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Nuns Acting in the Most Unsightly Ways

Dear respected friends, As a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and holder of multiple honorary doctorates for law and international relations, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has worked tirelessly for decades to promote peace and harmony in the world. Thus he is rightly celebrated as a proponent of human…

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The Shugden Dispute

In my last post I wrote about current issues within the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). As promised, to fill out my attitude to the NKT I am posting an article I wrote in 1996 in the second issue of Dharma Lifemagazine, just as the dispute over Dorje Shugden was breaking out into the open. Much…

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The Dalai Lama imposes a ban on Shugden

  TRANSLATION LE DALAI LAMA IMPOSE L’INTERDICTION SUR SHUGDEN (SHOUGDEN) THE DALAI LAMA IMPOSES A BAN ON SHUGDEN 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…

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Tibetans Religious Freedom – The True Face of Tibetan Government in exile

16 April 2008 “Religious prosecution”, “Human rights violation”, “Demand religious freedom”. If you heard these words from a Tibetan in exile, you would think they’re talking about the P.R.C. Can you imagine that they may be referring to the Tibetan government in exile? In December of 1996, a protest was held in India against a…

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What does the Dalai Lama’s ‘retirement’ means for religious freedom?

There are recent reports that the Dalai Lama’s decision to retire from politics, expressed earlier this month, has been accepted by the Tibetan Parliament. So does this mean that the Dalai Lama has really retired, and what are the implications for Dorje Shugden practitioners who are still experiencing discrimination at the hands of the Tibetan…

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Dalai Lama Retires From Politics

BY YIQIAN ZHANG The Dalai Lama is retiring — not from his spiritual role — but from his political service in the Tibetan government in exile — saying the Tibetan people need a freely elected leader. The announcement comes on the 52nd anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. “The Tibetan government in…

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Through the Eyes of Dorje Shugden Buddhists

In recent years, Dorje Shugden has become a controversial issue in which many Western Buddhists who follow the Dorje Shugden deity of Tibetan Buddhism have raised the issue of religious freedom under the Dalai Lama. CNN’s report on Dorje Shugden: Dalai Lama Greeted by Protesters in Manhattan http://cnn.com/US/9805/03/buddhist.dissension/index.html As I did my research on Tibet,…

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Statement of Pomra Kamtsen

Statement of Pomra Kamtsen February 2008 This community of the Sera-Mey College has remained in peace and harmony, without ever having any conflict or schism, since the founding of the Sera monastery by Jamchen Choeche Shakya Yeshe in the year 1419 in Tibet, until now. After coming to India we have shared spiritual and material…

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Conflict, hypocrisy, and miscommunication

What are some human tendencies in responding to conflict? While walking this morning along the streets of Oxford (to a conference I am presenting at the weekend), I saw a group of people gathering and asked what was happening. They said the Dalai Lama was coming. So, like any tourist, I wanted to see him and get…

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French Medium Meets Oracle Nechung

This is a trailer for a documentary on the State Oracle of Tibet (http://www.inspiration-productions.com/english/). Maud Kristen, a renowned French medium, visits Northern India, the bastion of Tibetan civilization in exile, to discover their oracle system. 
She meets Thupten Ngodup, the medium of Nechung, in Tso Pema and follows him on his pilgrimage to the sacred…

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A Letter from Tibetan Shugden Practitioners in the USA to Radio Free Asia

Below is a letter written by Dorje Shugden practitioners living in the USA to Radio Free Asia in response to the article they published in which Prime Minister Samdhong is Encouraging Violence Against Shugden Practitioners. Dear Sirs: We are writing with regards to the recent news posting on December 24th 2010 on the website of…

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The 13th Dalai Lama

Excerpt from the video: It was during the time of the 13th Dalai Lama that Nechung’s prophecies started to falter. This supports the idea that Nechung’s time as a protector is ending and the time of Dorje Shugden to emerge as an universal protector is at hand. For example, a victory against the British promised…

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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…

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Tibet Sun newspaper highlights Dalai Lama’s discrimination against  Shugden Practitioners

The Tibet Sun newspaper has highlighted the Dalai Lama’s discrimination against Shugden practitioners and how he transgresses the Indian laws against Deity discrimination and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The article describes the Dalai Lama’s recent public teachings in Bodhgaya. People of all faiths – Christians, Hindus, Jews – were welcomed… with one…

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A ban by any other name

The Tibetan exile-government have recently been saying that the Dalai Lama has not issued a ban against the practice or worship of the Buddhist Deity Dorje Shugden, but merely advised against this. The word ‘ban’ means ‘to prohibit esp. by legal means or social pressure’ (Longmans Dictionary); ‘formally prohibit’ or ‘formal or authoritative prohibition’ (The…

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Mountain Phoenix on Dorje Shugden

I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of blog posts by Tibetan Mountain Phoenix on her blog ‘Mountain Phoenix over Tibet’ which provides some interesting analyses of the Dorje Shugden issue from a less biased point of view than other Tibetan commentators: http://wisdombuddhadorjeshugden.blogspot.com/2010/10/mountain-phoenix-on-dorje-shugden.html Even though the blog posts were a couple of years…

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Tibetan government-in-exile fears Chinese infiltrations

While Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s security remains the centre of concern, the Tibetan government-in-exile fears the “infiltration” of Chinese undercover agents in the hill-town that has been the nerve centre of the Tibetan movement. Fearing China could unleash its band of army-trained undercover agents in the town, the security wing of the…

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Nechung : The State Oracle of Tibet

Like many ancient civilizations of the world, the phenomenon of oracles remains an important part of the Tibetan way of life. Tibetans rely on oracles for various reasons. The purpose of the oracles is not just to foretell the future. They are called upon as protectors and sometimes used as healers. However, their primary function…

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Media Interview: CNN Sara Sidner and Dalai Lama discuss Tibet autonomy

Tibet’s Spiritual Leader, the Dalai Lama, sits down with CNN’s Sara Sidner and discusses China, Tibetan autonomy and more.

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FRANCE 24 reports: The Dalai Lama’s Demons

Dalai Lama’s Demons Part 1 Dalai Lama’s Demons Part 2 By FRANCE 24 (Text) / Capucine Henry and Nicolas Haque (video) Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is revered as a hero by his people and respected world-wide for his peaceful philosophy. Today, however, there are cracks at the heart of his community. A minority…

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The Infamous Red/Yellow Stick Referendum on Dorje Shugden

On 13 of Feb 2008, Department of Culture and Religion, Tibetan Government in exile, issued an announcement; it concerns about resolving a conflict through vote-sticks consistent with Vinaya, which has been taken in 14 monasteries of Gelug establishments, regarding the worshipping of Dholgyal (Dorje Shugden). Those who do not want to share spiritual and material…

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The Dalai Lama Bans and Encourages the Ban of Dorje Shugden

Thousands of Shugden practitioners have been outcast from the Tibetan in Exile communities due to the Dalai Lama’s ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden. This video includes a speech by the Dalai Lama enforcing the ban video clips of the effects of his words on Shugden practitioners.

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Dudjom Rinpoche and the Dalai Lama

This is a brief video about Dudjom Rinpoche and how he was falsely accused of being a Chinese spy by the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile.

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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