Question about dreaming about Dorje Shugden

Posted by Clinton June 29, 2020 3 148

Good day, I’m a Dharma practitioner based in South Africa. I took refuge and Bodhisattva vows in the Nyingma tradition. I am not bound...

Good day, I’m a Dharma practitioner based in South Africa. I took refuge and Bodhisattva vows in the Nyingma tradition. I am not bound to any particular tradition though, in my personal approach. I am also loosely affiliated with the New Kadampa Tradition as I received my very first teachings in that lineage, namely a Je Tsongkhapa empowerment in 2010. After I took Refuge and Bodhisattva vows in 2019 I began having dreams about Dorje Shugden. In one dream he appeared as though hovering over my chest and promised to protect me. I have had other dreams where Dorje Shugden appeared and had a very compassionate nature and expression. My question is: why was it difficult to do Dorje Shugden practice as a member of the NKT but upon taking refuge in the Nyingma lineage, I’m having dreams of Dorje Shugden and experiencing his energy positively? I am considering rejoining the NKT but I don’t want to break my connection to the Nyingma lineage or my gurus. The NKT’s structure and Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings resonate strongly with me. Your advice would be much appreciated.

May the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas bless you.

Thank you ??

Ps. Can one do Dorje Shugden practice without empowerment?

Thanks ?

  • Michel

    June 30, 2020 #1 Author

    As His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche elucidates on this site, Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being who will help anyone who reaches out to him. Although associated with the Gelug lineage mostly, anyone of any lineage can practice Dorje Shugden, even non Buddhists. You sound like an open minded person, so I suggest that you continue to do what works for you. If you feel drawn to Dorje Shugden then do his practice. This website contains all the information you need.

    May the Buddhas bless you!

    • Michel

      June 30, 2020 #2 Author

      Your dreams about Dorje Shugden is a sign that there is a connection to him and that he can help you. That’s my opinion.

    • Karma Sang Gye

      June 5, 2021 #3 Author

      Tashi delek Michel; My opinion that anyone having consistent dreams of a specific deity/protector/yidam is amazingly auspicious! I would definitely pursue that path if in the dreams you feel safe, protected, good (very important). If there’s any negativity in the dreams, I would think twice, but doesn’t sound like there is. If all is good, it’s a gigantic sign you should pursue your practice without the empowerment with the intention purely to improve yourself for the benefit of others, to directly benefit others, and finally, to attract the official empowerment to you. I wouldn’t trust my opinion though; I’d definitely seek out a lama in that lineage and tell him of your dreams. I know too that Tsem Tulku Rinpoche teaches in that lineage and has many videos on youtube. om amitabha hri


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