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A Letter to Ven. Geshe Tenzin Yeshe

Dear Most Venerable Geshe Tenzin Yeshe, Your words are simple, straight, without politics and from your heart. I can feel how much devotion you have toward H.H. the Dalai Lama, love towards Tibet and your people and great faith towards Dorje Shugden. These three combinations of Dalai Lama, love of Tibet and Dorje Shugden have…

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Letter from Yeshe, FPMT

This website helps me to see things better but what I have always believed deep in my heart are the same beliefs as expressed in this website… I respect H.H. the Dalai Lama and I respect Dharmapala Dorje Shugden. Just like my teacher Lama Yeshe who had supreme faith in H.H. and trusted Dorje Shugden…

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An Interesting Exchange

The Situation Within the Monasteries This exchange between “beggar” and “mahabodhi” has been extracted from the forum. It shares some interesting information about the situation experienced by monks within the monastic communities. Of course, since this exchange, Dokhang Khangtsen did separate from Gaden Shartse to form their own monastery, Shar Gaden. Venerable Mahabodhi, For the…

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The Dalai Lama’s Controversial Stand

The following account is extracted from preliminary drafts of Schettini’s memoir, The Novice. The Dalai Lama remains the temporal leader of Tibetans in exile, but is no longer their undisputed spiritual guide. The exile community is split over his decree regarding the propitiation of the powerful god Dorje Shugden, commonly known as Dolgyal. Practices invoking…

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Taktse Dubcho Ritual at Shar Gaden

An update from Shar Gaden Monastery of the recently held four-day Taktse Dubcho Ritual Please click to enlarge

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Are the NKT’s ordination vows in keeping with the Vinaya?

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s decision to condense the 253 vows of a monk and the 364 vows of a nun into 10 vows does not go against the Vinaya. In fact, all the ordination vows could be further condensed into practising the higher training in moral discipline. An ordained person practising the three higher trainings is…

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Dalai Lama Depreciates Dorje Shugden Worship

Star of Mysore Gurupur, Oct 8, 1999 Tibetan leader and Nobel laureate Dalai Lama, coming down heavily on the followers of the Dorje Shugden deity, said that the Shugden spirit was very sectarian and more importantly, the spirit was assuming greater significance than the Buddha himself, which was regrettable. Reacting to a question from Star…

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Resolution of the Tibetan Cholsum Convention

Resolution of the Tibetan Cholsum Convention August 27th – 31st , 1998 in Dharamsala Delegates from various Tibetan organisations agreed on a resolution against persons who rely on Dorje Shugden as a protector deity. “To make it impossible for those who are engaged in undermining the prestige of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and our…

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Shugden Delegates Leave

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Dharamsala, 28 Aug 1998 Even though the ongoing controversial convention of Cholsum Organisation revived the bitterness within the struggling Tibetan community on the Shugden issue, the flared up emotions at McLeod Ganj seem to have calmed down for now. This follows the return of 120 Shugden delegates to their society headquarters in…

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Dalai Lama “Supporters” Violently Oppress Buddhist Monks in Mundgod, India

Stone-throwing in Mundgod – 3 cops, 30 others hurt DECCAN HERALD Monday, September 11, 2000 MUNDGOD (Karwar) Sept 10 (DHNS) Three police officers and more than 30 persons were injured in a stone pelting incident in Lama camp of Tibetan settlement, Mundgod on Sunday morning. More than 2000 Lamas, including 200 women, who are said…

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Clashes and Curfews

Dorje Shugden Devotees’ Charitable and Religious Society Delhi, 17.9.2000 PRESS RELEASE On Sep. 10, there was an hour-long clash between Tibetan protesters and monks in the Tibetan settlement in Mundgod, Karnataka. The ‘protesters’ numbered about 3000, including nuns, lay people and inmates of the local old peoples’ home. They came at the behest of the…

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What is Wrong with Tibetan society?

48-Hour Curfew at Tibetan Settlement. 24-Hour Curfew at Another Tibetan Settlement in South India. INDIA – Deccan Herald, Monday, September 11, 2000: Representatives of Dorje Shugden devotees from Ooty, Shillong, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Sikh, Nepal, Delhi and Bylakuppe gathered at the settlement (Pop. 13,000) in Mundgod in the southern Indian state of Karnataka to participate…

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The Way to Rely Upon Dorje Shugden

There are two ways to rely upon Dorje Shugden: in thought and in deed. If we recognize that Dorje Shugden is the embodiment of the Three Jewels, if we remember his kindness in protecting and preserving the Buddhadharma, if we recall how he eliminates obstacles and gathers the necessary conditions for Dharma practitioners, and if…

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The Dalai Lama’s Words in the Mirror of Reality

Why the Dalai Lama’s Justifications for the ban of Dorje Shugden are not logical nor true The justifications the Dalai Lama gives for his ban of the worship of the deity Dorje Shugden vary considerably depending on his audience. The justification given to the Tibetan public, which destroyed the entire harmony of the Tibetan community,…

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The Ban on Dorje Shugden: What is happening?

This page is a summary of the effects of the Dalai Lama’s ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden. In brief Segregation Does the Dalai Lama have the right to do this? Who is responsible for the ban, Yellow Card and resulting penalties for those who disobey? Does this affect Western Buddhists? Does this affect…

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Dalai Lama’s Referendum Contradicts Vinaya

The purpose of this article is to examine whether or not the recent actions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with respect to the practice of Dorje Shugden, are in accordance with the Vinaya, Buddha’s Code of Conduct. My intention here is not to engage in hurtful speech or divisive speech but rather to investigate…

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Heartfelt request from monks in Mundgod

At this very difficult period of our life, we have decided to face any difficulties, even to place our own life, if necessary, as a target, to safeguard the precious lineage of teaching and practice of the Dharma [Buddhism]. Declaration and Request by Dokhang Kamtsen/Hostel, 14th February 2008. To the attention of all the most…

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Letter to Newsweek – False Accusations Against the Innocent

Letter to the editor of Newsweek from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in response to the article ‘Cult Mystery’ that appeared in Newsweek International, the 28th of April 97, and in Newsweek USA, 5th of May 97 (Click here to read the content of the original Newsweek article) Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Geshe…

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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s Open Letter

The following Open Letter was posted on Dec 9th 1997 to the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and to the Office of Tibet in London. This and many other private and public letters and petitions never received a reply. Your Holiness, For over eighteen years you have been continually speaking out against the practice of Dorje…

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Shugden Ban is Illegal and Unconstitutional

Legal References to support why the ban is unconstitutional TIBETAN GOVERNMENT IN EXILE CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 17. Every Tibetan shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The right includes freedom to openly believe, practise, worship and observe any religion either alone or in community with others. GOVERNMENT OF INDIA CONSTITUTION Adopted on:…

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Detailed Lineage

Previous Incarnations of Dorje Shugden The highly realized Master Tagpo Kelsang Khädrub Rinpoche composed the following two verses concerning Dorje Shugden: With deep faith I prostrate to you, Vajradhara Dorje Shugden. Although you have already attained the Buddha ground and engaged in the twenty-seven deeds of a Buddha, You appear in various forms to help…

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Nature and Function

Dorje Shugden and the Deities of his mandala are the same nature as the Deities of the body mandala of Lama Losang Tubwang Dorjechang, who is in essence Je Tsongkhapa. After Je Tsongkhapa passed away, Khädrubje received five visions of him, each time appearing in a different aspect. Later, the great Yogi Dharmavajra saw Je…

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Panchen Lama Gets High Profile – CNN

From Jaime FlorCruz, CNN March 3, 2010 — Updated 0919 GMT (1719 HKT) Beijing, China (CNN) — Until recently, he had rarely appeared in public. But now, he has been named to China’s top advisory body. The appointment of the 11th Panchen Lama, the second highest Tibetan spiritual figure, to the Chinese People’s Consultative…

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The Dorje Shugden – Dalai Lama Conflict (INTRODUCTION: EXPLORING THE PE.BUM SOURCES)

(extracted from research of Ursula Bernis) http://www.shugdensociety.info/Bernis2EN.html EXPLORING THE PE.BUM SOURCES 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. A uniquely Tibetan…

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The Dorje Shugden – Dalai Lama Conflict (PART 1: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO THE EVENTS OF 1996 )

(extracted from research of Ursula Bernis) http://www.shugdensociety.info/Bernis2EN.html HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO THE EVENTS OF 1996 Continuing the work of his predecessors? His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama has said on many occasions Numerous times to Tibetans. For example, “I have come to be counted among the line of the Fifth Dalai Lama. I feel a definite…

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The Dorje Shugden – Dalai Lama Conflict (PART 2: Origins of Dorje Shugden: arisal as a protector during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama)

(extracted from research of Ursula Bernis) http://www.shugdensociety.info/Bernis2EN.html ORIGIN OF DORJE SHUGDEN: ARISAL AS A PROTECTOR DURING THE TIME OF THE 5TH DALAI LAMA How did Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen’s became a protector? It is believed that Dorje Shugden arose in the form of a Dharma protector after his immediate predecessor, believed to have been the most…

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The Dorje Shugden – Dalai Lama Conflict (PART 3: Dorje Shugden after the time of the 5th Dalai Lama)

(extracted from research of Ursula Bernis) http://www.shugdensociety.info/Bernis2EN.html DORJE SHUGDEN AFTER THE TIME OF THE 5TH DALAI LAMA • Two hundred years later after the time of the 5th Dalai Lama During this time there seems to have been no record of much conflict surrounding Dorje Shugden. Its practice was not very public. It is difficult…

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Dorje Shugden – Dalai Lama conflict (PART 4: THE CONFLICT IN 1996 )

(extracted from research of Ursula Bernis) http://www.shugdensociety.info/Bernis2EN.html THE CONFLICT IN 1996 The Dalai Lama’s statements during his public teachings March 10th and 21st, 1996 (excerpts quoted below) mark the beginning of what commonly was called “the ban.” In the course of 1996, all governmental, regional and social groups passed resolutions which amounted to a creed-like…

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The Wheel of Protection

Dharamsala February 14, 1981, 6:00 a.m. The Dalai Lama sits on his throne in the Central Cathedral. Outside, the night is black and still. A cold breeze blows down from Mun Peak. Two old women, up before dawn, circumambulate the temple. They cannot see within. The building’s curtains have been tightly drawn, its front door…

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Letter to Robert A. F. Thurman by Shamar Rinpoche

Dr. Robert A. F. Thurman Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies Columbia University Chair, Department of Religion Kent Hall Room 617, Mail code 3949 1140 Amsterdam Ave. New York , NY 10027 Dear Robert A. F. Thurman, I am writing in response to your letter, dated September 21, 2004. In that letter, you voluntarily enter into the…

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The Secret of the Mind is Yamantaka and the Wrathful Ones

Vajrabhairava Yamantaka A Tantric Initiatory Vision The secret of the body is Vairochana and the Dhyani Buddhas; The secret of speech is Locana and the Buddha consorts; The secret of the mind is Yamantaka and the Wrathful Ones. (Ratnakarashanti) The form of Yamantaka represented here is known as Ekavira, the “Solitary Hero”. The Sanskrit term…

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An Interview with Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso discusses Dorje Shugden as a benevolent protector god Geshe Kelsang Gyatso spoke with Donald S. Lopez, Jr., last summer at Manjushri Buddhist Centre in Ulverston, England. PROFESSOR DONALD LOPEZ: What is the importance of dharmapala (dharma protector) practice in Tibetan Buddhism? GESHE KELSANG GYATSO (GKG): Although dharmapalas appear wrathful, in reality they…

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Wisdom from an Old Lady

For ninety-nine years, I have worked for the benefit of beings. now this work is almost complete. I will not take birth again in this human realm in a physical form, nor will I leave behind any remains or relics. But my emanations in the world will be innumerable; and many will recognize them. They…

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Trichen Ngawang Chokdhen (1677-1751)

From page 67 of the biography of Trichen Ngawang Chokdhen (1677–1751) composed by Changkya Rolpai Dorje (1717–1786): Previously, a very vicious and evil spirit [1] possessed a man at Draksep. Some unstable lamas, former abbots, and monastic hostels (khangtsens) did practice in relation to it simply by invoking and propitiating it. A cairn for invoking…

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The People’s Princess – Yabshi Pan Rinzinwangmo

She is a student with a taste for Prada, but Tibetans consider Yabshi Pan Rinzinwangmo divine. Can she change her country? YABSHI PAN RINZINWANGMO, a 20-year-old political science student at a university in Washington USA, likes to be called Renji. Her Chinese mother uses the title “princess”. The Communist Chinese government not only permits the…

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Non-violence in Tibetan Culture

A Glimpse at How Tibetans View and Practice Non-violence in Politics and Daily Life Excerpted from: Larson, Zachary. (2000) Nonviolence in Tibetan Culture: A glimpse at how Tibetans view and practice nonviolence in politics and daily life. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Chapter One: The Continuing Tradition of Meat Consumption in Tibetan Culture Tibet: the “Last…

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Offerings by Panchen Otrul Rinpoche

Offerings are the formal religious expression of the fundamental Buddhist virtue of giving. The perfection of giving, dana-paramita in Sanskrit, is first of the six or ten perfections. It encompasses every kind of generosity, whether it involves a gift to those higher than ourselves, such as deities in the merit field, or the poor or…

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Je Tsongkhapa’s “Three Principal Aspects of the Path”

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama Translated by Lobsang Jordhen & edited by Jeremy Russell His Holiness gave this teaching at the request of a group of students from France in the main temple at Thekchen Choling in the Autumn of 1989 Today I am going to explain the Three Principal Aspects of the Path….

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Tales of Intrigue from Tibet’s Holy City

THE HISTORICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF A MODERN BUDDHIST CRISIS by LINDSAY G. McCUNE LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS 5DLPT = Blo bzang rgya mtsho. 1991-1995. “Thogs med drag rtsal nus stobs ldan pa’i dam can chos srung rgya mtsho’i mngon rtogs mchod ‘bul bskyang bshags bstod tsogs sogs ‘phrin las rnam zhi lhun drub ces bya ba bzhugs…

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TWO SIDES OF THE SAME GOD by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

Tricycle : The Buddhist Review: Spring 1998 edition To understand both sides ofthe Shugden debtate, Donald Lopez interviewed Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, an advocate of Dorje Shugden worship, and the author of fifteen books, including Universal Compassion and Essence of Vajrayana; and Tibetan Jigme Norbu, who opposes Shugden worship. Jigme…

Contemplate This

.…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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