New York City: Peaceful Demonstrations Coverage

New York City was the final destination in the Dalai Lama’s recent USA tour, where he was scheduled to give a 3-day teaching. Once again, the Dalai Lama had to face both Western and Tibetan Shugden practitioners, who were peacefully demonstrating for religious freedom at the various locations where the Dalai Lama was scheduled to appear.

  • 2nd November 2014: Manhattan Center
  • 3rd and 4th November 2014: Beacon Theater

DorjeShugden.com has been closely following the protests organised by our fellow Shugdenpas to bring our readers this compilation of news, pictures and videos. If you have more pictures or information to share, please email us at [email protected].

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News Coverage

THE EXAMINER

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Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-dalai-lama-accused-of-discrimination

 

BLOOMBERG NYC

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Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-02/nyc-protesters-say-dalai-lama-rejects-their-buddhist-sect.html

 

CBS NYC

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Source: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/11/04/buddhist-group-protests-dalai-lamas-nyc-visit/

 

HUFFINGTON POST

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Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/04/dalai-lama-new-york_n_6097362.html?ir=Religion

 

THE TECH

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Source: http://tech.mit.edu/V134/N52/dalailama.html

 

SOUTH COAST TODAY

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Source: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20141106/Opinion/141109502

 


 

Photos of the NYC Demonstrations

 


 

Video Coverage of the New York City Demonstrations

 

Proud to be Shugden

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The Dalai Lama’s Religious Intolerance Spreads to the US

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One Flag: Buddhism

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Protest against the Dalai Lama at Beacon Theatre, NYC

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  1. I do agree with Robert Thurman that the Dalai Lama is not to be accused of lying & being false as claimed by the certain individuals or groups of protestors. There are certainly much underlining reasons & greater results that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is trying to achieve which we ordinary beings are no able to see & comprehend at this stage. Although there were no violence or blood shed incidents during the peaceful protest by DS supporters as covered in this article, nevertheless there were actually serious discrimination, denial of medical and social supports & even physical harms towards some DS practitioners living in the Tibetan Community in exile. Such incidents and many more were covered in DS.com, such as;

    http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/the-controversy/evidence-of-the-ctas-clandestine-activities/
    http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/features/an-appeal-against-violence/

    As in the above links & using the illegal religious ban as a basis for their selfish goals, these individuals or groups of individuals who acted out of their ignorance are the main perpetrators of the actual events, ridicule, bodily harm & discrimination towards the Dorje Shugden practitioners. Hence, it is only logical that for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to lift the ban immediately in order to restore peace among the Tibetan community & put a complete stop to the harassments & physical harm to all Dorje Shugden practitioners forever.

  2. I was very moved to see the video on the protests. Thank you to our fellow dharma brothers and sisters for standing up for Shugden Tibet and India who do not have the freedom to protest for themselves. Shugden practitioners suffered tremendously from a lack of religious freedom, and they do not deserve the harsh treatment and the suppression. It is very un-Buddhist to slander and persecute those who have a close faithful relationship with Dorje Shugden as an emanation of a Buddha. Dorje Shugden is not a spirit but a Wisdom Buddha, an emanation of the wisdom of all the Buddhas appearing in a wrathful form to protect practitioners from their own inner enemies of the delusions. The people have worshipped for 400 years and Dalai Lama himself worshipped the deity for more than half of his life without any negative consequences and that he clearly has a political motives for imposing such ban.
    I hope the Dalai Lama is compassionate enough to see the goodness in Dorje Shugden and lift the ban.

    May the ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners be lifted and all can be benefited from this precious authentic buddha dharma.

  3. Dear Dalai Lama,

    Since you started the cruel ban against the 350 year Dorje Shugden practice, how has it benefit your Tibetan society and Buddhism in the world? Things have become worse and most educated Tibetans can see this. They don’t speak out not because they don’t see your ban as wrong, but you instill fear in them and not respect. It is like fear of a dictator. I am sorry to say so. Everyone is divided. There is no harmony. Before your ban there was more harmony and unity.

    By enacting the ban, you split the monasteries, split so many families, split regions in Tibet apart, split your disciples from you, split your own gurus from you, split Tibetan Buddhism apart. You have created so much disharmony.

    It is not democratic what you have done to ban a religion within your community. You always talk of tolerance and acceptance and democracy and yet you do not accept and tolerate something different from your beliefs. When people practice Dorje Shugden you ostracize them, ban them from seeing you, ban them from using Tibetan facilities. You know you have done that. There are videos that capture your speech and prove this point. You even had people expelled from monasteries just because they practice Dorje Shugden. Some of the monks you expelled have been in the monastery for over 40 years. Many older monks shed tears because of this.

    Many young educated Tibetans lost confidence in you as they saw the damage the Dorje Shugden ban created and they lose hope. Many have become free thinkers. They reject what you have done. So many people in the west left Buddhism because of the confusion you created with this ban against Dorje Shugden which is immoral.

    You could of had millions of people who practice Dorje Shugden to support, love and follow you, but you scared them away. They are hurt and very disappointed. They loved you and respected you deeply before the ban. It has been 60 years and you have failed to get Tibet back. Your biggest failure is not getting Tibet back after 57 years in exile. Now you are begging China to allow you to return to Tibet to the disappointment of thousands of people who fought for a free Tibet believing in you. So many self-immolated for a free Tibet and now you want Tibet to be a part of China with no referendum from Tibetans. Just like a dictator, you decide on your own. It was your government and you that lost Tibet in the first place. Your policies and style of doing things do not benefit Tibet and Buddhism. You have been the sole ruler of Tibet your whole life and you still have not gotten our country of Tibet back for us. Our families and us are separated. Yet you create more pain by creating a ban to further divide people. Please have compassion.

    No other Buddhist leader has banned or condemned any religion except for you. It looks very bad. You are a Nobel laureate and this is not fitting of a laureate. You should unite people and not separate them by religious differences.

    You said Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi did not do right to the Rohingya people in Myanmar due to religious differences, but you are doing the same thing to the Shugden Buddhists within your own society. There is a parallel in this. You separate the Shugden Buddhists from the others in Tibetan society.

    You have lost so many people who would have loved and supported you. You have lost so much support around the world. The Shugden Buddhists who love you number in the millions. When you are fast losing support from governments and private people, it will not do you well to lose more.

    After you are passed away in the future, the rift you created between the Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people will remain for a while and that will be your legacy. Disharmony. You will be remembered for this. Not as a hero but a disharmony creator.

    Dorje Shugden will spread and further grow, but you will be no more as you are a human. No one wishes you bad and in fact we hope you have a long and healthy life, but we have lost so much hope and have so much despair because of you. All the hundreds of Dorje Shugden lamas, tulkus and geshes are maturing and there are hundreds of Dorje Shugden monasteries in Tibet who will not give up Dorje Shugden. You have made a mistake. These hundreds of teachers and teachers to be will spread Dorje Shugden further in the future.

    The gurus that gave us Dorje Shugden as a spiritual practice and you have called these holy gurus wrong and they are mistaken in giving us Dorje Shugden. How can you insult our gurus whom we respect so much? If they can be wrong, then you can be wrong. Then all gurus can be wrong. So no one needs to listen to any guru? You have created this trend. It is not healthy. Your own gurus practiced Dorje Shugden their whole lives. Your own gurus were exemplary and highly learned.

    Dalai Lama you have created so much pain with this ban against so many people due to religion. You are ageing fast. Are you going to do anything about it or stay stubborn, hard and un-moving. You show a smile and preach peace and harmony wherever you go. But will you do the same to your own people? Please rectify the wrong you have done. Please before it is too late. You can create harmony again or you can pass away in the future with this legacy of peace. May you live long and think carefully and admit what was a mistake in having this unethical ban against Dorje Shugden religion.

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.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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