The Controversy
The Dalai Lama with Shoko Asahara, leader of the Aum Shinrikyo group

Controversial Buddhism

To our friends in the Dharma, “When teachers break the precepts, behaving in ways that are clearly damaging to themselves and others,  students must face the situation,  even though this can be challenging, criticize openly, that’s the only way.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama We bring a topic of interest and great importance to…

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The Questionable Policies of the FPMT

This article was written in reference to a policy published by FPMT regarding their organization’s stance on the Dorje Shugden issue. We at DorjeShugden.com felt it necessary to comment on the misinformation and inaccuracies contained within FPMT’s document which is available here on their website (in PDF format) or here on our server (in Word…

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Has the Gelug lineage lost its effectiveness?

There isn’t a Tibetan Buddhist in the world who hasn’t heard of the recent controversies surrounding the practice of the Protector Deity Dorje Shugden. Since the Dalai Lama banned the practice, it has been the most talked about issue within the Buddhist world.  The Dalai Lama and his supporters claim that Dorje Shugden is an…

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Lama Zopa admitted to being recognized by Dorje Shugden

After Yeshe Sangye’s stunning article on the fact Lama Zopa was recognized by Dorje Shugden as a Rinpoche, the news spread like wildfire. Lama Zopa tried to issue a clarification but it only served to confirm by Lama Zopa himself that he was indeed recognized by Dorje Shugden. Lama Zopa’s “clarification” is included below. Notice…

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Recognized by Dorje Shugden, but Speaks Against Dorje Shugden

Recently Lama Zopa, who was unmistakably recognized by Dorje Shugden (http://www.dorjeshugden.com/?p=20), wrote a foreword for a book speaking against Dorje Shugden, this is taken from the FPMT website: https://fpmt.org/media/newsletters/archives/fpmt-international-office-news-august-2012/   Further Advice Regarding Shugden Rinpoche recently wrote this foreword in English and Tibetan for a book being published only in Tibetan and Mongolian about Shugden…

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The Dalai Lama’s Secrets: CIA and the Dalai Lama

It is an open secret that America’s CIA had financed the activities of the Dalai Lama for years. We know this because America has a law that requires official government documents to be declassified after a certain period of time. In 1998, a series of documents came to light that revealed the CIA’s involvement in…

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The Dalai Lama’s Secrets: The Other Side of the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama seems to possess two faces. For many supporters and believers, the Dalai Lama is popularly seen with a warm smile, a kindly demeanour, deep wisdom, pacifist views and great tolerance for having lost his entire country. However, the Dalai Lama is also increasingly seen as a deposed ruler with an agenda devoted…

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The Dalai Lama’s Secrets: The Baffling Stance of the Dalai Lama

Over the last 5 decades that Tibetans have been exiled from their homeland, the Dalai Lama has wavered between fighting for both autonomy within the China he loves and complete independence from the China he despises. His constant flippant and contradictory statements – though viewed as ‘skillful means’ by some – are now being questioned…

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The Dalai Lama’s Secrets: Long Live Secular Democracy

For centuries, the Dalai Lama has held the unchallenged role as both secular and religious leader of Tibet. It was not until very recently that the Dalai Lama stepped down from the secular sphere and passed these responsibilities to the government in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). However, despite this apparent separation of secular…

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The Dalai Lama’s Secrets: Is the Dalai Lama There for His People?

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the most famous Tibetan lama in the world, well known for his boundless compassion which has touched the hearts of millions around the world. While the Dalai Lama is the bringer of peace, hope and happiness to most of the world, he is also the bringer of disharmony,…

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The Dalai Lama’s Secrets: France, Human Rights and False Support of the Dalai Lama

Reporters Without Borders (RWB), one of the most reputable NGOs which receives a budget of nearly 3.8 billion Euros claims to defend journalists and press freedom around the globe. Present in all five continents with its headquarters based in Paris, RWB is headed by Robert Menard. RWB receives enormous support from the European Union, United…

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The Dalai Lama’s Secrets: A Precarious Relationship with China

Tibet has not been a sovereign state for over 50 years now. However, not many people know that the first 10 years of Chinese Communist rule in Tibet was actually characterized by peaceful co-existence with the 14th Dalai Lama. During that period, the 14th Dalai Lama had an important post in the Chinese Communist Party….

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An Open Letter to Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman is promoted globally as a learned scholar and author of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also famous for being “personal friends” with the Dalai Lama. Which is more important then? The fact that he could be a strong authority of Buddhism in the West, bringing the many sacred, ancient teachings to millions in “the…

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Robert Thurman: American Monk or Tibetan Puppet?

Everyone who knows the Dalai Lama is most likely to also know of Robert Thurman. Here is a man who has been inextricably linked to the Dalai Lama since the 1960s, when Tibetan Buddhism was just starting to grow in the world. Many well-known Buddhist texts today are attributed to Thurman, making him a leading…

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The Two Faces of Robert Thurman

How a leading Dalai Lama supporter and Buddhist scholar begged for Dorje Shugden’s initiation. Anyone interested in the subjects of Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama will know of Robert Thurman, a self-professed “personal friend” of the Dalai Lama and prolific writer about the Dalai Lama and his teachings. In light of the Dorje Shugden…

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Robert Thurman meets Kelsang Pema

The shocking way a world-renowned Buddhist scholar speaks towards an ordained nun and Shugden practitioners. Robert Thurman, world famous Buddhist scholar and professor, author on many Buddhist subjects and close “personal friend” of the Dalai Lama, might be expected to act in more courteous ways towards the Sangha. Imagine everyone’s surprise then, when he retorted…

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Kopan Monks Asking for Dorje Shugden Puja for Lama Zopa

Dear respected friends, It is with great interest and happiness that we write to share this recent news with you. Globally, the world knows that there is currently a ban on the Buddhist Protector Deity Dorje Shugden. Many people have publicly denounced the practice and have become very harmful, even unkind, towards Shugden practitioners. Some…

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A Critique of ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters’ by Robert Thurman

Part One Extracted from from the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Blog Robert Thurman is the Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Buddhism at Columbia University, New York. He is also a close friend of the Dalai Lama and his chief advocate in the West. This year (2008) he has written a book: ‘Why the Dalai Lama Matters’….

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Dakini Healed Lama Zopa?

Dear friends of the Dharma, We are most happy to share with you a most interesting story about two great beings: Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the female oracle, known respectfully as Khadro-la. Oracles are special people who are trained to take trance of higher beings or enlightened Dharma Protectors. They hold an especially esteemed role…

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Angry Spirit

By: TIM McGIRK Once a month, a joyful procession of Tibetan refugees – many of them disfigured by frostbite suffered while escaping their homeland over the Himalayas – files into the Dalai Lama’s exile palace at the Indian hill station of Dharamsala. For these visitors, His Holiness is an emanation of the Compassionate Buddha, and his…

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The Next Dalai Lama

Why is everyone in the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) confused about Tibetan history? In this video, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the CTA says that the next Dalai Lama will be chosen by the present Dalai Lama. He says “historically and traditionally” this is the way it has been done. Notice how he looks…

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Shugden Ban is Illegal and Unconstitutional

The ban on the worship of the Deity Dorje Shugden is illegal with regard to the constitutions of the Tibetan government-in-exile, India, and the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Source: http://www.westernshugdensociety.org/ebook

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Are Dalai Lama’s critics backed by China?

It has been 12 years since I first heard Dorje Shugden’s name. Under normal circumstances it’s best not to talk about protectors openly. This is because the sanctity and potency of the protectors would be compromised, and you don’t really want their assistance to wane. Best kept in silence, they serve as fuel on the…

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The Deity Banned by Dalai Lama

I am a Dutch student of Kundeling Rinpoche, one of the Dalai Lama’s major critics in the Gelugpa tradition. I’ll try to give an explanation of the Dorje Shugden controversy that is both understandable for those who are not initiated in the Mahayana-Vajrayana Buddhist tradition and still explains the very crux of the problem. When…

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Is the Dalai Lama Preying on Tibetans Spiritual Fears and Superstitions?

These words are unbecoming of someone who wears the robes of a Buddhist monk..

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The Dalai Lama’s Actions

Are the Dalai Lama’s mixing of religion and politics destroying the pure teachings of Tibetan Buddhism? Spiritual teachers from these four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism have been imprisoned, assassinated, placed under house arrest…

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Oracle taking possession of Dorje Shugden in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

I found this video on the net the other day and I thought that it would be very interesting to share with everyone here another video of our oracle in trance. I am unable to translate the mongolian description but from the video, the oracle is taking trance in the form of Dulzin, the peaceful…

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Anti Shugden website apologized!

The anti Dorje Shugden website that used to be run by Dharamsala recently apologized for wronging Dorje Shugden! Check it out here: http://antishugden.com/

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Religious Persecution – how it makes and breaks nations

Introduction Below is a letter composed and compiled by dorjeshugden.com which has been sent out to Tibetan representatives, CTA representatives and other significant personalities within the Tibetan Buddhist community. It is inspired by the many, many incidences throughout history and in our modern world of religious persecution imposed upon people of varying religions and faiths….

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The Dalai Lama’s Two Reasons for Banning Shugden Worship

An analysis of the Dalai Lama’s two reasons for banning the centuries-old worship of Dorje Shugden. Here are the facts… you decide!

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Western Shugden Society

Very few have discussed the plight of Shugden practitioners in Western Shugden Society. I will delve into some of the issues faced by some of our eastern brothers in Tibet. The Tibetan exile government put the Dalai Lama’s wishes into practice directly in India, and in the same way the Dalai Lama’s official representative in…

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The Dalai Lama at Bodh Gaya Jan 2012

“I realised it was harmful to follow the Shugden deity so I stopped worshipping” (Dalai Lama, 6 January 2012). The Dalai Lama continues to highlight the ban of the centuries-old deity Dorje Shugden at every opportunity.

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Buddhist Taliban

The world was horrified when the Taliban blew up images of the Buddha carved into the rock in Afghanistan. This religious terrorism has also been happening in India since the 1980s. For 30 years, the Dalai Lama’s Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has been ordering the destruction of statues and other holy images of the Wisdom…

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The Shugden Dispute

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

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The Dalai Lama: a Spiritual Conundrum – A Reply to Criticism

Recently, someone posted the following on an anti-Shugden website regarding my previous post The Dalai Lama: a Spiritual Conundrum: According to NKT, the Dalai Lama has inflicted more harm that those who have killed millions of people, tortured millions of people and raped millions of women in modern times. What could be more harmful than…

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Canonicity and Divine Interference: The Tulkus and the Shugden-Controversy

Michael von Brück Centre for Religious Studies Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich Religions are systems of social communication which at the same time create images of reality which become normative structures of perception, and these in turn define what is considered ‘real’ in a given society. In this way the legitimacy of social structures as well as structures…

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Spiritual Conundrum

I was trying to think of a title for this post.  I settled on the title after I read these definitions of conundrum: A confusing and difficult problem or question
 an intricate and difficult problem What is the problem? Well, what do you think about these spiritual quotations? If we make a steady effort, I think we…

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The Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden

The young Dalai Lama flees Tibet in 1959 with a few treasured possessions. Throughout the whole journey, he carries on his back a treasured thangka borrowed from his own spiritual guide H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Fast forward 20 years, and H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche carries a message to his Western disciples.

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Chushi Gangdrug made to swear against Dorje Shugden who helped them

In this book “Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War” by Carole McGranahan, Duke University Press Books (October 1, 2010), it clearly recorded the incident where Chushi Gangdrug members consulted Dorje Shugden oracle during Chinese invasion in the 50s, and in 2008, they were made to swear against Dorje Shugden!! Shame…

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Proof of the bigger picture – Chinese demanded monks to worship Shugden

It has always been dorjeshugden.com’s firm stand that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is purposely creating the ban on Dorje Shugden with a bigger picture at the back of His mind, which is actually to promote Dorje Shugden, especially in the Chinese world, where a renaissance of Buddhism is expected to happen. Below’s account is…

Contemplate This

.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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