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The Dalai Lama’s Secrets: A Precarious Relationship with China

Tibet has not been a sovereign state for over 50 years now. However, not many people know that the first 10 years of Chinese Communist rule in Tibet was actually characterized by peaceful co-existence with the 14th Dalai Lama. During that period, the 14th Dalai Lama had an important post in the Chinese Communist Party….

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An Open Letter to Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman is promoted globally as a learned scholar and author of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also famous for being “personal friends” with the Dalai Lama. Which is more important then? The fact that he could be a strong authority of Buddhism in the West, bringing the many sacred, ancient teachings to millions in “the…

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Robert Thurman: American Monk or Tibetan Puppet?

Everyone who knows the Dalai Lama is most likely to also know of Robert Thurman. Here is a man who has been inextricably linked to the Dalai Lama since the 1960s, when Tibetan Buddhism was just starting to grow in the world. Many well-known Buddhist texts today are attributed to Thurman, making him a leading…

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The Two Faces of Robert Thurman

How a leading Dalai Lama supporter and Buddhist scholar begged for Dorje Shugden’s initiation. Anyone interested in the subjects of Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama will know of Robert Thurman, a self-professed “personal friend” of the Dalai Lama and prolific writer about the Dalai Lama and his teachings. In light of the Dorje Shugden…

The Lehigh University protests against the Dalai Lama’s ban of Dorje Shugden

Robert Thurman meets Kelsang Pema

The shocking way a world-renowned Buddhist scholar speaks towards an ordained nun and Shugden practitioners. Robert Thurman, world famous Buddhist scholar and professor, author on many Buddhist subjects and close “personal friend” of the Dalai Lama, might be expected to act in more courteous ways towards the Sangha. Imagine everyone’s surprise then, when he retorted…

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Kopan Monks Asking for Dorje Shugden Puja for Lama Zopa

Dear respected friends, It is with great interest and happiness that we write to share this recent news with you. Globally, the world knows that there is currently a ban on the Buddhist Protector Deity Dorje Shugden. Many people have publicly denounced the practice and have become very harmful, even unkind, towards Shugden practitioners. Some…

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A Critique of ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters’ by Robert Thurman

Part One Extracted from from the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Blog Robert Thurman is the Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Buddhism at Columbia University, New York. He is also a close friend of the Dalai Lama and his chief advocate in the West. This year (2008) he has written a book: ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters’….

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Dakini Healed Lama Zopa?

Dear friends of the Dharma, We are most happy to share with you a most interesting story about two great beings: Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the female oracle, known respectfully as Khadro-la. Oracles are special people who are trained to take trance of higher beings or enlightened Dharma Protectors. They hold an especially esteemed role…

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Angry Spirit

By: TIM McGIRK Once a month, a joyful procession of Tibetan refugees – many of them disfigured by frostbite suffered while escaping their homeland over the Himalayas – files into the Dalai Lama’s exile palace at the Indian hill station of Dharamsala. For these visitors, His Holiness is an emanation of the Compassionate Buddha, and his…

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Are Dalai Lama’s critics backed by China?

It has been 12 years since I first heard Dorje Shugden’s name. Under normal circumstances it’s best not to talk about protectors openly. This is because the sanctity and potency of the protectors would be compromised, and you don’t really want their assistance to wane. Best kept in silence, they serve as fuel on the…

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The Deity Banned by Dalai Lama

I am a Dutch student of Kundeling Rinpoche, one of the Dalai Lama’s major critics in the Gelugpa tradition. I’ll try to give an explanation of the Dorje Shugden controversy that is both understandable for those who are not initiated in the Mahayana-Vajrayana Buddhist tradition and still explains the very crux of the problem. When…

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Anti Shugden website apologized!

The anti Dorje Shugden website that used to be run by Dharamsala recently apologized for wronging Dorje Shugden! Check it out here: http://antishugden.com/

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Religious Persecution – how it makes and breaks nations

Introduction Below is a letter composed and compiled by dorjeshugden.com which has been sent out to Tibetan representatives, CTA representatives and other significant personalities within the Tibetan Buddhist community. It is inspired by the many, many incidences throughout history and in our modern world of religious persecution imposed upon people of varying religions and faiths….

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Western Shugden Society

Very few have discussed the plight of Shugden practitioners in Western Shugden Society. I will delve into some of the issues faced by some of our eastern brothers in Tibet. The Tibetan exile government put the Dalai Lama’s wishes into practice directly in India, and in the same way the Dalai Lama’s official representative in…

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The Shugden Dispute

In my last post I wrote about current issues within the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). As promised, to fill out my attitude to the NKT I am posting an article I wrote in 1996 in the second issue of Dharma Lifemagazine, just as the dispute over Dorje Shugden was breaking out into the open. Much…

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The Dalai Lama: a Spiritual Conundrum – A Reply to Criticism

Recently, someone posted the following on an anti-Shugden website regarding my previous post The Dalai Lama: a Spiritual Conundrum: According to NKT, the Dalai Lama has inflicted more harm that those who have killed millions of people, tortured millions of people and raped millions of women in modern times. What could be more harmful than…

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Canonicity and Divine Interference: The Tulkus and the Shugden-Controversy

Michael von Brück Centre for Religious Studies Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich Religions are systems of social communication which at the same time create images of reality which become normative structures of perception, and these in turn define what is considered ‘real’ in a given society. In this way the legitimacy of social structures as well as structures…

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Spiritual Conundrum

I was trying to think of a title for this post.  I settled on the title after I read these definitions of conundrum: A confusing and difficult problem or question
 an intricate and difficult problem What is the problem? Well, what do you think about these spiritual quotations? If we make a steady effort, I think we…

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Chushi Gangdrug made to swear against Dorje Shugden who helped them

In this book “Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War” by Carole McGranahan, Duke University Press Books (October 1, 2010), it clearly recorded the incident where Chushi Gangdrug members consulted Dorje Shugden oracle during Chinese invasion in the 50s, and in 2008, they were made to swear against Dorje Shugden!! Shame…

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Proof of the bigger picture – Chinese demanded monks to worship Shugden

It has always been dorjeshugden.com’s firm stand that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is purposely creating the ban on Dorje Shugden with a bigger picture at the back of His mind, which is actually to promote Dorje Shugden, especially in the Chinese world, where a renaissance of Buddhism is expected to happen. Below’s account is…

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So Who is Telling the TRUTH?

As far as prolific biographies go, no one has need of a more extensive biography than His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who has thirteen previous lives to include. The man who has devoted his life to this sacred task is Glenn H. Mullin, the most prominent biographer of all fourteen Dalai Lamas. Having dedicated…

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China May Use Dissident Sect Against Dalai Lama: Tibet

S Gopal Puri, TNN | May 15, 2012, 06.32AM IST DHARAMSHALA: The Tibetan government-in-exile on Monday pointed its finger towards a splinter community among Tibetans – the around 5000-strong Dorje Shugden community – after the Dalai Lama had raised an alarm on Sunday over threat to his life. The Dalai Lama has not recognized this…

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Good Faith, Bad Faith

While watching the Dalai Lama on YouTube the other day I was struck by a strange sensation. I was bored. Now don’t get me wrong. I like this ‘simple monk’ as Tenzin Gyatso likes to call himself. I had a long private audience with him years ago in Dharamsala that left me flying high for…

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The Lord Dorje Shugden

The Mighty Lord Dorje Shugden is one of the most popular Buddhist protectors of all. Maybe some of the credit for his popularity goes to HH Dalai Lama for his tireless efforts in publicizing the controversy that had resulted in chaos within Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries as well as amongst Dharma centers around the world. If…

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Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

July 6th, 1935 – The babe Lhamo Thondup (Wish-Fulfilling Goddess) was born in the province of Amdo. By 1940, he had been relocated to Lhasa and was renamed Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso and named the Spiritual leader of Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama. While it lacks detail in many areas, you can find…

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Why is the Dalai Lama suppressing religious freedom?

Do you know that the Dalai Lama… the Nobel Peace Prize winner and supposed champion of human rights is busy at work removing the religious rights and the freedom of his own Tibetan people and persecuting all those who are trying to stand up for these rights; and that he is using all his political…

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The Dalai Lama: “Shugden practitioners: you’re not welcome”

We recently received another sad proclamation from the Dalai Lama, who regularly makes an issue of the practice of Dorje Shugden in his public teachings, and encourages his followers to stop this venerable, traditional Dharma practice. This time his teaching was made in Mongolia. We are grateful to the Dorje Shugden Society for translating this…

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Battle of the Buddhists

Andrew Brown, 15 July 1996 Ruth Lister drove her shining 7-series BMW with aplomb down one of the worst roads I have ever seen. It was so badly potholed and steep that we might have been in Tibet. And so, in a sense, we were. For though physically we were in the small West Yorkshire…

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Why Dorje Shugden Practitioners are not Isolationist – Part 2

Isolationism was intensified in 2008, when the Dalai Lama started a new phase of persecution against Shugden practitioners. Whilst ostensibly on a religious visit to Drepung Loseling monastery in South India, instead he instigated a political referendum on whether the monastery wanted Shugden monks to remain in their ranks. He forced the monks to vote…

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Why Dorje Shugden Practitioners are not Isolationist – Part 1

Some people criticize Dorje Shugden practitioners for being ‘isolationist’ or ‘sectarian’, but it’s important to understand why these perceptions have come about because it may appear that ‘Shugdenpas’ have deliberately decided to separate from Tibetan society or Tibetan Buddhism as taught by the Dalai Lama. However, as is explained, this is not the case. The…

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Beyond Belief

by Paul Mooney in Chatreng and Shangri-La Beijing stands accused of manipulating a long-simmering controversy in Tibetan Buddhism that has divided followers of the Dalai Lama It’s early morning at the Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La, Yunnan province, and nine monks are fingering prayer beads as they chant in a small room, gold-coloured shawls on their…

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The Truth About Tibet and Dalai Lama

By Eirik Granqvist I read an article by Elisabeth Nauclrs in the Aug 22 edition of Hufvudstadsbladet (Hbl) in which she expresses anger with the Finnish government and president for not according the Dalai Lama an official reception. I have read other writings on the Dalai Lama’s visit in Hbl, too, and decided to tell…

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Karmapa Asked Anti-Shugden Statue to be Removed

I remember the admin posted this before, so I would like to repost here for everyone’s reference: While the Sixteenth Karmapa (the previous Karmapa) was on a pilgrimage in Nepal he stopped at Urgyen Rinpoche’s new monastery. At that time the Nepalese king and queen were there and came out to greet him with a…

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How Gen Nyima tried to save His Holiness the 98th Gaden Tripa

In the late 1980s, His Holiness the 98th Ganden Tripa Jampel Shenpen Rinpoche of Gaden Jangtse Monastery was very ill. High lamas and senior geshes were constantly doing pujas for him, praying for his swift recovery and good health, but to no avail. No rituals, medicines or treatment seemed to have any effect. His Holiness…

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A Spirit of the XVII Century

Dear Forum Readers, I found this interesting article online which I thought might excite you from the pro-dzogchen side of the world of Tibetan Buddhism. The author is a journalist whom have claimed to have heard a lot of evidences from HHDL regarding the ban of the Dorje Shugden practice yet is unable to note…

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How Official China Media Portrays Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden

See how official China media Xinhua and People’s Daily portray Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden, then we can get some signs of things to come… Namdrol     How a layman sees the Dalai Lama XIV 2011-Nov-22 Tue A “POLITICIAN MONK” As one leading figure of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama,…

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Dalai Lama’s Brother is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen?!

Due to their compassionate nature, it is said that enlightened beings will come back endlessly until the end of samsara. Such is the case with high masters like Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, who is an emanation of Manjushri and who would later arise as Dorje Shugden. However, since the time Dorje Shugden was accused of being…

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CTA Removes Apartheid Policy Against Dorje Shugden?

Out of curiosity I did a search on CTA’s website www.tibet.net for “shugden”, and a list came out, but when I tried to click on the links with Shugden as the main topic, for example “His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Advice Concerning Dolgyal (Shugden)”, it only says “page not found”, same for a few other…

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Four Very Important Questions

Dear Sir / Madam, I am writing to you to draw your attention to a most important issue within the Tibetan Buddhist community. This is not about any Free Tibet issues. This is something even more important about the freedom of people within the Tibetan community and among each other. It is well known that…

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Shamar Rinpoche says that Dorje Shugden practitioners’ protests are effective

As the American playwright and social activist, Howard Zinn once said, “”Protest…is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.” In fact in many instances, public protest is the only way to hold a bad government accountable for their wrongdoings. Zinn’s words are resonant of an important advice by Martin Luther King…

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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