The Controversy
For Dorje Shugden to be a demon is not logical and people should not be persuaded to blindly follow

Reflections of Religion in the Modern Era

by Poleen Wu In this 21st century of technology, interconnectedness and fast-paced changes, Proof and Evidence are very crucial and it is important that people in today’s world verify the information that they receive, as new information and ideas are churned out daily. Technology has brought people closer – psychologically, geographically, economically, cultural and spiritually…

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Politically Correct at the Expense of the Lineage

By Jagger Ko Originally derived from the Kadam school of Lama Atisha, the Lamrim tradition was popularized by Jamgon Lama Tsongkapa in the 1400s, who through his celebrated Lamrim Chenmo revived the study and practice of Buddhism that was in danger of degeneration. In preserving this holy lineage and tradition, His Eminence the 7th Ling…

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NAGBA Protest in New York City

By Brunhild Hekate The public image of the Dalai Lama as the peaceful icon of Buddhism is fast waning in the West. Many more westerners are beginning to realize that he is not the man of peace that is commonly portrayed. The tragic truth is, his hypocrisy in suppressing freedom of religion and his prosecution…

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Refuting the Dalai Lama’s Statements Concerning Dorje Shugden

By Steve Lee The Dalai Lama visited San Francisco, California recently (22 February 2014) to speak at the American Himalayan Foundation. During his speech, the Dalai Lama made a few statements regarding Dorje Shugden, referring to a picketing crowd of Dorje Shugden practitioners just outside the hall. The Dalai Lama’s statements were documented in an…

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Good Question

by Gereon Willamar A friend of mine who is not a Buddhist asked: I read some interesting online news that some Tibetan Buddhist people are not allowed to pray to this deity called Dorje Shugden. Why is this so? I thought Buddhism taught freedom of religious views and practices, tolerance, acceptance, love, giving, non-violence, compassion…

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Petition to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

We at dorjeshugden.com rejoice in seeing this petition in change.org, calling upon everyone for a common humanitarian cause – “RELIGIOUS FREEDOM” and to an end to the persecution of Dorje Shugden practitioners for their religious beliefs. We thank Darren Prout from the United Kingdom for speaking up on behalf of all who are suffering and…

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Extensive media coverage of Dalai Lama protests

Dear Shugdenpas, DorjeShugden.com is glad to bring you breaking news about the International Shugden Community’s latest peaceful demonstration in San Francisco, California. The ISC has been diligently planning this protest months in advance, after the Dalai Lama’s 4-day California schedule was announced. The first day of the Dalai Lama’s visit to California coincided with the…

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Dalai Lama angrily replies to peaceful nun

Dalai Lama’s reaction in this video is quite surprising in that he is angry, with pointing finger and curt. Dalai Lama does not give much chance for the nun to speak nor shows any compassion or care towards this ‘enemy’. No dialogue is allowed regarding the Dorje Shugden ban by the Dalai Lama. Publicly Dalai…

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Tibetan Kashag Makes Dalai Lama Out To Be A Liar

by Shashi Kei It has been over half a century since Tibet was forcibly taken over by China. Since then, the Tibetan people have come to be defined by their struggle to regain their country and reinstate their beloved Dalai Lama in the Potala Palace. So far their struggle has not yielded anywhere near the…

In 2008, Dhokang Khangtsen with its 600 tulkus, geshes and monks separated from Gaden Shartse monastery and formed Shar Gaden. This fledgling monastery is an enduring legacy of the segregation imposed by the Dorje Shugden ban

Unclean Offerings Should Be Returned

There were many sincere Dorje Shugden practitioners that lived within the walls of Ganden Shartse monastery in the past. Many of these practitioners were great Tulkus, Geshes and ordinary hard-working members of the monastic community. Needless to say, many of these practitioners have contributed everything they had towards the sustenance and expansion of Ganden monastery…

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The Ghost Of Tibetan Democracy

By Shashi Kei Tibet is supposed to be a democracy. At least that was the intention of the Dalai Lama, to bequest on his people the gift of freedom guaranteed by a Constitution [1], and let them have their civil liberties, something that the Tibetan people never enjoyed having lived as serfs in a feudalistic…

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Letter to Dr Andrew Bennett, Canadian Ambassador For Religious Freedom

The Dorje Shugden ban enforced by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), seemingly with the support of the Dalai Lama’s office, is fast becoming one of the human rights issues that the world is increasingly becoming aware of. For decades, the Dalai Lama via the “Tibetan cause” has appealed to the sense of justice that the…

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An Abbot Betrays His Own

By Saavie Acker Phelgyeling Monastery was originally located in Nyanang, Tibet. After the series of events that eventually led to the Dalai Lama fleeing Tibet, Phelgyeling Monastery has since taken root in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is common knowledge to many that Phelgyeling Monastery is a stronghold for the practice of Dorje Shugden. Since the 1600’s,…

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A Picture That Paints A Thousand Words

A cursory glance at this photo would lead most people to believe that it is nothing more than three monks posing for a simple photograph. But all is not quite what it appears to be, for hidden beneath the surface of this seemingly inconsequential photograph is a multitude of conclusions that give rise to many…

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Contradiction in the Dalai Lama’s Public Statements

Based to current reports, the Dalai Lama recently issued statements regarding Dorje Shugden in a teaching at Gaden Monastery. In his speech, the Dalai Lama explained that the reason he had advised people not to practice Dorje Shugden was due to the divination result performed before the famous Palden Lhamo thangka (this holy thangka was…

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Dalai Lama Loses Control

The Tibetan Youth Congress was as its name stipulated, was formed by the Tibetan youth in the 1970s. It is an organisation which headquartered in Dharamsala, which is a political group that voices its opinions on Tibetan affairs, culture, and its future. They have a meeting every 3 years of which this year 40 sub-centres…

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Religious Apartheid in Tibetan Communities

By: Mar Nee The Loseling Altruistic Medical Association (LAMA) is a charitable medical association registered with the government of Karnataka, India. This medical association runs Loseling Clinic, at Drepung Loseling Monastery, which is supposed to provide healthcare to all Tibetans, both ordained and lay. It also conducts free medical camps in remote villages, and aims…

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Highest Peaks to Lowest Gutters by Jamyang Norbu

Jamyang Norbu (http://www.jamyangnorbu.com/) is a Tibetan political activist and writer, currently living in the United States, having previously lived for over 40 years as a Tibetan exile in India. Taken from: http://www.jamyangnorbu.com/blog/2013/05/07/highest-peaks-to-lowest-gutters/ In a somewhat lame effort to divert attention away from the widening discussions on the Dharamshala instigated attacks on TYC and Chushigangdruk, some…

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The CTA Violates Its Own Constitution

By: Shashi Kei On September 2, 1960, the year after the Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet into India, His Holiness declared a democracy for the Tibetan people in exile. It was an important landmark after centuries of theocratic feudalism dominated the social and political landscape of the Himalayan nation. The Dalai Lama’s declaration had wide…

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Dorje Shugden assists the Great 13th Dalai Lama

The Tibetan Government being held by mostly uneducated and unexposed group of individuals who did not perform well unfortunately. Even if they had the intent, they cannot perform beyond their lack of exposure to the outside world and more advanced forms of governments. Their corruptions and self-serving attitudes brought down the last ‘Shangri-la’ in the…

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Four Important Videos

Dear Dharma Friends, As we all know, Tibet is well known throughout the world for its deep spiritual tradition, its beautiful religion of Buddhism and the many thousands of great lamas who have arisen from the Himalayas. One such lama who is now famous throughout the world is H.H. Trijang Rinpoche. Almost every teacher in…

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How Can There be Violence in Paradise?

By: Proteus Quay For a religion known for encouraging peace, tolerance and kindness, and for discouraging harm, it is especially sad to hear of violent disruptions in Buddhism. In recent decades especially, several unfortunate political controversies within the Tibetan refugee communities in India have arisen from and involved the religious schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Sadly,…

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Caught in the Middle

By: TK One of the most difficult situations that has arisen from the ban on Dorje Shugden is that of Buddhist practitioners having to literally choose between their Gurus. In many cases, monks and lay practitioners have one Guru (such as the Dalai Lama) who has instructed them to stop the practice of Dorje Shugden…

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Just a Matter of Time…

By: TK In the future, after the HH the Dalai Lama has passed away, there is only one direction the Dorje Shugden practice, lineage and practitioners can go: up. Whatever the Dalai Lama has said and done ‘against’ Shugden is only temporary. He has made Shugden famous and he continues to do so by keeping…

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The Ban Has Made Us Stronger

By: TK There is more frequent news coming from Tibet and China these days that monasteries are practicing Dorje Shugden and lamas are bestowing initiations (sogtae) to practitioners there. From just one Geshe initiating so many people, many more will practice. The practitioners themselves will then initiate even more people and so on. This trend…

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True Harmony or a Change of Tune?

His Holiness spoke on Religious Harmony and Dorje Shugden at Drepung Loseling Monastery in Mundgod, India, during a Lamrim teaching on December 9, 2012. Please refer especially to 21.00 minutes of the video onwards. A translated summary of what the Dalai Lama says can be found under the video. A translated summary of video above,…

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The Karmapas and the Forbidden Buddha

One of the most contested issues within Tibetan Buddhism is that of the recognition of the 17th Karmapa, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyus sect. This has been a central dividing factor within the Karma Kagyus, which has since split into two divisions – each following one of the two Karmapas. First, a bit…

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Banning of Tulkus in History

The CTA (Central Tibetan Administration) and its predecessor, the Tibetan government has long been well known for their hard-line policies against Tulkus and their spiritual institutions. If one were to take a long hard look at the history books, one would find a number of high-profile cases where great lamas were marginalized, their great residences…

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How the Shugden Lamas Are Bringing Tibetans Back to Tibet

While the 60th Anniversary of the ‘peaceful liberation’ of Tibet was regarded as a cleverly masked attempt of the Chinese to ‘undermine the Dalai Lama’, the event has also marked a different sort of celebration. Whatever the intentions of the Chinese were for holding such an event and inviting leading Buddhist lamas to the celebrations,…

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The 17th Karmapa and the 11th Panchen Lama – a Chinese conspiracy?

Ogyen Trinley Dorje Rinpoche, one of the two main Karmapa incarnates, has been plagued by rumors for years that he is a Chinese spy. For this, he has been under scrutiny by both the Tibetan community as well as the Indian government. Yet he is considered close to HH the Dalai Lama and receives no…

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Tibetan Buddhism: Erosion From Within Or Without?

By: Shashi Kei For centuries Tibet has been associated with the Buddha’s teachings and its reference as The Rooftop Of The World indicates its mythical status as the one place on earth where a person can get closest to the Buddhist heavens. It follows that the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and one-time temporal head of…

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The Broken Samayas of FPMT

FPMT has broken a very strong samaya by giving up Lama Yeshe’s practice of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden was the one that worked hand in hand with Lama Yeshe to obtain land for Kopan, find sponsors, build, and increase their centers around the world. Furthermore, H.H. Zong Rinpoche and H.H. Trijang Dorje Chang were the…

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Does Dorje Shugden Encourage Sectarian Practices?

The commitments to Dorje Shugden’s practice are secret but I can 100% assure you that it does not involve any form of sectarianism. Instead, the commitments reinforce a dedication within you to: 1. Follow Tsongkapa’s tradition all the way until enlightenment 2. Hold Dorje Shugden as your principle Protector until you gain Bodhicitta Great masters…

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Dorje Shugden Hits the Streets

When DorjeShugden.com first released a new concept of free-distribution brochures of our Protector, some people expressed their concerns on the forum that this was not a positive way of promoting the practice. In response, TK, one of the forum posters, offered a very helpful and insightful perspective on this and other methods of bringing Dorje…

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Recognizing Tulkus

When news first broke on the DorjeShugden.com website about the incarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen being among us, the forum broke out in storm. Many were skeptical, even critical of the possibility and much doubt was cast. Discussions became very heated, not only about Kyabje Drakpa Gyeltsen but about the whole tradition of recognizing incarnated…

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Nothing is Black and White

Views on how the ban is making Dorje Shugden bigger in the world We are often stuck with ideas of right and wrong, black and white etc. Differentiation is not bad; what is more important is the wisdom to be able to discern things. The problem is that once we have taken a position, we…

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So what if Britain didn’t want to meet the Dalai Lama?

While the fight for Tibet’s freedom continues to burn passionately throughout Tibetan communities across the world, it is becoming more and more evident that their actions and words may be doing more damage than good for themselves. Recently, there has been much attention given to the revelation that the British Prime Minister had banned his…

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Self-immolations and the fight for true freedom

With the recent spate of self-immolations across Tibet, attention has inevitably turned again towards the Tibetans’ precarious position as they champion their continued cause for autonomy. And what of freedom? The Chinese claim that the self-immolations and ensuing unrest are masterminded by the Dalai Lama; the Tibetans living outside the mother country attribute the self-immolations…

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Continuing the Legacy of Dorje Shugden

Whatever damage the ban has done to the reputation of the Dalai lama is now forgotten or minimal. He is still travelling non-stop, the govt leaders that have been meeting up with him are still meeting with him, the Indian Govt has done nothing re the court case. Dalai Lama is very powerful. He is…

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Practicing Dorje Shugden is not Betraying the Dalai Lama

We should not give up our practice of Dorje Shugden and we should create awareness of this sacred practice among the general public as best as we can. If we have received benefit and help from Dorje Shugden, we should bring this sacred connection and practice to many more, so that they too can be…

Contemplate This

.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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