The original Nyanang Shedrup Gaden Phelgyeling Monastery was located in Nyanang, Tibet close to the border with Nepal. Records indicate that Phelgyeling Monastery was...
The original Nyanang Shedrup Gaden Phelgyeling Monastery was located in Nyanang, Tibet close to the border with Nepal. Records indicate that Phelgyeling Monastery was originally established as a Kagyu monastery, with Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden installed as their Dharma Protector during the time of His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama.
The Dorje Shugden statue personally made by H.H. the 5th Dalai Lama
In fact, one of the most revered and treasured holy objects in Phelgyeling Monastery is a statue of Dorje Shugden which was personally made and offered to the monastery by the 5th Dalai Lama. In her book, Ursula Bernis describes the statue to be about 12 – 16 inches tall with only the face visible since, like many Buddhist statues, it is covered in brocade and kept in a glass-covered container high up on a shelf.
In 1665, when Phelgyeling Monastery converted from Kagyu to Gelug, the propitiation of Dorje Shugden continued in the monastery. In fact, in Nyanang there were Kagyu and Nyingma monasteries who practised Dorje Shugden as well. Phelgyeling Monastery was also famed for performing the ritual cham dance of Dorje Drolo, which is predominantly a Nyingma practice. This highlights the inter-lineage harmony that existed surrounding the practice of Dorje Shugden.
Following the 1959 Tibetan crisis, Phelgyeling Monastery was re-established in Kathmandu, Nepal with the help of Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche. It is located at the foot of the Swayambhu mount, one of the holiest places in the Himalayas and closely associated with Lord Manjushri. It is said that on one side of the Swayambhu stupa is the entrance to an underground lake where nagas live and from where Manjushri brought the Prajnaparamita Sutras.
A prayer session at Phelgyeling Monastery
Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche also established the monthly schedule of rituals and prayers for Phelgyeling Monastery and in 1966, advised the monastery to engage in Dorje Shugden’s monthly kangso, or fulfilment ritual. Prior to this, the monks had only engaged in a Dorje Shugden ritual to request activities.
Today, Phelgyeling Monastery still uses the four exhortation verses (‘phrin bskul) to Dorje Shugden composed by the 5th Dalai Lama and the rituals composed by His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.
Phelgyeling Monastery is also home to several other very precious religious artefacts. Due to the close proximity of the original monastery’s location, Nyanang, with the border, these rare and holy objects were successfully brought to Nepal and are preserved to this day. The items enshrined in Phelgyeling Monastery today include:
A Tara image which is famous throughout the Himalayan region due to its ability to speak to those with pure minds. Many have come to Phelgyeling Monastery to behold this treasure and ask Arya Tara for her blessings.
A slab capturing the footprints of His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso (1682 – 1706).
A rare statue of Jetsun Milarepa (1052— 1135 CE) made during his lifetime by his heart-disciple Rechungpa.
A statue of Buddha Shakyamuni that dates back to the time of King Langdharma of Tibet, who reigned from 838 to 841 CE. King Langdharma is well known for his suppression of Buddhism. It is said that he ordered all statues to be destroyed unless the statue could prove its worthiness by actually speaking. This particular statue is believed to be one of the statues that spoke directly to King Langdharma, and thus was spared from destruction.
The interior of Phelgyeling Monastery’s prayer hall
The famous Tara statue that speaks to those with pure minds
The footprints of H.H. the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso.
A statue of Jetsun Milarepa made during his lifetime by his heart disciple Rechungpa.
A statue of Buddha Shakyamuni that spoke to King Langdharma of Tibet.
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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?
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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.
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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.