Dorje Shugden’s golden domed hat is a representation of the protection he grants to practitioners and upholders of Madhyamaka, Nagarjuna’s special view of Emptiness...
Dorje Shugden’s golden domed hat is a representation of the protection he grants to practitioners and upholders of Madhyamaka, Nagarjuna’s special view of Emptiness as embodied perfectly in Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings.
1959: H.H. the Dalai Lama wearing the domed hat as he first enters India through Sikkim
Nagarjuna elaborates on what we now call Madhyamaka philosophy in commentaries on the direct or true meaning of the Prajnaparamita Sutras in his “Collection of Middle Way Reasoning“.
This is a group of six texts Nagarjuna wrote, the famous main treatise titled “Root Verses of the Middle Way on Wisdom“. This “Middle Way” is defined as one between the extremes of annihilationism and eternalism, both of which are refuted by Nagarjuna because they are dependently co-arisen.
Nagarjuna is also said to be an accomplished alchemist/metallurgist who could transmute iron into gold.
A Travelling Tibetan Lama’s Hat
The young 17th Karmapa wearing a gold domed hat while travelling to Tsurphu
Common amongst all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the domed hat is traditionally worn by Tibetan lamas while travelling on the road to protect themselves from the elements.
Hence, the golden domed hat also symbolises Dorje Shugden’s mobility and swiftness in coming to the aid of sincere practitioners who practise the Middle Way.
Dorje Shugden doesn’t just stay in one place; he is always moving, always traveling and always on-the-go to help whomever calls upon him.
Gold from the Dzambu River
Dorje Shugden’s golden domed hat is adorned with gold from the Dzambu river. In Buddhist cosmology, the centre of the universe is Mount Meru or Mount Sumeru (Tibetan: ri rab), a huge mountain with four sides made of precious stones and full of the most wondrous things.
The Dorje Shugden statue made by the 5th Dalai Lama wears a golden domed hat
Around Mount Meru is a vast lake, and around this lake is a chain of golden mountains. Behind this chain of mountains is yet another lake surrounded by golden mountains, and this repeats itself seven times – seven lakes and seven chains of golden mountains.
Beyond the last chain of mountains is the lake Chi Gyatso. Chi Gyatso is where the four worlds were founded, each like an island with its own specific state and inhabitants. Our own world to the South is called Dzambu Ling.
Thus, Dorje Shugden’s domed hat being adorned by gold from the Dzambu river is another indication that Dorje Shugden is accessible to us, close to us, the inhabitants of Dzambu.
So, Dorje Shugden’s golden domed hat tells us that he protects the practitioners and upholders of the true meaning of the Prajnaparamita Sutras as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni, which was elaborated by Nagarjuna and perfectly taught by Lama Tsongkhapa. He is ever mobile, swift and ready to aid the inhabitants of this world.
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Hello, is the mantra for Control as found in the mantra-section; om benza wiki bitana washam kuru ho, the same mantra as the one in the Wangze-practice? Or is this mantra for Control for another form or Dorje Shugden?
Answer from Pastors
Yes the "control" mantra of Dorje Shugden is the same as in the Wangze practice. This is because Wangze is the control form of Dorje Shugden. He manifested in the form of Wangze with the primary function to "control". Even though Dorje Shugden has many types of mantras, this one corresponds to a particular form of Dorje Shugden, and that is the function of control. You can recite this prayer by visualising Dorje Shugden in his normal appearance or in the form of Wangze. If you are engaging in the Wangze practice however, then you should obviously visualise Wangze when you do the practice.
I need help for my son who has leg pain from last 12 yrs. we have got scan mri and all tests done but got no help. he says he will kill himself since its unbearable, recently someone said its black magic done on him. which puja/ prayer centre of buddhists do you suggest me to take him to. kindly help me urgently.
Thanks and regards
Answer from Pastors
I am very sorry to read about the problems you are going through. If you suspect that this is because of black magic, please engage in the practice of Trakze or better to get your son himself to engage in the practice if he is able to. Here is a link to the practice:http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits. The prayer text is included in the post, just click on the link and you can download the text. Even though he looks very wrathful, this is because Trakze arises from Dorje Shugden's compassion to help us. This is one of the most effective methods that i have come across to deal with black magic. Please read the post carefully and engage in the practice diligently. If the pain is really from black magic then it will help for sure.
And was wondering if it would be possible to camp on your land for the night? We plan on arriving the 24th but it may change. If you do allow us to stay on your land for the night then I'll let you know if that date has changed.
I guess by us I mean my wife and our little boy (he is 2.5 years old).
I am a Buddhist but somewhat new to the practice. We well gladly help out with what ever you would like done around the temple.
Thank you very much.
Dan, Brie and Koda
Answer from Pastors
Dear Dan Frye,
Thank you for your question. If you would like to visit Kechara Forest Retreat, please contact Kechara House Front Desk on: +603 7803 3908. At the moment we do not have an allocated space for camping, however we do have accommodation at Dukkar Apartments, which would be better suited to your needs since you have your little boy with you. Front Desk will be able to provide you with more information and help organize arrangements if you are still planning on visiting. We can only accommodate those who have made arrangements prior to visiting. I hope this helps.
You can read more about Kechara Forest Retreat here: http://retreat.kechara.com/. We also have meditation programmes every month, you can find more details and the dates of these programmes on the link above. I hope this helps.
I am struggling really badly at work with very bad workplace politics. I have all my life go the extra mile to help others (obvious to colleagues below the authority levels) but not to the bosses.
Even now one of my supportive boss refused to reply my calls/emails for support against vindictive and malicious elements at work.
I am a simple man who just want a peaceful life. I have given up on recognition long time ago. The risks of potential loss of career is compunded by my awareness of having 2 young dependent children in my family.
I have started the purification ritual and Dharma protector but mentally it is painful and difficult to concentrate in my saddened state of mind.
Is it too late for this current problem for the purification and Dharma protector roles to make a difference? Is there anything specifically I can do to resist my superiors who are really trying to adversely impact on my profession?
Answer from Pastors
Thank you for your question. I am sorry to read that you are having such a difficult time at work. It is never too late to engage in purification practices and Dharma protector practices to make a difference. They will always be of benefit. These practices help you deal with problems in life by alleviating you of negative situations. However since all that we go through in life is based on karma, some situations will take a longer time for us to see change. For example, some of the situations we are go through in life could be due to very strong karma from previous lives, therefore it takes us a longer period of time using these practices to see change. The more you practice, the more the karma will be purified causing these situations to arise. They key here to be consistent in your practice, and you will definitely see a change.
At the same time, since these situations are caused by karma, we should not add more negative karma to it. We should instead do the exact opposite, which is to be kind to and benefit others. The force of positive karma and spiritual merit can actually overcome the effects of negative karma until it is completely purified. Another method you can do, is to engage in retreats, where you engage in the practices intensively. This provides a boost to your spiritual practice and the purification of the negative karma is sped up.
In this specific case, you should continue your practices and you will definitely see an improvement in your situation. The other thing you should do is contemplate on the suffering that your superiors are going through. They act in the way they do because of their own karma and how it has affected their minds to act and behave in negative ways. Rather than be angry or annoyed at them, you should meditate on the fact that they are that way because of their own negative karma. When you develop compassion for them, because this is virtuous, this will speed up the process of the purification of negative karma. I hope this helps.