The Dalai Lama: “Shugden practitioners: you’re not welcome”

We recently received another sad proclamation from the Dalai Lama, who regularly makes an issue of the practice of Dorje Shugden in his public teachings, and encourages his followers to stop this venerable, traditional Dharma practice. This time his teaching was made in Mongolia.

We are grateful to the Dorje Shugden Society for translating this news item, which appeared on Norway Tibet Radio (Voice of Tibet) on 9th November 2011:

Broadcaster: Since the Dalai Lama is giving Avalokiteshvara initiation tomorrow, he has announced that Dholgyal devotees (Shugden) should not attend the initiation. He also said the propitiation of Dholgyal has been detrimental to the harmony among Buddhists.

Dalai Lama: Today it is like I am giving a lecture. It is not necessary that you listen by recognizing me as Guru. It is alright if you come to listen, saying what Dalai Bashi is saying. Tomorrow you will take a teaching. I am giving an initiation. I am giving vows. Therefore there will be a Guru and disciple relationship. Pure commitment is necessary. During the course of initiation, the pure commitment is necessary.

In time, I worshipped the so-called King Shugden. I didn’t know and I make a mistake. Then, having paid attention, it was wrong. Also, during the course of thorough analysis, King Shugden emerged during the time of the fifth Dalai Lama. If I say about the way the fifth Dalai Lama recognized King Shugden, according to his text, the nature of King Shugden is evil spirit; its cause was the wrong prayer; and its function is to harm Buddhism and living beings.

So if you say this is a protector of Buddhism, or a protector of Gelug Tradition, it is a disgrace and shame. Je Rinpoche has empowered and entrusted Six-armed Mahakala and Dharmaraj. Je Rinpoche has seen capability in them. Simply speaking, he didn’t empower them on guesses. (laugh). If you worship King Shugden, you have broken commitment with the fifth Dalai Lama, and so to the thirteenth Dalai Lama.

If you receive an initiation from me, you will break commitment with me. If there is anyone who worships King Shugden – actually it is your choice whether or not you worship – please don’t come to receive teaching from me. If you are a monk or a layperson, please don’t come tomorrow. If you are deceived by saying that business and luck would flourish, you should stop from now. You don’t need to be afraid at all. In case a case is necessary to be filed, I would file the case. You don’t need to be afraid. It is a freedom if you contempt although you know it is wrong. It doesn’t matter if you walk upside down.

The only detriment to harmony is the Dalai Lama’s sectarian and exclusive attitude towards Dorje Shugden practitioners. He alone is destroying harmony in the international Buddhist community by making an issue where is none.

Editor’s Note:
Thank you Dalai Lama for playing your role so well for the spread of Dorje Shugden. Avalokiteshvara has no conflicts with Manjushri.

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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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