Shugden’s Ban in the Press

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  1. What a sad irony that such a prominent figure as the Dalai Lama who has come to be seen as the embodiment of the values entrenched in Buddhism, is now its worst advertisement.

    What the news reported about the Dalai Lama is true of course and we can hardly say that the report is biased. If only the world knew half the hypocrisy that characterizes the real Dalai Lama and his government, and the terrible persecutions his own people have had to endure because of their faith in a deity they have worshipped for over three centuries.

    We see from this report that (I) no one can hide from their crime forever, not even the Dalai Lama and his gang passing off as a government of the Tibetans in exile and (II) it is no other than the Dalai Lama who is causing grievous harm to the credibility of Buddhism which can only act to frustrate the spread of the Dharma.

    If the Dalai Lama is seen as the personification of the Dharma, and he is found to be insincere and not credible, does that not also discredit the Dharma in the minds of those who no realize that the Dalai Lama represents a minority albeit a politically powerful one?

    All Tibetans around the world and honest Indian and Tibetan politicians should take note and then take actions to curb this rot in the public perception of Tibetan Buddhism, thanks to the tyranny of the Dalai Lama in enforcing such a despicable act against the basic rights of his people. What makes this doubly obscene is how the Dalai Lama trots the globe preaching peace and tolerance.

  2. The Dalai Lama’s reputation and peace image is fast waning in the West and definitely Tibetan Buddhism stands to lose its lustrous. More journalists and medias are itching and hungry to have more controversy news on their page. They certainly find the Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden controversy delicious and most exciting to publish in their news. Many independent medias and free lance writers who are not within any boundary of control are capable of splashing out the news to the mass audiences. To arrest this issue, CTA needs to lift the ban and restore peace.


  4. Pop Francis is indeed an example of a leader who understands his people and manages to install modern ideas into the Catholic faith. He is a breath of fresh air who people of this generation can relate to, and modern ideas.

    To have the Pope being compared to the Dalai Lama, the personality which is widely associated with peace and compassion, is definitely a boost for Buddhism and Christianity in the West. Both are great leaders, but the author also reveals the truth where the Dalai Lama is not all seen to be giving and compassionate all the time as stated that the Dalai Lama have imposed a ban on Dorje Shugden Practitioners and are declared illegal. This has a caused a separation in the Tibetan community.

    Let’s hope that there will be more progression in these two world religion as times goes by.

  5. An unbiased article, with matter-of-fact points put forth and presented to the reader. Thank you for this article, Johannes Nugroho.

    I guess time will really tell what Pope Francis will bring to the Vatican. His deeds, open-mindedness and actions so far have catapulted the Vatican into positive limelight and the honour of being named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

    What particularly caught my attention was the mention of Dorje Shugden in the article. Being a Buddhist and a practitioner of this unjustly banned practise, it has brought me much joy to see it being mentioned in the press, something which I wished would have been publicized more and from henceforth, continue to be publicized. This ban has caused a whirlwind in the Tibetan community, and amongst Buddhist practitioners. It has split people apart and continue to cause much grief amongst many.

    A practise that has been around since the time of the 5th Dalai Lama, today, the 14th Dalai Lama has called for the ban on this practise. But why, why the sudden change? Why is it that Dorje Shugden in which even the 5th Dalai Lama composed prayers for, is banned today, when the same mindstream has taken its incarnation in the form of the 14th Dalai Lama in this very lifetime? Why is the practise suddenly so bad when other highly attained masters are continuing to practise it today.

    If you take into consideration human rights, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and fostering peace, by implementing this ban, the Dalai Lama is contradicting his role as a strong advocate and leader of world peace because the very people and practitioners that should promote peace cannot even find that within themselves as they struggle with the ban.

    This feeling and frustration is multiplied hundreds of thousands of times throughout the world as Dorje Shugden practitioners cannot fathom the logic behind the ban – ultimately there is none.

    Thank you again for bring a little limelight to this issue by the mentioning of the Dorje Shugden ban in your article. At least, the power of your pen has brought some comfort to the many distraught hearts out there.

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    These websites are my respite.

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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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