The Spiritual Lineage The Spiritual Lineage
Tracing the lineage between Guru and disciple is an important aspect of the Buddhist teachings as blessings descend from the lineage masters to the... The Spiritual Lineage

Tracing the lineage between Guru and disciple is a very important aspect of the Buddhist teachings. This is held sacred in the Gelug lineage because it authenticates the teachings and proves that the practices have a basis, a proven history and are not made up. More importantly, blessings descend from the lineage masters to the practitioner when the teachings and practices are engaged in correctly according to lineage tradition.

Hence, the lineage masters are often displayed in thangka or statue form in a Dorje Shugden chapel to illustrate how the practice of Dorje Shugden descended through various teachers and masters to ourselves. What follows below is a brief summary of the close lineage of Dorje Shugden’s practice.

Tagphu Pemavajra

(1876-1935)

Tagpu Pemavajra

Tagpu Pemavajra

The Tagphu or Dagpo line of incarnations can be traced back to the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, as the disciple Dharmati. He is better known as Tagphu Dorje Chang or Tagphu Pemavajra and is renowned for his supernormal abilities of astral-travelling to pure realms and receiving pure visions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Tagphu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub started his monastic education in Drepung Loseling Monastery in 1888. After he turned 30, he spent a lot of time in Chuzang Retreat where he taught his most famous disciple, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. According to traditional sources, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche after being prompted by Dorje Shugden via an oracle had requested Tagphu Dorje Chang to travel to the pure realm of Tushita. Tushita or Gaden Paradise is significant because it is the realm in which Lama Tsongkhapa Losang Drakpa (1357-1419), the founder of the Gelug tradition currently resides.

While in Tushita, Tagphu Dorje Chang requested and received the complete set of practices related to Dorje Shugden and his five families from Lama Tsongkhapa through Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen (1357-1419), who was one of Dorje Shugden’s previous incarnations. Upon his return, Tagphu Dorje Chang transmitted the complete set of teachings on Dorje Shugden to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, who then disseminated them widely in Tibet.

Tagphu Dorje Chang’s previous incarnation Losang Chökyi Wangchuk (1765-1792) also had numerous visions of deities which are recorded in the ‘Thirteen Pure Visions of Tagphu’ (stag phu’i dag snang gsang ba bcu gsum). These visions include the practices of Amitayus, Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani and Cittamani Tara which are also widely disseminated today.

Therefore, the lineage of Dorje Shugden can be traced in this order:

  1. Lama Tsongkhapa
  2. Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen
  3. Tagphu Dorje Chang
  4. H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche
  5. H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche
  6. H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
  7. H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

H.H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

(1878-1941)

H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo is perhaps one of the most influential Gelug Lamas of the 20th Century. He has a long line of incarnations that stems all the way back to the Mahasiddha Krisnacharya. In another incarnation he was Tsako Ngawang Drakpa, a great student of Lama Tsongkhapa and later, he was also Changkya Rolpai Dorje who was the tutor to the Qianlong Emperor of China.

Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is best remembered for his month-long teaching on the Lamrim, for which his closest student Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche wrote extensive notes. These notes have since been published as a book and translated into English, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche had a large following of lay as well as monastic students, which was unusual for that time. Perhaps, that is why he advocated the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, Vajrayogini and Dorje Shugden for the masses.

Dorje Shugden is said to have followed Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and would speak to him through oracles. On one of those occasions, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was requested to compose a fulfilment ritual (kangso) of Dorje Shugden. He embarked on this project by referring to earlier texts from the Sakya tradition and various other sources. Dissatisfied, he presented his work to Tagphu Dorje Chang who entered into meditation and ascended to Tushita Paradise to retrieve the complete set of teachings directly from Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen.

He then transmitted these to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche who was able to complete the composition of the kangso to his satisfaction. It is named Melodious Drum Victorious In All Directions and is the main text that is used to invoke Dorje Shugden today.

H.H Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche

(1901-1981)

H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche

H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche

His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche Losang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso was the heart disciple of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and widely believed to be an emanation of Vajrayogini. He has a long line of incarnations that stems all the way to Buddha Shakyamuni’s time when he was the Buddha’s charioteer, Chandra who led the Buddha out of the palace to become a mendicant. Two of his later incarnations, Yongzin Trichen Jangchub Chopel and Trichen Losang Tsultrim Palden ascended the throne of Lama Tsongkhapa as the 69th and 85th Gaden Tripa respectively.

Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche met Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche at a very young age and received the complete set of teachings, particularly the Lamrim, various Tantric initiations and Dorje Shugden’s lineage from his Guru. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche wrote extensive notes during Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s famous Lamrim teaching as mentioned earlier. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche also met Tagphu Dorje Chang and received a prophecy concerning his Yidam and where he would go after this life.

Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was appointed as the Junior Tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama along with Kyabje Ling Rinpoche who was appointed as the Senior Tutor. He taught the Dalai Lama everything he needed from the Lamrim and Tantric initiations to the proper etiquette that is expected of a High Lama. Even the practice of Dorje Shugden was first taught to the Dalai Lama by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.

While still in Tibet, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was requested by various scholars and incarnate Lamas to write a commentary on Dorje Shugden’s practice. He gathered notes from various ancient texts and began this very important project. However, the writing came to an abrupt end when he was forced to flee to India with the 14th Dalai Lama, leaving everything behind.

Then in 1963, a refugee escaping from Tibet arrived in India, bringing with him all of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s important documents and his unfinished text along with several thangkas of Dorje Shugden. Thus, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was able to complete the text in 1967, which was named Music Delighting The Ocean of Protectors (bstod ‘grel dam can rgya mtsho dgyes pa’i rol mo). It has since become the definitive commentary on the history and practice of Dorje Shugden.

Therefore, one could say that Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was almost single-handedly responsible for preserving Dorje Shugden’s practice (along with a myriad of other practices) and propagating it extensively throughout the modern Tibetan world. Most if not all Gelug Lamas and scholars today have been benefited by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, either directly or indirectly.

Apart from transmitting the teachings and preserving the lineage, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche personally trained the current Panglung Oracle (sku rten) who was a young man at that time. The Panglung Oracle of Sera Mey Monastery is renowned for taking exceptionally clear trances of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, and other Dharma Protectors. Thus, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche also perpetuated the old tradition of Tibetan oracles.

H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

(1904-1984)

H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Losang Tsondrue Thubten Gyaltsen was the heart disciple of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and is regarded as an emanation of Heruka Chakrasamvara. He is known to be an invincible debater and an accomplished Tantric yogi. His line of incarnations stems from the great master Khedrub Je, a close disciple of Manjunatha Je Tsongkhapa.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche entered Gaden Shartse Monastery when he was 11 and rose to become its Abbot. In his youth, he was an unparalleled debater whose skill in debate was praised by the greatest scholars of his time. While in office as the Abbot, he introduced reforms that were beneficial to the monastery.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche resigned from his seat in 1946 and went on a long pilgrimage to Tsari in Southeastern Tibet. During his travels, numerous miraculous stories arose which are attributed to his mastery of Tantric rituals for subjugating local deities and spirits, healing and controlling the weather.

One of his most well-known feats occurred during the events of 1959 in Tibet. Just after the Dalai Lama had escaped to India, Gaden Monastery was under siege. The monastery was shelled and in order to buy time, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche took it upon himself to engage in a supremely wrathful Trakze Shugden repulsion puja. Witnesses saw a powerful streak of light emitting from his room and landing in the enemy camp causing chaos, mayhem and destruction.

The shelling stopped for a few days which bought sufficient time for all the monks to escape, including the injured and elderly. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche refused to leave Gaden Shartse Monastery until everyone had been evacuated, and remained engaged in the rituals as the three walls of his room crumbled around him. Only the wall behind him remained standing. During his escape, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche breathed in noxious gas that ruined his vocal cords and made his voice hoarse.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche received many Tantric initiations and practices from Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. During his later years, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was invited to teach at many centres in the West where he actively propagated the teachings and lineages that he had received especially that of Dorje Shugden. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche also personally trained and sewed the clothes of the Gameng Oracle, who currently resides in Indiana, USA.

Towards the very end of his life, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was known to have made an elaborate last offering to Dorje Shugden and witnesses heard him say,

Thank you for your service all these years. I have nothing else to request of you.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had also requested his attendant to complete the Ritual Thread Mandala of Dorje Shugden (rgyal chen brten mdos) that he was in the process of constructing.

H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

(1965- )

H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche Tenzin Zopa Yonten Gyatso counts Kyabje Zong Rinpoche as his root Guru. His long line of incarnations stems all the way to Magadha Sangmo, a female disciple of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni who set the precedent of incense offerings to the Three Jewels and the recitation of invocation prayers. Another of Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnations is Kentrul Thubten Lamsang who was a close disciple of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and a Dharma brother to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche was born in unusual circumstances to a Tibetan father and Mongolian princess. Although born in Taiwan, Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche spent his formative years in America, all the while under the care of foster families. Although he was brought up a great distance away from the influence of monasticism and Tibetan Buddhist norms, he manifested many signs of a high incarnation, having a natural instinct for devotion to his Guru and an undying thirst for the Dharma.

In 1983, Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche met his root Guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Los Angeles and received from him a great many teachings and practices including Yamantaka, Vajrayogini, Cittamani Tara, Heruka Chakrasamvara and the life entrustment of Dorje Shugden.

In fulfilment of a promise made to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche was ordained by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and entered Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was also recognised and enthroned as the incarnation of the 72nd Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery, Gendun Nyendrak.

Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche has since been requested to travel abroad to Malaysia, first to fundraise for the monastery and later, to spread the Buddhadharma. In 2000, he founded the Kechara Buddhist organisation which has grown in leaps and bounds to a variety of projects and initiatives for modern spiritual seekers. Kechara is also home to the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world. In 2010, Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche established a Dharma blog (tsemrinpoche.com) where he brings the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden to millions globally.

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  • Sharon

    Posted on May 27, 2016 #1 Author

    Thank you to the dorjeshugden.org team for this post. It is reassuring to know that we are able to trace the lineage all the way to a divine source in Tushita Heaven. This proves that Dorje Shugden is not some demon as no demon’s teachings would originate from a Pure Land.

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  • Lew

    Posted on May 27, 2016 #2 Author

    Thank you for posting this spiritual lineage of Dorje Shugden. I am a student of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, and my Guru always stressed the importance of lineage and source of practice and teachings. Rinpoche always quote His source before giving teaching.

    If we are to do the Dorje Shugden practice and kangso, it is important we follow praise, mantra & rituals which are of authentic source.

    For the many people out there who do not have a Guru and would like to start Dorje Shugden practice, it is a good place to start: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/category/practice because the practice posted here are of authentic source, and do not requirement initiation.

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  • 华盈

    Posted on May 27, 2016 #4 Author

    学习,需要导师引导。除了需要导师,更重要的是需要清楚导师的传承,就算是世俗的学习比如修习武术,我们都知道需要清楚了解该门派的传承、祖师们、还有哪些祖师获得了修行的成果--从而了解这个修持法门是否能够同样帮助你获得相关成就,甚至不会让你走火入魔。

    佛法的修持更是如此。这篇文章很清楚列明多雄登修持法门的来源、修持此法门的高僧大德、其酬供的来源,以及它如何从祖师传给尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切,之后他再传给他的弟子。更重要的是,只要根据传承如法修持,来自传承祖师的加持力才能一代代从祖师传给我们的上师再传给我们。

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  • Cynthia Lee

    Posted on May 28, 2016 #5 Author

    Our lives are short, yet we have so many options of what and who to believe. As I was more inclined to Buddhism, I met my spiritual teacher H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the real deal and his every actions speaks it. His devotion to his guru was top class. So was his guru to his guru and so on. These great masters are no ordinary beings with amazing biographies. There’s so much proof the unbroken lineage and source from these enlightened masters is undeniably authentic.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/tagpu-pemavajra
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/pabongka-rinpoche
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/trijang-rinpoche
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/zong-rinpoche
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/tsem-rinpoche

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  • Wei Theng

    Posted on May 29, 2016 #6 Author

    Thank you for sharing the spiritual lineage for Dorje Shugden.

    It is important for us to know our lineage from where the teachings are originated for the authenticity of the teachings as well as to receive the blessings from all the lineage Gurus when we practice.

    I am a student of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. By reading the details of each of the lineage Gurus, I feel so blessed and fortunate to be able to receive the teachings from all the lineage Gurus.

    With folded hands!

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  • CindyH

    Posted on May 29, 2016 #7 Author

    For me, knowing the genesis of anything promotes better grounding on an issue and more so when dealing with spiritual matters which revolve around understanding and faith. Thus, reading about the origins/lineage of the practice and the faith as well as reliance of the highly attained masters on the practice from this article further reinforce my faith in Dorje Shugden and makes it easier to respond to wild accusations pertaining to the practice. Whilst knowing the lineage makes me realise how blessed and fortunate I am to even encounter Dorje Shugden, it also reminded me that lineage is but one of the means to facilitate development of or reinforce faith for purposes of practicing. It is not sufficient just to know how great the lineage is. Efforts have to be put in to be able to reap the benefit of the practice painstakingly preserved by the lineage masters. Thus, it is much more crucial for me to really practice (and not to take for granted) than just to be taken by the credentials of the practice.

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  • Doreen Teoh

    Posted on May 30, 2016 #8 Author

    Be it a lineage of spiritual lineage, or a skills, martial arts, music, it is important and necessary to know, or check the authenticity of the teachings or skills that we are going to grab or practice. As by knowing, the knowledge that we received comes from the right source, as a result whatever blessings or knowledge we obtain is being pass down correctly, and not by the creation of a person who just built this knowledge by their own perception and interpretation. As written in the blog, the lineage practice of Dorje Shugden can being trace back to Buddha Shakymuni’s times, where Tagphu Dorje Chang or Tagphu Pemavajra, as the disciple Dharmati have received the teachings of Dorje Shugden from Tushita’s heaven. From that onwards the lineage of Dorje Shugden has been passed down to great masters/Guru till to present time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, which is my Guru. As such, I can affirmed that the lineage of Dorje Shugden, is the most sacred blessings that a practitioner would receive when the practice is carried with good motivation and samaya.

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  • Fong

    Posted on June 6, 2016 #9 Author

    Just as we need to know that the source of the water we drink is from a pure source, so should we know that the source of the spiritual teachings are from a pure source. H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche would emphasize the source of his teachings so that we know that the source of the teachings is pure so that doubts are erased and we can focus on the teachings.

    Doubts create uncertainty and will be an obstacle for the blessings of the lineage to flow through to us, thus our practice will be less effective.

    This lineage goes even further back, all the way to the Buddha Shakyamuni. “The Tagphu or Dagpo line of incarnations can be traced back to the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, as the disciple Dharmati.” So the tracing of this illustrious lineage all the way from Buddha Shakyamuni reaffirms our faith in the pure source and clear of doubts.

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  • yin ping

    Posted on June 7, 2016 #10 Author

    Knowing our spiritual lineage is very important because it proves the authenticity of a practice and thus strengthen our faith towards the practice and our guru.
    Thank you very much for this wonderful piece of information _/\_

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  • Pastor Moh Mei

    Posted on June 16, 2016 #11 Author

    When we encountered any form of teachings, methods, something new, one of the questions that often asked is “Who is your teacher?” or “Where did you learn this from?”. It can be regarded as we do not believe in that person’s ability alone or what has been demonstrated but we require extra validation by asking where he got the source from. To me the irony of this question is that it still trace back to another person to another person until the person who created the teaching/method, then what? We do not know nor have any encounter with this person in history except for what is recorded (if any) but we choose to have faith in past recorded data as oppose to the person or the real events that is happning in front of our eyes? This characteristic of human is confusing.

    The difference in the case of spiritual lineage is that often the teachings traced back to a yidam or deity as a validation of authenticity.

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  • pammie yap

    Posted on June 16, 2016 #12 Author

    Thank you for this wonderful explanation of our spiritual lineage.
    It is extremely important to know where our lineage is from, especially its authenticity and source. And because of this, I know for sure that Dorje Shugden’s practice can help me tremendoulsy on my spiritual path.
    How lucky are we to be able to study under H.E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s lineage. All the sacred and holy practices/teachings that are passed down are authentic and with proof.
    To be able to learn and practice Dorje Shugden and other practices are the best blessings I can ever have and receive from my Guru.

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  • Jace Chong

    Posted on June 16, 2016 #13 Author

    From Tsongkhapa to Tsem Rinpoche, Dorje Shugden lineage was hold by very holy masters who have great contributions to Tibetan Buddhism.

    These masters are renowned for their vast Dharma knowledge and great writing and debating skills; for these masters to uphold a lineage, the Dorje Shugden lineage must be something very important and special for the future generations.

    May the lineage continues benefit more sentient beings. Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

    Thank you for the article !

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  • nicholas

    Posted on June 16, 2016 #14 Author

    Looking at the lineage masters that descended Dorje Shugden, they are all the great master that not just spread the dharma but have thought many other great master. Dorje Shugden practice has it authentic history that directly passed down from Lama Tsongkhapa through Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen which mean its from the enlightened being himself. It’s a great blessing for us who have receive Dorje Shugden practice and it have spread wide all over the world due to it effectiveness create conducive condition for the people to practice dharma.

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  • Pastor Henry Ooi

    Posted on June 16, 2016 #15 Author

    It is through His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche that I was introduced to Dorje Shugden and His practices. Today, my wife and two children also benefit from the practices. Also, hundreds of people in Kechara and worldwide are also benefitting.

    My deepest thanks and greatest appreciation to Tsem Rinpoche for Dorje Shugden had assisted my family on many occasions by clearing obstacles we were facing then, including saving my wife’s and my life.

    I rejoice that the practices of Dorje Shugden is now easily available to the public via this beneficial website.

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  • Julia Tan

    Posted on June 16, 2016 #16 Author

    I am very fortunate to follow Tsem Rinpohce. Rinpoche very particular about our lineage. Whatever he taught us all must come from Rinpoche’s Gurus. Very clear and authentic lineage even from all Rinpoche’s gurus that can be traced all the way to Buddha’s time. He never agree to teach anything out of no where. Whatever Rinpoche taught, there’s always a specific holy text to refer to. For example, Dorje Shugden lineage that was written clearly in Music Delighting Ocean of Protectors. Rinpoche always wanted us to study more and read more so that we are not being ignorance and follow blindly. Rinpoche never allow that to happen. With such a strong lineage, from guru to student, one after another, I am very confident with Dorje Shugden practice. Dorje Shugden manifested with a mission to protect the Dharma.

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  • Khoo Hou Haw

    Posted on June 16, 2016 #17 Author

    Thank you DorjeShugden.org for this article. Through this article we know the authenticity of Dorje Shugden’s practise. Since so many powerful Lama have been practising Dorje Shugden for so many hundreds of year, it is very clear that Dorje Shugden is a Dharma Protector that we can rely on.

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  • June Kang

    Posted on June 17, 2016 #18 Author

    To know the spiritual lineage is to ensure that we are on the right track. We feel safe to practice and we know it would bring results in our spiritual path. This article proof to us the unbroken lineage and all of the lineage masters are not ordinary beings. I am bless to met my spiritual teacher H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

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  • Erickksiow

    Posted on June 17, 2016 #19 Author

    First at all, i was thinking is that important to study or know more about all the Gelug lineage Masters? I already has a great Guru ( Tsem Rinpoche ) and do i still to know more about other Gurus? From times to times, years after years.. When i was duty at KP outlets, lots of customer started to questioning me about my Guru’s guru.. Where Tsem Rinpoche from? Who is his Guru? Your Guru connected with who? And etc.. ( questions about lineage masters ). Then i realized that lineage and lineage Masters are important to study.

    My point : Without tsemrinpoche.com and ds.org i won’t able to get the answers and answer back to all the customers that really wanted to know more about lineage and lineage Masters of Tsem Rinpoche and DS

    Thank You Rinpoche for having the most important info on Internet. _/\_

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  • Pastor Chia

    Posted on June 17, 2016 #20 Author

    From the deeper from my heart, i would like to thank H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has kindly introduced protector practice to and me help my spiritual practice until now. Reading through all the lineage master has passed the lineage now, i felt lucky and fortunate received Dorje Shugden practice. I had witness many cases how Dorje Shugden helped people from life dangerous, accident and removed obstacle and etc. Personal protector has help my father when he about passed away suffered from cancer. Which help me gain more faith into buddha, dharma and sangha. All these are the blessing from all the lineage masters. With folder hand. “OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA”.

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  • Mingwen

    Posted on June 17, 2016 #21 Author

    Thank you for providing such informative article about the lineage of Dorje Shugden!

    This link, http://www.dorjeshugden.org, has benefiting, and providing me essential information that I(as a beginner) need for the practice of the Great Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden!

    Would love to share this link to more people, thus, more people could able to be benefited by the Great Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.

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  • Helena

    Posted on June 19, 2016 #22 Author

    Thank you for the article. its obviously proof that Dorje Shugden is an enlighten protector and not demon. So many high lamas are practicing as there is a lineage can be clearly traced. I really hope more people realised it and stop the ban soon. May all blessed by Dorje Shugden.

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  • Pastor Gim Lee

    Posted on June 22, 2016 #23 Author

    Every authentic Buddhist teaching has a lineage. This is very important to instill faith in us that the practice is not make up or degenerated and is effective to benefit practitioners through the blessings from the lineage masters. Similarly, Dorje Shugden practice has a pure lineage passed down by illustrious masters who were to be the pillar of all Gelug-pa teachings. Without these same Lamas, there will be no empowerment and initiations of authentic teachings, ritual and tantric practices.

    In short, all their teachings, initiations & empowerment including Dorje Shugden practice are proven to be effective and beneficial for us and thousands of others.

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  • Frederick Law

    Posted on June 22, 2016 #24 Author

    In the Gelugpa Tradition, every source of teachings, practice, and even tantric initiation must have lineage that can be trace all the way to the lineage holders.

    Dorje Shugden is one such practice, which can be traced all the way to the 4th Tagpu Pemavajra Rinpoche, who is Root Guru of H.H Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche. At the request of Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche to request for complete teaching of Dorje Shugden practice, Tagphu Rinpoche meditated and astral travel to Tushita Heaven to have audience with Duldsin Drakpa Gyaltsen to transmit the sacred practice of life entrustment initiation of Dorje Shugden.

    Hence Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen request through His Guru, Lama Tsongkhapa, and from Lama Tsongkhapa the practice of Dorje Shugden was trasnmitted to Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, and finally to Tagpu Rinpoche. It is there for, we can confidently say that the Practice of Dorje Shugden is valid and has powerful blessing of all the lineage Master, as this is pass from One Guru to his Disciple, and continuously passed down all our Guru, H.E The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

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  • Lucy Yap

    Posted on June 23, 2016 #25 Author

    This article have shown us that the practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed, a recognized mainstream Gelugpa lineage practice. As is shown here, innumerable mahasiddhas, yogis and highly attained masters of the Gelugpa lineage have practiced and depended heavily on Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to preserve and spread the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa .
    Thank you for dorjeshugden.org for sharing this post.

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  • Lin Mun

    Posted on July 13, 2016 #26 Author

    Thank you for sharing the spiritual lineage of Dorje Shugden. It is very important to know and understand the history and the source of practise. We can see how Dorje Shugden practise have been passed on from one Guru to his disciple without any break.

    We are very fortunate to be able to learn the pure lineage and teaching of Gelug tradition in Kechara. Rinpoche has provided us with various means just so we can learn and practise dharma with convenience. Thank you Rinpoche and Kechara for your tireless effort in spreading dharma .

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  • Stella Cheang

    Posted on November 15, 2016 #27 Author

    Understanding the lineage of our practice is important because we want to be assured that the transmission or empowerment is authentic with a proven history and not made up. It is an unending blessing from the mind of the enlightened one to each and every individual practitioner. Therefore it is very fortunate for us to received Dorje Shugden’s teaching from lineage masters that can be traced back to Lama Tsongkhapa himself. We are also very fortunate to be receiving these teachings from our Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche who can rely the practice in a language that we can understand.

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