China May Use Dissident Sect Against Dalai Lama: Tibet

S Gopal Puri, TNN | May 15, 2012, 06.32AM IST

DHARAMSHALA: The Tibetan government-in-exile on Monday pointed its finger towards a splinter community among Tibetans – the around 5000-strong Dorje Shugden community – after the Dalai Lama had raised an alarm on Sunday over threat to his life.

The Dalai Lama has not recognized this community – members of which live underground – and had put a ban on them in 1996, saying they do not conform to the principles of Buddhism, sources said. Members of the community are also not allowed to vote in the elections of the Tibetan government.

The Dalai Lama told the New Delhi correspondent of UK’s Sunday Telegraph that he had received reports from inside Tibet warning that Chinese agents had trained Tibetan women for a mission to poison him while posing as devotees.

“There is a threat perception from this community as the Chinese may use their anger against the Dalai Lama to cause harm to the spiritual leader”, said religion and culture minister of the government-in-exile Pema Chinjor.

What has made doubts stronger is an anonymous letter, of which TOI has a copy, allegedly written by Dorje Shugden administration to the Tibetan administration, saying that the Dalai Lama should be unbiased towards all Tibetans and should not exclude them from his fold.


Tibetan spiritual leader has been given special category security cover, above Z plus There is a 2-tier security cordon in place – outer one is manned by Himachal Pradesh police and the inner cordon by specially-trained personnel from the Tibetan government-in-exile

IB and state CID personnel have been deployed at Tekchen Choling, the Dalai Lama’s residence, in McLeodganj; at least 17 CCTV cameras have been installed in and around his residence which are monitored by a control room inside the residence

There are three entrances to the Dalai Lama’s residence. Apart from frisking by securitymen, five metal detectors have been installed at all the entrances

Prior permission from the private office of the Dalai Lama is required for a meeting with the Tibetan leader

Private audiences with the Dalai Lama are usually scheduled thrice a week. Applications for private audience with the Dalai Lama have to be made well in advance

Media requests for an interaction with the dalai Lama have to be given at least 6 months in advance

The practice of the Dalai Lama accepting Khatas (white scarf) from his followers has now been stopped. Now his secretary receives the Khatas on his behalf on the instruction of his security wing

During his public teachings, people are not allowed to carry mobile phones, cameras or any other electronic device; only cushions, FM radios, drinking cups and hats are allowed

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  1. This is…unfortunate. So many people in the West love HHDL, now that a paper such as this has reported this, more will turn and look and say, ‘who are these people who are threatening the Dalai Lama?’ and that is what they will see first. Perhaps them becoming aware of this issue is a good thing, perhaps not, I really don’t know.

  2. It is hard to imagine that Dalai Lama, a spiritual master, who is the emanation of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara would point finger at Dorje Shugden sect for landing Dalai Lama as the target of a life threat. But it is equally strange to imagine Dalai Lama would have the negative karma to be harmed by poison. Hence I think there is a lot more to meet the eyes here. But one thing for sure, the prejudice towards Dorje Shugden and persecution of the members of this sect is unfair. It compromises the unity of Tibetan Buddhism and hurt the image of Dalai Lama.

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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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