The Dalai Lama imposes a ban on Shugden

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Extracts of speeches on the ban of the Gelugpa Protector Dorje Shugden by Tibetan leaders. This film contains remarks from the Dalai Lama and the now ex-Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile, Samdong Rinpoche. Their words are proof of what the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice really is.

They reveal the importance given to the segregation, as well as to the division in the monasteries of the Tibetan community in exile. They also demonstrate how the Dalai Lama disrupts the harmony of the Tibetans in exile.

These words show that the ban was created by the Dalai Lama himself and not by the monasteries. They prove that it is the Dalai Lama and his Government who impose this ban and control the decisions made by the monasteries in India… which has also a negative effect on other communities in Tibet and elsewhere in the world.


Speech 1

Today, in the presence of the Government employees and our people, I will talk about the Protector. This is not a meeting about our political struggle for freedom.

I think we are the only ones gathered here to talk about this subject. I think that in the world, other people do not meet to talk about this subject. I have already talked about this, when we met during the last Kalachakra festival.

We are gathered here: Lamas, Geshes and friends in the Dharma. I repeat that this subject is very important and you should respect what I say. If however you think “something like this is the responsibility of the Dalai Lama, not mine”, your way of thinking is therefore wrong. Do you understand? And in the same way, you can explain this situation to those who live in Tibet, if you still have relatives there.

For example, in regions like Dakyap, Markham, Tchamdo and Denma-Khampa……in all these regions, you should inform them well. It is your responsibility to explain to those who live in Tibet. Do you understand?

If not, I’m telling you this here. You display a very respectful attitude but in reality you do not make any effort to explain this ban to others. This is very disappointing for me, understand?


Speech 2

Most of you have understood the reasons for abandoning the practice, and you have done so, but some of you seem not to have listened to my advice and pretend not to know about the subject.

And you think perhaps that it is not a serious subject and that later, things will be fine. You can also think that, in exile The Dalai Lama cannot do much about the matter. Some of you think like that.


Speech 3

I started this ban in memory of the Fifth Dalai Lama. I started it myself and I will finish it. Do you understand?

Some of you do not take this seriously. But they are wrong. You, members of staff, you pretend not to have heard and you let the time pass.

You think that it is better if we do not take any action against the population. When we met each other, you displayed a nice attitude and you said to me, “I’m clean and I’m not practicing.” But in fact these words are deceitful. This will probably continue to happen.

In the Monastery of Sera Jey, some students voluntarily assumed the responsibility and they strove to impose the ban. You should follow this example and support each other. It is very important.


Speech 4

I’ve talked about the ban at Drepung, when I was giving a teaching on the Lamrim of the Great Scope. At that time, many abbots from all the monasteries attended the teachings. Kelsang Yeshi, you were there, do you remember?

The abbots of the monasteries of Sera, Drepung, Gaden and also the monastic colleges of Gyuto and Gyume were there. Altogether, there were about 15 heads present. They came to see me, crying and promising vigorously to act according to my request. But in reality, they have done nothing, and now the final result is not very good.


Speech 5

The position of Dholgyal (Dorje Shugden) has become very special in the Gelug school. This is why the Gelugpas must pay a lot of attention to it. Even if His Holiness was not very clear in his speech. He has already spoken about the subject many times with great clarity, recently and in previous years, in the manner of a father advising his son.

On this point, we must thus make a clear decision. If not, we will not act because we think that this ban will create a lot of different problems in our society, and we are afraid of the segregation within our society.

I think this is bad. Here, what is important is that if we do not put this ban in place as we have been advised and we let ourselves be invaded by doubts about our ability and our judgments, then we will not be able to fulfil and sustain our wishes.

So I think that it will be very sad for us. Therefore, I don’t have any doubts, you will not forget this request, but will keep it in mind.


Speech 6

The abbots, the chief disciplinarians and the administrators of the monasteries, they have continued patiently to impose the ban and I know that each one of us work hard to enforce the ban and I appreciate it very much.

I am pleased with your voluntary support and your actions. It is very good. Some of you try to be tactful on the subject of putting this ban into operation and you may think that these actions will disrupt the harmony of the society.

Some of you may have reasons to remain quiet and discreet. On my part, I have no comment. But we always rejoice in the actions of those who act seriously and clearly. Whatever it may be that you need from our Government in Exile, we are ready to provide all types of support.

This is what I wanted to explain to you.

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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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