“Now is the time to rely upon Dorje Shugden.”
~ Morchen Dorjechang Kunga Lhundrup
We live in what is known as spiritually degenerate times, when there are many outer and inner obstacles to our spiritual development. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a pure spiritual lineage that has not become mixed or its teacher polluted by worldly concerns such as wealth, power or reputation.
During this special event, learn about the practice of relying upon the enlightened wisdom dharma protector Dorje Shugden. By receiving his powerful blessings we can overcome all these obstacles, protect our spiritual insights and experiences and eventually become our own protector through the development of compassion and wisdom.
Some people are confused about the real nature of Dorje Shugden. He shows a wrathful aspect that is a little different from other Buddha’s such as Buddha Shakyamuni or Tara. However, as it says in the long protector prayers, Kangso in Tibetan, “Even though you show the manner of a fearsome being…you never move even slightly from the sphere of love and compassion, O extraordinary supreme wonder, to you we offer praise.”
His wrathful aspect challenges our ordinary perception, and is directed against our inner enemies of attachment, hatred and confusion, not living beings. The sword he holds is a not a real weapon but a wisdom sword that cuts through our ignorance and the heart symbolizes his mind of great compassion.
Many of the great Buddhist masters of the past centuries including Dorjechang Trijjang Rinpoche, tutor to the present Dalia Lama, Je Phabongkhapa and Gyara Tulku Rinpoche all relied upon this enlightened protector. Today these teachings and blessings are maintained by the contemporary Kadampa master Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and many other respected lamas of other traditions throughout the world.
Following on from this event there will be an opportunity to receive the special blessing empowerment of Dorje Shugden from Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong at our annual spring Festival in the Lake District. See kadampafestivals.org for more information.