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Truth vs Fabrication

Truth is hard to find inside Gyatso/NKT. Why? Because, in effect, it is banned.

Thousands of books, thousands of teachers, the core sacred texts of Buddhism, the many books from Tsongkhapa, most of the words of Buddha Shakyamuni, the historical facts about Shukden. ALL banned.

Instead, inside Gyatso/NKT and marketed by their evangelism fabrications prevail.

Buddha Shakyamuni and Tsongkhapa both taught us to accept their teachings only AFTER examination, analysis and investigation....NOT through faith or respect alone.

Regarding Shukden, first recognize that Protectors in Buddhism are servants, not objects of refuge. They help us, and if we are ready at our request.

Beginning in 1996, Gyatso/NKT turned on its global PR machine for Shukden and against the Dalai Lama. Gyatso/NKT protest rallies and threats caused great disturbance, particularly amongst the schools and monastics of Tibetan Buddhism. What they were hearing from Gyatso/NKT was an anathema. And, violence had ensued as well, including the brutal murders of three close associates of the Dalai Lama in the name of Shukden...once only a controversial spirit in some corners of Tibet but now exported by Gyatso/NKT to the rest of the world.

So, the Dalai Lama in July 2008 (coincidentally with the initiation of but unknown to nktword.org) directed the entire Geluk establishment to delve into Shukden, and do what Buddha Shakyamuni and Tsongkhapa taught us, examine, analyze and investigate. Everything available. Tens of thousands of pages of historical records and the body of work of all relevant teachers, proponents and opponents. The Dalai Lama promised to abide by the conclusions of this epic project, which eventually was published in Tibetan in 2016 and in English March 2019.

The epic treatise...'Understanding the Case against Shukden. The History of a Contested Tibetan Practice', compiled by The Association of Geluk Masters, The Geluk International Foundation and The Association for the Preservation of Geluk Monasteries. It is a monumental study, resolution and referendum. The English version compendium is 360 pages with encyclopedic references.

As brief summary, "Almost four hundred years have passed since the spirit known as Shukden or Dolgyal, entered our society. In the beginning no one questioned that Dolgyal was a malicious oath-breaking spirit born from perverse prayers who brought harm and hindrance to living beings. However, as time passed, the accounts of Dolgyal's origin strayed. (The Dalai Lama) recognized that Dolgyal was undermining the unity and harmony that existed among the religious traditions of Tibet and was damaging the pure ethical code and accord within the Geluk tradition. He saw that individuals and institutions that rely on Dolgyal turn good into bad, profit into loss." Shukden was being used to deceive people.

The following 2 pages distill the Geluk treatise.

The most detailed and thorough description of Shukden was written contemporaneous with Shukden's creation in the 1600s.

Nothing in the massive factual historical record supports Gyatso/NKT or their Shukden.

The first residence of the 2nd Dalai Lama (1475-1542) was called the Upper Residence. He then moved to a different location, the Lower Residence, which became the residence of reincarnations of the Dalai Lamas. These are locationally defined, not qualitatively defined. The 2nd Dalai Lama offered the Upper Residence to his disciple, the Panchen Lama, Sonam Dragpa (1478-1554); this residence served the reincarnations of Sonam Dragpa/Panchen Lamas.

Dragpa Gyaltsen (1619–1656) became, under controversial circumstance, the reincarnation of Sonam Gelek Palsang and thus moved into the Upper Residence at the age of 6 in 1624 or at the age of 4 in 1622. Controversial because Dragpa Gyaltsen may not have been the genuine reincarnation of Tulku Gelek Palsang (1594-1615). This is why the 5th Dalai Lama and others later believed that Dragpa Gyaltsen "became a malicious oath-breaking spirit born of perverse prayers and brought much harm to living beings."

Dragpa Gyaltsen considered the 5th Dalai Lama his "kind root guru and peerless refuge."

July 4, 1656, Dragpa Gyaltsen died by illness. The 5th Dalai Lama had left his Manjushri retreat to go to Dragpa Gyaltsen to preside over life sustaining rituals for his disciple, Dragpa Gyaltsen. "However, he had been adversely affected by a spirit, and his mind was unable to receive" a protector initiation, Dispelling All Obstacles. It "indicated a demonic obstruction to my plan to bestow the initiation." (5th Dalai Lama)

Notably, 20th century Shugden followers, like Gyatso/NKT, 350+ years after Dragpa Gyaltsen's death, fabricate events about Dragpa Gyaltsen's death, claiming that he died intentionally to rise as a Dharma protector of the Geluk doctrine. Nonsense. There is no legitimate basis for such a rewrite of recorded history.

In 1656, Dragpa Gyaltsen died and reappeared as a spirit. For 18 years, the 5th Dalai Lama (1617–1682) attempted to constrain the spirit from perpetrating harm. Unsuccessful, the 5th Dalai Lama (1617–1682) performed, beginning April 1673, a 7-day fire ritual because of increasing reports of great harm the spirit and requests from monasteries to destroy the malevolent spirit.

For about 40 years, nothing was heard of this malevolent spirit.

In 1721, the spirit appeared in a dream to the Sakya hierarch, proclaiming "I am that Ganden malevolent spirit...enthrone me as a protector and present me with hand implements." Out of fear, the Sakya did and began fearful propitiation, first under Morchen Kunga Lhundrup (1654-1728).

Dragpa Gyaltsen's spirit, because it is endowed with (den) the ability or power (shun) to harm others, is known as Shukden or Dorje Shukden (which also means 'bad man').

in the 1630s, Tibetan Buddhism, especially the Geluk tradition, was threatened with territorial wars. Shukden sided with enemies of the Geluk tradition and it is thus absurd to consider that Shukden arose to protect Geluk doctrine as professed by Gyatso/NKT.

The status of Shukden in the 1700s and 1800s was as a vindictive spirit, though was a low key matter. Things mistakenly changed in the early 1900s when Phabongkha (1878-1941), in contradiction to Geluk doctrine and the 13th Dalai Lama, elevated Shukden to the exclusive protector of the Geluk tradition of Tsongkhapa (1357-1419).

In 1914 at the age of 37, Phabongkha began his reliance on Shukden.

November 21, 1920, Phabongkha performed a propitiation to Shukden and claimed, falsely, that the right arm of Dragpa Gyaltsen (Shukden's human precursor) survived cremation in 1656 and remains in a shrine to Shukden somewhere unfindable.

DNA testing? Oh, the arm cannot be found and has never been seen. Yet another fabrication.

In 1926, Phabongkha completed his composition exclusively propitiating Shukden.

In 1931, Phabongkha RENOUNCED his Shukdenism in a letter to the 13th Dalai Lama.

"I humbly say that my mother informed me that Shukden has been the family deity on the maternal side, and so up to now I have had to propitiate Shukden. However, from now on, with great remorse for my errors and vow not to repeat them, this humble subject promises from the depths of my heart to never rely on, propitiate, or invoke Shukden again. Whatever errors I have made up to now that have displeased the great Nechung Dharmaraja, and have contradicted the precepts of going to refuge, I beg for forgiveness from you, with your great love and compassion, supreme guide who holds the lowest with utmost pity."

Phabongkha blamed his Shugdenism on his mother!

Upon the death of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1933, Phabongkha destroyed this forever pledge and returned to Shukden, propelled by an extremist sect in eastern Tibet.

Phabongkha, guru to Trijang Rinpoche (1901-1981) infected Trijang with Shugdenism and wrote two treatises in devotion to Shukden (fabrications).

In 1976, the 14th Dalai Lama discussed Shukden with Trijang, who assured the 14th Dalai Lama that he (Trijang) agreed with Nechung's wisdom against Shukden, "If that is what Nechung has indicated, then it is true. There is no room for doubt." Trijang agreed with the 14 Dalai Lama's concerns about Shukden, and Trijang instructed his disciples that they should not create and organization regarding Shukden, that they should not propitiate Shukden together and in any collaborative manner, and particularly it was not proper for the colleges to practice Shukden.

Gyatso/NKT defies Gyatso's root guru, Trijang.

The Dalai Lama had a notable teaching September 10,1998 relevant to Gyatso/NKT.

"In more recent times, those who belong to Dolgyal followers in England regard Dolgyal as a meditation deity. They say that the essence of the Geluk practice is worship of Dolgyal. I told them this is not correct. Such perception is a huge error. When they say they want freedom to follow the Dharma they choose, this is not what "following the Dharma" means at all."

Most sadly, Gyatso/NKT abandon and ban facts, history, teachings and doctrine in pursuit of wealth and exporting a malevolent spirit that causes harm and hindrance around the world.

Shukden is a ghost, a reincarnated product of perverted prayers.

Gyatso created NKT based on a fabrication about Shukden and a distorted doctrine to propitiate to and seek refuge in this fabricated Shukden. When caught, Gyatso then claimed that Tibetan Buddhism and the Geluk school in particular are corrupt and that, therefore, NKT is neither Tibetan of Geluk Buddhism AND that Gyatso/NKT are the sole pure protectors of Tsongkhapa. Notably, Tsongkhapa, the founder of New Kadamapa which NKT appropriates, never heard of Shukden. The so called New Kadampa Tradition of Gyatso is a hoax, though a successful one if the measure is financial wealth.

In 2010, Gyatso/NKT clergy distributed 150,000 Chinese pamphlets touting Shukden,

"He increases intelligence and memory. He protects you from dangers and harm. He clears obstacles and brings wealth. He brings healing to the body, mind and spirit. He...grants our wishes quickly. I would have almost died in a car accident if not for Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden turned my finances around so quickly - it was amazing."

Also in 2010, Gyatso/NKT associates announced that Shukden reincarnated as a human (Shugden Lives, Again). Oh where oh where can he be? Are Gyatso/NKT worshiping a human incarnation of Shukden?

Shukden fortune tellers have long forecast significant upheaval when Shukden reincarnated to avenge his alleged murder in the 1600s, to destroy the Dalai Lama tradition and to rid Tibet of its alleged degeneration since the last time Shukden was alive. The Tibetan Government in Exile would cease to exist as the current Dalai Lama was discredited and the Dalai Lama legacy terminated. The life of everyone on earth was promised to be elevated amidst cataclysmic change. The world would be cured of its ailments. Disbelievers would be converted one way or another, or perish.

Others are getting in on the reincarnation bandwagan. It has been announced that Dragpa Gyaltsen (who died in 1646 and became Shukden) has been reincarnated and living in Finland with a totally different organization.

"Venerable Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen is one of the very few tulkus formally recognized by Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen. Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was recognized as the re-incarnation of Gegong Rogza Sonam Palgay. Venerable Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen has received numerous empowerments and transmissions from great masters such as Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen, Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, Kyabje Trulzhig Rinpoche and Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche. Venerable Tulku Dagpa Gyaltsen has spent considerable time in various retreats and has completed his studies of rituals and liturgies. Venerable Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen has also completed his studies at the Ngagyur Nyingma College, the shedra at the Mindrolling Monastery in Dehra Dun, India. Venerable Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen has been teaching for many years now and is currently the spiritual director and founder of Dhanakosha Center in Finland where he currently resides and teaches."

Fabrications make lousy building blocks.