Case Study: The Shugden Case

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A detective arrives at the crime scene and finds no criminal, but he finds lots of trace like fingerprints, footprints, and bloodstain, etc. On the basis of the circumstantial evidence he found, he has to find the criminal. Equally, one of the most challenging things about doing historical research is that the past doesn't exist now. The past survives only as fragments in the literature that remain from a time that is no more. History research means collecting these fragments and figuring out what they mean. The Shugden case is a very intriguing story of an ordinary local spirit whose gradual rises to the fame, and eventually becoming the most powerful Dharma protector of Gelukpa School. The origin of Doegyal traces back to the middle of the 17th century. In fact, we are dealing with the events that took place in our history. So, it would not be wise to come up with a preconceived idea on the issue.…show more content…
They confidently declare that there should be no doubt about the authenticity of such recognition, on the contrary, the whole Tibetan system of recognising incarnate lamas would be in serious jeopardy. In Panchen Lobsang. Choegyen's autobiography, ´Precious Rosary´, he wrote very clearly: “I invited the boy of the Upper Residence of Drepung Monastery and recognised him as the reincarnation of Trulku Gelek Pelsang. Later, I performed the hair-turf cutting ceremony and gave him the name Dakpa Gyaltsen. At the time when the ceremony took place, the boy was six years

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