Is the Dalai Lama the Face of Inter-Religious Harmony?


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is a Bodhisattva who needs no introduction. He is world-renowned because of his hard work in promoting peace and harmony and showing love and compassion to all sentient beings. Although the Dalai Lama is synonymous with Buddhism, practitioners from other religions equally respect this spiritual leader for what he represents. He is also said to be an emanation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion.

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

As the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is always seen meeting with other religious leaders and is often greeted with warm handshakes and embraces as a sign of respect. In his public teachings, the Dalai Lama always talks about love, peace and tolerance and how everyone should embrace these qualities in order to live harmoniously in this world. Clearly, the Dalai Lama has influence beyond the borders of the Tibetan Buddhist world.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has defended Muslims from being called terrorists during a recent visit to the European Parliament. He has also been seen paying his respects to Jesus and adapting to other cultures and faiths, all out of great compassion and deep respect for others. In his own words, “genuine admiration and respect and appreciation for those traditions.” This spiritual leader is highly respected because he has worked so hard to spread his message of positivity, showing continuous love and respect to everyone.

Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion. ~ H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama along with other religious leaders inaugurating the Interfaith Conclave on Peace and Religious Harmony in Guwahati.

The Dalai Lama with Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, a Catholic priest and a Benedictine monk of Turvey Abbey in England.

The Dalai Lama at an interfaith conference “On World Religions: Diversity, Not Dissension” with Indian statesman and scholar Dr. Karan Singh (1st left), Islamic scholar and peace activist Maulana Wahiduddin Khan (2nd right) and Reverend Mpho A. Tutu (1st right), founder and executive director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage.

The Dalai Lama with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Upper Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharamsala

The Dalai Lama praying in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion. ~ H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

The exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader travels widely, meeting with leaders of various religions around the world. He is regularly seen with the heads of the other schools of Tibetan Buddhism, namely the Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya schools, as well as other Buddhist traditions such as Theravadan, Mahayana, Zen and so forth. The pictures speak a thousand words as to the mutual respect these spiritual personalities have for each other. His example behooves us to put his teachings on kindness and non-discrimination into practice.

The Dalai Lama joins local Muslims for evening mass at Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi

The Dalai Lama at the World Hindu Congress in New Delhi

The Dalai Lama at the Sikh Gudwara at Tso Pema, India

The Dalai Lama visits the Judah Hyam Synagogue in New Delhi.

The Dalai Lama sits down with muslim elders at the Nizamuddin Chilla shrine in New Delhi

The Dalai Lama meets Muni Tarun Sagar, representative of the Digambar sect of Jainism, during an interfaith meeting in New Delhi.

The Dalai Lama with Pope John Paul II

The Dalai Lama with the recently canonized Mother Teresa

There are many different sects and schools within the Buddhist religion but according to the Dalai Lama, “it is important to show respect to other religions”. The Dalai Lama even acknowledges the Bön religion, which was once segregated and discriminated against by other Buddhist practitioners who named the Bönpos “chipa” (outsiders). After the Dalai Lama met with their spiritual leader, he granted them equal rights and privileges as the other Tibetan Buddhist schools and urged other Buddhist practitioners to accept and respect them.

However, a schism in the Tibetan Buddhist community was created when the Tibetan leadership made a public statement that the practice of the Buddhist deity Dorje Shugden is malevolent and should be stopped. Those who practiced Dorje Shugden were not allowed to receive medical treatment in hospitals, disallowed entry into libraries and stores, expelled from monasteries and even forbidden to attend his public teachings. People were encouraged to separate from family members who practiced Dorje Shugden as well.

All major religious traditions carry the same message: a message of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, self-discipline — all religious traditions. ~ H.H. the Dalai Lama in an interview with the European Parliament

The Dalai Lama with the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, His Eminence Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama with the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama with the head of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Sakya Trizin (center) and the 17th Karmapa (left)

Trizin Rinpoche, head of the Bön tradition, presents tenshug (long life prayers) to the Dalai Lama at Menri-Ling Bönpo Monastery.

The Dalai Lama greets Theravadan monks at the Theravada Nalanda tradition dialogue on Vinaya in New Delhi, India

The Dalai Lama presents a gift to a Sri Lankan delegation of monks in New Delhi, India

Austria: The Dalai Lama thanks two Theravadan monks who recited the Heart Sutra in Pali.

The Dalai Lama with priests of the Soto Zen tradition during a visit to Japan

The Dalai Lama with Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

The big question here is, why was the ban on Dorje Shugden imposed when the Dalai Lama himself has shown so many examples of how we should respect other cultures, religions and practices, even if we do not agree with their beliefs? People were left confused and in turmoil with the Dorje Shugden ban. On the one hand, the Dalai Lama gives teachings about tolerance, equality and religious freedom and yet on the other hand, the Tibetan administration has imposed a ban on Dorje Shugden practice.

Monks were forced to swear against practicing Dorje Shugden and those in the Tibetan community had to promise to stop propitiating Dorje Shugden in order to obtain travel documents or to be admitted into their monasteries. With the enforcement of the ban, many Dorje Shugden practitioners have been separated from their families and friends for many years. They are forced to choose between parents and friends or to break their samaya with their gurus. Shugden-practicing monks were expelled from their monasteries and in general, those associated with Dorje Shugden continue to be victims of verbal abuse, name-calling, death threats and physical violence. They suffer this every day just because they choose to continue practicing Dorje Shugden. All these actions shown by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Tibetan people are the total opposite of the Dalai Lama’s teachings and example.

In actuality, Dorje Shugden devotees are simply Buddhist practitioners following the teachings passed down by their gurus. Is it right that just because they chose to continue with their faith, they should be treated badly? The Dalai Lama has stressed countless times that we should have no discrimination and hatred towards others but only love and respect. Everyone who takes the Dalai Lama as their spiritual guide should follow his teachings.

In 2015, the Dalai Lama attended an interfaith meeting in London alongside Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh leaders. In his speech, the Dalai Lama repeated once again what he always says about love and compassion and that each religion is worthy of respect. He also used the analogy of food, saying that it would be foolish to insist “I like to eat this food, therefore you should eat it too!”

As students of the Dalai Lama, practitioners should represent their guru and the teachings well. However, the Dorje Shugden situation today is the exact opposite of the ideal situation described above. From physical attacks to cyber bullying to separation of family members, it is clear that the CTA’s actions including their recent anti-Dorje Shugden video is the anti-thesis of what the Dalai Lama promotes.

We can live without religion and meditation but we cannot survive without human affection. ~ H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Various signs can be seen around the Tibetan refugee communities in India. These signs say that “Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed to enter”

Harmony among our different religious traditions is essential for world peace. Genuine harmony should be founded on mutual respect. And respect should be based on a recognition that all the world’s major religious traditions are similar in having the potential to help human beings live at peace with themselves, with each other and with the environment. ~ H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

We live in a world where every individual is entitled to religious freedom. The millions of Buddhist practitioners who flock to attend the Dalai Lama’s public teachings should practice what he preaches. No discrimination or double standards – Dorje Shugden practitioners have done nothing wrong to deserve this kind of treatment. They are humans just like everyone else. Segregation and attacks are what Dorje Shugden practitioners get in return. Would the Dalai Lama, a paragon of human rights, agree with this?

Gen Chonze, assistant to His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, was attacked in Shar Gaden Monastery because he practices Dorje Shugden.


Dorje Shugden practitioners were attacked by followers of the Dalai Lama outside a public teaching venue in America.

Everyone is free to choose whether they pay religion any regard, but to neglect compassion is a mistake because it is the source of our own well-being. ~ H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

We should always represent our gurus’ teachings, in both action and speech. All Tibetans should treat their fellow global citizens equally without any hatred or discrimination. Acceptance is the key to world peace and it is extremely important for all Tibetans to unite and not fight against each other. In particular, the Central Tibetan Administration should follow the Dalai Lama’s advice and repair the divide created by the Dorje Shugden controversy instead of encouraging and provoking discrimination and hatred.

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  1. May all the peaceful and wrathful deities of the three kayas reflect their wisdom and compassion into all beings of present and future and bless all beings with their wisdom and compassion as well as all with all teachings and practices of wisdom and compassion and may they protect all transmissions, teachers and students of wisdom and compassion with their wisdom and compassion.

    Precious sublime non-dual awareness, victorious liberating wisdom and compassion, may it arise in all beings of present and future and stay forever firm.

  2. On the face of it, this question is hard to rationalize due to the anti-religious freedom stance His Holiness took towards Dorje Shugden, only to change his view very abruptly recently.

    However, if we look at it from the point of view of longer-term and aggregate gains that the teachings and practices of wisdom and compassion have achieved over the last decades, we can see strong positive results.

    Hence one of the conclusions that we can make is that His Holiness, just like many of the past teachers/lamas/Bodhisattvas/Mahasiddhas who seem to have acted strangely and beyond logic and even compassion, is acting with skill for the benefit of the whole even though it means that in the short run, it would be detrimental to some.

    We are taught about non-duality. This is one time to see it in action.

  3. We should remember that even though the former Dharma Kindom Guge was “conquered”, dharma istself (wisdom and compassion) was not conquered at all and dharma became the basis for Tibet like non-dual awareness (conciousness) is the basis for any being.

    May all dharmapalas of present and future protect all mind and oral transmissions, lineages, teachers and students of wisdom and compassion with their wisdom and compassion for the benifit of all beings of present and future and may the wisdom and compassion of all wrathful and peaceful deities/yidam deities protect the samaya of all teachers and students of wisdom and compassion with all all the deities of wisdom and compassion – may the samaya with wisdom and compassion stay forever firm.

    May the wisdom and compassion of the five khandros protect all enlightnend activities of all teachers and students of wisdom and compassion in the present and future for the benifit of all beings in the present and future.

  4. If one does not know better, one would be fooled by the PR photos of the all smiley Dalai Lama so respectful towards representative of other religions. But as one is made fully aware of the treatment under his leadership towards Dorje Shugden practitioners, all these photos are nothing but fakes and hypocrisy. And to think that Tibetan Buddhism has to revere a fake as their spiritual leader, it is truly degeneration of Buddha Dharma! Do the right thing, Mr Dalai Lama, lift Shugden ban and restore respect and freedom for all practitioners!

  5. @Camillia

    With being aware of non-duality and seing dualistic activities of karmic wind and beings is not easy to accept but there is only one way to continue that is sangha or to go on with cultivating once inherent wisdom and compassion in order to continue with dissolving karma with wisdom and compassion as long as we have this preacious human life with dharma.

    We are aware of that religion/states/republics are based on duality, are dualisitc betray systems, because of these beings have a dualistic karmic perception and experience of reality. If they would know better they would not do this at all to themself and others. But unfortuneately they are not aware of non-duality like others and unfortuneateley it is very difficult for them to understand non-duality due to karma.

    That’s why there is dharma, to point at non-duality with texts and words in order to let them experience reality or non-duality/how reality really is from itself/by itself.

    It’s a difficult banana point of view with that banana within perception and experience of reality that is not banana at all but we can only avoid and overcome this banana with wisdom and compassion because beings, nature and elements itself are not banana at all but some beings think that it is banana because they are used to practice banana so much that just everything appears banana for them.

    So let’s deal with just anything in a wise and compssionate way for the benifit of ourself and others. We can do this because we are wisdom and compassion anyway.

    Of course Dorje Shugden, like any other deity/yidam within vajrayana/dharma, represents aspects of wisdom and compassion that is not spirit worship at all but using wisdom and compassion in order to avoid creating and to overcome spirit (karmic wind/sem/mind/banana).

    Once yidam or all yidam deities represent(s) all aspects of once rangshar/self arising wisdom and compassion or conciousnesscontinuum that is rooted in spacecontinuum that is unborn and unceasing. That’s why relative reality is cycles of elements, nature and life and so on.

    So we can’t give up or loose wisdom and compassion by nature because wisdom and compassion is our unborn and unceasing conciousnesscontinuum/self that is free of non-existence and so much free of lastingness at the same time that it is and stays pure, healing, protecting, free of attachment and aversion or wisdom and compassion anyway. Nothing can manipulate or destroy this mirror like vajraconciousnesscontinuum or buddhanature. It’s simply impossible to get rid of conciousness/life/wisdom and compassion/healing/regeneration/protection.

    So if someone is asking us to do so, well then we just smile out of being aware of this unborn and unceasing awareness/wisdom and compassion and continue with wisdom and compassion because we can’t change anything about it anyway.

    We can’t change anything about the fact that we are conciousnesscontinuum that is wisdom and compassion, so we can’t stop being what we are, not matter what happend, happens and will happen, it’s just not possible at all not to be wisdom and compassion.

    Even beings who think they are socialists/capitalists or whatever have conciousness that is wisdom and compassion, so no matter how much they want to be socialists/capitalists or whatever to betray themself, they can’t be illusions at all because of reality is and stays free of lastingness and non-existence.

    Not matter how much beings might create the illusion of god and devil/good and evil/friend and enemy and betray themself and others with that dualism, reality itself stays free of duality/god and devil/good and evil/friend and enemy because it stays free of lastingness and non-existence.

    The practice of wisdom and compassion is the activity of our conciousness/wisdom and compassion, so we perform enlightnend activity when we practice dharma that is cultivating once own inherent wisdom and compassion or sangha. This is happening by nature anyway and nothing can do anything about it.

    With sangha, dharma and buddha continues because buddha continues, dharma and sangha continues. Nothing can stop concioiusnesscontinuum itself, so nothing can stop wisdom and compassion itself, nothing can stop sangha, dharma and buddha anyway.

    Nothing can stop impermanence, interdependence, cause and effect due to reality is free of non-existence and lastingness. So we just continue, no matter what happend, happens or will happen because with wisdom and compassion we only can be victorious! Violence that is rooted in duality/illusions is not a continuum but impermenent and will dissolve sooner or later anyway, there is no way around reality itself. No being can escape reality/non-duality.

    Movement of reality (elements, nature conciousness itself) is protection, regeneration and healing or healing movement that is tara aspect. Nothing can stop tara, breathing in and out is healing movement or tara that is connected/rooted with/in space or non-duality and just anything.

    Watching cycle of breath is going from karmic perception and experience to non-dual percpetion and experience of reality that is wisdom and compassion, being aware of being connected with just anything and being aware of this freedom of duality, freedom of god and devil, freedom of good and evil, freedom of peace and war, freedom of friend and enemy and wellbeing due to compassion that arises from that non-duality.

    Cultivating dharma is cultivating healing movement or natural movement of non-duality/reality of mind, speech and body in order not to cause and effect karma by harmful movement of mind speech and body.

    So human beings are allowed to be what they are by nature and are allowed to perform healing movement of mind, speech and body because that is what human beings are by nature. The human body is an expression of non-duality, like nature and elements.

    Human beings don’t need to follow eternalism and nihilism/dualism/dualistic betray systems (harmful movements of mind, speech and body) just to harm themself and others – just because of some people have a banana that is impermanent.

    We are not bound to illusions (duality) because reality itself is non-duality and much bigger than all these illusions that will dissappear sooner or later anyway.

    Bön/Dharma is still here since many thousand years and will be here, no matter what happend, happens or will happen because space- and conciousnesscontinuum or self arising wisdom and compassion is here anyway, non-duality is here anyway and buddhas allways will arise/appear anyway to teach dharma and help to cultivate wisdom and compassion for the freedom and wellbeing of all beings.

    So we just don’t follow duality/illusions/bananas but stay with realilty/non-duality.

    So we just support any kind of healing movement, if it is perfect or not doesn’t matter at all, we just support any kind of healing movement for the benifit of mankind. So let’s support dignity regardless of banana.

    Don’t beleive the banana hype!

  6. I would like to quote Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen from “Mirror of Wisdom”:

    “Our developable buddha nature is the infinite potential of our mind to grow and develop spiritually through listening to, contemplating and meditating on the teachings. When our mind is completely free of the two obscurations-the obscurations to liberation (deluded emotions, such as anger and desire) and the obscurations to knowledge (ignorance born from dualistic perceptions)-it transforms into the all-knowing mind of a buddha.”

    The two protagonists in the tussle over the Dorje Shugden practice are the Sun-Moon, Compassion-Wisdom, Chenrezig-Manjushri. Through their skillful means we benefit from the purification of our delusions and dualistic perceptions.

    We are very lucky indeed.

  7. It is very hard to remain neutral in this whole drama. It is very hard to stand by and watch the poor Tibetans being divided and bullied. It is even harder to watch monks being discriminated against. If the Dalai Lama is true to his teachings, he should ease the sufferings of Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhists around the world.

    Can we say that there is a higher and deeper dharma than what meets the eye? That there is purification and merit accumulation in all these suffering experienced.

    From a mundane point of view, that is very difficult to reconcile. The only way to live through this is to believe that the Dalai Lama is Chenrezig and that his all compassionate nature is indeed paving the way for purification and accumulation of merits.

  8. I take the whole drama of mankind as a teaching not to ignore non-duality, not to create duality and conflict, not to follow others, not to harm myself and others as much as possible or as much as karma and my mindfulness/awareness allows me to do so and do my best to get rid of my karmabanana for the benifit of all beings.

    May all deities of wisdom and compassion help me and all beings to practice wisdom and compassion for the benifit of all beings.

    When i experience suffering may i purify the karmabanana of all beings, when i experience compassion may i share it with all beings.

    Ignorance/karma is an unfair fun-killer-banana that only can be eaten by wisdom and compassion.

    I put some whipped cream on my karmabanana.

    So let’s get out of samsara, that’s not fun at all.

    We all should get sick of samsara and practice wisdom and compassion. It makes no sense at all to continue with samsara.

    Dharma study and practice is best investment we can do.

  9. I believe that HH the Dalai Lama is very compassionate but he should finally put his eyes on the Tibetan people who is suffering now for so long. The ban has created suffering in every single family, within friends and neighbours.

    I pray that the ban will be lifted swiftly so that the Tibetans can live in harmony and find a solution with the Chinese Government.

    Thank you for highlighting the many different leaders of other religions HH meets. May he soon have compassion with the Dorje Shugden practitioners.

  10. @Sascha

    When a man is hungry, sick, hurt and endures suffering, there is little or no potential to practice Dharma, leave alone understanding sunyata. It is therefore the spiritual leaders’ responsibility to alleviate the pain of his people so that there is spiritual betterment.

    Isn’t HIs Holiness the spiritual leader for the people of Tibet?

  11. We all are the same for example we have the same desire for physical goods and desire for happiness and etc. We hope to overcome the problems and reduce the suffering in long term. As such, we all have the same right to fulfill the desire and overcome the problems.

    We can choose to believe HH Dalai Lama is Chenrezig with full of compassion and kindness by spreading the dharma the good qualities wherever he go. We cannot deny that HH Dalai Lama’s teaching has very much impact to the people to learn to be better and overcome the problems.

    On the other hand, HH Dalai Lama met with many countries’ leaders and religions’ leaders as to show the harmony in actions. However, this is not applied to Dorje Shugden practitioners. I personally believe that there must be a reason behind for it.

    Plea HH Dalai Lama to resolve the Dorje Shugden ban soon in order to reveal the truth to all of us.

  12. @Camillia

    Buddha Shakyamunis heart advice was only to follow the light within ourself and not to follow others.

    If someones aks us to jump out of the window, well if we do this then it is not the fault of someone who asked us to do so just because we have assumed whatever instead of following our wisdom and compassion.

    If we jump, because cause and effect is perfect – everything is perfect because there is no way to cheat with cause and effect itself, we will have an perfect experience of reality or that only with wisdom and compassion we can liberate ourself from suffering and the causes of suffering and not others or following others just because of whatever.

    So we should not give up our responsibility for ourself just because of whatever.

    Of course, if we can alleviate pain/suffering and causes of pain/suffering, that’s what dharma/life/nature and elements is/are about, we can and should do so because reality/non-duality by itself is protection from causes of suffering (ignorance/duality/karma/harmful actions of mind, speech and body) and suffering as well as regeneration and healing if something went wrong.

    But i am responsible for myself, the teachers that i have choosen to learn from are not responsible for myself and my karma at all because they can’t change anything about it anyway so it is my job to avoid and overcome my karma/suffering with my wisdom and compassion because i am the only one who can do this.

    The teachers have shown me they way, now it’s up to me what i do with it. Of course we receive support but it is always up to ourself and not up to others. So we are supposed to avoid karma and to overcome karma by our inherent wisdom and compassion.

  13. @Sherabz

    … “I personally believe that there must be a reason behind for it.” …

    We could take all aspects of wisdom and compassion and create our own deities collection, it would work fine because it is about view, compassion and healing action of mind, speech and body and not about the name/label of one aspect of wisdom and compassion.

    Example:

    Another name for Vajrakilaya from nyingma lineage is Walpur Drukse Chempa in bön lineage, it is the same aspect of wisdom and compassion behind a diffrent name/label so it is the same deity or same aspect of self arising wisdom and compassion.

    So if we call the protective aspect of wisdom and compassion, that is an emanaton of wisdom (manjushri) and compassion (chenrezig), Dorje Shugden or whatever is not the point at all because it is all about understanding all aspects of non-duality/wisdom and compassion/conciousness and to use this wisdom and compassion in order to avoid creating karma and to overcome karma with wisdom and compassion.

    So one question would be: “Is the study and practice text of dorje shugden free of eternalism and nihilism (duality) or not?” Because to practice duality causes and effects karma/suffering there is a need to check any study and practice texts before using it! Here we need to take care for ourself and to stay with non-duality, no matter if others like it or not because we don’t want to cause and effect karma/suffering.

    If there is no dualism within the study and practice texts, well than the practice is fine and anything depends on view, compassion and action like it depends anyway.

    The deity or aspect of wisdom and compassion itself simply can’t be good or evil because wisdom and compassion itself is free of duality/good and evil because reality is free of lastingness and non-existence.

    So to say that a deity is evil and therefore worhiping a spirit, it just don’t match with reality/non-duality that a deity/aspect of non-duality is about.

    So the question is not whether the deity is wisdom and compassion or not because of course the deity is wisdom and compassion and therefore not spirit worhip at all.

    Another question could be: “What is going on within a group of beings that practice dorje shugden practice, maybe there is something in the bush?”

    Oracles, that are emanations of manjushri (wisdom) reflect reality clear like a mirror, there is no doubt that there is a reason behind for it.

    I can’t imagine that HHDL and CTA just do something just like that, because the know of non-duality and the vajrayana system of all lineages very well. So why should they say that Dorje Shugden is evil and that it is spirit worship to pratice the protective aspect of non-duality that is free of good and evil or not at all harmful?

    Otherwise it would clearly show that bringing in duality is really what creates conflict and suffering. To ignore non-duality is really crossing the red line and starting mambo jambo.

    However, we should continue with dharma because there is no other way anyway.

  14. I believe in the whole scheme of things, His Holiness Dalai Lama is trying to teach us that pure Dharma is beyond his “rock star” or “King-like” status in the world in general and among Tibetans in particular.

    It is to me related to what the Buddha Shakyamuni taught a long time ago as described in the Kalama Sutta..

    The Sutta begins when the Buddha passes through the village of Kesaputta and is greeted by a clan called the Kalamas. They ask for his advice: they say that many wandering holy men and ascetics pass through, expounding their teachings and criticizing the teachings of others. So whose teachings should they follow?

    The Buddha delivers in response a sermon that serves as an entry point to the Dharma, the Buddhist teachings for those unconvinced by mere spectacular revelation.

    The Buddha proceeds to list the criteria by which any sensible person can decide which teachings to accept as true.

    Do not blindly believe religious teachings, he tells the Kalamas, just because they are claimed to be true, or even through the application of various methods or techniques. Direct knowledge grounded in one’s own experience can be called upon. He advises that the words of the wise should be heeded and taken into account.

    He proposes not a passive acceptance but, rather, constant questioning and personal testing to identify those truths which verifiably reduce one’s own stress or misery (Pali: dukkha).

    The Kalama Sutta states (Pali expression in parentheses):

    Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing (anussava);
    nor upon tradition (paramparā);
    nor upon rumor (itikirā);
    nor upon what is in a scripture (piṭaka-sampadāna);
    nor upon surmise (takka-hetu);
    nor upon an axiom (naya-hetu);
    nor upon specious reasoning (ākāra-parivitakka);
    nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over (diṭṭhi-nijjhān-akkh-antiyā);
    nor upon another’s seeming ability (bhabba-rūpatāya);
    nor upon the consideration, The monk is our teacher (samaṇo no garū);

    Kalamas, when you yourselves know: “These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,” enter on and abide in them.’

    Thus, the Buddha named ten specific sources whose knowledge should not be immediately viewed as truthful without further investigation to avoid fallacies:

    1. Oral history
    2. Traditional
    3. News sources
    4. Scriptures or other official texts
    5. Suppositional reasoning
    6. Philosophical dogmatism
    7. Common sense
    8. One’s own opinions
    9. Experts
    10. Authorities or one’s own teacher

    Source: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Kalama_Sutta

    Have we really applied Shaykyamuni Buddha’s teachings?

    If we have, maybe it would clearer why His Holiness Dalai Lama is doing what he is doing – teaching us not to take his words for granted.

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  17. The Shugden groups can dare defy the Dalai Lama because they don’t have a country. The Tibetans are scattered all over the world and they have their various power basis from their various countries. I’ve 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.

  18. Everyone should go and 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.

  19. I agree with you Paljor. The Tibetans do not need democracy, but a strong firm hand to tell them what to do. They are not like we educated English people who can handle and know what to do with democracy. The fact that Tibetans have no real elected leaders and the leader is really the Dalai Lama for the last 60 years is good news. Tibetans cannot elect their own leaders. When the Dalai Lama dies, we wait for him to reincarnate back and take over again because he is the only leader that can handle Tibetans.

  20. Well we all know what happened way back then to old woman Carol. Carol McQuire fell in love with monk in Kadampa years ago and he kept his vows and did not reciprocate. She just was not attractive at all to him. Carol happened to be a nun that time which adds to the salacious story. Because she was jealous and angry for his attentions, she left NKT and blamed NKT for her ‘pains, traumas and wrongs done to her’. She turned against her kind guru and protector Dorje Shugden. Sounds like the Medusa story. Poor old Carol, still at it with attacking people and making hate friends online to fill her lonely boring and solitary old age.

    Whatever she does has nothing to do with dharma and Dalai Lama. It is strictly to feel important and relevant because she has nothing in her life especially a man she so desperately wants. Poor old girl.

  21. 尊贵的达赖尊者是世界和平的使者,也是藏转佛教中活佛,转世体系里重要的一个体系之一,活佛,就是佛菩萨乘愿再来,那么只要我们相信佛教,那么就会相信,佛菩萨都是已经证悟的,那么他们是不会有分别心,而因为你是何种生物,何种形态,或是信仰而排挤你而不救渡你,不帮助你,不保佑你,那么就是没有道理了对于“多杰雄登”护法的修持上给予打压与排挤的事件上,就有着让人摸不着头绪了?

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  22. There are so much posts/news/photos/videos etc talking this Shugden controversy and its chain effect seems to be quite harmful to both lay and ordained. I wonder when would all these stop? I seriously think if HHDL is Chenrezig, shouldn’t His Holiness has already realised so much damages has happened since the implementation of this ban? If His Holiness really want to promote shugden in such a way, i would say it really has done more hurt than good…I’m sorry, as a Tibetan living in exile like me, I’m really upset to see my fellow Tibetans are parting and fighting just because of this issue and my government use this as scapegoat to create more harm to the Shugden people. I’m a Shugdenpa, I sincerely pray to His Holiness please resolve this issue. Must be fair to everyone. Shugden is not evil but a Buddha. Tibet is supposed to be a spiritual place that produce thousands of millions of high scholars and Rinpoche, but now we all separated and not united. Please, i beg you His Holiness to solve this problem. Tuk Che je nang!

  23. It is very heart warming to see His Holiness embraces a person of another religion and showing respect to them. What I don’t understand is why His Holiness rejects Dorje Shugden followers, denies them to his teachings and wants to cut all connections or relationship with Dorje Shugden followers? Why can’t he show respect to Dorje Shugden followers the same way he shows respects to other religions? Is this double standard? His Holiness is very influential, people listen to His Holiness without having doubts in them. If His Holiness says Dorje Shugden followers are bad, no one will really investigate if this is true. Many facts have proven Dorje Shugden is not a spirit, not harmful to anyone, I hope His Holiness can be so kind to announce to the world the truth so that there will be no separation among the Tibetan and Tibetan Buddhism.

  24. Love and Compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion. ~ H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

    It is rejoicing to see the Dalai Lama interacting with other religious leaders, showing how all encompassing Buddhism is. What he shares with the whole world are beautiful messages of love and acceptance. No wonder many are drawn to him as the world is so in need of the peace within.

    If the Dalai Lama does not need to believe in that religion to have love and compassion, then why is he outrightly rejecting the Dorje Shugden practitioners? Where is the love and compassion in preventing from entering his Dharma teachings? Such contradiction in his public overtures as compared to the way he treats his people and Dorje Shugden practitioners. Many know him as the Buddha Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion and yet often times, he just seem so worldly. As though he had been influenced by greed, power and pride and selling himself out for sponsorship monies. Although he had passed the governance to elected CTA, they had failed (I would say miserably) to bring their people the much wish for dialogue to return home to Tibet. Even now they are still known as Refugees, after 60 years. Outwardly CTA seem to be the Governing body, I think that the Dalai Lama is still heavily influencing their direction of governance. So why the sacrifice of sacred Protector Dorje Shugden and his practitioners to distract people away from their failures? First he says Dorje Shugden is harmful to his life then last year he says Dorje Shugden had never and will never harm him. After so many years of sufferings heaped upon the Shugden practitioners, now the reason for it is invalid. So why is CTA still creating so much discriminatory acts against the Shugden practitioners. I mean, badge of declaration of non Shugden practitioner??? Then the 400 pages publication and video to explain their illogical and unproven claims??? It amazes me that someone would spend millions on publications of wrong views or ignorance. What more a government body.

    With above said, I still have my respect for the Dalai Lama and really pray that he may swiftly manifest his real Boddhicitta mind to lift the ban on Dorje Shugden practice, to unite his people and all the Tibetan Buddhism practitioners. May he live long and be the Buddha that guides everyone towards Buddhist practices.

  25. @SabrinaS

    “… to unite his people and all the Tibetan Buddhism practitioners. …”

    We are not separated at all, everything is interdependent, we are interdependent and the dharma teachings, study and practice of others around the world support me and my dharma study and practice supports all others around the world as well. And we have support of the elements, nature and all beings who perform enlightnend activity within spacecontinuum.

    We are all connected anyway and as our lamas say, to never give up dharma and others, no matter what happend, happens or will happen.

    May i never give up dharma, may i never give up others.

    May the wisdom of non-duality and compassion protect all teachers and students of dharma and may all harmful powers that are hostile to wisdom and compassion be destroyed by the healing power of wisdom and compassion.

    We are united.

    Love you all

  26. Dalai Lama is known as the epitome of compassion. However the a figure head of compassion should not be also the same person who enacting and carried on the Dorje Shugden ban.

    For Tibet’s sake and for Tibetan buddhism sake, the Dalai Lama has to stop all this dichotomy, as doing so will be very much much more beneficial. For the end of the suffering for Dorje Shugden people I wish the Dalai Lama and CTA will end this persecution on Dorje Shugden people.

  27. The 14th Dalai Lama shows great compassion everywhere and to most schools of Tibetan Buddhism.This has endeared him to the hearts of many throughout the world, and within the Tibetan community. In this respect , it is easy to see him as Chenrezig, the Buddha of great compassion.

    Yet, for more than 20 years now, he has placed a ban on the practice of Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, and this has brought tremendous suffering to many who still continue to practice, despite the ban, because to give up the practice would be to break their samaya with their root Gurus, who had given them the practice. Furthermore, all the reasons given for the ban have been invalidated, with convincing reasons and evidence.

    Not long ago, the Dalai Lama came out with a statement that we can practice Shugden and Shugden had never harmed him. Yet, he has :1) not officially pronounced the lifting of the ban ; and 2)not allowed any negotiations with his representatives to lift the ban, despite repeated pleas.

    So now, while the ban lingers, Shugden practitioners continue to suffer from it. They have been persecuted and discriminated against in important areas of need , like education in schools for their children and medical treatment in state-run hospitals and clinics. The suffering is needless as they have committed no crime nor have they violated any of their religious vows.

    In this respect, I fail to understand why the ban cannot be lifted nor negotiations be held to pave the way for lifting the ban to end unnecessary suffering. I fail to see compassion unless there is light at the end of this tunnel. Perhaps, the light will come from a different direction. In this I rest my hope and also reaffirm my faith in the Dalai Lama as Chenrezig .

  28. Yes, I will be convinced that the Dalai Lama is the Face of Inter-religious harmony, once the ban on Shugden practice is lifted.

  29. Exactly for achieving the religious harmony and it is out of compassion for all sentient beings and for the goodness of humanity, His Holiness The Dalai Lama bravely declared that the Dorje Shugden should be abandoned for His sublime mind sees it as a threat to humanity and religious harmony.

  30. This is one of very important question, respect all others religions but create problems to Dorje Shugden practitioner why? Even we are same follower of Buddhism religious but more then that we all are humans beings, if have compassion to others then must stop this ban.

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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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