Buddhist monks demand Dalai Lama’s deportation

Monks Demand Dalai Lama’s Deportation

By Imran Khan | IANS | December 16, 2002

Patna: A section of Indian Buddhist monks has demanded that Tibetan leader Dalai Lama be deported from this country.

The monks associated with the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar demanded that President APJ Abdul Kalam order the deportation of both the Dalai Lama and the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorji, who heads a sect of Tibetan Buddhists. All India Monks Association general secretary Bhadant Anand, in a memorandum to the president, alleged that the Dalai Lama, through his “questionable” acts and “pretensions”, had caused avoidable tension between India and China.

The Tibetan leader’s deportation, he argued, could improve Sino-Indian relations.

India gave the Dalai Lama political asylum in 1959 after the Chinese entered Tibet. He has since been based in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh and runs the Tibetan government-in-exile from there. Anand, who is based in Buddhism’s birthplace Bodh Gaya, told IANS on the telephone: “The Dalai Lama’s stay is against the interest of India as he is involved in activities harming the country. The Dalai Lama is causing harm to the Buddhists as well as Tibetans and Indians.”

This is not the first time Anand has targeted the Dalai Lama and Karmapa. A few months ago he alleged that the Dalai Lama was involved in “anti-India activities” and was harming this country’s image. Monks led by Anand had staged a daylong demonstration Sunday in Gaya demanding the immediate deportation of the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa.

Their memorandum alleged the Karmapa and his mentor, the Dalai Lama, were misusing India’s hospitality.

Anand claimed that two years ago the Karmapa had hurt the sentiments of millions of Buddhists across the world by entering the Mahabodhi temple — which stands near the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,500 years ago — with his shoes on. He called it an attack on Indian culture and a deliberate act to humiliate Indians. Indians generally do not wear shoes in places of worship.

Anand said when Taliban were destroying massive stone images of the Buddha in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan region, neither the Dalai Lama nor the Karmapa had protested despite the fact that the international community had in one voice appealed to the militia not to damage the statues.

(Source: http://www.friendsoftibet.org/databank/indiageneral/indiag13.html)

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  1. One man’s meat is another man’s poison !
    When HHDL goes on tour overseas to give teachings and initiations, thousand and thousands of people go to see him. Yet, there are those who simply do not even want him to be around them.

  2. But they cant deport him to Tibet , So confused !

  3. In the political point of view really the Dalai Lama stay in India it really not bring much of the benefits to the country even come to a point it will also bring conflict to India government, the conflict between China and India. I guess why India accepted Dalai Lama because of the religion reason more than a political reason.

  4. Deporting the Tibetans who are part of CTA would be a greater benefit for harmony and peace.

  5. Personally, I feel that whether it is to be deporting the Dalai Lama or someone else or not does not make a difference at all. Reason being that if it was just that easy to solve a problem by deporting people away, then it would not be really solving a problem.

    Instead, I feel that we should face this issue head strong. Hopefully one day they would CTA would not be able to cover their sins anymore. Showing the world the truth on what is going on then all of us would be able to our practice freely. Only when that day comes, we would truly have religious freedom.

  6. In this pure realm, surrounded by snow moutains,
    Is the source of complete happiness and benefit,.
    Avalokiteshvara, Tenzin Gyatso.
    May you stand firm until the end of existence.

    May you live thousands of years for Buddha Dharma and for all sentient beings ! May all your wishes come true for better world and peace on earth ! Remeber, 99 % Tibetan people are still following you and standing by you ! You are sunshine in this universe !! We love you till the end !

  7. Well, finally some body who sees the Dalai Lama as a controversial figure that his is and the damage he brings for India in terms of relationship with China. Not only had the Dalai Lama created so much controversy with the Dorje Shugden ban that had brought on so many human/religious rights right issue, the ban definitely contradicts India;s benevolent nature of religious freedom for all practitioners, irregardless of what religion as long as they practise in peaceful manner. I would say for certainty that peace is the least of CTA’s political concern. They totally wish to ostracised the Shugden practitioners in any ways and hows that they can think off. Stopping short of murder? Not according to some of the reports that I have read. The constant threats are always there and the Shugden practitioners have to face verbal abuses, denial of their basic necessities, their livelihood, medical care and financial aid (which millions and millions of dollars had been donated by countries and individuals to alleviate their living standard of all Tibetan-In-Exile as refugees). The Dalai Lama, face of benign compaasion, always teaches on love, compassion and peace. So what had he offered to his own people who practises Dorje Shugden?

    So should the Dalai Lama be deported from India? I don’t think so but I think it’s high time that the Indian Government sits down with him to understand the way forward and most all to lift the Shugden ban which is illogical and downright wrong.

  8. This is a really interesting take the situation of the Tibetans in India.

    “All India Monks Association general secretary Bhadant Anand, in a memorandum to the president, alleged that the Dalai Lama, through his “questionable” acts and “pretensions”, had caused avoidable tension between India and China.”

    And, to add to all these allegations by Bhadant Anand, there is the added problem of the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden and having the CTA claiming that China is backing these practitioners to harm the Dalai Lama, creating even more tension to the fray.

    “Anand said when Taliban were destroying massive stone images of the Buddha in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan region, neither the Dalai Lama nor the Karmapa had protested despite the fact that the international community had in one voice appealed to the militia not to damage the statues.”

    This is actually is what is really getting to me. The Dalai Lama recently meddled in the refugee problem in Europe, something that is out of his jurisdiction as a Buddhist monk. And, yet he did not even say a word on the destruction of Buddhist sites.


    As has been pointed put by many quarters, the Dalai Lama and CTA claimed that that they did not sanction a ban but said nothing to advise their followers not to do harm to any Dorje Shugden practitioners, something that is so against the basic tenets of BUddhism of equanamity, kindness and love.

    Mind you, the Dalai Lama is a Nobel Peace Prize holder. So, the Dalai Lama and CTA has one image for the rest of the world and another for the Indians and Tibetans??

  9. 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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