Obama: ‘We are not in favor of independence’

You have to consider the tactics of the CTA and His Holiness the Dalai Lama in pursuit of the ’freedom’ of Tibet has not borne fruit. They have been courting Western Governments for the last 50 years which is not working as they all believe Tibet is part of China. The West has no influence over the sovereign and powerful nation of China in relations to Tibet. No Western Government can force China to do anything if they do not wish to. The West needs China but not Tibet. The axis of power is shifting towards the East and specifically to China. The courting of Western powers has gotten CTA sponsorship for their activities in Dharamsala and that is about it. Has this achieved the purpose of the Tibetan nation in obtaining their so called independence or autonomy? Of course not. CTA is not any closer at all to this end, if anything farther from their goal. The Tibetan leadership should have changed their tactics long ago and should have become friends with China. To stop all activities that irritate China and harm further what’s left of the bilateral relations. China does not need CTA but on the contrary. China is as big as the planet Jupiter compared to the Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala which is likened to a floating tiny asteroid without any destination. The asteroid can do no damage to Jupiter whatsoever.

The Dorje Shugden people are accused of taking money from China and befriending China. Which is really not true. But if that is the case, CTA should do what the purported Shugden people are doing. Making friends with China and cooperating with them will help Chinese leaders become less hardline and change their policies in Tibet towards preserving religion, culture and language. China can do anything they want in Tibet and if the world is not happy, what happens? A torrent of hate China messages appear on social media and then it blows over as usual. No Western government will interfere and take action against China. Their economies are intimately intertwined. No Western nation will jeopardize their hundreds of billions if not trillions in trade deals with China for Tibet. Tibet has nothing to offer the world in the economic sense. Tibet has offered the Dalai Lama but he does not generate or sustain the national economy. The Dalai Lama is now 79 years old and how long more can he live? Once the Dalai Lama is no more, you will not see another able Tibetan leader step into his shoes and have any effect on any government. If someone could replace the Dalai Lama they would be wise to be friends with China. The straightforward and carve-in-stone fact is that Tibet is part of China and it would be wise for Tibetans to make friends with China to better the life of their countrymen.

Since the Shugden lamas in Tibet are friends with China as Tibet is a part of China and they really don’t have a choice, it would be wise to not suppress the practice of Dorje Shugden and hurt the sentiments of these powerful lamas with their powerful connections. All funds, buildings, roads, schools, hospitals, approvals, public services in Tibet comes from the Chinese government funding. What further need is there to explain the simple equation that CTA must make friends with China. If the Tibetans inside Tibet and outside of Tibet work with the Chinese government, relations will grow and it will become easier for all Tibetans in every sense. Tibetan Leadership and Dalai Lama should make friends with the Dorje Shugden lamas in Tibet and around the world to open better communications with Beijing. In fact, the friendlier CTA are, the better it will benefit the preservation of Tibetan language, religion and culture within Tibet. Since China supports the growth of Dorje Shugden monasteries and Lamas, CTA will be wiser if they don’t contradict this policy. To ban Shugden practice, Shugden practitioners, Shugden lamas and ostracize them is the wrong move by the CTA. The more they ban Shugden, the bigger China will help Shugden to grow bigger to oppose CTA. Once the 79 year old Dalai Lama is no more, Tibet and Tibetans will have to embrace or at least peacefully tolerate Shugden practice. Better they remove the ban against Shugden and start humbling themselves and start contacting China. Stop locking horns with China as CTA’s horns are no match for China. You see, it’s very simple. China can do whatever they like in Tibet and CTA has no say at all. If CTA wants to play hardball, they will be the loser in the end as they have no power over Tibet. Some Tibetans accuse Shugden Tibetans for selling out their country by being friendly with China. This is just plain illogical hysteria meted out by CTA to cover their failures. Tibet is a part of China and that is a fact. By Tibetans being friendly with China, they are making friends with the nation they belong to and making it easier for other Tibetans living within Tibet.  For the last 50 years, has there been any progress in solving the Tibet question from the side of the CTA? The answer is sadly no. CTA needs to remove the ban as this offends China and humble down and request for fresh talks agreeing to China’s demands while the Dalai Lama is alive. If not, it will be inevitable after the Dalai Lama has passed on, all Tibetans will have to cooperate with China.

Kay Beswick

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‘We are not in favor of independence’: President Barack Obama reiterates U.S. position that Tibet is part of China

  • Obama said he encouraged Chinese authorities ‘to take steps to preserve the unique cultural, religious and linguistic identity of the Tibetan people’
  • He shared the same viewpoint with exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama when he visited the White House earlier this year
  • The Dalai Lama told Obama during their meeting that he doesn’t want independence for Tibet – he wants autonomy
  • Obama also said today that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping ‘had a very healthy exchange’ about human rights issues
  • ‘China stands ready to have dialogue with the United States on human rights issues,’ Xi told reporters

By Francesca Chambers for MailOnline

Published: 10:14 EST, 12 November 2014 | Updated: 12:42 EST, 12 November 2014

 

President Barack Obama reaffirmed on Wednesday the United States’ position that Tibet is ‘part of the People’s Republic of China.’

‘We are not in favor of independence,’ Obama said during a joint press conference in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

‘But we did encourage Chinese authorities to take steps to preserve the unique cultural, religious and linguistic identity of the Tibetan people,’ the U.S. leader said.

 

No change: President Barack Obama said today during a press conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing that the U.S. still does not support independence for Tibet

 

Obama, left, is pictured here shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, after a joint press conference at the Great Hall of People. Obama paid a state visit to China after attending the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting

 

Obama has been unwavering in his stance that Tibet should remain under the control of China, sharing the same viewpoint with exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama when he visited the White House earlier this year.

After the February meeting the White House said in a statement similar to the one offered by Obama today that the president expressed ‘strong support’ for traditions and ‘the protection of human rights for Tibetans.’

‘The President stressed that he encourages direct dialogue to resolve long-standing differences and that a dialogue that produces results would be positive for China and Tibetans,’ the White House said, and explained that the U.S. does not back independence for the region.

In response, the White House said the Dalai Lama ‘stated that he is not seeking independence for Tibet and hopes that dialogue between his representatives and the Chinese government will resume.’

Careful not to anger the Chinese, who said at the time that the meeting was ‘a gross interference in China’s internal affairs’ and ‘a serious violation of the norms of international relation,’ the White House kept the president’s hour-long one on one with spiritual leader of Tibet mostly quiet, keeping both his entrance and exit from the president’s home out of sight from photographers.

In today’s overseas press conference Obama advocated on behalf of Tibet without formally taking its side in its dispute with China, citing ‘America’s unwavering support for fundamental human rights of all people.’

Obama said he and President Xi ‘had a very healthy exchange around these issues,’ and he told the Chinese head that ‘it is so important for us to speak out for the freedoms that we believe are universal, rights that we believe are the birthright of all men and women, wherever they live, whether it is in New York or Paris or Hong Kong.’

Continuing, Obama said, ‘We think history shows that nations that uphold these rights – including for ethnic and religious minorities – are ultimately more prosperous, more successful, and more able to achieve the dreams of their people.’

 

President Obama is pictured here meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House on Feb. 18, 2010. The president traditionally meets with important world leaders in the Oval Office, but when the exiled Tibetan leader comes, he alway speaks with him in the less prestigious setting

The Dalai Lama, left, wasn’t event allowed to exit the White House through the front door when he visited Obama in 2010. He was forced to walk out the doors of the Palm Room, passing by trash bags waiting to be picked up due to delays from a snow storm

 

In a statement following Obama’s remarks President Xi said he had a ‘candid discussion’ with his U.S. counterpart on the topic of human rights. He then pointed out that ‘over the last three decades and more of China’s reform and opening era, China has made enormous progress in its human rights.

‘That is a fact recognized by all the people in the world,’ he added, according to a White House transcript of the press conference.

That said, ‘we should never consider our work to be mission accomplished,’ Xi told reporters. ‘It’s always work in progress, and there is always room for further improvement.

‘China stands ready to have dialogue with the United States on human rights issues on the basis of equality and mutual respect so that we can constructively handle our differences, deepen our mutual understanding, and learn from each other.’

The U.S. has always walked a tightrope in regards to its relations with both China, a fellow world power that holds a significant amount of U.S. debt, and Tibet, whom it recognizes has been mistreated at the hands of the Chinese.

Since a 1959 uprising in Tibet, the country’s leader has lived in exile in India. China has subsequently painted him as a subversive whom the international community cannot trust.

The Dalai Lama professes non-violence in the battle for autonomy in his native region, but the Chinese say he is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ and privately supports a violent takeover.

‘The Dalai is definitely not a pure religious figure. He is using the cloak of religion to engage in long-term activities to separate China. He is a political exile,’ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement preceding the February 2014 meeting.

Meanwhile, human rights groups have accused China of using perverted methods themselves to keep Tibet’s residents in line.

The U.S. State Department even issued a report in 2012 acknowledging the abuses and noted that ‘the government’s respect for and protection of human rights…deteriorated markedly’ in the preceding year.

‘Under the banner of maintaining social stability, the government engaged in the severe repression of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage by, among other means, strictly curtailing the civil rights of China’s ethnic Tibetan population, including the freedoms of speech, religion, association, and movement,’ reads the State Department’s report.

‘Other serious human rights abuses included extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial detentions, and house arrests,’ it said.

According to Reuters, more than 120 Tibetans – mostly monks and nuns – have protested China’s brutal rule of the territory by lighting themselves of fire.

 

Smile for the cameras: President Xi and Obama participate in a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People upon Obama’s arrival

 

The U.S. and China have long been on shaky terms and Obama has tried to bolster the relationship by staying neutral in the country’s dispute with Tibet while acknowledging that parent country has oppressed and abused Tibet’s people

 

During the Dalai Lama’s visit to Washington, D.C. nine months ago, then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters the Obama administration was ‘concerned about continuing tensions and that the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China.’

As such, the Obama spokesman said, ‘We will continue to urge the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives without pre-conditions as a means to reduce tensions.’

The visit marked the third time the president had invited the ‘internationally respected religious and cultural leader’ to the White House since taking office. Previously the Dalai Lama and Obama met in February of 2010 and July of 2011.

After the 2010 meeting, the Dalai Lama was photographed leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue unceremoniously through a side door, where piles of not yet disposed trash were heaped in the snow.

This year photographers never said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate coming or going. However, the White House said the meeting was held in the Map Room – not the prestigious Oval Office where the president usually holds important meetings and entertains world leaders.

No U.S. president has ever sat down with the Dalai Lama in the Oval Office, the White House has said.

The snubs are ostensibly meant to cool tensions with the Chinese over the assignations, though the White House refused in February to go on the record with an explanation.

‘We don’t have photographers in every meeting the president has,’ Carney told inquiring reporters.

 


THE TIBET TANGO

World leaders have struggled for years to find appropriate ways to maintain positive relations with the Dalai Lama while remaining loyal to China, which often punishes countries whose heads show favoritism to the exiled cultural and spiritual icon.

China suspended high-level diplomatic ties with Britain in 2012 for the next year in response to British Prime Minister Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg’s decision to meet with the Dalai Lama in London.

Afterward, Cameron refused to apologize for the face to face discussion, but he did promise not to visit with His Holiness again any time soon.

China also broke off diplomatic communications with Norway after it awarded a Chinese dissident the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

Seeking to avoid a new confrontation with China, Norwegian officials refused to see the Dalai Lama earlier this year when he came to the country to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his own Nobel Prize.

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel entertained the exiled Tibetan leader in 2007, China bowed out of forthcoming meeting in the country on the protection of intellectual property rights ‘for technical reasons.’

Likewise, China called off a summit with the European Union in 2008 after then-French President and EU head Nicolas Sarkozy agreed to meet the Dalai Lama and other Nobel Prize winners while in Poland.

President Barack Obama has met with the Dalai Lama three times since taking office. And while the Chinese government has responded with outrage every time, the U.S. has not been shunned the way European countries have fit its actions.

‘Internationally, if Beijing does not show anger or protest in the strongest terms, the fear is that many heads of states will meet the Dalai Lama,’ Wenran Jiang, a professor of political science professor at the University of Alberta, told CNN after Obama’s first meeting with His Holiness.

‘So Chinese leaders want to show as much disincentives as possible, even though they know they cannot stop such meetings.’


Reported by: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2831586/We-not-favor-independence-President-Barack-Obama-reiterates-U-S-position-Tibet-China.html

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  1. CTA cannot assume that if they keep trying the same method different results will appear, that is simply insanity. The only major thing that CTA is unwilling to do is to lift the discrimination and persecution of people practicing Dorje Shugden .

  2. This post is very informative and at the same time make me realise the inflexibility of CTA in their attitudes to the ever changing world.

    CTA or the Tibetan government in exile had not changed their methods and attitudes for the last 50 years and as such no progress is made for the Tibetans living outside of Tibet nor their relationship with the Chinese Government.

    It is very true that if methods do not change how to expect different results?

    With the experience of CTA’s attitude to China, I hope that CTA will learn that their stand in persecuting Dorje Shugden’s worshippers will not produce any results that will be favourable to them and the Tibetans at large.

  3. 不支持“西藏独立” 流亡政府在这么多年所作所为全世界都不认同。
    一直用暴力来对付自己的人民!也没有顾及人民宗教的自由。
    倒置宗教分离!还一直针对他人宗教修持的自由!!真的让西藏独立!藏民们就可怜!

  4. I’m not in favor of any sovereign power taking over another because they are stronger and more powerful. But let’s be realistic, our history have taught us it is in our human nature to dominate, seize power and control those weaker than ourselves. Granted we are supposedly more civilized nowadays and almost all available land on earth have been “happily” divided into independent nations.

    Honestly I don’t even know why China even want Tibet. How does having Tibet aid China’s economy and sovereignty. Does it really make that much of a difference if China has Tibet or not. Maybe if we look hundred of years into the future and there are no more land to be had, Chinese might look back and said see how important it was to take over Tibe when we did. Mankind has a strange foresight of securing a distant future when they fail to prepare for their own death.

    Coming back to the article, indeed I agree not only America but no other foreign power will go against China for Tibet. Again history is our teacher. Unfortunately money and economy is the biggest influencing factor. The western powers would have jumped to Tibet’s aid if the invasion of Tibet were to cause significant immediate economic impact to the West. I’m sure many of us still remembers how fast the western powers reacted when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in the 90s.

    If someone did a survey of all the Tibetans in exile, I wonder how many percentage of these Tibetans in exile will actually move back to live in Tibet if China does return Tibet sovereignty or autonomy. What exactly is Tibet fighting for? A way to preserve its culture, religion and identity? Or it is just a group of greedy politicians unwilling to let go of the need to have power/control?

    From Tibetan Buddhism prespective I think the lineage and tradition has been even better preserved now than ever since it has “forced out” into the modern world by the invasion of Tibet. The dharma has disseminated and spread to the west and east alike and became not only the responsibility of Tibet to preserve but people from all over the world.

  5. All relationship in the samsara world is with agenda, with motive or is a deal to get something but giving up something/commit to do something .

    There’s one exception — Guru-students relationship, with great compssion and love from the Guru to the students.

    Thus, by depending another party like President of certain country or friends to work towards your goal is somewhat somehow will disappoint you.

    Choose your Guru, give up others is intelligent. It seems ridiculous but with wisdom — A real Guru will not give you up, no matter what, until the day you enlightened. Thus, not giving your Guru, and the practice Guru passed down to you, is an act of wisdom.

    Never give up you Guru, no matter how much pain/challenges your are facing, never give. Without Guru we would have zero attainment.

  6. i think whatever President Obama has said is correct he do not support Tibet he just discuss about the human right he do not said Tibet should be a independent nation, whatever he suggest is human right and each individual should have the right to practice their own religion, and the most important thing is no violent and no discrimination.

  7. Practice of wisdom and compassion is what the Dharma teaches. If our efforts are causing us to move farther and farther away from our intended destination, it would be logical, if not wise, to change strategy.

    It actually saddens me to see the icon of peace and hope come to this: where world leaders are afraid to associate with him in fear that such contact would jeopardize the nation’s economic prosperity and political stability. It feels wrong that the representation of dharma in this case has created conflicts in the world community because there should be no contradictions in the Dharma.

    I believe that the source of this problem is the mixing of politics and dharma. The concern is not when the Dalai Lama is still with us. As mentioned in the article, what is going to happen after he passes? The true value of what His Holiness did in the past decades is in the teachings he shared with the world. Unwise actions that is stubborn, old-fashioned and short sighted will only harm the Tibetan heritage and the work of His Holiness.

  8. @Isabel: I see Obama as a pragmatist, as someone who has no vested interest in Tibetan issues but does have one in maintaining the state of his nation as well as his own political power. Hence he behaves in that manner.

    Now if the Dalai Lama had not become associated with various issues (Dorje Shugden, Karmapa, etc), perhaps Obama would be more open to meeting him. Why? Because if the Dalai Lama were just a religious leader, then Obama can always say he is meeting someone who teaches the truth. But now Obama cannot say that because the Dalai Lama has become inextricably linked with Free Tibet and politics. In this way, the failing of the Tibetan leadership is that they politicised the Dalai Lama’s image, which makes it very hard for His Holiness to meet with anyone who is happier courting China.

    Thus, if anything, the fact leaders do not wish to associate with His Holiness anymore is entirely of his own doing and that of his people. After 55 years, you would think that the Dalai Lama’s star continues to rise if what he teaches is truth and hope. Yet leaders like Obama are increasingly reluctant to appear next to the Dalai Lama because where his image once stood for truth, due to the recent actions of his people, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to overlook the failings of the Tibetan administration to which the Dalai Lama’s image is linked.

  9. The issue here is about human right. Whether Tibet able to pursuit the freedom from China is not a main concern. All people are live in peace and happily if basic human right is being granted, general welfare is being taking care for. Till the day, Tibet can stand independently or not is really not an issue. Hope more people can understand this and world peace at any place and anytime.

  10. Since Tibet lost its independence, what has the CTA done to protect its people, or made the situation they are facing more favourable for their people? If any, there has only been sacrifices of lives, and violence. China I feel is doing a much better job in providing for the Tibetans still living in Tibet, and having Tibet flourish into a internationally renowned tourist destination. Its people are doing well. What results has CTA proven that, even if they regained their independence, they would have the necessary skills and intelligence to run a country that is befitting and beneficial towards it people? All CTA has managed to do is create disharmony within its own citizens, and turned its people against one another. Will CTA be able to run a country harmoniously and make it flourish? I personally doubt it based on their current track record. There is no sign of a great leadership within the CTA. Tibet will do far better under China, than CTA.

  11. I have to agree with Manjushri. In the last 55 years of being in-exile, the Government of Tibet has done very little for Tibet, whether by choice or not. They have only managed to establish a fairly comfortable in-exile home in Dharamsala. Plus they have managed to sell The Dalai Lama as an icon of Buddhism and garnered a lot of funds from all these talks and seminars overseas.
    After China’s invasion of Tibet, many independent and strong minded Tibetans, mostly High Lamas have bravely ventured out to the other parts of the world, mainly America and Europe, to set up monasteries and Dharma centres to help propagate Tibetan Buddhism, whilst keeping their lineage alive. These High Lamas should be applauded and revered for their hardwork and commitments. In fact, the world got to know more about Tibet and its culture and religion via this spread of Tibetan Buddhism. Note that many of these centres overseas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. DS High Lamas who have unshakeable devotion to their Gurus and practice. Spurred by their devotion, the world has been touched and benefitted from the practices. These High lamas and their Tibetan followers have learnt to survive economically, independently(without burdening CTA or HHDL ) and they have shared with the world their culture and religion and their integrity and determination to stay alive despite being thrown out of their homeland ! How wonderful is that !!

    Why should the CTA and HHDL Ban the Dorje Shugden practice and discriminate the practitioners ? I am not going to go into the reasons stated by the CTA or HHDL to propagate this Ban, as we all know it does not make much sense and all are refutable.

  12. End of 2014 , Obama may support independent for Tibet . ( and anyone know about the 3rd Tomo Rinpoche : please ask him Why me , why me. ,why pick me , if he is the REAL Tomo Rinpoche , then he will know my question , and maybe give me some answers ( thank you very much )

  13. By now the CTA should be very convince that their methods or tactics to gain back the Independence of Tibet from China has failed & probably will never succeed. Instead of working on uniting all Tibetan people both inside & outside of Tibet, all that the CTA has been doing are causing more disharmony, discrimination & violence towards the DS community. Creating sectarianism among the Tibetan people. How will there be peace, prosperity & benefits to the people when there is such unfair treatment & discrimination to the people who has different belief & faith ? What religious freedom is the CTA demanding from China while their actions are totally contradictory.

    On the other hand, Tibet under China has been showing a lot of progress, the Tibetan in Tibet has enjoy the benefits of both economy & spirituality growth in Tibet. There are much peace & joy among most Tibetan people in Tibet nowadays.

    If the CTA are truly working towards the benefits of all Tibetan people, instead of demanding Independence from China they should improve their bilateral tie with the Chinese authorities for the sake of all Tibetan. How far can Tibet growth if it is left alone without the influence & connection to China? Even the most powerful nations in the West are maintaining very close tie with China for the very same reason.

  14. communist china kills/ assimilate Tibet people . 21st century ,time to get freedom , independence , powerful countries if not act / help Tibetian : then they are not giant turtles , and the opportunity to see ( warer ===> land , land ===> water ) will miss

  15. One thing which grabbed my attention was that so much focus was put on the human rights condition in China. Obama going to China to have a dialogue on human rights “abuse” within China and Tibet. Well, helloooo….what about speaking to the Dalai Lama on the human rights abuse within his own people, the Shugden practitioners suffering under his ban on Dorje Shugden practise? Why was there never any questions put forth directly to the Dalai Lama or his CTA governing officials?

    In US, even the devil worshippers have the rights to freedom of religion and their practises unless they harm others. So why the Shugden practitioners have to practise under abuse, persecution, segregation, denial of necessities, education and financial aid (from the millions donated by countries and individuals to help them), etc. It is clear that the Dalai Lama and CTA are but a pawn in the USA’s political game against China. After all the Dalai Lama and CTA are on the CIA’s payroll and for what purpose may one ask?

    I personally think that the Dalai Lama and CTA are in the wrong camp. US will never be able to help them with independence or autonomy of Tibet. Why? Because China is a economic and political force to be recon with as they are holding much of US’s economic debt in their hands. A recall and US will be bankrupt. So if the Dalai Lama wants autonomy, then stop all the subterfuge against China and control CTA into the same line of thoughts. Stop using enlightened Dorje Shugden as your pawn and unite your people into the same voice. With China, you may at least get back into Tibet, whereas with US, you will always remain a lackey.

  16. The CTA cannot make up their mind. The Dalai Lama has not been consistent wither. No wonder the Chinese government called him’ wolf in sheep’s clothing”.
    He had given different reasons for the ban to different groups. He also said there was no ban to the western world but called for expulsion of monks in enforcing the ban.

    President Obama is a politician and has to walk a very fine line when it comes to economic and political decisions. Tibet is but a pawn in the balance of powers globally. The US will have to recognize China more than Tibet.

    2 years down the road from this article, the Dalai Lama has softened his stance against the Dorje Shugden practice. Can he be trusted? either way?

  17. 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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