CTA, Stop Irritating China

Unlike the Dalai Lama, some lamas have had the opportunity to travel freely throughout China

It is clear from recent events that wherever the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; Tibetan leadership based in Dharamsala) does not have a strong influence, there is harmony and Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage is able to thrive in its most traditional form. In Tibet, where the CTA is not able to influence the local population, Dorje Shugden’s practice has been spreading throughout the monasteries, thanks to the hard work of the lamas combined with the faith of the lay community. This has been possible with the support of the local authorities, which is not unreasonable since Shugden practitioners have always been very respectful of the local government and the laws of the land.

During Denma Gonsa Rinpoche’s recent enthronement, the Chinese police were there to provide crowd control and protection for the young lama. His security and personal safety was taken very seriously by the Chinese authorities

On the other hand, the CTA (formerly known as the Tibetan Government-in-Exile) has always been a thorn in China’s side. The Chinese leadership has always considered the CTA as a separatist group for actively working towards an independent Tibet. The CTA’s campaign for an independent Tibet is in spite of the fact that the Dalai Lama has been for many years seeking self-autonomy, in the same manner as Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the Chinese government has turned a deaf ear on all of the CTA’s proposals thus far.

In order to move forward in negotiations with the Chinese, it would be wise to examine the possible reasons for this rejection. After all, it has been over 50 years since the Tibetan leadership established themselves in Dharamsala and they have not come any closer to dialogue with the Chinese leadership, let alone an agreement. Perhaps it would be sensible for them to review their methods and establish a realistic set of goals.

It would also be sensible of them to review who it is they are seeking dialogue with, and to review the current situation. China has always been sensitive to any matters related to Tibet and the CTA have not been respectful of this. Instead, the CTA have repeatedly and consistently supported parties and groups whose goal is to destabilize the community there. For example, the CTA refused to condemn self-immolations which were held in support of independence, thus indicating they were supportive of the self-immolators’ motivations. This is despite the CTA’s claims that they are a non-violent and peaceful leadership; onlookers would very much agree that self-immolations are in no way a peaceful form of protest. Likewise, the CTA has lent their support to groups who call for a boycott of Chinese goods, or who have sought to embarrass the Chinese government by suing them and taking them to international tribunals.

The Chinese leadership has refused all proposals from the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) for dialogue

The CTA seems to be acting without a particular goal in mind. Some factions campaign for independence; others prefer autonomy. Regardless of whatever result they are pushing for, neither group has ever considered nor spoken seriously about what will happen if they are able to return to Tibet. For example, how will generations of Tibetans born outside of Tibet integrate into a largely modernized society that is familiar with leadership from Beijing, not Dharamsala? How will the Tibetan leadership merge their policies with those of Beijing, to ensure harmony for the people?

For the CTA to assume Beijing will automatically approve all of their current policies is ludicrous, especially if those policies are harmful to China at large. Thus the CTA also have to consider the ban on Dorje Shugden. The implementation of the Dorje Shugden ban is a constant reminder that if the CTA were to assume governance of Tibet, they would push for the continuance of this ban. This ban however, would only serve to divide the Tibetan people, and disharmony is something the Chinese leadership is very much sensitive to.

We come to the above conclusion because thus far, the ban has caused great schism within the Tibetan communities in India and Nepal. This schism is at a level which the Chinese authorities will not tolerate; families breaking up, monasteries splitting, monks and nuns protesting, people attacking religious institutions and banning certain sectors from accessing basic social welfare services. In fact, no modern government would tolerate such a divisive and medieval ban like the one that has been systematically implemented on Dorje Shugden practitioners in Tibetan communities throughout India and Nepal. From the standpoint of the governance of a nation, a religious ban does nothing but divide the people and that, in essence, makes the Dorje Shugden ban a separatist act. Thus the CTA needs to consider if their ban on Dorje Shugden is helping their goals for returning to Tibet – will the Chinese leadership want dialogue with a group that has done nothing but proven their schismatic nature amongst their people inside and outside of Tibet?

It is undeniable that China’s economic strength makes her a powerful and formidable enemy. For the CTA who continue to rely on donations and handouts, it would be far smarter for them to work towards becoming her ally instead. Instead, the CTA have spent the last five decades years posturing and seeking to embarrass the Chinese leadership into an agreement. It is therefore no surprise that the Chinese have refused all proposals from the CTA for self-autonomy.

In essence, the CTA have wasted over 50 years antagonizing the Chinese leadership and it has not brought them any closer to achieving their goals. An alternative and wiser strategy may be to abolish the Shugden ban and seek out influential Shugden lamas who have maintained a good relationship with the Chinese government. These lamas may be Shugden practitioners but at the end of the day, they are ethnic Tibetans and would do all in their power to ensure all Tibetans get a chance to return to Tibet and be reunited with their loved ones.

Influential Shugden lamas may actually hold the key towards reopening dialogue with the Chinese leadership

Therefore, powerful and influential Shugden lamas may hold the key to reopening dialogue with China if the CTA really want to go ahead with their proposal for self-autonomy. On all fronts, the CTA have failed to court the Chinese leadership – not only have they antagonized the leaders for over 50 years, but they are now imposing a ban on a practice that the Chinese leadership has been supportive of. Why would the Chinese leadership want to entertain such an administration and have dialogue with them?

Therefore, it is absolutely vital that the CTA immediately abolishes the Shugden ban to start fresh talks with the Chinese. At the end of the day, it boils down to the fact that the CTA actually need the Chinese leadership more than the Chinese leadership needs them. And if the bridge to dialogue can be the Dorje Shugden lamas, and the CTA are serious about achieving their goals, they should stop marginalizing and ostracizing Shugden lamas. For years their antics have driven the Shugden lamas to seek refuge and work in China, where they are now able to assist anyone directly. Whilst Shugden lamas move freely throughout Tibet, the Dalai Lama continues to travel the world expressing his wish to return to Tibet before his passing. Will the CTA swallow their ego and use any and all means to make this a reality (if they truly love the Dalai Lama, that is) or will they continue to implement a ban that is undemocratic, illogical and illegal? The ball is now in their court and only time will tell what they decide.

These are some other links which you may be interested in. Notice the scale of these events and the caliber of the lamas. Clearly faith in Buddhist practice remains strong in Tibet:

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  1. It is quite sad that the CTA has consistently displayed lack of logic and sense that has caused so much damage to Tibet as a nation, the Sangha community, Dharma practitioners who sincerely practiced Dharma and ultimately the the credibility of Dharma as a whole.

    With so much self-created problems and the deteriorating chances of returning to their home land, the last thing the CTA needs is a powerful enemy like China. This is especially when China is gaining stature, political influence and economical power. The CTA is not doing any justice for the Tibetans who have pledged unconditional loyalty to the Dalai Lama.

    Not only is the CTA making enemies, they are not effective in making friends with their own people by ostracizing influential Tibetan high Lamas like Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and Gangchen Rinpoche. Similarly, with the exposure of their dirty laundry, the CTA and even His Holiness is loosing goodwill with the international audience.

    Something has to give and it will collapse soon. Before this happens, the CTA should seriously just stop creating more problems. Keeping silent will be a good start to let things settle before any correction strategy is even possible.

  2. i dont understand much about politics, but I have never someone saying ” i badly want and need dialogue with this country, let’s say China ” ….and then saying all the possible bad things about that country!!!!!!!

  3. No chance of any dialogue or friendly connection with China as long as CTA is contradictory in approach with its present and past 15 years policy. All undertakings by CTA so far have been ANTI- CHINA and still going strong in attacking China while whole world is admiring China for their own economic benefits. CTA should also for its own benefit do as other major countries are doing ie.
    1. Keep smiling to China
    2. Keep admiring with Chinese economic progress
    3. Avoid sensitive issues and stop hurting China and its people
    4. Respect Chinese culture
    5. No more street protests or begging support from other countries for Tibet issue

    These are the starting foundation to build the firm confidence with each other.

  4. “For years their antics have driven the Shugden lamas to seek refuge and work in China, where they are now able to assist anyone directly. ” If this is true, what reason had Lama Gangchen zu go to China, he lives in Italy for many decades and his business relationship with China is not enforced by the CTA ;-)

  5. The world is hungry only for talent, talent that can bring benefit and brings a positive impact. What the CTA has no use for or of no benefit to them they tend to discard like old toys.

    Long has the CTA disregarded the Dorje Shugden lamas and given them a host of problems. Dorje Shugden practitioners are spiritual adherents they have no reason to harm lay Tibetans, all they want to do is spread Je Tsongkhapa’s lineage. Now due to Dorje Shugden lamas hard work, effort and dedication, they are getting more recognised by the Tibetan laity and the Chinese people based in Tibet. All bets on Dorej Shudgen lama to wield more influence and move the Chinese people, more than CTA.

  6. China has 1.3 billions people…it’so important for this world if they come back to Buddhism!!!!! and already this is happening, thanks also to the great and humble job of many great Lamas

  7. CTA will not be able to accomplish what they are trying to achieve in negotiation with China. If they are good strategists they have to befriend Shugden lamas who has the influence and good standing with Chinese officials in negotiating their goals. Another point that will win China over is to practise the protector practice of Dorje Shugden whether CTA like it or not. There is no doubt about this if you see the recent events happening in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. There is so much trust and support from the Chinese in these areas.

    Down with the ban CTA!

  8. ༈ ཨེ་མ་ངོ་མཚར་ཤར་ཕྱོགས་འཛིན་མའི་གཞིར། འཇམ་དབྱངས་སྤྲུལ་པ་གནམ་སྐོས་གོང་མའི་ཁབ། མ་བཅོས་ལྷུན་གྱི་གྲུབ་པའི་མཛེས་སྡུག་ཅན། མེས་པོའི་ཕ་གཞིས་པེ་ཅིང་ཐེན་ཨན་མོན། ཀྲུང་ཧྭ་མི་དམངས་སྤྱི་མཐུན་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ལ། ལོ་ངོ་སྟོང་ཕྲག་ལྔ་ཡིས་ལོ་རྒྱུས་ལྡན། ཆོས་སྲིད་ཟུང་འབྲེལ་གསེར་གྱི་གཉའ་ཤིང་ཆེ། ཕྱོགས་རེས་ཡོ་འཁྱོགས་མེད་པར་ཤིན་ཏུ་དྲང་། འཛམ་གླིང་རྩེ་མོ་ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ་དང་། རི་མཐོ་ས་གཙང་རིན་ཆེན་གཏེར་ཁ་མང་། མ་ཧཱ་ཙི་ན་གསེར་ལྡན་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་འདི། མཛེས་སྡུག་ཕུན་ཚོགས་ལྷ་ཡི་ཞིང་ཁམས་ཡིན། དགུང་སྔོན་མཐོན་པོ་ཉི་ཟླའི་ཡང་སྟེང་སུ། དམར་པོའི་ཁ་མདོག་སྐར་ལྔའི་དར་ཆེན་འབུམ། ལྷོ་རྒྱལ་འཛམ་གླིང་གོ་ལ་ཧྲིལ་བོའི་ཁྱོན། ཡོངས་སུ་ཁེངས་བའི་རྣམ་པ་འདི་རྨད་བྱུང་། གུང་ཁྲན་ཏང་གི་ཀྲུའུ་ཞི་རྒན་གཞོན་རྣམས། རྒྱལ་གཅེས་དཔའ་བོ་ལྷག་བསམ་ཟོལ་མེད་ཡིན། མི་དམངས་དུང་ཕྱུར་བཅུ་གསུམ་བདེ་སྡུག་ལ། ཐུག་ཁུར་གནང་བ་ཕ་མ་ལས་ཀྱང་བཟང་། རྒྱལ་ནང་ངོ་ལོག་ཟིང་འཁྲུགས་ཞོད་འཇགས་བཏང་། ནུབ་ཕྱོགས་བཙན་རྒྱལ་རིང་ལུགས་ཕ་མཐར་བསྐྲད། མེས་རྒྱལ་ལྷོ་ནུབ་མཐའ་མཚམས་སྲ་བརྟན་བཏིང་། དཔའ་མཛངས་གཉིས་ལྡན་བཅིངས་གྲོལ་དམག་དཔུང་ཡིན། དགའ་སྐྱོའི་རི་མོ་རྡོ་ལ་བརྐོས་པ་དང་། སྐྱིད་སྡུག་ལོ་ཟླ་ཆུ་ལ་བསྐུར་ན་ཡང་། ཤར་ཕྱོགས་རྒྱ་ནག་སྐམ་ས་ཆེན་པོ་འདི། ང་ཚོ་ཚང་མའི་མེས་པོའི་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ཡིན། ཤར་ཕྱོགས་རྒྱ་དང་བྱང་ཕྱོགས་སོག་པོ་དང་། མདོ་དབུས་མཐོ་སྒང་བོད་མིའི་འབྲོག་པ་རྣམས། མི་རིགས་ལྔ་བཅུ་ང་དྲུག་སྤུན་ཟླའི་ཚོགས། ང་ཚོ་ཚང་མ་ཁྱིམ་ཚང་གཅིག་པ་ཡིན། རྒྱལ་གཅེས་དཔའ་བོ་རྒྱ་བོད་ཏང་མི་ཡིས། རྒྱ་བོད་སྤུན་ཟླའི་མཛའ་བརྩེ་རྒྱུན་བསྐྱངས་དེ། མི་ཉམ་གོང་འཕེལ་སྔར་ལས་ཆེས་ཟབ་པ། ང་ཚོ་ཚང་མའི་ཆེས་མཐོའི་དམིགས་ཡུལ་ཡིན། མཐོ་བོད་ལྕགས་ལམ་བཟོ་གྲྭ་ལེགས་གྲུབ་བྱུང་། འབྲོག་མའི་གཏན་སྡོད་རྣམ་པ་གསར་པ་རྒྱས། གངས་རིའི་ལྗོངས་སུ་ཡར་རྒྱས་འཛུགས་སྐྲུན་ཁེངས། གུང་ཁྲན་ཏང་གི་མཛད་བཟང་བླ་ན་མེད། ཀྲུའུ་ཞི་ཧུའུ་ཅིན་ཙུང་ལུས་ཝུན་ཅ་པོ། ཆེད་བཏང་གནམ་གྲུ་བསྡད་དེ་ཡུ་ཤུལ་ཕེབས། ཉེན་ཁའི་གནས་ལ་ཐུག་པའི་མི་དམངས་ལ། བདེ་སྡུག་མཉམ་མྱོང་བྱེད་པའི་དམ་བཅའ་བཞག། ཏང་དང་ཀྲུང་གི་སྟོབས་ཤུགས་གཅིག་སྒྲིལ་གྱིས། ཚེ་སྲོག་འཇིགས་ལས་སྐྱོབ་པའི་སྨན་བཅོས་དང་། དབུལ་བའི་གདུང་བ་སེལ་བའི་གནང་སྦྱིན་སོགས། ཡུ་ཤུལ་སྔར་ལས་མཛེས་སྡུག་ལྡན་པར་གྱུར། མེས་རྒྱལ་གོང་བུ་གཅིག་གྱུར་བྱེད་པ་གཅིག། མཐུན་སྒྲིལ་དཔུང་རྡང་དམིགས་ཡུལ་གཅིག་པ་གཉིས། མ་འོང་བྱ་བའི་མདུན་ལམ་གཅིག་པ་གསུམ། ཕྱི་སྡོད་བོད་མིའི་སྙིང་གཏམ་བདེན་པ་ཡིན། ཅེས་བར་སྐབས་ཀྱིས་ཚིགས་སུ་བཅད་པའོ།

  9. I am rejoicing that Shugden and really pure lamas like Ganchen Rinpoche are able to spread their teachings to the Chinese. How wonderful and how fortunate to receive perfect Buddhism in this way. I am praying for the Chinese to be able to embrace Buddhism. They are so fortunate that Dorje Shugden is okay there, just like I am in the west, Dorje Shugden is okay in the west too. We must help him be okay in Tibet and India as well.

  10. The Dalai Lama claims that Dorje Shugden practitioners will be disruptive in their efforts in achieving the Tibetan cause, which is to gain self-autonomy, but in actual fact, Dorje Shugden practitioners are not to be blamed as explained in the article, Shugden lamas maintain strong ties with the Chinese which could be a bridge for the CTA to regain self-autonomy. In fact, it is the ban on Dorje Shugden by the CTA and Dalai Lama that contributes to them not achieving what they want for Tibet. All the reasons that the Dalai lama stated will result from practising Dorje Shugden, is actually a result of enforcing the illegal ban to religious freedom. Shortening the Dalai lama’s life, created by the violence and disharmony between Tibetans and Gelug Buddhist practitioners as well as disparaging of gurus and breaking samaya, Disruption to the cause of Tibet, is because China is weary of the disharmony CTA has managed to bring about within their people and also the protests and riots, which China would very much like to avoid. All these reasons stated by the Dalai Lama is not valid, for practising Dorje Shugden does not contribute to it. Illegally enforcing the ban on Shugden practise does.

  11. The more the CTA keeps on irritating the Chinese Government, the worst the situation will become. The chances of Tibet gaining independence or autonomy will be reduced. The CTA should be smart enough to be friends with China and then chances to be better.

    The Chinese Government are always pro harmony and peace. The do not like being threatened. The fact that the ban of Dorje Shugden has divided the Tibetan community and has caused instability. DO you think that will increase the chances of China wanting to discuss about the situation of Tibet? Obviously they would not want to meet any CTA representative if they could not even clear their own backyard. Lift the ban and maybe the Chinese government may consider meeting. That is what I think.

  12. China is the future force of the world, and China growing faster than any countries in this world. CTA is nothing compare to China, CTA please stop your foolish act, 1.3 billion people is going to embrace Dorje Shugden and Buddhism at the same time!

  13. SHUGDEN is the solution for Tibet Great Unity and also the prime solution for permanent social and political stabilisation of Chinese Nation with 47 Minorities under its national flag.
    The people of China needs now spiritual faith to further improve their vast economy based on stable society.
    If CTA lifts the BAN on Shugden now then CHINA / DLama dialogue will be taken up very soon.
    SHUGDEN Ban is a splittist policy for China and for Tibetans as whole. This is indirect a hidden agenda by CTA and China knows this very well.
    In short please lift this unnecessary unsocial ban and everything turns for better for Tibet and CHina.

  14. A democratic & responsible government will always take care of the needs & welfare of the people, ensuring they have proper living condition, healthcare, education & etc. There should also be mutual respect & cooperation between the government & the people with freedom of speech & religious among many things, to maintain peace & harmony in the society.

    For the past 50 years, the CTA clearly has not demonstrated none of the above in their effort for the Independent of Tibet. Instead they have been working aimlessly, illogically & illegally to imposed a ban on a religious practice of Dorje Shugden which has resulted in monks & nuns been outcasted from their monasteries, splitting of family members & friends, disharmony among Tibetan community, deny access to basic social welfare services & even physical harms to some practitioners.

    Therefore, it is with great urgency the CTA should abolished the religious ban on Dorje Shugden practices in order to restore peace & harmony within the Tibetan community & also to regain the confident of the Chinese party that they are capable to lead if ever Tibet is granted independent or autonomy status. After all whatever the CTA has been practicing for the past 50 years has poof to be nothing but a waste of time & resources. Why to take a leap of faith on the great protector Dorje Shugden whose practice is growing fast in China.

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.…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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