Reflections of Religion in the Modern Era

by Poleen Wu

In this 21st century of technology, interconnectedness and fast-paced changes, Proof and Evidence are very crucial and it is important that people in today’s world verify the information that they receive, as new information and ideas are churned out daily. Technology has brought people closer – psychologically, geographically, economically, cultural and spiritually through religion.

Since ancient times, religion has been inherently mystical, and even as it enriches the nature of Man and shapes the character of Mankind, at times Man is overwhelmed by it. More and more, there must be an emphasis on evidence and logic when discussing religion so as to avoid the danger of falling into the trap of blind faith as has happened in the past.

In my opinion, for any particular religion to establish itself in a modern pluralistic society, there are two prerequisites needed.

First, the basis of a religion has to be able to satisfy logical examination and reasoned analysis instead of demanding a practice based on fear and threats, imposing “moral judgment” as a means to coerce man to do good deeds.

Second, a religion must be able to meet and fulfil the spiritual demands of modern people in order to improve the common practices of a society, and create a better society, which promotes and practices the values of tolerance, acceptance and understanding.

This article is premised on the aforementioned prerequisites that a religion must be able to meet. It is an analysis of the sound reasoning which characterizes a modern society’s approach to religion versus blind faith and superstitions of the old ways.

I am a Buddhist; I love the teachings of Buddha. Buddhism, to me, is a religion yet at the same time a philosophy. The beauty of Buddhism lies in its ability to use logic and rational thinking to expound the teachings. Buddhism neither demands blind allegiance to deity or gods or spirits, nor does it call for unquestioning belief by all Buddhist followers. In fact, the Buddha insisted that all Buddhist practitioners must check the teachings against their own logic and experience. Such is the conviction of Buddhism that it is based on a truth that does not alter with time.

Buddhism places heavy emphasis on the equality of all sentient beings and states that all have the potential to be enlightened. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are able to bestow blessings and guidance, but in no way decide one’s destiny.

Karma and its mechanisms are cornerstones in Buddhist doctrines. This law of karma explains one’s situation and each arises from one’s actions and thinking in the past. We decide our own destiny, and we can transform our futures with a change of perception.

Buddha’s teachings are related to understanding the Mind and the subduing and controlling of it. Through logical analyses and debates based on reason, Buddhist concepts help us understand the world’s phenomena, how it operates and the reality behind all things.

 

Unfounded Fallacy: Accusations that Dorje Shugden is a Demon

For Dorje Shugden to be a demon is not logical and people should not be persuaded to blindly follow

The foundation of Gelugpa scholarship is pure analysis based on reason and logic, which is also synonymous with Buddhism as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni. It is only through a pure logical approach that the Buddha taught and his disciples studied and understood the root causes of suffering and the time-tested formula of its cessation. This formula has survived challenges and criticism because it ultimately adheres to logic, which cannot be refuted, instead of random superstition and ritualistic blind faith.

When we apply logic to support the status of Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being, the core principles of Dharma, karma, reincarnation and enlightenment come into sync with the status of Dorje Shugden as a Buddha. These core principles were realized by the Buddha in the course of his path to full awakening and it took the Buddha over 40 years to fully elucidate and teach these principles, separately and how they jointly work as a dharmic mechanism to explain all aspects of a belief system that has come to be known and accepted around the world as the truth of Buddhism.

In fact it is common for Buddhism as taught by the Buddha to be used to realize the truth and reality behind all phenomena and indeed, this has been its draw in recent times – that it does not demand of its practitioners to have blind faith but to check and verify based on reason. And this same system of thought, and the same basis that comprises Buddhism is precisely what supports Dorje Shugden as an emanation of the fully enlightened and all-knowing Manjushri.

On the other hand, accusations against Dorje Shugden reducing this deity to the status of a spirit run contrary to all the principles and core foundations of what the Buddha himself taught. Therefore, to support the baseless accusation that Dorje Shugden is a demon is also to completely dismantle the principles of Buddhism and to say that the Buddha erred in his realizations. If Dorje Shugden is a demon, then how should we explain the following three facts?

Could these three holy and virtuous Lamas be wrong in their teachings and practice? From left: H.H. Ling Rinpoche, H.H. Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Zong Rinpoche

  1. The Protector practice of Dorje Shugden was propagated by the great Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche who was one of the greatest lamas of the modern era and had himself attained Heruka. In addition, Pabongka Rinpoche was recognized as the leading Lamrim teacher of the 19th and 20th century, able to not only fully grasp but also perfectly elucidate Je Tsongkhapa’s Stages Of The Path To Enlightenment and summarized it in his Liberation In the Palm of Your Hand, which remains one of the greatest Lamrim texts today.Pabongka Rinpoche’s greatness can also be seen in the wisdom and high attainments of his students, of which Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was one of the most famous. Until today, no one doubts the greatness of Trijang Rinpoche. It is totally illogical that such a highly realized and attained lama as Pabongka Rinpoche could not discern between a Buddha and a demon. To say that Pabongka Rinpoche was “fooled” by a demon is to say that enlightened beings have no clairvoyance. Pabongka Rinpoche also advised that one should have Vajrayogini as one’s tantric yidam during these times. Was Pabongka Rinpoche also wrong about Buddha Vajrayogini? And if not, would it not be totally ridiculous for Pabongka Rinpoche to advise that the practice of Vajrayogini should be accompanied by the practice of the “demon”, Dorje Shugden?Dorje Shugden was also practiced by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with full devotion. Zong Rinpoche was well known for his skills in monastic debates, which is the quintessence of logical understanding and knowledge of all aspects of the Buddha teachings. One cannot be skilled in debate without being an erudite scholar of the Dharma in all its interpretations. To accuse Dorje Shugden of being a demon means that the great Zong Rinpoche suffered a serious lapse in his proficiency of logic and reason and failed to detect a demon. On the other hand, the fact that such a logical mind as Zong Rinpoche’s worships the Protector confirms by pure reason that Dorje Shugden is a Buddha.The Dalai Lama himself was taught by two Dorje Shugden practitioners, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. These two erudite lamas were carefully selected over so many other candidates to be the senior and junior tutors of the Dalai Lama because of their brilliance and scholarly grasp of logical thinking and philosophy, as well as their attainments in spiritual practice.

    The Tibetan establishment placed critical importance on the selection of the young Dalai Lama’s tutors as they would, without doubt, shape the development of Tibet’s most important figure, not only from a politico-governmental perspective (king) but also from a religious perspective (god).

    To say that Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche were demon worshippers would mean that the lamas and the entire system of selection for the Dalai Lama’s tutors failed to identify demon worshippers. In fact, that would infer that the entire pantheon of Tibetan high lamas and lineage masters all failed in their wisdom, logic and clairvoyance and mistook an evil spirit for a Buddha.

    It is illogical to even consider that an entire nation of highly accomplished lamas and scholars would not be able to weed out a demon and contrary to their wisdom, empower the demon Dorje Shugden to infiltrate his way into the chambers of the Dalai Lama as well as that of so many high masters of various traditions, putting their respective lineages to risk.

  2. At its core, Buddhism is about logic. In the Dharma we learn that we should only go for refuge with enlightened beings. This is even more critical for those who have taken monk vows – not to seek refuge in anything or anyone other than the Three Jewels. Going to demons and evil spirits for refuge is without doubt a cause to fall into the lower realms.To say that Dorje Shugden is a demon means that Trijang Rinpoche, Ling Rinpoche and other equally attained lamas breached their refuge vows outright and sought refuge in a demon instead. The laws of karma are such that if the above were true, these lamas would not have any cause to take rebirth as human beings, let alone reincarnations of high lamas. And yet with these two high lamas, their reincarnations are back, recognized and enthroned.What is most surprising and self-defeating for the anti-Shugden camp is the fact that the reincarnations of these three lamas were recognized by the Dalai Lama himself! Does this mean that Avalokiteshvara also failed to recognize the incarnations of demon worshippers if for some bizarre reason these demon worshippers managed to bypass their karma of going into the lower realms for breaching their monks vows and reincarnated as humans?

Ironically, the Dalai Lama recognized the reincarnation of the late Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang, H.H. Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche

The young Ling Rinpoche is back and He is learning the precious Dharma in the monastery now. Does a monk who takes refuge in a demon reincarnate in human form and do what this young and holy lama is doing now?

  1. Dorje Shugden’s line of incarnations cannot be disputed, that the Protector arose from a lineal heritage that includes Panchen Sonam Drakpa, Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, Sakya Pandita… all the way to the great Mahasidda Virupa – all without doubt emanations of Buddha Manjushri. And what’s more, the recognition of Manjushri’s line of emanations were all confirmed by the highest lamas of the time including the Dalai Lamas.To say that an enlightened being of such noble spiritual lineage can suddenly become a demon, or to say that a highly attained lama such as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen took rebirth as a “demon” after his death (as Dorje Shugden’s accusers say he is) is completely in contradiction to the laws of enlightenment. Enlightenment is irreversible and for Shugden accusers to be right, they would essentially be arguing that the state of enlightenment is still within the grasp of karma and that enlightenment is one of the realms of samsara, which makes a mockery of one of the core tenets of Buddhism. Why bother to aim for enlightenment when in the next moment, you could again fall to the lower realms? And yet, at the core of accusations against Shugden, this is what is being claimed.

If these three points are logically investigated, I think everyone would come to the conclusion that the accusations leveled against Dorje Shugden are pure nonsense, superstitious and without proof.

In particular, there are some who claim Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen (who was a candidate to be recognized as the 5th Dalai Lama) became a spirit after his death and caused the sudden death of monks in monasteries. However, if we examine further, it is illogical that a spirit would able to kill monks. A monk is protected because of the vows he holds, just as anyone who has taken refuge is similarly protected against spirit harm.

If those accusations are true, then there is no need for us to be kind/act kindly. And there is no need for us to take refuge, practice and collect merits, purify negative karma and gain enlightenment. If monks who hold hundreds of vows diligently can still get killed/harmed by a malevolent spirit, then what about the average lay person who hardly holds any vows? It means the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha do not have power to bring us under their protection after we take refuge.

In fact, we don’t even have to use sangha as an example. If lay Dharma practitioners are protected from human and non-human harm just by holding their refuge vows, why not the sangha who wear robes and hold strict monastic vows? How can they be killed by an evil spirit? How can an evil spirit kill attained sangha?

If this is the case, the laws of karma in Buddhism are invalidated. Good actions create good results. Whatever causes we create, we will get the relevant results, as taught by Buddha himself. But why is it that when it comes to the Shugden ban, the laws of karma, stressed so much in Buddhism, all suddenly disappear?

 

Superstition does not contribute to the continuation of a religion

In order for any religion to flourish and remain in this world, it is important for that religion to apply strict reasoning which is cogent and consistent. Likewise, it is important for those interested in Buddhism to be able to understand the Dharma through a process of logic and eventually reach the state of self-realization, completely liberated and in a state able to benefit all sentient beings.

Like other religions, Buddhism will not survive if it relies on superstition and fear, put in place by the so-called ‘authorities’. Buddhism as a religion should not promote unreasonable and wrong values. However, in the case of the Dorje Shugden ban, the reasons and justifications for the ban create such discrepancies that not only do they seem counter-intuitive to the logic of Buddhism, but they are also void of common-sense.

If we look closely, these unreasonable, illogical claims and threats have only resulted in emotional havoc and misunderstanding. The inconsistencies arising from this farcical challenge of Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden have caused disagreements between Gelugpa students, followers and their family members. Even worse, it has caused distrust, intolerance and misunderstandings among traditions and their followers.

This brings no benefit for Buddhist practitioners because on one hand we are supposed to hold vows, develop equanimity and the bodhi mind according to the dharma hoping all beings and ourselves will be released from the sufferings of samsara, while on the other hand, the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice causes the same practitioners to be confused, some even starting to doubt and think negatively about their gurus, or to be forced to abandon their guru-disciple relationship.

This discrepancy has even caused some to openly condemn their gurus or other practitioners. It doesn’t matter who is being scolded or who is scolding – at the end of the day, such actions are tantamount to breaking one’s vows and creating tremendous negative karma. This kind of split has caused doubts amongst Buddhist disciples, caused estranged relationships between students and teachers, and created distrust between the different lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

For those who have chosen to continue with the practice of Dorje Shugden, their practices are not being accepted in any way, but there is no need to further discuss the reasons behind this. What I want to ask is, “Where is the freedom of religion? Where is the mutual understanding and acceptance between different religions?” If a person who can’t accept another religion is labeled an extremist or religious chauvinist, what more Buddhists who are supposed to promote peace and compassion?

Ultimately, this intolerance and blind faith has brought damage to Gelug practitioners and Buddhism. As a spiritual practitioner at this crucial time, it is extremely important for us to think and logically analyze the information at our disposal.

Is a religion meant to increase our wisdom; to bring about love, compassion, and acceptance in the world? Or is a religion meant to make us narrow-minded, intolerant, insist on blind faith, and depend on force and threats? At the end of the day, any religion should educate and guide its followers to make the right choices through understanding and acceptance, and not force them towards an opinion that has been formulated by those in power.

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  1. great article thank you very much to the one that have written this :)

  2. This is a very well written article that provides all the critical points on the controversy. It opens up the mind of the reader to think logically about the ban and the accusation of Dorje Shugden being a demon. It explains well why the urgency of the ban to be brought down as many DS monks are being discriminated because of the practice. This article should be shared widely so that more will understand the logic behind it and help to bring the ban down.

    Thank you so much dorjeshugden.com for sharing the article!

  3. The purpose of religion is to bring a group of people together, to create a community that is governed by the same cultural rules, understanding and faith in certain supernatural agents to ensure there is harmony, progress and a common identity for this community to relate too Causing a split within a religious congregation is an insult to the lineage that has been set by the founder, in this case Shakyamuni Buddha, especially when it is frivolous as propounded by this article.

    Personally, I do not think it is logical to use logic to say that Dorje Shugden is not a spirit but an enlightened being.because we technically do not really comprehend what entails enlightenment. But I do agree that faith is determined by experiences of a supernatural agent, in this case being Dorje Shugden as both a Dharma Protector and one who is enlightened. For someone like the Dalai Lama to condemn Dorje Shugden and the practitioners is akin to demanding a community to breakdown in all aspects. How could you go against one who has saved you? Is it a matter of logic or is it a matter of ethics?

    As such, the sentiments are strong and potent for all Shugden supporters to stand for what is right. It is not blind faith but it is the feeling of being touched by “God” and we are changed forever.

    For the Dalai Lama to play with fire this way, it is indeed unbecoming for a leader in exile knowing very well already how the Tibetans suffered under China.

    In short, the battle and case for Dorje Shugden will continue to strive for justice and until it is served, the Dalai Lama will always be questioned by a faction of his own people and the Shugden practitioners worldwide, why? Have you no compassion, your Holiness?

  4. Thank you for posting this well written article which has logically given many good reasons why Dorje Shugden cannot be a demon. I would humbly also like to contribute another two more reasons why I personally think DS cannot be evil.
    1. It was DS through an oracle who advised HH Dalai Lama to leave Tibet as China took over the country. In order to escape Chinese persecution, HHDL fled Tibet under the protection of DS and managed to arrive in India safely. I was even told that he had borrowed & rolled Trijang Rinpoche’s thangka of DS and had it strapped onto his back when he made his escape as a form of protection.
    2. HHDL once claimed when he imposed the ban that the practice of DS would unknowingly harm and shorten his life. Well he made that statement more than 20 years ago and today he is still going strong and looks healthy.
    So based my personal observations, it looks impossible that DS is in any way evil or harmful. In my opinion, DS has throughout these years, protected and served HHDL well, and may even be responsible for HHDL’s globally popularity and reverence.

  5. Yes, I agree. Buddhism is to me, a religion that is very logical, so how these great lamas can do something as illogical as mistaking a demon for a buddha is too incredulous to believe.

  6. ”I am a Buddhist; I love the teachings of Buddha. Buddhism, to me, is a religion yet at the same time a philosophy. The beauty of Buddhism lies in its ability to use logic and rational thinking to expound the teachings. Buddhism neither demands blind allegiance to deity or gods or spirits, nor does it call for unquestioning belief by all Buddhist followers. In fact, the Buddha insisted that all Buddhist practitioners must check the teachings against their own logic and experience. Such is the conviction of Buddhism that it is based on a truth that does not alter with time.”

    The above paragraph from this article is the most profound definition of Buddhism that I have ever read. From this definition this article provides evidence that the BAN on Dorje Shugden is without basis and with the simple understanding of Karma, Samsara and reincarnation, it is impossible to believe that Dorje Shugden is a ”demon” as proclaimed by HHDL.

    Although I am grateful to the HHDL for introducing Buddhism to a great part of the world, it is beyond me to understand His reason for the BAN.

    Not only is the BAN illogical and not within the concepts of Buddhism in its general context, it is also frightening that in order to ”RIGHT” a wrong, so much harm is generated to the practitioners of Dorje Shugden lineage.

    Details and knowledge expounded in this article will keep my faith in Dorje Shugden stronger and work to have the BAN lifted.

  7. In modern era like now, iron-fist method will not last. With latest technology, almost everything is becoming border-less… especially for entertainment and information.

    Except in poor countries where illiteracy level is still very high, there is no way for the people in power to spread lies without any logical supportive information.

    This article has put forward all the logical arguments to counter the fake justifications for the ban of Dorje Shugden practice. It is very clear and straight forward. Only those who shut their hearts, due to certain reasons or worldly benefits, will still believe or uphold the lies. Some are just too afraid, thus joined the bandwagon of discriminating DS practitioners.

    So much unnecessary sufferings. The ban must come down.

  8. It is obvious this prosecution on Shugden practitioners is a political movement by the Dalai Lama who is in the world list of powerful people. It is not a religious issue but is politics camouflaged attempting to deceive the world who Dorje Shugden is. By no means anyone should believe or take Dalai Lama’s word for granted on the ground of his celebrity status of a world spiritual leader who is in reality merely a politician in disguise. Intellects should investigate with logic the pure lineage of Dorje Shugden and not to be deceived by the claims of the Dalai Lama.

  9. Thank you for yet another great article to rebut the fact that the ban is ‘correct’ and implemented to save the life of the Dalai Lama.

    The very basics of Buddhism teaches that our destiny, our death, how we die, how we suffer is highly dependant and governed by our karma. To say that through doing a mass practise of Dorje Shugden will lead to a decrease in the life expectancy of His Holiness defeats the very fundamentals that you are your own saviour – that what you do in and with your life will determine the course of your life and your future lives.

    If an attained master such as His Holiness can be affected by people practising Dorje Shugden, then why are all the other attained lamas who are non-DS practitioners not affected by the practise of Dorje Shugden? Only the Dalai Lama is affected? Makes no sense. Also, it would mean that Trijang Rinpoche, Pabongkha Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, Domo Geshe Rinpoche will all contribute to the shortening of His Holiness’s life.. that would consider them breaking their vows, no? It would mean that the 8 verses of thought transformation is not being practised. So why has it been a core practise in Vajrayana Buddhism? Also, when merit is dedicated, usually there would be a dedication to the long life of His Holiness. So, why contradict if these lamas really wanted to “harm” His Holiness.

    Additionally, if Dorje Shugden was really bad, the Karmapa wouldn’t have asked the statue of Guru Dragpo with Dharmapala Shugden being pressed down under the statue’s feet to be removed. See here:

    http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/the-controversy/karmapa/

    … The 16th Karmapa also said that “in the future you will definitely need to rely on this deity.”

    These are accounts from the Sungbum of Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s. Through implementation of the ban and the claim that Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit, does it also mean that the Karmapa is wrong for protecting Dorje Shugden in this way?

  10. The above article is just so clear and logical to tell us that Dorje Shudgen is not a demon. For those highly attained Lama such as H.H. Ling Rinpoche, H.H. Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Zong Rinpoche who are Shudgen practitioners have been back in human form and continue to teach. This is good karma. To me nothing more important than this point. We learn and practice Buddhism to understand karma, the law of cause and effect. In other words worship Dorje Shudgen can have a good rebirth. This is a positive karma. So why must we continue believe the accusation about Dorje Shudgen is a demon. In fact Dorje Shudgen is a enlightened being. If we are pure Buddhism practitioner, at least we should able to think rational and reasonable. We are not going to simply accuse anything or anybody and should able to provide judgement based on facts. We should bear in mind the karma will return if we over acting based on blind faith. Please think wisely and carefully before too late.

  11. A religion one practises is a personal choice. A choice which only the person knows why. A religion, like a subject to study, is one chosen because it applies to oneself and to make one progress to achieve a goal. a religion is not one which can be forced onto anyone and then expected to conform. That is not free choice. That is not empowering, That is not compassion.

    Thus, it is also the same premise that it is not one’s position to tell someone to stop one’s faith and practise. And I believe this no matter who the enforcer is. Any government or leader who enforces punishment if one does not conform when it comes to religious choices should not be in power.

    And people who believe should not be swayed by evil others like CTA. Keep the practise even if in private.

  12. Thank you for this logical article entitled “Religion in the Modern Era”.

    I wonder though, if samsara is that simple, that samsaric beings can be driven purely by logical thought. I think even with information technology “flattening” the world so to speak, to bring “information” to a vast number of people, logical argument is only one of the many ways to sway samsaric beings’ minds.

    In this case, we are dealing with at least three distinct and inter-dependent forces which shape the minds of the Tibetans – the spiritual, the politics and the culture, and we know this is certainly not all logic.

    While this article, and many other articles on the blog, tackle the spiritual with consistent and thoughtful arguments, I think it will only play a part, albeit an important one (nothing is unimportant in this inter-dependent world), to hasten the lifting of the ban. Indeed it could be the very catalyst but we can’t predict this

    We also cannot use logic to counter the moves made by HH the Dalai Lama. After all, we logically understand that Enlightenment is when you are “not a sucker of (the logic of) four plus four is eight”. But for most of us, I do understand that it is the best we can do now.

    In conclusion, I must say that while this blog is informative, I believe that what could eventually sway the Tibetan diaspora is not the force of logic but the human tales of hardship, suffering, family squabbles, violence and even death. The realization that all of this is rather unnecessary and counter-productive to the Tibetan spiritual, political and cultural cause. Just like the Chinese diaspora has in recent times “protected” the Chinese culture better than that in China, I pray that this realization comes about the soonest for the Tibetans before it is too late.

    There is also this thought – that the time has come for “Tibetan Buddhism” to leave the cradle of Tibetans and now is the turning point. Perhaps, perhaps, …

  13. All the 3 main points are well said and explained clearly and logically. Buddhism is based on logical though and there shouldn’t be any superstitious believes and taboo. The accusation on Dorje Shugden is not true and there is no proper basis. On the other hand, CTA has been consulting Nechung for many government decision making, who in fact is a spirit, and what about that? Any explanation from CTA?

  14. I just had a conversation with a friend yesterday about philosophy and religion. He said that in science has always thought of Buddhism as a philosophy rather than a religion because of the manner in which it is taught and practiced. Buddhist teachings encourage the students to reflect, contemplate and realize the teachings of Lord Buddha through their own understanding and wisdom. Unlike doctrines of religion, Buddhism imposes little structure that dictates how the teachings should be applied and the punishment/reward consequent to good or poor practice. The only law that determines our “fate” is that of karma where we bear the fruits of our own views that influences the choices of speech and action we make.

    It is because of this liberating method of practice that Buddhadharma flourished all over the world in the 21st century where modern minds study the Dharma as a way to attain liberation and to live with greater harmony and happiness.

    The Dorje Shugden controversy and ban has caused a negative impact on the minds of practitioners as it does contradict the principals of Buddha’s teachings. The violence propagated and practiced through the ban is disheartening and during this time of great doubt towards religions, we should not add fuel to fire.

    Although this obstacle in the form of Dorje Shugden’s ban may hinder the progress of the Dharma, i do not believe that it will prevail because on the founndati

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    foundation on which Buddhists are taught to study, learn and practice the Dharma, which is to challenge what is being taught and only accept if it makes sense to the logical mind and benefits sentient beings as a whole.

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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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