It is an established belief that the Protector Dorje Shugden is in essence an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom, in the form of a Dharma Protector or Dharmapala. This is taught in the writings of great lineage masters such as H.H. Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang’s “Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors” and H.E. Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s “White Diamond (rin chen pha lam dkar po)”. More recently, exciting information has come to light of Dorje Shugden’s name written in the Kangyur, hidden in a passage about the names of Manjushri.
The Kangyur is a collection of texts recording the spoken teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. Works to translate this immense text from the traditional Sanskrit language to Tibetan script had begun since the 7th Century. However, it wasn’t until the 14th Century that the Tibetan version of the Kangyur and Tangyur (the great Indian and Tibetan commentaries on the Buddha’s teachings) took on its current form. The great Zhalu scholar and translator, Buton Rinchen Drub, is credited for his lifelong effort to collect, edit and translate the encyclopaedic Kangyur and Tangyur into the Tibetan language, which would become his most enduring legacy and the foundation for all Buddhist study. In fact, Buton Rinchen Drub is also recognised as one of the previous incarnations of Dorje Shugden.
The great discovery of Dorje Shugden’s hidden name in the Kangyur was made by H.E. Dragyab Chocktrul Ngawang Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen, a close disciple of H.E. the 19th Denma Gonsa Rinpoche. Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche had also been known by the name “Kangyur Rinpoche”, a reference to his great deeds of giving Dharma discourses based on the Kangyur texts. Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche was also known for being able to recite up to six volumes of the Kangyur in a single day. This is a feat that is almost unachievable by any other individual, as each volume consists of 500-700 pages on average. One can only imagine Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche’s proficiency and in-depth knowledge of the Kangyur as he sped read through thousands of pages yet understood its gross and subtle contents.
When the 19th Denma Gonsa Rinpoche entered clear light, Dragyab Losang Gyaltsen received his master’s reading glasses along with instructions to continue teaching the Kangyur. After many years of teaching and reciting the Kangyur according to his teacher’s instructions, Dragyab Losang Gyaltsen came across a passage in Volume PA (པ) of the rgyud bum genre of the Kangyur, and found the name of Dorje Shugden hidden within the 108 names of Manjushri. Delighted with his finding, Dragyab Losang Gyaltsen gave the following explanation:
According to Dragyab Chocktrul Ngawang Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen, Manjushri emanates in infinite forms according to our needs. One of these is the form he emanates in when we are in need of vajra (indestructible) protection. Accordingly, the name of Dorje Shugden is hidden within the syllables of the 108 Names of Manjushri that were spoken by Lord Buddha, specifically in the name of Manjushri’s form pertaining to such protection.
This discovery has delighted many Shugden Buddhists around the world. Some may wonder why this fact was only discovered centuries after the Kangyur was translated. However, if one has seen the immensity of the Kangyur, consisting of approximately 70,000 pages, it is easy to understand how rare it is to have a great scholar dedicate his life to reciting and teaching the Kangyur over and over again, let alone notice this subtle point.
This significant discovery also coincides with prophecies of Dorje Shugden’s arrival as the Dharma Protector of our time. The Shugden community believes that it is because Dorje Shugden’s time is drawing closer that these precious discoveries are made – to help us gain more trust in Dorje Shugden’s ability to assist us both in our daily life and spiritually.
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