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Point 13: Documentary Film

Point 13: Documentary Film http://dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden/documentary-film Editor’s Note: The Dorje Shugden controversy has been on going for over 300 years since the time of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen due to jealousy. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s popularity and influence invoked jealousy amongst the Great 5th’s supporters to kill Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. The attempts…

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Point 12: Violent Events with Images

Point 12: Violent Events with Images http://dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden/violent-events An extract from the ‘Sternstunde’ transcript (Swiss television) of an interview conducted with Mr. Prithvi Raj, SP Kangra on the triple murder at Dharamsala: Prithvi Raj (PR), Chief Police of Kangra District:
We have identified two of the murderers, and we have clear indications that the murderers are directly…

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Point 11: The Shugden Affair: Origins of a Controversy (Part II)

Point 11: The Shugden Affair: Origins of a Controversy (Part II) (Written by Georges Dreyfus) http://www.dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden/ganden-tripa/the-shugden-affair-ii Keeping the Ge-luk Tradition Pure We now begin to understand the main message of the founding myth of the Shuk-den practice. We are also in a position to grasp some of the reasons for the troublesome nature of this…

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Point 10: The Shugden Affair: Origins of a Controversy (Part I)

Point 10: The Shugden Affair: Origins of a Controversy (Part I) (Written by Georges Dreyfus) http://www.dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden/ganden-tripa/the-shugden-affair-i In recent years the community of Tibetan Buddhists has been agitated by an intense dispute concerning the practice of a controversial deity, Gyel-chen Dor-je Shuk-den (rgyal chen rdo rje shugs ldan). Several Tibetan monks have been brutally murdered, and…

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Point 9: Contemporary Scholars – The 100th Ganden Tripa (Ganden Throneholder)

Point 9: Contemporary Scholars – The 100th Ganden Tripa (Ganden Throneholder) http://dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden/ganden-tripa Statement of His Eminence The 100th Ganden Tri Rinpoche (Head Of the Gelugpa Sect) regarding the worship of gods and protectors As stated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his recent speeches regarding the worship of gods and protectors, the six major…

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Point 6: Kashag’s Statement Concerning Dolgyal

Point 6: Kashag’s Statement Concerning Dolgyal http://dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden/kashags-statement (Cabinet of the Tibetan Government in Exile – Dharamsala – May 31, 1996) After nearly forty years in exile under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the chances of achieving our goal of freedom for Tibet continues to improve. Tibetans stand out among all the refugees…

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Point 4: Concerning Dolgyal with Reference to the Views of Past Masters and other Related Matters

Point 4: Concerning Dolgyal with Reference to the Views of Past Masters and other Related Matters http://dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden/speeches-by-his-holiness/dharamsala-teaching A talk on Dolgyal by H.H. the Dalai Lama during the course of religious teachings in Dharamsala, October 1997 There may be many among you who have never been involved in the practice of Dolgyal at all. In…

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Point 3: Speech to the Second Gelug Conference

Point 3: Speech to the Second Gelug Conference http://fpmt.org/images/stories/organization/announcements/shugden/SpeechbyHisHolinessatGelugconferenceedohdl.pdf (PDF format) Speech by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to the Second Gelug Conference (Dharamsala, 6 December 2000) We meet here today with Ganden Tri Rinpoche, the representative of Jamgon Gyalwa (Lama Tsong Khapa), chiefly gracing us with his presence. The abbots representing the three…

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Point 2: Speech to an Audience Dominated by Tibetans from Tibet on 27 March 2006 during the Spring Teachings

Point 2: Speech to an Audience Dominated by Tibetans from Tibet on 27 March 2006 during the Spring Teachings http://dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden/speeches-by-his-holiness I thought that I would talk to you about the Dolgyal issue. Actually, I have already spoken a great deal about this over a period of time and, therefore, most of you know about it….

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Point 1: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Advice Concerning Dolgyal (Shugden)

Point 1: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Advice Concerning Dolgyal (Shugden) http://dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden/his-holiness-advice Following long and careful investigations, His Holiness the Dalai Lama strongly discourages Tibetan Buddhists from propitiating the fierce spirit known as Dolgyal (Shugden). Although he once practised Dolgyal propitiation himself, His Holiness renounced the practice in 1975 after discovering the profound historical, social…

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Condemned to Silence – Part 2

A TIBETAN IDENTITY CRISIS (1996-1999) © by Ursula Bernis PART II In this section, I will present the documentation for the interviews of Part I. It is not a history, since that would require a different kind of research possible here, which would have to include Tibetan texts, both published and unpublished. The material presented…

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Condemned to Silence – Part 1

A TIBETAN IDENTITY CRISIS (1996-1999) © by Ursula Bernis Preface “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…” “Whereas…the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech…

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Dorje Shugden Controversy

Views on the Conflict According to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile According to the Dolgyal Research Committee, instituted by the Tibetan government in exile (TGIE), prominent opponents to the practice have included not only the 5th, 13th and current Dalai Lamas but also the 5th and 8th Panchen Lamas, Dzongsar Khyentse…

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Grand Prayer Festival at Kham’s Dorje Shugden Monastery

View this selections of photos from the grand prayer festival at Kham’s Dorje Shugden monastery…

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H.H. Gaden Trisur meets Panchen Rinpoche in Tibet 2011!

It’s amazing the Tibetan Govt in Exile and HH Dalai Lama still have not spoken up against HH Gaden Trisur Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche till now! His Holiness Dalai Lama has spoken against a few senior lamas like Denma Locho Rinpoche of Drepung Loseling. Dalai Lama asked Denma Locho Rinpoche to travel to Tibet and speak…

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The will to refuse a jungle of views

I have been scouring the internet for as much information as I can on Dorje Shugden. I have compiled a lot of notes (thanks to Google Notes) so I will now present what I have found with regards to this “deity”. At this moment in time I have no affiliation with any Buddhist Schools nor…

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H.H. Gaden Trisur & Yongyal Rinpoche visiting in Chengdu, China

Recently many high lamas of the Dorje Shugden lineage gathered at Chengdu, Sichuan, China. They are the 101st Gaden Trisur Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche, the abbot of Serpom Monastery Yongyal Rinpoche, the young and current incarnation of Zemey Rinpoche, Geshe Wangchuk who has been diligently giving Dorje Shugden initiation in Kham Tibet, and a few others….

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The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobzang Yeshe Tendzin Gyatso

The Third Trijang, Lobzang Yeshe Tendzin Gyatso was born on March 10, 1901, in Gungtang (gung thang). His mother was Tsering Drolma; his father, Tsering Dondrub, was a descendent of an uncle of the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelzang Gyatso (1708-1759). Tsering Dondrub had previously been Tsering Drolma’s father-in-law, until they married after the death of…

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Conventional Untruths: Orchestrated Deception in the ban on Dorje Shugden Prayer

Following the media coverage of the protests against the Dalai Lama by the Western Shugden Society, one inevitably comes across a very basic contradiction. On the one hand, here is this Buddhist group protesting the ban on Dorje Shugden practice, and on the other hand there is the world’s generally accepted “face” of Buddhism, His…

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Darkness behind the guru-bubble

Mike Carlton June 18, 2011 After careful thought, I have decided, like the Prime Minister, that I have no time in my busy schedule to meet Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, aka His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This may be my loss. When Tony Abbott saw the bouncy bonze on Tuesday he…

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It’s the Dalai Lama vs Shugden

The ongoing temporal struggle between the Dalai Lama as head of the Gelugpa sect and the Britain-based Shugden community is part of a tradition that goes back to power plays between spiritual leaders in old Tibet. This time, Western followers of various forms of Tibetan Buddhism are adding fuel to the flames. ~ by Deepak…

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What does the Dalai Lama’s ‘retirement’ means for religious freedom?

There are recent reports that the Dalai Lama’s decision to retire from politics, expressed earlier this month, has been accepted by the Tibetan Parliament. So does this mean that the Dalai Lama has really retired, and what are the implications for Dorje Shugden practitioners who are still experiencing discrimination at the hands of the Tibetan…

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Mixing Religion and Politics: The Dalai Lama’s ban on Dorje Shugden Prayer

 The fact that the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile have been able to subject the Tibetan populace to an oath swearing campaign, whereby they promise not to engage in prayer to Dorje Shugden or have dealings with anyone who does, harkens back to the religious persecution in England during the 17th century…

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Rejoicing Against Oppression

By Gregory Flannery Here’s a quick test: What comes to mind when you hear the word “Tibet”? The Chinese genocide against a small country; The Dalai Lama, apostle of nonviolence; An idiosyncratic Buddhist philosophy; or Momos, spicy Tibetan dumplings. All four are correct answers but momos are the most straightforward. Filled with beef or with…

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Between Worlds: Guardians in Tibet as Agents of Transformation

Introduction In a single step, one can cross the threshold of the Jokhang,1 stepping from the bustle of the Barkhor market to the devout atmosphere inside, moving from a heady jumble of merchants, soldiers, tourists and townsfolk, of warrens and back alleys teeming with shops and the sharp cries of peddlers, to a world of…

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Cincinnati Oracle Appears in India

Kuten Lama, head of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Cincinnati and leader of a Tibetan Buddhist lineage is at odds with the Dalai Lama. Last month, Kuten Lama helped to inaugurate a breakaway monastery in South India. Kuten Lama is an oracle, who takes possession of the spirit of Dorje Shugden, a deity banned by…

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Letter sent to the Indian Government for Protection

The letter here is self-explanatory. What is sad are the Monasteries need protection from the Dalai Lama and entourage. What has happened to come to this? The Dalai Lama is a symbol of compassion and peace, within the Tibetan communities, it seems he is very much feared. The ban has turned one Tibetan against another….

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Dalai Lama at Critical Crossroads

(Source : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7921862.stm) By Zoe Murphy BBC News Five decades in exile and years of denigration by Beijing have failed to weaken the Dalai Lama’s influence over Tibetans in his homeland and beyond. The Tibetan spiritual leader’s unwavering commitment to non-violence has also earned the world’s respect. But the long conflict over the status of…

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Dorje Shugden Initiation to 5000 People at Chamdo, Tibet

In early 2011 at Jinka Monastery in Dingqing County of Chamdo, Tibet, Khenpo Zongluo Jampa Khedrup Rinpoche of Chamdo Jampa Ling Monastery gave Dorje Shugden initiation to around 5,000 people!

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Through the Eyes of Dorje Shugden Buddhists

In recent years, Dorje Shugden has become a controversial issue in which many Western Buddhists who follow the Dorje Shugden deity of Tibetan Buddhism have raised the issue of religious freedom under the Dalai Lama. CNN’s report on Dorje Shugden: Dalai Lama Greeted by Protesters in Manhattan http://cnn.com/US/9805/03/buddhist.dissension/index.html As I did my research on Tibet,…

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Statement of Pomra Kamtsen

Statement of Pomra Kamtsen February 2008 This community of the Sera-Mey College has remained in peace and harmony, without ever having any conflict or schism, since the founding of the Sera monastery by Jamchen Choeche Shakya Yeshe in the year 1419 in Tibet, until now. After coming to India we have shared spiritual and material…

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For Dorje Shugden, For Dalai Lama

Readers can see for themselves what the two sides believe in and are going through. This article gives a broad overview of what the controversy is about and how it has affected the Tibetan community. Though dePrisco had originally written the article with a certain target audience in mind, we at dorjeshugden.com feel that this…

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Conflict, hypocrisy, and miscommunication

What are some human tendencies in responding to conflict? While walking this morning along the streets of Oxford (to a conference I am presenting at the weekend), I saw a group of people gathering and asked what was happening. They said the Dalai Lama was coming. So, like any tourist, I wanted to see him and get…

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A Controversial Tibetan Buddhist Deity

Dorje Shugden is generally believed to be a worldly protector deity that was likely practiced first in the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. According to some accounts he was inducted into the pantheon of Sakya protectors by Sakya Trizin Sonam Rinchen (1705-1741). Later placed together with the two protector deities Dorje Setrab and Tsi’u Marpo, they were collectively known as the Three…

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Does the Dorje Shugden ban affect Western Buddhists?

This article will focus on the real effects of the Dalai Lama’s ban of Dorje Shugden practice on Western practitioners. On web forums, supporters of the Dalai Lama are often non-plussed that Westerners are involving themselves in this issue at all. They say “this is a Tibetan issue that doesn’t affect you, so why are…

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Sad, Relatively Unknown News of Tibetan Buddhists’ Infighting

Several of my friends have approached me with eagerness to say, “The Dalai Lama is coming to Cincinnati! Are you going?” I remained neutral and answered that H.H. the Dalai Lama has requested that anyone from my lineage not attend his teachings. “What! Why?” Because of a hundreds-of-years-old conflict concerning a certain Dharma Protector (protecting…

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A Letter from Tibetan Shugden Practitioners in the USA to Radio Free Asia

Below is a letter written by Dorje Shugden practitioners living in the USA to Radio Free Asia in response to the article they published in which Prime Minister Samdhong is Encouraging Violence Against Shugden Practitioners. Dear Sirs: We are writing with regards to the recent news posting on December 24th 2010 on the website of…

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Nice art, troubled history

Issues around the worship of the Tibetan deity Dorje Shugden have been the source of much conflict ever since the deity and its associated practices were adopted by the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. But it was not the Gelugs who inducted the deity into the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. In fact, it was only in…

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Dalai Lama messes with Tibetans’ minds

The Dalai Lama continues to spread pain throughout the Tibetan communities. Recently, a speech given to his followers during teachings in the Himalayan region of India were reported on the Tibetan radio station ‘Voice of Tibet’. Here is a transcript: Pachen Dorje (reporter): Today on the second day of his teaching in Varanasi, His Holiness…

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The Mahasiddha Bundasheri Tulku Guru Deva

Guru Deva Rinpoche, an incarnation of one of the 84 Siddhas, Bundasheri Tulku Guru Deva, was born in Mongolia for the sole purpose of creating “great benefits for the Dharma and all sentient beings”. He was a highly qualified Lama, having traveled to Tibet at the age of 20 and studied in the great Monastic…

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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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