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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 risk because the Chinese can take advantage of the division it has created within the Tibetan community to discredit the Dalai Lama both inside and outside of Tibet.

However, if he allowed the practice of a deity that is very intolerant. The Dalai Lama would be taking yet another risk of allowing the development of a vision of Tibetan Buddhism, especially in the Western world, that is both, intolerant and sectarian. The Western world is today the Dalai Lama’s best ally. In the USA, we find one of the largest supporting networks of the Tibetan cause.”

“I am in Aspen, Colorado, the most exclusive ski resort in the USA. The monks are starting the day with mantras in order to purify their minds. Those who accompany them in their prayers are Americans. They are Buddhists and they are rich. For three days, opinion leaders will raise funds to support the work of the Dalai Lama. A very private event organized by a millionaires’ club.”

It is very interesting to hear about what they think of the violence between the Chinese and the Tibetans. “I have factories in China, so I’m keen to know more about the conflict.” In this select group, Matthieu Ricard clearly is at ease, “Is it vegetarian?” Matthieu Ricard has become the best “Sherpa” of the Dalai Lama. The whole year round, he relays the Dalai Lama’s message throughout the world and lobbies for the Tibetan cause.

“Some people have paid more than $2,000 to come and see you, did you know that?” “They came to see His Holiness; we are just filling the gaps really.” The Dalai Lama’s arrival is imminent. For the event organizer, Walter Isaacson, former CEO of CNN, it is important not to make a mistake, “Do I offer it like this?”

“Yes, you can, hold it like this.” “The first time, they told me to hold it like this.” Received with deference, the Dalai Lama is here at home. “Your Holiness, I am happy to see you again.” Isaacson and his friends finance the Dalai Lama’s struggle. The Tibetan leader however does not spare them.

“The businessmen, the millionaires, they cannot buy inner peace. You cannot go with a bag of bank notes to a shop and ask to buy some peace of mind in exchange for a few hundred thousand dollars. Nobody is able to do that.” If today, private funds support the Tibetan cause, 30 years ago, the US Government funded it.

“In 1956, in India, on the occasion of the Buddha’s birthday, I discovered that my brothers, Taktser Rinpoche and Gyalo Thondup” were in contact with the CIA. It is only then that I learnt about this.” Until 1973, the CIA provided more than 1.5 million dollars every year to support the Tibetan cause, funds for the Dalai Lama, and weapons to resist the Chinese enemy. A top secret plan supervised by the Dalai Lama’s own brother, Gyalo Thondup.

“I told my brother that I was against the use of violence, that it should stop.” “He came to see me and we argued about this situation.” But what was the role of Gyalo Thondup? I will find out a few kilometres away. These mountains around Aspen were used as a secret base to train the Tibetan fighters. At Camp Hall, the fighters were supervised by Bruce Walker, a CIA officer now retired. “What was your connection with the Dalai Lama’s brother?” “With Gyalo Thondup?” “I met Gyalo Thondup in New Delhi; he was the liaison between the Dalai Lama and the CIA.” “That’s how it happened.”

“Do you think that the Dalai Lama knew about his brother’s activities?” “I don’t know to what extent he was aware.” “In any case, he knew that the Tibetans were encouraged, trained, and financed by the CIA.” Nowadays, the new sponsors are in the open. Like Richard Blum, for example. This billionaire is the President of the “American-Himalayan Foundation. Its budget: 6 million dollars a year.

It is the individuals and groups that act today. We know that when governments get involved, tensions will rise and so forth. I will measure the strength of the Dalai Lama, this summer, back in France. It is 15th August, and here in Nantes, about 10.000 people are entering the “Zenith” hall to listen to the Dalai Lama. French people are seeking spirituality and a better life. These are the teachings of our founding lamas, Lama Zopa and Lama Yeshe.

A philosophy coming from the high Tibetan plateau for Western people in search of betterment. It is someone who shows us an inspiring path that anyone can achieve. It is a message of peace to help us find our radiating inner peace. Today in France, there are about a million Buddhist supporters. The Dalai Lama has reached out to them and made the Buddha’s teachings accessible.

Violence is now old-fashioned. Non-violence is the true path to be followed by everyone. Violence is inhumane. The 21st century should be the century of dialogue. Wherever there are conflicts, we must make efforts to find peaceful means to solve them.” The Dalai Lama seems to have succeeded in rallying the Westerners to his spiritual tradition and to his struggle so that one day he may go back to Tibet. Our interview is over. “Matthieu, what did you think of the interview?” “Yes, it was good. Because I have some doubts, I am tired and I am not very precise in my answers.”

“And on Dorje Shugden, do you think I forgot to mention anything?” “I did not know he was going to ask me all these questions.”

“He is a sage, and will be remembered as one of the greatest sages of the 20th century who dedicated his whole life to non-violent resistance to an invader who is killing his own people.”

“One last question Your Holiness.” “You are always surrounded by bodyguards. How do you cope with it?” “Chinese officials spread rumors in Tibet.They say that I have a cancer and that I will die soon. And nowadays, some people are waiting for me to die and it could happen anytime, just like that.” But for the Dalai Lama, death does not matter. Lama Dondrub knows that he will reincarnate. At 73 years old, he prepares in secret for his succession so that the dynasty of the Dalai Lamas will continue to exist.

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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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