Dorje Shugden is closely connected with China in many ways. In Dorje Shugden’s kangso or fulfilment ritual by His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, it is stated that Dorje Shugden resides in Wu Tai Shan (Five-Peak Mountain) of China. Wu Tai Shan is also the abode of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom, of whom Dorje Shugden is an emanation of.
According to the Mongolian scholar Losang Tamdin, Dorje Shugden also reincarnated as the Qing Emperor Kangxi, yet another link between Dorje Shugden and China. Emperor Kangxi contributed tremendously towards restoring peace and harmony, and championed the spreading of the Buddhadharma in China amongst other achievements. The Tibetans have a folk belief that China is ruled by the emanations of Manjushri. Thus, China has a close affinity with Manjushri and therefore, Dorje Shugden as well.
The Kangxi Emperor is also an ancestor of the Emperor Dhakong, who enthroned Dorje Shugden as a Dharma Protector in the 19th Century. One of the verses in Dorje Shugden’s kangso states:
Enthroned as guardian of the Yellow Hat Teachings
By the Chinese emperor, the Dalai Lama, and his regent,
You generated the intent to protect the Teachings from now
Until the Buddha, Aspiring One, praise to you!
The enthronement mentioned above refers to a very significant moment in history during which His Holiness the 11th Dalai Lama Kedrup Gyatso along with his then regent officially recognised and enthroned Dorje Shugden as the Dharma Protector who safeguards the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa and by extension, the Gelugpa lineage. This is what is meant by “guardian of the Yellow Hat Teachings“.
Lastly, the following account reinforces a well-known historical fact about Dorje Shugden oracles, which is that they are highly accurate and beneficial. There is not a single account of an oracular pronouncement from Dorje Shugden being inaccurate. The below is based on a scriptural document detailing the imperial recommendation by the Chinese Emperor Dhakong, together with His Holiness the 11th Dalai Lama and his regent.
During the time of the 11th Dalai Lama Kedrup Gyatso and the regent Reting Hotogtu Ngawang Yeshe Tsultrim Gyaltsen, the Great Dharma King Nechung and the Lhasa Trokang Gyalchen Shugden were both swift to perform activities and both were very renowned in giving accurate prophesies.
At that juncture, an Amban, an official from the Chinese Qing dynasty, by the name of Che Trungtang was present in Lhasa. The Amban burnt a set of questions in Chinese in front of Trode Khangsar, and asked for clear answers from Dorje Shugden during a trance scheduled for the next day. These were questions posed by the Qing Emperor Dakhong relating to certain political decisions that needed to be made.
When the Trode Khangsar oracle took trance the next day, Dorje Shugden gave clear advice to the questions burned by the Amban. When the answers were brought back to Emperor Dakhong, he was amazed at the precision and clarity of the advice given. The Emperor sent offerings of a pandit’s hat for both Dorje Shugden and Nechung, and recognised Dorje Shugden as a powerful Dharma Protector, not only for the Gelug lineage but the entire Buddhadharma.
Once the offerings were received in Tibet, the Regent, secretaries and various other dignitaries traveled to Nechung for a ceremonial offering of the new pandit’s hat. After this, they traveled to the Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa. It was there in the large stone courtyard that His Holiness the 11th Dalai Lama, the Chinese Amban, the Regent, the Dorje Shugden oracle and various monks held a grand ceremony, after which the pandit’s hat was placed over its doors.
Together, the Chinese Emperor Dhakong and the Dalai Lama, patron and lama together, all praised and enthroned Gyalchen Dorje Shugden as the principal Protector of the Yellow Hat Teachings as praised in the verse above.
I have seen with my own eyes a record of this and the previously related story in which the minister Bumtangpa was saved from execution, in the notations of the office of the Kashag of the Tibetan government, in the guest book diary for the respective dates where the essence of what occurred in each instance was described.
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