Australian PM has no plans to meet Dalai Lama 2017

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By: Ashok Rao

The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has decided not to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a visit by the Tibetan leader in 2017. This is not a surprise because there is a growing trend amongst the world’s nations in realizing that it is bad to be seen with the Tibetan leadership (CTA; Central Tibetan Administration). Continuing with his track record of never meeting with the religious leader, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has chosen to increase ties with China instead. And rightly so.

  1. Why would a leader pander to Tibetan sympathies when he could make real progress in improving the lives of his own people and securing ties that could lead to years of economic stability for his country?
  2. Others such as the US State Department denounce China for a lack of human rights in Tibet. However, the US State Department do not police the world and other nations are under no obligation to accept their decision of who commits human rights infringements or not. In fact the USA needs to take a good look at their own history and continuing violation of human rights against their own citizens of color. The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia clearly shows that the USA has not come to terms with civil, human and cultural rights infringements perpetrated on its own people. So why should they get to pass judgement on others?
  3. But this issue is more than just about politics or equality, it is about the waning of the CTA’s power and prestige that they once held within the international community. As a leadership supposedly based on Buddhist principles, they should realize that this is their karma coming back to wreak its chaotic vengeance for all the years of corruption, financial mismanagement, and schism-making within their own community to retain their own political power and wealth. They even steep so low as to use religion to keep their people separated, such as the divisive ban on the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden, or even their silence on the forced conversion of the Kagyus. They line their pockets with blood-stained money gained from the blatant use of the tragic self-immolations of their own people for financial gain, or even deny their people the very same rights that they themselves enjoy, such as Indian or foreign nationality.
  4. All the while the Tibetans maintain a sense of entitlement, but what does Australia owe them? The Tibetans have not done anything for the great country of Australia. So why should Australia even bother about the Tibetans? What does any other country owe them, including India and Nepal, where they have built their homes but do not contribute back to repay the kindness of their host countries? They left their country 60 years ago to start their lives anew away from China, which was their right. You would have thought they would have integrated into their host countries by now and be citizens that make their own way in life rather than living off a sense of entitlement and expectation.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s actions add to the growth of indifference towards the Tibetan people and their supposed cause. This indifference is not due to something negative on the part of these countries such as Switzerland, Italy, Sweden or South Africa, who have outright rejected the Tibetans. Rather it is due to a sense of purpose in providing for their own people from an economic standpoint, by creating closer ties with China. Or perhaps even the understanding that the Tibetans are not worth the trouble caused, because of their lack of involvement within their host country’s affairs. When the CTA feel the full brunt of their negative karma, perhaps then they will finally realize the role their ineptitude played in rendering the Tibetan cause an utterly hopeless one.


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  1. Big problem in Tibetan community now because of Sikyong. Penpa Tsering sacked without proper explanations. Tibetans around the world are unhappy with this because it makes Tibetans and the Dalai Lama look very bad. This below is shared on WeChat many times by many people.

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  2. The Dalai Lama said that he cannot change his religion to enter into the Hindu temple. He wants to visit the Hindu temple, but he cannot change his religion. Only those of Hindu faith can enter this temple. He tried to enter by saying indirectly make an exception. But the Hindu priest said no. Even for the Dalai Lama, a big celebrity, the rules cannot be changed. It would have been nice if the priest did change the rules because the temple is to be visited by all and blessings are for everyone.

    Similarly, Dorje Shugden people cannot change their religion so they cannot enter the Dalai Lama’s temple. So the situation is exactly the same. It would be nice if the Dalai Lama himself can change his rules too.

    Ngodup Tsering

    Dalai: Why Puri temple doors shut for non-Hindus?
    Minati Singha| TNN | Updated: Nov 22, 2017, 02:35 IST
    BHUBANESWAR: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Tuesday questioned the practice of not allowing non-Hindus inside the Puri Jagannath Temple premises while criticising the Christian missionaries for trying to convert people of other faiths.
    “During my last visit to Odisha in 2010, I wished to go to the Jagannath Temple in Puri. I have a practice of visiting holy places wherever I go. I go to local places of worship like churches, gurdwaras, Hindu temples, Buddhist temples and mosques. I have made pilgrimages to Jerusalem (the holy city of the Jewish), the Syrian Christian Church and the Muslim sacred rock,” the Dalai Lama told TOI in an interview on Tuesday. He was responding to a question on the state’s unique Jagannath culture.
    The Dalai Lama, who is here on a two-day visit, said he cannot change his religion to enter the Jagannath Temple. “When I wanted to enter the Jagannath Temple in Puri, they said only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. So, in order to make a pilgrimage to the Jagannath Temple, I have to become a Hindu, which is very difficult,” said the Nobel laureate.
    The Dalai Lama also questioned conversions by Christian missionaries. “I never say Buddhism is the best religion. I never try to promote it in non-Buddhist countries and in Christian countries like Europe and America. I admire Christian brothers and sisters but don’t like it when they try to convert people. Being secular, like India, is a very practical and wonderful approach,” he said.
    Reacting to the Dalai Lama’s comment, Jagannath Temple priests said not allowing non-Hindus inside t is an age-old tradition. “Non-Hindus have not been allowed into the temple for centuries and the rule cannot be changed,” said Ramkrushna Das Mohapatra, president of the Daita Pati Nijog (an association of priests).

    Hindu Temple

  3. Picture caption:

    Sign in Sarnath that barred Shugden practitioners from a Gelug Monastery

    What the Dalai Lama said:

    “When I wanted to enter the Jagannath Temple in Puri, they said only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. So, in order to make a pilgrimage to the Jagannath Temple, I have to become a Hindu, which is very difficult,” said the Dalai Lama ~ ya we knew that long ago


  4. Picture caption:

    A Gelug monastery in Sarnath bans Shugden practitioners from their monastery and teachings

    What the Dalai Lama said:

    “When I wanted to enter the Jagannath Temple in Puri, they said only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. So, in order to make a pilgrimage to the Jagannath Temple, I have to become a Hindu, which is very difficult,” said the Dalai Lama ~ ya we knew that long ago”


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.…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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