chinese emperor, Kangxi
• Practiced all over the world and very revered in China.
• Practiced in many grand monasteries and also by laypeople everywhere.

Read more here: Lineage


• 身为文殊菩薩的直系化身,祂也曾化身為史上著名的高僧伟人
• 持律主大师,建设甘丹寺。
• 班禅苏南扎巴,祂的著作目前仍在寺院使用。
• 康熙,中国清朝皇帝。
• 世界各地都有祂的信徒,其地位在中国尤其显著。
• 许多具名的寺院及善男信女都是祂的信徒

Why does he look this way?

Learning about iconography is a great way to discover any deity’s nature, function, and the methods that are applied in their practice.

With beauty and power the following excerpts (in quotation marks) from prayers and praises to Gyalchen Dorje Shugden express via his outer appearance his inner intent and wishes.

“Although you outwardly exhibit the haughty manner of a terrifier to conquer enemies of Lozang the Victor’s teachings, you are, in nature, that very Manjushri Yamantaka; with the supreme, unsurpassed devotion.”

“In the middle of a dark wind-swept wisdom fire, on lotus and sun, and an enemy-trampling, frightening, watchful lion is the supreme heart jewel of Dharma protectors, Dorje Shugden, the mighty King. Monk robes beautifying his body, wearing a domed golden hat, his hands hold wisdom sword and enemy heart. Smiling at practitioners, he destroys enemies and obstructers with a wrathful look.”

“Smiling with ruby complexion of affection and compassion, elegant in whatever emanation of wrath, passion, or smiling peace, the instant one remembers the limitless secrets of your body, all needs and desires are granted, to you I praise. Your razor sword of superior wisdom rips through the foe, samsara, and you hold the heart of great bliss which slaughters the extreme of nirvana; to you who, for the glory of infinite migrators, shows signs of the skilful means, which have arisen from extremes of both samsara and nirvana, I offer praise. The system of Nagarjuna, the highest view, free from extremes, and the supreme behaviour of vinaya, the code of conduct of the Buddha; as an instruction to migrators that one should practice thus, you are adorned by the domed hat and saffron robes, to you I praise.”

透过图解发掘任何天尊的本质及作用的最佳方式, 即认识他们如何在修行中实践



Label number
What it means
1 Dark wind-swept wisdom fire


Fire emanates from the King Protector and burns up our obstacles and obscurations, arisen from negative karma


2 Lotus


His actions are based on great compassion


3 Sun disc


Realization of emptiness


4 Snowlion


Fearlessness that arises upon victory over ignorance, attachment and hatred, tramples the enemies, afflictive emotions arising from self-grasping and self-cherishing


5 Wrathful or fierce look on Dorje Shugden and Snowlion


From our side, it looks “frightening” because ego fears nothing more than confrontation with truth.From his side because wrath is quick and powerful.


6 Heart of the Enemy


Enemy heart denotes the root of the problem, ignorance. Holding the heart in his hand means Dorje Shugden “rips out” our ignorance, and therefore blesses us with more wisdom.Heart refers innermost essence, and our deepest wish – enlightenment.


7 Monk robes


Pure ethical outer conduct (Pratimoksha)


8 Domed hat


Domed hat the highest view (Vajrayana), Madhyamika, of which Nagarjuna was the first propounder, and which Je Tsongkhapa presented in his teachings with unsurpassed clarity for our present time


9 Wisdom sword


Cuts through the delusions which keep us from seeing reality directly


10 Taming hook in his left arm


Showing that his power works throughout the three realms of existence


11 Jewel-spouting mongoose


Provides material needs


12 Wearing shoes (tiger skin boots)


Wearing shoes (tiger skin boots) shows that he appears in the disguise of a worldly god, which means that he is closer to us ordinary beings and easier to propitiate than Kalarupa etc.


13 Third eye (wisdom eye) in the middle


His third eye (wisdom eye) in the middle of his forehead perceives directly the totality of relative and absolute reality, past, present and future.


Read more here: Appearance


Dorje Shugden works miracles, offering powerful protection day and night.

Are you a student?
He increases intelligence and memory.

Are you travelling?
He protects you from dangers and harm.

Disturbed by magic and spirits?
He will protect you from disturbing spirits and negative energy.
Read more here:  Powerful protection against Spirits and Black Magic

Business not doing well?
He clears obstacles and brings wealth.

Suffering an illness?
He brings healing to the body, mind and spirit.




Prayers I can recite to receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings

An example of a simple altar and tea offering to Dorje Shugden.
Note: Chinese tea or any type of tea is suitable as an offering.

Prayer by 5th Dalai Lama


Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinocerous leather hat,
Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
Who subdues the mamo’s of the charnal grounds, praise to you!

Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
Favorite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
Provide the good and avert the bad!
Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha
(Recite as many times)

唵 本杂 威基 比打那 梭哈

Golden Drink Offering (Serkym)
And especially, supreme, supramundane Dharmapala,
Forcefully powerful, strict, and swift Dorje Shugden,
Through offering you this ambrosial drink which bestows bliss
May you, having partaken swiftly and spontaneously accomplish our wishes!


Click to download free distribution brochure and prayer card!

Why does Dorje Shugden look so fierce?
His fierce expression symbolises his quick, swift energy and fast action to chase away your obstacles, but he is always smiling at you.

Do I have to be of a particular religion for Dorje Shugden to help me?
No. He will help all just as the sun shines on all.

What do I need to do for Dorje Shugden to help me?
Simply trust, believe and be consistent in your prayers to him.

What can I do with the free Dorje Shugden card I’ve just received, which is distributed worldwide?
Keep in your wallet as protection.
Recite his mantra as many times as you wish, anytime, anywhere!
Put on your altar (if you have one). It’s perfectly okay to put Dorje Shugden with other Buddhas/deities.
You can set up an altar in a simple, clean area. Offer candles, incense, flowers, food if you wish (optional)
If you would like to distribute the Dorje Shugden card in your area, you may download and print it for free here!




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