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Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:25:30 PM »
I had long wondered this, and recently found out from Tibetan friends:

I wondered if, in spite of the ban and having to uphold what the Dalai Lama has instructed, the members of the Tibetan government / parliament are themselves Shugden practitioners?

Apparently, it seems, they are. The old generation of ministers from old Tibet were very highly respected throughout the Tibetan community for their service to the people, and known to be very devoted practitioners of Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Pabongka Rinpoche. Though they were laypeople, they were also Dharma practitioners and commonly known for being very strong disciples of the greatest lamas in the land. As students of these disciples, they would most definitely have followed in the same tradition and practices of Lama Tsongkhapa, Vajrayogini and Dorje Shugden. Most of them were Gelugpas.

So I'd like to consider a point: could their support of the ban actually have been a premeditated instruction from their teachers? This isn't such a far fetched idea. Samdhong Rinpoche, the former Kalon Tripa, stated very clearly that everything he had done "for the tibetan people" was only because of an instruction from his Guru Trijang Rinpoche - this would have included serving the Dalai Lama, and therefore upholding all his instructions. Have a look here if you haven't already, it'll blow your socks off: http://www.dorjeshugden.com/forum/index.php?topic=1302.0

So, could it well have been the same for the many other ministers in the government? Just a thought....

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012, 08:01:21 PM »
Guru devotion is one of the main reasons why Tibetan Buddhism has successfully passed down from Lord Buddha Shakyamuni time until today (i.e. unbroken lineage). With Guru devotion, when they received the practice from their Gurus, they will hold and do the practice for the rest of their lives.

Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche are all well know for their Dorje Shugden practices and Dorje Shugden is their Dharma protector. Also, most of the current Buddhist in Tibet are a student of one of three Rinpoches mentioned above, there is no surprise that many ministers are actually practicing Dorje Shugden.

I heard someone shared before that a lot of the ministers are actually still practicing Dorje Shugden, just that they quietly do their practicing. Some even have huge altars in their house specifically for Dorje Shugden.

There is one case where a minister was asking a shop owner to stop doing Dorje Shugden practice. The shop owner got fed up and told the minister, "If you don't stop pestering me, I will inform other that you have a huge Dorje Shugden altar in your house". Immediately the minister backed down and told the shop owner, "You know, I have no choice but to pester you to show that I am still working for CTA".

I would say most of the CTA are actually sercret Shugden agents :)

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 01:15:20 AM »
Gosh. This is certainly a delicious hypothesis but definitely not far fetched. Samdhong Rinpoche, the previous Kalon Tripa, was renowned for being a great Shugden practitioner - prior to the ban of course. When the ban came in, I'm sure he just went underground in his practice.

I like the story shared by Kris re the Minister having a huge Shugden altar at home! Do you have a source to confirm this? If it's such an open secret that some of the Ministers are Shugden practitioners, i.e. even a shopkeeper knows about it, i am wondering why they are allowed to get away with it. Surely there must be some anti-Shugden police/informants who would tell tales to the Dalai Lama?

Unless the Dalai Lama is closing one eye to those under his watch.

Well, if some of the CTA are Shugden practitioners, and the new and secular Kalon Tripa, Dr. Lobsang Sangye, has decreed the removal of anti-Shugden articles from the CTA website, http://www.dorjeshugden.com/forum/index.php?topic=1739.0, perhaps there is a secret drive from the CTA’s side towards the lifting of the ban. We can all hope, can’t we.
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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 02:30:33 AM »
At first it surprise me with this news of the CTA people are the Lord Shugden prationers or still practicing but after a deeper thought, it could be like what beggar mentioned, most of them are the practitioners of the great Lamas, Kyabje Pabongkha Ripoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Being a minister such a high position and respectful, they must have devoted to their Guru and follow their Guru’s practices.

Actual I start to begin to think of there could be a lot more people out there just like Samdhong Rinpoche situation.
The ban just created so much unnecessary havoc to the devoted practitioners. Even the enforcers have to practice underground but at least there are at a better ground compare to the devoted practitioners that being outcast.

Wisdombeing mentioned it right; the current Kalon Tripa has started to make a silent move for a change. How many more people need to suffer, if they are really practicing it underground, how long more they want to hide themselves in fear?  They can make a different too.

Work towards to the teaching that given by the great master with compassion and repay their kindness by contributing more in lifting the ban. 

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 03:03:58 AM »
Hmmm...good food for thoughts. If the CTA are really working towards making Dorje Shugden globally famous and to millions of practitioners then maybe the time is nigh for the lifting of the ban, hypothetically speaking of course. I would choose to look at it this way so that I would work more and contribute towards the concerted effort by all.

Imagine, Dorje Shugden's initiations being given worldwide by high lamas to thousands of people in huge buildings. Imagine, Dorje Shugden's images being openly worship on our shrines. Imagine, countless millions of beings would be saved and brought onto the higher tantra practices eventually.

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 04:04:26 AM »
From outer appearance CTA are destroying Dorje Shugden practice globally.  They are creating bad publicity internationally but whichever publicity whether it is good or bad is still publicity to bring awareness to Dorje Shugden practice.  Educated and smart people will not be fooled by its appearance as they will investigate and not loose faith.   

DS practice is transmitted and followed by their fore fathers and teachers who had received the practice from an unbroken lineage more than 300 years ago from great masters such as Trijang Rinpoche and Pabongka Rinpoche. I would like to say from their samaya commitment point of view undoubtedly CTA are secret agents of Dorje Shugden. 

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012, 12:48:24 PM »
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Beggar was right about people in CTA practicing. Dorje Shugden. The reality is that you cannot change a person’s faith by decree and usually in any effort to forcefully change someone’s belief, all you do is to drive him or her underground.

An institution has no character of its own, and whilst it may be a Constitution or Charter that gives it purpose, it is the people running the institution that makes it what it is.

So let’s look at the people behind the institution known as the CTA. First you have Samdhong Rinpoche who is very clear that all his actions were in fulfillment of his Guru’s instructions. His Guru happened to be the great practitioner and defender of Dorje Shugden, Trijang Rinpoche.

The you have The Dalai Lama who have progressively introduced means to initiate the separation of State and Church, effectively “undermining” his own hegemony and effective removing him as a reason for the Shugden ban. The Dalai Lama’s teacher also happened to be Trijang Rinpoche.

So was the ban premeditated? I would not dismiss it as a ridiculous notion.  I am very interested to listen to some theories as to why there was a need to premeditate the controversy.

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2012, 02:26:39 PM »
Beggar, I believe you are right that the ministers in the CTA are still practicing Dorje Shugden in private. Like many has said, the ministers are students of either Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Pabongka Rinpoche. And they are the great lamas who have been practicing Dorje Shugden while spreading Lama Tsongkapa's teachings. So, it is very logical that they are following what their teacher has given to them, unless they have stopped their practice and break their guru samaya. Very unlikely though.

Samdong Rinpoche is a very good example of someone who is doing so and admitted to it after his term as Kalon Tripa. How many ministers are there who are students of Trijang Rinpoche? They could be doing the same thing i.e. following their guru's instructions of serving the Dalai Lama.

If this is true, then the CTA is indeed a centre for secret Shugden agents!

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2012, 03:53:07 PM »
Beggar, I love this post. It got me thinking......are they secret Shugden agents? After contemplating, yes, you are right. Since the ministers are devoted practitioners of the greatest lama ie  Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, they would definitely follow what their Guru told them and I have no doubt that they went underground with their practice. However, what are the reasons for the ban to be premeditated to create so much controversies and sufferings for other DS practitioners?

If this is true, which I hope it is, then I would say most of the CTA are actually secret Shugden agents :)


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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2012, 04:17:40 PM »
Beggar,you have read my mind.......so many accusations, illogical events and statements made by CTA and the Dalai Lama without substantial grounds all reflected something is not quite in order.

Since Dorje Shugden has been practised for over 350 years, and the practice has been passed down from Pabongkha Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche and to many high lamas who reside all over the world now, almost every single Sangha is a student of Trijang Rinpoche.  Therefore, the laypeople (ministers) of CTA could very well be Shugden practitioners.

Look at Samdhong Rinpoche, he spoke out publicly soon after his term as Kolan Tripa finished. He said all he did as prime minister was to follow his Guru Trijang Rinpoche's instruction. That speaks volume as he is a well known DS practitioner himself, some more it was said he is an emanation of Dorje Shugden also.

Another similar case is the 101th Ganden Tripa, Khensur Lungri Namgyal Rinpoche, who jump camp to Shar Ganden Monastery right after his tenure as Ganden Tripa finished and made a public statement as well.

So there are many high lamas, and I am sure many sangha and lay Tibetan people as well, that they are all practising Dorje Shugden "secretly" when they are holding their "official" positions. And that they have not given up this sacred practice passed down to them from their lineage guru.

Henceforth, the ministers in CTA could very well be "underground" shugden agents!

Last but not the least, Dalai Lama was practising DS as well officially before the ban! Who knows if he is also practising it secretly still ? The "Bigger picture" theory still stands firm and sound to me!

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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2012, 04:31:06 PM »
I personally believe that the CTA people are practicing Dorje Shugden in private as well. The reason is simple: I do not believe that they would give up something that has been given to them from Trijang Rinpoche himself, especially the older generation of Tibetans. However due to everyone else in the government that is against Dorje Shugden they have no choice but to comply and act as if they are against. This is also the same case with the monks in the monasteries who have no choice but to act as if they are against Dorje Shugden. Nobody would give up such a sacred practice that they receive from their own teachers after just a ban. Logically, it does not make sense.

It would be possible that they were forced to act this way because of their positions in the government but they have to act that they are against in order to prove their allegiance or they will lose their jobs. It could be also that they are hoping to overturn the ban from the inside which is why they are complying and keeping quiet. It would be nice if they all band together to help lift the ban, or at least help practitioners who are being oppressed by the ban to get back on their feet.

I can imagine that it won't be easy for them to face this ban and keep their jobs and make sure that their families do not suffer. But at the same time they should not have turned a blind eye against people who did and at least do something like hide the names of those who do or talk to those who do to ask them to practice secretly. In that way they can help protect those who are affected by the ban and embody their Dharma protector at the same time: protecting the unjust and oppressed.

To keep quiet in the face of injustice is to increase it and to be part of it. That is not Dharma at all and how can they be practicing sincerely if they do not even attempt to stop the unjustness and pain that is happening to others. To be honest, even if they were really practitioners, I don't see it. I really hope that they would stand up and help….if they are underground…why aren't they helping the oppressed…give secret support or band together to stand up...

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2012, 04:55:57 PM »
Honestly, who cares? There may be a few DS practitioners but I doubt all of them were stalwart practitioners. Even if they were practitioners of Dorje Shugden, I would not use it as a great excuse to exonerate them from all the sins of the ban or the unwarranted need to meddle with the monastic order and getting the monks to choose sides. Who are they to tell the monks what to do!? Who give the CTA the right to order monastics who have held their vows and practices since they came over from Tibet.

Who gave CTA the right to split the monastic order apart? Since they have been so sincerely enforcing the ban, have they done anything else that is beneficial to the Tibetan society? Have they thought of finding ways to reclaim Tibet through peaceful means, which is the intention of the Dalai Lama and the Indian government anyway. Have they though of finding ways to repay the kindness of the Indian government for hosting the Tibetan community in exile all these years?

My point are more important issues should be addressed and emphasized that could be more important than the ban. The CTA have this opportunity to address them especially since the Dalai Lama has retired. All these are important issues that will be beneficial instead of split Tibetan harmony. The choice to make or break the Tibetan society is the CTA hands now.

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2012, 05:21:43 PM »
Shugden's secret agents??? I dont care! Its their loss if they aren't. Majority of Tibetans are students of Lamas who are Dorje Shugden's stalwarts. So if they are not little agents of DS, they not only break their samaya they also forgo the benefits of the practice. Even the 101st Gaden Tripa and Samdong Rinpoche are secret agents, now that they have retired from office and made their 'declaration'. So if the others in CTA chose to give up the practice, too bad!

One the other side of the coin, i think they are agents. They would have been given the commentary of Dorje Shugden saddana by those high lamas so they know the benefits. At the end of the day, human beings are selfish; they want material growth, spiritual growth, good rebirth, and who else besides Dorje Shugden at this degenerate times can be so swift to grant all that?? So outwardly they may renounce the practice to keep their jobs (again for self gain) and secretly continue with the practice (for the benefits stated above).

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2012, 05:45:22 PM »
Honestly, who cares? There may be a few DS practitioners but I doubt all of them were stalwart practitioners. Even if they were practitioners of Dorje Shugden, I would not use it as a great excuse to exonerate them from all the sins of the ban or the unwarranted need to meddle with the monastic order and getting the monks to choose sides. Who are they to tell the monks what to do!? Who give the CTA the right to order monastics who have held their vows and practices since they came over from Tibet.

Who gave CTA the right to split the monastic order apart? Since they have been so sincerely enforcing the ban, have they done anything else that is beneficial to the Tibetan society? Have they thought of finding ways to reclaim Tibet through peaceful means, which is the intention of the Dalai Lama and the Indian government anyway. Have they though of finding ways to repay the kindness of the Indian government for hosting the Tibetan community in exile all these years?

My point are more important issues should be addressed and emphasized that could be more important than the ban. The CTA have this opportunity to address them especially since the Dalai Lama has retired. All these are important issues that will be beneficial instead of split Tibetan harmony. The choice to make or break the Tibetan society is the CTA hands now.

I agree with Big Uncle.  Whether or not the Ministers are secret Shugden agents is a separate issue. So much damage and sufferings have been created to the Tibetans by CTA. Who authorised them to create more sufferings to their people?

Not allowing Tibetans to practise Dorje Shugden is a spiritual issue but not allowing their children to attend schools, not allowing practitioners to associate with non practitioners and treating practioners like outcasts is not a Government should do. How can any Government mistreat their citizens because of their spiritual practice??? This is totally insane! What happened to basic human rights???

If these Ministers are really Shugden practitioners, then clean up their acts immediately and start treating all Tibetans with equal rights and dignity. Being a refugee is tough enough, being further suppressed by their own Government is inhumane!!!  I'd rather they return to Tibet under the rule of China. At least the Chinese Government gives them the freedom of religion and supports their practice by rebuilding Shugden temples and monasteries! And they are not treated like outcasts.

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Re: Are the CTA secret Shugden agents?
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2012, 06:08:36 PM »
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If these Ministers are really Shugden practitioners, then clean up their acts immediately and start treating all Tibetans with equal rights and dignity. Being a refugee is tough enough, being further suppressed by their own Government is inhumane!!!  I'd rather they return to Tibet under the rule of China. At least the Chinese Government gives them the freedom of religion and supports their practice by rebuilding Shugden temples and monasteries! And they are not treated like outcasts.

Interesting and valid point you made here Klein.. If they did return to Tibet they WOULD be given the freedom to practice and that point in itself is sad. Even their own so called countrymen in the CTA suppress them to the point of total and utter despair!

If the CTA are indeed secret Shugden agents, I can totally see why they are doing it because they themselves clearly made it impossible to practice in the open. This is surely hypocritical! I hope in HHDL stepping down and creating the "break" between secular and spiritual, CTA will take this as a window of opportunity to finally right a wrong and do as a secular democratic governmental body would do... but then again, it is very hard to tell with all the smoke and mirrors in play!