Nothing is Black and White

Views on how the ban is making Dorje Shugden bigger in the world

We are often stuck with ideas of right and wrong, black and white etc. Differentiation is not bad; what is more important is the wisdom to be able to discern things. The problem is that once we have taken a position, we look at the other position as absolutely wrong. We become fixed in our views and this results in a closed mind which has no space for others.

Since the credentials of the opposing factions are both undoubted authorities, the conclusion that both know what they are doing to bring a greater good to all is very appealing to me. I prefer this to the on-going debates from opposing sides which create negative attitudes and unhappiness, no matter which side you are on.

History was biased towards the First Emperor of China, Shih Huang Ti, saying that he was ruthless in conquering the six states – a view that takes the position of the vanquished. The Emperor said that he did that in order to end the wars between the states which was causing so much suffering. So he waged the mother of all wars to end the smaller wars. Chinese history is now being rewritten to acknowledge this fact which had not been given due consideration before.

By Kaurava on the Forum



Very good point. Whatever people want to say, the ban hurts us practitioners now temporarily. But it also brings Dorje Shugden much bigger onto the world platform. If it wasn’t for the ban, he would not be the most well-known Tibetan deity in the world today.

Why does Dalai Lama still meet up with the current Trijang Rinpoche although Trijang Rinpoche continues to practice Dorje Shugden? If Dorje Shugden is a demon, there would be no exceptions to the rule. The whole world cannot practice Dorje Shugden, but Trijang Rinpoche can. It’s like the Pope telling the whole world that they cannot pray to Satan but Archbishop Tutu can; that if Mother Teresa or anyone else opened churches to Satan and encouraged others to do so, he would not meet them. But if Archibishop Tutu does it, it’s okay with the Pope and Tutu can still go to meet him.

This gives you a clear and concise indication of what Dalai Lama is doing. This is a ‘crack’ in the Dalai Lama’s true intent. He is actually spreading Dorje Shugden out to the whole world. He is working together with Dorje Shugden to make things bigger. And Dorje Shugden has become bigger. We will make him grow together with the famous and much-needed great tulkus who have incarnated again to continue their good works from previous incarnations.



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A very insightful article which shares this same view that the Dalai Lama’s actions and ban are actually to facilitate the growth of Dorje Shugden’s practice

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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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