The CTA Digs Itself Into A Hole, Again

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay launches new anti-Shugden book

On 14 November 2016, the Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) released its latest installment of anti-Dorje Shugden material, a video titled, ‘Shugden Protesters: Allegation versus Facts’.

The content of this 13-minute video attests to the singularity of its purpose i.e. to bolster the CTA’s justification for its now 20-year campaign to destroy the ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice of Dorje Shugden. Revered for over three centuries as an enlightened Dharma Protector, the CTA suddenly banned the practice in 1996 without any sound explanations or reasons.

What ensued was a miscellany of off-hand commentaries by the CTA spanning two decades and covering a multitude of mediums, each attempting to persuade the audience to think unfavorably of this Buddhist deity and his believers. Interestingly, the CTA never did produce any scholarly works to validate its attack on this old Buddhist practice that can stand up to cross-examination and debate, an established trait of the Gelugpa school, as a process to uncover the truth.

Whilst the CTA’s narrative of Dorje Shugden never made much effort to be inclined towards historic truth and logic, the unsuspecting public nevertheless easily accepted it. The CTA’s affiliation with the Dalai Lama, and being the supposed instrument of a holy man’s governance gives it vicarious credibility.

But as Buddhism teaches, nothing exists alone and in complete independence and this is precisely what makes the CTA’s chronicle of Dorje Shugden dangerous. Dorje Shugden is ultimately a religious subject that has been force-fitted into a political frame and that could not happen without considerable distortion. To accept the CTA’s version of the story is to accept a warped account of foundational Buddhist beliefs that challenges every teaching built on them.

Therefore, this post and the accompanying videos below, compiled from various online sources, aim to set straight the facts about Dorje Shugden and his practitioners who have been maligned through decades of CTA effort.


The Need for Honest Government

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost. ~ President Barrack Obama in ‘An Honest Government, A Hopeful Future’, 2006

It has been 57 years since the Dalai Lama made a dramatic escape from Tibet in 1959. Over a hundred thousand Tibetans followed suit and today, they form a community who are the most famous refugees in the world. The Tibetan fight to regain their homeland has become cause célebrè for the western world’s political elite and celebrity philanthropists. And yet for all the financial and political support the Tibetan refugees have received for over half a century, there is little progress for the Tibetans to speak of.

In examining all factors contributing to the prolonged stagnation of the Tibetan Cause, an important element to consider is the leadership, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). The November 14 video provides valuable insights into the psyche of the CTA.

To begin with, a true Democracy, which the CTA professes to be, recognizes that the minority has as much right as the majority. Democracy is not about the power of the government to rule as it likes but about preserving the authority vested by a democratic Constitution for all citizens to express their freedom, including the freedom to be different, without fear of persecution. In other words, Democracy is about diversity and embracing diversity, the root of a genuine democratic system.

The CTA leader Sikyong Lobsang Sangay clearly understands this. During the 56th annual Democracy Day (that is how long the CTA has declared itself to be a Democracy) on 2 September 2016, he said,

Democracy confers you with the right to speech and freedom of expression and in a democracy, diversity of opinion should be respected.

However, it is disturbing that the November 14 CTA video shows none of the respect for diversity that the Sikyong mentions. Not even a pale shade of any tolerance for diversity.


An Attack on Freedom

Under Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the CTA’s Department of Information and International Relations became the vehicle for the most vindictive, un-tolerating attacks on the practitioners of Dorje Shugden, a religious tradition that the Tibetan Constitution is supposed to protect and uphold. This is the same Constitution by which the CTA declares itself to be a democratic nation unlike its oppressor, China. It is also the Constitution that the CTA trampled on en route to assaulting its own citizens because of their religion.

It’s clear that the video is meant to be an instrument for the protraction of an unlawful, illegal and unholy religious ban. Unlawful because it flies in the face of the CTA’s highest law, namely Articles 9 and 10; illegal because it is a willful assault with the intention to inflict injury on persons of a certain religion, and unholy because it conflicts every aspect of truth, honesty, and kindness enshrined in just about every religion known to man.

So that there is no mistake of its intentions, the following words were carefully selected and used in the video, in association with Dorje Shugden – “cult”, “controversial”, “divisive”, “monetary gains”, “malevolent”, “disharmony”, “fringe group”, “extremist”, “fundamentalist”, “harmful”, and “attack”.

How can a democratic government attack its own people? And what’s more, the elected Prime Minister of the CTA himself spearheads the attack in the November 14 video as he has done on countless occasions before. If a leader of a liberal nation should decide to intervene in religious matters, then surely it must be to repair a rift that threatens the unity of an already fractured and disenfranchised community, not to add to their woes.

Religion is an extremely sensitive topic and bears heightened significance when it comes to the Tibetan people whose lives are inseparable from religious habitude. And to rob a class of Tibetan people of their faith, for which they gave up their homeland, is simply unscrupulous. It is more the character of a tyrannical leader of an oppressive regime, than that of a leader of a free and liberal nation that the CTA tells the world it is.

The Sikyong’s actions confuse attributes ascribed to the Tibetan people as peaceful Buddhists and disturbs the coherence of the Dalai Lama’s message of peace and tolerance, which he preaches worldwide. In that way, he undermines the Dalai Lama himself.

The 14th Dalai Lama, a strong advocate of Human Rights who constantly preaches about Compassion and Harmony, is misrepresented by the CTA’s persecution of Shugden practitioners.

The people the Sikyong targets with religious persecution are the children, grandchildren and the citizens of Tibet themselves, who for the love of the Dalai Lama and for the sake of their religion, readily left their homes, families and country to walk with the Dalai Lama into statelessness, banishment and an uncertain future. Today, the CTA accuses them of colluding with the Tibetan people’s nemesis and brands them as traitors. But they are the same people who went into voluntary exile with the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Up until the CTA’s unilateral and baseless decision to ban Dorje Shugden in 1996, Dorje Shugden practitioners were patriots and loyal spiritual subjects of the Tibetan people’s God-King, a people who like the rest of the exile community trusted the CTA to take proper measures to reinstate their dignity and identity. They didn’t change. How can these simple Tibetan people, together with 4 million Shugden believers around the world with different backgrounds, nationalities and experience, most of whom began the worship of Dorje Shugden before the Sino-Tibetan conflict, suddenly pull off a coordinated and well calibrated change overnight? Logically, the CTA changed and rendered their own Tibetan people to be nothing more than acceptable political attrition.

But the CTA did not imagine that the fire they started would become a global inferno that today threatens to engulf the CTA’s integrity and credibility in its flames. As more and more people around the world become aware of the CTA’s Machiavellian plots, the CTA’s narrative has had to evolve and so the reasons for the ban have had to keep changing. It is also the reason why the CTA’s propaganda machinery has had to work overtime.

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay could have decided to heal the conflict or settle the controversy once and for all by producing concrete evidence to support the Administration’s very damaging religious ban if indeed it had valid reasons to believe that such a move was necessary. Failing which he could have ordered the retraction of past official Resolutions that unfairly and wrongly punished a group of Tibetans for their benign spiritual practice. Lobsang Sangay could have initiated dialogue between Shugden and non-Shugden groups – divisions the ban created, and take the view that unity of the Tibetan nation was far more important than differences in religious beliefs. He could have proclaimed that the human rights enshrined in the Tibetan Constitution and the Indian Constitution (that the Tibetans, as guests of the country, are obliged to observe) are to be upheld.

But instead, the Sikyong decided to commission this very harmful video and persist in the Shugden religious persecutions. This confuses supporters of the Tibetan plight and obscures the core objectives of the Tibetan struggle.


The Long Arm of Oppression

The International Shugden Community whose members comprise of Shugden practitioners from all over the world who have suffered discrimination.

But it is not only the Tibetans that the CTA’s November 14 video sought to scandalize. Even a religious group operating legally in another country, outside the CTA’s dominion, has not been spared.

It is unheard of for the leader of a country to comment unfavorably on a religious group of another country, especially seeing that [in this case] the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) operates as a legitimate and highly successful organization under the laws of countries where they are represented. To do so would be to interfere with the religious freedom of citizens of another country and to display incompetence in addressing matters relating to international relations.

Governments today face competition in virtually all aspects of statesmanship from military to trade to their standing in the global arena. And when we see the proliferation of multinational and regional organizations – the EU, APEC, ASEAN, NAFTA just to name a few, it is not difficult to see that cross-border relationships and co-operation between governments and between the government of a country and the private sector of another, are crucial in a highly globalized world. It is a matter of survival. Diplomacy is a sign of a good government and the nations of the world are sparing no effort to create favorable environments to advance trade and build goodwill.

But all this seems to be lost on the Sikyong, an unfortunate fact that the Tibetan situation can ill afford. Sikyong Lobsang Sangay and the Minister equivalent of the CTA’s Department of Information and International Relations putting on a show to criticize and slander a religious group that happens to be a citizen of another country shows in no uncertain terms that the CTA has no interest in conforming to the platitudes of liberty, freedom and human rights espoused in their own literature and the Tibetan Constitution.

The CTA video slurs the NKT as a fringe and fundamentalist group. This is not only an insult to the NKT but to the country that approves of its establishment. This is the CTA’s reaction to people outside its jurisdictional reach who are merely exercising their constitutional right to participate in protests against the Dalai Lama, appealing for the cessation of a campaign that derides a deity they worship. It raises questions as to how much more the CTA might do to people who are within their striking range. Imagine that and one may then understand what Shugden-worshipping Tibetans have had to survive.

No government that is genuinely committed to the pursuit and preservation of democracy will decry the expression of freedom vested in the people by an egalitarian society. This is even more so if the said people are outside the government’s administration. That the CTA does puts it at risk of suspicion that it doesn’t have any intentions of being a true democracy.


Disobeying the Dalai Lama

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Finally, the November 14 video shows that the CTA couches its behavior as a noble defense of the Dalai Lama’s reputation. But the footage shows the incongruity of the CTA’s actions with its own purported motivation. The Dalai Lama has, in the video, stated clearly that all people have the freedom to choose what to practice and that no prohibition had been intended and similarly no infringement of anyone’s rights meant. If the Dalai Lama intended for all Shugden believers to choose freely, then why does the CTA commission propaganda videos to attack people for having chosen to keep their religion? It doesn’t make sense and again provides an insight into what the CTA is.



If one is not careful, it is easy to be drawn into the CTA’s fiction and be mistaken that all this aggression towards Dorje Shugden practitioners worldwide is in retaliation to a centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist deity and all its followers being conscripted by China to oppose the CTA. That itself is a desperate use of superstition hoping that this will explain away why the CTA has failed miserably after half a century of promises to the Tibetan people.

In that time, the Tibetan people, Shugden and non-Shugden worshippers alike have had to endure a lot. Time is running out for the Tibetan people as world nations grapple with new and complicated problems and the Tibetan Cause begins to slip into obscurity. Left with little choice, many Tibetans have left the settlements to carve a life elsewhere and from the start. Some others chose to return to Tibet under Chinese rule, and whatever they found there, they have remained and began new lives. Fifty-seven years in exile with no sign of change is enough.


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International Tibetan Shugden Community’s Response to the CTA’s press conference on Shugden (English)

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International Tibetan Shugden Community’s Response to the CTA’s press conference on Shugden (Tibetan)

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Response to the Central Tibetan Administration’s Latest Video on Dorje Shugden

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The CTA’s Role in the Shugden Conflict

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Allegations of Chinese Links – Is There Any Truth?

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A Body of Evidence

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An Appeal to the Dalai Lama

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  1. The CTA is the worst ‘government’ on this planet. Sikyong Lobsang is the worst Prime Minister that’s ever existed. He just wants money.

  2. Amazing that the CTA did not hesitate to produce a video that leaves no doubt as to their bad intentions towards a religious practice.

    The bottom line as this article pointed out is this – why would a fair government single out one religion to focus on and demonise? If there is any criminality in the Shugden practice, then surely it would not have been allowed to happen in India, Nepal, China, America, Europe, SE Asia and recently South Africa. All these countries have laws that may differ somewhat but all aim to prohibit harmful and unlawful activities. But the Shugden practice continues to grow in these countries.

    Lobsang Sangay humiliates the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people and robs the CTA of all credibility when he attempts as he does in the CTA video, to disparage the NKT which is a lawfully registered religious entity in the United Kingdom.

    Who is he to comment on what other do in another country when he cannot even manage 150,000 Tibetan refugees.

    Shameful and despicable CTA smear campaign this is.

  3. Why does the Tibetan leadership keep producing materials against Dorje Shugden? Why is a supposed government keep on using public funds for destroying the faith of another man? What kind of people are these?

  4. Shame you Lobsang Sangay and your gang!

    You continue to use our money to careless throw baseless and not logical accuse against Shugdenpa even after His Holiness Dalai Lama has clear say practice not wrong.

    And first thing your government Chief in USA, Penpa Tsering do after his recent appointment is outline plan to spend some more our money to throw the same careless and baseless accusations in America.

    I not like it. Please don’t waste our money. Tibetans must unite not fighting.

    I want to ask you where you get your money from and what are you spending it on?

  5. If HHDL, CTA, Gelug and other lineages/people don’t want to practice Dorje Shugden practice, of course they don’t need to.

    That’s fine and no problem at all because dharmapala aspects of wisdom and compassion are within ourself and all other beings, nature and elements anyway and there are also beings without and with form who perform dharmapala activitiy anway, because self arising wisdom and compassion of space- and conciousnesscontinunum is there anyway.

    To turn against wisdom and compassion is only harmful for oneself because it causes and effects karma within our conciousnesscontinuum that can’t harm wisdom and compassion/conciousnesscontinuum itself at all because beings who are free of lastingnness and non-existence itself can’t harm this basic freedom of lastingness and non-existence itself at all, like reflections in a mirror can’t harm or change anything about the mirror itself.

    So no matter what god and bad actions of mind, speech and body we did and do, we can’t manipulate, harm or destroy our inherent wisdom and compassion/dignity/conciousnesscontinuum. Also other beings can’t manipulate, harm or destroy our wisdom and compassion/conciousnesscontinuum itself at all, not matter what god and bad actions of mind, speech and body they did and do. We just can’t loose ourself/wisdom and compassion/conciousnesscontinuum but we can become aware of our wisdom and compassion that is and stays victorious/wisdom and compassion.

    Conciousness is rooted in spacecontinuum that is and stays unborn and unceasing, free of lastingness and non-existence, free of god and devil, free of good and bad, free of peace and war, free of attachment and aversion, free of luck and pain.

    Only problem mankind had and still has is ignoring ignorance and not dealing with it with wisdom and compassion. In order to prevent and overcome ignorance, conflict and harm, we need wisdom and compassion because reality is non-duality and violence that is rooted in duality will not work within non-duality. Violence never worked, there is no other option than wisdom and compassion/dignity for all of us.

    We only can stop and overcome conflicts and harm with our wisdom and compassion. Education regarding non-duality is very important for each human being and mankind in the present and future.

    All dharma lineages and schools are very important for mankind in the present and future. By dharma study and practice/activity, no matter where we are, we also support dharma study and practice/activity as well as freedom and wellbeing everywhere else, everything is interdependent. By harmful (good and bad/dualistic) actions of mind, speech and body we support harmful (good and bad/dualistic) activities of mind, speech and body as well as suffering everywhere else, everything is interdependent. So we really should not become hostile against wisdom and compassion but should support wisdom and compassion everywhere.

    To do this we need to understand our wisdom and compassion or non-dual awareness/conciousness. That’s why there are deities that basicly represent all aspects of wisdom and compassion that are basicly protective and healing aspects of wisdom and compassion.

    Because wisdom and compassion is non-duality, beyond words, beyond thoughs, beyond duality, all non-dual aspects of wisdom and compassion can be communicated by deites much better than with words but beings who don’t understand first need words that point towards non-duality in order to learn/understand non-duality and the non-dual meaning behind colors/symbols and attributes of statues, paintings and madalas.

    Statues, pictures and mandalas of deites can express and communicate much more than words can do. That’s why there is alot of spiritual artwork like statues, pictures and mandalas of deties that represent all aspects of wisdom and compassion.

    That’s why in dharma there is no spirit worship at all because deities like Dorje Shugden represent aspects of self arising (rangshar) wisdom and compassion of space- and conciousnesscontinuum.

    Beings are conciousness, conciousness is wisdom and compassion, so there is no spirit worship in dharma at all but using wisdom and compassion for the benifit or freedom and wellbeing of ourself and all beings in the present and future.

    Impermanance is life, protection, regeneration and healing, it’s not violence/duality it’s non-duality, it’s free of lastingness and non-existence, it’s free of attachment and aversion, it’s wisdom and compassion, it’s awareness and becoming aware of non-duality, it’s becoming free and feel well. This is not going to happen with violence/dualistic betray systems.

    Spirit or mind are other words for karmic wind that causes and effects karmic perception and experience of reality and only can be dissolved by wisdom and compassion because our conciousness basicly is and stays free of lastingness and nonexistence or free of attachment and aversion or free of ignorance regarding non-duality itself.

    One aspect of karmic wind or spirit/mind/sem is ignorance regarding non-duality, another is emotion, another is karma/harmful action or god and bad action.

    Conciousness itself is self arising wisdom and compassion and healing/protecting activity or instead of ingorance regarding non-duality wisdom is arising, instead of emotions compassion is arising and instead of harmful (god and bad/dualistic) actions of mind, speech and body healing/protecting actions or healing activity of wisdom mind, wisdom speech and wisdom body is happening like protection and regeneration/healing or view of non-duality/being aware of non-duality, meditation or compassion that comes with wisdom and action or dharma activity that is happening because of ones self arising wisdom and compassion that is rooted in self arising spacecontinuum that is unborn and unceasing.

    One aspect of karmic wind is being hostile against non-duality/wisdom and compassion. As long there is karmic wind there is this conflict of karmic wind (mind/sem/spirit) with wisdom and compassion.

    Our aspiration can and should be like: “No matter what happens, may i never become hostile against wisdom and compassion.”

    Wrathful aspect of wisdom and compassion is like the immunesystem aspect of the psychophysical body that balances out the physiology of the body to keep the body healthy and working well. If there is illusion like a virus within the conciousness the wrathful aspect of wisdom and compassion destroys the illusion/virus in order to keep the awareness/perception and experience of reality healthy/non-dual/wise and compassionate.

    Wrathful dharma practice is very important for once mental health to destroy harmful powers within conciousness that are hostile against wisdom and compassion ot to prevent violence of mind, speech and body.

    May the wisdom of non-duality protect all transmissions, lineages, teachers, and students of dharma and may the wrath of vajrakilaya destroy all harmful powers – outer, inner and secret – that are hostile against wisdom and compassion.

    Love you all, do my best to send you all as much wisdom and compassion as possible.

  6. A whole generation of Tibetans have grown up in exile. They need to have stability and move on in their lives. If the CTA continues to go round n circles, it does a disservice to them and to the Dalai Lama.

    Pointing fingers and passing the buck will not solve the problem. The CTA knows it but human greed overtook them. It is time to do the right thing and stop the divide in the Karma Kagyus with the Karmapa issue and the Gelugs with the Dorje Shugden issue. Bottom-line, stop dividing the Tibetans and instead unite them.

    You can’t take all your wealth with you when you die. Ill-gotten gains only leads to the lower realms. Don’t they have enough after gorging themselves all these years on public funds?

  7. Dear Sascha,

    What you said is the truth the Buddhas taught and continue to teach.

    Thank you very much, I appreciate it very much.


  8. It is really disturbing how a so-called “democratic” government publishes such a harmful book and video against their own people. Well Sikyang, there is nothing democratic in going against one’s own people and it is really a shame.

    A government without country should focus on how to make their people feel safe and make sure that they are well cared for. But this is clearly not the case for millions of Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    As you understand the freedom of speech and liberty to express oneself, you should make this your priority and find a solution with China. Instead you spend precious money on separating the Tibetans.

    I hope that your doing will be uncovered by many people so that such a misuse of power and money stops and the benefit of the Tibetan people will be the priority.

    Thank you for highlighting how the CTA is mishandling and misusing the power and trust they have received by many people.

  9. Amidst a failing governance, a declining international presence and a completely disastrous economy, the Tibetan leadership in exile actually launched an Anti-Shugden campaign. This goes to show the small-mindedness of this parliament and how unfit they are to administrate a fair and unbiased government. Coupled with the criminal allegations towards the key members of the parliament, it is time to call for them to step down. A fair and honest leadership is needed for the Tibetan refugee who can negotiate their way back to Tibet, who can put the petty issue aside and go for the big picture.

  10. @Ringo Starr

    We all study dharma and try our best to cultivate/practice our wisdom and compassion for our benifit and the beifit of all beings, we are one family and no matter where we are on this planet we are connected anyway and we support another anyway also with our conciousness due to our dharma practice eventhough we might not really be aware of it yet.

    I am very grateful of all the beings who turend the wheel of dharma for us as well as all the beings who studied and practiced dharma until our present for the benifit of all beings.

    I am grateful that you all study and practice dharma and keep up the light within mankind! You are all so incredible precious, may your life and awareness that is wisdom and compassion stay forever firm with your, guide you liberate you and effect freedom and wellbeing for you for eternity.

    Just never ever give up!

    I do the best i can to study and practice dharma for your all as much as possible.

  11. Well we all know what happened way back then to old woman Carol. Carol McQuire fell in love with monk in Kadampa years ago and he kept his vows and did not reciprocate. She just was not attractive at all to him. Carol happened to be a nun that time which adds to the salacious story. Because she was jealous and angry for his attentions, she left NKT and blamed NKT for her ‘pains, traumas and wrongs done to her’. She turned against her kind guru and protector Dorje Shugden. Sounds like the Medusa story. Poor old Carol, still at it with attacking people and making hate friends online to fill her lonely boring and solitary old age.

    Whatever she does has nothing to do with dharma and Dalai Lama. It is strictly to feel important and relevant because she has

  12. The Shugden groups can dare defy the Dalai Lama because they don’t have a country. The Tibetans are scattered all over the world and they have their various power basis from their various countries. I’ve spoken to Ms. Dhardon Sharling about this. If all the Tibetans were back in Tibet, they would have no chance to defy the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama’s government would crush them into silence. How dare they defy the Dalai Lama. Democracy is not for the backwards and illiterate Tibetans. They need a strong, smart and able ruler like the Dalai Lama and his ministers to tell them what is good or bad for them. The Dorje Shugden practice should be banned completely from the Tibetans and Tibetan nation because it is a harmful practice. And no religious freedom should be allowed to let this Dorje Shugden religion arise. In history, many other harmful religions were suppressed for the good of mankind. Shugden should be suppressed and all people who practice him should be forced to give up the practice.

  13. Everyone should go and take a picture with the Dalai Lama and post it. It will boost ‘business’. It’s made me look really valid and more people trust what I am saying simply because I have my picture taken with the Dalai Lama. I’ve roped in Carole MccQuirre and gang to do the same things. You see because I am from East Germany and we don’t believe in any sort of religious freedom. Whatever the regime in the past told you to do, you do it without question. The Shugden groups should not be allowed to practice their religion because the Dalai lama says so. We shouldn’t question the Dalai Lama or defy him. After all he is not human but a god. So if Dalai Lama says don’t practice Dorje Shugden, just follow along without question because why should there be religious freedom. The populace are too stupid to see what religion is good and what is harmful.

  14. I agree with you Paljor. The Tibetans do not need democracy, but a strong firm hand to tell them what to do. They are not like we educated English people who can handle and know what to do with democracy. The fact that Tibetans have no real elected leaders and the leader is really the Dalai Lama for the last 60 years is good news. Tibetans cannot elect their own leaders. When the Dalai Lama dies, we wait for him to reincarnate back and take over again because he is the only leader that can handle Tibetans.

  15. Those who would like to know more, there is an active thread discussion related to this, in which the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) is involved in. The employment of a Stasi German and given the status ‘monk’ by the Central Tibetan Administration is creating havoc and schism in Tibetan Buddhism, all to deflect from the CTA’s failure after so many years in exile. Welcome to post and share more information if you have.

  16. Stasi Tenzin Peljor aka Michael Jäckel aka Mick Jackman

    Over 80 posts and still going

  17. Stasi Tenzin Peljor aka Michael Jäckel aka Mick Jackman

    And, the discussion is still active

  18. I called Tenzin Paljor a couple times to talk to him directly but he doesn’t picked up the phone. Also i want him to come with me to Lerab Ling but he refuses because of he is afraid.

    In germany former stasi people are still active and are hostile against dharma and people who teach, study and practice dharma because of wisdom and compassion/non-violence/intelligence is a thread for their illusions/violence. When you talk to officials they don’t do anything at all about it, so i guess it is the way they want it.

    BRD is not democracy, it’s just a mask for the public out of the country like it was in the DDR. To me it looks like germany still is fanatically clinging to socialism and failing with it again and again. No hope for germany i guess, because they want to fail with socialism again and again.

  19. CTA and Tibetan in exiles have so much more problems affecting their people and they spend money and time making a video and literature that criticizes people they have been oppressing for 20 years.

    All the lies and deception in their video has no benefit at all, for the growth of Tibet or its people. Such a waste time and effort and resources. Hope the Western nations who religiously support CTA and the Dalai Lama will, take a look at this useless actions by the CTA.

  20. Please take a look at this clear video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama asking the monasteries to expel monks that practice Dorje Shugden. Click here to watch:

  21. Seriously, there are far more pressing problems for CTA to address, like progressing with the Tibetan cause and improving the living conditions of Tibetans. Yet CTA opts to waste resources meant for welfare of Tibetans to take actions against the interests of Tibetans.
    What self-respecting democratic government would rather spend public funds to produce a video to persecute religious faith?

    It is obvious that CTA’s ban on Dorje Shugden practice has done nothing but cause trouble and harm to unity of the Tibetan people, both in exile and in Tibet. In fact, such a ban has benefited no one except enriching unscrupulous CTA officials.

    Hope those who generously donate and religiously support the Tibetan cause or Dalai Lama would not continue to be hoodwinked by CTA and demand more accountability.

  22. It is amazing that the CTA should have , for the last 20 years, viciously targeted a group of Tibetans, high Lamas, monastics and lay people for allegedly being disloyal to the Dalai Lama just because they practise the supramundane Dorje Shugden , a practice which they hold as dearly as their lives as it had been given to them by their Root Gurus. If we understand Tibetan Buddhism, then we would know that keeping one ‘s commitment to one ‘s Root Guru is a basic tenet. Breaking samaya with our Guru will bring such dire negative karmic consequences as being cast into the worst hell for eons of lifetimes! This is clearly seen in Ashvagosha’s Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion.

    We respect the Dalai Lama greatly. In recent times, according to a Phayul Article , on Sept 16th 2016, the Dalai Lama had said, ” I hear that some people report that I have said no one should do the practice of Dholgyal. That is not what I say…if someone wants to do it, they can. There are monks today in monasteries adjacent to Ganden and Sera who specifically follow the practice….I haven’t said that no one can do it”. The Dalai Lama has said those words and we have not received any report that he had retracted those words.

    To add insult to injury, Shugden practitioners have been accused by CTA of being paid spies for China, working against the Free Tibet cause None of the accusations against Shugden practitioners have been logically proven and with concrete evidence! Yet CTA pushes these wild accusations through relentlessly to Tibetans who are not aware of the true situation!

    Tibetans in exile must not be distracted from their own plight in a so-called ‘Democratic’ country run by CTA, where they have not gotten anywhere near their dream of a Free Tibet, or even an autonomous Tibet, with 150 or more lives already needlessly lost(what a tragic waste of lives) in fighting for the cause . At home in India, they remain refugees, without being helped by CTA to be lifted from their poverty and low economic status. Now Indian nationals are clamoring for them to GO HOME! What a waste of the last 60 years during which the CTA had gotten millions of dollars in aid and sponsorship from mainly Western countries and donors! Not a single cent of this money has been spent to alleviate the lot of their fellow Tibetans in exile, who are in dire economic straits !


  23. Nechung is ZUMA 👎 before I m think he is one of d best when I m watch dis video By Geshe Dorjee la but now I m think is not d truth n he is lie to Tibet people we r not back to Tibet yt Chithue Tenpa Yarphel la tq for talk about truth of Nechung . I m watch to this video many time la n after I hear you talk I m not belief to Nechung

  24. The CTA is the only government in the world that spends so much money producing materials to ban a faith. If a ban is to ultimately bring benefits to the people, then it is fine. But the ban has created tension and conflicts within the Tibetan community. When the ban was first imposed, the lay Tibetans in India marched their way to the monastery to create a scene. Dorje Shugden practitioners were not allowed to go for a treatment in the hospital in the Tibetan Settlements, they have lost their right to the facility meant for all Tibetans.

    Seeing the ban creates disharmony, the CTA is not doing anything to ensure the unity within the Tibetan community stays intact. In fact, the CTA seems to want to create as much disharmony as possible so people will be distracted from their failure in fulfilling their promises. Dorje Shugden is used as a scapegoat to cover themselves.

    The CTA is such a hypocrite, they claim they are a democratic government but they impose a ban on a religious belief. They penalise and punish the followers of Dorje Shugden by segregating them. No matter how loyal ones are to their country or people, once the CTA knows they are Dorjes Shugden practitioners, they will be labeled as traitors and they are the cause to the failure in Tibet cause.

  25. What will the all the people around the world and in Tibet do now? Dalai Lama says he is happy that Tibet is a part of China and should remain a part of China. So many Tibetans self-immolated for Tibet to be independent and now Dalai Lama did a 360 degree turn and says he wants to go back to Tibet and China and Tibet should be a part of China. So unbelievable. So many are angry and disappointed.

    Tibetans ready to be part of China: Dalai Lama
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    Indo-Asian News Service
    Tibetans are ready to be a part of China if guaranteed full rights to preserve their culture, the Dalai Lama said on Friday.
    “Tibetans are not asking for independence. We are okay with remaining with the People’s Republic of China, provided we have full rights to preserve our culture,” the 83-year-old spiritual leader said at “Thank You Karnataka” event here in the city.
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    “Several of Chinese citizens practicing Buddhism are keen on Tibetan Buddhism as it is considered scientific,” the Nobel laureate said.
    Born in Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. He fled to India from Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959.
    China annexed Tibet in 1950, forcing thousands of Tibetans, including monks, to flee the mountain country and settle in India as refugees.
    Since then, India has been home to over 100,000 Tibetans majorly settled in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh among other states.


  26. Dear Dalai Lama,

    Since you started the cruel ban against the 350 year Dorje Shugden practice, how has it benefit your Tibetan society and Buddhism in the world? Things have become worse and most educated Tibetans can see this. They don’t speak out not because they don’t see your ban as wrong, but you instill fear in them and not respect. It is like fear of a dictator. I am sorry to say so. Everyone is divided. There is no harmony. Before your ban there was more harmony and unity.

    By enacting the ban, you split the monasteries, split so many families, split regions in Tibet apart, split your disciples from you, split your own gurus from you, split Tibetan Buddhism apart. You have created so much disharmony.

    It is not democratic what you have done to ban a religion within your community. You always talk of tolerance and acceptance and democracy and yet you do not accept and tolerate something different from your beliefs. When people practice Dorje Shugden you ostracize them, ban them from seeing you, ban them from using Tibetan facilities. You know you have done that. There are videos that capture your speech and prove this point. You even had people expelled from monasteries just because they practice Dorje Shugden. Some of the monks you expelled have been in the monastery for over 40 years. Many older monks shed tears because of this.

    Many young educated Tibetans lost confidence in you as they saw the damage the Dorje Shugden ban created and they lose hope. Many have become free thinkers. They reject what you have done. So many people in the west left Buddhism because of the confusion you created with this ban against Dorje Shugden which is immoral.

    You could of had millions of people who practice Dorje Shugden to support, love and follow you, but you scared them away. They are hurt and very disappointed. They loved you and respected you deeply before the ban. It has been 60 years and you have failed to get Tibet back. Your biggest failure is not getting Tibet back after 57 years in exile. Now you are begging China to allow you to return to Tibet to the disappointment of thousands of people who fought for a free Tibet believing in you. So many self-immolated for a free Tibet and now you want Tibet to be a part of China with no referendum from Tibetans. Just like a dictator, you decide on your own. It was your government and you that lost Tibet in the first place. Your policies and style of doing things do not benefit Tibet and Buddhism. You have been the sole ruler of Tibet your whole life and you still have not gotten our country of Tibet back for us. Our families and us are separated. Yet you create more pain by creating a ban to further divide people. Please have compassion.

    No other Buddhist leader has banned or condemned any religion except for you. It looks very bad. You are a Nobel laureate and this is not fitting of a laureate. You should unite people and not separate them by religious differences.

    You said Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi did not do right to the Rohingya people in Myanmar due to religious differences, but you are doing the same thing to the Shugden Buddhists within your own society. There is a parallel in this. You separate the Shugden Buddhists from the others in Tibetan society.

    You have lost so many people who would have loved and supported you. You have lost so much support around the world. The Shugden Buddhists who love you number in the millions. When you are fast losing support from governments and private people, it will not do you well to lose more.

    After you are passed away in the future, the rift you created between the Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people will remain for a while and that will be your legacy. Disharmony. You will be remembered for this. Not as a hero but a disharmony creator.

    Dorje Shugden will spread and further grow, but you will be no more as you are a human. No one wishes you bad and in fact we hope you have a long and healthy life, but we have lost so much hope and have so much despair because of you. All the hundreds of Dorje Shugden lamas, tulkus and geshes are maturing and there are hundreds of Dorje Shugden monasteries in Tibet who will not give up Dorje Shugden. You have made a mistake. These hundreds of teachers and teachers to be will spread Dorje Shugden further in the future.

    The gurus that gave us Dorje Shugden as a spiritual practice and you have called these holy gurus wrong and they are mistaken in giving us Dorje Shugden. How can you insult our gurus whom we respect so much? If they can be wrong, then you can be wrong. Then all gurus can be wrong. So no one needs to listen to any guru? You have created this trend. It is not healthy. Your own gurus practiced Dorje Shugden their whole lives. Your own gurus were exemplary and highly learned.

    Dalai Lama you have created so much pain with this ban against so many people due to religion. You are ageing fast. Are you going to do anything about it or stay stubborn, hard and un-moving. You show a smile and preach peace and harmony wherever you go. But will you do the same to your own people? Please rectify the wrong you have done. Please before it is too late. You can create harmony again or you can pass away in the future with this legacy of peace. May you live long and think carefully and admit what was a mistake in having this unethical ban against Dorje Shugden religion.

  27. Why doesn’t the United States and its allies end Refugee Status for the useless Tibetans? They have been refugees for 60 years now and don’t tell me they still cannot get their lives back in order?

    Tibetans really know how to put on a good show and use people, take their money and do nothing in return.

    Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians
    In internal emails, Jared Kushner advocated a “sincere effort to disrupt” the U.N.’s relief agency for Palestinians.
    Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, has quietly been trying to do away with the U.N. relief agency that has provided food and essential services to millions of Palestinian refugees for decades, according to internal emails obtained by Foreign Policy.
    His initiative is part of a broader push by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to strip these Palestinians of their refugee status in the region and take their issue off the table in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to both American and Palestinian officials. At least two bills now making their way through Congress address the issue.
    Kushner, whom Trump has charged with solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been reluctant to speak publicly about any aspect of his Middle East diplomacy. A peace plan he’s been working on with other U.S. officials for some 18 months has been one of Washington’s most closely held documents.
    But his position on the refugee issue and his animus toward the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is evident in internal emails written by Kushner and others earlier this year.
    “It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA,” Kushner wrote about the agency in one of those emails, dated Jan. 11 and addressed to several other senior officials, including Trump’s Middle East peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt.
    “This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help peace,” he wrote.
    The United States has helped fund UNRWA since it was formed in 1949 to provide relief for Palestinians displaced from their homes following the establishment of the State of Israel and ensuing international war. Previous administrations have viewed the agency as a critical contributor to stability in the region.
    But many Israel supporters in the United States today see UNRWA as part of an international infrastructure that has artificially kept the refugee issue alive and kindled hopes among the exiled Palestinians that they might someday return home—a possibility Israel flatly rules out.
    Critics of the agency point in particular to its policy of granting refugee status not just to those who fled Mandatory Palestine 70 years ago but to their descendants as well—accounting that puts the refugee population at around 5 million, nearly one-third of whom live in camps across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza.
    By trying to unwind UNRWA, the Trump administration appears ready to reset the terms of the Palestinian refugee issue in Israel’s favor—as it did on another key issue in December, when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
    In the same January email, Kushner wrote: “Our goal can’t be to keep things stable and as they are. … Sometimes you have to strategically risk breaking things in order to get there.”
    Kushner raised the refugee issue with officials in Jordan during a visit to the region in June, along with Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. According to Palestinian officials, he pressed the Jordan to strip its more than 2 million registered Palestinians of their refugee status so that UNRWA would no longer need to operate there.
    “[Kushner said] the resettlement has to take place in the host countries and these governments can do the job that UNRWA was doing,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a member of Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
    She said the Trump administration wanted rich Arab Gulf states to cover the costs Jordan might incur in the process.
    “They want to take a really irresponsible, dangerous decision and the whole region will suffer,” Ashrawi said.
    Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator, told reporters in June that Kushner’s delegation had said it was ready to stop funding UNRWA altogether and instead direct the money—$300 million annually—to Jordan and other countries that host Palestinian refugees.
    “All this is actually aimed at liquidating the issue of the Palestinian refugees,” hesaid.
    The White House declined to comment on the record for this story. A senior executive branch official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.S. policy regarding the U.N.’s Palestinian refugee program “has been under frequent evaluation and internal discussion. The administration will announce its policy in due course.”
    Jordanian officials in New York and Washington did not respond to queries about the initiative.
    Kushner and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, both proposed ending funding for UNRWA back in January. But the State Department, the Pentagon, and the U.S. intelligence community all opposed the idea, fearing in part that it could fuel violence in the region.
    The following week, the State Department announced that that United States would cut the first $125 million installment of its annual payment to UNRWA by more than half, to $60 million.
    “UNRWA has been threatening us for six months that if they don’t get a check they will close schools. Nothing has happened,” Kushner wrote in the same email.
    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at the time that the U.S. had no intention of eliminating funding for Palestinian refugees, and that it was taking time to explore ways to reform UNRWA and to convince other countries to help Washington shoulder the financial burden of aiding the Palestinians.
    But the following day, Victoria Coates, a senior advisor to Greenblatt, sent an email to the White House’s national security staff indicating that the White House was mulling a way to eliminate the U.N.’s agency for Palestinian refugees.
    “UNRWA should come up with a plan to unwind itself and become part of the UNHCR by the time its charter comes up again in 2019,” Coates wrote.
    She noted that the proposal was one of a number of “spitball ideas that I’ve had that are also informed by some thoughts I’ve picked up from Jared, Jason and Nikki.”
    Other ideas included a suggestion that the U.N. relief agency be asked to operate on a month-to-month budget and devise “a plan to remove all anti-Semitism from educational materials.”
    The ideas seemed to track closely with proposals Israel has been making for some time.
    “We believe that UNRWA needs to pass from the world as it is an organization that advocates politically against Israel and perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem,” said Elad Strohmayer, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
    Strohmayer said that Palestinians are the only population that is able to transfer its refugee status down through generations.
    The claim, though long advanced by Israel, is not entirely true.
    In an internal report from 2015, the State Department noted that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “recognizes descendants of refugees as refugees for purposes of their operations.” The report, which was recently declassified, said the descendants of Afghan, Bhutanese, Burmese, Somali, and Tibetan refugees are all recognized by the U.N. as refugees themselves.
    Of the roughly 700,000 original Palestinian refugees, only a few tens of thousands are still alive, according to estimates.
    The push to deny the status to most Palestinians refugees is also gaining traction in Congress.
    Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, introduced a bill that would limit the United States to assisting only the original refugees. Most savings in U.N. contributions would be directed to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United States’ principal international development agency. But USAID is currently constrained by the Taylor Force Act, which restricts the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends a policy of providing aid to families of fallen terrorists.
    “Instead of resettling Palestinian refugees displaced as a result of the Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1948, UNRWA provides aid to those they define as Palestinian refugees until there is a solution they deem acceptable to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Lamborn’s bill states.
    “This policy does not help resettle the refugees from 1948 but instead maintains a refugee population in perpetuity.”
    A congressional aide familiar with the legislation said its intent isn’t to gut UNRWA funding, but redirect assistance to descendants through USAID.
    “The people that are suffering should still get assistance, but through appropriately defined humanitarian channels and aid programs,” the aide said.
    Similarly, Sen. James Lankford, (R-Okla.), has drafted legislation that would redirect U.S. funding away from UNRWA and to other local and international agencies.
    The bill, which has not yet officially been introduced, would require the U.S. secretary of state certify by 2020 that the United Nations has ended its recognition of Palestinian descendants as refugees.
    “The United Nations should provide assistance to the Palestinians in a way that makes clear that the United Nations does not recognize the vast majority of Palestinians currently registered by UNRWA as refugees deserving refugee status,” reads a draft obtained by Foreign Policy.
    Previous U.S. administrations have maintained that the vast majority of Palestinian refugees will ultimately have to be absorbed in a new Palestinian state or naturalized in the countries that have hosted them for generations.
    But the fate of the refugee issue was expected to be agreed to as part of a comprehensive peace pact that resulted in the establishment of a Palestinian state.
    “It’s very clear that the overarching goal here is to eliminate the Palestinian refugees as an issue by defining them out of existence,” said Lara Friedman, the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
    “This isn’t going to make peace any easier. It’s going to make it harder.” Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians (1)

  28. Supreme Court of India JUSTICE Mr. MARKANDEY KATJU (RETD) writes that Tibet is much better under the Chinese than it was under the lamas who only wanted to make the populace slaves. It was feudal and it will never return to the backwardness again.

    Time has come to acknowledge that Tibet has vastly improved under Chinese rule
    JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU (RETD) | 12 August, 2018
    From a terribly poor state hinged on a feudal system, Tibet has modernised and grows faster than the rest of China
    This article has been prompted by Jyoti Malhotra’s article in ThePrint ‘Tibetan government quietly changed its PM’s designation. India won’t be unhappy about it‘.
    China’s annexation of Tibet in 1959, ousting the Dalai Lama, had attracted it worldwide criticism. The Dalai Lama fled and was granted asylum in India, where he set up a government-in-exile with its headquarters in Dharamshala.
    The Chinese claim Tibet on the grounds that it has been part of the country since the Yuan dynasty of the 13th century, which is disputed by the government-in-exile. But let us leave this that matter aside.
    The more important question is whether Chinese rule has benefited Tibet.
    The answer is that it undoubtedly has. As the Reuters’ Ben Blanchard writes: “Today Tibet is richer and more developed than it has ever been, its people healthier, more literate, better dressed and fed”.
    Although Ben goes on to argue that this development masks “a deep sense of unhappiness among many Tibetans”, I will disagree. How can anyone be unhappy if s/he is healthier, better fed and better clothed?
    Under the rule of the Dalai Lamas (Buddhist priests), the people of Tibet were terribly poor, almost entirely illiterate, and lived like feudal serfs.
    Today, Tibet presents a totally different picture. The illiteracy rate in Tibet has gone down from 95 per cent in the 1950s to 42 per cent in 2000. It has modern schools, universities, engineering and medical colleges, modern hospitals, freeways, supermarkets, fast food restaurants, mobile stores and apartment buildings. The capital Lhasa is like any other modern city.
    While the economic growth in the rest of China has slowed down to about 7 per cent, Tibet has had a 10 per cent growth rate in the last two decades.
    Tibet has huge mineral wealth, which was only awaiting Chinese technology to be tapped. Nowadays, it has numerous hydro and solar power plants and industries running with Chinese help.
    Tibetan literature is flourishing, contrary to claims that the Chinese want to crush Tibetan culture.
    Of course, now the lamas cannot treat their people as slaves.
    The so-called ‘government-in-exile’, of which Lobsang Sangay claims to be the President, is a fake organisation, funded by foreign countries. They only want to restore the feudal Tibet, ruled by the reactionary lamas, something which will never happen.
    The writer is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India

  29. While the government of Nepal has framed a policy to tighten the noose around non-governmental organisations, they have welcomed 30 Chinese NGOs to enter the country. These NGOs will penetrate the country’s social sector at the grassroots level. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese NGOs have entered Nepal at one time. Nepal is increasingly open to Chinese influence, a sign that ties between both countries are strengthening, while India’s influence is being reduced. The time has passed for India’s monopoly to remain uninterrupted in Nepal as opportunities to engage with China are being welcomed.

    30 Chinese NGOs all set to work in Nepal
    Kathmandu, July 30
    At a time when the government has framed a policy to tighten the noose around non-governmental organisations, 30 Chinese NGOs have entered Nepal to penetrate the country’s social sector and the grassroots.
    The Social Welfare Council Nepal and China NGO Network for International Exchanges, an umbrella body of Chinese NGOs, have signed a memorandum of understanding to enable Chinese NGOs to work in Nepal. The agreement was signed yesterday between SWCN Member Secretary Dilli Prasad Bhatt and CNIE General Secretary Zhu Rui in the presence of Minister of Women, Children and Senior Citizen Tham Maya Thapa and Chinese Deputy Minister of External Affairs Wang Yajun.
    The agreement has paved the way for the first batch of 30 Chinese NGOs to work in Nepal for a period of three years. Their contract will be extended based on the consent of SWCN and CNIE. Representatives of these 30 Chinese NGOs were also present during yesterday’s signing ceremony. They have agreed to work in partnership with local NGOs to implement their programmes and projects.
    The Chinese NGOs are eyeing areas such as livelihood, healthcare, education, skill-based training, community development and disaster management. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese NGOs has entered Nepal at one time. The Chinese assistance so far in Nepal has largely been limited to development of infrastructure projects. But the entry of these NGOs indicates China is keen on making its presence felt in Nepal’s social sector and the grassroots, which, till date, have remained domains of the West and countries such as Japan and India.
    The MoU signed between SWCN and CNIE states that Chinese NGOs will be mobilised for ‘the benefit of needy Nepalis and to enhance ties between China and Nepal through people-to-people support programmes’.
    “The Chinese NGOs will abide by the law of Nepal in its entirety while carrying out development cooperation in Nepal,” says the MoU, adding, “Chinese NGOs will submit programmes to the SWCN to carry out development activities in partnership with Nepali NGOs and SWCN in line with plans and policies of the government of Nepal.”
    The MoU was signed at a time when the government has drafted the National Integrity Policy to limit activities of NGOs and INGOs, as some of them were found ‘trying to break communal harmony and proselytising Nepalis’. There were also concerns that high administrative cost of many NGOs and INGOs was preventing money from reaching the real beneficiaries. The policy clearly states that NGOs and INGOs cannot spend more than specified amount under administrative and consultant headings. They will also be barred from working against Nepal’s interests, culture and communal harmony and conducting activities to promote their religious, social or other agenda, adds the policy.
    Around 48,000 NGOs are currently registered in Nepal, of which only 1,600 have been receiving funds from INGOs, as per SWCN. The SWCN has directed INGOs and NGOs to spend 60 per cent of the budget to generate tangible results, while the remaining can be used to cover administrative costs and organise training, meetings and seminars.

  30. The cracks in Tibetan society are starting to show, and it is now coming to the attention of local Indians who have all but identified the Tibetan leadership as the source of the divisions. According to this author, disunity amongst the Tibetans is now creating problems for Indian law enforcement agencies, and this disunity may culminate in young Tibetans holding silent grudges against their host country. It is incredible that after six decades of generosity from India, Indians are now facing the very real possibility Tibetans can be ungrateful towards India. The Tibetan leadership totally failed to impart positive values upon their exiled community, like gratitude for those kindest to them and the need to repay these kindnesses with real, tangible results. It’s also very unlikely that the Tibetan leadership will now start to do this, after six decades of failing to do so. Indians need to realise this, and see that there is no benefit for their nation to align themselves with the Tibetan leadership, and there never will be.
    Tibetan disunity not in India’s interest
    John S. Shilshi
    Updated: August 7, 2018, 11:00 AM
    India is home to the Dalai Lama and an estimated 120,000 Tibetan refugees. Though this humanitarian gesture on India’s part comes at the cost of risking New Delhi’s relations with China, India has never wavered in ensuring that Tibetans live with dignity and respect. Notified settlements across the country were made available so that they can live as independently as possible and practice Tibetan religion and culture. They are also allowed to establish centres of higher learning in Tibetan Buddhism. As a result, several reputed Buddhist institutes came up in Karnataka, and in the Indian Himalayan belt. In what may be termed as a gesture well reciprocated, and because of the respect and influence His Holiness the Dalai Lama commands, the Tibetan diaspora also lived as a peaceful community, rarely creating problems for India’s law enforcement agencies.
    The situation, however, changed from 2000 onwards when unity amongst Tibetans suffered some setback due to developments like the Karmapa succession controversy and the controversy over worshiping of Dorje Shugden. In a unique case of politics getting the better of religion, two senior monks of the Karma kargyue sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Tai Situ Rinpoche and late Shamar Rinpoche, developed serious differences after the demise of Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Karmapa, in 1981. This animosity ultimately led to emergence of two 17th Karmapa candidates in the early nineties. While Tai Situ Rinpoche identified and recognised UghyanThinley Dorje, late Shamar Rinpoche anointed Thinley Thaye Dorje as his Karmapa candidate. Enthronement of their respective protégés at the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the supreme seat of the Karma Kargue linage, being their primary objective, both started indulging in activities monks normally are expected to, and bitterness spewed against each other.
    The bitter rivalry assumed a new dimension when UghyenThinley Dorje suddenly appeared in India in January 2000. The competition became fiercer and hectic political lobbying, never known in the history of Tibetan Buddhism on Indian soil, became common place. Apart from pulling strings at their disposal in Sikkim as well as in the power corridors of New Delhi, these senior monks spat against each other with allegations and counter allegations, widening the gaps between their supporters. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, choosing to favour one of the candidates—a decision many Tibet watchers felt was ill-timed—had also limited possible scope of rapprochement. Hence, the Karma Kargyue followers are now vertically divided, while the camps are dragged into a long drawn legal battle.
    Another development that unfortunately split the Tibetans is the controversy over Shugden worshipping, which again is an internal matter of the Gelugpa sect, to which the Dalai Lama belongs. It erupted as a result of the Dalai Lama urging Tibetans to refrain from worshiping Dorje Shugden, a deity believed to be a protector, according to Tibetan legend. Shugden practitioners, who felt offended by the call, describe it as an attack on freedom of religion, a right, which Dalai Lama himself tirelessly fought for. On the other hand, die hard Dalai Lama followers perceived the questioning of the decision as one challenging the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and mounted massive pressure on Dorje Shugden practitioners to relent, with some even demolishing the statues of the deity. The rivalry ultimately led to split in two Gelug monasteries in Karnataka, and Serpom and Shar Garden monasteries in Bylakupe and Mundgod respectively came under the control of Shugden followers. The bitterness associated with the split is exemplified by the fact that till today, members of these monasteries are treated as some sort of outcasts by the others. Thus, for the first time, the Tibetan diaspora in India gave birth to sections opposed to the Dalai Lama, with spillover effects in Tibet and elsewhere.
    For India, with a fragile internal security profile, a divided Tibetan population on its soil is not good news. It has several long-term implications. It is common knowledge that China considers Dalai Lama as a secessionist, one plotting to divide their country. The latter’s claim of “all that Tibetans were asking for, was a status of genuine autonomy within the Constitution of the Peoples’ Republic of China”, had fallen into deaf ears. China also considers him as someone who plays to the Indian tune to tickle China. Therefore, at a time when China has successfully shrunk the Dalai Lama’s space internationally, India continuing to extend the usual space for him is viewed as complicity. Sharp reaction from China when he was allowed to visit Arunachal Pradesh in April 2017, is a recent example. Such being the delicate nature of India-China relations on matters and issues concerning Tibetans, India can hardly afford to ignore the division within the diaspora. Past experience of dubious elements from Tibet having succeeded in infiltrating the Central Tibetan Administration, including the security wing, should be a warning.
    It is also time India understands the reason behind Tibetans seeking Indian passports, despite an existing arrangement for issue of Identity Certificates, which is passport equivalent. Some had even successfully taken recourse to legal remedy on the issue, and left the government of India red-faced. These changing moods should not be viewed as desires by Tibetans to become Indian citizens. They are triggered by the pathetic state of affairs associated with issuing of Identity Certificates, where delays in most cases are anything between six months to one year. Early streamlining of the process will drastically reduce their desire to hold Indian passport. It will also remove the wrongly perceived notion among some educated Tibetan youth, that the cumbersome process was a ploy by India to confine them in this country. While India should not shy from requesting the Dalai Lama to use his good offices to end all differences within the community in the interest of India’s internal security, it will also be necessary to ensure that young Tibetans do not nurse a silent grudge against the very country they called their second home.

  31. Although the Dalai Lama has offered an apology, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) still expressed their disappointment over his controversial comment on Nehru, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC). Dalai Lama called Nehru self-centred.

    The Congress said Dalai Lama being a foreigner should shun and refrain from interfering in the internal as well as external affairs of India.

    Dalai Lama should abstain from imparting controversial information to students: Arunachal Congress
    Dalai Lama should know that a spiritual leader like him is shouldering great expectation: APCC
    | DAMIEN LEPCHA | ITANAGAR | August 12, 2018 9:58 pm
    disappointment over the recent statement made by Tibetan Spiritual Leader the 14th Dalai Lama in which he called Jawaharlal Nehru, the former Prime Minister of India as “self-centered” and the one responsible for parting India and Pakistan.
    “Although Dalai Lama expressed regret over his controversial comment, the APCC is extremely thwarted by it. A Tibetan spiritual leader calling names to an Indian leader who sweated most to keep him and his followers safe from Chinese aggression is simply not acceptable. Today, India is home to lakhs of Tibetan refugees who are living in 37 settlements and 70 scattered communities across different states of India,” APCC vice-president Minkir Lollen said in a statement on Sunday.
    “Dalai Lama may have forgotten that India provided a beam of light and hope to Tibetans remaining in Chinese-dominated Tibet and in the neighbouring Chinese provinces politically cut off from the Tibetan heart land. All these happened only because India has great leaders like Gandhi and Nehru who took the responsibility of social burden to shelter thousands of persecuted Tibetans then in 1959,” Lollen added.
    Minkir said Dalai Lama should know that a spiritual leader like him is shouldering great expectation, hope and trust of millions on record and the same are watching his contribution towards the mankind.
    “In such circumstances, Dalai Lama should abstain from imparting partial and controversial information to the students who are the torch bearer of the nation,” the Congress said.
    Further stating that the statement of the spiritual leader could be a politically motivated one and made with an effort to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi for survival of his continuation in the country, the Congress said Dalai Lama being a foreigner should shun and refrain from interfering in the internal as well as external affairs of India.

  32. The CTA said Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit, why don’t they ask oracles to take trance of all the enlightened Dharma protector such as Setrap or Palden Lhamo to ask if that is true? If the CTA has strong faith in Nechung’s advice, they must be very receptive to other Dharma protectors’ advice too. Don’t just rely on Nechung because the prophecies he makes most of the time are not accurate. Besides, Nechung is not enlightened.

    Setrap is an emanation of Buddha Amitabha and he is one of the Dharma protectors propitiated by the Gelug monks, he has a long history with the Gelugpa, CTA can rely on him for sure. Why is CTA not asking Setrap? Or if not Setrap, why not Palden Lhamo? If Dorje Shugden is so evil and he has to be gotten rid of, CTA should try all divine method.

    Tibetan Buddhism is famous for the rituals, especially those or exorcism. Why doesn’t CTA gather all the high lama of different lineage and have a series of exorcism rituals to subdue Dorje Shugden? If Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit, the exorcism rituals definitely can help to get rid of Dorje Shugden and then, there will be peace. Why is the CTA not doing that?

  33. It is very clear that the CTA is lying. If Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit and if people continue to practise it, the Dalai Lama’s life will be shortened. But the current Dalai Lama is one of the very few long-lived Dalai Lama. Until today, no monk can subdue Dorje Shugden. How is this possible? Are the CTA telling us spirit is more powerful than Buddhas? If Dorje Shugden cannot be subdued by anyone, it just means Dorje Shugden is a Buddha.

    The CTA is using Dorje Shugden as a scapegoat to cover up their failure to bring Tibetans back to Tibet. The CTA is using the Tibetan plight to make money and to avoid responsibility, they cannot be trusted. If the CTA cares for the Tibetans, they would solve the conflicts in the Tibetan community, unite Tibetans in order to bring a better and brighter future for the Tibetans.

  34. The CTA may claim they are Buddhists and they have the mission to preserve and spread Tibetan Buddhism. But in fact, this is not true because they don’t believe in karma and they make use of Tibetan Buddhism to satisfy their greed for money and power. If they believe in karma, they will not impose Dorje Shugden ban and say Dorje Shugden will shorten the Dalai Lama’s life. No one can shorten another person’s life unless that person has the karma to be harmed or hurt. If Lobsang Sangay truly believes in karma he will not harm women and thinks that he can get away with it. One day, he will have to pay for what he has done.

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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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