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Tibetan sex predators shielded by Dalai Lama’s disinterest

The opinion piece below was sent to for publication. We accept submissions from the public, please send in your articles to [email protected]     By: Magda v.d. Berg It should have been a restorative and healing experience for victims of sexual abuse going to meet the international man of compassion, His Holiness the Dalai…

The 5th Druk Gyalpo His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk and the current 70th Je Khenpo His Holiness Tulku Jigme Choedra. The position of the Je Khenpos was created by none other than Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Bhutan: The Rise of Kings and Dorje Shugden

Buddhism in Bhutan has a long and established link to the practice of the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden. This actually stems back to the legendary founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal…


Dalai Lama speaks: What you wouldn’t know if you’re not Tibetan

This video of the Dalai Lama speaking at a teaching in January 2008 at Drepung Loseling Monastery has been identified as being the catalyst for the escalation of the Dorje Shugden ban…


Is the Dalai Lama a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

From Más Allá de la Ciencia Number 103/9/1997, by J.C. Deus (Translated from Spanish; scroll down to see scans from the original Spanish magazine) For the first time in history, the Dalai Lama is having to confront serious accusations made against him publicly for infringing the religious freedom and human rights of his own people….


Rebuttal of Commonly Cited False Accusations Against Dorje Shugden

One of the reasons most quoted in support of the Dalai Lama’s ban on Dorje Shugden is the 1997 murder of the principal of the Buddhist School of Dialectics, Geshe Lobsang Gyatso, along with two of his students…

The CTA puts on a religious front, but practices no compassion

CTA Defends Shugden Hit List

The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) finally defended its decision to publicize its own list of Shugden protesters in an official press release. It fallaciously pointed out that the names and pictures of the protesters were already in the public domain…

The 13th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Thupten Gyatso Jigdral Chokley Namgyal

Death of the 13th Dalai Lama

Until today, no one is willing to speak the truth about who is responsible of the death of the 13th Dalai Lama. It was an uncalled for incident which blindsided a nation, who was at that time fighting a war for independence and stability…


How the Dalai Lama’s Actions Are Affecting Religion

Recently, the Huffington Post ran an article written by Robert Thurman, “The Dalai Lama And The Cult Of Dolgyal Shugden” which although sensational by its title, was no more than a rehash of allegations spawned by Thurman over 17 years ago, against a 350-year-old Tibetan Buddhist practice that the Dalai Lama has been trying to destroy since 1996 with some, but incomplete success…


Shocking letter!

(This article below was emailed to from Yeshe Sangye, an ex-FPMT member. His views do not necessarily reflect this website’s views. Nevertheless his thoughts are logical. It would be helpful to read. We at strongly condemn this letter from the United Front of the Tibetan People, and any sort of threats or violence…


Interview with CTA Representative, Thubten Wangchen

During the recent European demonstrations by the International Shugden Community (ISC) in May 2014, the ISC successfully obtained an exclusive interview with Thubten Wangchen, a representative of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)…


Refuting the Dalai Lama’s Statements Concerning Dorje Shugden

By Steve Lee The Dalai Lama visited San Francisco, California recently (22 February 2014) to speak at the American Himalayan Foundation. During his speech, the Dalai Lama made a few statements regarding Dorje Shugden, referring to a picketing crowd of Dorje Shugden practitioners just outside the hall. The Dalai Lama’s statements were documented in an…


27 minute speech

During the recent Jangchub Lamrim teachings at Sera Monastery (December 25, 2013 to January 3, 2014) in Bylakuppe, the Dalai Lama spoke again on the issue of his banning the practice of Dorje Shugden that he initiated in 1996. It has been over 17 years since the Dalai Lama first shocked the Tibetan Buddhist world…


Advanced Information Kit

The ‘status’ of Dorje Shugden as an important deity is reflected in the fact that the highest Gelugpa Lamas of this century regard Dorje Shugden as an important enlightened Dharma Protector and propitiate him as such…


Intermediate Information Kit

The reasons the Dalai Lama gave for the Dorje Shugden ban were not consistent and changed from one set of reasons to another based on the audience…


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

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


Angry Spirit

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


A Spirit of the XVII Century

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


Dorje Shugden Chapel Trode Khangsar – Built By The Dalai Lama

If you enjoyed the video, you can download it here. Situated behind the main chapel of Jowo Buddha or the Jokhang Temple, south of the Barkhor area in Lhasa is Trode Khangsar, one of the most famous Dorje Shugden chapels in Tibet and in the world today. Built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama at…


Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen

TULKU DRAKPA GYELTSEN (1619 – 1656) They had banned the search for his reincarnation to this day. They had dismantled and destroyed his ladrang until not a trace of him remained. They had even tried to “kill him off” many times over. This most uncommon lama is none other than Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. Now, let…


Point 12: Violent Events with Images

Point 12: Violent Events with Images An extract from the ‘Sternstunde’ transcript (Swiss television) of an interview conducted with Mr. Prithvi Raj, SP Kangra on the triple murder at Dharamsala: Prithvi Raj (PR), Chief Police of Kangra District:
We have identified two of the murderers, and we have clear indications that the murderers are directly…


Point 5: Historical References

Point 5: Historical References The Fifth Dalai Lama Trichen Ngawang Chokdhen (1677-1751) Phurchok Ngawang Jampa (1682 – 1762) Yongzin Yeshi Gyaltsen (1713 – 1793) Thukan Lobsang Choekyi Nyima (1737–1802) Phabongkhapa Dechen Nyingpo (1878–1941) Jigme Dhamchoe Gyatso (1898–1947) Editor: Please note that most of these so-called historical references do not even mention Dorje Shugden. It…


Point 4: Concerning Dolgyal with Reference to the Views of Past Masters and other Related Matters

Point 4: Concerning Dolgyal with Reference to the Views of Past Masters and other Related Matters A talk on Dolgyal by H.H. the Dalai Lama during the course of religious teachings in Dharamsala, October 1997 There may be many among you who have never been involved in the practice of Dolgyal at all. In…


Darkness behind the guru-bubble

Mike Carlton June 18, 2011 After careful thought, I have decided, like the Prime Minister, that I have no time in my busy schedule to meet Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, aka His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This may be my loss. When Tony Abbott saw the bouncy bonze on Tuesday he…


China’s Involvement in the Dorje Shugden Controversy

Though the Tibetan Government in Exile (TGIE) said at different times that China uses Shugden as a political means to split the Tibetan Community — e.g. by favouring monks practising Shugden or by supporting especially Tibetan monasteries in Tibet where Shugden is worshipped — it is rather hard to find written evidence on this. There…


Dorje Shugden

Overview Dorje Shugden (Wylie: rdo-rje shugs-ldan), “Powerful thunderbolt”; also known as Dhol-rgyal) is a relatively recent, but very controversial, deity within the complex pantheons of Himalayan Buddhism. There exist different accounts and claims on Dorje Shugden’s origin, nature and function. Origin, Nature and Functions According to researcher Kay: “Whilst there is a consensus that this…


Schisms, murder, and hungry ghosts in Shangri-La

Millions of Buddhist monks have been killed, imprisoned, tortured, or driven into exile by the Communist Chinese since the 1950s in a deliberate, systematic destruction of a culture and a religion. The pacifist Buddhist monks are about as innocent and noble as victims can be; the Nobel Prize-winning Dalai Lama is perceived to be equally…


Chronology of Key Events: 1999 – 2007

January 13, 1999 H.H. the Dalai Lama pays a visit to Trijang Labrang, the residence of His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche (1900-1981), his tutor. At a gathering of the Labrangs, H.H. the Dalai Lama says:   …during my visit to Switzerland, Lobsang said, the current Choktrul Rinpoche be allowed to worship Dorje Shugden like his predecessor,…


Dorje Shugden’s Lineage/History and Authenticity of the Practice

The belief in reincarnation is essential to all schools of Buddhism. In Tibetan Buddhism, it is believed that certain lamas of high spiritual attainment can direct their reincarnations consciously and return to the human fold for the sake of assisting other human beings to achieve liberation. A spiritually attained person capable of such a feat…


Defamatory Accusations of Murder Repeated Over and Over Again for Ten Years

 These horrible murders took place over ten years ago, and in all that time not a shred of evidence has ever been found linking Dorje Shugden practitioners to them. Nonetheless, the Dalai Lama and Office of Tibet continue to repeat this calumny on their website and literature. Repeating a lie over and over again does…


Kundeling Rinpoche’s Answers

Kundeling Rinpoche’s Answers to Questions Posed Recently by Interested Agencies General Background to the Answers There is a need to comprehend a fundamental factor here in relation to the centuries-old practice and belief of the Protectors (or Dharmapalas) and the place that Dorje Shugden holds as one amongst the many such venerated. Every Lineage of…


Letter to Newsweek – False Accusations Against the Innocent

Letter to the editor of Newsweek from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in response to the article ‘Cult Mystery’ that appeared in Newsweek International, the 28th of April 97, and in Newsweek USA, 5th of May 97 (Click here to read the content of the original Newsweek article) Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Geshe…


The Dorje Shugden – Dalai Lama Conflict (PART 1: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO THE EVENTS OF 1996 )

(extracted from research of Ursula Bernis) HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO THE EVENTS OF 1996 Continuing the work of his predecessors? His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama has said on many occasions Numerous times to Tibetans. For example, “I have come to be counted among the line of the Fifth Dalai Lama. I feel a definite…


The Dorje Shugden – Dalai Lama Conflict (PART 2: Origins of Dorje Shugden: arisal as a protector during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama)

(extracted from research of Ursula Bernis) ORIGIN OF DORJE SHUGDEN: ARISAL AS A PROTECTOR DURING THE TIME OF THE 5TH DALAI LAMA How did Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen’s became a protector? It is believed that Dorje Shugden arose in the form of a Dharma protector after his immediate predecessor, believed to have been the most…


Non-violence in Tibetan Culture

A Glimpse at How Tibetans View and Practice Non-violence in Politics and Daily Life Excerpted from: Larson, Zachary. (2000) Nonviolence in Tibetan Culture: A glimpse at how Tibetans view and practice nonviolence in politics and daily life. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Chapter One: The Continuing Tradition of Meat Consumption in Tibetan Culture Tibet: the “Last…


TWO SIDES OF THE SAME GOD by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

Tricycle : The Buddhist Review: Spring 1998 edition To understand both sides ofthe Shugden debtate, Donald Lopez interviewed Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, an advocate of Dorje Shugden worship, and the author of fifteen books, including Universal Compassion and Essence of Vajrayana; and Tibetan Jigme Norbu, who opposes Shugden worship. Jigme…


LETTING DAYLIGHT INTO MAGIC – The Life and Times of Dorje Shugden

Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, Spring 1998 edition by Stephen Batchelor Praise to you, violent god of the Yellow Hat teachings, Who reduces to particles of dust Great beings, high officials, and ordinary people Who pollute and corrupt the Gelugpa doctrine. – From “Praise to Dorje Shugden”, quoted by Zemey Rinpoche (1927-1996) The so-called Drakpa…


Newsweek article – “Did an obscure Tibetan sect murder three monks close to the Dalai Lama?”

© Newsweek April 28 1997 – Posted on May 6, 1997 by World Tibet News Did an obscure Tibetan sect murder three monks close to the Dalai Lama? BY TONY CLIFTON This murder mystery seems earthly to be set in the monastic palace of the God King of Tibet. Yet the facts are inescapable. Three…


AN INTERVIEW WITH THUBTEN JIGME NORBU – The elder brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama discusses Dorje Shugden as a hungry ghost

Thubten Jigme Norbu spoke with Donald S. Lopez, Jr., last summer at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. LOPEZ: What is the role of “protector deities” in Tibetan Buddhism? NORBU: There are two kinds: transcendent protectors and worldly protectors. Among the transcendent protectors, you will have Mahakala and many others. These are considered fierce forms of enlightened…


Deity or Demon? The Controversy over Tibet’s Dorje Shugden

The Controversy over Tibet’s Dorje Shugden Tricycle : The Buddhist Review, Spring 1998 Edition The Controversy over Tibet’s Dorje Shugden TIBETAN BUDDHISTS OF THE GELUGPA LINEAGE have been battling over a protector god named Dorje Shugden –and whether this spirit is a benevolent deity or an agent of evil. The conflict remainedlargely unknown to Westerners…


Dalai Lama – Dorje Shugden by Helmut Gassner

Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation, Hamburg, on March 26th 1999 by Dipl.Ing. Helmut Gassner Letzehof 6800 Feldkirch, Austria ([email protected]) Download the article in PDF or Word docx.   How a runaway Austrian gets to meet the Dalai Lama is a story most of us probably know from the wonderful account of “Seven Years in Tibet.” But how a run-of-the-mill…

Contemplate This

.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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