Attack on Dorje Shugden Followers

October 20, 2014

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1. By attacking physically and trying to eliminate the followers of Dorje Shugden.

2. By bribing and convincing people to not follow Dorje Shugden.

3. Trying to divide Shugden followers and get them to infiltrate and divide by spreading rumors. For one example, in Tibet Autonomous Region, Tengsheng District Sertsa-shang village Shugden follower Kunchok Thargyal, 22, on September 28, 2014 afternoon was on a mountain gathering dung   for his firewood. When he was returning from his work the three men met him in a remote area and attacked him. He was stabbed multiple times.  They stoned and stabbed him many times. They assumed he was dead. Fortunately he survived and is now in critical condition in a Lhasa hospital fighting for his life.
The team leader and perpetrator is directly linked and connected to the Dalai Lama and his organization in India.  His monk name is Nawang Tenlay.  His lay name was Dawa Tendruk.  He was trained in Drepung Loseyling, Lohpa Khangtsen in South India the monastery where Dalai Lama gave the first statement ostracizing and banning all religious and material pertaining to Dorje Shugden.  Also he promoted religious persecution and segregation.Two other young Tibetans, Oyo Tsering and Wopa contributed to the attack, following the direction of Nawang Tenlay.

This is the picture of Kunchok Thargay in Lhasa hospital fighting for his life

Local authorities seemed not too concerned with the attacking and murdering of Shugden followers.  They even ordered the victim’s family to not mention it was about religious conflict and also not talking to higher authorities.  They were perhaps trying to protect the Dalai Lama’s image.
After a few days the perpetrators were arrested and held by local police with minimum security.  Even they could go outside and party and celebrate with local friends and visit with other Dalai Lama followers.
One of the Dorje Shugden followers Thamchoe Nyema, who lives in Boston, Massachusetts, was previously one of the Dorje Shugden community members.  All of a sudden he was infiltrating the community and he called an old friend and said the Dalai Lama would give him support to buy a house in Nepal or help with a monastery in Mongolia.  He offered house and money and assistance with all these things if he abandoned support of the Dorje Shugden group.  He starts conversations with old friends and creates gossip and rumor among Shugden followers and secretly records the conversations.  He then posts this material on YouTube as Boston Real Tibetan Talk.  It was very well met and funded.
Westerners and Tibetan donors give money to the Dalai Lama and his organization give money for this good cause. The Dalai Lama uses the money to eliminate and suppress and harass other Tibetans.
Please support and join the protest against these actions at Vancouver, Canada Birmingham, Alabama, New Jersey, Boston, Massachusetts, and New York City.   This is organized by the International Shugden Community.

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  1. I am praying for this man, and for the people who attacked him that they may see what they did is wrong, and thereby be able to generate the 4 opponant powers. I am so sorry this is happening and I wish the Dalai Lama would say something to his followers to get them to stop. If he wants to be a man of peace, then he needs to tell them to stop harming others.

  2. So cruel of Dalai Lama’s followers beef up attack on Dorje Shugden followers. In this incident was Kunchok Thargyal who’s defenseless had been attacked, injured and now in hospital fighting his life.

    I truly believe is not Dalai Lama to instruct this happen. All this incident was the DL’s follower use inexorable matter to hurt people and warn A real BUDDHIST should not react in this kind of action.

    Dalai Lama please pay close attention to this case!

  3. How can this things happen?? I can’t understand Dalai Lama’s followers having this type of attitude. This is not hurt! This is a murder case!!! Dalai Lama must explain to people all around the world.

  4. Oh my, lets all send our prayers to this man and all Dorje Shugden practitioners and lamas may be be under the protection of Dorje Shugden. This is an escalation of the action that all these people are wiling to take. How can anyone who is a Buddhist do such a deed to another human being and think it is perfectly fine to do so.

  5. shocking!!! and the culprit is a Monk who even receive teaching directly from Dalai Lama!!! How could someone who takes monk vow tries to Kill another being, just because The young man is a Dorje Shugden practitioner? what are they learning in Drepung Loseyling? Such actions is a real shame to Buddhist around the world, furthermore a monk who carries out such criminal action!!

    It reflects strongly the failure of the Sangha system and the Monastic system lead by Dalai Lama and governance of CTA!!!

  6. It is despicable that Dalai Lama and his followers had to resort to such dirty tactics! The ban on Dorje Shugden had already left a big wound that does not heal easily but is rotting away! Now Dalai Lama and his followers want to inflict more pains by adding salt to the wounds. This is simply unbelievable!

  7. Ridiculous babaric act by HH Dalai Lama followers, from my personal view this is not instructed by HH Dalai Lama but maybe just vulgar plan again by CTA. CTA always is the mastermind behind all this vulgar action and they think this is an Offering to HH Dalai Lama?? Definitely NOT!

    May the young man recover soon. May HH Dalai Lama able look into this kind of matter as soon possible so many others of the victims will not be harm anymore. And may peoples all around the world especially the “PEACE” moto organisation may help to research, investigate and try to warn CTA to stop their Vulgar Plan again. Hence may the Ban lifted soon so this is the Best way to protect everyone…

  8. Why they do like this for a young man? Why used Lord Buddha as their tool to get what they want? What they want? MONEY?FAME?FAMOUS?POWER? or….

    Nowadays, many people have wrong view!They ignore all virtue or moral principle and manipulate the fact caused mislead many who is new. I don’t understand why they hurted this young body just because he is Dorje Shugden practitioner? Through the ugly action to warn people to give up their practice. This is one of the ugly tactic which I never hear before.

    As a foreigner I thought CTA suppose must take care of their people, however now they turned around to hurt their people. Do you think is it logic?

    Why CTA do this kind of thing? Are they really understand of karma? I really hope the young man can be strong and continue his life if not, the karma will be very heavy for the person who made this cause.

    I will support the protest and pray for the ban will be lift as sooner as. I am praying everyday….

  9. Clearly this was an assault that is tantamount to attempted murder.You have named the suspects for this attack in this article.You state that the Police have investigated it and given certain advice.What has been the result of the Police enquiries?Have those named been charged with the attack?

  10. This is a vicious attack, and the attackers have no qualms about taking a life so brutally. Fortunately, Kunchok Thangyal is still alive, but in critical conditions. We pray that he recovers.

    Can all this brutality against Shugden practitioners be ‘ordered’ by the Dalai Lama?
    The possibility is that the Dalai Lama’s name has been used to perpetrate all such atrocities. Nonetheless, the Dalai Lama must be aware or be made aware that this is happening.

    As for local authorities, who seem to be closing an eye to this incident or even seem to not want it to be seen as a case of religious discrimnation, it could be just a matter of corruption of such officials, who are not averse to a bribe to keep their eyes and mouths shut.

    The party to blame is that of the team, headed by the monk from Sera Loseyling, Nawang Tenlay, who were all involved in brutally attacking the poor Kunchok Thangyal.

  11. I pray for the swift and complete recovery of Kunchok Thargyal. He was an innocent victim. I really hope that no one else will be attacked so brutally just because they choose to have freedom in their religious practices. The Ban is the cause of all these attacks and gross division and discriminations. The Ban must come down to stop all these negativity !

  12. Om Mani Peme Hung!!! Prayers for Kunchok Thargyal! I pray that you will get well soon and continue with your path.

    This is really getting TOO MUCH!!!
    What teachings from the Buddhas are we learning? To harm others who do NOT follow/listen to what you say? What is wrong with you people, although HHDL said we shouldn’t practice, that doesn’t mean that we can’t!!

    To HIS HOLINESS DALAI LAMA, see what have Your ban and followers done to innocent people?? Is this Your way of peace? By creating so much disharmony?

    Please, we beg you, HHDL, to lift the ban so NO MORE innocent lives are harmed in any way anymore! STOP LYING!

  13. Buddhism focus on wisdom and compassion. This is really sad to see that the persons doing this are just damn stupid and cruel. Attacking and hurting other caused the life threatning is definitely not the human behavior. This is really insane.

    Since the ban been imposed, we used to see a lot of Shugden practitioners been hurt and not been treated humanize. Too many sacrificing and suffering is on going. I just wonder what is the benefits of the ban? The reasons for the ban has no solid basis and evidence to support. Why must the ban carry on and let people get hurt and suffered?

    We can see that the Shugden practitioners will not back off. The practice will continue spread and the count on the practioners are increasing. However, we do not see any harm to Dalai Lama or others. Generally, we still pray for HH long life and healthy.

    Why not just lift the ban and let everybody live in peace and practice happily?

  14. This is getting too extreme that the CTA is going as far as making sure those in Tibet will be killed for their guru devotion and for keeping commitments in practising Dorje Shugden! I wonder now the recent news on the Dalai Lama’s wish to visit Tibet soon has anything to do with this! It is so unbelievable that the anti-Dorje Shugden bunch is so violent and will take other’s life just to protect their personal interest – financial support from the CTA!

  15. This is heart breaking because of the ban and whatever the reason a religion practitioner has to suffer so much pain please everyone who read this post please help whatever way to lift the ban. Om Mani Padme Hung!

  16. This is absurd! The assaulter studied in the monastery in India, then went back to Tibet, used violence to hurt another person who had not done anything wrong or hurt anyone. This is shocking, for someone who had studied Buddhism in a monastic college to use violence on an innocent person.

    If it is like what CTA has claimed, that Shugden practitioners are paid and supported by the Chinese governement, the person who is now lying on the bed should not need to collect dung for his firewood. He would have been well protected by the local authority, nothing would have happened to him.

  17. This is very disturbing news! I wonder how many more people out there have been killed or severely hurt that have not been reported.Whether or not the Dalai Lama receives donations to fund this kind of operation, we have no proof. But one thing is for sure is, why doesn’t the Dalai Lama instruct his followers to stop their ostracization and violence against Dorje Shugden practitioners??????

    He can have his own opinion of not doing the practice and instructing his followers to stop as well. But he has no right to incite his followers to ostracize and hurt others who choose to continue with the practice. If the Dalai Lama is promoting peace and harmony around the world through his teachings, why isn’t HH saying anything to his people to stop the ban of Dorje Shugden????? If HH can accept the paganistic religion of Bon and other religions that worship spirits, why not accept Dorje Shugden?

    If the Dalai Lama is Chenrizig, how can Dorje Shugden whom HH claims is a spirit harm him? It’s totally illogical!!!!!!!

    Whatever it is, whomever has connections with the press, please ask them to write about this infringement of human rights and a call to action to lift the ban immediately!!!!! IF THE DALAI LAMA IS A NOBEL PEACE RECIPIENT, HE SHOULD LIFT THE BAN IMMEDIATELY, OR HAVE HIS NOBEL PEACE AWARD REVOKED!

  18. This is very sad to see people doing such thing, whether or not Dorje Shugden Practitioner, as a Buddhist practitioner, we should carry out what Dharma represent – Peace and harmony. Since the first day of this ban issue, I have non stop hearing Dorje Shugden practitioner being attacked, being harm and many more, but why is it I keep hearing people are harming DS practitioner but not even one case that DS practitioner harming / hurting other people?

    I respect Dalai Lama a lot as he has benefited so many people in this world, and I don’t believe Dalai Lama order people to harm or kill the DS practitioner. His Holiness said ban for practicing DS, but not harm the practitioner, please do not bring down His Holiness’s name by creating more damage to others.

    There are so many millions of people worshiping spirits, why don’t you all go after them but keep harping on DS practitioner? If you trust DS, then go on for the practice, and if you don’t trust DS, then leave them be, there is nothing to do with you. Let the people have freedom to practice what they want to practice, the freedom to believe what they want to believe and the freedom to choose the life they want to live.

  19. @Venerable Lady who knows? Since the Gaden Choling attacks, they have been silent about what’s happened after. Has the monastery been returned to Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s monks? Who knows?

    If you read Losang Tenpa’s fundraising, the amount raised for the Gaden Choling Legal Fund does not match the receipts from the Samten Choling changtso. Where did the remainder of the money go?

    Sangha Jewels collected USD5774 (approximately INR354,523.60) for the Gaden Choling Legal Fund from the public, but only paid out INR270,324.68 to Samten Choling Monastery. Go and see for yourself

  20. When I saw Losang Tenpa campaigning and fund raising for other monasteries other than his own, my eyebrows was raised. I come from a small centre and fundraising has never been easy. What more to raise funds for almost 800 monks! Is Shar Gaden Monastery so prosperous now they can fundraise for other monasteries?

  21. This is bad on two levels.

    First, attack and trying to kill someone of different belief. That against the law of any religion and any country. Even a criminal of killing or stealing will be sentenced in court and have their say in court..and this man just a man different belief, not offending anyone by choosing his path of spiritual.

    Second, Indian authority did not fulfill its role and duty to protect the people, and what is worst when something happen, the authority asking victim family not to mention the attack is related to religion. The authority might think they are trying to protect the image of HH Dalai Lama, but they are actually not! By doing this, people thought that must be HHDL that orders/allows the attack; and “protecting” criminals to continue doing crimes, hurt the people, damage the harmony of the country!

    This is clearly an ORGANIZED crime by its name and reality! Please stop it, please do not in any sense involve, take part or keep silence what any kinds of crime happen in front of us. Anyone of us, including those non-Shugden people might be the next victim, anytime. Those who do crime will do wild if without control.

  22. OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA-may the great Mother help swiftly to paciify those minds of violence and transform them into loving kindness. I pray that we never ever give in to such attidutes until we have reached the goal of permanent Worldpeace for all Beings on this planet-only this makes a human life

  23. 1. Shugden was not bad, its followers has been always associated with cultic culture, brainwashing, deceiving, threatening, killing, stealing, lying and raping. The root of all this trouble is that Shugden worshippers believe that only Phabongkapa and Trijang rinpoche is the purest and truth holder, while dismissing remaining lamas, including the Dalai Lama as rubbish.

    This causes a lot of troubles.

    2. Gelugpa tradition is emerged out of public resentment against the lamas and throne holders who abused their religious power to abuse public fund, misrepresent the teaching, polluting the Dharma and its sanga by using pursuing money, power, and sex.

    Lama Tsongkapa never preached Shugden, not mentioning about trusting someone with controversial background as a guardian of his teaching. He trusted Mahakala and Yamantaka to protect his followers.

    This is simple.

    Now tell me what is the problem? Who are these Shugden defenders?

  24. From the demonstrations that is recorded and published all over YouTube, the Shugden Practitioners do not display the attitude of viewing Dalai Lama as rubbish. They are simply calling out to him to stop the ban. This is contrary to the pro-Dalai Lama pracititioners who were caught red handed on video in their display of vulgarity as they entered or left the Dalai Lama’s teachings. Besides this recent dismissal of Dorje Shugden lamas with the invasion of Domo Geshe’s ladrang (, the poor action of pro-Dalai Lama groups go back years where they removed Trijang Rinpoche’s images from the monasteries despite the great service Trijang Rinpoche has done for the lay and ordained Tibetan communities.

    Just 3 days ago, I was chatting with some friends over dinner and we were saying how sad things has come as holy matters like religious teachings and highly attained beings become the excuse to cause suffering to others. My friends said that only Buddhism has not fallen into this degeneration. When I heard this, my heart filled with deep sadness because I know of stories where thousands are suffering because of the Dorje Shugden ban. There are spouses that are separated because of this band, devoted elderly monks getting slashed with knives, people loosing their homes and many more shocking stories.

    The point is not whether the practice is good or bad. The point is we are being inhuman to inflict pain onto others. It is uncivilized and barbaric. To top it off, we use religion, spirituality, holy images as an excuse…that makes this evil all together.

    This insanity must stop. If we believe in what the Buddha himself taught: we are all closely connected and intertwined. Harming others is ultimately and directly harming self from the accumulation of negative karma to fueling violence in an already aggression filled degenerate world society.

  25. This is a joke! When will start telling the truth?

  26. This is fake victim ! I knew this person and he was not Shugden follower and he got attack by the robber in at his Home. So its another case,not related with religion !

  27. It is just horrible to read news like that. It is always said that there is religious freedom but actions are being shown otherwise. I do not understand why people would want to hurt another person just because they have different religious believes. It is just unfair for the Shugden practitioners to be discriminated like that.

    It is illogical for people to be doing this. If we are so upset about people breaking their samaya with the Dalai Lama because they practice Shugden, would they not be breaking samaya and creating negative karma by hurting someone else?

  28. What a terrible act to attempt killing of another just for their belief. And what more the leader was an ordained monk taught in Drepung Loseyling, Lohpa Khangtsen in South India, one of the monastery who received teachings from the Dalai Lama. It is truly heartbreaking to learn of such degeneration. What happen to all the love & compassion taught by Buddha Shakyamuni? I know we can’t all be holy but Buddha said at the very least we should do no harm onto others. Its shocking that the CTA and the Dalai Lama’s followers could instigate such inhumanity on another. Even if the Dalai Lama had given statements to ostracize and ban all religious and material pertaining to Dorje Shugden, he did not say Kill.

    And another thing is that the Dalai Lama’s followers really demean the Dalai Lama by taking his statement against Shugden practitioners literally and forget his precious teachings on kindness and compassion. The Dalai Lama is the emanation of Cherenzig and as such why would a Buddha want you to harm another? Well now we see the real faces of who is or isn’t the practitioner of Dharma, at the expense of the people who had to suffer like, Kunchok Thargyal. I do hope that he has fully recovered and had the courage to forgive his attackers by not letting their acts of ignorance invade his practice.

  29. It is nauseating to read news of an ordained monk, Nawang Tenley trained at Drepung Loseyling, Lohpa Khangtsen being leader of a group of attackers on young Dorje Shugden followers.

    The photos of the victim Kunchok Thargay fighting for his life at a hospital sends ripples of terror up my spine.

    How could that be done in the name of religion and that of HH the Dalai Lama? Is it a plot to demean the name of the Dalai Lama.

    Since then how many more such incidences had occurred and placed under blanket of conspiracy unknown to us.

    Such atrocities must be stopped and the way to do so is for the Dalai Lama to lift the Ban and grant religious freedom to Dorje Shugden followers. Result will be unity and harmony among Tibetan Buddhism practitioners and the redemption of the good office of the Dalai Lama.

    May the Ban be lifted NOW.

  30. 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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