How Official China Media Portrays Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden

See how official China media Xinhua and People’s Daily portray Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden, then we can get some signs of things to come…




How a layman sees the Dalai Lama XIV

2011-Nov-22 Tue


As one leading figure of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, believed an incarnation of Chenrezig, stands as deity of compassion and a visible embodiment of Tibetan Buddhists’ faith.

Only three of the 14 reincarnations meaningfully ruled Tibetans, and the throne of the Dalai Lama was historically bolstered by China’s central governments of various dynasties. The reincarnation conducted by Rinpoches and the accreditation from the imperial authority are inseparable parts of the whole system ensuring legitimacy of the Dalai Lama and his ruling in Tibet. An angry Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) once decreed to stop reincarnation of a rebellious Tibetan Buddhist lama, which left his sect dying out.

Gradually rising as a regional spiritual and political leader, the Dalai Lama sweated for his long journey to the world stage, with his first trip outside China and India to two Buddhist countries of Japan and Thailand in 1967, the first European trip in 1973 and the first US one in 1979, the year in which the United States and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations.

Going into exile subsequently made him a star. In all the 104 awards or honorary doctorates he has collected from around the world, 103 were granted after he fled China. Rubbing elbows with him somewhat became a fad or a manifestation of moral dignity.

The “simple Buddhist monk,” who was said to wake up usually at 3:30 a.m. and spend his first four hours every day in meditation, frequently indulged his secular enjoyment in being interviewed by world top media outlets.

An online US Department of Justice document recorded the Dalai Lama’s visit to the United States from April 10 to 24 in 2008. During the two-week trip, the monk, often with his brand big smile and deep laugh, talked politics and China’s “crackdown” on the March 14 Lhasa riot in NBC, CBS and NPR, to just name a few. He also met with US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky, who contributed to an op-ed piece to the Washington Post the day after their rendezvous.

The spiritual leader’s “sideline” activities supplemented his full-time job, prayer offerings and religious teachings which were mainly arranged by the New York-based Office of Tibet and beefed up by lobbying of pro-independence groups.

Such efforts paid off. The Dalai Lama said in his latest statement on March 10, “The fact that the Tibet issue is alive and the international community is taking growing interest in it is indeed an achievement.”

Influenced by his highly politicized inner circle and interest groups, the Dalai Lama, willingly or not, interwove both religious and political faces. Before his fleeing half century ago, he consulted the Nechung Oracle for the Buddha’s advice. Before teachings in recent years, the self-claimed tolerant spiritual leader usually asked Dorje Shugden worshippers not to attend his ceremonies. Those who propitiated the particular Tibetan deity protested against the Dalai Lama’s discrimination, which was similar to political partisanship and runs against his announced commitment to “promoting religious harmony.”

Liability: Catherine Liu
Source: Xinhua



Dalai Cilque’s ‘democratic’ lies

2010-Jun-12 Sat

The chief secretary elected by the “democratic election” was just a puppet of the Dalai Lama. Jiangyang Nuobu, a Tibetan expert, once criticized: “The ‘chief secretary’ never freely expressed himself like other democratically elected leaders. He only made announcement after guessing the Dalai Lama’s idea. Samdhong Rinpoche admitted himself that he executed the Dalai Lama’s idea.” Moreover, in the system of the “Tibetan Government in Exile”, the “Tibetan monks in exile” enjoyed a privilege. Monks could vote twice in the election, as a result, the monks who supported the Dalai Lama controlled the key departments of the “Tibetan Government in Exile”.

No democratic government would identify with witch-hunting and political assassination; however, these means were commonly seen in the Dalai Clique. Of all the witch-hunting and political assassinations that the Dalai Clique played, the witch-hunting of Dorje Shugden was just an example of international impact. The Dalai Clique resorted to every conceivable means to attack their political opponents. For example, a scholar who resided in Japan once criticized the Dalai Lama in his piece of work, and he was immediately revenged by pouring inks and spitting at his face. His daughter, who worked in the “Tibetan Government in Exile”, was then kept as a hostage.

The foundation of any democratically elected government was mass voters with high passion of political participation and democratic consciousness. According to the Dalai Lama, his followers had lived in a “free world” for 50 years. Normally, his followers would be nurtured to be democratic, however, the Dalai Clique never taught his followers any kind of democratic consciousness.

Liability: yanghui
Source: People’s Daily

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  1. These 2 articles paint a very cynical picture of the Dalai Lama, reducing his compassionate spiritual works to mere politics, fake democracy and witch hunting for personal gain and name. The writers have not done their research at all and dare to insinuate that the Dalai Lama is a manipulative control freak!

    The 1st article seem to want to claim credit for China for being the key factor in the recognition and support/survival of the Dalai Lama lineage. Which I think is rather silly and shows the ignorance of the writer… a Buddha/Boddhisatva doesn’t need recognition from anyone… it is the person’s (in this case the relevant Chinese emperors) merit for being able to see the qualities of the Buddha/Boddhisatva and appreciate it and to place high value on it.

    “An angry Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) once decreed to stop reincarnation of a rebellious Tibetan Buddhist lama, which left his sect dying out.”

    If the writer had studied the Lamrim, she would have known that the sect of “a rebellious Tibetan Buddhist Lama” had died out not because of Emperor Qianlong’s decree, but is due to the magnitude of the bad karma/exhaustion of collective merit from the actions taken by the Emperor out of anger at the Lama. As if they can control the freewill of a being who can control his death and rebirth! In any case, I’m not sure why they brought another Tibetan Buddhist Lama in the picture since they are talking about the Dalai Lama.

    From the 2nd article: “a scholar who resided in Japan once criticized the Dalai Lama in his piece of work, and he was immediately revenged by pouring inks and spitting at his face. His daughter, who worked in the “Tibetan Government in Exile”, was then kept as a hostage “ → has anyone seen the original report of this incident? Sounds like a crazy blatant twist of untruths, otherwise they would give more details of the incident.

  2. The criticality of these articles are unacceptable to compare with spiritual level of the Dalai Lama. “His daughter, who worked in the “Tibetan Government in Exile”, was then kept as a hostage.” Firstly, the thing the media writes to get publicity is stupid! Stooping so low as such by twisting the actions of a high lama. Putting him at such a low position as holding someone’s daughter at ‘hostage’. What is that?

    Never in the world I have seen such criticism to the Dalai Lama, who gave up everything to serve his country through peace. Isn’t that all we need right now? peace? Dorje Shugden and the Dalai Lama was never at rivalry and also It is unacceptable to put such words in the Dalai Lama’s mouth ” Before teachings in recent years, the self-claimed tolerant spiritual leader usually asked Dorje Shugden worshippers not to attend his ceremonies”. I look up to the dalai lama, he has too much wisdom to even consider to be “like us”. He is a buddha, that even his faulty actions would lead to better things in the long run.

  3. Many democratic societies frown upon the mix of secular and religious leadership. This would be the foundation of such articles as put up above. However, I see the hypocrisy in the Chinese media writing like this. Have the Chinese not been guilty of oppression and political assassination? I will not even dwell on this fact as it would only be too painful to recall certain history of China where many were killed. However, I guess the Dalai Lama is an open target since he has no doubt mixed secular/political and religious leadership in his role.

    I admire Dalai Lama’s tenacity of peace and compassion in his efforts for the Tibet cause. However, his actions towards Dorje Shugden practitioners always leaves a negative imprint in my mind. Yes no doubt the Dalai Clique may have operated to extreme taking the ban to a level of inhumanity. However, as influential as he is, could the Dalai Lama not stopped the violence?

    I have read here for the first time that the monks in the TGIE can vote twice. It is no wonder there is no democracy and fairness. This may also explain how the CTA can continue to act without remorse towards the practitioners of Dorje Shugden. However, I have learnt that CTA is now gradually reforming, please read the forum post

  4. 1st of all…..Shukden is a shadow without a figure. there is no such bukkshit diety elsewhere. So just relax and take long nd deep breath.

    Secondly, Shukden party as a whole is a runing dog of communist China, so everything you have mentioned here are absolutely baseless.

    So just don’t try to pack your shite by an another shite.

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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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