The pure teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, are in fact the teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni if traced back to their origins. Spreading these teachings is in itself a daunting task, but the challenges are compounded if in a place where Tibetan Buddhism is not yet established.
Venerable Lama Jampa Ngodup has done exactly that, tirelessly spreading and preserving the Buddha’s teachings even in China, which until recently did not view religion in a favourable light. This is a testament to the great compassion and dedicated focus of this Lama, one of the most renowned Gelugpa teachers of our time.
From 6 to 22 March 2013, Lama Jampa Ngodup gave an extended 17-day teaching on the Lamrim based on the text “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand”, originally an oral discourse given by His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. The discourse was recorded, edited and later published by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.
Approximately 80 people were in attendance, comprising both lay students and ordained Chinese monastics. Among the ordained attendees were Venerable Guru ZhiMin, the abbot of Duobao Lecture Monastery in the Zhejiang Province of China, and eight Mahayana monks and nuns.
Over the course of the teachings, Lama Jampa Ngodup also bestowed both the sogtae or life-entrustment initiation of Dorje Shugden and the Amitayus long-life initiation, an extremely auspicious and potent combination.
The Dorje Shugden sogtae was conducted on 11 March 2013. Dorje Shugden, who arose in fulfilment of his oath to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings, has assisted numerous lineage lamas such as Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, protecting their works and deeds.
As Dorje Shugden is in actuality the Buddha of Wisdom Manjushri compassionately manifesting in a worldly form, it is easier for modern practitioners to establish a connection with this enlightened being, making his practice most efficacious. In fact, in H.E. Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s sungbum (collected writings), an incident was recorded during which the 16th Karmapa, on a visit to Nepal, advised,
You will have no choice in the future but to practise this Protector; there will come a time when you need him [Dorje Shugden].
Following in the footsteps of renowned Gelugpa masters before him, Lama Jampa Ngodup continues to contribute to the widespread practice of Dorje Shugden alongside other lamas of his generation.
Lama Jampa Ngodup ended the teachings with an Amitayus long-life initiation, which brings the blessings of good health, long life and the precious opportunity to engage in further Dharma activities.
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