Palden Lhamo, the great Protectress is quite well known for her system of dice divination. This system of divination uses three dice with a number from one to six indicated by dots on each face to specify the outcome of the divination. Likewise, Dorje Shugden is also known for his highly accurate system of dice divination, which uses a single dice with Tibetan characters on each of its six faces.
There are currently two authentic divination texts that are in use to contact Dorje Shugden. Of the two divination texts, one is from the writings of His Eminence Kyabje Dagom Dorje Chang, and the other is from Dorje Shugden himself who composed the text while in trance of the previous Choyang Duldzin Kuten.
While in trance for over two hours, Dorje Shugden composed and bestowed the oral transmission and commentary of this divination text, thus beginning a new divination lineage. The secretary of the oracle at that time compiled the text during the trance with Dorje Shugden in his peaceful form, Duldzin. The secretary is now the abbot emeritus of Shar Gaden Monastery, His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende.
Dorje Shugden’s divination text is broken down into six basic sections along with subsections and introductory advice. The six basic sections are based on each of the six faces of the dice. Therefore, the outcome primarily depends on which side the dice falls on.
Each section or each side of the dice is further broken down into approximately ten subsections. Each subsection describes the details of the results to be expected, whether to engage in or to avoid a certain action, pujas to be performed, remedial solutions and so forth. The ten subsections are based on the general categories of:
- Dharma activities
- Visitors and friends
- House and place
- Legal actions
- Life span
- Medical treatments
- Travelling, wealth and resources
Those who wish to engage in this profound practice of divination based upon the infallible Dorje Shugden should first engage in the prerequisite retreats and practices. One should first receive the empowerment of Lama Tsongkhapa or, more specifically, the long life form of Je Tse Zin Ma and complete a formal retreat with a minimum of 100,000 Migtsema recitations. For this retreat, no fire puja is necessary.
After that, one should receive the Yamantaka initiation, either the Solitary Hero or the 13-Deity lineage and engage in the retreat, accumulating a minimum of 400,000 recitations of the main mantra, and 40,000 each of the other three mantras. One should then seal and complete the retreat with a sacred fire puja.
Lastly, one should request for sogtae (life entrustment initiation) of Dorje Shugden, engage in an extended retreat of at least 1,000,000 of the main mantra and 100,000 of the secondary mantra. Then, the retreat is sealed and completed with a sacred Dorje Shugden fire puja.
Upon completing these retreats, one can now make a formal request to one’s Lama for permission to begin performing divination. One can even request the Lama to consecrate the divination dice. However, one should not engage in such sacred retreats with the motivation just to engage in divination. Such a lowly motivation for the retreats is considered a waste. Instead, one should engage in the retreats with the highest of motivations as stated in the Lamrim or the King of Prayers. The side benefit of these retreats is the ability to divine the future for critical situations that cannot be solved by a simple logical course of action.
Once one has received the appropriate permissions from one’s Lama, then prior to engaging in divination, one has to recite the invocation and other propitiation liturgies three times, then offer serkym (golden drink offering) and then, with a good motivation, one may receive questions and proceed to divine the future for others. The details here are a short run down of the requirements and procedures needed to engage in the highly accurate divination method of the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden.
This divination method is not a practice just for high Lamas. This is for anyone who is sincere and performs the divination free of the eight worldly Dharmas as best as one can. The accuracy of the divination will depend on one’s samaya, Guru devotion, motivation and how well-maintained one’s commitments to Dorje Shugden are.
One can consult a qualified Lama, receive this practice and go all the way. One can receive the lineage, engage in the retreats, and fire pujas in Shar Gaden Monastery. It is recommended to engage in a retreat every six months. The abbot of the monastery can confer the sacred initiations that one would need to practice.
Keep in mind: the ability to engage in Dorje Shugden’s divination is just a side benefit of engaging in the retreats. Lama Tsongkhapa, Yamantaka and Dorje Shugden retreats are meant to clear obstacles to realising the true non-dualistic nature of the mind and thereby propelling oneself to liberation.
Wisdom is much needed on the spiritual path, therefore what is better than to engage in the practice of Manjushri in the form of a lama – Lama Tsongkhapa, Manjushri in the form of a Yidam – Yamantaka, and Manjushri in the form of a Protector – Dorje Shugden. The Gelugpas have a saying that we practise Lama Manjushri, Yidam Manjushri and Protector Manjushri. Thus, we can awaken the primordial wisdom-Manjushri within us that has been dormant for eons.
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