To the government of Tibet,
I write with concern about some disturbing news I have received recently. It is regarding the way in which His Holiness the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama is being promoted by those who oversee his secular matters. Specifically, it is regarding His Holiness’ image concerning the so-called Dolgyal issue. It has been brought to my attention that His Holiness’ website contains a section on the deity Dorje Shugden.
From a non-Buddhist perspective, as someone who values the Dalai Lama for the wisdom and knowledge he brings to the world, the section does not match what His Holiness represents to me and so many others – harmony, peace and compassion.
The website SHOULD be a personal reflection of His Holiness’ nature but unfortunately, in its current state, it is not. On the one hand, most of His Holiness’ website promotes his messages of tolerance and acceptance; on the other hand, there is this section suppressing a religious practice?
Without any disrespect intended, this section makes His Holiness LOOK hypocritical. It makes His Holiness LOOK as though he practises double standards and LOOK as though he does not believe in equanimity… I say “look” because we all know that His Holiness isn’t really like that.
Therefore it also makes me wonder if the people in charge of His Holiness’ image REALLY know what they are doing. After all, hypocrisy and violating human rights are so not appealing in today’s media. And people today aren’t stupid – news travels fast, and people are educated and exposed, and they’re not afraid to speak out when they see something is not right. These people who speak out against injustice are known as activists – would you rather they speak up FOR Tibetan independence, or AGAINST your government’s suppression of Dorje Shugden practitioners?
Speaking of image and reputation, Buddhism is known as THE religion of peace, and publicising this Dolgyal issue on the website of the face of Tibetan Buddhism is really destroying this. I hope you’ll remove the section from His Holiness’ website because it does not belong in a sphere of love and compassion. It does not paint the right portrait of a man whom we all know radiates only good energy, and brings happiness to so many.
Peace, love and light,