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The 11th Panchen Lama’s Kalacakra Initiation: The Beginning of the End for the CTA

When it was announced that H.H. the 11th Panchen Lama would be conducting a Kalacakra initiation in his summer palace, Dechen Kelsang Phodrang in Shigatse, it became clear that the Dalai Lama and his supporters saw what was in fact a victory for the Dharma, to be a matter of concern instead…

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6 Theories as to Why the Dalai Lama Imposed the Ban on Dorje Shugden

In this article, we will look at some theories that are frequently raised to explain the Dalai Lama’s perpetuation of the ban against the Dorje Shugden practice. Over time, one insubstantial reason after another was advanced to explain the ban but when tested against established Buddhist doctrines and also secular logic, they were easily debunked…

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Make A Difference Today: Say Yes to Religious Freedom

On the 20-year anniversary of the Dorje Shugden ban, we at DorjeShugden.com wish to bring to light once again the history of this unethical ban, the sufferings it has caused and what all Shugden Buddhists around the world are tirelessly petitioning for. This is also a reminder that the fight to lift the Shugden ban is far from over, and that we should once again rekindle our resolve to see the end of such faith-based discrimination that has no place in the 21st Century.

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20 Years of Suffering: Lift the Shugden Ban

This short video sums up 20 years worth of information about the unethical Shugden ban and the discrimination, fear and coercion faced by Shugden Buddhists on a daily basis, especially those who are brave enough to stand up, speak and fight for their Religious Freedom…

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The Karmapa oppressed by Dalai Lama loyalists

by Michaela Smith The opinion piece below was sent to dorjeshugden.com for publication. We accept submissions from the public, please send in your articles to ds@dorjeshugden.com. In an interesting turn of events, an explosive open letter to the Dalai Lama has recently come to light. Written by Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche, who served as the General…

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7 Reasons Why The Dorje Shugden Ban Undermines The Tibetan Cause

The Central Tibetan Administration likes to blame Dorje Shugden for the failure of the Tibetan cause. In fact, they insist that Dorje Shugden practitioners are the reason why the Tibetan dream of returning to their homeland has thus far not materialized. Here are seven reasons why the CTA’s Dorje Shugden ban has harmed and damaged the Tibetan people’s dream of living as free people.

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The WeChat Effect on 2016 Tibetan General Elections

By: Steve Lee   The article discusses the role of the Wechat platform in the recent Tibetan elections held within the exiled community in India. The apparent popularity of the Tibetan Wechat platform is due to its voice messaging function, which allows Tibetans from around the world to discuss political issues. But even on Weechat…

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The Truth About The ‘Democratic’ Dorje Shugden Vote-Stick Referendum

The oft-quoted example used to support the Dalai Lama’s claim that monks voluntarily chose to renounce Dorje Shugden’s practice is known as the ‘vote stick referendum’ that took place in 2008. On the face of it, the monks were given a choice. But this claim is not true…

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CTA and the Kagyus

This article seeks to point out the selectivity of the CTA when dealing with Tibetan Buddhist issues, and how their bias and prejudice have the potential to destabilize Tibetan society. Is the real intention of the Dalai Lama and CTA to unite their people and pursue a genuine fight for freedom, or is it to divide the Tibetan community for their own selfish agendas? Based on hard facts and analysis of past events, it would seem that the latter is more plausible…

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The Dalai Lamas – A Divine Comedy

In a 2001 interview with the Dalai Lama in the book “The Dance of 17 Lives” by Mick Brown, the Dalai Lama inferred that the 16th Karmapa, whom he had on numerous occasions acclaimed as Buddha Akshobhya, was not at all learned and in fact had told lies about the Dalai Lama…

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The Unreliability of the Nechung Oracle

It is widely believed that, since the time of the 13th Dalai Lama until today, the Nechung oracle has been under the influence of an evil spirit instead of Nechung/Pehar, thus causing much mischief and problems for the Tibetan peoples such as the untimely death of the 13th Dalai Lama…

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My Friend Mao

The Tibetans have and are suffering from the Dalai Lama and the CTA’s actions with regards to Dorje Shugden. And no closer is the CTA in securing Tibet’s autonomy, much less independence. So why is the CTA condemning those who are trying to bridge the divide between China and Tibet when the Dalai Lama himself is still cooing admiration for Mao? Why the bias and double standards?

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A Reliable Source of Information?

The ban on the deity Dorje Shugden took a sour turn on an international scale as the issue became a target for disgruntled members of Dharma centres that engage in the practice of Dorje Shugden, such as the ex-New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) members. While many have carried on with their lives, a handful of ex-NKT members who call themselves ‘survivors’ decided to tarnish the name of their ex-Dharma centre. And what better way to do so than to use the wrongfully demonized deity to achieve their personal goals of revenge…

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The Dalai Lama Respects Terrorists But Not Shugden Buddhists

The Dalai Lama said in an interview reported by the Italian daily, La Stampa, that the proper response to ISIS’s atrocities which have included beheadings, bombings and tortures is to try to respect them and try to understand them. In essence, the Dalai Lama’s statement endorses ISIS’s agenda of terror and justifies their extreme, cruel and coercive methods as legitimate tactics in negotiations…

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Testimony of a Victim of the Shugden Persecutions

This is the testimony of Kalsang Dolma, who was dragged into the controversy in 1996 when she was merely a young girl. She has witnessed how the Dalai Lama and his government have broken the Tibetan community at large, as well as individual families, with this ban. After much suffering, she has decided to speak up. This is her story.

The richly decorated stupas of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche stands precariously within the compound of the monastery that rejects Dorje Shugden, the protector deity proliferated by these two great lamas

Shugden High Lama Stupas in Ganden Shartse

The richly decorated stupas of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche stand precariously within the compound of Ganden Shartse Monastery – a monastery that rejects Dorje Shugden, the protector deity proliferated by these two great lamas. In fact, the continued existence of these stupas leave a huge gaping hole in the rhetoric of the ban…

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Half A Century Of Wasted Aid – What The CTA Hides

Things are not going well for the CTA. Unemployment rates amongst Tibetans in India are as high as 75%. Penpa Tsering stands accused of being a murderer. The Dalai Lama is plagued by protesters everywhere he goes. Questions are being asked about whether foreign aid is being appropriately used. By any single measure, this government should be broken. Don’t you wonder what keeps the status quo?

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License to Kill?

In the landscape of today’s Tibetan Buddhism, it appears that crimes are being committed that go beyond just the breaking of spiritual vows, but involve threatening the lives of others, all in the name of religion. Surely, this cannot be what the Buddha taught…

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England: Peaceful Demonstration Coverage

From 13 – 21 September 2015, hundreds of Shugden practitioners demonstrated peacefully against the Dalai Lama calling for him to show them compassion as well, by giving religious freedom through lifting his ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice…

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Tibetans Cheated By Their Own Government

There are simply too many coincidences of impropriety, too many scandals and uninvestigated allegations, and too many ‘accidental’ concurrences between the disappearance of millions of dollars in foreign aid and a CTA known to be brazenly corrupt, to simply say that the CTA makes bad choices as they are an inexperienced government…

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Recalling The Tibetan Identity

Considering their influence over the population, it beggars belief that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has yet to condemn self-immolations as un-Buddhist, to prevent further loss of life. More surprisingly, the CTA even published on their website an article in support of self-immolations, titled “Is self-immolation anti-Buddhist?”

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An Exclusive Interview with Geshe Sopa

Very rarely can one find a monk who is so humble and yet has quietly accomplished such virtuous works from building monasteries to serving the highest of lamas. Thus, it was a great privilege for DorjeShugden.com to speak with Geshe Zopa to get his views about the Dorje Shugden conflict…

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Hate Crimes

The opinion piece below was sent to dorjeshugden.com for publication. We accept submissions from the public, please send in your articles to ds@dorjeshugden.com.     Hate Crimes When we consider how the earth’s resources are dwindling quickly, how wars have plagued mankind for centuries, how incurable diseases have become more virulent and how melting Arctic…

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An Exclusive Interview with Adar Tsering

Few names have become more synonymous with the struggle for the Tibetan people to regain their rights to practice their beliefs than Adar Tsering, a familiar Tibetan face at the protests organized by the International Shugden Community. DorjeShugden.com recently had the pleasure of speaking with Adar Tsering to get his views…

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Australia: Peaceful Demonstrations Coverage

The International Shugden Community brought their message of religious freedom to Australia, following His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he travelled from Sydney to Brisbane in June 2015…

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Man Evicted from Samdhong Rinpoche’s Talk

On the 16th of April 2015, Samdhong Rinpoche gave a talk on Mind Training and Compassion Applied to Everyday Life and that was followed by a discussion with Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Samdhong Rinpoche was the first ‘elected’ Kalon Tripa or Prime…

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Why Sabotage Your Own Country And People

For all the accusations levelled at China by the anti-Shugden people, the statement issued by China in February 2014 made it clear that China only wants to protect unity within the Tibet Autonomous Region and Greater China. For example, China’s position on the Dorje Shugden issue states without doubt that, they [the CTA] immediately launched a new evil action by reviving the dispute over the propitiation or non-propitiation of ‘Gyalchen Shugden’ by relying on opposition to it, with the evil hope to promote discord among believers within our borders…

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Dalai Lama Owes Shugden Practitioners

In spite of all the abuse and false accusations hurled against Dorje Shugden and his practitioners, the honest truth is that the Dalai Lama owes his fame, success, and even his life to Dorje Shugden and the attained masters that uphold this practice…

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Thanks to the Dalai Lama?

Today, the name “Dorje Shugden” itself heralds the coming of pure Dharma. Looking at the benefits that have arisen from the ban, perhaps, just perhaps, the ban can even be viewed as one of Dorje Shugden’s enlightened activities, one that allows him to correct the degeneration of Lama Tsongkapa’s lineage and protect this precious doctrine for future generations, just as he swore to do many centuries ago as Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. And, as ironic as it may sound, all this is thanks to the Dalai Lama…

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Copenhagen: Peaceful Demonstrations Coverage

Immediately after the protests in Basel, Switzerland which took place from 7-8 February 2015, the International Shugden Community made their way to Copenhagen, Denmark where the Dalai Lama was giving a two-day public teaching at the Bella Centre…

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An Exclusive Interview with Kelsang Rabten

DorjeShugden.com had the opportunity to chat with the International Shugden Community’s (ISC) spokesperson, Kelsang Rabten. In this exclusive 3-part interview, Kelsang Rabten shares his thoughts on the progress the ISC has made in their efforts to bring down the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice…

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Basel: Peaceful Demonstrations Coverage

On 7-8 February 2015, a group of 700 Shugden practitioners from both the International Shugden Community and Tibetan Shugden practitioners gathered in front of St Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland to protest against H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama’s ban against the deity Dorje Shugden…

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How Come Only Samaya with the Dalai Lama is Important?

Why is samaya with the Dalai Lama more important than samaya with one’s other teachers? Should we abandon all our commitments, vows, AND BREAK OUR SAMAYA WITH OUR ROOT TEACHER just to preserve samaya with the Dalai Lama?

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Theological Implications of the Dalai Lama’s Religious Ban

In analyzing the Dalai Lama’s Dorje Shugden ban, it is easy enough to see how restricting a person from expressing his religious beliefs is a breach of his human rights. However, even as news about the ban acknowledges how it impinges on various ‘freedom of religion’ provisions in the constitutions of a long list of democratic countries and the United Nations Charter…

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Dalai Lama The Peacemaker?

The Dalai Lama is the winner of many global awards, in recognition of his works to promote peace and harmony in the world. However, how real is the image of the peace-loving spiritual leader of Tibet?

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Dalai Lama Used 2014 Lamrim Teachings To Undermine His Guru

In early December 2014, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama gave his annual teachings on Lama Tsongkapa’s “Great Stages of The Path To Enlightenment” to an international audience in Dharamsala. The teachings were held over three days and not long into the first day’s teaching, it became obvious that the Dalai Lama intended to use this religious platform for his political agenda once again…

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The Secret History of the 14th Dalai Lama

Behind Tenzin Gyatso’s veneer of enlightenment lies a secret dark history of repressions and human rights abuses, committed against the very people he is supposed to protect…

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New York City: Peaceful Demonstrations Coverage

New York City was the final destination in the Dalai Lama’s recent USA tour, where he was scheduled to give a 3-day teaching. Once again, the Dalai Lama had to face both Western and…

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Boston: Peaceful Demonstrations Coverage

Following on the heels of protests in Princeton, New Jersey, devoted Shugden practitioners comprised of local Tibetans and the International Shugden Community followed the Dalai Lama to demonstrate at his upcoming teachings in Boston…

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Princeton: Peaceful Demonstrations Coverage

Two days after demonstrating in Birmingham, Shugdenpas from both the International Shugden Community and and the local Tibetan community followed the Dalai Lama to his next teaching venue in Princeton University…

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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