Shortly before his passing, His Eminence Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang of Gaden Jangtse Monastery fashioned an incredibly realistic Dorje Shugden head sculpture from clay obtained from a jungle near the Buxa refugee camp in North India. The jungle was known to be haunted and at the time, people avoided that haunted jungle as many, even monks, who ventured into the jungle, be it day or night, rarely came out alive. Eerily, some had even been found hung by their necks, dead. In fact, it was considered lucky if the bodies of the missing individuals were found as many just vanished without a trace.
One exception was Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang, who would go into the haunted jungle in the middle of the night and emerge the following morning unharmed. This eminent Lama was famous for giving Dorje Shugden sogtae (life-entrustment empowerment) to many people and exhibited great clairvoyance. In fact, most senior lamas in Gaden Jangtse Monastery were his students and he was highly respected and revered.
As if manifesting insanity, Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang would, seemingly without reason, leave the monastery late at night to spend the night in the jungle only to emerge the next morning to attend to his usual routine. This both puzzled and fascinated many. In fact to some, this clearly demonstrated that he was a mahasiddha.
This Dorje Shugden head sculpture was created after one of his bizarre nightly visits to the jungle. Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang returned from the haunted jungle with a lump of clay and began to shape it with his bare hands. The end result was this holy and precious Dorje Shugden head sculpture which, according to H.E. Kundeling Rinpoche, should have been impossible to make by hand alone. The facial expression of the sculpture is the best he has ever seen.
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FongPosted on July 1, 2016 #1 Author
Looking at the situation, i don’t think His Eminence Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang of Gaden Jangtse Monastery had any pertinent reason to go into the so-called haunted jungle. Maybe it is a way of showing his attainments and to fashion fashion a likeness of Dorje Shugden in clay, it is to bless all who come after him. The nightly jaunts were probably just a way of the Mahasiddha to subtly show his powers.
Otherwise, I don’t think many would have accepted this likeness as the likeness of Dorje Shugden. Only in this way will it be revered and respected. Very skillful of Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang and kind to manifest madness. So very humble.
Alice TayPosted on July 8, 2016 #2 Author
Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang was one of the eminent and famous Lama for giving Dorje Shugden sogtae to many people. It shows that Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang was fully relied on Dorje Shugden and therefore he would not get any harm although he spent overnight at the haunted jungle. In brief, Dorje Shugden is a dharma protector and he will protect the practitioners who have sincere and pure motivation to practice dharma. Furthermore, Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang made this holy and precious Dorje Shugden with his bare hands by using the clay from the haunted jungle.
From my point of view , if the people follow the teachings by Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang to practice Dorje Shugden, all of them will get protection and blessings from Dorje Shugden in order to avoid such unfortunate incident happen.
Li KhengPosted on August 3, 2016 #3 Author
There are so many miracles surrounding Dorje Shugden, many by the kind and generous manifestation of Dharma teachers. It is stories like this that reiterates the significance of a Guru in our spiritual practice because we can connect and contact our Gurus. We can also observe and witness their actions from which we can gain faith in the 3 Jewels.
Phara Rinpoche is renowned for his Dorje Shugden practice and I believe that his actions to enter a haunted jungle is not insanity but a kindness: kindness to the spirits because I believe that Rinpoche would have engaged in Dharma activities that would bless, gift merits and help purify negative karma for all the beings in the jungle. Additionally, his action of going into a haunted place and returning unscathed is tangible results to gain the confidence, faith and commitment of practitioners. This is the level of skillfulness of great masters like Phara Rinpoche.
We are lucky to be able to lay eyes on the holy sculpture that is created using Phara Rinpoche’s effort. May this image protect and bless many.
MingwenPosted on August 3, 2016 #4 Author
Totally agreed with you, Li Kheng. Anyone can has the same actions, but, mostly the motivations of having the action could differ. For instance, people who went in to the same haunted jungle as His Eminence Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang went, their motivations of going into the jungle could be to check out whether it’s truly haunted and did something which could offence the sentient beings which reside at there, in another hand, His Eminence Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang may had a different motivation of going into the jungle, to calm the angry sentient beings which have been offended.
In term of the story itself, I would wish to know more about it, it’s interesting, however, it’s extremely simplified.
Pastor Ong Moh MeiPosted on August 3, 2016 #5 Author
Interesting story on the origin of this Dorje Shugden head sculpture. The circumstances are puzzling and quite unclear but seems fascinating and leave a lot of room for imagination. Many high lamas often exhibit traits of “insanity” as their actions are not easily explained with normal logic. While most of us are often afraid of the dark, the spirits, the unexplained, death etc, these lamas seem unaffected due to their practices. In the case of Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang, it’s Dorje Shugden.
Pastor Antoinette KassPosted on August 3, 2016 #6 Author
This is a very special sculpture and how it was made by hand by H.E. Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang is amazing. I rejoice for this high lama to show all of us that we can trust fully Dorje Shugden. No matter where we are, even if we are going to evil places, full trust and Samaya with Dorje Shugden will protect us always.
Pastor Henry OoiPosted on August 3, 2016 #7 Author
I find this sculpture very special because it was made just by the bare hands of Kyabje Phara Rinpoche, as written in this article, and it looks alive. I think Kyabje Phara Rinpoche was sending the message that people who rely on and propitiate Dorje Shugden would be free from harm. Hence his visits into the famous haunted jungle and emerging unscathed.
pammie yapPosted on August 3, 2016 #8 Author
Always amazing to read about such highly attained Lamas. They do not display nor show off their ‘powers’ to attract students. This story is one of it.
He was respected because He gave DS sogtae and He showed His clairvoyance ‘secretly’. I believe that He went to do pujas for the haunted jungle’s residents. To bless them and subdue them. And I guess He did the DS mask to bless them.
But most importantly, it shows that DS will protect the practitioners, that is why He was able to leave the jungle unharmed and instead of insanity, it was a manifestation of compassion and kindness.
I absolutely LOVE the mask! It’s really really beautiful and amazing to know that the clay was sculptured by hands.
Julia TanPosted on August 3, 2016 #9 Author
When you rely fully to Dorje Shugden, you are fully protected from the spirits. Not only that I believe H.E. Kyabje Phara Rinpoche must had done some rituals to dispelled the spirits in that jungle. I do not know the reason why Rinpoche took out the clay from the jungle and started to make the Dorje Shugden sacred sculpture. I think it must be for auspicious reason.
Khoo Hou HawPosted on August 4, 2016 #10 Author
The action of Kyabje Dorje Chang of entering the haunted forest at night may seems insane to many. But at the same time it also shown that He had total faith in Dorje Shugden on protecting him from the haunted spirits in the forest and has proven this is true that Dorje Shugden can protect us from negative spirits.
nicholasPosted on August 4, 2016 #11 Author
Many high Lama would act differently to benefit many different type and level of people. Sometime we are not able to tell through their action but their weird action is to help us. Such Lama normally we call them as a Mahasiddha.
From this article Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang has shown his crazy wisdom to help the villagers and obvious enough Dorje Shugden an enlightened protector by just created his head sculpture is holy enough to benefit many people.
Pastor ChiaPosted on August 4, 2016 #12 Author
I believe high attain lama like His Eminence Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang create such scared sculpture of Dorje Shugden are able blessed sentient being inside haunted jungle. At old India time,many of tantric partitioner went to cemetery to do their practice to cut off their fear and ego. In such case,face sculpture of Dorje Shugden made by H.E.Phara Rinpoche are highly blessed like the relic,blessed all the sentient being inside the jungle. In the same time to let people know by practising Dorje Shugden can protected free from harm by unseen haunted being.
June KangPosted on August 4, 2016 #13 Author
Jace ChongPosted on August 5, 2016 #14 Author
Wow! Beautiful and sacred sculpture the capture the wrath and compassionate face of Dorje Shugden so much! Thanks for sharing the interesting story and how this sculpture came about.
I believe whatever being the in the jungle, they are blessed by this high Lama and the sacred protector.
Eric kksiowPosted on August 5, 2016 #15 Author
So compassionate of His Eminence Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang to give blessing for all the unknown beings inside the haunted jungle.
It is beautiful of sacred sculpture ( Dorje Shugden )!
Thank You for sharing
SofiPosted on August 7, 2016 #16 Author
Thank you dorjeshugden.org for sharing the fascinating story behind this beautifully wrathful mask of Dorje Shugden. Just as H.E. Kundeling Rinpoche said, it definitely would be difficult to fashion the mask so perfectly with one’s bare hands. As many had commented, I am sure that the nightly jaunts into the haunted jungle by His Eminence Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang was to bless and subdue the beings inside the jungle. We are able to understand the level of his faith and reliance on Protector Dorje Shugden with his safe return after his nightly ventures. I would guess the clay from the forest which was fashioned into the sacred mask was a gift of honour from the beings to Dorje Shugden through Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang. It would be the guidance of Dorje Shugden during the making of the mask into his own likeness to show his pleasure and acceptance of the gift. His Eminence Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang through his humble activities showed us his greatness and attainments.
Stella CheangPosted on August 9, 2016 #17 Author
This is a very artistic head sculpture of Dorje Shugden hand made by Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang, who relied on Dorje Shugden and was famous for giving Dorje Shugden sogtae to many people. Because of Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang’s attainment, the head sculpture is a holy object to get blessing from both Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang and Dorje Shugden. It is very nice to see the head sculpture now enshrined on the personal altar of H.E. Kundeling Rinpoche. Thank you for this article and the accompanied photos.
Anne OngPosted on August 13, 2016 #18 Author
I am always intrigued by archeology related type of stories and articles. This sacred scalpture of Dorje Shugden’s head is very extraordinary as we are not sure how it was made. And the mysterious death and missing people is like the Paranormal Zone kinda story. This sacred scalpture of Dorje Shugden’s head must be very blessed.