Real democracies do not need to appoint a successor

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama says he may be the last one and will appoint a successor to his position. As a religious leader, that is his prerogative but why is a secular leader, Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay, always commenting on the matter?

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By: Solaray Kusco

The Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangaya has recently been captured in yet another interview talking again about the Dalai Lama’s succession. Our question is, why is the secular leader of the Tibetan community in exile commenting on what should now be a purely religious matter?

After all, according to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he is not the leader of the Tibetan people any more. So since the Dalai Lama’s successor is now a purely religious matter, and not a political one, what should it matter who the Dalai Lama’s successor is? And why is the secular leader who is not ordained, making remarks about religious matters?

Isn’t that what Lobsang Sangay always accuses China of doing (secular leadership interfering in religious matters)? In the issue of the Panchen Lama, Lobsang Sangay has often accused the Chinese secular leadership of interfering in religious matters. In light of his actions regarding the Dalai Lama’s succession, his remarks regarding China are hypocritical indeed.

But Sikyong Lobsang Sangay repeatedly commenting on the subject of the Dalai Lama’s successor has a deeper significance. His insistence on commenting all the time actually means that contrary to the Tibetan leadership’s claims they are in control, in actuality the Dalai Lama’s influence over the Tibetan people is still so great, it has the potential to destabilise the so-called Tibetan cause after His Holiness is gone.

That must also mean that the Tibetan leadership still has not done enough to gain the trust and faith of their community. Their people do not actually and really believe they will be able to hold things together once His Holiness is gone, and hence this continued reliance on the Dalai Lama and concern for his succession.

So actually, the more Dharamsala talks about it and keeps trying to reassure their people, the worse it makes them look. It makes them look like they are insecure, uncertain of the future and have no control over it.

If someone is actually secure in their position, they do not have to keep bringing up the subject over and over again to try and convince you what they are saying is the truth. China, for example, never has to talk about who is going to succeed Xi Jinping. You never hear or see them making statement after statement talking about how so and so has been appointed to replace him.

And why does any of this even need to be discussed if it is a purely religious matter? If the Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) is really in the process of democracy, then why do they even need to appoint the new Dalai Lama or his successor as a new leader? Why do they need to appoint anyone? Dictatorial successions appoint future leaders. Monarchies appoint successors. Democracies and democracies in the making do not.

In fact His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said he resigned from all political power, and has passed this power to the secular leader whose instalment is based on the people’s votes. If that is the case, why worry what happens after the passing of the Dalai Lama? In fact each of the four schools of Buddhism of Tibet have their own leaders – the Gelugs have the Gaden Tripa, the Sakyas have the Sakya Trizin, the Karma Kagyus have the Karmapa, the Drukpa Kagyus have the Gyalwang Drukpa and so on. From a strictly religious point-of-view, the Dalai Lama is not actually the head of any religious school. Hence in the future, if the institution of the Dalai Lama does not have political power and does not have religious power, it makes the institution and office of the Dalai Lama redundant. After all, will a future Dalai Lama be the head of religion of Tibet or head of government?  


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  1. I agree that the more CTA talks about Dalai Lama’s next incarnation the more it is a strong sign of CTA’s poor influence over the Tibetan community. The old generation who stood by His Holiness for the Tibetan cause is slowly “moving on” into old age and beyond. While the newer generation will not see the relevance of the Tibetan cause since it is more than obvious that the quality of life in Tibet China is far better than Tibetans in exile. There are more religious freedom, better economy opportunities and greater transparency in governance. In the most unfortunate event when His Holiness enters the clear light, the Tibetan community in exile and the staunch supporters in Tibet, China will have no one to look up to, at least for the very immediate moment. Many possibilities can happen during this period of vacuum. The new generation religious leader will emerge, and not surprising, some of them are already making their debut in Tibet China, and others in the western countries. They will pledge harmonious, unity and true religious freedom to all different sects of Buddhism. Even with His Holiness taking rebirth back into our human realms, it will be another two decades before he can be actively involved again. I hope by then, Tibetans have been reunited, and everyone can practice their faith in peace and harmony. And let’s hope it will not be too late to preserve the authenticity of Tibetan Buddhism lineage and traditions.

  2. There’s a lot of truth in this article, kudos to you.

    I’ve always found it terribly odd when a self-proclaimed democratic “government in exile” called the Central Tibetan Administration unilaterally and without public consultation ventures deeply into spiritual territory, for example banning and making criminals of their own Dorje Shugden faithful.

    I have never seen this happen in any democracy ever. Indeed the separation of faith and state is a hallmark of most democratic countries hence it makes their self proclamation of being democratic absolutely hilarious but at the same time a very serious issue for it has and is affecting many lives.

    In addition, and I’m not saying that it has the legitimacy to do so in the first place, the CTA’s foray into interpreting spirituality gives me bad indigestion. When attacking the Dorje Shugden practice, it has cherry picked friendly lay and ordained persons to form a basis for banning Dorje Shugden. It has also managed to dupe many journalists and pseudo academics into writing opinions about Dorje Shugden without relying on spiritual heavy hitters such as the many Geshe Lharampas and instead rely on unreliable sources and heresy.

    My question is this: if you want to form an unbiased and true opinion of a practice, why have you not consulted the highest spiritual authority of the Gelug tradition who are the Ganden Tripas? Every Tibetan in exile and in China should ask this of the CTA.

    Once again, thank you Solaray for putting things in its logical place in this article.

  3. I agree that it’s rather odd for the political head of the Tibetans-in-Exile to be worrying about the succession to the Dalai Lama , when the Dalai Lama himself has even hinted that there may be no succession after him. If Lobsang Sangay and his team had already won the support of the Tibetans-in-Exile and they are solidly behind him and his government , then there shouldn’t be any cause for worry. If the succession is a religious issue,then the system is in place to select a successor by the high Lamas.Hence again, there is no cause for concern.

    However, the current government in exile has more to be concerned about at this point in time, than who will be the next Dalai Lama. The winds of change are already blowing around them. Politically speaking, the CTA’s days are numbered. From the look of things, India which has already agreed that Tibet is part of China, cannot continue to open its doors to Tibetan refugees, unless it wishes to continue to raise the ire of the Chinese government.

    The Tibetans in exile face a bleak future because in the 50 or more years since their fleeing Tibet, there has been no progress made by their leadership to ascertain that Tibet would be free soon and they would all go home happily. Indeed, all this is now a pipe dream. After having made little effort , the leadership is now changing its tune, to say they are requesting for autonomy. But why need they request for autonomy, because Tibet is already an Autonomous Region?

    The Tibetans in Exile face a bleak future even in India, because their leadership had not helped them in anyway to rise above their lives of struggling poverty . Neither have the leaders in exile raised their mulish heads to befriend the Chinese Government and ask for help for the refugees to return peacefully back to Tibet and resume their lives . What is most anguishing to see happening instead, is the self immolation of over 100 Tibetans -such a waste of lives -which have been just needless, and there appears to be no word of sensible advice from the Tibetan leadership regarding this.

    If the reason still holds regarding the preservation of religion, language and culture, a more sensible move would be to return to Tibet, China, if the Tibetans-in -exile are allowed to return. Otherwise, stay and become citizens of their host country, pick up their lives and move on. This is my view. it is not fair to them: they cannot live in limbo like this.

  4. However, everything is impermanent. Things may still work out for the best for all parties.

  5. I thought long ago, the Dalai Lama had retired from political office and the Tibetans in exile now have a democratic government. So, why is there talk about successor? I thought democracies hold elections to elect their head of state and not have them appointed. Or are they talking about having a monarchy system? I’m kind of confused here.

    As John F. Kennedy said, “government of the people, by the people, for the people”.

    There’s obviously something wrong is the CTA is talking about appointing the next Dalai Lama as head of state. There should be a fair election held. And, I think, for most democracies, there should be a separation of church and state, as mentioned by Solomon Lang.

  6. This article is so spot on. CTA obviously had not stood out as a proper governmental body in the eyes of the world. Only the Dalai Lama had the clout to represent the Tibetans in Exile. And this is after years of “separation” of rule and religion when the Dalai Lama passed the reign of secular governance to the “elected” Sikyong. All these talk by Sikyong of the Dalai Lama’s succession show strong of CTA’s dependence on His Holiness’ fame to hold their people together. Another matter of concern is also that without the Dalai Lama, will India continue their generosity in allowing the Tibetans in Exile to stay as “refugees” with all the concessions accorded now.

    Yes, Sikyong is definitely a hypocrite for accusing China of interfering with religion whilst he himself is also doing the same. Throughout history the Dalai Lama’s succession is through reincarnation and recognition. As such in his statement “He (the Dalai Lama) says that he will decide at the age of 90, but I think it should happen sooner and I think it is likely to happen”, it seems as though the Sikyong is wishing the early demise of the Dalai Lama. Although the Dalai Lama may change this to options of selection or emanation, it still seem cold hearted to rush the succession…not auspicious at all.

    CTA is only concern of their status after the Dalai Lama’s death whilst the Dalai Lama as a religious figure is concern of where he will benefit the spread of Dharma. So why would the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama in China be impossible. There are close to 1.4 billion citizens in China and what better place to spread the Dharma? As for his comment that ‘success of Tibetan freedom struggle will be India’s success story’. Hello??? India had lost ludicrous commercial opportunities of working with China due to CTA’s self serving hindrance. Just like the billion dollars railway and commercial port investment which was diverted from India to Pakistan. The real freedom that CTA can achieve for its people would be to humble themselves to realise independence is not a reality. CTA should have trusted the Dalai Lama in negotiating for Autonomy then but now China is in the position to dismiss any overtures made. Wonder if CTA’s delay in having the dialogue with China is a delay in disruption to their comfortable opulent living in exile??

  7. Quoted by Lobsang Sangay:
    “The communist party says religion is poison. They don’t believe in religion. They destroy monasteries and disrobe monks and nuns.”
    Why the pot (CTA) call the kettle black? If CTA believed in religion and the democracy to have religious freedom, they why did CTA instigate the attack on monasteries in India? Why instigate until monks and nuns disrobe and the separation of families in India?

    Another quote by Lobsang Sangay:
    “The Dalai Lama says he will decide at the age of 90, but I think it should happen sooner and I think it is likely to happen.”
    Does it mean Lobsang Sangay wants the Dalai Lama to make the announcement sooner and Lobsang Sangay did not agree that the Dalai Lama should wait until at the age of 90? Why won’t Lobsang Sangay wait for another 9 years?

    Yet another quote:
    “The cornerstone of Tibetan freedom struggle is based on the foundations of the Indian philosophy ahimsa.”
    What don’t the Tibetan leadership show and practice ahimsa to Dorje Shugden practitioners? Why talk of ahimsa by the Indian government when the Tibetan in Exile government does the opposite to their own people, those people who did not want to give up the practice of Dorje Shugden? Where is the democracy?

    And Lobsang Sangay was educated in Harvard?

  8. “In fact each of the four schools of Buddhism of Tibet have their own leaders – the Gelugs have the Gaden Tripa, the Sakyas have the Sakya Trizin, the Karma Kagyus have the Karmapa, the Drukpa Kagyus have the Gyalwang Drukpa and so on. From a strictly religious point-of-view, the Dalai Lama is not actually the head of any religious school. Hence in the future, if the institution of the Dalai Lama does not have political power and does not have religious power, it makes the institution and office of the Dalai Lama redundant. After all, will a future Dalai Lama be the head of religion of Tibet or head of government?”

    Interesting extract from Solaray Kusco’s article. As such is Lobsang Sangay hanging onto the sovereignty of the Dalai Lama or should he be more secured if he was chosen by popular vote through democracy.

    It is most unusual that a political arm of the Tibetans in exile (CTA) meddles with religious affairs.

    Like executing the ban on Dorje Shugden, another political meddling in religious affairs.

  9. I don’t see CTA really see HH the Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader but just a cash cow to gain financial support because the CTA personally fail to do anything for Tibetan and even with the support from other country closed to 60 years what actually CTA had achieved for Tibetan in India?

    Pointing China not believe in religious, destroy monasteries and disrobe monks and nuns, Tibetan Leaderships forgotten that they have expelled Dorje Shugden monks and discriminate and taken away their human rights from all the Dorje Shugden practitioners welfare in India? In fact China is restoring the monasteries in Tibet and what has CTA done?

    What kind of ahimsa that Lobsang Sangay reffering to when the Tibetan leadership post up the list of people that practice Dorje Shugden in the website which obviously creating harm to those people. So many incident where Dorje Shugden practitioners being attacked and what has CTA done to protect their own people which they are still Tibetan but just with different belief.

    Can Lobsang Sangay for once get his facts right and make some sense to the public as all this statement is publicly read by the world or CTA is still in not aware that actually the world already know what they have done?

  10. Another slap in the face for the Harvard educated Sikyong!

    Maybe you should choose which side you plan to be in. Either secular or spiritual. Don’t dabble in two coz clearly it should never be mixed. Whoever HHDL choose should be between Him and his non secular people. And shouldn’t this successor announcing thingy be done by the Labrang of HHDL? Why is the Sikyong involved?

    Such a hypocrite! Always yapping and complaining about what China does yet he does the same. Stop talking about how China should run their country already. Take care of you own first and lead by example please. China is huge and respectable in many ways, and what have CTA done to make their own people proud and head held high?

    On another note, why is HHDL announcing his successor soon? Perhaps, it is a good thing, we wouldn’t want to have 2 Dalai Lamas, its already confusing enough now. And when HHDL leave that one final day, yes, I don’t believe that CTA can hold it together. Without HHDL’s name and fame, they have nothing else to hold on to!

  11. I totally agreed what SamayaKeeper has mentioned above :

    Yet another quote:
    “The cornerstone of Tibetan freedom struggle is based on the foundations of the Indian philosophy ahimsa.”
    What don’t the Tibetan leadership show and practice ahimsa to Dorje Shugden practitioners? Why talk of ahimsa by the Indian government when the Tibetan in Exile government does the opposite to their own people, those people who did not want to give up the practice of Dorje Shugden? Where is the democracy?

    And Lobsang Sangay was educated in Harvard?

    Why a prime minister of Tibet making people confused?

  12. This is not the first time Lobsang Sangay was caught being hypocrite just lamented in this article. One of the many things this prime minister of CTA said in the past was there are no discrimination against Dorje Shugden but we all know there are and there are photos to show. It’s all over the Internet. Then he accused China of at first doesn’t promote religion and now accuses China and trying to bad mouth them when they gave religious freedom to its citizens. So my summary about all these is that CTA as a whole is all about money and lying. Nothing has been done to help Tibetans and all they do is being hypocrite and earn sympathy. Using the Dalai Lama as their source of income I am afraid. Otherwise you don’t really need to find a successor for Dalai Lama, aren’t democracy is all about voting? I trust the voting system is also not in the question.

  13. Lobsang Sangay ohhh….. Lobsang Sangay……. he always dream talk. Everyone in the religion knows that not everyone can be Dalai Lama. By telling everybody that he is going to be the successor of Dalai Lama, does he mean that he’s going to be the next Dalai Lama? Does he even know not anybody can be Dalai Lama? Say, if he is referring to politic side, then he is only a secular leader, in that case, he is not Dalai Lama’s successor, he doesn’t even have the right to ban Dorje Shugden. Yes, it’s true that in a democratic government, Prime Minister, President is voted by the people. Except Malaysia. Even Donald Trump was voted. If the Prime Minister or President is not voted, thousand of people will be demonstrating on the street. Like Malaysia.

    “new chapter of hope and success would be written when “freedom is restored” in Tibet” this statement can even make me laugh until my jaw drop! He thought outsiders doesn’t the problem that CTA is facing. USA, Donald Trump has already come out a budget saying they’ll not contribute to the government of Tibetan in Exile anymore, and yet, I bet China will never gain independence to Tibet. Again, Lobsang Sangay is talking in his dream again. LOL. Wake up LS!!!

  14. This is really a joke. Why does Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay keeps reminding his people that he will be the next successor of Dalai Lama? Why does he insists to become the next successor? What benefits does he get? Since Dalai Lama has resigned from all political powers, what remains will be his spiritual path. So, does it means that Lobsang Sangay wants to be Dalai Lama’s spiritual successor? I don’t think Lobsang Sangay will even have the chance because Dalai Lama normally will reincarnate back to become the next Dalai Lama. I really don’t understand what is in Lobsang Sangay’s mind now. Trying to make a fool of himself? Or all because of money? Only he himself knows.

  15. Since Dalai Lama has announced his retirement and he is not coming back again as the 15th Dalai Lama, then on what aspect that CTA went on to find a successor of Dalai Lama? CTA represent the political party and Dalai Lama is the representation of Religious side, how can they mix up again between politics and religion?

    It is such hypocrite for Lobsang Sangay to mention this:
    “The communist party says religion is poison. They don’t believe in religion. They destroy Monasteries and disrobe monks and nuns. What is the basis of legitimacy they will have to select the next Dalai Lama? Not at all”

    What happened to CTA then? Aren’t they doing the same too? Harming the Tibetan monks, forcing them to give up their Spiritual practice, force them to break their samaya with their guru, force them to disrobe, separated them from their family members, discriminate them and do not allow them to use public facilities, what make CTA different compare to the communist that Lobsang Sangay mentioned about? By just this itself already showed how hypocrite they are, not to mention about other things. When CTA cannot claim back Tibet, who’s at fault now?

  16. “Hello, Mr.Prime Minister, are you still sleeping? CTA in exile is the truth and there is no way you have to hide around the bushes.” The issue of CTA mind monopolizing their people are outrageous and have causes many lives. All these are not causes by China but in fact by Tibetan poor and lousy leadership management. Please make some sense, who will ever choose such awful, terrible management as a successor in their community? What? Harvard educated?

  17. Looking at Lobsang Sangye announcement, i just wonder how soon CTA still exisiting when H.H. Dalai Lama has pass away. Do Lobsang Sangye ready can be holding both political and spiritual path acting as succesor of Dalai Lama? Do other tibetan buddhism sect leader recognize him as spiritual head leading Tibet? Is CTA have power to entrone new Dalai Lama incarnation at future? I just think of how CTA felt hopeless and in seclur through this annoucement yet to remind Tibet people CTA CTA gorvernment still existing when Dalai Lama not arounf anymore.

  18. What people wants are just living in peace, Why creates problems unstoppable that ruin the country..

  19. How come that a politician speaks about religious decisions? Isn’t this the decision of the Dalai Lama? Well, Lobsang should tell us about how every Tibetan is equal, no matter what religion he or she practices. That would be an announcement!

    So, if the Dalai Lama decides to speak about it, that’s another story. But, Tibetans are still refugees and have no home. They should be back in Tibet, China and build up their country.

  20. Lobsang Sangay has to keep on saying the same things especially on the successor of HH Dalai Lama. My view is without HH Dalai Lama, no country will support the leadership of Tibetan in exile and they will also facing financial difficulty. Over the 50 years the Tibetan exile community had been functional largely because its members accepted the Dalai Lama’s authority. His teaching has influence so many peoples in the worlds and Westerners who see him as embodying the fundamental principles of Buddhism.

    I see that Dalai Lama has step back and not step down because it is easier for him to meet the other’s country leaders as a role of religious leader. And the current situation now is critical for CTA on the issue of the successor of Dalai Lama because Chinese authorities will try to impose a candidate who will follow their interests, and CTA will try to make sure their own becomes leader otherwise they will lose many things especially the financial aid from the supporter of HH Dalai Lama.

  21. CTA has, in many cases, shooting themselves in their foot. That is what you get when you don’t practice what you preach. CTA said they practice democracy, but how many Tibetans know what is democracy? If you ask them, they would choose rice over democracy. They don’t practice democracy for the benefit of people. They practice so that westerners will continue to donate money to them.

    I really like this article because it raise a valid question: If CTA is really practicing democracy, why do they need an appointed successor? If CTA is doing a good job by making the people happy and prosperous, why do they need to know who is the next HH Dalai Lama?

    CTA knows they will lose their flare when HH Dalai Lama pass into clear light. Being CTA, they will just milk the westerners as much as they can for their own profit and the people will be left for suffer. Is this compassionate? I really feel sorry for the Tibetans in exile who gave up their good live and now have to suffer because of the selfish CTA.

  22. I concur very much with Tenzin K, the politicians at CTA, only treated the Dalai Lama like a cash cow.

    Hence they want to know and be able to have a say about where the Dalai lama reincarnates. I also agree that the Dalai Lama can be Chinese for once, it is not impossible for such a thing to happen and take effect.

    Then will the 17th Karmapa be the next regent awaiting for the 15th Dalai Lama to emerge to maturity?

  23. The statements made in the Phayul article certainly reveals a tone of “desperation” in the minds of Lobsang Sangay and his team. The Dalai Lama has stated he will only choose his successor when he reaches 90 but Mr Lobsang wants it done sooner. In essence the Dalai Lama would have the wisdom on such matters and would know best when the religious successor should be declared.
    It is without doubt that Tibetans in general reveres and respects the Dalai Lama more then the President or the CTA. Firstly, the reverence towards the religious figure has be ingrained in the Tibetan culture and blood for centuries. Secondly, the CTA is not popular because there are no solid results from any of the policies that they have rolled out to date. Gossips of inside backbiting and corruption in the CTA is more apparent then news of real and positive changes made in the lives of Tibetans. Which policy initiated by the CTA has made world news with positive results ? Would love to know if there were !!

  24. Of course, they need to discuss the succession? Who will lead the blind once Dalai Lama is gone? I think everyone in CTA knows this reality, they are nothing and would be doomed once they do not have Dalai Lama, their golden goose anymore.

    Why do you think they as leaders of the Tibetan exile community have two travelling documents, while their own people are forced to choose and even when they have to pick, there is a guilt trip given that if you choose to become an Indian citizenship and choose to have an Indian passport, you are supposedly a traitor who does not want Tibet’s freedom! How ironic isn’t it? What kind of rubbish is this government churning out?

    First, they say they want autonomy with China, middle way apparently, and then they make you feel like a traitor if you change to be Indian citizens because you are supposed to be loyal to your country. Yet all the rich leaders in CTA has 2 passports/travel document and even a house in the US? Ask the so called exiled PM Lobsang Sangay and his little darling Dhardon Sharling regarding these.

    So you see the double standards here and you also see they are well prepared to flee and migrate should anything go wrong. You think they are going to fight and stick around for their people. Sorry but NO WAY. Seriously, I have more faith in Lukar Jam than this Sangay fella.

    At least with Lukar, you can see he had more passion, conviction and courage in his character. Not that I am saying I support his “free” Tibet or what not. I am not here to be on Rangzen or Umaylam side, but just to point out the disgusting hypocrisy that is happening right under everyone’s nose, yet NO ONE IS SAYING ANYTHING except this WEBSITE! See what they did to Lukar Jam’s car… this is how Tibetan Leadership gets you back for going against them. Despicable!

    Bravo to Shugdenpas here writing the truth for the world to read… may this place be the TRUTH to the history of those wrongly accused group of Buddhist practitioners!

  25. Watch this clear video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama asking the monasteries to expel monks that practice Dorje Shugden. Click here to watch:

  26. Member of Parliament Tenpa Yarphel is a hero. He is speaking up for free speech and freedom of expression. He is exercising his rights, he is standing up for logical democracy which is the only way forward and not having to contact spirits like Nechung via oracles to make decisions that impact people’s lives. But look how people speak about him in the comments, so rude and nasty. It really represents the Dalai Lama badly as they are supporting Dalai Lama beings so rude:

    They say we need to believe in Nechung and follow what he says. But in 2009 Nechung said the Dalai Lama would go back to Tibet and that everyone would be happy. A monk from Nechung Monastery is the one that told everyone about this: But Nechung was wrong. It has been eight years and this has not happened. The Dalai Lama did not return to Tibet. Nechung being consulted by Tibetan government in exile is backwards. No governments do this in the civilized world.

    When people like Tenpa Yarphel speak up and are real patriots of the Tibetan people, they are attacked by other people. In fact people even protest like this man who shaves his hair: People like these are actually protesting against Tenpa Yarphel’s democratic rights and freedom of speech. Tibetans by criticizing Tenpa Yarphel shows they are far from democracy. Besides many of the other Kagyu leaders such as Drigung Chetsang Rinpoche, Drukchen Rinpoche, Karmapa Thaye Dorje all did not say anything against Tenpa Yarphel that represents the Kagyus.

    Dalai Lama had said that is his minister of cabinet in the government. Even though it is clear that Nechung is unreliable and a spirit, the Dalai Lama continues to rely heavily on Nechung and other oracles who take trance of spirits. He invites Nechung to all his events and allow him to take trance in centre stage always. In fact the Dalai Lama even calls the oracles to his own private bedroom:

    These practices show how Tibetan government is run.

  27. Lobsang Sangay at the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Tibetan Settlement Office, Dharamsala:

    Losang Sangay said recently (October, 2017) in Dharamsala that Tibetans have two enemies: the outer and inner enemy. The outer enemy is the Chinese government and Dorje Shugden people. The inner enemy is the people who speak against about our Tibetan affairs like regional differences and religious differences. (He didn’t say this directly but he means people like Tenpa Yarphel who spoke up in the Parliament) He said out of the two enemies, the worse one is the inner enemy.

    Now the Tibetans have started a new Facebook page specifically against Tenpa Yarphel. Tibetans are protesting against him:

    And there is a video of Tibetans with Tenpa Yarphel’s name on paper against him and asking him to resign:

  28. What is the CTA for a club? Going around pretending to be a democracy and only because of HH Dalai Lama they can make some foreign people believe it but it seems that karma is coming back.

    The CTA is suppressing its own people and is having a good life with the money originally meant for the Tibetan people. On top, their elections are a farce!

    Listen here to Tenpa Yarphel who questions about the reliance of the Tibetan Government to Nechung, an oracle, which is understandable already but on top Nechung’s predictions seem to create more problems than anything else.

    What happens to Tenpa Yarphel now that he speaks up? Tibetans have started a Facebook page against Tenpa Yarphel and protest against him: They even ask Tenpa Yarphel to resign:

    So much for the “Democracy” in the Tibetan Government!!

  29. Nechung is ZUMA 👎 before I m think he is one of d best when I m watch dis video By Geshe Dorjee la but now I m think is not d truth n he is lie to Tibet people we r not back to Tibet yt Chithue Tenpa Yarphel la tq for talk about truth of Nechung . I m watch to this video many time la n after I hear you talk I m not belief to Nechung

  30. How China treated President Trump

    is very different with how the CTA would have received President Trump




  32. 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
    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.


  33. 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.

  34. 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.
    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.” Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians (1)

  35. 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

  36. 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
    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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. Everyone has been quite worried about the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation, especially the CTA. In order to ensure the rest of the world recognises the Dalai Lama chosen by the CTA, the Dalai Lama wants to change the system. This is his way to invalidate the Dalai Lama chosen by the Chinese government.

    Traditionally, the Dalai Lama is recognised by the Panchen Lama. At the moment, only the Chinese government has the Panchen Lama. Therefore, by tradition, the Chinese government will have the legitimate Dalai Lama as they are following the traditional method to find and recognise the Dalai Lama.

    Even if the Dalai Lama has successfully changed the system, it will not be the system China will follow. The Chinese government will still find their own reincarnation and enthrone him. This Dalai Lama will be supported by all the Gelugpas in China. China doesn’t care if the rest of the world agrees or not.

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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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