20 Years of Suffering: Lift the Shugden Ban

For the past 20 years, countless media agencies and major news channels have reported on the controversial Dorje Shugden ban instituted by the 14th Dalai Lama and the widespread violence and religious persecution surrounding this issue. Yet, despite extensive media coverage, little in the way of international pressure has been applied to the Tibetan leadership and as a result, millions of Shugden Buddhists worldwide continue to suffer faith-based discrimination to this day.

This short video sums up 20 years worth of information about the unethical Shugden ban and the discrimination, fear and coercion faced by Shugden Buddhists on a daily basis, especially those who are brave enough to stand up, speak and fight for their Religious Freedom.

Through sharing this video, you are helping millions of Shugden Buddhists worldwide by creating awareness of their sufferings and helping them regain their rights to freedom of religion and freedom of choice. On their behalf, we at DorjeShugden.com thank you.

For more evidence of the ban and the suffering it has caused: http://www.dorjeshugden.com/press/proof-of-discrimination/

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  1. Segregation, separation, violence, deprivation, hatred, anger and this vileness action istituted by the Dalai Lama quarters has caused unbelievably traumatic pain.
    Seen on the many faces of the Shudgen followers are a glaring hopelessness because the decree comes from the respected head of Tibetan Buddhism. Who will fight for their freedom? Who will they believe the Dalai lama or the Shudgen followers? Unfortunately, as hard as the Shudgen followers may try it appears like a losing battle and a fruitless attempt in the Tibetan context. Changes are likely to appear when his holiness passed into clear light. But then again there will be chaos as soon as that happens because currently there is no one under his wings that have been trained to take over. However, in the Shudgen sectors in other parts of the world they are gaining momentum and are expected to restore Dorje Shudgen recognition once again.

  2. It is very disheartening to watch this video. In this day and age people living in Tibet are still being discriminated and bullied because they have different belief. This is unacceptable and it is violating human rights. Tibet is a democratic country. Why would the government allow this to happen? Everyone deserve to be treated fairly and live in harmony.

    Dorje Shugden has been practice for more than 400 years by many erudite high lamas and even by HH Dalai Lama’s guru. So how can it be wrong and evil. I sincerely hope Dalai Lama will lift this ban to stop the suffering of the Shugden practitioners. No one should living in fear just because different belief.

    May more people share this video to create more awareness of the ban.

  3. I feel so pain after watch this video. The Dorje Shigden Ban had caused too much pain for the people who practice Dorje Shugden especially the Tibetan people. Fear, attacked, bullied, violence, segregation, violation of human rights, failure of democracy, discrimination for 20 years…

    How come the practice which has been practiced for more than 400 years by many high lamas be wrong? A dialogue in this particular issue has to be made and solved. Religious freedoms should be applicable to all human.

    May the Dorje Shugden ban be lifted.

  4. Totally agree with “For our beliefs, we will not give up. It is our right.” It is understood that in a democracy, everyone has the equal rights and freedoms for their religion.

    Please understand and respect to those are firm, strong, determination and never give up the Dorje Shugden practice though they suffered for more than 20 years. 20 years of suffering is enough for the Shugden practitioners. This is the time to release the ban and give them the freedom to practice the dharma and eventually achieve the attainments.

  5. Total hypocrisy on the part of Dalai Lama to deny that the ban causes no harm. For a Nobel Peace prize Laureate, Dalai Lama certainly showed no mercy in denying the claims of Shugden people being violently attack under his watch. Considering he is the administrative leader of Tibetans in exile, shouldn’t he at least showed some care and eagerness in the ill fate of his people? It is hard not to assume that Dalai Lama condones violence conducts among his followers as long as they are doing the dirty bidding him, and certainly Dalai Lama comes across as someone who does not give a darn to people’s life as long as he gets what he wants.

    And equally unimaginable is to have Samdhong Rinpoche the Prime Minister then, openly acknowledged and backed the segregation and discrimination against Shugden people, his own people. Why would a Prime Minister to express such wrath and loath against his own people? I thought the medieval era is over, but, no, not in the Tibetans in exile community.

    It is rather sad to have leaders like this in the Tibetans in exile community, who assume positions that can amass wealth for selfish use in the expense of the poor and sad condition of their people.

    Tibetans please stand up and voice out. It is your life these leaders are playing with.

  6. Shared! I wonder how long can India ignore this injustice that is happening right under their nose. Why will they not step in to investigate what the Dalai Lama and the CTA is doing to their own people? India sure is very tolerant because the amount of havio the Tibetans create for them because of their ban of Dorje Shugden really creates unnecessary work and strain to India’s security when they probably have better things to do for their entire country. In this way I see the CTA taking advantage of India hospitality and their stay temporary stay in India. How much more crap is the CTA going to give India? How much benefit does the Tibetans bring to India economically and looks like even spiritually they give so much problems.

    There should never be discrimination or a ban on anyone’s religion and to have this going on in Indian soil, isn’t it breaching India’s democratic constitution of religious freedom.

  7. @ Domeo, the reason why India seems to be tolerating this injustice is the same reason the USA (and hence the UN) turns a blind eye to the CTA’s offences against humanity. And that reason is because the Dalai Lama has very deftly turned himself into a a political weapon that these nations can use against China.

    China’s meteoric rise to power is a threat to much of the world’s leading nations today. And so, the Dalai Lama and the very well cultivated ‘Tibetan Cause’ serve to curb China’s position in the international community.

    However, this political utility has a ‘used by’ date and one day, it will benefit these nations more not to stand with the Dalai Lama. It is foolish for the CTA to assume that the protection accorded by India and US will last forever.

  8. Watching the video wrenches at my heart especially helpless old ladies and monks are being attacked. We were brought up to respect older folks as a morally right thing to do, yet these Anti-Shugdens could debase themselves to that extent.

    And that lady crying as her sister in India couldn’t buy food from the shops just because she practices Shugden. Her sister had to go begging for food. Even devil worshippers or the terrorist can walk into any shop to buy their necessities, including food.

    With all the proofs of attacks and segregations, the Dalai Lama still blatantly denies that the ban had cause any sufferings. By now the world should have learnt of the situation from interviews, documentaries, online news, etc. and yet why haven’t any countries or human rights group take up their stance to give those suffering their human freedom and rights of practice?

    Wonder why would the Dalai Lama, the emanation of Chenrenzig, the Buddha of Compassion, manifest all these situations for his people to suffer? Maybe he is clearing the karma of the Shugden practitioners as they maintain clean samaya with their Guru in keeping true to their practices. As they say, “the pious will go to heaven”.

    But for the ban to have lasted over 20 years, it is just too much sufferings and bad karma created. May the Dalai Lama please heed our plea and swiftly remove the ban on Dorje Shugden to reunite all Tibetan Buddhists.

  9. This unjust ban on Dorje Shugden practice has been going for too long now, Dorje Shugden practitioners have not done anything wrong and why are we discriminated, ostracised and looked down upon based on our religious choice? Why don’t Dorje Shugden deserve religious freedom and equality? Because His Holiness said that the practice is bad?

    With all the respect, His Holiness even said that his teachers were all wrong, can you imagine how ‘scary’ is that? If his teachers were wrong, it would mean that all the teachings and transmissions the Dalai Lama is giving now are powerless and without blessings since the his teachers’ refuge vows are broken because they practised Dorje Shugden. It would also mean that whatever His Holiness is doing now is ‘wrong’, so if they are wrong, his stance on Dorje Shugden practice could also be wrong.

  10. I am so embarrass of my leadership n my ppl . There is so much proofs of this ban that it is so crazy some ppl can say that it is just advice n not a ban . The world is looking at us as example of the human rights n peace but our ppl is not at peace . Every day Dhasa is lying to the ppl n so much of the negative karma is coming . Our Tibetan ppl have a saying like our leader work like the children . They are try to solve something like problem but the solution is not coming n making many problem in between n hurting many ppl . This is the problem of the blind faith n not knowing the Dharma .

  11. I wonder how people can survive under these sufferings for 20 years; and how the Tibetan leadership can do these for 20 years.

    This ban serve no meaning beside fulfilling political intentions. Thanks to the modern technology that they can’t hide it anymore for how much unethical rules Tibetan Leadership has made people suffer.

    The ban on Dorje Shugden is unethical. May it end very soon.

  12. We respect all religions, this is the basic of being kind and compasion in learning dharma. Please leave the ban and give freedom to Dorje Shugden practitioners.

  13. We respect all religions, this is the basic of being kind and compassion in learning dharma. Please leave the ban and give freedom to Dorje Shugden practitioners.

  14. It is very sad to see this video. How can all this discrimination be carried out today under the Dalai Lama. Even the Samdhong Rinpoche admits to the discrimination and yet the Dalai Lama is not willing to abide by his principles and words of peace, harmony and dialogue to solve problems.

    I’m beginning to believe the calls of the Dalai Lama being a ‘liar’. Right now, I’m finding it hard to believe in the Dalai Lama and the CTA as they don’t walk the talk.

    What I cannot understand is how the rest of the world can still sit back and do nothing. i Know, disparaging a monk creates very bad karma but how is a samsaric person to think with such damning evidence on video.

  15. Don’t get stock with waiting for HHDL or CTA, don’t ask them like a little child to stop what they are doing or not doing, but continue with your dharma study and practice, based on analytical and resting mindfulness, calm abiding, clear seeing and meditation to effect the wisdom view of non-duality (shunyata) and compassion that is within this wisdom view or essence (pure) and nature (clear) of your own conciousnesscontinuum/pure and clear awareness that is rooted in spacecontinuum and therefore is basicly pure, clear and has the healing transformation power of wisdom and compassion to be able to perform healing activities of mind, speech and body to prevent harmful activities of mind, speech and body and heal/transform anything that is harmful into enlightment.

    Just continue to devote to non-duality, to wisdom and compassion, to dharma by dharma study and practice and you not only effect freedom and wellbeing but also nothing can stop you.

    States, republics, religions come and go, just aks archeology and find out for yourself about their dualistic selfhate betray systems/games and that they’ve failed because of the people where/are lost in duality and all the harmful eternalistic and nihilistic views that arise from duality and all the good and bad thoughts and emotions (harmful motivation) that arise from these harmful views and effect all the harmful (good and bad) actions of mind, speech and body that create all the good and bad karma that keep up this dualistic selfhate cycle (samsara) and dualisitc systems/games with all the luck and pain, problems, suffering and frustration that come along with this.

    Don’t follow this dualistic selfhate systems/games that only can create dualistic illusions, lastingness and non-existence, good and bad, god and devil and so on with all the luck and pain, problems, suffering and frustration but no freedom and wellbeing that is rooted in space- and conciousnesscontinuum and only can be effected by wisdom and compassion/dharma that is rooted in space- and conciousnesscontinuum.

    Therefore just play the healing and transforming dharma game to transform your state of conciousness, your karma, your present and future, by dharma study and practice (that is devotion) into enlightment instead of struggeling with anything that is harmful, harmful thoughts and emotions, harmful views, dualty and ignorance regarding non-duality.

    Never ever give up, just continue, no matter what happend, happens or will happen, just continue and bring all the wisdom and compassion together, just unify and you’ll find out for yourself non-duality or what is beyond words, beyond thoughts, beyond duality, beyond this illusion of ignorance regarding non-duality and is called shunyata.

    If beings come to harm you, just practice wisdom and compassion to transform instead of ignoring, attachment and aversion and then you liberate. Just continue …

    So don’t wait for HHDL, CTA or whatever, just go on with dharma study and practice regardless of those who practice ignorance, duality and all these duslistic selfhate systems/games that harms themself most because it effects their conciousness in this harmful way.

    Remember the bodhicitta prayer for these beings, one of the most beautiful prayers that are unbelievable profound and powerful to keep up the healing and transforming power of loving kindness or compassion of non-duality to effect healing activities of mind, speech and body.

    The Dorje Shugden “Ban” and all the harmful activities since are obviously not a beautiful dharma dance/dance of non-duality/dance of loving kindness to prevent and overcome ignorance and so on. It is not helpful to keep up the transmition of dharma into the future for the benifit of al beings in the future. There is no question about this because it is very clear to everyone around he world that something went wrong and still is wrong due to the selfhate illusion of ignoring non-duality.

    We don’t need to hate ourself and others by performing this black magic trick of ignoring non-duality/distraction regarding non-duality to create duality and so on with all the dualisitc systems/games that only effect problems, suffering and frustration to keep this cycle of illusion/duality/voilence with all the luck and pain problems, suffering and frustration up.

    People say that Shakyamuni ones has said that each and everyone of us should be his own light and should only take refuge into the light within himself to be his own light to become free of ignoring non-duality, duality and so on with all the luck and pain, problems, suffering and frustration.

    Be your own light, devote and take refuge to the light within yourself by dharma study and practice, based on analytical and resting mindfulness, calm abiding, clear seeing and meditation.

    I love you all and i practice for you all … take care and never ever give up, no matter what happend, happens or will happen just go/devote by dharma study and practice.

  16. In a nutshell, the Dorje Shugden ban is real and the CTA is living in denial for the past 20 years. The suffering of the Tibetans and Dorje Shugden practitioners do not bother the CTA at all and they continue to elevate the amount of suffering for their selfish intent. We continue to educate people on the unlawful ban and the CTA continue to supress and hurt Dorje Shugden practitioners. It is amazing how many are in denial about the ban and continue to keep turning a blind eye to it.

    I have learned from this incident that people are more comfortable in following a branded lama than to understand the whole controversy blindly. Once they have decided to follow blindly, you will have a hard time to change their mind, afterall, hating the Dorje Shugden practitioners, discriminating them, throw stones at them etc. matches the ignorant mind of the people.

    Nevertheless, we will continue to educate, to learn, to share, to bring awareness until the ban is lifted!

  17. I like the music used, from the movie ‘Inception’ good touch.

    20 years of Dorje Shudgen discrimination is a very very long time, even Worlds Wars only lasted 6 years at most. What heinous thing have Dorje Shugden committed that they deserve such treatment?


    July 2018-NYC- Tibetans fighting at some birthday celebratory event for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They set up a throne in the back, place Dalai Lama’s picture, and they fight, push, shout, scream at each other right in front of the throne of Dalai Lama and it’s filmed. That is the level of the Tibetans overall. Tibetans are not gentle, Buddhist, peace-loving, tolerant people as they portray to the world. They are rough, rude, hateful, vengeful, violent, regionalistic, narrow minded and will create trouble wherever they go. Very feudal. They always resort to vulgar words and violence. There are some moderate Tibetans, but on the whole they are very violent people who do not practice Buddhism. The average Tibetan know nothing of Buddhism and do not practice. Buddhism is just a meal ticket for them to get to another country. Their support of Dalai Lama is blind and only to be politically correct and they never practice what he teaches. Disgraceful to see a group of violent Tibetans fighting at a Dalai Lama birthday event. Shameful.

    Tibetans are not welcomed wherever they go. Bhutanese kicked them out. Nepal hates Tibetans. India has no more use for the ‘refugee’ Tibetans and their temples made of gold. After 60 years they cannot get their own country back. What a bunch of losers and useless government people they have.


  19. What will the all the people around the world and in Tibet do now? Dalai Lama says he is happy that Tibet is a part of China and should remain a part of China. So many Tibetans self-immolated for Tibet to be independent and now Dalai Lama did a 360 degree turn and says he wants to go back to Tibet and China and Tibet should be a part of China. So unbelievable. So many are angry and disappointed.

    Tibetans ready to be part of China: Dalai Lama
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    Indo-Asian News Service
    Tibetans are ready to be a part of China if guaranteed full rights to preserve their culture, the Dalai Lama said on Friday.
    “Tibetans are not asking for independence. We are okay with remaining with the People’s Republic of China, provided we have full rights to preserve our culture,” the 83-year-old spiritual leader said at “Thank You Karnataka” event here in the city.
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    “Several of Chinese citizens practicing Buddhism are keen on Tibetan Buddhism as it is considered scientific,” the Nobel laureate said.
    Born in Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. He fled to India from Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959.
    China annexed Tibet in 1950, forcing thousands of Tibetans, including monks, to flee the mountain country and settle in India as refugees.
    Since then, India has been home to over 100,000 Tibetans majorly settled in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh among other states.


  20. Dear Dalai Lama,

    Since you started the cruel ban against the 350 year Dorje Shugden practice, how has it benefit your Tibetan society and Buddhism in the world? Things have become worse and most educated Tibetans can see this. They don’t speak out not because they don’t see your ban as wrong, but you instill fear in them and not respect. It is like fear of a dictator. I am sorry to say so. Everyone is divided. There is no harmony. Before your ban there was more harmony and unity.

    By enacting the ban, you split the monasteries, split so many families, split regions in Tibet apart, split your disciples from you, split your own gurus from you, split Tibetan Buddhism apart. You have created so much disharmony.

    It is not democratic what you have done to ban a religion within your community. You always talk of tolerance and acceptance and democracy and yet you do not accept and tolerate something different from your beliefs. When people practice Dorje Shugden you ostracize them, ban them from seeing you, ban them from using Tibetan facilities. You know you have done that. There are videos that capture your speech and prove this point. You even had people expelled from monasteries just because they practice Dorje Shugden. Some of the monks you expelled have been in the monastery for over 40 years. Many older monks shed tears because of this.

    Many young educated Tibetans lost confidence in you as they saw the damage the Dorje Shugden ban created and they lose hope. Many have become free thinkers. They reject what you have done. So many people in the west left Buddhism because of the confusion you created with this ban against Dorje Shugden which is immoral.

    You could of had millions of people who practice Dorje Shugden to support, love and follow you, but you scared them away. They are hurt and very disappointed. They loved you and respected you deeply before the ban. It has been 60 years and you have failed to get Tibet back. Your biggest failure is not getting Tibet back after 57 years in exile. Now you are begging China to allow you to return to Tibet to the disappointment of thousands of people who fought for a free Tibet believing in you. So many self-immolated for a free Tibet and now you want Tibet to be a part of China with no referendum from Tibetans. Just like a dictator, you decide on your own. It was your government and you that lost Tibet in the first place. Your policies and style of doing things do not benefit Tibet and Buddhism. You have been the sole ruler of Tibet your whole life and you still have not gotten our country of Tibet back for us. Our families and us are separated. Yet you create more pain by creating a ban to further divide people. Please have compassion.

    No other Buddhist leader has banned or condemned any religion except for you. It looks very bad. You are a Nobel laureate and this is not fitting of a laureate. You should unite people and not separate them by religious differences.

    You said Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi did not do right to the Rohingya people in Myanmar due to religious differences, but you are doing the same thing to the Shugden Buddhists within your own society. There is a parallel in this. You separate the Shugden Buddhists from the others in Tibetan society.

    You have lost so many people who would have loved and supported you. You have lost so much support around the world. The Shugden Buddhists who love you number in the millions. When you are fast losing support from governments and private people, it will not do you well to lose more.

    After you are passed away in the future, the rift you created between the Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people will remain for a while and that will be your legacy. Disharmony. You will be remembered for this. Not as a hero but a disharmony creator.

    Dorje Shugden will spread and further grow, but you will be no more as you are a human. No one wishes you bad and in fact we hope you have a long and healthy life, but we have lost so much hope and have so much despair because of you. All the hundreds of Dorje Shugden lamas, tulkus and geshes are maturing and there are hundreds of Dorje Shugden monasteries in Tibet who will not give up Dorje Shugden. You have made a mistake. These hundreds of teachers and teachers to be will spread Dorje Shugden further in the future.

    The gurus that gave us Dorje Shugden as a spiritual practice and you have called these holy gurus wrong and they are mistaken in giving us Dorje Shugden. How can you insult our gurus whom we respect so much? If they can be wrong, then you can be wrong. Then all gurus can be wrong. So no one needs to listen to any guru? You have created this trend. It is not healthy. Your own gurus practiced Dorje Shugden their whole lives. Your own gurus were exemplary and highly learned.

    Dalai Lama you have created so much pain with this ban against so many people due to religion. You are ageing fast. Are you going to do anything about it or stay stubborn, hard and un-moving. You show a smile and preach peace and harmony wherever you go. But will you do the same to your own people? Please rectify the wrong you have done. Please before it is too late. You can create harmony again or you can pass away in the future with this legacy of peace. May you live long and think carefully and admit what was a mistake in having this unethical ban against Dorje Shugden religion.

  21. Why doesn’t the United States and its allies end Refugee Status for the useless Tibetans? They have been refugees for 60 years now and don’t tell me they still cannot get their lives back in order?

    Tibetans really know how to put on a good show and use people, take their money and do nothing in return.

    Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians
    In internal emails, Jared Kushner advocated a “sincere effort to disrupt” the U.N.’s relief agency for Palestinians.
    Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, has quietly been trying to do away with the U.N. relief agency that has provided food and essential services to millions of Palestinian refugees for decades, according to internal emails obtained by Foreign Policy.
    His initiative is part of a broader push by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to strip these Palestinians of their refugee status in the region and take their issue off the table in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to both American and Palestinian officials. At least two bills now making their way through Congress address the issue.
    Kushner, whom Trump has charged with solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been reluctant to speak publicly about any aspect of his Middle East diplomacy. A peace plan he’s been working on with other U.S. officials for some 18 months has been one of Washington’s most closely held documents.
    But his position on the refugee issue and his animus toward the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is evident in internal emails written by Kushner and others earlier this year.
    “It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA,” Kushner wrote about the agency in one of those emails, dated Jan. 11 and addressed to several other senior officials, including Trump’s Middle East peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt.
    “This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help peace,” he wrote.
    The United States has helped fund UNRWA since it was formed in 1949 to provide relief for Palestinians displaced from their homes following the establishment of the State of Israel and ensuing international war. Previous administrations have viewed the agency as a critical contributor to stability in the region.
    But many Israel supporters in the United States today see UNRWA as part of an international infrastructure that has artificially kept the refugee issue alive and kindled hopes among the exiled Palestinians that they might someday return home—a possibility Israel flatly rules out.
    Critics of the agency point in particular to its policy of granting refugee status not just to those who fled Mandatory Palestine 70 years ago but to their descendants as well—accounting that puts the refugee population at around 5 million, nearly one-third of whom live in camps across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza.
    By trying to unwind UNRWA, the Trump administration appears ready to reset the terms of the Palestinian refugee issue in Israel’s favor—as it did on another key issue in December, when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
    In the same January email, Kushner wrote: “Our goal can’t be to keep things stable and as they are. … Sometimes you have to strategically risk breaking things in order to get there.”
    Kushner raised the refugee issue with officials in Jordan during a visit to the region in June, along with Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. According to Palestinian officials, he pressed the Jordan to strip its more than 2 million registered Palestinians of their refugee status so that UNRWA would no longer need to operate there.
    “[Kushner said] the resettlement has to take place in the host countries and these governments can do the job that UNRWA was doing,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a member of Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
    She said the Trump administration wanted rich Arab Gulf states to cover the costs Jordan might incur in the process.
    “They want to take a really irresponsible, dangerous decision and the whole region will suffer,” Ashrawi said.
    Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator, told reporters in June that Kushner’s delegation had said it was ready to stop funding UNRWA altogether and instead direct the money—$300 million annually—to Jordan and other countries that host Palestinian refugees.
    “All this is actually aimed at liquidating the issue of the Palestinian refugees,” hesaid.
    The White House declined to comment on the record for this story. A senior executive branch official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.S. policy regarding the U.N.’s Palestinian refugee program “has been under frequent evaluation and internal discussion. The administration will announce its policy in due course.”
    Jordanian officials in New York and Washington did not respond to queries about the initiative.
    Kushner and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, both proposed ending funding for UNRWA back in January. But the State Department, the Pentagon, and the U.S. intelligence community all opposed the idea, fearing in part that it could fuel violence in the region.
    The following week, the State Department announced that that United States would cut the first $125 million installment of its annual payment to UNRWA by more than half, to $60 million.
    “UNRWA has been threatening us for six months that if they don’t get a check they will close schools. Nothing has happened,” Kushner wrote in the same email.
    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at the time that the U.S. had no intention of eliminating funding for Palestinian refugees, and that it was taking time to explore ways to reform UNRWA and to convince other countries to help Washington shoulder the financial burden of aiding the Palestinians.
    But the following day, Victoria Coates, a senior advisor to Greenblatt, sent an email to the White House’s national security staff indicating that the White House was mulling a way to eliminate the U.N.’s agency for Palestinian refugees.
    “UNRWA should come up with a plan to unwind itself and become part of the UNHCR by the time its charter comes up again in 2019,” Coates wrote.
    She noted that the proposal was one of a number of “spitball ideas that I’ve had that are also informed by some thoughts I’ve picked up from Jared, Jason and Nikki.”
    Other ideas included a suggestion that the U.N. relief agency be asked to operate on a month-to-month budget and devise “a plan to remove all anti-Semitism from educational materials.”
    The ideas seemed to track closely with proposals Israel has been making for some time.
    “We believe that UNRWA needs to pass from the world as it is an organization that advocates politically against Israel and perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem,” said Elad Strohmayer, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
    Strohmayer said that Palestinians are the only population that is able to transfer its refugee status down through generations.
    The claim, though long advanced by Israel, is not entirely true.
    In an internal report from 2015, the State Department noted that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “recognizes descendants of refugees as refugees for purposes of their operations.” The report, which was recently declassified, said the descendants of Afghan, Bhutanese, Burmese, Somali, and Tibetan refugees are all recognized by the U.N. as refugees themselves.
    Of the roughly 700,000 original Palestinian refugees, only a few tens of thousands are still alive, according to estimates.
    The push to deny the status to most Palestinians refugees is also gaining traction in Congress.
    Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, introduced a bill that would limit the United States to assisting only the original refugees. Most savings in U.N. contributions would be directed to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United States’ principal international development agency. But USAID is currently constrained by the Taylor Force Act, which restricts the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends a policy of providing aid to families of fallen terrorists.
    “Instead of resettling Palestinian refugees displaced as a result of the Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1948, UNRWA provides aid to those they define as Palestinian refugees until there is a solution they deem acceptable to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Lamborn’s bill states.
    “This policy does not help resettle the refugees from 1948 but instead maintains a refugee population in perpetuity.”
    A congressional aide familiar with the legislation said its intent isn’t to gut UNRWA funding, but redirect assistance to descendants through USAID.
    “The people that are suffering should still get assistance, but through appropriately defined humanitarian channels and aid programs,” the aide said.
    Similarly, Sen. James Lankford, (R-Okla.), has drafted legislation that would redirect U.S. funding away from UNRWA and to other local and international agencies.
    The bill, which has not yet officially been introduced, would require the U.S. secretary of state certify by 2020 that the United Nations has ended its recognition of Palestinian descendants as refugees.
    “The United Nations should provide assistance to the Palestinians in a way that makes clear that the United Nations does not recognize the vast majority of Palestinians currently registered by UNRWA as refugees deserving refugee status,” reads a draft obtained by Foreign Policy.
    Previous U.S. administrations have maintained that the vast majority of Palestinian refugees will ultimately have to be absorbed in a new Palestinian state or naturalized in the countries that have hosted them for generations.
    But the fate of the refugee issue was expected to be agreed to as part of a comprehensive peace pact that resulted in the establishment of a Palestinian state.
    “It’s very clear that the overarching goal here is to eliminate the Palestinian refugees as an issue by defining them out of existence,” said Lara Friedman, the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
    “This isn’t going to make peace any easier. It’s going to make it harder.”

    DS.com Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians (1)

  22. Supreme Court of India JUSTICE Mr. MARKANDEY KATJU (RETD) writes that Tibet is much better under the Chinese than it was under the lamas who only wanted to make the populace slaves. It was feudal and it will never return to the backwardness again.

    Time has come to acknowledge that Tibet has vastly improved under Chinese rule
    JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU (RETD) | 12 August, 2018
    From a terribly poor state hinged on a feudal system, Tibet has modernised and grows faster than the rest of China
    This article has been prompted by Jyoti Malhotra’s article in ThePrint ‘Tibetan government quietly changed its PM’s designation. India won’t be unhappy about it‘.
    China’s annexation of Tibet in 1959, ousting the Dalai Lama, had attracted it worldwide criticism. The Dalai Lama fled and was granted asylum in India, where he set up a government-in-exile with its headquarters in Dharamshala.
    The Chinese claim Tibet on the grounds that it has been part of the country since the Yuan dynasty of the 13th century, which is disputed by the government-in-exile. But let us leave this that matter aside.
    The more important question is whether Chinese rule has benefited Tibet.
    The answer is that it undoubtedly has. As the Reuters’ Ben Blanchard writes: “Today Tibet is richer and more developed than it has ever been, its people healthier, more literate, better dressed and fed”.
    Although Ben goes on to argue that this development masks “a deep sense of unhappiness among many Tibetans”, I will disagree. How can anyone be unhappy if s/he is healthier, better fed and better clothed?
    Under the rule of the Dalai Lamas (Buddhist priests), the people of Tibet were terribly poor, almost entirely illiterate, and lived like feudal serfs.
    Today, Tibet presents a totally different picture. The illiteracy rate in Tibet has gone down from 95 per cent in the 1950s to 42 per cent in 2000. It has modern schools, universities, engineering and medical colleges, modern hospitals, freeways, supermarkets, fast food restaurants, mobile stores and apartment buildings. The capital Lhasa is like any other modern city.
    While the economic growth in the rest of China has slowed down to about 7 per cent, Tibet has had a 10 per cent growth rate in the last two decades.
    Tibet has huge mineral wealth, which was only awaiting Chinese technology to be tapped. Nowadays, it has numerous hydro and solar power plants and industries running with Chinese help.
    Tibetan literature is flourishing, contrary to claims that the Chinese want to crush Tibetan culture.
    Of course, now the lamas cannot treat their people as slaves.
    The so-called ‘government-in-exile’, of which Lobsang Sangay claims to be the President, is a fake organisation, funded by foreign countries. They only want to restore the feudal Tibet, ruled by the reactionary lamas, something which will never happen.
    The writer is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India

  23. While the government of Nepal has framed a policy to tighten the noose around non-governmental organisations, they have welcomed 30 Chinese NGOs to enter the country. These NGOs will penetrate the country’s social sector at the grassroots level. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese NGOs have entered Nepal at one time. Nepal is increasingly open to Chinese influence, a sign that ties between both countries are strengthening, while India’s influence is being reduced. The time has passed for India’s monopoly to remain uninterrupted in Nepal as opportunities to engage with China are being welcomed.

    30 Chinese NGOs all set to work in Nepal
    Kathmandu, July 30
    At a time when the government has framed a policy to tighten the noose around non-governmental organisations, 30 Chinese NGOs have entered Nepal to penetrate the country’s social sector and the grassroots.
    The Social Welfare Council Nepal and China NGO Network for International Exchanges, an umbrella body of Chinese NGOs, have signed a memorandum of understanding to enable Chinese NGOs to work in Nepal. The agreement was signed yesterday between SWCN Member Secretary Dilli Prasad Bhatt and CNIE General Secretary Zhu Rui in the presence of Minister of Women, Children and Senior Citizen Tham Maya Thapa and Chinese Deputy Minister of External Affairs Wang Yajun.
    The agreement has paved the way for the first batch of 30 Chinese NGOs to work in Nepal for a period of three years. Their contract will be extended based on the consent of SWCN and CNIE. Representatives of these 30 Chinese NGOs were also present during yesterday’s signing ceremony. They have agreed to work in partnership with local NGOs to implement their programmes and projects.
    The Chinese NGOs are eyeing areas such as livelihood, healthcare, education, skill-based training, community development and disaster management. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese NGOs has entered Nepal at one time. The Chinese assistance so far in Nepal has largely been limited to development of infrastructure projects. But the entry of these NGOs indicates China is keen on making its presence felt in Nepal’s social sector and the grassroots, which, till date, have remained domains of the West and countries such as Japan and India.
    The MoU signed between SWCN and CNIE states that Chinese NGOs will be mobilised for ‘the benefit of needy Nepalis and to enhance ties between China and Nepal through people-to-people support programmes’.
    “The Chinese NGOs will abide by the law of Nepal in its entirety while carrying out development cooperation in Nepal,” says the MoU, adding, “Chinese NGOs will submit programmes to the SWCN to carry out development activities in partnership with Nepali NGOs and SWCN in line with plans and policies of the government of Nepal.”
    The MoU was signed at a time when the government has drafted the National Integrity Policy to limit activities of NGOs and INGOs, as some of them were found ‘trying to break communal harmony and proselytising Nepalis’. There were also concerns that high administrative cost of many NGOs and INGOs was preventing money from reaching the real beneficiaries. The policy clearly states that NGOs and INGOs cannot spend more than specified amount under administrative and consultant headings. They will also be barred from working against Nepal’s interests, culture and communal harmony and conducting activities to promote their religious, social or other agenda, adds the policy.
    Around 48,000 NGOs are currently registered in Nepal, of which only 1,600 have been receiving funds from INGOs, as per SWCN. The SWCN has directed INGOs and NGOs to spend 60 per cent of the budget to generate tangible results, while the remaining can be used to cover administrative costs and organise training, meetings and seminars.

  24. The cracks in Tibetan society are starting to show, and it is now coming to the attention of local Indians who have all but identified the Tibetan leadership as the source of the divisions. According to this author, disunity amongst the Tibetans is now creating problems for Indian law enforcement agencies, and this disunity may culminate in young Tibetans holding silent grudges against their host country. It is incredible that after six decades of generosity from India, Indians are now facing the very real possibility Tibetans can be ungrateful towards India. The Tibetan leadership totally failed to impart positive values upon their exiled community, like gratitude for those kindest to them and the need to repay these kindnesses with real, tangible results. It’s also very unlikely that the Tibetan leadership will now start to do this, after six decades of failing to do so. Indians need to realise this, and see that there is no benefit for their nation to align themselves with the Tibetan leadership, and there never will be.
    Tibetan disunity not in India’s interest
    John S. Shilshi
    Updated: August 7, 2018, 11:00 AM
    India is home to the Dalai Lama and an estimated 120,000 Tibetan refugees. Though this humanitarian gesture on India’s part comes at the cost of risking New Delhi’s relations with China, India has never wavered in ensuring that Tibetans live with dignity and respect. Notified settlements across the country were made available so that they can live as independently as possible and practice Tibetan religion and culture. They are also allowed to establish centres of higher learning in Tibetan Buddhism. As a result, several reputed Buddhist institutes came up in Karnataka, and in the Indian Himalayan belt. In what may be termed as a gesture well reciprocated, and because of the respect and influence His Holiness the Dalai Lama commands, the Tibetan diaspora also lived as a peaceful community, rarely creating problems for India’s law enforcement agencies.
    The situation, however, changed from 2000 onwards when unity amongst Tibetans suffered some setback due to developments like the Karmapa succession controversy and the controversy over worshiping of Dorje Shugden. In a unique case of politics getting the better of religion, two senior monks of the Karma kargyue sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Tai Situ Rinpoche and late Shamar Rinpoche, developed serious differences after the demise of Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Karmapa, in 1981. This animosity ultimately led to emergence of two 17th Karmapa candidates in the early nineties. While Tai Situ Rinpoche identified and recognised UghyanThinley Dorje, late Shamar Rinpoche anointed Thinley Thaye Dorje as his Karmapa candidate. Enthronement of their respective protégés at the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the supreme seat of the Karma Kargue linage, being their primary objective, both started indulging in activities monks normally are expected to, and bitterness spewed against each other.
    The bitter rivalry assumed a new dimension when UghyenThinley Dorje suddenly appeared in India in January 2000. The competition became fiercer and hectic political lobbying, never known in the history of Tibetan Buddhism on Indian soil, became common place. Apart from pulling strings at their disposal in Sikkim as well as in the power corridors of New Delhi, these senior monks spat against each other with allegations and counter allegations, widening the gaps between their supporters. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, choosing to favour one of the candidates—a decision many Tibet watchers felt was ill-timed—had also limited possible scope of rapprochement. Hence, the Karma Kargyue followers are now vertically divided, while the camps are dragged into a long drawn legal battle.
    Another development that unfortunately split the Tibetans is the controversy over Shugden worshipping, which again is an internal matter of the Gelugpa sect, to which the Dalai Lama belongs. It erupted as a result of the Dalai Lama urging Tibetans to refrain from worshiping Dorje Shugden, a deity believed to be a protector, according to Tibetan legend. Shugden practitioners, who felt offended by the call, describe it as an attack on freedom of religion, a right, which Dalai Lama himself tirelessly fought for. On the other hand, die hard Dalai Lama followers perceived the questioning of the decision as one challenging the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and mounted massive pressure on Dorje Shugden practitioners to relent, with some even demolishing the statues of the deity. The rivalry ultimately led to split in two Gelug monasteries in Karnataka, and Serpom and Shar Garden monasteries in Bylakupe and Mundgod respectively came under the control of Shugden followers. The bitterness associated with the split is exemplified by the fact that till today, members of these monasteries are treated as some sort of outcasts by the others. Thus, for the first time, the Tibetan diaspora in India gave birth to sections opposed to the Dalai Lama, with spillover effects in Tibet and elsewhere.
    For India, with a fragile internal security profile, a divided Tibetan population on its soil is not good news. It has several long-term implications. It is common knowledge that China considers Dalai Lama as a secessionist, one plotting to divide their country. The latter’s claim of “all that Tibetans were asking for, was a status of genuine autonomy within the Constitution of the Peoples’ Republic of China”, had fallen into deaf ears. China also considers him as someone who plays to the Indian tune to tickle China. Therefore, at a time when China has successfully shrunk the Dalai Lama’s space internationally, India continuing to extend the usual space for him is viewed as complicity. Sharp reaction from China when he was allowed to visit Arunachal Pradesh in April 2017, is a recent example. Such being the delicate nature of India-China relations on matters and issues concerning Tibetans, India can hardly afford to ignore the division within the diaspora. Past experience of dubious elements from Tibet having succeeded in infiltrating the Central Tibetan Administration, including the security wing, should be a warning.
    It is also time India understands the reason behind Tibetans seeking Indian passports, despite an existing arrangement for issue of Identity Certificates, which is passport equivalent. Some had even successfully taken recourse to legal remedy on the issue, and left the government of India red-faced. These changing moods should not be viewed as desires by Tibetans to become Indian citizens. They are triggered by the pathetic state of affairs associated with issuing of Identity Certificates, where delays in most cases are anything between six months to one year. Early streamlining of the process will drastically reduce their desire to hold Indian passport. It will also remove the wrongly perceived notion among some educated Tibetan youth, that the cumbersome process was a ploy by India to confine them in this country. While India should not shy from requesting the Dalai Lama to use his good offices to end all differences within the community in the interest of India’s internal security, it will also be necessary to ensure that young Tibetans do not nurse a silent grudge against the very country they called their second home.

  25. Although the Dalai Lama has offered an apology, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) still expressed their disappointment over his controversial comment on Nehru, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC). Dalai Lama called Nehru self-centred.

    The Congress said Dalai Lama being a foreigner should shun and refrain from interfering in the internal as well as external affairs of India.

    Dalai Lama should abstain from imparting controversial information to students: Arunachal Congress
    Dalai Lama should know that a spiritual leader like him is shouldering great expectation: APCC
    | DAMIEN LEPCHA | ITANAGAR | August 12, 2018 9:58 pm
    disappointment over the recent statement made by Tibetan Spiritual Leader the 14th Dalai Lama in which he called Jawaharlal Nehru, the former Prime Minister of India as “self-centered” and the one responsible for parting India and Pakistan.
    “Although Dalai Lama expressed regret over his controversial comment, the APCC is extremely thwarted by it. A Tibetan spiritual leader calling names to an Indian leader who sweated most to keep him and his followers safe from Chinese aggression is simply not acceptable. Today, India is home to lakhs of Tibetan refugees who are living in 37 settlements and 70 scattered communities across different states of India,” APCC vice-president Minkir Lollen said in a statement on Sunday.
    “Dalai Lama may have forgotten that India provided a beam of light and hope to Tibetans remaining in Chinese-dominated Tibet and in the neighbouring Chinese provinces politically cut off from the Tibetan heart land. All these happened only because India has great leaders like Gandhi and Nehru who took the responsibility of social burden to shelter thousands of persecuted Tibetans then in 1959,” Lollen added.
    Minkir said Dalai Lama should know that a spiritual leader like him is shouldering great expectation, hope and trust of millions on record and the same are watching his contribution towards the mankind.
    “In such circumstances, Dalai Lama should abstain from imparting partial and controversial information to the students who are the torch bearer of the nation,” the Congress said.
    Further stating that the statement of the spiritual leader could be a politically motivated one and made with an effort to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi for survival of his continuation in the country, the Congress said Dalai Lama being a foreigner should shun and refrain from interfering in the internal as well as external affairs of India.

  26. Enough is enough!
    For more than 2 decades, Dorje Shugden practitioners has been suffered, abused, neglected, mentally & physically tortured and etc.
    All this propaganda is created to divert the failure of CTA in managing Tibet.
    I am glad that to know more and more Tibetan has realized CTA failed its duty to protect Tibetan and they have misused the funds that has been donated by several countries to aid Tibet.

    I really hope that, CTA will change for the sick of their people and make Tibet a religious freedom place.

  27. I am actually quite surprised religious prosecution like this still takes place in a place that is not so secluded from the world. And the body that imposes this unethical religious ban and prosecution is actually supported by the US who claims to be the biggest human rights advocate. The US constantly criticizes China over their human rights and religious rights issue, how can they at the same time support CTA who clearly violates the religious freedom of their people? This is double standard!

  28. Watching this video brought tears. I am not even Tibetan yet i suffer discrimination when i talk about Dorje Shugden. I get attacked on social media by people especially tibetans I don’t know just because of what I believe. What century are we living in?? There are people who believe in Satanism, voodooism & more that most people do not yet they don’t get harassed the way Dorje Shugden ppl do. How long more must the unjust ban go on?!? Can’t we all just live in peace.

  29. Though I’m neither a Tibetan nor living in Nepal, watching this video is so heart wrenching people of the same kind would attack each other due to religion. People on protest definite seek justice and fairness and I was overwhelming with these people who stay strong to their spiritual faith. The Shugden ban should end henceforth it terribly affect the Tibetan welfare and the society.

  30. It is almost a quarter century of segregation between Tibetans who are Dorje Shugden practitioners and those who blindly follow the Dalai Lama.

    To CTA:
    End the religious persecution today.
    Mend the rift.
    Unite your people. 
    Let all Tibetans heal from their physical and mental suffering.

    To Dalai Lama:
    Lift the ban. 

  31. 20 years is indeed a very long time to hold on to restriction to religious freedom with the ban on the propitiation of the Enlightened Protector, Dorje Shugden.

    With this ban comes discrimination and disunity amongst Tibetans and this is a violation of basic human rights and human dignity.

    If there is sincere hope for friendly conversations with China, CTA must repair the damage done to Tibetan people and clean up their own house.

    The ban on Dorje Shugden has created disunity and disharmony amongst Tibetans and as such CTA must first repair this and unite Tibetans and create harmony.

    If such can be achieved by CTA then maybe there is hope that China may consider talking.

    Lift the ban and practise compassion as a Basic Buddhist essence.

  32. The ban is real, the reasoning behind it doesn’t make sense, the claims to propogate independence and unite Tibetans are fake. Tibetans losing confidence to the corrupted CTA is a fact. Shame on CTA for demonizing Dorje Shugden and make Him as an excuse for CTA failings.

  33. This is indeed a good video to share to the world to let them know the sufferings of Dorje Shugden practitioners. It is good that more and more media are reporting about it and others are aware what is happening. Now all eyes are watching Dalai Lama and CTA.

  34. So much pain and sufferings for the last 20 years. Separation of families, friends and nation. Who will believe this cruel ban of the holy protector Dorje Shugden was from His Holiness the Dalai Lama? No one actually question why or try to find out. Mostly just blindly believed and take on the instructions to destroy the Dorje Shugden lineage.

    20 years passed, after more and more research had done, everyone can read on Face Book and other social media, people started to get to know Dorje Shugden. Many started to practice and realised that this so called demon by His Holiness the Dalai Lama is actually a very helpful and wish fulling Dharma protector, and now they love Dorje Shugden.

    Buddha says we do not believe what he says blindly but check and find out. When you found the truth, your faith to Dorje Shugden will be strong like a vajra..

  35. Since The Dalai Lama said the Shugden practice will affect the Tibetan cause, but 60 years down the road, has Tibet got independent? On the other hand, look what Shugden ban does to the Tibetan? It creates discrimination and segregation. The Shugden practitioners were discriminated, can’t find medial aid, can’t find food, for some, can’t even find a place to stay. The most ridiculous part is, he’s been denying there’s segregation and discrimination. Tibetan leadership, 20 years is enough, look what you’ve done to Tibetan instead of uniting them? Nothing.

  36. No ban is needed because there is no evil spirit that harm people. All these years, Dorje Shugden has been benefiting people & pull people out from difficulties & I’m one of them..Hence, I’m here support his practice.


  37. That is totally bias without unreal reason for Dorje Shugden ban. What has the result for this ban. Dorje Shugden practitioner has suffered over pass 20 years. Dorje Shugden practice has go world wise now. CTA segregate their own tibetan refugee in exile by accusing Shugden practitioner as China. Stop all the blame now and see what has cause CTA fall. Is Dorje Shugden is evil spirits cause all this happen. I think people has see and understanding enough what is going on. The ban has to remove and clear the bad rumour about Dorje Shugden.

  38. The HH Dalai Lama always promote peace, harmony , tolerance and dialogue for solution. However this was not happen for us the Dorje Shugden practitioner. We requested many time for dialogue but no response from the Tibetan leadership. Why double standards to the Shugden practitioner. The Buddha teaching is to less our suffering and at the end is completely no suffering. But why the leadership of Tibetan created the suffering among own peoples and the Shugden practitioners around the world. And at the end what is the result you have after 20 Years, dear Tibetan leadership. The result is Tibetans in exile still suffering and stateless and more and more country are not supporting you. Is time to lift the ban, unite the Tibetans and go forward for happiness.

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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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