Good day, I’m a Dharma practitioner based in South Africa. I took refuge and Bodhisattva vows in the Nyingma tradition. I am not bound to any particular tradition though, in my personal approach. I am also loosely affiliated with the New Kadampa Tradition as I received my very first teachings in that lineage, namely a Je Tsongkhapa empowerment in 2010. After I took Refuge and Bodhisattva vows in 2019 I began having dreams about Dorje Shugden. In one dream he appeared as though hovering over my chest and promised to protect me. I have had other dreams where Dorje Shugden appeared and had a very compassionate nature and expression. My question is: why was it difficult to do Dorje Shugden practice as a member of the NKT but upon taking refuge in the Nyingma lineage, I’m having dreams of Dorje Shugden and experiencing his energy positively? I am considering rejoining the NKT but I don’t want to break my connection to the Nyingma lineage or my gurus. The NKT’s structure and Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings resonate strongly with me. Your advice would be much appreciated.
May the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas bless you.
Thank you 🙏🏻
Ps. Can one do Dorje Shugden practice without empowerment?
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