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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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?
Hello, is the mantra «Om benza wiki bitana shartrum maraya phet» a mantra of Trakze or is it for another form of Dorje Shugden?
Answer from Pastors
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.
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.
Answer from Pastors
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.