The Controversy

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

It has always been’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…


So Who is Telling the TRUTH?

As far as prolific biographies go, no one has need of a more extensive biography than His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who has thirteen previous lives to include. The man who has devoted his life to this sacred task is Glenn H. Mullin, the most prominent biographer of all fourteen Dalai Lamas. Having dedicated…


China May Use Dissident Sect Against Dalai Lama: Tibet

S Gopal Puri, TNN | May 15, 2012, 06.32AM IST DHARAMSHALA: The Tibetan government-in-exile on Monday pointed its finger towards a splinter community among Tibetans – the around 5000-strong Dorje Shugden community – after the Dalai Lama had raised an alarm on Sunday over threat to his life. The Dalai Lama has not recognized this…


Dorje Shugden Rescued the Dalai Lama

As the young Dalai Lama fled Tibet to safety in India, he carried on his back a thangka borrowed from HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. The thangka was of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden protected the Dalai Lama’s party to freedom in India. However, the Dalai Lama has always attributed his escape to Palden Lhamo. This video…


Good Faith, Bad Faith

While watching the Dalai Lama on YouTube the other day I was struck by a strange sensation. I was bored. Now don’t get me wrong. I like this ‘simple monk’ as Tenzin Gyatso likes to call himself. I had a long private audience with him years ago in Dharamsala that left me flying high for…


The Lord Dorje Shugden

The Mighty Lord Dorje Shugden is one of the most popular Buddhist protectors of all. Maybe some of the credit for his popularity goes to HH Dalai Lama for his tireless efforts in publicizing the controversy that had resulted in chaos within Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries as well as amongst Dharma centers around the world. If…


Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

July 6th, 1935 – The babe Lhamo Thondup (Wish-Fulfilling Goddess) was born in the province of Amdo. By 1940, he had been relocated to Lhasa and was renamed Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso and named the Spiritual leader of Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama. While it lacks detail in many areas, you can find…


Why is the Dalai Lama suppressing religious freedom?

Do you know that the Dalai Lama… the Nobel Peace Prize winner and supposed champion of human rights is busy at work removing the religious rights and the freedom of his own Tibetan people and persecuting all those who are trying to stand up for these rights; and that he is using all his political…


Tibetan National Anthem written by Trijang Rinpoche

The new Tibetan National Anthem or the Gyallu is being adopted and widely used by all the Tibetans-in-exile. Though it is forbidden to be played in Chinese-controlled Tibet, most Tibetans in-exile know how to sing it, even the young kids know. The poetic lyrics touched on the radiance of Buddha, the glory of Buddha’s teachings…


Dorje Shugden in Tibet and Mongolia

While the Dalai Lama destroys images of Dorje Shugden in India and Nepal, Dorje Shugden monasteries in Tibet and Mongolia appear to be going from strength to strength. Here are some beautiful images from these monasteries.



This is the translation in English: 0.06 The Dalai Lama performed the same ritual 50 years ago, to become the Master of Wisdom according to the teachings of the Buddha. 0.15 The training of the mind allows you, for example, to get rid of anger. To achieve that, we need to develop patience. 0.24 These…



This is the English translation:- 0.05 For the philosopher Frederic Lenoir, the Dalai Lama did not have any other choice but to impose the ban. He took a risk, both political and religious. It is a religious risk because he is upsetting the Tibetans who are devotees of Dorje Shugden and it is a political…


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…


The Dalai Lama imposes a ban on Shugden

  TRANSLATION LE DALAI LAMA IMPOSE L’INTERDICTION SUR SHUGDEN (SHOUGDEN) THE DALAI LAMA IMPOSES A BAN ON SHUGDEN Extracts of speeches on the ban of the Gelugpa Protector Dorje Shugden by Tibetan leaders. This film contains remarks from the Dalai Lama and the now ex-Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile, Samdong Rinpoche. Their…


Battle of the Buddhists

Andrew Brown, 15 July 1996 Ruth Lister drove her shining 7-series BMW with aplomb down one of the worst roads I have ever seen. It was so badly potholed and steep that we might have been in Tibet. And so, in a sense, we were. For though physically we were in the small West Yorkshire…


Why Dorje Shugden Practitioners are not Isolationist – Part 2

Isolationism was intensified in 2008, when the Dalai Lama started a new phase of persecution against Shugden practitioners. Whilst ostensibly on a religious visit to Drepung Loseling monastery in South India, instead he instigated a political referendum on whether the monastery wanted Shugden monks to remain in their ranks. He forced the monks to vote…


Why Dorje Shugden Practitioners are not Isolationist – Part 1

Some people criticize Dorje Shugden practitioners for being ‘isolationist’ or ‘sectarian’, but it’s important to understand why these perceptions have come about because it may appear that ‘Shugdenpas’ have deliberately decided to separate from Tibetan society or Tibetan Buddhism as taught by the Dalai Lama. However, as is explained, this is not the case. The…


Beyond Belief

by Paul Mooney in Chatreng and Shangri-La Beijing stands accused of manipulating a long-simmering controversy in Tibetan Buddhism that has divided followers of the Dalai Lama It’s early morning at the Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La, Yunnan province, and nine monks are fingering prayer beads as they chant in a small room, gold-coloured shawls on their…


The Truth About Tibet and Dalai Lama

By Eirik Granqvist I read an article by Elisabeth Nauclrs in the Aug 22 edition of Hufvudstadsbladet (Hbl) in which she expresses anger with the Finnish government and president for not according the Dalai Lama an official reception. I have read other writings on the Dalai Lama’s visit in Hbl, too, and decided to tell…


Karmapa Asked Anti-Shugden Statue to be Removed

I remember the admin posted this before, so I would like to repost here for everyone’s reference: While the Sixteenth Karmapa (the previous Karmapa) was on a pilgrimage in Nepal he stopped at Urgyen Rinpoche’s new monastery. At that time the Nepalese king and queen were there and came out to greet him with a…


How Gen Nyima tried to save His Holiness the 98th Gaden Tripa

In the late 1980s, His Holiness the 98th Ganden Tripa Jampel Shenpen Rinpoche of Gaden Jangtse Monastery was very ill. High lamas and senior geshes were constantly doing pujas for him, praying for his swift recovery and good health, but to no avail. No rituals, medicines or treatment seemed to have any effect. His Holiness…


A Spirit of the XVII Century

Dear Forum Readers, I found this interesting article online which I thought might excite you from the pro-dzogchen side of the world of Tibetan Buddhism. The author is a journalist whom have claimed to have heard a lot of evidences from HHDL regarding the ban of the Dorje Shugden practice yet is unable to note…


How Official China Media Portrays Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden

See how official China media Xinhua and People’s Daily portray Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden, then we can get some signs of things to come… Namdrol     How a layman sees the Dalai Lama XIV 2011-Nov-22 Tue A “POLITICIAN MONK” As one leading figure of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama,…


Dalai Lama’s Brother is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen?!

Due to their compassionate nature, it is said that enlightened beings will come back endlessly until the end of samsara. Such is the case with high masters like Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, who is an emanation of Manjushri and who would later arise as Dorje Shugden. However, since the time Dorje Shugden was accused of being…


CTA Removes Apartheid Policy Against Dorje Shugden?

Out of curiosity I did a search on CTA’s website for “shugden”, and a list came out, but when I tried to click on the links with Shugden as the main topic, for example “His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Advice Concerning Dolgyal (Shugden)”, it only says “page not found”, same for a few other…


Four Very Important Questions

Dear Sir / Madam, I am writing to you to draw your attention to a most important issue within the Tibetan Buddhist community. This is not about any Free Tibet issues. This is something even more important about the freedom of people within the Tibetan community and among each other. It is well known that…


Shamar Rinpoche says that Dorje Shugden practitioners’ protests are effective

As the American playwright and social activist, Howard Zinn once said, “”Protest…is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.” In fact in many instances, public protest is the only way to hold a bad government accountable for their wrongdoings. Zinn’s words are resonant of an important advice by Martin Luther King…


What’s the similarity between Sharmapa and Shugden’s dilemma?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and CTA (formerly known as Tibetan Government-in-exile in Dharamsala) did not support the integrity and choice of the chosen Karmapa recognized by His Eminence Sharmapa Rinpoche. The Karma Kagyu leaders for centuries have the full right to choose and recognize the immaculate line of Karmapa incarnations according to their traditions…


The 17th Karmapa against the ban of Dorje Shugden

In an article in, the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje implies that he is against the ban of Dorje Shugden, so is his mentor Sharmapa Rinpoche, see the highlighted parts in red below: Dalai Lama overstepped his authority in Rumtek controversy: Karmapa Thaye Dorje Source: (Admin: the latest check found that this article…


The Dalai Lama Accepts Failure of His Approach regarding Tibet

The Dalai Lama accepts failure of his approach to getting independence of Tibet for the last 50 years. Since he is able to admit failure for a whole nation’s hopes, in time perhaps he would also state he was ‘wrong’ in the ban against Dorje Shugden. This is a good indication that Dalai Lama is…


Dorje Shugden practitioners excluded in Sarnath

Courtesy of Lineageholder from the forum: As you can see, Shugden practitioners are excluded from the Gelugpa monastery in Sarnarth, the place where Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma for the whole world. It’s shockingly open discrimination in a holy place. Dharma is for everyone, but not according to the Gelugpa monastery there….


Hindu Goddess gives prediction to the Dalai Lama

This is an interesting video. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is given advice by a young girl who is considered an incarnation of a Hindu Goddess. See for yourself and formulate your own thoughts on the prediction. Nechung takes trance according to a very zealous Geshe Dorje, that Dalai Lama will visit China, then everything…


Drepung Shugden Dramas

Drepung has not been quiet during the whole Shugden fiasco. Please check the old posts. But for now, I include a few: The current abbot of Drepung Loseling is Drayab Thobthen Rinpoche is a powerful Shugden practitioner of many lives. He has gone underground with his practice. Another young Tulku named Gongkar Rinpoche in his…


Is Dorje Shugden a Demon or a Buddha?

There are many who argue about the state of Dorje Shugden. Traditionalists, consisting of high lamas who received the practice from their masters consider Dorje Shugden an enlightened being, a Buddha on the basis that some of the most eminent Buddhist teachers of the century practice them, and also on the past reincarnations of Dorje…


Refutation of Stephen Schettini

Refutation of Stephen Schettini by Beggar, the parts in black was written by Stephen Schettini, and refuted by Beggar in RED. What saddens me is that so many strong minds are preoccupied with defending or attacking an invisible spirit rather than honing the skeptical empiricism to which the Buddha dedicated his life. The Dorje Shugden…


Dalai Lama’s Talk on Dorje Shugden in Bodhgaya 2012

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s talk on Dorje Shugden during the 32th Kalachakra teaching in Bodhgaya, 5 Jan 2012


Lama Zopa Received Dorje Shugden Initiation from Trijang Rinpoche

Source 1: Source 2: I myself took the initiation of Shugden from His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche. There were four of us. Lama Yeshe, Claudio Cipullo, Piero Cerri and myself. However, this initiation can be given to only three people at a time; there cannot be four… - Lama Zopa Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave this talk to…


Don’t throw away your Ghostbuster’s number just yet

Don’t throw away your Ghostbuster’s number just yet, now you need them more than you think. “After thorough study and research, I realised that it is harmful to follow the Shugden deity, so I stopped worshipping,” said the Dalai Lama to the gathering of around 200,000 disciples from 63 countries in Bodh Gaya in early…


Lama Zopa Worships Trijang Rinpoche’s Stupa

Video of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Phari Rinpoche and Khadro la doing puja in front of Trijang Rinpoche’s stupa in Dharamsala, India His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche is the irrefutable guru of the majority of great Gelug Contemporary masters. Many of the teachings His Holiness the Dalai Lama passes on now is from Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche….


The Dalai Lama speaks about Dorje Shugden (again) at Kalachakra in Bodhgaya

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s talk on Dorje Shugden during the 32th Kalachakra teaching in Bodhgaya, 5 Jan 2012 Extracted from: Thank you HH Dalai Lama – for saying that it’s up to us whether we practise or not. From the article below, I’d just like to draw attention to a few points…

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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