The Tibetan Parliament Questions Nechung

A Member of Parliament questions the validity and reliance of Nechung during Day 2 of the 2nd Session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament in Exile Proceedings.

By: Kay Beswick

Forever touting themselves to be a fledgling democracy, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) enjoys insisting that they do everything they can to match the principles and ideals of a democratic state. Yet upon further examination of the evidence, this could not be further from the truth.

Most recently, the Tibetan Prime Ministerial elections was rocked by allegations of vote rigging and the use of underhanded tactics to squeeze out unwanted rivals. This was enforced by the Election Commission, a body supposedly tasked with overseeing the fairness and transparency of the elections. However, a much more pervasive and sinister abuse of democracy has been practised by the Tibetan administration for decades now, with no one questioning why it has been allowed to go on for so long.

This of course, is in reference to the CTA’s reliance on Nechung as the State Oracle, something which is finally being questioned by members of the CTA themselves.

The Tibetan leadership has for decades now devolved responsibility for their decision-making to the gods.

The CTA is the only ‘democratic’ administration in the world that regularly and unmistakably conflates church and state. Where other true democratic nations make an effort to separate the two, the CTA is unashamed and unabashed in mixing religion with politics. No other ‘democratic’ nation in the world relies on the gods and unseen beings to make their decisions. In this video below, you will see Member of Tibetan Parliament (MP; Tib.: chithue) Tenpa Yarphel questioning Nechung’s role in their governance and leadership.

Tenpa Yarphel questions why there is a need to do this when historically, the leadership’s experiences with Nechung have not been consistently positive nor constructive. He even references the occasion when Nechung is said to have prescribed the wrong medication to the 13th Dalai Lama, leading to his premature death.

He also cites the example of the Panchen Lama issue to demonstrate how ineffective it has been for them to rely on Nechung. For all the faith the Tibetan leadership has invested in this deity, Tenpa Yarphel states clearly that nothing tangible nor positive has come out of it. Consider the furore over the disappearance of the ‘real’ Panchen Lama. Tenpa Yarphel wonders out loud why the Tibetan leadership have not questioned Nechung as to the ‘real’ Panchen Lama’s whereabouts, when the CTA claims that his disappearance is a serious human rights issue and they have provoked supporters of the Tibetan cause to champion and highlight this issue.

Tenpa Yarphel strongly questioned the Tibetan leadership’s unquestioning reliance on Nechung

Tenpa Yarphel also questions why the administration continues to rely on an oracle when, if the oracle and deity could not or refused to give an answer, that man would be perfectly capable of making decisions for himself. In fact, why even have an oracle, if man is good enough?

So while the CTA claims to be a government led by Buddhist principles, Tenpa Yarphel wonders if this is really fair, considering the variety of faiths and beliefs held by Tibetans. Is it fair to impose one religion’s principles and traditions on a populace who may not necessarily subscribe to those beliefs? What about Muslim Tibetans and Christian Tibetans who deserve to be led by a true democracy, instead of a leadership that resigns its decision-making abilities to gods they do not believe in?

MP Tenpa Yarphel’s tone is that of doubt, intimating that he does not agree with the reliance on Nechung. It should be remembered that it was the Dalai Lama who has encouraged the reliance of Nechung as a State Oracle. In questioning the validity of Nechung, Tenpa Yarphel is indirectly questioning His Holiness the Dalai Lama since it was the Dalai Lama who chose to give Nechung so much precedence and influence in the modern day. It is indeed brave of Tenpa Yarphel to openly doubt the Dalai Lama’s choice and decision. As we have seen with Dorje Shugden practitioners in the past, merely questioning the Dalai Lama’s illogical ban on Dorje Shugden will earn you the label of ‘traitor’, a spot on some kind of hit list or another, and the reputation of someone deserving of violence and vulgarities.

Tenpa Yarphel similarly intimated that he doubts the trances, and even questions their authenticity and validity. As a member of the Tibetan leadership, it has to be asked why he and everyone else goes along with it when they are fully functioning, cognizant and hopefully logical adults. Their unquestioning and unrelenting reliance on an unseen being for make democratic decisions is superstitious at best, and irresponsible and dangerous at the worst.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has a close relationship with the Nechung Oracle. Some might claim this follows in Buddhist traditions but other Buddhist nations do not exhibit such a heavy reliance on deities. This has allowed them to develop a more effective style of governance with truly egalitarian leadership opportunities for the people

While the CTA might argue that their reliance on Nechung is in keeping with their Buddhist traditions, we would posit that other Buddhist nations have faith in the gods yet do not mix religion and politics to such a degree where the leaders are rendered ineffectual and impotent. In fact, these other Buddhist governments exhibit a far more complex and well-developed style of governance that has resulted in prosperity and peace for their country and people. Bhutan for example, does not rely on oracles but their government continues to go from strength to strength while the Tibetan leadership struggles to provide for their people even after 60 years in exile. So why are the Tibetan leadership relying on oracles they KNOW to be unreliable, to make state decisions? The Tibetan people should really question their faith and trust in their leadership, when it is their leadership who relies on beings that cannot be trusted.

There is now growing social media chatter about how the decades of trouble for Dorje Shugden will soon be shifted in Nechung’s direction, now that people are seeing how problematic it has become for them to rely on an unenlightened spirit for state-level decision-making. Whether or not this chatter will develop into action remains to be seen, as the Tibetan leadership become increasingly aware of their people’s dissatisfaction towards their decision-making style. What is unmistaken however, is that Tibetan society is finally waking up to the decades of abuse, exploitation and neglect they have suffered under a leadership who, instead of taking responsibility for their people, has divested it in unseen, unenlightened beings. It is a society that is frustrated and fed up and ready for change, and it is about time the Tibetan leadership wakes up to this before they have lost all control and it is too late.

 

Tenpa Yarphel Questions Nechung


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Translation:

Part 1

From the Department of Religion & Culture, today they have been talking about tradition of trance, the reason for taking trance, oracles, etc. Today, the Head of the Department of Religion & Culture said the reason why we rely on oracles and trance is because our government is based on both religion and politics, that is why we hold trances.

One of the venerable MPs [name unintelligible] has just spoken about the story of Nechung and stated that Nechung has benefited religion and politics. After collecting all the information, since from before, I used to have doubt how the trances take place. [Editor's note: he implies that he still has doubt]

If I see all the stories, then not much good has happened. [Editor's note: Some of the trances have been good; some have not been good] I’m not that much of an expert on that kind of story.

There are some stories that, not specific to the Nechung Kuten or to the Dalai Lama, but there are stories where Nechung Kuten has given the wrong medicine. By giving the wrong medicine, the Dalai Lama died. So there are these kinds of stories also.

We should separate the origination stories of Nechung as a protector and taking trance in an oracle, and the lineage of the Nechung oracle himself. By mixing both, for self-use, we cannot do these kinds of things. These kinds of stories also exist.

According to the records of previous government proceedings, there has also been a mention that Nechung is recognised as the government’s oracle.

Secondly, I have the thought or opinion that actually, what is the meaning of a ‘government oracle’? Does it mean that the Nechung Oracle has existed since the time Gaden Phodrang was the Government of Tibet? Is this the real government oracle? Or after the Tibetan government in exile, was it recognised as the government oracle then? Or was it after they became an administration that it was recognised as the government oracle? I need these two things to be clarified.

There’s no need to know about Nechung or the Nechung Oracle. In my case, I don’t have a connection with this. Every religion has their own protector deity. Our government, just because we mix religion and politics, we need to take trance, it doesn’t make sense. If our government is a mix of religion and politics, and the religion part refers to a specific god or deity, you cannot apply one god to all religions.

Moreover, these days there is a lot of talk about trances and other people have a lot of opinions.

There have been trances for the purpose of the Dalai Lama’s well-being, yes we agree on this one. Even if the oracle didn’t give answers, we can do it by ourselves. [Editor's note: even if the oracle doesn't prescribe medicine or treatment or pujas for example, we can still make these decisions for ourselves]

We know about collective merit, and we know how to accumulate collective merit even if the god doesn’t tell us. In the Buddhist scriptures, there is mention about cause and effect. It’s also mentioned very clearly in the Buddhist scriptures how to accumulate merit.

If by holding the trances and oracles makes any difference, it’s been a long time since we have heard about the Panchen Rinpoche. Is there any possibility of holding a trance for this matter? Until now there has been any trance or not? If there has not been any trance, then why has it not been held? Alive or not alive? Do they know about this condition? Now you can see the condition. Actually, isn’t this something that needs to be consulted? Indeed, maybe they [the deities] also know about all this.

One point is like that. And there is a custom of praising the oracle. Earlier I had questioned the Head of the Department of Religion & Culture about this but he did not have the correct answer. [Editor’s note: Tenpa Yarphel then wants to continue but he gets cut off by the Speaker of Parliament] This is what I have to say!

 

Part 2

And there have been many stories / speeches about the Nechung Oracle, and I feel like it is very important to express my opinion also.

It is very weird. During the trance, they do not write [down what Nechung says] but only do it after the deity leaves the oracle’s body. It’s very surprising that man can understand god language. I doubt this very much.

In the letter*, there comes many things and I doubt it was actually told by Nechung. How can one understand the god language? It may make sense if it was written down during the trance then this would symbolise it is a real trance, but it doesn’t happen like this.

And we have discussed a lot about Nechung Oracle. If it is a deity accepted by all religious traditions then this is really not my concern. In my case, it’s really not my concern. This is the point.

We have talked about praising Nechung Oracle before. It was mentioned that he is higher than any other traditions’ teachers, that’s why we honour him. And also, the Treasurer of the Department of Religion and Culture praises him which means he is defined as higher [by them].

Praising [a] god as higher than teachers / masters is not accepted by our Buddhism. It’s not about great and small. But the Department of Religion and Culture praising any deity contradicts our Buddhism / or is against Buddhism.

Today there are no accounts mentioned [for what is offered to the oracle]. Still, it must be same? Last year, last year this has been brought up before. Previously, I have questioned this. This kind of situation is not acceptable. This is I want to say.

And it’s about funding for cultural activities which we have also discussed many times. Many have asked why we talk about cultural funding. Anyway, I am not the Chief for the Department of Religion and Culture but the question about this matter has been raised again and again. I think there must be reason for this. Last time, I asked two questions. One question asked if we are related in history, which is why we send funds to Mongolia [to preserve their culture].

Kalon is here. Another question asked if it is because we are related in religion and cultural background, so that is why we send funds to Mongolia.

We have many people in our society who are from the Himalayan region, Bhutan, etc. and also have the same religion and cultural base [as us]. They may feel that we live in the same house, with same rules, we eat together. Yet one side [Mongolians] receive funding from the Tibetan government and the other part, nothing. Also, on this matter, the answer was not clear.

Today, what is spoken about is what cultural education is. Is it because a of government-to-government relationship? So, this government relationship is either related via religion or politics.

If it is by religion then from which religious tradition is it related? Earlier, the Religion and Culture Kalon said, “Khenpo (Abbot) is nothing.” He doesn’t do anything remarkable. Remarkable or not, it is not about great and small [positon]. It’s because it [the funding] is given by the Treasury of the Tibetan government. Whatever aim, needs and reason [given for this funding], the doubts are getting bigger and bigger. They are not being cleared. This is what I want to say.

And another question: Members of Parliament had talked about providing assistance / resources to Gedunpas [monks]. This is very important. All deities and protectors teach how to accumulate collective karma. Accumulating merits actually arises from the sangha’s place**. Our Buddhist scriptures teach that the main place to accumulate merit is the Gedunpa place. If you make requests to Gedunpa [for various activities like pujas, teachings, etc.] then not only will you accumulate collective karma, but you will also make a good relationship with the monasteries, and [they] can explain any topic just as said in our Tibetan proverb “killing two deer with one arrow”.

Like this it’s true. If you give necessary help to the Sangha then we accumulate collective merit, exactly. Nothing is better than this.

In refugee camps, all the old people are gathered for prayer. If they [the old people] don’t come then they are fined, [they are] doing like this. Instead, there are many Gedunpas’ places that can help them [to do the prayers]. If you give them assistance and medical help then you automatically accumulate collective merit. Please think carefully about this. Actually I am talking for a better outcome. If my talk is not for a better outcome, then anyone can talk big like this. If you keep talking nonsense then it will be like not taking responsibility. This is what I want to say.

And now about geshema. For geshemas, the Department of Religion and Culture is providing finance, holding exams for them, providing necessities, we really admire this. This is the consideration of the Dalai Lama and we rejoice. All religious traditions included, along with Bon, also have very qualified nuns. So they also need equal treatment.

*after the trance, Nechung’s pronouncements are recorded on the official letterhead of Nechung, in the form of a letter

**the sangha’s place (the monasteries) provides an object / basis for people to ‘use’ to accumulate merit. By visiting the monasteries, making offerings like khata or donations, ordering pujas and generally supporting their activities, the existence of the monasteries allows practitioners to generate merit

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  1. Now the Tibetan parliament in exile is questioning the use of using oracles by themselves and by Dalai Lama. More and more of their own Tibetan government is questioning the methods of the Tibetan government in exile. There is trouble brewing.

  2. The Gadong Oracle was the second highest state oracle. From 1986 when he was enthroned until his death in 2015 he never once spoke in trance. How can the Dalai Lama enthrone a man who could not go into trance and have the Shinjachen deity speak thorough him? How did he hold his title as the second highest oracle for 19 years when he was a total failure as an oracle?

  3. First of all HHDL was and is dharma holder that is holding up the dharma. He is not good and not bad, he is no god and no devil, he is just a buddha, chenrezig or bodhichitta, because he is and stays free of lastingness and non-existence.

    Democracy is based on dignity and dignity is what dharma is about. CTA was and is build on dharma or dignity, so it is build on dignity much more than any other nation beside nations that are based on dharma.

    Also when you look into the education system of any nation, then you will figure out that the tibetan people recieve the highest education that is possible because it completely is based on dharma. You won’t find this in other nations but alot more of ignorance and violence instead. Isn’t the best service that can be offered to give dharma because dignity is the basis for any culture? A culture that is based on reality/dignity is a culture that has a future because eternalism and nihilism are illusions that don’t have a future but will dissolve sooner or later.

    We also have to consider how difficult it is to cultivate dignity within a realm like this human realm in this state because of ignorance and karma as well the conflict regarding shunyata within duality. Just look into the world and all the violence because of ignorance that is in conflict with shunyata and in conflict with another.

    Also we have to accept that there can’t be a 100% perfect mankind, society, culture and world because of ignorance and karma of beings.

    Beings are in a diffrent state of conciousness that is changeing all the time, so you actually can’t just set up a dualistic system within non-dual reality and put people under this hat that won’t fit all because of all people have dignity and are all in a diffrent state of conciousness that is also changing all the time. This only will effect problems, as we can see. But there is spacecontinuum that all beings live in with their conciousness that is wisdom and compassion anyway, this is law and and government anyway or the big hat that fits all and is not effecting problems but regeneration and healing. If you like it or not dharma is government and law anyway.

    I would recommend to cultivate wisdom and compassion because it will effect less problems and suffering because of less ignorance and less violence. It is worth to switch on the light of wisdom and compassion instead of going on with ignorance, harmful dualistic views, harmful motivation and violence that only will effect more and more problems and suffering and degenerates/wipes out nations at the very end.

    Regarding oracles. An oracle is someone with the quality of non-dual perception and experience of reality, also sometimes called trance, that is a state of conciousness that makes you able to see clearly the present because everything is happening in the present, because spacecontinuum is present and relative reality is happening in the present.

    Some people wonder what oracle/divination is all about and don’t understand what is happening, so it is helpful to explain what is going on to prevent missunderstanding, wrong views and conflict.

    Vajrayana is about pure or non-dual perception and experience of reality. This is possible because conciousness is non-dual or self-arising awareness that is like the sunrays of the sun in the sky. The purity aspect of conciousness is like the sky and the clearity aspect of conciousness is like the sun and this basic freedom of lastingness and non-existence (wisdom and compassion) of conciousness is once inherent self-arising non-dual awareness that has many aspects and are represented by so called deities.

    This is why in vajrayana/dharma is no worshiping at all but using wisdom and compassion of the whole mandala or space- and conciousnesscontinuum, elements and nature or secret, inner and outer wisdom and compassion of absolute and relative reality and are represented by deities to communicate with.

    First you start to study and practice with these deities that represent all aspects of wisdom and compassion but then you realize/become aware of them directly and then you go on with wisdom and compassion directly.

    People who take trance or effect a non-dual perception and experience of reality are aware of aspects of reality that you can’t be aware of with an distracted or dual state of conciousness.

    Oracle or divination basicly is a practice to effect clear seeing in a way that you are able to be aware of and understand phenomena and tendencies that are dynamicly and take place in the present in order to prevent and overcome causes of suffering and suffering.

    Politics is supposed to cultivate dignity by giving law that is free of eternalism and nihilism. Eternalism and nihilism is illusion but not dignity that is free of lastingness and non-existence. When you look into the law of all nations than you clearly can see that CTA is much more based on dignity than any other nation.HHDL and CTA and other dharma cultures have much more to offer than any other nations that offer many illusions, problemes and suffering. So we should call all nations that are not based on dignity as so called developing countries.

    HHDL and CTA did and do the best they can for ALL beings, this is not easy! Just try for yourself instead of complaining about others or put on their shoes and walk throug their life and think about it.

    Dignity has the right to be a state and not to be in exile! Israel has the right to be a state but tibetan people that really can cultivate dignity because of dharma don’t have the right to have a state?

    If dignity has no right to be a state in this realm, well then there is something wrong in this realm with all the other nations.

  4. Secular and spiritual cannot sit in the same seat. They have to be separated. So, the government and the church should be separated. Not all Tibetans are Buddhists. There are Muslims and Christians in the midst.

    So, to be fair to everyone, church cannot come in as it would not be fair to the other as stated by Ms Beswick. I totally agree with that. Been my stance always.

    I’m glad these question are being asked now. I’m glad too that Tenpa Yarphel has the courage to openly question the CTA about this mixing of church and state. As Ms Beswick pointed out, this is the short-cut to the CTA’s hit list.

    Happy to see the Tibetans waking up and maturing politically.

  5. Tenpa Yarphel is smart, or at least the smartest one among the lot!

    Well after 19 years of wrong prophecies and “killing” the Buddha of Compassion, your leader, and you still propitiate him, either you’re a really dumb government or you are really dumb! Like c’mon why on earth would you and on top of that humiliated the current Dalai Lama by proclaiming that everyone’s going back to Tibet soon, well… if that is not enough to RING/BUZZ all the ALARMS to wake you up… I don’t know what is. What is it with these Tibetans? Too much momos?

    So there’s this talk and rumor among Tibetans for years that the oracle is not taking trance of Nechung that it is some other spirits. But really what Tenpa says is true to the core… “No other ‘democratic’ nation in the world relies on the gods and unseen beings to make their decisions.”

    And he is very logical to ask… “why he and everyone else goes along with it when they are fully functioning, cognizant and hopefully logical adults. Their unquestioning and unrelenting reliance on an unseen being for make democratic decisions is superstitious at best, and irresponsible and dangerous at the worst” makes total logical sense!!!

    Oh my this is refreshing to see/read that there are those who can think for themselves in the whatever that is left of a exile Tibetan government. Hopefully they can rectify more stupid decisions, and lift the illogical ban on their own people and cause so much grief and disunity.

  6. For over decades, no one ever questioned about a Government decision is make not according to logic, not according to situation but upon the instruction from Oracle. I think in this world, only Tibetan make their national decision based on the oracle decision.
    Currently, in some news, people started to question on the authentic of the oracle – who is giving the information, a deity or spirits. When we think further, isn’t it scary that the country faith depends on an oracle?
    In this era, technology is getting advance, people act on some decision making base on logical thought. If the Tibetan parliament continue to make decision base on an oracle, it have to be question are they not capable in making own decision or their trying to avoid responsibility, and, later anything happened, they can be conveniently blame religion.

  7. @Harold Musetescu,

    Why would the Gadong oracle not speak at all? What do you speculate went wrong?

  8. It is amazing that in the 21st Century, there is a government that depend on the “higher powers” to make it’s policies and decisions. Does that mean that all the governmental officials are just puppets on strings and the puppet master is Nechung or the Nechung Oracle. I am surprised that fully able and thinking adults had not question this before Tenpa Yarphel standing to question. This really show the power of the Dalai Lama and his advices/instructions. There had been many rumours that the Nechung Oracle had been taking trance based on the wishes of the Dalai Lama or that it is the vengeful spirit of Nyatrul that had taken over the body of the Oracle to give harmful advices/prophecies. If that is the case, then won’t it better to have able men/women holding the responsibilities of office? But then again if they were able to sit in their parliament without questioning for such a long time, hmmm what does it say about them? As Tenpa Yarphel mentioned, are they being fair to their people of other religions to force their “Buddhist” way of making decisions for them?

    On another note, if the Nechung Oracle had been giving bad or harmful advices, then won’t the advice to ban the Dorje Shugden practice be wrong too? After 400 years of propitiation and then sudden 40 years ago Nechung Oracle advice that Dorje Shugden is harmful to the Dalai Lama’s life? Is this the same Nechung that had requested Duldzin Dragpa Gyetsen to take on the role the unusual Protector of Lama Tsongkapa’s precious teachings or the same that came to Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen to fulfil his promise made in his earlier incarnation by creating conditions for the rise of Dorje Shugden? Why would Nechung now go against Dorje Shugden? Now the Dalai Lama had stated Dorje Shugden does not harm his life nor the Tibetan freedom cause so hopefully with the new rise of bravery amongst the governing officials, may the ban on Dorje Shugden swiftly lifted due to its illogical reasonings given by Nechung Oracle.

  9. All these sound very illogical given the fact that Nechung has been giving unreliable advice year in and year out yet the CTA is still consulting Nechung. Could it be that this oracle is questionable? If he is indeed what the CTA Tibetans proclaimed him to an enlightened being why is it that the exile Tibetans is still not united with Lhasa. It is now been 57 years since the exile and CTA is not anywhere nearer to a truce with China. Can this be allowed to go on indefinitely and pretend that unity with Tibet is going to happen anytime soon?
    Tenpa Yarphel is absolutely correct to acknowledge that CTA is too dependent on this questionable oracle. My opinion is this, if CTA were to continually be dependent on this oracle regarding the management of a government they might as well come and live our life. As human beings we are given freewill to live our own life.
    Oracles are supposedly believed to be our guide on spirituality and reinforcing the Buddha dharma in us. The mundane happenings in our life must be left for us to go through no matter how good or bad our experiences are. It is timely now that His Holiness has mentioned that Dorje Shugden does no harm to him or cause any harm to the Tibetan cause, therefore CTA would be wise to turn back to Dorje Shugden for dharma guidance.

  10. Just been informed by some mates that Tenpa Yarphel is now being accused of being a Chinese spy. It turns out this blokes uncle is Akong Rinpoche who was murdered in Chengdu. So their using that connection to demean Tenpa Yarphel and attack his credibility so whatever he has to say is rendered invalid.

    You would think after 60 years they would come up with a more original insult. Just goes to show theres no room for real democracy in Tibetan governance. The instant any kind of valid criticism or feedback is given, the person is immediately suppressed and smacked down with unfounded accusations. How does that encourage anyone to take responsibility and step up as a leader, or just to contribute ideas that could potentially improve their lot?

  11. In Buddhism, we believe that Buddhas have manifested in the form of various Dharma Protectors, such as Kalarupa, Dorje Shugden, Mahakala, Setrap and etc etc help to clear our obstacles, protection and most importantly in spirituality. Later, I only came to know the administration of CTA is rely on an oracle for getting its decisions which many other countries in the world will not do that.

    A good point stood out to me that every religion has their own protector deity which I think this should apply to everyone too. The nation is being formed by different races, ethnic groups, religion, age, gender and etc. When the government choose to mix the politics and religion, all the considerations have to be prioritized for the benefits of the people and it is irrational and unfair to rely on an oracle’s (one god) decisions and apply it to the people with different religions.

  12. All very good questions The Honorable Tenpa Yarphel.

  13. The emergence of Wechat as a platform for Tibetans to stay connected with each other have in many ways ‘damanged’ the CTA greatly to the extent they even spoke about the effects of wechat in this year’s election. Now that the news is available for the public, and communication with people in Tibet have improved and thus knowing the truth of being in exile… we have seen reports that the numbers of Tibetans in Tibet coming to India have dropped immensely to the point that the TCV schools are empty. And in order for them to keep receiving funding, local poor children were enrolled into the school.

    What Tenpa Yarphel have put forward in question is something that Shugden practitioners have been talking about FOR YEARS. The accuracy of the Nechung oracle have been questioned many times, especially the negative statements the oracle have made about Dorje Shugden. We all know, it is another of Nechung’s inaccurate advice.

    On top of that, in a democratic ‘government’, how can Nechung be part of the counsel that make decisions for the state. Did the people vote for Nechung? or it is just something forced down the Tibetan in exile’s throats without they even knowing about it since that is the only treatment they ever know as followers under the CTA. So why bother to put up with the drama between Penpa and Sangay earlier this year in their fight to be Sikyong? Why don’t they just vote for Nechung lol.

    Using an oracle to make decisions will be their downfall, because the people of power will never learn to take full responsibility for their actions. After all, they can always throw the blame to Nechung, who no one can see or talk to since he is a formless entity.

  14. Search for Nechung Oracle within the webpage: http://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/history-culture/shambhala/the-nazi-connection-with-shambhala-and-tibet

    Without having direct information about what was happening in europe Nechung Oracle was clear about what was going on. How?

    Due to that non-dual perception and experience of reality is what dharma or the path of wisdom and compassion is about, oracle/divination also isone aspect of dharma and that’s why it is one aspect of wisdom and compassion culture or dharma culture, tibetan culture.

    Non-dualistic perception and experience of reality is to be aware of aspects of dynamic reality that is happening in the present that you are not aware of with an distracted or obscured awareness, awareness that is obscured by karma that is effected by ignorance regarding non-duality – harmful views (dualistic view of reality – good and bad, god and devil, right and wrong and so on), harmful motivation (good and bad) and harmful actions of mind, speech and body.

    An oracle can help you to become aware of reality and that is happening that you are not aware of. So, to use the oracle/divination/clear seeing aspect of awareness is the aspect of dealing with illusion (Ignorance) and karma to prevent and overcome creating karma and karma/causes of suffering and suffering.

    Not to use oracle/divination equals using less non-dual awareness (wisdom and compassion). So if you can use clear seeing or an oracle to prevent and overcome causes of suffering and suffering, why not?

    Wise and compassionate advice that is based on and found within clear seeing is very helpful so it is one part of dealing wise and compassionate with reality to prevent and overcome causes of suffering and suffering.

    People who don’t understand non-dual awareness might think that an oracle is just for entertainment or just to amuse people on youtube but that’s just because of missunderstanding what really is going on.

    An oracle also can lead you to discover something in a way you don’t expect that this would be the way but at the end divination or oracle was very clear about reality. Also remember that wisdom and compassion is not wrong nor right because it is non-duality that is free of this duality that is blocking non-dual awareness that is non-dual perception and experience of reality.

    We schould be clear about that only to apply wisdom and compassion will prevent and overcome causes of suffering and suffering. Violence can’t help at all.

  15. I think the CTA, is relying on Nechung so if anything untoward happens, they are not to be blamed.

    It is more like, the government takes the lead from Nechung and hope Nechung can give a bright spark that changes their fortune.

    This is far from how one should rely on a Dharma Protector, the correct and proper way to rely on a Dharma Protector is for us to do our homework and if that is also confirmed by the Dharma Protector, we can have much more confidence to pursuee ahead. It is like CTA just waiting for handme down from Nechung.

  16. Dear Kay

    Thank you for this article. I certainly salute Thenpa Yarphel who had the courage to question about the reliance on Oracle advice for decision making. He certainly has raised some valid question and he was also being honest that he did not understand what Nechung is saying when he was taking trance.

    Judging from the past record, Nechung is known to have given inaccurate advice that almost or proof to be detrimental in decision making. The followings are some of the examples:
    1. giving wrong medication that expedite the death of the 13th Dalai Lama
    2. Advising the Dalai Lama to stay in Tibet while Dorje Shugden advised him to escape. It was proven that the day after the escape Potala palace was attacked by the Chinese
    3. Nechung said that Dalai Lama would be able to come back and gain control over Tibet within a certain timeline. The timeline has passed and the event did not happen

    and there are many other incidences of sort. I think it is about time that the CTA stop blaming a spirit for their failures and take responsibilities of their own decision.

    Michaela

  17. Finally someone who has the guts to question the CTA brand of democracy.

  18. It is not that other Buddhist countries adopt a better style in governance, it is just that all learned and rationale leaders would understand that politics and religions do not mix. There must be accountability in governance. We must let the people elected government to be accountable for their lack of ability to do their job and also their greed for fattening their pockets. Mixing religion and politics basically give these politician a free ticket from jail – they can just blame all that they have done / not done onto the deity in question. Wake up. Tibetans must unite and voice out.

  19. The Shugden groups can dare defy the Dalai Lama because they do not have a country. The Tibetans are scattered all over the world and they have their various power basis from their various countries. I have spoken to Ms. Dhardon Sharling about this. If all the Tibetans were back in Tibet, they would have no chance to defy the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama’s government would crush them into silence. How dare they defy the Dalai Lama. Democracy is not for the backwards and illiterate Tibetans. They need a strong, smart and able ruler like the Dalai Lama and his ministers to tell them what is good or bad for them. The Dorje Shugden practice should be banned completely from the Tibetans and Tibetan nation because it is a harmful practice. And no religious freedom should be allowed to let this Dorje Shugden religion arise. In history, many other harmful religions were suppressed for the good of mankind. Shugden should be suppressed and all people who practice him should be forced to give up the practice.

  20. Everyone should go take a picture with the Dalai Lama and post it. It will boost ‘business’. It’s made me look really valid and more people trust what I am saying simply because I have my picture taken with the Dalai Lama. I’ve roped in Carole MccQuirre and gang to do the same things. You see because I am from East Germany and we don’t believe in any sort of religious freedom. Whatever the regime in the past told you to do, you do it without question. The Shugden groups should not be allowed to practice their religion because the Dalai lama says so. We shouldn’t question the Dalai Lama or defy him. After all he is not human but a god. So if Dalai Lama says don’t practice Dorje Shugden, just follow along without question because why should there be religious freedom. The populace are too stupid to see what religion is good and what is harmful.

  21. @Tenzin Paljor

    Because of all beings itself, by nature, are free of lastingness and non-existence, all beings itself are basicly wisdom and compassion/buddhas.

    Of course spirit worship is not dharma practice at all. But to look at a being as good or evil is also not dharma practice at all but harmful view that is blocking onceself to become more and more aware of non-duality.

    Example:

    To invoke Guru Rinpoche does not mean to invoke Padmasambhava himself but it means to invoke the wisdom and compassion of space- and conciousnescontinuum and all it’s aspects that are protection, regeneration and healing. The mantra of guru rinpoche just represent all ascpets of our inherent wisdom and compassion/conciousness and that’s all. So there is no spirit worship at all because it is invoking and using once wisdom and compassion that is there anyway.

    So if the view is pure, the motivation is pure and the actions of mind, speech and body are pure, than it is no spirit worship at all but dharma.

    There are many statues of Shakyamuni that people sit infront and invoke buddha that is not invoking siddharta but is invoking the wisdom and compassion of space- and conciousnescontinuum. That is not worshiping a spirit at all.

    So there is no summoning deities nor spirit worship but just invoking the wisdom and compassion of space- and conciousnesscontinuum or all aspects of wisdoom and compassion that is represented by all deities that are/is free of all extremes and therefore wisdom and compassion, pure, protective, regeneration and healing.

    Medicin Buddha is about all healing ascpets of space- and conciousnesscontinuum, healing aspects of elements and nature and beings who can perform medical aid/assistance. That is not spirit worship at all it is just using the healing power of reality for the beifit of all beings.

    So what is the view, motivation and action of people who do dorje shugden practice, what is the practice text, what is the practice, what is the mantra and it’s aspects and meanings? Is there anything that is in contradiction of non-duality/basic freedom of lastingness and non-existence, is there eternalism and nihilism? And everyone has to check this by himself before using it anyway and if there is something in contradiction with reality/non-duality then well of course it is not dharma/dharma practice.

    Also we can’t stop others to do what they do with their conciousnesness anyway and nevertheless they themself are basicly wisdom and compassion and that is a reason for discrimination?

    Shakyamuni teached us how to stop judging others and to discriminate and to accept all beings as buddhas because of shunyata and supporting the wisdom and compassion within all beings for their freedom and wellbeing.

    Of course this is not easy, so we should support the wisdom and compassion within people who practice dorje shugden anyway because they are buddhas anyway, not because of shakyamuni would do so but because of we understand.

    Dharma and democracy is not about discrimination it is about accepting human beings as what they are by nature and supporting their intelligence for their freedom and wellbeing.

  22. To have a state oracle is very good but to base your decisions on the oracle is a bit outdated especially as there have been bad decisions and oracles taking trance of Dorje Shugden have been very reliable.

    So if there have been decisions made following the advice of an oracle, there should be at least a supervision if the advice taken has been beneficial. If not, there should be no more supporting this oracle, or at least being very careful about his advice.

    I hope that a good portion of common sense should be followed and decisions should be taken based on the wellbeing of all the Tibetans. This is what any government should do and it hope that will soon be followed.

    The main focus for any government should be its people, after all a government is engaged for its people! Isn’t it?

  23. Another proof that the CTA is not capable of planting the seed of real democracy where freedom of speech, differences in opinion, and constructive feedback can be accepted. Tenpa Yarphel is being called a Chinese dog just because he said Nechung’s prophecy is inaccurate.

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  24. 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8 Chithue Tenpa Yarphel la tq for talk about truth of Nechung . I m watch to this video many time la https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if2dFMKIr_8 n after I hear you talk I m not belief to Nechung

  25. What will the all the people around the world and in Tibet do now? Dalai Lama says he is happy that Tibet is a part of China and should remain a part of China. So many Tibetans self-immolated for Tibet to be independent and now Dalai Lama did a 360 degree turn and says he wants to go back to Tibet and China and Tibet should be a part of China. So unbelievable. So many are angry and disappointed.

    Tibetans ready to be part of China: Dalai Lama
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    Indo-Asian News Service
    Bengaluru
    Tibetans are ready to be a part of China if guaranteed full rights to preserve their culture, the Dalai Lama said on Friday.
    “Tibetans are not asking for independence. We are okay with remaining with the People’s Republic of China, provided we have full rights to preserve our culture,” the 83-year-old spiritual leader said at “Thank You Karnataka” event here in the city.
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    “Several of Chinese citizens practicing Buddhism are keen on Tibetan Buddhism as it is considered scientific,” the Nobel laureate said.
    Born in Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. He fled to India from Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959.
    China annexed Tibet in 1950, forcing thousands of Tibetans, including monks, to flee the mountain country and settle in India as refugees.
    Since then, India has been home to over 100,000 Tibetans majorly settled in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh among other states.
    https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/india/tibetans-ready-to-be-part-of-china-dalai-lama/293109.html

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  26. 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.

  27. 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.
    BY COLUM LYNCH, ROBBIE GRAMER | AUGUST 3, 2018, 2:12 PM
    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.”
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/08/03/trump-palestinians-israel-refugees-unrwaand-allies-seek-end-to-refugee-status-for-millions-of-palestinians-united-nations-relief-and-works-agency-unrwa-israel-palestine-peace-plan-jared-kushner-greenb/

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

  28. 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
    https://theprint.in/opinion/time-has-come-to-acknowledge-that-tibet-has-vastly-improved-under-chinese-rule/97172/

  29. 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
    REWATI SAPKOTA
    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.
    https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/30-chinese-ngos-all-set-to-work-in-nepal/

  30. 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.
    https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/tibetan-disunity-not-indias-interest

  31. 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.
    https://nenow.in/north-east-news/dalai-lama-should-abstain-from-imparting-controversial-information.html

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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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