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beggar

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COLLECTION OF NEWS CLIPS, ARTICLES, VIDEO FOOTAGE ETC.
« on: May 28, 2008, 05:39:13 AM »
DEAR FRIENDS,

IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED TO START COLLECTING ALL NEWS CLIPS, ARTICLES OLD AND NEW, VIDEO FOOTAGE LINKS AND SO ON IN ONE PLACE.

GOOD AND TIMELY IDEA!

SUCH MATERIALS COULD ALSO SERVE WELL IN BEING SENT OUT TO OTHER JOURNALISTS AND MANY PEOPLE WHO GET A MAJOR PART OF THEIR INFORMATION FROM THE MEDIA.

HERE FOR STARTERS AN OLD CLIP FOUND BY 'A FRIEND':

the Internationalist:

Disastrous policy
The ‘Update’ on the Dalai Lama’s ban of Dorje Shugden (NI 305) showed clearly the suffering that this is causing both exiled Tibetans and Western Buddhists.

The Tibetan government-in-exile is in a period of crisis and transition. Its policy of seeking ‘limited autonomy’ within China is deeply unpopular with Tibetans and it needs to create a popular consensus to deflect growing criticisms of its lack of democracy. Since 1996 its ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden has enabled these issues to be submerged under a state-sponsored purge. Religious freedom has been severely curtailed by the exercise of undemocratic authority vested in the Dalai Lama as the ‘god-king’ of Tibet.

From a legal position the Dalai Lama is neither the political nor the religious leader of the Tibetans – how much longer can he continue to
justify this disastrous policy?

Dan Coote
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008, 01:53:48 PM »
german television ducumentation from 1997: http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/media/dalailama74.html

theloneranger

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008, 08:05:05 PM »
hi kelsang

do you know how to extract that german panorama video and post on you tube?

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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008, 01:27:50 AM »
Hi Beggar, thanks for setting up this.
My suggestion is a little bit more complicated:

1-I think we should put in a fixed place all the material we can collect that was WRITTEN. This one should be the place, if the other participants accept to place their messages somewhere else, and only post here
ARTICLES from reporting or opinion or blogs or whatever WRITTEN material.

2-You Beggar dearest, might ask you administrator friend to take all the VIDEOS AND ACTUALLY DOWNLOAD THEM TO THIS WEBSITE (like you did already with Swiss TV and Dr. Wafa Sultan for example. We should have a videothèque with everything said about the issue, demos etc. Otherwise, IF WE ONLY HAVE THE LINKS, then the originals can disappear, as it happened with a BBC footage.

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008, 02:58:13 PM »
Hi,

Here's one in the Guardian 29th May. Apologies if seen already:

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/brendan_oneill/2008/05/down_with_the_dalai_lama.html

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2008, 04:21:14 PM »
Wow, indolent1, no I hadn't - cheers for that!
 ;)
Love,
LS

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2008, 05:36:58 PM »
here's the news article from spiked dated 20th may 2008 from brendan o'neill called 'Is the Dalai Lama a ‘religious dictator’?

http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/5170/

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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2008, 06:28:39 PM »
Video links of Swiss TV documentary from 1998, showing evidence of the Dalai Lama's religious persecution and human rights abuse's against Shugden followers:-

Part 1
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Part 2
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Part 3
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German television documentation from 1997 (Panorama)

http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/media/dalailama74.html

Video link of Dalai Lama's representative 'Tashi Wangdi'  lieing on camera at the Western Shugden Society protest at colgate university on 22nd April 2008 saying there 'is no ban' (5.26mins on video link)

http://www.westernshugdensociety.org/en/colgate-university-ny-demonstration-overview

BBC news report with quote from Dalai Lama interview from 27th May 2008, where Dalai Lama lies on camera says 'he had not advocated a ban'. 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/7421888.stm  (news article)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/content/articles/2008/05/26/dalai_lama_interview_feature.shtml (radio interview - Dalai Lama lies and says 'no ban' (8.55mins)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7422121.stm (the Dalai Lama's 'no ban' quote was originally on the afternoon tv news report but was then edited out for the evening news!)
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2008, 06:35:56 PM »
URSULA BERNIS RESEARCH ON SHUGDEN CONTROVERSERY

CONDEMNED TO SILENCE: A TIBETAN IDENTITY CRISIS (1996-1999)

http://www.shugdensociety.info/pdfs/BernisResearch.pdf

Exiled from Exile

© by Ursula Bernis, 1996 - 1999

PREFACE

While gathering material for a book on seminal Buddhist masters of this century I became aware in 1996 that because most belonged to the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and relied on the religious protector Dorje Shugden, they were suddenly at the center of a raging controversy. Told by the Dalai Lama to renounce ties with that venerable tradition they were put into a position of either breaking their vows or facing ostracism from the community. These greatest of masters who included one of the two tutors of the Dalai Lama had been central to the transmission of Buddhism as it traveled from Tibet to India and the rest of the world after 1959. They ensured the integrity of a living wisdom tradition that had been passed on from one adept to another for millennia. I was shocked to hear the ugly allegations against such venerated and highly respected Lamas. I personally knew many of them, had studied with them, and had had a chance to observe them in close proximity over many years. Like most everyone else, I found their gentle kindness, open-mindedness, and inclusive teachings exemplary.

Since every accusation against them contradicted facts, reason, and my own experience, I felt compelled to get to the bottom of the controversy that had generated such extreme views. It was impossible to continue my project without finding an explanation of how such a dramatic shift from the most revered masters to "devil worshipers" could have occurred and, moreover, how it could so completely possess the Tibetan cultural psyche in such a short time.

In the process of my work on this book I found that open debate about the subject was impossible in the exile community and that the conflict was driven by an emotional zeal for the Dalai Lama beyond all rational considerations, suggesting an identity crisis of unexpected proportions. The conditions of exile, the loss of country, home, family and the threat to the established religious world view certainly contributed to the Tibetans' exaggerated hold onto the one institution left to them, that of Dalai Lamas. However, there seemed something else at work that extended far beyond the Tibetan community to affect Western Tibet supporters as well. They exhibited similarly irrational responses to the conflict. No matter what approach one brought to the subject, all attempts at rational debate became immediately polarized and turned into a series of outlandish accusations none of which held up under scrutiny.

At the heart of the difficulties complicating this investigation were the unique problems deriving from the fact that Tibetan society remains largely an oral culture. I traveled throughout India and Nepal, the longest visit lasting four months, and talked to hundreds of Tibetans and affected Buddhists, gathering their stories and oral testimony. At the same time I collected relevant documentation of government records, published papers, wall posters -- a common form of communication about controversial subjects -- and circulars of the various social organizations that make up the Tibetan administration. This material forms the background for the book.

Since the Tibetan exile government denies the reality of the conflict it has been instrumental in creating, the issue is presented here from three different perspectives: Part I, from the point of view of Tibetans living in India and Nepal most affected by the conflict; Part II, a historical background and chronological ordering of events surrounding the conflict followed by biographical sketches of the most influential masters of a tradition now being suppressed as a "cult"; and Part III, which examines the issue from an outsider's point of view. My analysis traces some of the standard accusations to a basic confusion of religious and political issues. It brings to bear the historical and cultural background to show the dynamics of power relations in the exile community and how they get played out in the international arena through the media. Crucial to understanding the emotional involvement in this issue of Western Tibet supporters is their need to uphold at all cost today's icon of universal goodness, made accessible by the media to a world bereft of deep spiritual meaning. Even though the Dalai Lama's politics come into critical focus, the book is not intended as an attack on him.

Although I am indebted to many scholars and experts on the subject, it would be a disservice at the time of this writing to acknowledge their individual help publicly. The nature of the issue is so sensitive that they must remain unnamed. Even so, I would like to express here my gratitude for their contribution

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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2008, 06:57:42 PM »
Documentary Evidence of religious persecution and human Rights abuses against Shugden followers by the Dalai Lama in 2008

His Holiness instigated public swearings in the monastic universities in South India in January 2008, aimed at making social life impossible for anyone not converting to the new line of faith.

Here a few documents used in these swearings:

http://www.shugdensociety.info/outcastSocietyEN.html


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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2008, 07:57:35 PM »
NOTTINGHAM.CO.UK    EVENING POST
DALAI LAMA: NOTTINGHAM PROTEST
19 readers have commented on this story. Click here to read their views.

09:00 - 28 May 2008



Hundreds of Buddhist monks and nuns gathered in the Old Market Square yesterday afternoon to protest against the Dalai Lama.

Members of the Western Shugden Society chanted and demonstrated against what they say was religious repression as the Tibetan leader has banned a traditional Buddhist prayer and Deity.

One placard read 'Dalai Lama Give Religious Freedom'. In 1996 the Dalai Lama advised Tibetans against using the Dorje Shugden prayer and worshipping Shugden, saying it could lead to Buddhism becoming a cult of spirit worship.

Although he had previously used the prayer and worshipped the Deity himself, he said he later realised it had been a mistake.

According to the protesters in Nottingham, Buddhists found practising Shugden worship in India, where the exiled Dalai Lama now lives, were being expelled and abused.

Organiser Kelsang Pema said: "People are suffering - people are having their houses burned and people are denied food and material things in monasteries if they are practicing this prayer."

Kelsang Pema said she was delighted with the turn-out and people had come from as far as New Zealand, Mexico and Brazil. She said: "Hopefully we will be able to get a meaningful discussion from the Dalai Lama from this."

The Dalai Lama was giving five days of teaching at the Nottingham Arena. He leaves the city today.

A statement on the official agency of the Dalai Lama, reads: "His Holiness has not forced anyone to stop pursuing this practice."a href="mailto:[email protected]" class="lblue" [email protected] /a


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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2008, 08:17:39 PM »
Human Rights abuses by the Dalai Lama reported on 'Persecution Update India' website dated 28th April 2008

http://www.persecution.in/node/2758

The Telegraph Calcutta May 18th 2008 -Rights plea against Dalai Lama

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080518/jsp/nation/story_9286999.jsp

News Report from 'Himachal' news Oct 2007 -Tibetan administration issued notices to Shudgen followers

http://himachal.us/2007/10/04/tibetan-administration-issued-notices-to-shudgen-followers/3146/news/csharma

http://newspostindia.com/report-16837

News report from 'The Times' Newspaper UK, reporting on Dalai Lama followers destroying Shugden Statue in Tibetan Monastery from April 21st 2006

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article707680.ece

News Report from 'Nepal Times' from March 22nd 2001.Human Rights meeting in New Delhi slams Dalai Lama for human rights abuse against Shugden followers.

http://www.nepalnews.com.np/contents/englishdaily/ktmpost/2001/mar/mar23/index.htm

Interview from 'indian front line' magazine with Dorje Shugden Lama '13th Kundeling Tagtsha Jetung Rimpoche' from Dec 23rd 2000 on Dalai Lama Witch Hunt against Shugden followers

http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl1726/17260840.htm

Press article from 'Indian express' from 1999, reporting on Shugden monks being expelled from teachings of the Dalai Lama

http://www.expressindia.com/news/ie/daily/19990111/01150065p.html

Report from 'TribuneIndia' from 1999, Shugden activists seek the intervention of the Indian Home Minister

http://www.tribuneindia.com/1999/99jun19/himachal.htm#1

Report from 'Indian Express', Shugden followers come under fire again

http://www.expressindia.com/news/ie/daily/19990106/00651625p.html

Monday, August 24, 1998 'Indian Times' - Anti-Shugden agenda flares up conflict

http://www.expressindia.com/news/ie/daily/19980824/23651374.html

Article from 1996 from the 'internationalist' magazine reporting on the human rights abuses by
the Dalai Lama and his governement against Shugden followers


http://www.newint.org/issue304/update.htm
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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2008, 03:00:47 PM »
Tibet office london response to the demo's, these were being handed out by Anti shugden people in Oxford today.

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