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While trying to find a local buddhist meditation group in my area, I happened upon a website that is connected to Ligmincha Int'l. It is a Bon sect claiming to be the oldest form of Tibetan Buddhism. I searched for a connection with Dorje Shugden and came across a page that had terribly negative comments about him. It said that he was a demon spirit, vengeful and capricious with evil intent, the ghost spirit of an evil king not to be trusted. His practice was discouraged for he would not be helpful. Naturally, I was upset. They also intimated that he appealed to Westerners who didn't know any better. I do not think that the page I got this from was directly connected to the above-mentioned organization. However, it did make me pause because I am new to all of this and don't know how judge it all. Can you offer any
reassurance? Thank you
Answer from Pastors
It's nice to see you here again. Bon is actually the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet. The first and oldest Tibetan Buddhist sect is actually known as the Nyingma tradition, which basis a lot of its teachings on the life and works of Guru Rinpoche. There are four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug. As far as I am aware, the Bon tradition incorporated Buddhist elements over time as it came into contact with these four schools.
Fundamentally however, Bon philosophy is Tibetan in origin, whereas Buddhist philosophy and practice is Indian in origin as that is where Buddhism actually came from. Whereas Buddhist teachings trace back to Buddha Shakyamuni, Bon teachings trace back to a figure known as Tonpa Sherab. All Buddhist schools, as the name of the religion suggests trace their origins back to the historical Buddha. But Bon does not. That does not make Bon an negative tradition in any way. It is a religion in and of itself which should be respected, but from a logical angle is not Buddhist in origin.
Now, some people may say that Dorje Shugden is an evil being, or a spirit. In your comment, you mention that he is the ghost of an evil king. This is certainly not true, and this is clear from his previous life, in which he was a holy and practiced monk. As for being an evil being, I am sure you have read the various articles on the blog section of this website? In it there are many articles about high lamas of different Tibetan Buddhist traditions that all practiced Dorje Shugden. If one were to say that Dorje Shugden was an evil spirit, this would make all of these great masters wrong in their practice. If they were wrong in their practice then they were wrong in all their Buddhist practices. If that was the case, the entirety of Tibetan Buddhism would be invalidated, as these are the very same masters who have passed the teachings down over time.
But this cannot be the case, because we have seen how the high lamas have benefited so many people with their teachings, and how they themselves have shown many signs of being spiritually attained. You can read more about these masters and their works, on the blog section of this site, if you haven't done so already. I really hope this helps.
I noticed a picture of someone's altar on the blog and it seemed to have Lakshmi and Lord Shiva together with Dorge Shugden. Is it permissible to have Hindu gods on a Buddhist
altar? I have suffered all of my life with religious OCD i.e. Scrupulosity, which means that I worry about every little thing in my practice; that I may be doing, saying or thinking something wrong or not appropriate or even insincere. Eventually, what happens is that from worrying about doing something wrong, I wind up doing nothing. I have Hindu items which
are hindering me from my setting up of a new altar for Dorge Shugden, as I do not know what is the respectful way to dispose of them. I would appreciate any suggestions you have. I would also appreciate any help you might render in order to help me overcome this debilitating condition as it has wrecked my spiritual life. Thank you very much.
Dear Philip Strumolo,
It is nice to see you here again. From a strict Buddhist perspective, we do not include other deities together with the Buddhas (enlightened beings) on out altar. However, there is nothing wrong with doing so if your aim is to create a sincere connection with Dorje Shugden and given your circumstance.
The main reason for this is that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being, that means everything he does comes from unbiased compassion. Since everything he does is from compassion, he will not 'conflict' with other deities if placed on the same altar. So, there is nothing wrong with doing so. It will not create a problem whatsoever.
If you prayer to and create a connection with Dorje Shugden, you should concentrate on the recitation of his mantra. Not just reciting, but concentrating on the sound and energy of the mantra. This is very important.
For your specific circumstance, Dorje Shugden's mantra can help, as can the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is included in the Diamond Path, which is the daily prayer text. This is available here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. Lama Tsongkhapa's mantra has the benefit of calming one's mind and can help deal with OCD as well. Dorje Shugden's mantra can have the same effect, because in essence both Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden are both Manjushri in nature, but manifested for specific purposes and with certain practices to help people in their spiritual path. I hope this helps.
I've always been been able to dark entities since I was a teen. I used to have a lot of night terrors and and a dark thing used to render me immobile during the night. Even my sister could see it at times.
And it always approached from the left side - there's a sensation of something* touching the left side of the body when it happens. It's just very disturbing.
I happen to come across D.S post and am wondering how the effects manifest. I need help as it's really affecting me.
It's nice to see you here. And let me just say that I know what you are going through. I have also been similarly afflicted by entities such as these in the past.
From the sounds of it, it seems that you have a karmic connection with a particular entity from a previous life, alternatively in this life you have the karma to be sensitive to these types of entities so you have these types of experiences.
There is an article here that may be great help to you given your particular situation: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits
The article starts off with a quick explanation how we can be afflicted by spirits and black magic and then goes on to explain a very powerful practice that helps to stop things like this from happening. It is a very long article, so please take your time to read it. While this particular form of Dorje Shugden may appear very frightening, he is actually very compassionate. The article will explain more.
This practice is very powerful and I have personal experience with this practice, as well as know people who have overcome similar disturbances using this practice. I hope this helps. Thank you.
Kadampa Meditation Center in N.Y.
Is the above-mentioned center related to you in any way? I do not see Dorge Shugden mentioned on their website. I have noticed that they refer to themselves as The New Kadampa Buddhists. I, especially at this point, do not wish to get off to a wrong start if they do not promote Dorge Shugden practice. A social setting is not imperative for me. I need a practice that will help me improve my life and finally bring some worthwhile happiness and peace to me. I do not wish to get involved with contradictory opinions but to have my own solid practice. I hope this makes sense to you. I thank you for your kindness and for your answers.
Nice to see you hear again. The above centre is not associated with us. However, they do indeed practice Dorje Shugden very strongly. Their courses are known to be very good, as long as you yourself put in the effort in your learning and meditation, and the Dharma that they practice stems from our same Gelugpa lineage. Their teacher is very learned and has spiritual attainments, therefore his centres can be trusted. I hope this helps. Thank you.
Setting up the altar
I am a beginner in this practice and no
immediately ready to set up my altar. However, can you use the same space that was once used a an Hindu altar? Can one purify that space ? or must one use a different table? There is a space constraint .issue. Yet I do not wish to offend our holy teachers.
You can use any space you like that is available to you, as long as it is a respectable area. Actually, there is no way to offend the enlightened beings, as they are above all emotions and concepts. However, from our side we should be as respectful as possible when setting up an altar space for the representations of the enlightened beings.
If you are using a space that has been used for something else before, you should clean it well. And then you purify it with incense reciting the mantra "Om Ah Hung" are you do so. So, you light incense, and then wave it over the space while reciting the mantra. Then you can set up the altar there.
If you are making offerings on the altar, then you can use the same procedure to purify and bless the offerings once they are made. I hope this helps. Thank you.
I need a protector; I need a practice.
I have spent my entire life seeking a religion or practice to help me better my life condition
and solve my problems. I have sought the answers in several religions but only became more
frustrated because of lack of real tangible help and proof that my prayers were being heard.
Christianity, Occultism, Hinduism. I practiced Nichiren Buddhism but was dissatisfied with the way they conducted themselves. I was just recently exploring taoism to seek that peace that we need in life. I found their attitudes very duplistic and I found little peace with them. I was feeling desperate and asked, "what next"? Then somehow I came across the name Dorje Shugden on the net. I read a short description of his powers and purpose. I also read some testimonials and I felt a wave of hope.. How do I begin? I'm not concerned about the Dalai Lamas ban. Thank you.
I'm glad you have come across Dorje Shugden practice. It is indeed a very powerful practice that can help in all areas of our lives. You can start the practice by following this particular post: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/starting-on-dorje-shugdens-practice which includes a short but effective prayer and the mantra of Dorje Shugden. If you recite this every day you will most certainly see a difference in your life for the better.
There are other things that you can do such as set up an altar. But you should follow the above prayer for some time before you set up an altar: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/setting-up-a-tibetan-buddhist-altar. Altars are extremely beneficial for our lives as they provide us with a stable environment, beneficial energies and a focus for our prayers.
If you want to go deeper into the practice, there is an article here:http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. This article provides you with longer daily prayers to make a stronger connection with Dorje Shugden and get the most benefit from the practice. I hope this helps. Thank you.
Thank you for the clarification, I wonder whether the two variations of the mantra of Wangze are different pronounciations of his mantra, or are they two difference mantras?
OM BENZA WIKI BITANA WASHAM KURU HO
OM BENZA WIKI BITANA WANGSHA GURU HUNG
It's nice to see you asking more questions here. They are both actually the same mantra but with slight variations, which may be due to the fact that they were passed down through different practice lineages. Both mantras are equally as powerful in invoking upon the enlightened energies of Wangze. For our own practice purposes, we follow the variation as taught to us by our guru. If you have a guru, then you should consult him/her and practice according to which mantra they teach you. If you have a connection with the guru, the blessings of the mantra and practice flow through the guru, so it would be better to follow the mantra they teach.
For us here, our guru is His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who has taught us the mantra: OM BENZA WIKI BITANA WANGSHA GURU OM. Therefore this is the variation that we use in our practice.
If you do not have a guru, you can follow whichever variation you find more affinity with during your Wangze practice. I hope this helps. Thank you.
Is the ending of some of the mantras which says «OM» and «HO», pronounciations of the syllable «HUNG», so that it is possible to understand them as the «HUNG» syllable?
Thank you for your question. The syllables Om and Ho are not the same pronunciations as the syllable Hung. They are meant to be recited as they are written. There are many different types of mantras and not all of them end in Hung. The syllables in each mantra will have its own individual meaning, depending on which deity the mantra is associated with. Usually the syllable Hung can also be spelt HUM (is being transliterated directly from the Sanskrit rather than the Tibetan) but they are in fact the same syllable. I hope this helps.
I was referring to the prayer posted on this page (http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/request-for-activities-of-dorje-shugden), it seems to be only in tibetan, so I was curious wether it has an english translation.
Thank you for the clarification. Unfortunately, we do not have an English translation of this particular Request for Activities prayer at this time. But there are translations of equally powerful prayers, as I mentioned earlier.
Invocation to Dorje Shugden Lord
I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina: There's only one Kadampa Buddhist Center here, but I do not like Western masters: I look for a line like Lama Ganfgchen or Pabongka or Trijang, or the Gaden Shartse Monastery: I'm alone, and I want to know if it is possible to do a practice in my room, some ritual to open my ways: I would like some expert lama to come to my city, I read that you practice them to invoke Dorje Shugden are very long, and complicated: download the Nkangso and another ritual that you offer on this site, but I do not understand anything, and for that reason I want some advice: at the Kadampa Center in my city they always ask for money and that makes me uncomfortable. Thank you very much, greetings and I hope that soon a teacher like Lama Gangchen will come who I personally knew in 2004.
Thank you for your question. I hope that your prayers are answered soon, and you are able to learn the Dharma as you so wish. Since, you know Lama Gangchen, who is a very qualified and authentic teacher, perhaps you should get into contact with his centre and ask for my guidance. You seem to have a connection with Lama Gangchen, so you should nurture this connection because it is a very good one.
In regards to which practice you can do, the joint practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden is extremely beneficial. We have a short practice available here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden It is a lot shorter than the full Kangso text to Dorje Shugden, and can be done on a daily basis. This will be very good for you. There is a video here that explains how to engage in practice to make it easier for you: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/media/how-to-begin-dorje-shugdens-practice
Alternatively, there is an even shorter prayer available here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/starting-on-dorje-shugdens-practice if you recite this prayer, then you can concentrate on the recitation of Dorje Shugden's mantra.
Either of these will be extremely beneficial as a daily practice for you to engage in. I hope this helps.
I have heard speculation concerning this type of practice. What type of relationship in your own words do you have with The Dali Lama and or The Karmapa? thanks so much for your feed back.
Dear Trip Out,
Thank you for your question. As a practitioner of Buddhism from the Gelug tradition, I do not have a relationship with His Holiness the Karmapa. This is because the Karmapa is the supreme head of the sacred Karma Kagyu tradition, as i have not received teachings from this tradition before, I have no connection apart from my deepest admiration for the Karmapa as the holder of his tradition.
In regards to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, even though we belong to the same lineage, I also have no relationship with the Dalai Lama, apart that His Holiness is one of the teachers of my Guru, but not my Guru's main teacher. I hope this helps answer your question. If it does not, please do ask more. Thank you.
Hello, I also wonder wether there is an english translation of the "Request for Activities of Dorje Shugden" on your prayer page?
If you are referring to the prayer to known as Dothey composed by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, then yes. It is also known as the Request for Activities of Gyalchen Dorje Shugden. You can find the text here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/request-for-activities-dothey
The above page also has a commentary to the prayer. It is a very powerful prayer invoking on the energies of Dorje Shugden into our lives, and was written by one of the greatest masters of recent history. I hope this helps. Thank you.
It’s been a week I follow Dorje Shugden
OM BENZA WIKI BENATA SOHA
I AM SUFFERING FROM SOME PROBLEM. I AM PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED BOY GOT POLIO FROM THE AGE OF 3 YEARS. PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU CAN FIND SOME AID FOR ME. I RECITE MANTRA DAILY TO SOLVE MY PROBLEM.
Dear Tenzin Gejor,
I am very sorry to read that you suffer due to contracting polio when you were younger. What the Buddha taught is that life can be full of a lot of suffering. Some people go through a lot of suffering but what the Buddha taught is that we can use this suffering to further our spiritual path.
When we are dealing with problems in life, we need to do two things. The first is to seek physical help and the second is to seek spiritual help. In your case, if your problems are linked to your physical health condition, you should seek medical help. At the same time, you can engage in the practice of Dorje Shugden, which you can find here:www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden
When you engage in the practice of Dorje Shugden sincerely, this can help to make things in life smoother and clear obstacles for you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
Duldzin and Gyentze
I the mantra for increase on your web page (OM BENZA WIKI BITANA PUNYE SIDDHI HUNG) connected with the main form of Dorje Shugden or is it connected with Gyenze?
And what is the particular quality/activity or benefit of Dorje Shugdens main form, Duldzin, in relation to his other emanations such as Trakze? - When is this main form, Duldzin, invoked and called upon as compared to Trakze being a wrathful form to protect from danger and black magic? And is it a "peaceful" form?
Thank you for the patience.
Thank you for your question. The mantra that you have mentioned is associated with the main form of Dorje Shugden, also known as Lord Duldzin. The main form of Dorje Shugden has more than one mantra, as you have found out. The main form of Dorje Shugden encompasses all of his activities.
We can engage in the specific practice and mantras of his other emanations if we have an affinity with that form, we are assigned the practice by our teacher, or we need more specific help. For example, those going through financial difficulty can propitiate the main form of Dorje Shugden using the mantra you have mentioned, but they can also propitiate his Gyenze form for more specialized help in alleviating their financial difficulties. The specific mantra to Gyenze is : OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA TSESO PALJOR LONG CHO THAMCHED PUTRIM KURU OM. You can read more about the practice here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth
Similarly, one can propitiate the main form of Dorje Shugden for health and well-being, but if you are suffering for a specific health problem and you want help dealing with that specific problem, you can engage in the Shize form of Dorje Shugden.
I hope this helps answer your question. Thank you.
Mantra of destruction
Hello, is the mantra «Om benza wiki bitana shartrum maraya phet» a mantra of Trakze or is it for another form of Dorje Shugden?
The mantra Om Benza Wiki Bitana Shatrum Maraya Phet is not the mantra of Trakze, or another form of Dorje Shugden. This mantra invokes the main form of Dorje Shugden but with the main focus of the destruction of obstacles, and inner and outer enemies. Inner enemies here refers to emotions and thoughts that lead ourselves and others to suffering. Outer enemies here refers to situations that cause ourselves and others suffering.
Trakze's mantra is Om Benza Wiki Bitana Rakya Rakya Hung. You can read more about Trakze's practice here:http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits. I hope this helps. Thank you.
How you help people
So it will be a false allegation if I mention that your community help people by financially those who follow Dorjee shugden. Because I saw in my life that many people who follow Dorjee shugden bless by wealth and success. It just a question my intention is not to hurt your sentiments and pointing towards your respected community.
Thank you for your question. As I mentioned in an earlier reply, any Dharma organisation or even normal practitioner of the Buddha's teachings seeks to help others in whatever means they can, sometimes this can take the form of financial aid, but mostly it comes in the form of care and compassion. Such as helping those who are ill, who have passed away, their families, providing emotional and spiritual support during the times people are suffering in their lives. This is exactly what a family would do. In fact within the teachings as taught by Shantideva, there are meditations in which we contemplate on the kindness of our mother and then extend that to those people who are close to us, and then to every sentient being. This generates the strong feeling of love and compassion towards all beings. This results in our working tirelessly to aid beings as best we can, in whichever way they would need.
The blessings of Dorje Shugden bestowing things like wealth and success on people is not dependent on what organisation you belong to. It is dependent on practicing the Buddha's teaching, and making a connection with the divine beings such as Dorje Shugden. His practice is so much more than one that provides you with success in life, but also protection from spirits, healing, creating conditions so that you can practice Buddhism properly and as an emanation of Manjushri can help you to develop wisdom as well.
Our sentiments are not hurt, please do not worry. We just wanted to share that Dorje Shugden's practice is so much more than gaining wealth and success. I hope this answer helps you.
Do you help those people who follow yr dharma
I heard u help people who come under your roof and by following your dharma he will bless you with success wealth and happy life is it true
Thank you for your question. You don't need to be under our roof to be blessed with success, wealth and happy life. If you practice the Buddhist path sincerely, transform your mind to be more compassionate and wise, and help other to the best of your ability, you will be blessed. The Dharma we practice comes from the great monasteries of Tibet, and in turn the Dharma from there stems back to Buddha Shakyamuni. If you are practising any form of Buddhadharma that has a lineage back to the Buddhas and great masters, then if you engage in the practices sincerely, you will surely gain benefit. It is not about which Dharma centre or organisation you belong to, but the practices themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
Is it true that you help people if they joined your community or organisation
It is the Buddhist way to help as many people as one can. Therefore, whether you join our community or organisation, If it is within our ability to help you in your problems in life, then we strive to do so. That is what it means to practice spirituality, to help alleviate another person's suffering. The Buddha taught to show compassion to all beings, regardless who they are. Therefore, we try to help as many people as we can. I hope that answers your question. Thank you.
I live in nepal Kathmandu boudha. I am tibetan . I want to study about dorje shugden dharma. How can I contact ?
Dear Tsetan Phuntsok,
Thank you for your question. I am glad you want to know more about Dorje Shugden. If you go to this link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/bhagawan-dorje-shugden-chapels-in-kathmandu-nepal.html, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche has opened two fantastic Dorje Shugden chapels in Kathmandu. If you are in the Boudha area, one of the chapels are very close by that you can visit and learn more. You can make offerings to the statue to gain merit and take some of the free distribution materials to learn more. I hope this helps.
Hi, I'm in New Delhi, is there a temple or teacher I can meet here to pursue Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden?
Dear Shwetabh Gupta,
Thank you for your question. At the moment, perhaps you can search online for the contact details of the Delhi Dorje Shugden society. They should be able to point you in the right direction of a particular temple and or teacher located in Delhi. I am sure there is one, but I do not have the details at hand. They society will be the best ones to point you in the right direction. I am very glad to read that want to learn more about Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. I hope this helps. Thank you
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