Trode Khangsar

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Trode Khangsar, the Temple dedicated to Dorje Shugden by the Fifth Dalai Lama Trode-outside.jpg
Trode Khangsar, the Temple dedicated to Dorje Shugden by the Fifth Dalai Lama
Trode Khangsar
Tibetan name
Tibetan སྤྲོ་བདེ་ཁང་གསར

Trode Khangsar (Tibetan : སྤྲོ་བདེ་ཁང་གསར, Wylie : spro bde khang gsar) is a temple (Tibetan : བཙན་ཁང, Wylie : btsan khang) located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, that is over 300 years old. [1] The temple is dedicated to the protector Dorje Shugden and has been traditionally managed by the Gelug monastery Riwo Chöling, which is located in the Yarlung valley. [2]

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Dorje Shugden is regarded by many practitioners as a dharmapala reincarnated from the lama Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen (1619-1656), [3] a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama. After Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen was killed, [4] the Fifth Dalai Lama tried to subjugate his angry spirit through various rituals which, according to one account, were unsuccessful. [5]

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Trülku Drakpa Gyeltsen (1619–1656) was an important Gelugpa lama and a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama (1617–1682). His Seat was the upper residence of Drepung Monastery, a famous Gelug gompa located near Lhasa.

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In addition to being a shrine, Trode Khangsar housed monks from Riwo Choling and an oracle for invoking Dorje Shugden. It has been restored and reclaimed by Riwo Choling since the Cultural Revolution. [6]

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A survey of Tibetan wood printing blocks in monasteries, conducted while Tagdrag (stag brag) Rinpoche was regent of Tibet (1941-1950), [7] lists Trode Khangsar having wood blocks for printing an extensive Dorje Shugden fulfilling ritual (chos skyong shugs ldan gyi bskang chog rgyas pa) which was authored by Ganden Jangtse Serkong Dorje Change (1856-1918), an earlier lineage holder of Kalachakra. Serkong Dorje Chang "served as dbu bla of the Bhutanese ruler o rgyan dbang phyug." [8]

A print of these woodblocks was published later in which Serkong Dorje Chang states he included parts of rituals written by Morchen Dorje Chang of the Sakya order and Dre'u Lhas, the recognized fourth reincarnation of Drukpa Kunleg, of the Drukpa Kagyu order. [9]

See also

Dorje Shugden


  1. Tibetan Heritage Fund database item #CA90, called
  2. Alexander, Andre: "The Temples of Lhasa: Tibetan Architecture from the 7th to the 21st Centuries.", pages 195. Serindia Publications, Inc., 2005
  3. TBRC P1729 [ permanent dead link ]
  4. One source notes: "responsibility for the death of the lama rested with his brother-in-law nang so nor bu" see: TBRC P1729 [ permanent dead link ]
  5. Mumford, Stan. "Himalayan Dialogue: Tibetan lamas and Gurung shamans in Nepal", page 126. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
  6. Alexander, Andre: "The Temples of Lhasa: Tibetan Architecture from the 7th to the 21st Centuries.", pages 195. Serindia Publications, Inc., 2005
  7. Three Karchacks. Gedan sungrab minyam gyunphel series, v. 13. page 238. New Delhi: 1970.
  8. Person RID: P243
  9. "'Jam mgon Bstan srung rgyal chen Rdo rje śugs ldan rtsal gyi be bum : the collected rituals for performing all tasks through the propitiation of the great protective deity of Tsong-kha-pa, Mañjuśrī reembodied, Rdo-rje-śugs-ldan.", page 546. New Delhi : Mongolian Lama Guru Deva, 1984

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