Why Protestors Say The Dalai Lama Is Lying


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Charges Against Dorje Shugden Still Baseless

It is now 19 years since the Dalai Lama launched his first offensive against Dorje Shugden practitioners, which began with his sudden and unwarranted proclamation of Dorje Shugden as a perfidious spirit that should be shunned, if not eliminated altogether. That was the reason the Dalai Lama and his refugee government, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), gave for banning the religious practice of the deity many believe to be a form of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.

The practice itself is over three centuries old and in forbidding the worship, the Dalai Lama commits a serious breach of human rights provisions that ironically, he and his government are accusing China of. In almost two decades, the Dalai Lama has not managed to present any scriptural or even any commonsense reasons as to why Shugden believers’ rights have been violated. Instead the Dalai Lama has denied that there is even a religious ban and accuse those who oppose his will to be enemies of the Tibetan people, who are on the Communist Chinese Government’s payroll.

Left with no choice and after a decade of pleading and lobbying the Dalai Lama for a fair hearing, segments of the International Shugden Community took to the streets to the protest the Dalai Lama, and demand that he ‘Stop Lying’. Given the Dalai Lama’s well cultivated and formidable reputation as a Gandhi-esque champion of peace, love and all good things, or otherwise the Buddha of Compassion, the protests represent a severe puncture to the Dalai Lama’s prestige. However, even as the Dalai Lama and his government fail to justify their violations of Shugden practitioner’s rights, his vehement denials of the religious ban indict him when we consider that both his and the CTA’s official websites are rich repositories of evidence of their deception.

 

No Denying the Religious Ban

For example, the statement by the 100th Ganden Tripa (lineage throne-holder of the Gelugpas) Lobsang Nyima Rinpoche who presided over the lineage as its head from 1995 to 2003, is published on the Dalai Lama’s website to warn the monastic community not to oppose what the Ganden Tripa clearly identifies as the Dalai Lama’s ban on the worship of Dorje Shugden. The Ganden Tripa is the most senior lama (in monastic ranking) of the Gelug Buddhists and therefore this statement published by the Dalai Lama is meant to be an instruction to be obeyed.

Looking at the statement of the Ganden Tripa on the Dalai Lama’s official site, there is no mistaking the religious ban.

The statement was made and published in 1996 under a ‘Dolgyal’ (a derogatory name for Dorje Shugden) section on the Dalai Lama’s website. The Ganden Tripa’s statement went on to acknowledge that the monastic community did not entirely agree with the ban and those who disagreed were admonished to be “wise and to stop worshipping [Dorje Shugden]” and to bear in mind the repercussions of not obeying the ban which includes expulsions. This was no empty threat and the Dalai Lama’s religious ban was vigorously enforced as the following communiqués show:

 

Exhibit 1: Expulsion of monks who resist the Dalai Lama’s ban

Translation of Exhibit 1:

On the 14th of July 1996, about a hundred monks who are devotees of Dorje Shugden conducted a peace procession. About eleven monks from Ganden Jhangtse, Serkong House joined in that movement. This was witnessed by all the monks.

We convened an enlarged meeting on July 24 concerning this development. That day, it was decided that when all the monks have gathered in the debating courtyard, these monks should be expelled from the monastery.

It was further added that if this was not carried out, all the monastery’s regular programs will be put on hold, and further, there will be a hunger strike against them. Therefore, these monks have been expelled from the monastery.

It was further decided that this procedure will be followed in the event of all such actions in the future. We also wish to remind that this is not the whim of a few individuals; this is a genuine democratic process.

Gaden Jhangtse Monastic College
Dated: July 29, 1996
CC: Tibetan Exile Govt. offices in Dharamsala, monasteries, settlement representatives, VOA Tibetan section, Papers

(SEAL OF MONASTERY)

 

Exhibit 2: The CTA’s Department of Health issuing an order to obey the Dalai Lama’s ban or face the consequences.

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Translation of Exhibit 2:

Which refers to a 1996 order by the Tibetan Government in Exile’s Department of Health to its employees to give up Dorje Shugden’s practice or resign from their jobs.

 

SPECIAL NOTICE TO DOCTORS & STAFF MEMBERS

As we all know, our exile government’s oracles have pointed out repeatedly and in naked words that the worship of Dorje Shugden poses a danger to the well-being of the Dalai Lama, besides posing danger to the cause of Tibet.

Above all, in the recent Lamrim and Tamdrin Yangsang addresses, His Holiness has again emphasised on the worship of Dorje Shugden. Herewith we bring out an extract of the addresses. Regarding this, all government employees in Dharamsala have already passed resolutions in favour of it. Since it concerns the cause of the Tibetan people and above all His Holiness wellbeing, we cannot leave it as it is.

Therefore if we do not have amongst us those who worship Dorje Shugden, we should resolve not to worship Shugden in the future. Whereas if there is anyone who worships Dorje Shugden, they should repent the past and stop worshipping. They must submit a declaration that they will not worship in the future.

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.

One should also take stringent responsibility to urge relatives who worship Shugden to abandon this worship. At the gathering of the relevant staff members, make this announcement. And make sure that no one comes up with excuses of not having heard it. We also request you to send us the signed resolution at once from each and everyone.

From: Department of Health
Dated: April 18, 1996
CC: Welfare Officer

(Seal of the Dept. of Health)
Signed by the Assistant General Secretary

 

Exhibit 3: Evidence that the Dalai Lama’s directive to expel monks was adhered to Dorje Shugden

And in addition, the directive instructs the general public not to have any dealings with the expelled monks.

The Dalai Lama’s purge of Dorje Shugden worshippers continued right through 2008 when the Dalai Lama and CTA were most vociferous in their sanctimonious condemnation of the Chinese government for oppressing Tibetan freedom.

Translation of Exhibit 3:

To the Tibetan public and monks,

Since earlier time, the following monks under the affiliation of Sera Mey Pomra, whose names are listed together with their photos, have engaged in mere conceit exaggeration to around six thousands monks, in the name of Dorje Shugden.

Therefore, the lords of law of Sera Lachi Monastery, disciplinarian Geshe Thupten Tendar and disciplinarian Geshe Tsultrim Gyaltsen have excommunicated them from the institution of Sera Monastery. We thus call for Tibetan public and monks not share to religious and material resources with these persons.

Thupten Samphel (photo), Thupten Kunsang (photo), Tenzin Tsering (photo)
Jampa Khetsun (photo), Jampa Chogyal (photo), Lobsang Jigme (photo)

Dated: April 8, 2008

The exhibits mentioned above are merely three out of volumes of evidence that bespeak religious persecution of Shugden worshippers, coming from the very top of the Tibetan political hierarchy where the Dalai Lama sits. There is no misinterpretation of the Dalai Lama’s intention as he himself has gone on record at various times over the years to confirm that he started a religious ban and will see it through to the end. By that the Dalai Lama meant the complete obliteration of a religious practice and those who follow it. [Please refer to video below]


 

The Dalai Lama Confirms The Ban and Religious Persecutions

At 3:52 the Dalai Lama is heard saying that he started the ban on the Dorje Shugden practice. Some Dalai Lama apologists have argued that the Tibetan word the Dalai Lama used does not mean ‘ban’ in English but there is no arguing that whatever the English equivalent is, the Dalai Lama’s intention is clear – to wipe out the Shugden faith altogether. It is this action that warrants scrutiny, not the semantics.

In the same video, what the Dalai Lama is recorded stating at 1:29 and again at 2:32 match the intention of the 100th Ganden Tripa’s statement. There is no mistaking the Dalai Lama’s message to the Tibetan monastic and lay community and his objective.

With such clear statements by the Dalai Lama and the presence of existing documents on the Dalai Lama’s official site, it is foolish although not altogether surprising that the CTA should so brazenly deny that there is a ban against the practice of Dorje Shugden. Instead, they insist that the Dalai Lama has merely advised the people not to continue in their worship of the deity but has not infringed on their rights and freedoms. And it is precisely in the CTA and its co-conspirators’ insolent denials and the manner by which they attempt to refute obvious and unassailable facts, that we see their real character.

 

The CTA’s Denial Shows It Has Something To Fear

As recent as June 2014, the CTA published a ‘Statement Concerning The Cult of Dolgyal/Shugden’ in which the CTA flagrantly denies there is a religious ban. If that were true, it would mean that both the 100th Ganden Tripa and the Dalai Lama were wrong to have given the impression that there was a ban. And if so, then this CTA’s statement should clarify that neither the Dalai Lama or the Ganden Tripa intend for anyone to enforce the ban / restriction / prohibition / embargo on the Dorje Shugden practice and further, that there should no backlash whatsoever should anyone chose to continue with the practice. Alternatively the statement could recognize that the Dalai Lama had in fact declared a ban which the CTA now officially opposes as a democratic government established to protect the rights of the people. These are simple enough responses if it is true that there is no state-sponsored decree to punish Shugden followers because of their religious practice.

One of many official statements by the CTA that deny any wrongdoing in its persecution of Shugden Buddhists.

But instead the CTA statement did none of that. It denied flatly that the Dalai Lama is suppressing any religious freedom and insists that there is no ban on the Shugden practice. Then the same CTA statement reveals itself to be a tool of an ongoing smear campaign against Shugden practitioners. It is clear from the verbiage that the CTA’s statement is designed to create negative sentiments of Shugden practitioners and to provoke anger and fear amongst the Tibetan people, the means by which the Dalai Lama and CTA enforce compliance of the Dalai Lama’s directive. Not in possession of any law enforcement units or army (in fact it is not recognized as a legitimate government by the governments of the world) the CTA manipulates public sentiments, inflames anger, and directs it against those who oppose them, such as Shugden followers and Tibetans still believing in the push for Tibetan independence from China. It is no coincidence that Tibetans who oppose the Dalai Lama’s ‘Middle Way’ are similarly labeled enemies of the people. The tone and language of the statement leave no doubt of the CTA’s intention which is to create ill will against Shugden people as it has systematically done since the onslaught of the ban in 1996.

Three months before the CTA released its June 2014 statement denying a religious ban, it passed an official resolution to criminalize the practice of Dorje Shugden. That itself is a mismatch of its claims on ‘no-ban’ and ‘no-persecution’ of Shugden. How odd for the CTA to have declared that something is a crime and then insist that they have not banned it. It is simply commonsense that when an authority labels an act as a crime, it intends for that act to be forbidden, and in addition, for the public to scorn those who engage in that act.

The CTA claims there is no persecution of Shugden worshippers and yet an official parliamentary resolution labels them as criminals.

 

The Real Criminal

The real crime is in the CTA unconstitutionally banning a peaceful religious practice. The CTA commits another crime by inciting hatred and violence against Shugden people whose practice they wish to eliminate but do not have the legal means to, and so they created a smear campaign that turned the Tibetan public into enforcers. The crime is also in the way the CTA deceived the world public by pretending to be a democracy and to procure financial benefits by that deception.

The CTA has long condemned China of human rights atrocities and for as long as the CTA has touted itself a liberal government that opposes all forms of oppression and even celebrating ‘Democracy Day’ annually, it has in fact been persecuting groups of Tibetans based on their religion:

  • The CTA squarely blames the worship of Dorje Shugden for its failure to secure independence as the Dalai Lama had promised the Tibetan people over and over again. From a Kashag Statement in May 1996:…However, we are yet to achieve the ultimate triumph. Obstructive factors of various kinds, emanating from beings of both the form and formless realms, continue to hinder our efforts. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has investigated these obstructions and their causes for many years. One of the findings of his investigations is that depending on the spirit, Dolgyal, otherwise known as Dorje Shugden or Gyalchen Shugden [is the reason]…
  • The Tibetan people were asked to focus their attention on a spiritual enemy rather than the corruption and ineptitude of its leaders. The Dalai Lama said in March 1996:Recently I have conducted a number of prayers for the well being of our nation and religion. It has become fairly clear that Dolgyal is a spirit of the dark forces. Therefore, during the Hayagriva invocation last year, I specifically mentioned Dolgyal by name and an incantation was made to ward him off.
  • Suddenly, the 370-year-old worship of a deity became an act of aggression sponsored by the enemy-Chinese against the Tibetan people. CTA Resolutions passed in June 1996 and July 1997 stated:
    In the interest of Buddhism and the Tibetan national cause, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has openly advised against the propitiation of Shugden… The Chinese government’s politically-motivated support to a handful of Shugden activists and their disinformation campaigns in Tibet and outside world should be challenged effectively.

If all these sound familiar, it is because Adolf Hitler did the same in the 30’s. Hitler blamed the Jewish people for Germany’s economic woes and for losing World War I. Hitler created an enemy out of the Jews just like the Dalai Lama and CTA made an enemy out of Dorje Shugden practitioners. Like the Jews, Dorje Shugden people are banished, marginalized and persecuted when in fact, just like the Jewish people, Dorje Shugden was made a scapegoat for the failures of the Tibetan leadership and used to distract the public from the real problem which is the corruption amongst the Tibetan leaders.

 

Comedic Responses from Robert Thurman et. al.

The CTA’s barefaced denial that there is religious persecution against Shugden-worshipping Buddhists is astounding and reeks of moral decay. But many people around the world believed the ruse due in part to the Dalai Lama’s successful use of Western supporters who are regarded as experts on Tibetan Buddhism, chief of whom is Robert Thurman. However, Thurman’s contribution to why there is no religious ban is this feeble statement:

The worship of their chosen deity was not “banned” by the Dalai Lama, since he has no authority to “ban” what Tibetan Buddhists practice.

The underlying assumption in Thurman’s argument is that the Dalai Lama would subject himself to a Tibetan authority and act within the boundaries of such authority. However the simple fact is, there is no Tibetan authority that binds the Dalai Lama. Regarded as both the Tibetan people’s god and king, the Dalai Lama is therefore the highest authority and what he decrees becomes ‘law’. Any genuine Tibetan historian would know that and it is disingenuous of Thurman to pretend otherwise. The Dalai Lama is one of the most powerful un-elected and unaccountable theocrats alive in the world today.

Interestingly, given the fact that the Dalai Lama has no legal authority to effect a religious ban (as Thurman correctly stated), and yet there exists indisputable evidence that such a ban does exist and is being imposed upon Shugden Buddhists, the logical conclusion is that the Dalai Lama and his government have acted unlawfully on the Shugden issue.

Thurman’s false juristic argument also errs in its inference that an act can only be considered a wrongdoing if it is committed outside the scope of defined laws. Up until 1936, it was legal to hunt African Bushmen and there were no laws to forbid that heinous act. But that doesn’t make it right. Similarly, the Aborigines of Australia were not regarded as human beings nor citizens of the nation until 1967; therefore killing an Aborigine was not regarded as a crime until the law was amended to recognize them as people. Again, absence of a law that prohibits a despicable act does not make the act right. The same can be said with the American treatment of the native Indians and black people. Thurman would have you believe that there was no discrimination against the colored people of America because there were no laws against discrimination. If this is the extent of the defense of the Dalai Lama’s actions by an expert of Tibetan Buddhism, then we know something is amiss.

The Dalai Lama promoting a Thurman book that ironically advocates loving the enemy.

Then there is the embarrassing attempt at defending the Dalai Lama’s infringement of Shugden Buddhists’ rights carried by Tenzin Peljor, a supposedly ordained monk with an inordinate amount of time invested in denouncing Shugden and spreading disinformation about the religion and its practitioners. In an October 2014 post, Tenzin Peljor published an article on his blog that argues in essence, that there cannot be a ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden because there is no “Tibetan word than means ‘ban’ as understood by native English speakers”. The article then proceeds to give a lecture on the definition of the word ‘ban’. There is no Tibetan word for ‘imbecile’ either but there is no short of evidence of imbecilic words and actions gushing out of the CTA.

 

By Any Name, The Persecution and Oppression is Undeniable.

The stark reality is, Shugden Buddhists are being interdicted and marginalized purely because of one part of their spiritual practice which the Dalai Lama has unilaterally declared to be offensive. The 100th Ganden Tripa’s statement reflected the Dalai Lama’s will correctly and there was no error. Moreover, for it to have been published on the Dalai Lama’s official website, his office would have vetted the content and concurred with it. There is no question that there is a religious ban unlawfully placed on the practice of Dorje Shugden and even today, Shugden people are singled out, stigmatized and systematically persecuted as a result of the ban.

That the offender is a Nobel Laureate may be an embarrassment and inconvenience but cannot in any way forgive his victimization of innocent people. The facts and evidence are indisputable that there is ongoing victimization of Shugden people and an institutionalized and systemic campaign of abuse using ordinary Tibetans and Dalai Lama loyalists. And so far attempts at defending the Dalai Lama have been phantasmagorical, desperate and deceptive. It begs the question, why defend in such an illogical and incongruous manner if there is authentic justification to ban the religious practice? Indeed the Dalai Lama or CTA need only provide clear proof that (i) Dorje Shugden’s practice is the reason why the Tibetans have yet to regain their independence and (ii) that Shugden worshippers act as agents for the ‘enemy-Chinese’ to stumble Tibetan unity and independence efforts, and the matter would have been closed.

The CTA hides the ban and its persecution of Shugden Buddhists because it is conscious of the Dalai Lama culpability and its role in infringing upon the human rights of Shugden practitioners. It hides because it is uncomfortably aware that what the Tibetan leaders are doing to Shugden Buddhists makes them every bit the oppressor of freedom they accuse China of. So they continue in their charade and therefore when protestors wave placards at the Dalai Lama that say, ‘Stop Lying’, there are sound reasons for them to do so and it is only a matter of time before this becomes undeniable.

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  1. It is clear there is an illegal, undemocratic ban against the followers of Dorje Shugden by the Tibetan Govt and Dalai Lama. The evidence is overwhelming to say the least.

    Why is the Dalai Lama doing this. Dorje Shugden is a ghost or Buddha is not the point, but stop speaking out against the religious faith of another person. Give them religious freedom. By you speaking out against Dorje Shugden does not take your freedom away but you take the freedom of the other person away.

  2. Perhaps a new placard needs to be created ‘CTA Stop Lying’.

    Dorje Shudgen is an enlightened Buddha, he is not Tibetan it arose from Tibet that is a given, and furthermore Dorje Shugden if it is really harms Buddhism, then Dorje Shugden and practitioners will push all Buddhism out of india and not work with the Chinese. That would be more effective way of harming buddhism, to uproot the homes of the Tibetan Buddhism would strike at the heart of Vajrayana Buddhism. China denied the Tibetans a homeland, but China can;t stop Tibetan people from going out to the world.

  3. With all due respect, it is very clear that the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government is discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners. It is repeatedly written in their websites and tabled in parliament. If you are a DS practitioner you cannot work for the government. If you are a DS practitioner you are not allowed to attend the Dalai Lama’s teachings. If you continue to practice DS you are going against the Dalai Lama and that will result in the inability to receive independence or autonomy from the China government etc etc.
    It is pretty obvious that no one can DENY THAT THERE IS NO BAN OR DISCRIMINATION. SUCH ACTIONS OR SPEECHES MADE BY THE DALAI LAMA AND THE CTA DOES NOT CONSTITUTE “AN ADVICE” !!

  4. It is totally untrue to claim that the Dalai Lama has not provided any scriptural evidence for his opposition to Dolgyal. This article claims that out of nowhere the Dalai Lama denounced Dolgyal as a “perfidious spirit.”. This term, referring to Dolgyal being dishonest and vow breaking, is the translation used by the Dalai Lama and his translators for the Tibetan term “Dam Sri”. Dam Sri often anglicised as “damsi” means “samaya [breaking] spirit” or “perfidious spirit.”
    So, where did the Dalai Lama get that idea from? Dolgyal himself said that he was a “Damsi of a Ganden practitioner” when he approached Dagchen Sonam Rinchen. Trijang Rinpoche repeats this story in his book that you host on this website.
    That book itself contains more than enough information on why the Dalai Lama should oppose Dolgyal. It explains, giving a number of examples, that Dolgyal kills people that are seen as enemies by the narrow sectarian faction of the Gelugpa school. These enemies include oracles for other protectors, Chinese politicians, Bonpo priests and mostly Gelugpas that take teachings from other Buddhist schools.
    As the Dalai Lama fits into this last category, his opposition to it would strike most people as totally obvious.

  5. The lie here is about the fact that there is no ban and all the proofs indicate that in actuality there is a ban. Hence, the protestors held up signs that say ” Dalai Lama Stop Lying”.
    The article and videos clearly proofs that the Dalai Lama is lying.

    I am wondering why in the fact of overwhelming evidence, the Dalai Lama keeps up the lie? All his actions with the exception of the ban shows us his is a pure monk with Boddhicitta motivations and a great compassionate human being.

    So why this ban and why lie about it?

    That to me is the teaching. But what is this teaching?

  6. No doubt that His Holiness has manifested a lot of conflicts and contradiction, and yes the Dorje Shugden ban has created a lot of sufferings. But I believe that His Holiness is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, and I believe that all these manifestations are to benefit the bigger picture which most of us clearly do not see.

    I hope that the ban will be lifted very swiftly so that everyone can live together in peace.

  7. What compassion? What equality? Dalai Lama even said we should have dialogue with cold-blooded ISIS. But what about Dorje Shugden practitioners? Why is it that it is ok to be nice to outsiders, but to Dalai Lama’s own sect Gelug, harsh oppression and ostracism were carried out towards practitioners who do not agree with him? Then isn’t the love, compassion and equality messages just a lie?

  8. It is obvious to everyone that there is a ban on the Dorje Shugden practice. There is a ban because families are being separated, disciples are not allowed to see their teachers, government servants are sacked from their jobs, students are not allowed to go to school, patients are denied treatment at the hospital, Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed to travel etc. All these are the viral effects of the ban.

    When a ban is imposed unlawfully, unfairness and illogical treatments are seen to cause harm in the innocent. These people become the object to receive the negativities that they did not create in the first place. They receive ill treatment just because they are born as Tibetans and being governed by a group of selfish and unprofessional Tibetans in exile.

    There is no hope for Tibetans in exile for they are being ruled by a feudal system which should be abolished long ago by setting up democratic systems with the millions of dollars received. Since the system is not set up, Tibetans in exile continue to suffer, nothing has been achieved significantly in the past 60 years, we can safely say that the Tibetan leadership in exile are lying about the financial aids they have received, how the sum is being used on top of lying about Dorje Shugden’s practice and its benefits.

    Who would buy their lies and pretend everything is alright now?

  9. Specifically on the Shugden case, the ban that was openly confirmed by the Dalai Lama, the damage is huge and the impact is enlarging by the day. Because of the endorsement by Dalai Lama and CTA, who instigated hatred reaction from the public against the Shugdenpa and families (read here for a true story how a family was left broken because of this ban : http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/the-controversy/testimony-of-a-victim-of-the-shugden-persecutions/comment-page-1/#comment-205196), the world now witness the true color of the last few Buddhism practicing society, in horror.

    Even though the ban was baseless, but as we can read from history book, usually malevolent leaders, like Adolf Hitler, deployed such tactic to put the blame of failure onto a particular group of people, no matter how silly or absurd it may seemed. Anti-Shugden campaign felt this way (see here for a how CTA use donations to serve this purpose rather than improve the welfare of Tibetans : http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/features/cta-pays-for-anti-shugden-websites/).

    Read here on the enlarging negative impact of how Anti-Shugden movement is undermining the Tibetan cause : http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/the-controversy/7-reasons-why-the-dorje-shugden-ban-undermines-the-tibetan-cause/

  10. Thurmans face gives me the willies. When I look at him, I am reminded of how far someone can fall and how much of their dignity their willing to give up for the sake of looking good.

    Theres absolutely no credibility in him once you know his background. Did you lot know that Thurman begged and grovelled on the floor to receive Shugden sogtae? How about the time he took a photo with a prominent Shugden protestor without even realising who the monk is?

    Now here he is putting out like hes some sort of expert on Dorje Shugden practice and travels here and there to spout more lies and why? To align himself to the Dalai Lama so he can sell more books and get more funding for his “research”. Pfft. The man is a spineless coward who will bend any which way the wind blows and any which way fills up his begging bowl a little more. Its a wonder anyone listens to his drivel.

    Sure talks a good game but guess what? No matter what you say or what you do, simply being best mates with the Dalai Lama isnt going to save you from the three lower realms. See you there Bob!

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  11. Camilia has assessed the situation quite well, actually. The reason for the ban is immaterial. The CTA just need a scapegoat and keep barking at it and the masses will follow suit.

    There are so much evidences that there is a bias and that it is wrong will not these zealots of the Dalai Lama and CTA refraining from imposing a ban.

    I’m just scared of the negative karma created here that in the end, will create such negative group karma that it will be self-feeding and spiral downwards for all. Can’t help thinking about what I heard somewhere that “Buddhism will be destroyed from within”.

    Sad, really. Though the Buddha taught love, peace, harmony, gratitude and the middle way, I don’t see that happening here.

  12. 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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  13. 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.

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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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