Make A Difference Today: Say Yes to Religious Freedom

A Public Appeal to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama to Stop the 20-year-long Persecution of Shugden Buddhists

As the ban on the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden approaches its 20th year, there is no sign of the religious persecution, faith-based discrimination and suffering endured by Shugden Buddhists abating.

As one of the major controversies surrounding Tibetan Buddhism, it is no surprise that the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice has received much media attention, especially in the West. From Al Jazeera to France 24, from SwissTV to the Guardian and Fox News, the Dorje Shugden ban implemented and enforced by the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government has been researched, discussed and dissected.

Yet, despite extensive evidence of Human Rights Abuses, Violations of Religious Freedom and various accounts of Shugden Buddhists suffering from persecution, discrimination and violence, there is still no sign of the issue being resolved by those who can make a difference.

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.

 

1. A Religious Ban Begins

In March 1996, the 14th Dalai Lama banned the 400-year-old religious practice of Dorje Shugden, a Buddhist Deity whose worship was widespread in Tibet. As a result, over 4 million Shugden Buddhists worldwide have experienced tremendous suffering.

…yesterday we decreed that it will not be right for worshippers of Gyalchen [Dorje Shugden] to be among our audience … If there are any people unknown to me who have crept into this audience who are nevertheless worshippers of Shugden, it is better for you not to stay among us. – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, 21st March 1996
 

2. Living Without Religious Freedom

If you private monks and spiritual masters in the monastic colleges continue making excuses and continue worshipping thus, you shall have a day of regret… it will not be good if we have to knock on your doors. – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, 21st March 1996
 
From 1996 to the present time, the Tibetan Government in Exile has launched insidious campaigns of psychological abuse and physical threats to systematically purge Shugden Buddhists from the Tibetan refugee community in India. These misleading campaigns have turned the sentiments of the general public against Shugden Buddhists, causing great suffering and hardship.

For instance:

  • From April 1996 onwards, signature campaigns are organized in monasteries and Tibetan refugee settlements, forcing Tibetans to take an oath against the practice of Dorje Shugden, all under the supervision of the Dalai Lama’s Private Office.
  • Around the same time, monastery abbots are forced to expel Shugden-practicing monks, at the behest of the Dalai Lama’s Private Office. Shugden Buddhists are banned from attending religious mass.
  • In May 1996, the Shugden Society of Delhi receives a letter from the then Tibetan Prime Minister Kalon Sonam Topgyal, who rejects the rights to religious freedom of Shugden Buddhists:
    …concepts like democracy and freedom of religion are empty when it concerns the well-being of H.H. the Dalai Lama and the common cause of Tibet. – Kalon Sonam Topgyal
  • In June 1996, an 8-point Resolution is passed by the Tibetan parliament to implement and enforce the ban on Dorje Shugden. Tibetan government employees are forced to resign if they refuse to comply.
    In case there is anyone who doesn’t abide by the addresses of His Holiness to give up Shugden worship, then, since there is nothing more important that the well-being of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause, such persons should submit their resignation. There is no other alternative for such person. – Tibetan Department of Health
  • The Tibetan Youth Congress conducts house-to-house searches and forces entry to private property to confiscate and destroy statues, paintings and holy objects of Dorje Shugden.
  • Shugden Buddhists who refuse to give up their rights to religious freedom are subjected to physical violence, slander, intimidation, vandalism of personal property, public shaming, witch hunts, deprivation of medical treatment, education and supplies, and various other methods of persecution to coerce them into complying with the religious ban.
  • Those who are brave enough to speak up against the Dorje Shugden ban are falsely accused of being Chinese spies. Posters with their pictures and personal details are placed around the Tibetan settlements in India.
  • In March 2014, all Shugden Buddhists are recognized as ‘Criminals in History’ through the Tibetan Government in Exile’s parliamentary resolution.
  • Groups of Shugden Buddhists submit open letters and appeals for dialogue with the Dalai Lama on numerous occasions, but no action is taken.

More evidence of the Dorje Shugden ban and the 20-year-long religious persecution of Shugden Buddhists by the Tibetan Government can be found at http://www.dorjeshugden.com/press/proof-of-discrimination/

 

3. Religious Persecution Must End Here

…no government has the right to tell people how to worship and certainly not the right to discriminate against them or persecute them for the way they choose to express their faith… – Senator Joseph Lieberman, 1998
 
Like any breach of human rights in history, a movement must be initiated to bring about positive change. We are campaigning for an end to the discrimination against the people of our faith – a discrimination that has been created through the actions of the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government.

We are requesting the Dalai Lama to make the following public and written announcements:

  1. That both individuals and communities should immediately cease all discrimination against Dorje Shugden and Shugden Buddhists;
  2. That they should maintain harmonious relationships with Shugden Buddhists and never attempt to harm them either directly or indirectly;
  3. That the Tibetan leadership should engage in live televised dialogue with Shugden Buddhist leaders to peacefully resolve this present problem.

 

4. Help Make A Difference

We respectfully request you to use your influence to help millions of Shugden Buddhists who are presently suffering religious persecution and discrimination perpetrated by the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership.
You can help by:

  1. Organizing or participating in peaceful demonstrations. Educate the public with this simple factsheet and video.
  2. Writing letters to your local council or representative requesting them to take strong action against the persecution of Shugden Buddhists in your community.
  3. Signing a petition requesting for dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s representatives to resolve this issue peacefully: http://chn.ge/1Ukv3iY
  4. Creating awareness of the on-going persecution of Shugden Buddhists by sharing this simple graphic on social media.

Over 4 million people around the world are suffering.
Help us end this in 2016.

 

 

 
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  1. The ban on Dorje Shugden by the Tibetan leadership had caused harm and sufferings on Shugden practitioners. Shugden practitioners are being robbed of religious freedom and human rights. Funds, which are donated by kind sponsors all over the world are being spent actively to :

    1. Inflict fear on Shugden practitioners by confining of their own homes.
    2. Invade private residences of Dorje Shugden practitioners e.g. the Thubten family and also private residences of erudite lama e.g. the 84 year old Gen. Chonze.
    3. Prohibit Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering Sera Monastery, South India.
    4. Publish a hit list of Shugden practitioners on the CTA’s website, inciting active persecution since the details of Shugden practitioners was made available publicly.
    5. Expel hundreds of Dorje Shugden monks from their monasteries for upholding the lineage passed on to them by their Gurus.
    6. Eradicate all Dorje Shugden images from temples, monasteries, Dharma centers and even private spaces. Statues, thangkas, tsatsas, prints and scripture… nothing was spared.
    7. Put up signs at public places i.e. monasteries and hospitals as well as private spaces like retail and grocery stores to disallow Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering.
    8. Deny Dorje Shugden practitioners access to medical assistance in public hospital.

    The voices of Tibetan people, especially the Shugden practitioners are muffled and ignored, while the CTA actively promotes unsubstantiated ranting of individuals and opinions of those who degrade Dorje Shugden. This is inhumane and injustice. Please help to lift Dorje Shugden ban and end the sufferings and harms.

  2. As mentioned, with all the publicity given to the religious persecution of Dorje Shugden practioners due to the ban imposed by the Dalai Lama and CTA, why haven’t those in position taken steps to help those in need? Although many heads of countries have reduced the importance of the Dalai Lama in favour of China due to the trade and political partnership potential, they have not actualised any dialogue between the Dalai Lama or CTA with the Shugden practitioners on the issue of the ban which had caused so much sufferings and harm to the practitioners.

    On top of the ban, the kind donations/sponsorships of countries and individuals meant for alleviating the terrible living conditions of the Tibetans-In Exile had been blatantly squandered by CTA for their lavish lifestyles and for their hate campaign against Shugden practitioners, with hardly any left to help those who are actually in need. Those who were given the opportunities are those who comply with CTA’s directives which probably include harsh actions against Shugden practitioners. Young people in higher education using the social media to show off their prowess of English by vulgarly swearing at Shugden practitioners without any fear of impunity. These youngsters are the future of Tibetans-In-Exile groomed by examples of the current CTA heads, the likes of Lobsang Sangay and Penpa Tsering.

    The ban is the only current cause of division within the Tibetans-In-Exile and to lift the ban means unity for the people. With this unity, more temperate role models will be available and have greater voice, which in turn will help to influence the future of their leadership. Definitely better outlook for the welfare of the people. Of course then the current CTA officials will be threaten of their position, which is also good because they will then start to force themselves to be considerate to the people under their administration.

    May the Dalai Lama swiftly manifest his true nature of Avalokitesvara to help his people from further degeneration, both secular and religious, and to stop further accumulation of the terrible karma already heaped up like Mount Meru.

  3. Did you know that the 5th Dalai Lama engaged in HUMAN SACRIFICES?

    Please google Dayisun Tngri and go to the wikipedia.org entry on him.

    It states, “Dayisun Tngri…is a Mongolian WAR GOD of a protective function, to whom CAPTURED ENEMIES WERE SOMETIMES SACRIFICED…THE 5TH DALAI LAMA COMPOSED INVOCATIONS TO THIS DEITY.”

    What captured enemies would the 5th Dalai Lama sacrifice to Dayisun Tngri?
    There were no external enemies against Tibet since the 5th was protected by Gushri Khan and his Mongolian army. The 5th Dalai Lama’s only enemies were internal enemies, they were TIBETANS. Who could these TIBETAN ENEMIES HAVE BEEN. They would have been the Sakya,Jonanga,Drikung and Karma Kagyu monks who opposed the GREAT 5TH DALAI LAMA. These captured monks would become HUMAN SCARIFICE to HIS Mongolian WAR GOD. These murdered monks would be payment from the 5th Dalai Lama for services rendered by Dayisun Tngri.

    If this was 300 years ago it would be we followers of Dorje Shugden who would have been HUMAN SACRIFICES to Dayisun Tngri. We would have been the ENEMY that would have been SLAUGHTERED BY THE 5TH DALAI LAMA. The 5th Dalai Lama would have COMPOSED INVOCATIONS TO DAYISUN TNGRI TO DESTROY DORJE SHUGDEN AND WE HIS FOLLOWERS.

    There is no difference between the 5th and the 14th Dalai Lama. He will never lift his ban and all we can do is pray for his swift passing from this world.

  4. @Harold,

    You are right about the 5th and 14th being the same.

    When we see the activities of the 5th and 14th Dalai Lama, and we examine what factors steer their decisions, we see that both are really politicians in disguise as religious heads. Both use their ‘spiritual authority’ as weapons against their enemies. And both the 5th and 14th preyed on their own people instead of external enemies.

    The 5th Dalai Lama’s regent murdered Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and now the 14th Dalai Lama’s government has been trying for 20 years to bury Dorje Shugden who arose from death of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. History repeats itself. But just as the 5th inflicted great harm towards Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s lineage but failed to destroy it, neither with the 14th succeed in destroying the Shugden lineage.

    In seeing the similarities between the 5th and 14th Dalai Lamas, we see also how ancient, archaic and violent the present Dalai Lama’s thinking really is. It must be the biggest joke of the century to have awarded him a Peace Prize.

  5. May the ban be lifted as soon as possible. There are too much pain and suffering behind the ban. Discrimination, bullying, violence, segregation, violation of human rights and religious freedom must stop immediately!!.
    Compassion and kindness should be equally treated to all sentient being. Politicized the Dorje Shugden Ban only creates more and more pain, hatred and violence. We DO NOT need these! We already have enough suffering around us!!

    May the Dorje Shugden Ban be lifted. Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

  6. The 20th year anniversary of the instigation of the outright and unlawful ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden! I am very glad that Dorjeshugden.com administrators sought to highlight this to the world on this website.

    It is very sad to see such viciousness perpetrated against sincere Buddhist practitioners, who have no political aims but the simple religious aim of practicing their faith in peace. Dorje Shugden practitioners have not been given the freedoms as other Tibetans in their religious free. And this whole unjust situation has been formalised by the Central Tibetan Administration, who for some reason seem hell-bent on benefiting from their own position rather than being a real leadership that makes a real positive difference in the lives of Tibetans in exile in India.

    This article really highlights and summarizes all that is wrong with the ban and how negatively it impacts not only the Tibetan people but also Tibetan Buddhists from all over the world. May the ban be ended soon, and through the efforts of this website may the Dalai Lama implement a change, showing his compassionate nature.

  7. It’s pure samsara when it comes to the Dorje Shugden issue. The CTA is just doing all it can to stay in power and reap the benefit of having a very full coffer. Reading other articles on the embezzlement by associates of the CTA and Dalai Lama is distressing to say the least.

    That’s why the CTA keeps the Tibetans divided and distracted, so that they cannot see the truth of what is happening under their very own noses.

    It is just so very sad for the Tibetans that they have to suffer the lack of religious freedom with the ban on DOrje Shugden. Plus the Karmapa issue thrown, will widen the net of suffering for the Tibetans. Is this the way the CTA is practicing equanimity?

    As usual the team at dorjeshugden.com has done another outstanding job of pointing out all taht is wrong with the current CTA.

  8. The Dalai Lama and CTA have no integrity in their words. One moment they talk about bringing peace to the world, the next they ban and persecute Shugden practitioners. Anyone that does not agree with the Dalai Lama gets the short end. Dorje Shugden practitioners are not the only ones that experience these unfair, unjust and degradation from the CTA and Dalai Lama. Recently we’ve seen how the Kagyupas who’s supporters of Karmapa Thaye Dorje have expressed their great dissatisfaction on the oppression and their efforts to spread the Dharma sabotaged by the CTA and DL. This is only one example… and lets not forget about Drugpa Kagyus whose monasteries were forcibly converted.

    Historical evidence even shows how the DL and Tibetan leadership uses the monasteries as a form of political power play and influence, and it is no surprise that the Dorje Shugden issue is just another victim of their devious plot. Unfortunately, the regular people do not see this… and many Tibetans’ devotion towards the Dalai Lama conveniently blinds them of these madness…

    As long as the Tibetans themselves do not stand up and say no, and demand some logic and explanation, they will be just like sheep among wolves… Today it maybe Shugden pas and Kagyupas that’s being suppressed… tomorrow, it may be a different story.

  9. Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private. Accept and respect others religions as a kind of human being, tolerance is a good cornerstone on which to build human relationships. When one views the slaughter and suffering caused by religious intolerance , one can see that intolerance is a very non-survival activity. Respect and do not attack others religious faith and belief.

  10. Thank you for this article which I believe is timely with now the controversy surrounding the ban which have not been lifted despite so many quarters have proven time and again for 20 years that all of it are wrong and misinformed information. It is very clear that this unfounded and false accusations on what has been said about Dorje Shudgen yet again has proven to be only a concoction of discrimating lies, fabrication, demeaning and wild accusations.
    No one should tell another to give up a faith that he or she believes in let alone issuing a blanket ban and a decree unless proven that Dorje Shudgen is an evil entity. It is a conjecture by some quarters blend in with some retired oracles misleading advice that caused so much pain, agony, hatred, anger among the Tibetans living in exile. I would urge with my sincere heart that The Dalai Lama lift this ban because many innocent Tibetans as well as Dorje Shudgen followers are now living in miseries, confusion and abject poverty because of this ban.

  11. Over 4 million people around the world are suffering. Wow…. what’s a great number with huge influence to cause all these people in suffering.

    Buddhas’ teachings tell us to practice compassion and kindness to all sentient beings. When we look at the insects, ants and etc passed by a place, we will let them go/liberated them. But now, we are talking about 4 million people’s lives. They are in suffering just because of this “unethical ban”. For those Anti Shugden people, if you can liberate for the small ants/insects, but why not Shugden practitioners???

    May His Holiness Dalai Lama stop the Shugden ban. Please help to stop the causes of Shugden practitioners’ suffering.

  12. 20-year anniversary of the Dorje Shugden ban. It is very sad that the ban has been going on for 20 years.

    Things have not improved every since, and now, after 2014, all Shugden Buddhists are recognised as ‘Criminals in History’ through the Tibetan Government in Exile’s parliamentary resolution. The resolution does not make any distinction between Tibetan and non-Tibetan practitioners of Dorje Shugden. Thus, that means the CTA have knowingly labelled citizens of other nations as “criminals”, when their only ‘crime’ is the fact they have their own religious beliefs.

    The doctrine of Dorje Shugden does not encourage anything evil or harmful. There are many good articles here, and I appreciate the dorjeshugden.com team working hard to bring us news, updates, and wonderful article in this challenging time.

    This new article, “6 Theories as to Why the Dalai Lama Imposed the Ban on Dorje Shugden” has interesting point of view, I have not read it completely, but will take the time to.

    The Shugden ban instills hatred that segregates the people further, so that is one good reason beside other arguments of why this Dorje Shugden ban has to stop. This is not a religious issue, but one of human rights.

  13. Because of the basic freedom of lastingness and non-existence, because of space and conciousnesscontinuum, wisdom and compassion is allways there and can be studied and practices anyway, no matter what happend, happens or will happen.

    Violence of any kind, rooted in the illusions of ignorance, duality and harmful eternalistic and nihilistic views that arise from duality, as well as harmful thoughts and emotions (harmful motivation) and harmful actions of mind, speech and body, cant stop, manipulate or destroy wisdom and compassion/conciousnesscontinuum – basic freedom of lastingness and non.existence, because everything is free of lastingness and therefore can’t destroy this freedom of lastingness itself.

    Therefore Violence is weak and has no control at all about you or someone else or something else.

    YOU ARE ALL FREE! You only belong to the Kingdom. Government and Law of space, of wisdom and compassion, of basic freedom of lastingness and non-existence!

    YOU ARE FREE! OM + AH = RAPA TSANA = DHI !
    Just unify yourself with space.

  14. Discrimination against religious practice is obsolete and primitive in this day and age. What makes it worst is when it is done in the name of an icon of peace, tolerance and compassion.

    The suffering that is permitted to last for 20 years must come to an end now. It is inhumane. Not only by those who persecute the victims but also by those who permit this persecution by remaining g silent.please support this cause to end religious discrimination and breach of human rights.

  15. 20 years of ban on religious belief. This is not acceptable in a democratic country. Everyone has human rights and religious freedom is only one part of it. I do not understand why Tibetan leaders discriminate Dorje Shugden practitioners. Don’t everyone deserve to be treated fairly? Why would someone need to resign because of his/ her belief, not able to attend school, public events, seeking medical treatment in hospital and so forth. This discrimination is truly a disgrace.

    The reason that Dorje Shugden practise is ban because it is believe to be evil. However, the source of this practise can be traced back 400 years ago and it has been practised by many high erudite lamas. If we believe that Dorje Shugden is evil then it means all these lamas have broken their refuge vows. And if they have broken their refuge vows, how then can so many of these high lamas still be reincarnated and come back and continue to teach dharma ? Doesn’t quite make sense.

    It has also been proven that it brings so much benefit to the practitioners. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri and enlightened Dharma protector. Then how can it be evil?

    I hope more people will do more research about Dorje Shugden before jumping the gun and accuse the practitioners. The ban and discrimination must stop.

  16. 20 years of ban is really quote sufficient. It has been a painful 2 decades for many. On top of that it never fulfilled any of the reasons which were used to justify the ban for instance :-
    1) DS practice shortens HH the Dalai Lama”s life. This is not true as HH is in his ripe old age and with greatest sincerity I wish for him to continue to live long to benefit more beings.
    2) DS practice will hinder the Tibetan government from getting back their home land . The CTA has failed at every level since 1959 to gain any form of independence or autonomy from the Chinese government and uses Dorje Shugden as one of their scapegoats for their failure.

    I appeal strongly to the CTA please lift the Dorje Shugden ban and allow unbiased religious liberty to all practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.

  17. 20 years of suppression and segregation… Dorje Shugden practitioners’ suffering is not something irrelevant or small because the pain is real, the discrimination is real and so is the ban.

    Why are other practices allowed but not Dorje Shugden’s? Why so biased? Even if it’s only a person’s faith, still, no one has the right to segregate this person. This ban has been going on way too long now, I pray that may His Holiness lift the ban very swiftly.

  18. Its been 20 years now and that the Dorje Shudgen is a thorn and bring misery to Tibetans and practitioners of the Gaden lineage, why haven’t CTA made any overtures to resolve this issue. Thats because they do not want to want resolve or don’t have the time to, since they are raking in the money from the Tibetans in exile and their schemes to milk the highly underdeveloped tibetans.

    One of the things that bugs me is why isn’t the Dorje Shudgen issue recognised as a humanrights issue yet, there amount of evidence is damning yet no single humanrights agency would want to recognize it as such. Puzzling to me.

  19. Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right that protects the conscience of all people. It allows us to think, express and act upon what we deeply believe. but CTA comes from different world so they ban Dorje Shugden practice.. i don’t see any harm practicing lol.. Dorje Shugden does not encourage anything evil or harmful. There are many good articles and great lamas still alive.. we should appreciate dorjeshugden.com which gives article to understand the real region behind CTA discriminating..

  20. We, humans, just have to learn to live with all the diverse people on this Earth. But, the sad thing is that humans, being humans, can claim to love all as equals but will practice what the “Animal Farm” details – all are equal, some are more e

  21. (continue)

    …. more equal than others.

    when i found Tibetan Buddhism, I thought that was it, the Buddha taught equanimity and compassion and gratitude. Well, the Buddha’s teachings is very true and good but again man, corrupted it.

    If religion and government can be separated, then there may well be hope for Buddhism.

    May that come to pass.

  22. What will the all the people around the world and in Tibet do now? Dalai Lama says he is happy that Tibet is a part of China and should remain a part of China. So many Tibetans self-immolated for Tibet to be independent and now Dalai Lama did a 360 degree turn and says he wants to go back to Tibet and China and Tibet should be a part of China. So unbelievable. So many are angry and disappointed.

    Tibetans ready to be part of China: Dalai Lama
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    Indo-Asian News Service
    Bengaluru
    Tibetans are ready to be a part of China if guaranteed full rights to preserve their culture, the Dalai Lama said on Friday.
    “Tibetans are not asking for independence. We are okay with remaining with the People’s Republic of China, provided we have full rights to preserve our culture,” the 83-year-old spiritual leader said at “Thank You Karnataka” event here in the city.
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    “Several of Chinese citizens practicing Buddhism are keen on Tibetan Buddhism as it is considered scientific,” the Nobel laureate said.
    Born in Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. He fled to India from Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959.
    China annexed Tibet in 1950, forcing thousands of Tibetans, including monks, to flee the mountain country and settle in India as refugees.
    Since then, India has been home to over 100,000 Tibetans majorly settled in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh among other states.
    https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/india/tibetans-ready-to-be-part-of-china-dalai-lama/293109.html

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  23. Dear Dalai Lama,

    Since you started the cruel ban against the 350 year Dorje Shugden practice, how has it benefit your Tibetan society and Buddhism in the world? Things have become worse and most educated Tibetans can see this. They don’t speak out not because they don’t see your ban as wrong, but you instill fear in them and not respect. It is like fear of a dictator. I am sorry to say so. Everyone is divided. There is no harmony. Before your ban there was more harmony and unity.

    By enacting the ban, you split the monasteries, split so many families, split regions in Tibet apart, split your disciples from you, split your own gurus from you, split Tibetan Buddhism apart. You have created so much disharmony.

    It is not democratic what you have done to ban a religion within your community. You always talk of tolerance and acceptance and democracy and yet you do not accept and tolerate something different from your beliefs. When people practice Dorje Shugden you ostracize them, ban them from seeing you, ban them from using Tibetan facilities. You know you have done that. There are videos that capture your speech and prove this point. You even had people expelled from monasteries just because they practice Dorje Shugden. Some of the monks you expelled have been in the monastery for over 40 years. Many older monks shed tears because of this.

    Many young educated Tibetans lost confidence in you as they saw the damage the Dorje Shugden ban created and they lose hope. Many have become free thinkers. They reject what you have done. So many people in the west left Buddhism because of the confusion you created with this ban against Dorje Shugden which is immoral.

    You could of had millions of people who practice Dorje Shugden to support, love and follow you, but you scared them away. They are hurt and very disappointed. They loved you and respected you deeply before the ban. It has been 60 years and you have failed to get Tibet back. Your biggest failure is not getting Tibet back after 57 years in exile. Now you are begging China to allow you to return to Tibet to the disappointment of thousands of people who fought for a free Tibet believing in you. So many self-immolated for a free Tibet and now you want Tibet to be a part of China with no referendum from Tibetans. Just like a dictator, you decide on your own. It was your government and you that lost Tibet in the first place. Your policies and style of doing things do not benefit Tibet and Buddhism. You have been the sole ruler of Tibet your whole life and you still have not gotten our country of Tibet back for us. Our families and us are separated. Yet you create more pain by creating a ban to further divide people. Please have compassion.

    No other Buddhist leader has banned or condemned any religion except for you. It looks very bad. You are a Nobel laureate and this is not fitting of a laureate. You should unite people and not separate them by religious differences.

    You said Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi did not do right to the Rohingya people in Myanmar due to religious differences, but you are doing the same thing to the Shugden Buddhists within your own society. There is a parallel in this. You separate the Shugden Buddhists from the others in Tibetan society.

    You have lost so many people who would have loved and supported you. You have lost so much support around the world. The Shugden Buddhists who love you number in the millions. When you are fast losing support from governments and private people, it will not do you well to lose more.

    After you are passed away in the future, the rift you created between the Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people will remain for a while and that will be your legacy. Disharmony. You will be remembered for this. Not as a hero but a disharmony creator.

    Dorje Shugden will spread and further grow, but you will be no more as you are a human. No one wishes you bad and in fact we hope you have a long and healthy life, but we have lost so much hope and have so much despair because of you. All the hundreds of Dorje Shugden lamas, tulkus and geshes are maturing and there are hundreds of Dorje Shugden monasteries in Tibet who will not give up Dorje Shugden. You have made a mistake. These hundreds of teachers and teachers to be will spread Dorje Shugden further in the future.

    The gurus that gave us Dorje Shugden as a spiritual practice and you have called these holy gurus wrong and they are mistaken in giving us Dorje Shugden. How can you insult our gurus whom we respect so much? If they can be wrong, then you can be wrong. Then all gurus can be wrong. So no one needs to listen to any guru? You have created this trend. It is not healthy. Your own gurus practiced Dorje Shugden their whole lives. Your own gurus were exemplary and highly learned.

    Dalai Lama you have created so much pain with this ban against so many people due to religion. You are ageing fast. Are you going to do anything about it or stay stubborn, hard and un-moving. You show a smile and preach peace and harmony wherever you go. But will you do the same to your own people? Please rectify the wrong you have done. Please before it is too late. You can create harmony again or you can pass away in the future with this legacy of peace. May you live long and think carefully and admit what was a mistake in having this unethical ban against Dorje Shugden religion.

  24. Why doesn’t the United States and its allies end Refugee Status for the useless Tibetans? They have been refugees for 60 years now and don’t tell me they still cannot get their lives back in order?

    Tibetans really know how to put on a good show and use people, take their money and do nothing in return.

    Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians
    In internal emails, Jared Kushner advocated a “sincere effort to disrupt” the U.N.’s relief agency for Palestinians.
    BY COLUM LYNCH, ROBBIE GRAMER | AUGUST 3, 2018, 2:12 PM
    Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, has quietly been trying to do away with the U.N. relief agency that has provided food and essential services to millions of Palestinian refugees for decades, according to internal emails obtained by Foreign Policy.
    His initiative is part of a broader push by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to strip these Palestinians of their refugee status in the region and take their issue off the table in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to both American and Palestinian officials. At least two bills now making their way through Congress address the issue.
    Kushner, whom Trump has charged with solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been reluctant to speak publicly about any aspect of his Middle East diplomacy. A peace plan he’s been working on with other U.S. officials for some 18 months has been one of Washington’s most closely held documents.
    But his position on the refugee issue and his animus toward the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is evident in internal emails written by Kushner and others earlier this year.
    “It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA,” Kushner wrote about the agency in one of those emails, dated Jan. 11 and addressed to several other senior officials, including Trump’s Middle East peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt.
    “This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help peace,” he wrote.
    The United States has helped fund UNRWA since it was formed in 1949 to provide relief for Palestinians displaced from their homes following the establishment of the State of Israel and ensuing international war. Previous administrations have viewed the agency as a critical contributor to stability in the region.
    But many Israel supporters in the United States today see UNRWA as part of an international infrastructure that has artificially kept the refugee issue alive and kindled hopes among the exiled Palestinians that they might someday return home—a possibility Israel flatly rules out.
    Critics of the agency point in particular to its policy of granting refugee status not just to those who fled Mandatory Palestine 70 years ago but to their descendants as well—accounting that puts the refugee population at around 5 million, nearly one-third of whom live in camps across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza.
    By trying to unwind UNRWA, the Trump administration appears ready to reset the terms of the Palestinian refugee issue in Israel’s favor—as it did on another key issue in December, when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
    In the same January email, Kushner wrote: “Our goal can’t be to keep things stable and as they are. … Sometimes you have to strategically risk breaking things in order to get there.”
    Kushner raised the refugee issue with officials in Jordan during a visit to the region in June, along with Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. According to Palestinian officials, he pressed the Jordan to strip its more than 2 million registered Palestinians of their refugee status so that UNRWA would no longer need to operate there.
    “[Kushner said] the resettlement has to take place in the host countries and these governments can do the job that UNRWA was doing,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a member of Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
    She said the Trump administration wanted rich Arab Gulf states to cover the costs Jordan might incur in the process.
    “They want to take a really irresponsible, dangerous decision and the whole region will suffer,” Ashrawi said.
    Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator, told reporters in June that Kushner’s delegation had said it was ready to stop funding UNRWA altogether and instead direct the money—$300 million annually—to Jordan and other countries that host Palestinian refugees.
    “All this is actually aimed at liquidating the issue of the Palestinian refugees,” hesaid.
    The White House declined to comment on the record for this story. A senior executive branch official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.S. policy regarding the U.N.’s Palestinian refugee program “has been under frequent evaluation and internal discussion. The administration will announce its policy in due course.”
    Jordanian officials in New York and Washington did not respond to queries about the initiative.
    Kushner and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, both proposed ending funding for UNRWA back in January. But the State Department, the Pentagon, and the U.S. intelligence community all opposed the idea, fearing in part that it could fuel violence in the region.
    The following week, the State Department announced that that United States would cut the first $125 million installment of its annual payment to UNRWA by more than half, to $60 million.
    “UNRWA has been threatening us for six months that if they don’t get a check they will close schools. Nothing has happened,” Kushner wrote in the same email.
    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at the time that the U.S. had no intention of eliminating funding for Palestinian refugees, and that it was taking time to explore ways to reform UNRWA and to convince other countries to help Washington shoulder the financial burden of aiding the Palestinians.
    But the following day, Victoria Coates, a senior advisor to Greenblatt, sent an email to the White House’s national security staff indicating that the White House was mulling a way to eliminate the U.N.’s agency for Palestinian refugees.
    “UNRWA should come up with a plan to unwind itself and become part of the UNHCR by the time its charter comes up again in 2019,” Coates wrote.
    She noted that the proposal was one of a number of “spitball ideas that I’ve had that are also informed by some thoughts I’ve picked up from Jared, Jason and Nikki.”
    Other ideas included a suggestion that the U.N. relief agency be asked to operate on a month-to-month budget and devise “a plan to remove all anti-Semitism from educational materials.”
    The ideas seemed to track closely with proposals Israel has been making for some time.
    “We believe that UNRWA needs to pass from the world as it is an organization that advocates politically against Israel and perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem,” said Elad Strohmayer, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
    Strohmayer said that Palestinians are the only population that is able to transfer its refugee status down through generations.
    The claim, though long advanced by Israel, is not entirely true.
    In an internal report from 2015, the State Department noted that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “recognizes descendants of refugees as refugees for purposes of their operations.” The report, which was recently declassified, said the descendants of Afghan, Bhutanese, Burmese, Somali, and Tibetan refugees are all recognized by the U.N. as refugees themselves.
    Of the roughly 700,000 original Palestinian refugees, only a few tens of thousands are still alive, according to estimates.
    The push to deny the status to most Palestinians refugees is also gaining traction in Congress.
    Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, introduced a bill that would limit the United States to assisting only the original refugees. Most savings in U.N. contributions would be directed to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United States’ principal international development agency. But USAID is currently constrained by the Taylor Force Act, which restricts the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends a policy of providing aid to families of fallen terrorists.
    “Instead of resettling Palestinian refugees displaced as a result of the Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1948, UNRWA provides aid to those they define as Palestinian refugees until there is a solution they deem acceptable to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Lamborn’s bill states.
    “This policy does not help resettle the refugees from 1948 but instead maintains a refugee population in perpetuity.”
    A congressional aide familiar with the legislation said its intent isn’t to gut UNRWA funding, but redirect assistance to descendants through USAID.
    “The people that are suffering should still get assistance, but through appropriately defined humanitarian channels and aid programs,” the aide said.
    Similarly, Sen. James Lankford, (R-Okla.), has drafted legislation that would redirect U.S. funding away from UNRWA and to other local and international agencies.
    The bill, which has not yet officially been introduced, would require the U.S. secretary of state certify by 2020 that the United Nations has ended its recognition of Palestinian descendants as refugees.
    “The United Nations should provide assistance to the Palestinians in a way that makes clear that the United Nations does not recognize the vast majority of Palestinians currently registered by UNRWA as refugees deserving refugee status,” reads a draft obtained by Foreign Policy.
    Previous U.S. administrations have maintained that the vast majority of Palestinian refugees will ultimately have to be absorbed in a new Palestinian state or naturalized in the countries that have hosted them for generations.
    But the fate of the refugee issue was expected to be agreed to as part of a comprehensive peace pact that resulted in the establishment of a Palestinian state.
    “It’s very clear that the overarching goal here is to eliminate the Palestinian refugees as an issue by defining them out of existence,” said Lara Friedman, the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
    “This isn’t going to make peace any easier. It’s going to make it harder.”
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/08/03/trump-palestinians-israel-refugees-unrwaand-allies-seek-end-to-refugee-status-for-millions-of-palestinians-united-nations-relief-and-works-agency-unrwa-israel-palestine-peace-plan-jared-kushner-greenb/

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  25. Supreme Court of India JUSTICE Mr. MARKANDEY KATJU (RETD) writes that Tibet is much better under the Chinese than it was under the lamas who only wanted to make the populace slaves. It was feudal and it will never return to the backwardness again.

    Time has come to acknowledge that Tibet has vastly improved under Chinese rule
    JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU (RETD) | 12 August, 2018
    From a terribly poor state hinged on a feudal system, Tibet has modernised and grows faster than the rest of China
    This article has been prompted by Jyoti Malhotra’s article in ThePrint ‘Tibetan government quietly changed its PM’s designation. India won’t be unhappy about it‘.
    China’s annexation of Tibet in 1959, ousting the Dalai Lama, had attracted it worldwide criticism. The Dalai Lama fled and was granted asylum in India, where he set up a government-in-exile with its headquarters in Dharamshala.
    The Chinese claim Tibet on the grounds that it has been part of the country since the Yuan dynasty of the 13th century, which is disputed by the government-in-exile. But let us leave this that matter aside.
    The more important question is whether Chinese rule has benefited Tibet.
    The answer is that it undoubtedly has. As the Reuters’ Ben Blanchard writes: “Today Tibet is richer and more developed than it has ever been, its people healthier, more literate, better dressed and fed”.
    Although Ben goes on to argue that this development masks “a deep sense of unhappiness among many Tibetans”, I will disagree. How can anyone be unhappy if s/he is healthier, better fed and better clothed?
    Under the rule of the Dalai Lamas (Buddhist priests), the people of Tibet were terribly poor, almost entirely illiterate, and lived like feudal serfs.
    Today, Tibet presents a totally different picture. The illiteracy rate in Tibet has gone down from 95 per cent in the 1950s to 42 per cent in 2000. It has modern schools, universities, engineering and medical colleges, modern hospitals, freeways, supermarkets, fast food restaurants, mobile stores and apartment buildings. The capital Lhasa is like any other modern city.
    While the economic growth in the rest of China has slowed down to about 7 per cent, Tibet has had a 10 per cent growth rate in the last two decades.
    Tibet has huge mineral wealth, which was only awaiting Chinese technology to be tapped. Nowadays, it has numerous hydro and solar power plants and industries running with Chinese help.
    Tibetan literature is flourishing, contrary to claims that the Chinese want to crush Tibetan culture.
    Of course, now the lamas cannot treat their people as slaves.
    The so-called ‘government-in-exile’, of which Lobsang Sangay claims to be the President, is a fake organisation, funded by foreign countries. They only want to restore the feudal Tibet, ruled by the reactionary lamas, something which will never happen.
    The writer is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India
    https://theprint.in/opinion/time-has-come-to-acknowledge-that-tibet-has-vastly-improved-under-chinese-rule/97172/

  26. While the government of Nepal has framed a policy to tighten the noose around non-governmental organisations, they have welcomed 30 Chinese NGOs to enter the country. These NGOs will penetrate the country’s social sector at the grassroots level. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese NGOs have entered Nepal at one time. Nepal is increasingly open to Chinese influence, a sign that ties between both countries are strengthening, while India’s influence is being reduced. The time has passed for India’s monopoly to remain uninterrupted in Nepal as opportunities to engage with China are being welcomed.

    30 Chinese NGOs all set to work in Nepal
    REWATI SAPKOTA
    Kathmandu, July 30
    At a time when the government has framed a policy to tighten the noose around non-governmental organisations, 30 Chinese NGOs have entered Nepal to penetrate the country’s social sector and the grassroots.
    The Social Welfare Council Nepal and China NGO Network for International Exchanges, an umbrella body of Chinese NGOs, have signed a memorandum of understanding to enable Chinese NGOs to work in Nepal. The agreement was signed yesterday between SWCN Member Secretary Dilli Prasad Bhatt and CNIE General Secretary Zhu Rui in the presence of Minister of Women, Children and Senior Citizen Tham Maya Thapa and Chinese Deputy Minister of External Affairs Wang Yajun.
    The agreement has paved the way for the first batch of 30 Chinese NGOs to work in Nepal for a period of three years. Their contract will be extended based on the consent of SWCN and CNIE. Representatives of these 30 Chinese NGOs were also present during yesterday’s signing ceremony. They have agreed to work in partnership with local NGOs to implement their programmes and projects.
    The Chinese NGOs are eyeing areas such as livelihood, healthcare, education, skill-based training, community development and disaster management. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese NGOs has entered Nepal at one time. The Chinese assistance so far in Nepal has largely been limited to development of infrastructure projects. But the entry of these NGOs indicates China is keen on making its presence felt in Nepal’s social sector and the grassroots, which, till date, have remained domains of the West and countries such as Japan and India.
    The MoU signed between SWCN and CNIE states that Chinese NGOs will be mobilised for ‘the benefit of needy Nepalis and to enhance ties between China and Nepal through people-to-people support programmes’.
    “The Chinese NGOs will abide by the law of Nepal in its entirety while carrying out development cooperation in Nepal,” says the MoU, adding, “Chinese NGOs will submit programmes to the SWCN to carry out development activities in partnership with Nepali NGOs and SWCN in line with plans and policies of the government of Nepal.”
    The MoU was signed at a time when the government has drafted the National Integrity Policy to limit activities of NGOs and INGOs, as some of them were found ‘trying to break communal harmony and proselytising Nepalis’. There were also concerns that high administrative cost of many NGOs and INGOs was preventing money from reaching the real beneficiaries. The policy clearly states that NGOs and INGOs cannot spend more than specified amount under administrative and consultant headings. They will also be barred from working against Nepal’s interests, culture and communal harmony and conducting activities to promote their religious, social or other agenda, adds the policy.
    Around 48,000 NGOs are currently registered in Nepal, of which only 1,600 have been receiving funds from INGOs, as per SWCN. The SWCN has directed INGOs and NGOs to spend 60 per cent of the budget to generate tangible results, while the remaining can be used to cover administrative costs and organise training, meetings and seminars.
    https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/30-chinese-ngos-all-set-to-work-in-nepal/

  27. The cracks in Tibetan society are starting to show, and it is now coming to the attention of local Indians who have all but identified the Tibetan leadership as the source of the divisions. According to this author, disunity amongst the Tibetans is now creating problems for Indian law enforcement agencies, and this disunity may culminate in young Tibetans holding silent grudges against their host country. It is incredible that after six decades of generosity from India, Indians are now facing the very real possibility Tibetans can be ungrateful towards India. The Tibetan leadership totally failed to impart positive values upon their exiled community, like gratitude for those kindest to them and the need to repay these kindnesses with real, tangible results. It’s also very unlikely that the Tibetan leadership will now start to do this, after six decades of failing to do so. Indians need to realise this, and see that there is no benefit for their nation to align themselves with the Tibetan leadership, and there never will be.
    Tibetan disunity not in India’s interest
    John S. Shilshi
    Updated: August 7, 2018, 11:00 AM
    India is home to the Dalai Lama and an estimated 120,000 Tibetan refugees. Though this humanitarian gesture on India’s part comes at the cost of risking New Delhi’s relations with China, India has never wavered in ensuring that Tibetans live with dignity and respect. Notified settlements across the country were made available so that they can live as independently as possible and practice Tibetan religion and culture. They are also allowed to establish centres of higher learning in Tibetan Buddhism. As a result, several reputed Buddhist institutes came up in Karnataka, and in the Indian Himalayan belt. In what may be termed as a gesture well reciprocated, and because of the respect and influence His Holiness the Dalai Lama commands, the Tibetan diaspora also lived as a peaceful community, rarely creating problems for India’s law enforcement agencies.
    The situation, however, changed from 2000 onwards when unity amongst Tibetans suffered some setback due to developments like the Karmapa succession controversy and the controversy over worshiping of Dorje Shugden. In a unique case of politics getting the better of religion, two senior monks of the Karma kargyue sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Tai Situ Rinpoche and late Shamar Rinpoche, developed serious differences after the demise of Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Karmapa, in 1981. This animosity ultimately led to emergence of two 17th Karmapa candidates in the early nineties. While Tai Situ Rinpoche identified and recognised UghyanThinley Dorje, late Shamar Rinpoche anointed Thinley Thaye Dorje as his Karmapa candidate. Enthronement of their respective protégés at the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the supreme seat of the Karma Kargue linage, being their primary objective, both started indulging in activities monks normally are expected to, and bitterness spewed against each other.
    The bitter rivalry assumed a new dimension when UghyenThinley Dorje suddenly appeared in India in January 2000. The competition became fiercer and hectic political lobbying, never known in the history of Tibetan Buddhism on Indian soil, became common place. Apart from pulling strings at their disposal in Sikkim as well as in the power corridors of New Delhi, these senior monks spat against each other with allegations and counter allegations, widening the gaps between their supporters. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, choosing to favour one of the candidates—a decision many Tibet watchers felt was ill-timed—had also limited possible scope of rapprochement. Hence, the Karma Kargyue followers are now vertically divided, while the camps are dragged into a long drawn legal battle.
    Another development that unfortunately split the Tibetans is the controversy over Shugden worshipping, which again is an internal matter of the Gelugpa sect, to which the Dalai Lama belongs. It erupted as a result of the Dalai Lama urging Tibetans to refrain from worshiping Dorje Shugden, a deity believed to be a protector, according to Tibetan legend. Shugden practitioners, who felt offended by the call, describe it as an attack on freedom of religion, a right, which Dalai Lama himself tirelessly fought for. On the other hand, die hard Dalai Lama followers perceived the questioning of the decision as one challenging the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and mounted massive pressure on Dorje Shugden practitioners to relent, with some even demolishing the statues of the deity. The rivalry ultimately led to split in two Gelug monasteries in Karnataka, and Serpom and Shar Garden monasteries in Bylakupe and Mundgod respectively came under the control of Shugden followers. The bitterness associated with the split is exemplified by the fact that till today, members of these monasteries are treated as some sort of outcasts by the others. Thus, for the first time, the Tibetan diaspora in India gave birth to sections opposed to the Dalai Lama, with spillover effects in Tibet and elsewhere.
    For India, with a fragile internal security profile, a divided Tibetan population on its soil is not good news. It has several long-term implications. It is common knowledge that China considers Dalai Lama as a secessionist, one plotting to divide their country. The latter’s claim of “all that Tibetans were asking for, was a status of genuine autonomy within the Constitution of the Peoples’ Republic of China”, had fallen into deaf ears. China also considers him as someone who plays to the Indian tune to tickle China. Therefore, at a time when China has successfully shrunk the Dalai Lama’s space internationally, India continuing to extend the usual space for him is viewed as complicity. Sharp reaction from China when he was allowed to visit Arunachal Pradesh in April 2017, is a recent example. Such being the delicate nature of India-China relations on matters and issues concerning Tibetans, India can hardly afford to ignore the division within the diaspora. Past experience of dubious elements from Tibet having succeeded in infiltrating the Central Tibetan Administration, including the security wing, should be a warning.
    It is also time India understands the reason behind Tibetans seeking Indian passports, despite an existing arrangement for issue of Identity Certificates, which is passport equivalent. Some had even successfully taken recourse to legal remedy on the issue, and left the government of India red-faced. These changing moods should not be viewed as desires by Tibetans to become Indian citizens. They are triggered by the pathetic state of affairs associated with issuing of Identity Certificates, where delays in most cases are anything between six months to one year. Early streamlining of the process will drastically reduce their desire to hold Indian passport. It will also remove the wrongly perceived notion among some educated Tibetan youth, that the cumbersome process was a ploy by India to confine them in this country. While India should not shy from requesting the Dalai Lama to use his good offices to end all differences within the community in the interest of India’s internal security, it will also be necessary to ensure that young Tibetans do not nurse a silent grudge against the very country they called their second home.
    https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/tibetan-disunity-not-indias-interest

  28. Although the Dalai Lama has offered an apology, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) still expressed their disappointment over his controversial comment on Nehru, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC). Dalai Lama called Nehru self-centred.

    The Congress said Dalai Lama being a foreigner should shun and refrain from interfering in the internal as well as external affairs of India.

    Dalai Lama should abstain from imparting controversial information to students: Arunachal Congress
    Dalai Lama should know that a spiritual leader like him is shouldering great expectation: APCC
    | DAMIEN LEPCHA | ITANAGAR | August 12, 2018 9:58 pm
    disappointment over the recent statement made by Tibetan Spiritual Leader the 14th Dalai Lama in which he called Jawaharlal Nehru, the former Prime Minister of India as “self-centered” and the one responsible for parting India and Pakistan.
    “Although Dalai Lama expressed regret over his controversial comment, the APCC is extremely thwarted by it. A Tibetan spiritual leader calling names to an Indian leader who sweated most to keep him and his followers safe from Chinese aggression is simply not acceptable. Today, India is home to lakhs of Tibetan refugees who are living in 37 settlements and 70 scattered communities across different states of India,” APCC vice-president Minkir Lollen said in a statement on Sunday.
    “Dalai Lama may have forgotten that India provided a beam of light and hope to Tibetans remaining in Chinese-dominated Tibet and in the neighbouring Chinese provinces politically cut off from the Tibetan heart land. All these happened only because India has great leaders like Gandhi and Nehru who took the responsibility of social burden to shelter thousands of persecuted Tibetans then in 1959,” Lollen added.
    Minkir said Dalai Lama should know that a spiritual leader like him is shouldering great expectation, hope and trust of millions on record and the same are watching his contribution towards the mankind.
    “In such circumstances, Dalai Lama should abstain from imparting partial and controversial information to the students who are the torch bearer of the nation,” the Congress said.
    Further stating that the statement of the spiritual leader could be a politically motivated one and made with an effort to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi for survival of his continuation in the country, the Congress said Dalai Lama being a foreigner should shun and refrain from interfering in the internal as well as external affairs of India.
    https://nenow.in/north-east-news/dalai-lama-should-abstain-from-imparting-controversial-information.html

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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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