Why are rangzen people allowed to live in Tibetan communities?

Those who fight for rangzen (independence) claim to be pro-Tibet. In reality, while they may be pro-Tibet, their very platform is anti-Dalai Lama because they oppose the Dalai Lama who has said very clearly that umaylam (autonomy) is the best approach for all Tibetans.

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By: Ringzin Tsomo

DHARAMSALA – The past few months have been awash with news about Lobsang Sangay and Penpa Tsering’s catfight dragged into the public eye. While the Tibetan public’s attention has been captured by this, another underlying problem continues to brew and seethe, that most have become distracted from and few continue to pay attention to.

The public squabbling between Penpa Tsering (left) and Lobsang Sangay (right) has overshadowed the rangzen versus umaylam debate, a topic that affects the entire Tibetan community. Was the squabbling manufactured to distract the Tibetans from the rangzen versus umaylam issue? With the Tibetan leadership, any underhanded tactics like these are always possible.

Before this latest scandal erupted, and through it all, His Holiness the Dalai Lama repeatedly stated that he is for the Middle Way Approach, also known as umaylam or meaningful autonomy. It is the Dalai Lama’s belief that this is the best route for all Tibetans and their future. However, this statement has clearly fallen onto many deaf ears as prominent rangzen (independence) activists continue to fight for full independence for Tibet.

While no one denies that it is a person’s right to support whatever they like, what cannot be ignored is the fact these people are directly opposing something the Dalai Lama has said very clearly will be for the betterment of all Tibetans. And despite His Holiness’ clear and unchanging views on the matter, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala) do nothing about the festering rangzen group. In fact, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay has even been filmed saying the Dalai Lama’s umaylam has failed. If umaylam does not work, what is the alternative but rangzen? Could it be that Sangay is a closet rangzen supporter and has been lying to the people about his umaylam supporting all this while?

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In view of all of this, the author would like to draw attention to a few salient points:

  • The rangzen group is clearly and overtly against the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach or umaylam. This policy is about something fundamental (Tibet’s freedom versus autonomy under China) and it affects every single Tibetan now and in the future, for generations to come.
  • By comparison, the Dorje Shugden issue affects far fewer people than “rangzen versus umaylam”. The Dorje Shugden practice only concerns Gelugpas, and not all Tibetans are Gelug. However, rangzen fighters are opposing the Dalai Lama on a topic that affects all Tibetans, whether they are Gelug, Sakya, Kagyu and Nyingma.
  • The rangzen issue has been allowed to develop and rangzen supporters have been allowed unfettered access to the Tibetan community to gain support for their political views. Western rangzen supporters flood the Internet pushing for their view, and drawing support from the Tibetan community in exile who live in foreign countries. All of this is supported by the Tibetan leadership’s silence on the matter.
  • Logically speaking therefore, the behavior of rangzen individuals has the potential to jeopardize the Dalai Lama’s plans with China which concerns the wellbeing and future of six million Tibetans. Yet, the CTA stays silent on the matter of rangzen individuals gathering support amongst Tibetans to oppose the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way policy. No wonder Samdhong Rinpoche, the former Tibetan prime minister, came to the astute observation that rangzen supporters are more dangerous than Dorje Shugden practitioners, as you can see in this video below.

  • The CTA are clearly imposing double standards on their people. For example, it has been claimed that Dorje Shugden practice shortens the Dalai Lama’s life. That false accusation became part of the basis for the ban on the practice; the CTA said they had to safeguard the Dalai Lama’s long life by banning the practice. On the other hand, the Dalai Lama has stated that all Tibetans should work towards umaylam, not rangzen. The Dalai Lama said that if people do not support umaylam, there is no reason for him to live to 113 years old. So by that logic, it would mean that by keeping the fight for rangzen alive, the rangzen group are shortening the Dalai Lama’s life too, by directly opposing the Dalai Lama’s wishes.

Rangzen supporters organized a conference in Paris, France against the Dalai Lama’s explicit statement that umaylam is the best for all Tibetans. How come the CTA remains silent in the face of Tibetans clearly organizing to go against the Dalai Lama? How come the CTA’s own members of parliament attend the conference to brainstorm and strategize against the Dalai Lama, and the CTA says nothing? But yet, the CTA will violently enforce the Dorje Shugden ban because they claim it is against the Dalai Lama? The double standards are astounding.

  • This therefore begs the question – how come it is OK for rangzen people to shorten the Dalai Lama’s life by opposing his views on umaylam, but when people falsely accuse Dorje Shugden people of doing the same thing by refusing to give up the practice, the CTA must take action against them? No one is asking for the Dalai Lama’s life to be shortened and in fact, everyone wishes him long life. The point here is, how come the CTA stays silent and does not act against rangzen supporters who are clearly opposing the Dalai Lama’s views and clearly displeasing him, but they will impose a violent ban on Dorje Shugden practitioners? And how come Lobsang Sangay can say umaylam has failed but he is still allowed to lead the exiled government? Can the leader of the Tibetan people, who is now the Dalai Lama’s special envoy, be allowed to so obviously oppose his boss’ views? Does Sangay represent the best interests of the Tibetan people, if he thinks what the Dalai Lama has said is the best for all Tibetan people will not work?
  • Extrapolating from that, the CTA have previously said that Dorje Shugden practitioners are banned from the Dalai Lama’s talks because they have broken samaya (guru-disciple relationship) by refusing to follow the Dalai Lama’s instructions to give up the practice. Therefore they cannot receive teachings from the Dalai Lama because of this broken samaya. If that is the case, how come rangzen people who break samaya with the Dalai Lama by going against his umaylam instructions, can attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s religious talks even after having broken samaya with him? And how come they can attend his secular talks even though they oppose him secularly and politically? Dorje Shugden people, at the very least, should be allowed to attend the secular talks, since they are only an issue religiously-speaking, and their practice has nothing to do with politics governing all Tibetans. Logically speaking, the samaya infraction by rangzen activists against the Dalai Lama is much bigger than the infraction by Shugden practitioners, since the rangzen issue affects all Tibetans (while the Shugden one affects some Tibetans).
  • The CTA has previously enforced the removal and segregation of Dorje Shugden people from the general Tibetan community so they do not ‘infect’ other Tibetans with their practice and religious views. That being that case, how come rangzen people are allowed to stay in the settlements and talk, and continue to sow bad thoughts into people’s minds? What they are doing by encouraging rangzen is encouraging people to oppose the Dalai Lama! If the Dalai Lama supports umaylam, and this group are encouraging rangzen and people to oppose the Dalai Lama, should they not be separated too, just like how Shugden practitioners were separated from everyone else?

As ridiculous as it sounds, this is precisely the type of double standards that the CTA practices. It is important to note that it is not that we want division or for anyone to be separated. Rangzen or umaylam, Dorje Shugden or non-Dorje Shugden – as long as a person is Tibetan or identifies as Tibetan, they should all have equal rights and should be afforded equal representation under and by the Tibetan leadership.

This author is merely pointing out the archaic thinking that the CTA has. Policies are applied without thought or care, as and when it suits them, with no regard for the betterment of the entire community. The CTA has demonstrated no real long-term planning for their people, as exemplified by their community who continues to languish in exile and oftentimes, and sadly, their “betterment” is misused as a smokescreen for the CTA’s real motive – to divide and conquer their own people, and treat them as pawns in a political chess game they have been losing since 1959.

Unless the CTA stops engaging in childish manipulations, and swiftly implements equality throughout the settlements, there is little hope they will ever accomplish anything. And for that, the community should hunker down because with the way things are going, the next 50 years looks to be nothing more than a long and weary journey to nowhere.

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  1. Rangzen people who seeks complete independence for Tibet only talk. If you ask them for concrete solutions on how to achieve this they just talk, talk and talk. No concrete solutions that are viable whatsoever. I use to be involved in the Rangzen movement in Switzerland with Tibetans but dropped out. The CTA is corrupt and does not serve their people and rangzen people just talk and drink and talk and do nothing. 😖

  2. We are support to Dalai Lama until umaylam . Dalai Lama are sell our future to Chinese dog . Khampa Sengge has forgot his home from to support to umaylam . Bhoe rangzen

  3. The Tibetan government are really embarrassing the Tibetan people. First their two top leaders Sangay and Samdhong are fighting about who is where and cannot get their stories straight. Now we find out that Sangay doesn’t even support umaylam and he thinks it has failed. How come the Dalai Lama always chooses such useless idiots to lead their exiled society? Compare their example to someone like Xi. You may not agree with China government policies but definitely their people are more capable than Sangay and Samdhong. In 60 years, they accomplished more for China than Sangay and Samdhong has done since 1959.

  4. Every time Lobsang Sangay hoists the Snow Lion flag which has been adopted as a symbol of the Tibetan independence movement or rangzen, he is messaging to all Tibetans, in no uncertain terms, that he is against His Holiness Dalai Lama’s Middle Way approach or umaylam. No doubt about that. Hence Ringzin Tsomo is right by questioning the double standards of the CTA and Lobsang Sangay when it comes to following the words of His Holiness, whatever it may be.

    The CTA is just playing games with the Tibetans minds, dividing instead of uniting them, all in the name of staying in power. This way, they have never and will never achieved anything. Perhaps His Holiness understands this well and is using whatever goodwill His Holiness has left remaining with China to repair the relationship.

    Read this article to see how Lobsang Sangay and Dhardon Sharling twists and turns:

    “Earlier, thewire.in reported Jul 9 that amid the ongoing stand-off in Doklam, the image of the head of the Tibetan ‘government in exile’ paying respects to the Tibetan flag on Indian territory could be seen as ‘political activity’, something Delhi has discouraged in the past.

    It also said Mr Sonam Norbu Dagpo, spokesperson of the CTA had earlier twice confirmed to it that this was the first time the independent Tibet flag had been unfurled by Sangay at that important location. He was further cited as saying the hoisting of the national flag had “political and personal significance” for Sangay.”

    “Referring to a picture that accompanied an earlier Tibet.net news report, Sharling has said: “The Tibetan national flag seen in the pictures was not hoisted by President Dr Sangay. It belongs to a Tibetan settled in Pangong lake and according to him, the flag is up there since Dec 10, 1989. President Dr Sangay happened to walk past the house and upon seeing the flag, paid respect.”





  5. An example of a flag used by the Free Tibet movement


  6. Anti-Dalai Lama morons disrupting an international football match between China and Germany in Germany.

    What do they hope to achieve with this stunt?

    It is like unfurling a FREE KASHMIR flag at a test match between India and Pakistan.


  7. If Lobsang Sangay is sincere in supporting H.H Dalai Lama, in any points questioned in this post should be carry out sincerely. Like Execute ban towards Rangzen people who opposed openly to H.H Dalai Lama. But, this is never happened. The only reason i can think of is, the CTA itself is supporting the Rangzen view.

  8. Truth to be told – the CTA is a hypocrite, manipulative and sneaker group of people, especially the Sikyong. He can do anything and not bound by any rules and regulations he laid out for others, such as Dorje Shugden people. He banned Dorje Shugden people from attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talks because they choose to be devoted to their root guru and honour their integrity. Obviously, the Sikyong has none of these good qualities, so when he goes against His Holiness’ Middle Way, he didn’t ban himself from seeing His Holiness. He is just a cunning opportunist who take full advantage of his power and position for the money he can garner from the international aid. He needed that to sustain his friendship with Dhardon Sharling too!

  9. Truth to be told – the CTA is a hypocrite, manipulative and sneaker group of people, especially the Sikyong. He can do anything and not bound by any rules and regulations he laid out for others, such as Dorje Shugden people. He banned Dorje Shugden people from attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talks because they choose to be devoted to their root guru and honour their integrity. Obviously, the Sikyong has none of these good qualities, so when he goes against His Holiness’ Middle Way, he didn’t ban himself from seeing His Holiness. He is just a cunning opportunist who take full advantage of his power and position for the money he can garner from the international aid. He needed that to sustain his friendship with Dhardon Sharling too!

  10. Dorje Shugden versus Rangzen – which is more potently dangerous? It is apparent CTA practise double standards in their administration and choose to ignore one over the other. More often than not, CTA hook wink their folks to achieve their objective. My heart goes to the Tibetans in exile. I hope they can see the shortcomings of CTA and decide on their next course of action for their future. 😱

  11. Ringzin is right to point out that it is indeed very double standard. I am not suggesting CTA to mistreat rangzen people, but why mistreat Dorje Shugden people?

    In a democratic governance, it is perfectly acceptable to have different views, and they should not be discriminated. Just like rangzen poeple are entitled to their views and should not be discriminated.

    It is time to stop discriminating Dorje Shugden people.

  12. So why is the CTA okay with the Rangzen people going again the Dalai Lama? Why is Dr. Lobsang Sangay not saying anything and in fact he goes around provoking the Tibet vs China issues and creating more friction for His Holiness! How come? Why is the Sikyong NOT support His Holiness’s view? The mouth says he does but the action all come out the opposite.

    It makes me question whether he is really for the Dalai Lama and for Tibet or maybe he is the Chinese spy no one suspected who keeps on sabotaging everything His Holiness does? Something to think about. Our enemies can be closer than we think!

  13. When leaders like Lobsang Sangay lies and cheats and creates confusion, the Tibetans suffers.

    CTA has used the Dorje Shugden ban and now the failure of umaylam (Middle way advocated by the Dalai Lama) to push for rangzen (independence from China) which for anyone in their right mind knows can never be realised.

    Besides religious, political confusion, CTA is also creating inhouse fighting creating further distraction and confusion.

    I plead Tibetans to stay focused to make the Dalai Lama’s dream to return to China be fulfilled as the Dalai Lama is already over 80 years of age.

    May the Dalai Lama live long to return to China.

  14. It is such a farce what Sangay speaks there! Instead of supporting the Dalai Lama, he colludes with Rangzen people who have for sure failed!

    What is going on in this CTA?
    When does the CTA finally wake up and does something FOR the Tibetans and not against!

    Sangay has done NOTHING for Umaylam and now he even dares to speak like that! Shame!

    What a bunch of lousy…… Only create problems but want to show off as head of what…. well nothing as the country is lost long time ago because of such political failures!

  15. One should wonder why Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche had to deny his four-day visit to China after such visit was confirmed by Dr. Lobsang Sangay and now by a former Indian intelligence officer. If Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche had the best intention to promote the Dalai Lama’s middle way, then why he needs to deny this visit? After all the Sino-Tibetan relationship has been stagnant since 2011, the fact that Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche was able to secure a meeting with Chinese government officials should have been a great success for him, instead of becoming another source of controversy.

    Former Indian Intelligence Claims Samdhong Rinpoche Visited China
    A former Indian intelligence officer claims in an article that the former Kalon Tripa or the Prime minister of Tibetan government in exile, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche had a four days China visit in November last year. The article by the former RAW officer says that Dalai Lama’s envoy would have met senior Communist party leaders during the visit.
    Samdong Rimpoche’s visit to China materialised against the backdrop of strained India-China relations consequent to the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, says former RA&W officer Jayadeva Ranade according to the article in the Rediff.com.
    “Samdong Rimpoche, who was nominated a month earlier as the Dalai Lama’s envoy for talks with the Chinese authorities, would certainly have met senior Communist party leaders during his four-day stay in Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan province.” added the report claiming that the two-term Kalon Tripa (‘prime minister’) of the Tibetan administration-in-exile and one of the Dalai Lama’s most trusted advisers had quietly travelled to China in late November 2017.
    The report also suggested that the Rinpoche would have met with the You Quan, a former party secretary of Fujian province whom Chinese President Xi Jinping appointed director of the united front work department in November or Zhang Yijiong, executive vice minister of the UFWD.
    As China still do not recognise the Central Tibetan Administration, functioning as the Tibetan government in exile, president Lobsang Sangay has not accompanied the Rinpoche in the China visit added the article by the former Indian intelligence.
    The former prime minister of Tibetan government in exile, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche however had earlier rubbished of the China visit when asked about whether he had made a China visit as being speculated and told that the news about his visit to China has no truth and it was nothing more than just media speculations.

    Samdhong Rinpoche Visited China

  16. Whether Tibetans want Rangzen or Umaylam does not really influence China. In my opinion, the ball is not in CTA’s court to choose whether they would want full independence or not. In reality, the only way they can hope for is China granting an autonomy but then again China won’t give full autonomy and might not even want to ‘do business’. Why should they be bothered if CTA wants full independence or not. In reality, the exiled govt is a failure and won’t have anything to fight for. They won’t be able to prevent Tibetans who want to return to Tibet or subsequently just take up Indian citizenship👿.

  17. China’s economic prowess is not to be underestimated. Leaders from various countries seek economic collaborations with China, who has been contributing to the world’s economic growth, especially in the past decade. The Indian Intelligence Bureau’s (IB) report highlighted the lack of opportunities in India for growth and advancement as the causes for Tibetan youth to willingly betray their host India and work as spies for China. Tibetan youth clearly have difficulties to survive in India as CTA failed to create sufficient jobs for the Tibetans in exile. This is a reality and we will see more and more trend like this and eventually Tibetans seeking improvement in their quality of life and intellectual advancement will leave India and ‘return’ to China.

    China recruiting “disgruntled” Tibetan refugees to spy on India: Intelligence Bureau
    Friday, January 05, 2018 19:56
    By Tenzin Dharpo
    DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 5: Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) has reportedly said that China is recruiting Tibetan refugee youth in the Northeastern parts of India to provide strategic information in exchange for monetary gains.
    The IB, India’s internal intelligence agency, has issued a string of alerts that China is approaching Tibetan refugees settled in northeast India to provide strategic information about the area.
    According to The Print, a comprehensive report submitted to the central government will include how China had been targeting “disgruntled Tibetan refugees” in the region for the past two years and how many of the recruits have already left for China.
    An unnamed source from the IB was cited as saying “young Tibetan refugees” from Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and other parts of northeast India have been recruited as spies. “It appears to be China’s strategy to make a base in India to create a channel, through which it can constantly receive relevant strategic information,” the source told The Print.
    The same source also described the newer generations of Tibetans to be “volatile and vulnerable” whose desperation caused by unemployment and wish for a good lifestyle is tapped by China who assure money as well as job and education for their kids. 
    In addition to the report to be sent to Ministry of home affairs, the local police in the north east states have also been notified of the threat and may result in “scrutiny of Tibetan refugees” there soon.
    There are five Tibetan refugee settlements in the Northeast India; Choepheling- Miao, Dhargyeling –Tezu, Tenzigang- Bomdila and Tuting-Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh and Kunphenling- Ravangla in Sikkim as well as smaller pockets of Tibetans in Sonada and Darjeeling area overseen by the exile Tibetan government here in Dharamshala, known as the Central Tibetan Administration. 

    Phayul_China recruiting “disgruntled” Tib_ - http___www.phayul.com_news_article.aspx

  18. Hypocrites! That’s what the CTA is. Next 50 years? Forget it. The last 50 years passed and nothing happened. What a pity to see many of the Tibetans still in the dark. Their no good CTA does nothing but divide their people spiritually and politically. Since they can’t control the whole bunch why not control a smaller one.When it comes to Dorje Shugden most people are DL supporters. When it comes to umaylam or rangzen the people suddenly turn their heads going against DL. Led by an incompetent ‘govt’ and this is what you get. They just set their own rules as they go along never thinking of the consequences. Nothing is achieved. 50 years gone just like that. Let’s be real rangzen will never happen. With umaylam still a small chance.

  19. Dalai Lama want to achieve Umaylam and all Tibetan should support this. Rangzen is going against Dalai Lama and why CTA didn’t take any action. Look like CTA is supporting Rangen too.

  20. Rangzen people seems dangerous to CTA but HHDL and CTA dare not go against them because CTA doesn’t want to look bad of being not democratic at all. Secondly, CTA cannot afford to segregate Rangzen people as there will be not many left to be in Tibetan exile.
    CTA always reacted double standard any how. At the end of the day, the decision will come from China, not from HHDL nor Rangzen people. But the show may continue because China still wanted to look good and hoping to change their reputation to the world for a better.

    Life of Tibetan in China is getting better now. People are allowed to own their land. Tourism is booming in Tibet and villages can make money out of that. Most of the young generation are educated, study in university and succeed in their career. When the country is stable, why do anyone want to fight again?

  21. CTA baselessly accuse Dorje Shugden practitioner as anti-Dalai Lama where non of Shugden have ever hurt Dalai Lama and anyone. Rangzen is jeopardizing Dalai Lama and Tibetan wishes to return to Tibet. Why CTA didn’t do anything? Rangzen bring huge damages in Tibetan politic and make Tibetan unable to go back their homeland but CTA keep quite. Something is not right? Is CTA still supporting Dalai Lama?

  22. Lobsang Sangay and the CTA are traitors to Dalai Lama and Tibetan people. They must be voted out of office. CTA enforce whatever laws over Tibetans as long as there is money to be made for themselves. For example, their push for rangzen is so they can continue asking money from sympathisers. The sympathisers should ask CTA, “What happened to the money we gave over the decades? Why is there no progress?”

    To the sponsors: Stop sympathising with and stop giving money to the CTA.

    To Tibetans: Vote out Lobsang Sangay and his current ministers in the CTA

  23. CTA survived themselves from funds of other countries and don’t do much to benefit Tibet. To have full independence under CTA leadership is a no-no. CTA lack of responsibilities had lost many Tibetan’s trust and the community. For the Tibetans younger generations, majority will support to have umaylam due to freedom of choice, financial aids and support for their future. Some choose rangzen as from their promises or wishes from their ancestor or great grandparents that had gone through their sufferings.
    It will be very high chances for Tibet to have umaylam under China. Tibetans will received many benefits and most of all, their freedom of choice.

  24. The Tibetans got 2 choices. One us umaylam and the other is rangzen. I know some of them may be loyal and truthful to their country, so they choose rangzen. But to be honest, it is better to choose umaylam because by looking the current situation, rangzen will not happen. Choosing umaylam means middle way approach and it is a win win situation. Tibetans get to go back to Tibet but Tibet will be under China. I guess they have no choice but to follow through. Why is rangzen people allowed to stay in the Tibetan communities is because of the double standard of the CTA. Forever setting rules and regulations for their own benefit and comfort.

  25. Of course the Rangzen people won’t be caught, it is because the Prime Minister is one of them! Just like, Lobsang Sangay took all the money that supported by the west and put in his pocket, he won’t stand up and say corruption is wrong! And of course, The Great Dalai Lama does what he always likes to do, bring up a topic and never close it. For example Dorje Shugden is spirit, Buddha born in Lumbini is nonsense, and yet, this time he didn’t say Rangzen is wrong. So, being smart Tibetan, since Dalai Lama didn’t say it’s wrong, then why Rangzen is wrong? The Dalai Lama didn’t say! 😆😍😆

  26. Deep down for tibetan heart is still want rangzen for tibet. Regarding what Holiness has propose it does to bring any different either to umaylam or rangze. China won’t not be accept because many year of accusing and put the brame of China to cover by failure of CTA reconnecting with China again. What CTA care is how to get money and get sympethy from the international . It ready don’t care want their tibetan refugee suffer. This is the karma of many century of curruption in the tibetan gornvement.

  27. CTA has been hypocrite since the first day when they gave all the promises that they will return to Tibet, because returning to Tibet is never in their priority, they only wanted to use the refugee status to grab as much money as possible. That’s why I have no surprise they are going against Dalai Lama wish to work for their very own benefits.

    Lobsang Sangye and the CTA has not just betrayed Dalai Lama, they have betrayed the whole Tibetans, because they are being used by the CTA to gain money and all these monies never spent on the Tibetans, it is only for themselves, if not, where does these millions of dollars goes to?

  28. Rangzen may be the best for Tibetan. However looking at the current situation that China is more and more powerful and i don’t think they event want to entertain the umaylan. To unite the tibetan especially in this critical times, it should not have 2 groups i.e. rangzen or umalyan. To be strong, all tibetan should focus at one way or find the 3rd solution. It is enough to suffer for more than 60 years, all tibetan should unite as one and find way to have betterment for the entire community.

    No more issue to segregate the tibetan such like using religion attack the Dorje Shugden practitioners which so far they bring no harm to the tibetan but this has affected the unity of Tibetan. Unity and harmony should be first when you need to do something big.

  29. Samdhong Rinpoche’s November visit to China is brought up again in this article because it may have implication to India’s politics. At the moment, it is not clear yet as to what transpired during Samdhong Rinpoche’s 4-day visit to China and how the development may impact the progress of Tibetan cause or India-China relations. The confusion and curiosity related to this visit were increased a notch recently after Samdhong Rinpoche denied that this visit even occurred. It is very likely that the public may speculate further about Samdhong Rinpoche’s real intention behind the visit and why he was hiding it, and the speculation could run wild and impose a new risk to the Tibetan cause and India China relations. Therefore, it is best for Samdhong Rinpoche to clarify this matter once and for all.

    Tibet developments may put pressure on India
    Samdong Rimpoche’s visit to China materialised against the backdrop of strained India-China relations consequent to the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, says former RA&W officer Jayadeva Ranade.
    There have been important developments relating to Tibet since the Chinese Communist Party congress ended in Beijing on October 25, 2017 and the two months thereafter.
    All of them have implications for India and some could potentially put India under sustained pressure.
    The first was the indication that the Chinese Communist Party’s central committee’s united front work department, which is responsible for supervising non-Communist parties and ethnic minorities including the Tibet and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions, was preparing to take fresh initiatives.
    This was the dramatic ‘leak’ that Samdong Rimpoche – a former two-term Kalon Tripa (‘prime minister’) of the Tibetan administration-in-exile and among the Dalai Lama’s most trusted advisers — had quietly travelled to China in late November 2017.
    Samdong Rimpoche, who was nominated a month earlier as the Dalai Lama’s envoy for talks with the Chinese authorities, would certainly have met senior Communist party leaders during his four-day stay in Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan province.
    There is speculation that Rimpoche could have met You Quan, a former party secretary of Fujian province whom Chinese President Xi Jinping appointed director of the united front work department in November or Zhang Yijiong, executive vice minister of the UFWD.
    If Rimpoche met Chinese leaders, this would be the first acknowledged contact between an envoy of the Dalai Lama and Chinese Communist officials since negotiations between the two sides were suspended in 2010.
    China’s official media has, however, not yet mentioned a visit by a senior leader to Kunming during this period.
    Dr Lobsang Sangay, the Sikyong (head) of the Central Tibetan Administration, obliquely confirmed that Professor Rimpoche had visited China. He was replying to a question posed by former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal on the sidelines of the M L Sondhi memorial lecture in New Delhi on December 14, when he cautioned ‘Don’t read too much into it. At most it’s a private visit and it’s too early to say anything.’
    It is pertinent that Lobsang Sangay — who is the other envoy nominated by the Dalai Lama for talks with the Chinese — did not accompany Samdong Rimpoche probably because China continues to adhere to its policy of not recognising the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala. No relaxation has been noticed in China’s policies towards Tibetans or Tibet so far.
    Samdong Rimpoche’s visit also materialised against the backdrop of strained India-China relations consequent to the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam and threats made at the time by China through its official media.
    It comes too in the wake of an international conference convened by the Tibetan administration-in-exile in October 2017 to finalise a long-term action plan, including revival of Tibetan Buddhism in the Indo-Himalayan border belt.
    At the same time a securitisation of Tibet is taking place. Following up on Xi Jinping’s work report to the party congress — which for the first time devoted an entire section to poverty alleviation — the Tibet Autonomous Region has launched a campaign to tackle poverty and simultaneously enhance security.
    It has decided to build ‘well-off border villages’ along Tibet’s ‘borders with India, Nepal, Bhutan and other neighbouring countries to ensure the security of the borders and maintain stability’ in the region.
    The State-owned Global Times newspaper on December 25, 2017 asserted that ‘confronting separatism remains a challenge for the region. Raising living standards for local residents is a fundamental way to guard against activity sabotaging China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity’.
    ‘Tibet’s rural poverty alleviation,’ the newspaper added, will help maintain stability in the border areas’.
    Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in the TAR are being co-opted to sensitise people and ensure that Buddhism serves socialism.
    Additionally, the decision to bring the people’s armed police force (PAPF) directly under the central military commission with effect from January 1, 2018 puts Tibet under the direct control of the people’s liberation army (PLA).
    Xi Jinping had earlier appointed PLA officers loyal to him as the commander and political commissar of the PAPF.
    Since the PAPF is deployed in strength in Tibet’s main towns, rural countryside and border areas, the PLA officers — who are now being re-inducted into the party standing committees at the provincial and county levels — will have an enhanced role.
    In addition to deploying PAPF troops when civilian authorities request assistance, the PLA officers will have a greater role in military-civil coordination and be directly involved in building the ‘well-off border villages’.
    Each of these villages is to be connected by road, thereby facilitating military movement along the border with India.
    Finally, the TAR leadership is being encouraged to push the Belt and Road Initiative and Bangladesh China India Myanmar Corridor with Tibet’s neighbours.
    To promote the BRI and BCIM, China has announced it will expand TAR’s road network from 82,000 kms to 89,000 kms by 2020.
    Chinese officials have earlier pointed out that there are 70 road links between China and Nepal and there have been suggestions of a new China-Nepal-India Corridor.
    The aim will be to build pressure on India by creating public opinion, including by co-opting Tibetans, to endorse the BRI and China’s plans of connectivity.
    Jayadeva Ranade, a former Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, is presently President, Centre for China Analysis and Strategy.


  30. It’s just politics. Why should they be concerned in karma? Doubt if they even believe in it. And, there’s a saying “there’s no honor among thieves”. They’ll take the side most convenient and expedient to further their samsaric wants and needs.

  31. Karma is ther whether one believes it or not. It is the bad karma of the Tibetans manifesting in all these trouble and schism for them. They are divided and controlled. Also, they are exiled twice over. With so much problems, how can they lead a happy life? Even if they are not Dorje Shugden practitioners and do not have to fear for their lives or livelihood, they are stressed and anxious about being on the right and good footings with the CTA. What a sad life they are leading.

  32. Instead of creating employment opportunities, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) nurtured a culture where Tibetans expect handouts and foreign aids to get by. As a result, they created a new generation of Tibetan refugees who are volatile and vulnerable, and always depend on others to help them out of circumstances. Now, Tibetan refugees in India do not even hesitate to compromise the security of their host country, India, who has been so kind to them, in exchange for monetary gain.

    China luring Tibetan refugees in India to work as its spies, Intelligence Bureau warns
    ANANYA BHARDWAJ | 5 January, 2018
    IB issues alert that many refugees settled in northeast India are being paid and offered jobs by China in exchange for strategic information.
    New Delhi: Amid rising India-China tensions along the Line of Actual Control, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued a string of alerts warning that Tibetan refugees settled in northeast India are being approached by China to provide strategic information about the area.
    While China has reportedly managed to convince a number of young Tibetan refugees to work as its spies in exchange for money, it is aiming to recruit many more, IB sources told ThePrint.
    According to the alert, based on which a detailed report will soon be submitted to the government, China had been eyeing disgruntled Tibetan refugees in the region for the past two years. Sources said that many of the refugees it has recruited have already left for China.
    “We received an alert stating that young Tibetan refugees settled in areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and other parts of northeast India are moving to China. We learnt that China is trying to recruit the refugees as spies in the area,” a source said. 
    “It appears to be China’s strategy to make a base in India to create a channel, through which it can constantly receive relevant strategic information.”
    The local police in the concerned states have also been sounded out about the alert. A report is being prepared and will be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, following which a scrutiny of Tibetan refugees in the area may start.
    “The present generation of Tibetan refugees is very volatile and vulnerable. While they wish to have a good lifestyle, they do not have any job opportunities. This is what the Chinese took advantage of to plant their spies,” the source said.
    “The Chinese reportedly not only promise them good money in exchange for information, but also a good job and education for their children in China. However, it is still not known as to how many refugees the Chinese have been able to mobilise.”
    Asked about the IB alert, a Home ministry official said: “It may be a possibility. We will look into it.”


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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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