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Dorje Shugden and the Dalai Lama
Hi, since H.H. the Dalai Lama has strongly discouraged the practice of Dorje Shugden (and He is Chenrezig), will I get any bad karma from practicing Dorje Shugden?
Hi. Just wondering do the question still get answered on this site?
Answer from Pastors
Hello Dermot, yes the questions do still get answered. Thank you.
I am travelling to Lhasa in 10 days' time and am planning a 5 day itinerary in and around Lhasa. Please can you indicate key places of pilgrimage outside of the usual ones. For example, I've been trying to locate Chusang Hermitage near Lhasa but without success. Also, do you know of any Dorje Shugden gompas in Lhasa? Thank you so much,
Dear Kelsang Lhamo,
I hope your trip went well. Actually there is a very famous temple to Dorje Shugden (the first temple established to Dorje Shugden in Lhasa). It is known as Trode Khangsar, you can find out more here:https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html
is trance of Shiva and Mariamman also similar to Dorje Shugden Oracles
Dear Logan Naidoo,
Thank you for your question. The trance is the same in the manner that it is an outer deity entering the body of the person. If the meaning of your question was different, you can explain further here and we will answer. Thank you.
Hi. I was at a teaching recently and tormas were refered to as bring Buddha's or representations of being offered to Buddha's. Not having heard this before I ask for some guidance please
Here is an article on tormas which may answer your questions: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/torma-offering-prayers-to-dorje-shugden
I hope this helps. Thank you.
Jamgon gyalwe tensung dorje shugden trinchuk chodu shushol, Bylakuppe, India, Sera Mey Parkhang. 1992, page 63 – 69.
IS THERE AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION??
I do not have a copy of the pages of this exact text to be able to check if there is a translation or not. Would you happen to have a copy of this so we can check?
I m jobless now, I need yo clear my debt, people are chasing me to paid.
I'm sorry that you are going through this situation. There are many methods that you can engage in that can help you get a job easier. This will generate the energy to make your job hunting easier. But you should still put effort into finding a job.
The method is the practice of Gyenze, who is the increase of Dorje Shugden:http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth
I have 2 cycts found in my chest area during a routine check up . I get light pain & discomfort in that area and appreciate very much if you can let me know what chanting do I need to do to heal myself.
Can I chant OM BENZA WIKI BITANA AYU SIDDHI HUNG
Thank you very much
I hope that you are feeling better now. Below is a link to a post about Shize, who is the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden. This form of Dorje Shugden is very beneficial for healing and long life. It may answer a lot of your questions: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/shize-a-practice-for-healing-and-long-life.html
Since my secondary school i have been taunted by this weakness of getting nervous
when i engage in conversation. It's so bad at times that it made me to avoid my social life
in total and giving up every good opportunity in my life. As i'm a devoted Hindu, I
have tried many pujas and prayers to eradicate this problems but i'm
still seeking for a solution. Recently I recieved a Dorje Shugden photo with a locket from a group of volunteers from Kechara foundation at a famous Hindu festival.
As i'm a Hindu,can i prayer to Dorje shugden for my problems and i would like to know
the right method of doing it. And i have also a photo of vajrayogini which i got it from a
a book and i became very attracted to the form of the goddess. Is it alright to worship
her in my altar room with other Hindu gods. Kindly advice me and thank you for the
Thank you for your question. I am sorry you have been facing this problem. The practice of Dorje Shugden can definitely help you in the matter, but it will depend on the effort you put into it yourself. As for if you can put Dorje Shugden and Vajrayogini on the same altar as Hindu gods, of course you can! If what we pray to is really divine, then there is no problem at all. In fact, from the side of the divine, it is not about which religion or which god you pray to, the divine is all the same. It is us humans that put labels on the divine.
How you can you proceed is to follow the prayer and mantra written on the items you got from Kechara during the festival. The prayers are authentic and will help tremendously on your spiritual path. They will also help you to make a connection with Dorje Shugden, who will assist you, as his sole motivation is compassion. I hope this helps. Thank you.
Before six month in deep sleep I have been suggested to go for MANJUSRI SADHNA . The name of sadhna was totally new to me. I have been never heard about MANJUSRI.
I born in Hindu family and practicing Yoga since many years. I am Regional Director of Parmanand Institute of Yoga research and science.
While going through the books on Budhism I found the Name .
Please guide me
Thank you for your question. It seems that you have a connection with Manjushri, who is the Buddha of Wisdom. If you want to find out more about Manjushri and his practice, you can follow this link here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/all-about-manjushri.html It will take you to a very comprehensive article about his nature, function, and lists out various prayers which you can engage in to make a stronger connection with him and to increase your wisdom. I hope this helps.
Is this rude to DS, please?
Hi there, I have read the testimonial - http://www.dorjeshugden.com/testimonials/blessed-by-shugden-marcus-lee/ and this is exactly what's happening to me now. I have open my shop for 5 years and till today, I have a lot of people telling me that they didn't know that there's a shop here until their neighbours or friends tell them about us. They practically said - We didn't know that there's a shop here or your shop is always CLOSED. We open 6 days a week and we have the open sign, the open tear drop flag, etc. We just found Dorje Shugden last year and have been praying his mantra om benza wiki bitana soha every single day. We also printed out his photo and place it on our altar at home and at the shop. May I ask, is it rude if we print another photo and place it at the door or windows at the front of our shop? Please advice. Thank you. Warmest regards, Geri
Thank you for your question. Of course you can put a picture of Dorje Shugden at your shop door or windows. There is a common practice of hanging images of the enlightened deities above doors for protection, clearing of obstacles and promoting success. In addition to this, it is believed in Buddhism that when you see an image of an enlightened being, this plants the seeds of enlightenment within your mindstream. Therefore, if you display the image of Dorje Shugden you are not only helping yourself, but also all of those who see his holy image. Of course, the image should be placed in a respectful manner, and kept as clean as possible. I hope this helps. Thank you.
Can’t sleep well if put Dorje Shugden postcard at home
Last few days i was given free postcard of Dorje Shugden when i visited Forest Retreat at Bentong.So i bring back home and put at the table in my center of the house which facing my dad.He is now amputated and sleep at the bed.But that day when i put up the poster he cant sleep and always scream and getting mad.Its this normal??
Thank you for your question. What you have described is not normal. Dorje Shugden is the emanation of Manjushri, who is the Buddha of Wisdom. As a Buddha, he cannot affect people in negative ways. When we see a Buddha image or hear their prayers and mantras, we can only be affected in positive ways. This is because all Buddhas operate from the highest form of compassion. They only do what is the best for us and they can never harm us.
I think what is happening to your father is probably due to his state of mind. You should talk to him and explain to him who Dorje Shugden is, his benefits and that he is an emanation of Manjushri. That might help to ease his mind. Sometimes having an image of a deity can disturb some people's minds because they do not know who the deity is. This is especially the case if they are not familiar with the form of the deity. To them it may seem strange at first, but once they know the benefits of Dorje Shugden then their minds will calm down. You can explain to your father about the benefits of Dorje Shugden's practice. You can find a list of these benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/benefits/how-dorje-shugden-helps.
Since your father is an amputee, he may be suffering from mental stress at having lost his limbs. This is very common with people who have been amputated, even if not recent. If you father is open to the idea, you can ask him to chant Dorje Shugden's mantra, which will bring him a lot of peace. You can also move the image to another location of the house if your father does not like it where it is. I hope this helps. Thank you.
Please : May I know if there a Center of Dorje Shugden in Genova or in others places near Genova. Grateful for Your Answer ! Gisella
Dear Alberto Vassallo,
Hello! It is very nice to see you here. Unfortunately, I do not know of any Dorje Shugden centres in or around Genova. However, there is a very famous master named Gangchen Rinpoche who has a centre in Italy. The address of the centre is:
Via Campo dell’Eva, 1
28813 Albagnano di Bée (VB) Italia
Tel +39 0323 569601 – Fax +39 0323 569921
They also have a website which you can visit here: http://ahmc.ngalso.net.
I hope this helps and was what you were looking for. Thank you.
Thank you for the answer, just to check; does that mean that if I have a Chenrezig initiation I may visualize as Chenrezig and then do the visualization of those lights from my own heart? Thank you for the patience.
It's nice to see you here again. As for your question, this would depend on what sort of Chenrezig initiation that you have received, as there are many lineages of practice. If you have received a practice that involves front generation (visualizing the deity in front of you) then you would not visualize yourself as Chenrezig during the invitational verses to Dorje Shugden. However, as you have the initiation, you can visualize Chenrezig on top of your head instead of Lama Tsongkhapa.
If you have received the practice in which you can self-generate (visualize yourself as the deity) then yes, you can visualise yourself as the deity and then visualize the lights from your heart. Usually, Dharma protector practice is done before the dissolution of the main deity sadhana, in this case Chenrezig. However, if you have received initiation you should check with your Lama, during which section of the sadhana you can insert Dharma protector practice. I hope this helps.
Regarding the Invocation Prayer of Dorje Shugden, (http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/invocation-prayer-of-dorje-shugden), there is a visualization of "rays of light from my heart, invite from the natural sphere.." Is there any initiation that is required to visualize this light when reciting the invocation, or can one visualize this light from the heart without initiation? If initiation is required is there an alternative way to visualize this?
Thank you for your interesting question! You are indeed right about needing initiation to engage in the corresponding visualization of lights emanating from one's heart to invite Dorje Shugden. This can be any deity initiation in which you are given permission to generate oneself as the meditational deity. In the case of Dharma protector practices, one engages in these meditational deity practices before one engages in Dharma protector practices. For those without initiation, we engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa.
For those of us without initiation, when we recite the invitational verses, we can visualise Lama Tsongkhapa sitting on top of our heads. His size is similar to the size of our thumb. One should concentrate on visualizing Lama Tsongkhapa sitting on top of our head. When we recite the line that says "rays of light from my heart, invite from the natural sphere..” we imagine that lights shine out from Lama Tsongkhapa's heart, not ours, to invite Dorje Shugden. I hope this helps. Thank you.
DS in Bangkok
May I know where can I find DS center in Bangkok? I want to visit in Thailand at September, thank you so much
Unfortunately, I do not know of any centres in Bangkok that practice Dorje Shugden. However, depending on where you live in the world, there are many centres all across the globe that practice Dorje Shugden and where you can learn more about his beneficial practice. You can search online, or you can even reply here to area you live and we can help you locate the nearest centre to your location. I hope this helps. Thanks.
DS practice in Aus
May I know if there’s any temple in Australia who practices Dorje Shugden?
Thank you so much.
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I am not in contact with any temples or centres in Australia that practice Dorje Shugden. However, you can search online for temples/centres that belong to the New Kadampa Tradition in Australia. I am aware that they have a few centres there. They do practice Dorje Shugden very strongly. Their spiritual founder is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a very learned and esteemed master. You can read more about Geshe Kelsang Gyatso here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/geshe-kelsang-gyatso. I hope this helps. Thank you.
Healing for my son
My son Indranil has severe chest pain and spine pain, right opposite the chest area. He has bad headaches, fogginess, depression, breathlessness for past 6 years. These are so debilitating that he has no energy or urge to do anything. How can he be healed? Pl. Bless him.
Dear Santosree Rath,
I'm very sorry to read about the health problems that your son has been facing. From a Buddhist perspective in these instances we should always do two things. The first is to seek professional medical help, as the illness can be treatable with modern medication if it is diagnosed. This will lead to your son being able to live a normal healthy lifestyle.
From the spiritual side, the psychical illness is caused by negative karma from previous lives. This negative karma manifests in this life as an illness. So, with Buddhism there are many methods of purifying this negative karma so that it no longer affects your son.
One of the best ways to purify this karma is for your son to engage in the practice of Shize Dorje Shugden. This form of Dorje Shugden is specifically for the healing of illnesses and for long life. You can read more about this practice and learn how to engage in it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/shize-a-practice-for-healing-and-long-life.html.
If your son is old enough, you can teach him the prayers and mantras and he can engage in the practice himself. Otherwise if he is young, you should try to teach him the mantra which he can recite for healing. The key to this practice is consistency. It should be done every day with great faith and trust is Shize and you will see that he helps you. He is a Buddha so only wants the best for people, when we make a connection with him through prayer and mantra recitation, he is able to help us.
This practice also helps to create the karmic causes for any medical treatment done to be as effective as possible. That is why you should visit your local medical healthcare professional to get the best treatment for your son as well. I hope this helps. Thank you.
May I know if I can just chant DS mantra "Om benza wiki bitana soha" 108 times per night at my bedside before I go to sleep? Or, just keep chanting the mantra any time of the day whenever I have the time (eg: on the way to work) and not working? Its hard for me to be in front of an altar all the time. Will it be OK with DS?
Thank you for your question. Yes, you can recite the mantra to Dorje Shugden at any time of the day, as long as you are in a respectful place (for example, not in the washroom). Usually mantras are recited in front of one's altar as part of a daily practice. However, if you do not have enough time to do this, you can of course recite the mantra whenever convenient.
Mantras are usually recited together with visualisation as part of a daily practice. This would be most beneficial but due to time constraints of a modern lifestyle, this can be hard to do. So of course, you can recite mantras whenever you can.
As Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being, he will not be angered if you don't recite his mantra in front of the altar. In fact, Dorje Shugden acts out of compassion for all sentient beings, therefore whenever you recite his mantra, you are making a divine connection with his energies. This is something that is very beneficial and can be done any time. I hope this helps. Thank you.
I wish to be initiated where do I need to go. I reside in India after reading I have this urge to be intiated. Can you please guide me to a master who can take me as his pupil.
Dear Rohit Sinha,
Thank you for your question. There are many lamas throughout India that can help you with this. You can contact Serpom Monastic University in Karnataka State as they are one of the biggest monasteries in India that practises Dorje Shugden. They should be able to provide you with current and up=to-date information about which lamas can help you in this regard, follow this link to their website for their contact details: http://serpommonastery.org/uncategorized/contact/
I hope this helps.
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