Kadampa Buddhism

New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Summer Festival 2019

Day 9

The Protector of Modern Kadampa Buddhism

"Without Dorje Shugden's blessings and enlightened actions, Kadam Dharma would have already disappeared from our world."

Festival life

Power of blessings

Shopping for offerings

During the first week of the Festival we enjoyed an extraordinary empowerment and sublime teachings from Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU, on Je Tsongkhapa and the pure lineage of modern Kadampa Buddhism we have inherited from him through the extraordinary kindness of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Now as the second week begins, we are introduced to his Wisdom Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.

My First Festival

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Claire Ragot

France

“Being here has opened my mind to the fact that this is an international organisation and it is like a big family. There is a very special Sangha community here. I now feel inspired to visit the centres all over the world!”

What a day it was!

After two blissful meditations in the morning guided by Gen Kelsang Dragpa, National Spiritual Director for the Nordic Region, we were perfectly prepared to receive the empowerment in the afternoon from Gen-la Kelsang Jampa the Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU.

In his introduction, Gen-la explained who Dorje Shugden is and what his principal functions are. We understood he is an enlightened being, the same nature as Je Tsongkhapa himself, and that Je Tsongkhapa has manifested this precious Dharma Protector to protect the lineage of Kadam Dharma and prolong its presence in our world.

Then the empowerment itself, which was at once powerful and blissful! We felt the real nature of this extraordinary Protector - kind, compassionate and the nature of indestructible wisdom. The breathtaking tsog offering during the ceremony was beyond description, reflecting the deep devotion and faith in the hearts of all present.

And then we were back in the Temple in the evening with Gen-la Kunsang to enjoy a brief explanation of Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche from his Faithful Disciples, followed by blissful recitations and contemplations.

A perfect end to a perfect day!

Listen to 5 minutes of wisdom

Relying on Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka

What people are saying

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Kelsang Kunden & Kelsang Denpa

Canada & US

“The empowerment was beautiful and very powerful! It touched my heart when Genla Jampa was explaining how Dorje Shugden is caring for and protecting us like a mother, clearing obstacles to our spiritual path. It’s great encouragement to continue to rely on Dorje Shugden.” - Kunden

“I just feel so much closer to Dorje Shugden, and I’ve had many empowerments, but this one was particularly powerful for me. I wish everybody could have the same experience.” - Denpa

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Maz Thompson & John Kent

UK

“I feel completely blessed - I’ve always had a strong connection with Dorje Shugden and this has really enhanced it.” - Maz

“I learned a lot about the lineage of Dorje Shugden in the empowerment today, and it felt very effective. Genla Jampa is such a good teacher - he’s so clear and precise.”  John

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Bea Burrows

UK

"The empowerment was very beautiful, and I loved having the mantra explained so that we understand its meaning. The temple was completely packed out, and it was lovely to see so many Kadampas receive this empowerment, because it’s so important for us all. Dorje Shugden is a protector for us and also for our tradition - what more could you want!"