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Part 4: The Dorje Shugden movement gets clandestine support from the Communist Party. Their joint campaign to discredit the Tibetan spiritual leader is paying off, especially in Britain.

ALDERSHOT, England – Thousands of Buddhists from all over Britain packed into the Aldershot football stadium southwest of London on June 29, quietly waiting under a hot sun to see the Dalai Lama.

Just outside the turnstiles, another group of Buddhists awaited the Tibetan spiritual leader.

“False Dalai Lama, stop lying, false Dalai Lama, stop lying!” they chanted over and over through megaphones, drummers pounding out a rhythmic tempo. When he spoke, only snippets of his remarks could be heard above the cacophony.

“China must be thrilled at this,” said Gary Beesley, a British devotee of Tibetan Buddhism who had travelled from Manchester to hear the Dalai Lama. “They really must love it.”

The Aldershot demonstration was part of a pattern: Noisy protesters are following the globetrotting Dalai Lama almost everywhere he goes, denouncing him in terms that echo the invective heaped upon the Nobel Peace laureate by China’s ruling Communist Party.

On the surface, the commotion appears to stem from an arcane, centuries-old schism in Tibetan Buddhism. But a Reuters investigation has found that the religious sect behind the protests has the backing of the Communist Party. The group has emerged as an instrument in Beijing’s long campaign to undermine support for the Dalai Lama, a political exile who commands the loyalty of millions of Chinese citizens and whom Beijing accuses of plotting secession for Tibet.
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The protesters are members of a sect that worships Dorje Shugden, a deity its devotees revere as a protector. The Dalai Lama discourages the practice, advising his followers that Dorje Shugden is a malevolent spirit. The Shugden worshippers accuse the Tibetan spiritual leader of persecuting them for their beliefs.

This quarrel was once confined to the temples and monasteries of the remote Tibetan plateau and exile communities in India. But it has now been exported to the streets and stadiums of North America, Europe and Australia.

Tibetan and foreign protesters say the demonstrations are organized by an umbrella group called the International Shugden Community, which in the United States is registered as a charity in California. Members of this group say they are fighting purely for religious freedom and deny China plays a role in the demonstrations.

"There is no connection at all between Dorje Shugden and the Communist Party," said Nicholas Pitts, a Hong Kong-based spokesman for the International Shugden Community who frequently appears at its protests.

But a leaked internal Communist Party document shows that China is intervening in the dispute. The party document, issued to officials last year, said the Shugden issue is “an important front in our struggle with the Dalai clique”.

A monk and prominent former member of the Shugden movement who was based in India and Nepal, Lama Tseta, told Reuters that China paid him and others to plan and coordinate the activities of the sect’s followers overseas. Tseta said officials from the Communist Party’s powerful political special-operations unit, the United Front Work Department, control the effort and allocate funding. These officials direct the protests through senior Shugden monks in China and the Tibetan exile community in India and the West, who are the spiritual leaders of the sect, he said.

“The Chinese are using them as a tool to make the Dalai Lama look fake, to achieve their own ends, to undermine Tibetan Buddhism and to fragment Tibetan society,” Tseta said in an interview.
SHUGDEN DEFECTOR: Lama Tseta, pictured here near his home in Connecticut, said China paid him and others to plan the sect’s activities abroad when he was a prominent member in the Shugden movement. REUTERS/Paul Mooney

These senior Shugden monks are treated as honored guests at official functions in China and publicly embraced as patriotic allies in Beijing’s campaign to crush support for the Dalai Lama, according to eyewitness accounts, reports in China’s state controlled media and postings on Dorje Shugden websites.

A core group of ethnic Tibetans living abroad who follow these senior monks spearhead the demonstrations. They travel the world to harangue the Dalai Lama. Some attend government functions in China, and have contact with Chinese diplomats at Beijing's embassies and consulates. But they deny that China plays any role in the protests. They say they are purely demonstrating for religious freedom and pay their own way.

“SERIOUS POTENTIAL THREAT”

The majority of protesters, though, are foreign recruits like Pitts, mostly Westerners.  Lama Tseta said Chinese officials had instructed senior Shugden monks to enlist these foreigners in the demonstrations. Reuters has no independent evidence of direct Chinese financing of the protests. But a senior Indian Interior Ministry official said Indian authorities are aware that the Shugden sect receives funds from China.

"We also keep a close watch on them because they get funding from China via Nepal," said the official, who supervises the activities of India's internal security agency, the Intelligence Bureau, and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Dalai Lama’s ‘religious tyranny’

The Chinese government’s response to Reuters for this article:

“China’s constitution stipulates that citizens have freedom of belief. The central government and government of the Tibet Autonomous Region fully respect the rights of citizens to freedom of belief. In Tibet, all religions and sects receive equal respect and protection, and normal religious activities and religious belief is protected by the law.

“After democratic reform, Tibet abolished the theocratic system and did away with things tarnished by the feudal system, restoring the true features of religious freedom, achieving real religious freedom of belief and religious tolerance between different religions and sects.

“‘Dorje Shugden’ is a protecting deity who has been worshipped throughout history by several schools in Tibetan Buddhism, with special religious practices, forms of worship and séances passed on.  Starting from the Fifth Dalai Lama, Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas throughout history have worshipped ‘Dorje Shugden’. Whether to believe or not in the protecting deity ‘Dorje Shugden’ is totally a free and private matter for religious followers.

“The 14th Dalai Lama has in recent years used all sorts of means, including violent terror methods, to force certain people to abandon their religious belief, which has caused strong dissatisfaction in the Tibetan Buddhist community and among certain religious groups internationally. This kind of behavior, which violates the beliefs of religious followers and persecutes them, once more exposes the 14th Dalai Lama’s hypocrisy and real face of the religious tyranny he practices.”

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In response to questions from Reuters about the Communist Party’s support for the Shugden sect, the Chinese foreign ministry said the Dalai Lama was practicing “religious tyranny.”

“The 14th Dalai Lama has in recent years used all sorts of means, including violent terror methods, to force certain people to abandon their religious belief,” the ministry said.

The office of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, said the Tibetan spiritual leader was occupied with teaching in Southern India and was unable to answer questions for this article.

How much the campaign will tarnish the Dalai Lama is unclear, but the Shugden protesters are having an impact. Coverage of the Dalai Lama’s visits in the United States, Europe and Australia now regularly includes accusations from Shugden spokespeople that he is a religious bigot with no right to speak for Tibet. The protests have become so strident that the Tibetan spiritual leader has been alerted by U.S., Indian and other intelligence agencies that there is “now a serious potential threat to the Dalai Lama’s well-being,” according to a briefing document reviewed by Reuters.

That assessment is contained in the 18-page briefing prepared for the Dalai Lama's official representative in the United Kingdom, the Office of Tibet, ahead of the Tibetan religious leader’s two trips to Britain this year. The document, which was provided to the British Foreign Office, also reported that the U.S., Dutch and Swiss governments had tightened security during the Dalai Lama’s recent visits. The memo makes no allegations of a Chinese government role in the security threat.

A former U.S. official said the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security was aware of the Dorje Shugden group and had to pay particular attention to it.

“There’s a lot of passion around this from Shugden practitioners, and the Chinese have fostered this Shugden worship as a way to split Tibetans,” said Kelley Currie, a senior State Department advisor on Asia and Tibet from 2007 to 2009. Currie previously worked for the International Campaign for Tibet, an advocacy group promoting human rights for Tibetans.

A State Department spokesperson said the bureau provided protection for the Dalai Lama during his visits to the United States but declined to discuss operational details.

China’s effort to neutralize the Dalai Lama is part of a systematic and often secretive global campaign to silence criticism abroad and bring the world around to its views.

A Reuters investigation this year exposed how China has used front men to set up a covert international radio network that is broadcasting pro-Beijing news. A second article revealed how China is using government-backed groups masquerading as NGOs to intimidate its critics at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

In the case of the Dalai Lama, Beijing hasn’t just co-opted a Buddhist group to challenge the Tibetan spiritual leader. It has also used the country’s economic and diplomatic clout with Western governments to marginalize its Tibetan foe.
‘KOWTOWING’ TO CHINA: A member of David Cameron’s ruling Conservative Party has accused the British government of bowing to Chinese pressure. Cameron, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left to right) have all declined to meet the Dalai Lama. REUTERS/Kham/Christian Hartmann/Daniel Munoz

Some Western capitals are acquiescing. British Prime Minister David Cameron, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg are among the world leaders who have chosen not to meet with the Dalai Lama in the past year and a half.

Abbott and Solberg did not respond to questions from Reuters.

TAILED IN LONDON

Beijing’s strategy has been especially effective in the United Kingdom. Britain, unlike other Western governments, doesn’t provide the Tibetan leader with official security during his visits. Ahead of the Dalai Lama’s two tours this year, his organizers officially requested protection because of fears for his safety, as laid out in the 18-page memo.

The Cameron government refused the request, according to visit organizers.

At the end of the Dalai Lama’s second trip, protesters pursued him through the streets of London on his way out of the country.
TIGHTER SECURITY: Intelligence agencies have warned that the protests now pose a threat to the Dalai Lama’s safety, say representatives of the Tibetan spiritual leader, seen here attending a 2009 event at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. REUTERS/Andy Clark

As he left his central London hotel on September 21, members of his entourage say they spotted a car that appeared to be tailing the motorcade. Wangdue Tsering, first secretary at the Office of Tibet in London, was in one of the vehicles behind the Dalai Lama. “We noticed the car turned out very quickly and ran through a red light,” he said. “From that point we suspected it was following us.”

Tsering said the Dalai Lama’s security team called the police. Within 10 minutes a patrol car pulled the pursuing vehicle over. Tsering said the Tibetan security team recognized one of the two people in the car as a Shugden protester. “We know who he is,” Tsering said.

A London police spokesman said the department had no record of the incident.

Asked why the government had declined to provide security for the Dalai Lama, Tim Loughton, a pro-Tibet member of parliament in Cameron’s ruling Conservative Party, said: “I don’t know, other than kowtowing to the Chinese.”

Britain’s Home Office said it did not comment on security matters.

“We regard the Dalai Lama as an important religious figure, and he has been welcomed to the U.K. on many occasions,” Cameron’s office said in response to questions from Reuters. “We are robust and consistent in raising human rights issues with the Chinese authorities.”

A month after the Dalai Lama’s U.K. tour in September, Cameron rolled out the red carpet for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the country. Britain secured contracts with China worth almost 40 billion pounds ($60 billion) during the trip, according to the U.K. government.

THREE EYES AND A SWORD

More than five decades ago, the Dalai Lama fled into exile in India following a failed uprising against Chinese rule. Today, the 80-year-old religious leader retains a powerful influence over more than six million ethnic Tibetans within China’s borders. He travels the world promoting a message of greater autonomy for Tibetans.

Beijing accuses him of attempting to split Tibet from China. Now, the avowedly atheist Communist Party has thrown its weight behind the worship of Dorje Shugden - a spirit depicted in temples and monasteries as a wrathful three-eyed figure wielding a sword and mounted on a lion.

    “It’s childish denouncing – very much the way the Chinese denounce His Holiness.”
    Actor Richard Gere, chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet

China’s ultimate objective is to entrench its authority over a vast, resource-rich and strategically vital region that still chafes under Communist rule. More than 140 Tibetans have self-immolated since early 2009.

Some of the Dalai Lama’s leading supporters say his global standing remains intact. He still draws large crowds. In February, U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama attended a prayer breakfast in Washington, where the president praised the Tibetan as a “good friend.”

“It’s unfortunate, but they are not sophisticated things they are doing,” said actor Richard Gere, chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, which is based in Washington and is sympathetic to the Dalai Lama. “It’s childish denouncing – very much the way the Chinese denounce His Holiness.”

Beijing’s strategy on Shugden worship is contained in an internal Communist Party document setting out guidelines for officials in Tibet on how to deal with the dispute. The document, issued on February 20 last year by the Communist Party Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region, was leaked this year to the International Campaign for Tibet.

Officials, the directive said, should avoid publicizing the dispute over Shugden worship. But they should recognize that the Dalai Lama camp is using the schism as a pretext to split the motherland and sow discord. The party must “decisively grind into dust” this plot, the document added.
DISPUTED DEITY: Protesters display a poster of the Dorje Shugden deity at a July 9 demonstration outside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. REUTERS/Paul Mooney

Chinese officials should organize community visits by respected, patriotic religious leaders to expose and denounce the Dalai Lama’s “ban” on Shugden worship, the document said. And supporters of the Dalai Lama’s views on Shugden who attempted to “create disturbances” around the issue in China “must be strictly punished according to law.”

"I do not feel you could fairly use this document to say, look, this is evidence that the Chinese government is supporting the Shugden issue," said Nicholas Pitts, the Hong Kong-based spokesman of the International Shugden Community. He pointed to a section of the document where authorities were urged to punish anyone, believer or non-believer, who used the Shugden issue to cause "public gatherings and disturbances."

LAMA TSETA’S ALLEGATIONS

Two authorities on Tibetan Buddhism who reviewed the document – Columbia University’s Robert Barnett and Elliot Sperling of Indiana University – said they believe it is genuine.

“It’s not about Shugden, it’s about politics,” said Tseta, the former Shugden member.

Tseta, 42, said he was a senior figure in the Shugden sect and was responsible for dealing with Chinese officials between 1997 and 2006. He left the movement in 2008. He identified the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department as the lead agency coordinating Beijing’s efforts to undermine the Dalai Lama through the Shugden movement in India and the West.

The United Front is the powerful body charged with enlisting support for the party from influential non-Communists at home and overseas. Other Tibetan monks and scholars who study the dispute identify the United Front as the key agency in China’s bid to cement control over Tibet.

One of the key United Front officials directing the Shugden movement’s anti-Dalai Lama activities in recent years was Zhu Weiqun, Tseta said.
TOP MONK: Tibetologists say that Lama Gangchen (front row, second from right), pictured attending the Fourth World Buddhist Forum in the Chinese city of Wuxi in October, is the most influential Shugden leader living outside China. REUTERS/Ji Chunpeng/Xinhua

Zhu, 68, a veteran official, was executive vice minister of the United Front while Tseta was active in the Shugden movement. He is now head of an ethnic and religious affairs body that advises China’s parliament. Zhu is frequently quoted in the official media as a leading government authority on Tibet, and mocks the Dalai Lama in speeches and interviews. He holds a rank equivalent to a provincial governor. Zhu did not respond to a Reuters request for an interview.

Tseta said he and other Shugden monks travelled on multiple occasions to Nepal and China, including Tibet, where they met Zhu and other Chinese officials. In the interview with Reuters, Tseta produced two of his Chinese passports with stamps showing 15 visits to China. Tseta said he was last in Tibet in 2006.

While Zhu vilifies the Dalai Lama, he has heaped praise in the Chinese media on another Tibetan monk: Lama Gangchen. Based in Milan, Gangchen is the most influential Shugden leader outside China, according to Tseta and Western scholars of Tibetan Buddhism. Tseta showed Reuters photographs of himself with Gangchen.

“Gangchen is the strongman of the Shugden movement,” said Thierry Dodin, a French scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and director of the website TibetInfoNet. “He’s the most committed one to the Communist Party and the authorities in China.”

Tseta said Gangchen organized the first meetings between Shugden leaders in India and Chinese officials in 1997.

A VIP MONK

Born in 1941, Gangchen studied at monastic universities before going into exile in India in 1963, according to his personal website, Lama Gangchen Peace Publications. He later moved to Europe and has become an Italian citizen.

Gangchen is a regular visitor to China, where he meets top leaders and is feted at government-sanctioned religious gatherings. China’s state-controlled media published photos of his arrival with other Buddhist dignitaries at a forum in the city of Wuxi in October. Indiana University’s Sperling and Tibet scholar Dibyesh Anand of London’s Westminster University said they have both seen Gangchen at government and United Front events in China, where he is treated as a VIP.

    “I am sure they are pleased, but we do not protest to please China.”
    Sonam Rinchen, a spokesman for the International Shugden Community

A spokeswoman for Gangchen said the monk declined to be interviewed for this article. "Lama Gangchen has no role in the Shugden movement," she said. "He is merely a devoted practitioner of this lineage."

Tseta said he began to have misgivings about his own role in the Shugden movement, and by 2006, the Chinese were growing suspicious of him. He was detained for 25 days in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, he said, but was released after persuading authorities he was a devoted Shugden monk. Reuters has no independent confirmation of Tseta’s detention.

On a trip to the U.S. later in 2006, he applied for asylum. Tseta showed Reuters documents indicating he was granted political asylum in 2007. He said he is speaking out now about his role in the Shugden movement because the protests against the Dalai Lama are dividing Tibetans.

From protest coverage, photographs, television news footage, online video postings and Shugden publicity materials, Reuters was able to identify leading ethnic Tibetans involved in demonstrations in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe.

Sonam Rinchen is one of the most visible. Rinchen, 53, a stonemason living in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, is a Tibetan spokesman for the International Shugden Community, the group that leads the protests.

He said in a phone interview he had twice been questioned by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about security threats to the Dalai Lama, most recently at his home in 2012 while the Dalai Lama was visiting Boston. “They wanted to know if anybody paid by the Chinese wanted to kill the Dalai Lama,” he said. These were “ridiculous” allegations that the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan government in exile, had passed to the FBI to smear the Shugden protesters, he said.

The FBI declined to comment.
RESTIVE REGION: Protesters stand behind a picture of a Tibetan victim of self-immolation during a 2012 march in New York in support of Tibet. Since 2009, more than 140 Tibetans have self-immolated. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

“IT COSTS SO MUCH MONEY”

China isn’t involved in the demonstrations, said Rinchen, who said he has lived in the U.S. for almost three decades. “I am sure they are pleased, but we do not protest to please China,” he said. “We are interested in getting our religious freedom back.”

This year, Rinchen joined the protests in Britain during the Dalai Lama’s September visit. He said demonstrators paid their own airfares and hotel bills, while the International Shugden Community paid for local transport and meals.

“This is the hard part of it,” he said. “It costs so much money.”

Not for everyone. In December 2014, the International Shugden Community offered 40 free return flights from Manchester to Rome when the Dalai Lama was scheduled to attend a meeting of Nobel laureates in the Italian capital, according to a notice that was posted on the group’s website. The offer included meals and accommodation for protesters.

The International Shugden Community was incorporated as a charity in California in 2014, according to corporate records. It listed assets of $27,471 and income of $69,235 in its 2014 filings.

The majority of rank-and-file protesters are Westerners who follow the New Kadampa Tradition, or NKT. Members say the group plays no role in the protests. It doesn’t disclose how many devotees it has, but former members estimate there are about 6,000 worldwide.

The NKT’s leader and founder is Kelsang Gyatso, a Tibetan monk who moved to Britain in 1977. The NKT, a registered U.K. charitable trust, has 1,200 centers and branches in 40 countries, according to its website. It had 21.8 million pounds on its books at the end of 2014, U.K. charity commission filings show.
Video: The Dalai Lama smear campaign
On the surface it seems to be a religious dispute, but the hostile welcome the Dalai Lama gets wherever he goes tells a different story. Reuters’ David Lague traces the links to Beijing.

NEGATIVE PRESS

Carol McQuire, a former member of the NKT in the U.K., said many of the protesters are unwitting agents of Beijing. “I am sure that having the protests done ‘for free’ by ignorant Westerners makes (the Chinese) very content,” said McQuire, who became disillusioned and left the movement nine years ago.

The protests are attracting attention. On the Dalai Lama’s 2015 tour of the United States, many media outlets (including Reuters) carried reports covering the demonstrators and their grievances. During his 12-day visit to Australia in June, the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age published an opinion piece by the International Shugden Community’s Pitts, who is also an NKT member.

“He has been the political leader of the Tibetans for decades but, unlike virtually every other political leader in the world, no one seems to hold him to account or check whether what he says matches what he does,” Pitts wrote.

On the Dalai Lama’s September visit to Britain, the BBC and ITV covered one of his engagements amid noisy Shugden protesters. Both outlets interviewed Pitts.

ITV’s report covering both sides - the Dalai Lama’s appearance and his chanting critics - showed how the protests are chipping away at the Tibetan spiritual leader’s image. “Here in the West, we are used to seeing the Dalai Lama portrayed as a very popular, a very respected figure,” said reporter Matthew Hudson. “But, this demonstration and the entrenched animosity I’ve heard from both sides shows that in our complex world of geopolitical and religious affairs, no one is immune from criticism.”

Beijing has applauded the shift. On the sidelines of China’s annual parliamentary session in March, religious-affairs official Zhu Weiqun said the international media was “less and less interested in the Dalai Lama.”

Still, because of his popular authority, the Dalai Lama’s disapproval of the Shugden deity has sharply reduced the sect’s prevalence in Tibetan areas of China and among Tibetan exiles in India, Tibetologists say.
TIBETAN RIVAL: The Dalai Lama travels the world calling for more autonomy for Tibetans. China accuses him of championing secession for Tibet. REUTERS/Thierry Roge

Some Tibetan Shugden devotees complain that discrimination from Dalai Lama supporters has seen them ostracized in Tibet and abroad. They say they have been dismissed from jobs, refused service in shops and forced to live in spiritual ghettos.

Some Dalai Lama supporters acknowledge there have been cases of discrimination. But they say it is not systematic and not encouraged by the Dalai Lama.

AN EYE-CATCHING BILLBOARD

When the Shugden protests began in 1996, they were low key, sometimes even respectful. Now they are vitriolic. At each stop, Shugden protesters wait in ambush.

In the past two years, protesters have penetrated the Dalai Lama’s security cordon to confront him personally. In May last year, Shugden Buddhists attempted to check in to the hotel where he was staying in the Netherlands, according to the security briefing provided to the British government. Hotel security staff ejected them, visit organizers said.

Days ahead of his two-day visit to New York starting July 9, a giant billboard reading “False Dalai Lama Stop Lying” was posted two blocks from where he was due to speak. An adjacent billboard depicted the Dorje Shugden deity.

Both were taken down on July 8 after Tibetans in the U.S. complained to the advertising company, according to Dalai Lama supporters. The company declined to disclose who paid for the billboards.

The Dalai Lama spoke to a sold-out crowd at Manhattan’s sprawling Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. About 100 protesters gathered across the street. Some held up a caricature of the Dalai Lama in military boots, his eyes screwed up in fury and hands balled into fists, standing on a pile of helpless Shugden monks.

The same poster was on display outside the football stadium at Aldershot in June, where Shugden protesters drowned out the Dalai Lama’s 40-minute address.

Additional reporting by Rupam Nair in New Delhi, John Shiffman and Warren Strobel in Washington, Ben Blanchard in Beijing, Elizabeth Piper and Michael Holden in London, and Gwladys Fouche and Henrik Stolen in Oslo.


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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2015, 04:31:29 PM »
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The Dalai Lama’s ‘religious tyranny’

The Chinese government’s response to Reuters for this article:

“China’s constitution stipulates that citizens have freedom of belief. The central government and government of the Tibet Autonomous Region fully respect the rights of citizens to freedom of belief. In Tibet, all religions and sects receive equal respect and protection, and normal religious activities and religious belief is protected by the law.

“After democratic reform, Tibet abolished the theocratic system and did away with things tarnished by the feudal system, restoring the true features of religious freedom, achieving real religious freedom of belief and religious tolerance between different religions and sects.

“‘Dorje Shugden’ is a protecting deity who has been worshipped throughout history by several schools in Tibetan Buddhism, with special religious practices, forms of worship and séances passed on.  Starting from the Fifth Dalai Lama, Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas throughout history have worshipped ‘Dorje Shugden’. Whether to believe or not in the protecting deity ‘Dorje Shugden’ is totally a free and private matter for religious followers.

“The 14th Dalai Lama has in recent years used all sorts of means, including violent terror methods, to force certain people to abandon their religious belief, which has caused strong dissatisfaction in the Tibetan Buddhist community and among certain religious groups internationally. This kind of behavior, which violates the beliefs of religious followers and persecutes them, once more exposes the 14th Dalai Lama’s hypocrisy and real face of the religious tyranny he practices.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry

Reply from the Chinese Government.

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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2015, 04:33:32 PM »
This is a good reply and honest opinion from people from the Russian press.

http://sputniknews.com/radio_context_countdown/20151225/1032303406/dorje-shugden-refugee-confiscations.html

Listen to the broadcast from 5:38 till 9:07.

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The majority of protesters, though, are foreign recruits like Pitts, mostly Westerners. Lama Tseta said Chinese officials had instructed senior Shugden monks to enlist these foreigners in the demonstrations. Reuters has no independent evidence of direct Chinese financing of the protests. But a senior Indian Interior Ministry official said Indian authorities are aware that the Shugden sect receives funds from China.

Can Reuters actually publish such an article and fully knowing they had no evidence that China funds Dorje Shudgen groups.... Amazing.

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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2015, 09:09:45 AM »
This should open a lot of people's eyes to the fact that some writers write what they are paid for. They need an article, they get an article, regardless. Unfortunate part is that a lot of people don't know how to differentiate or be more discerning. So, the intellectuals need to chase down these and explain to the masses.

Thanks, Darmaspace for pointing this out. Not everyone  has the intellect to pick out wisdom easily. They first need to be taught and shown how, just like how a baby learns to walk. It cannot be assumed that they are adults or that they can read and write that they are smart and can discern truth. Thanks again.

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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2015, 01:15:28 AM »
This should open a lot of people's eyes to the fact that some writers write what they are paid for. They need an article, they get an article, regardless. Unfortunate part is that a lot of people don't know how to differentiate or be more discerning. So, the intellectuals need to chase down these and explain to the masses.

Thanks, Darmaspace for pointing this out. Not everyone  has the intellect to pick out wisdom easily. They first need to be taught and shown how, just like how a baby learns to walk. It cannot be assumed that they are adults or that they can read and write that they are smart and can discern truth. Thanks again.

It is very one sided. Reuters is doing smear campaign against Dorje Shugden practitioners.  >:(

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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2015, 01:02:25 PM »
It’s funny to see Reuters publish such article without evidence. It’s too obvious with all the claims in their articles without any fact to prove . The bias shown in the articles doesn’t give Reuters any credit but there will be more critics and disappointment.

From this articles I’m only happy to see the Chinese response to protect their citizens freedom of belief. This is how a country go strong by encouraging harmony and unite everyone. China also does not blindly support Dorje Shugden but did a background study to relate that this practice was since from the 5th Dalai Lama. This show much China support their people's freedom by investigating the source and protect the right for their people.


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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2015, 10:29:37 AM »
Reading this article makes me reflect how degenerated reporting is from Reuters. 

Everything is written on "hear say". A truly remarkable evidence of being anti Shugden Devotees. Does it appear to Reuters that the fact that all Shugden devotees are asking for is just freedom of religious practice. It is not related to any political agenda. 

As a Shugden devotee, I really hope that we get the support of a World Power like China.  If that is so, how come so much discrimination against us still exist.  Ridiculous. 

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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2015, 08:08:42 AM »
How ridiculous is this international reporting company can give false information to mislead the public, if China is supporting the DS practice then it show the practice is genuine because being a super power in the east they have make all the research for any of their decision that they make so why is still ban .

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Re: China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2016, 02:46:06 PM »
Yes, Reuters obviously hadn't done its investigation thoroughly and had not collected the evidence. By alleging that China had co-opted the Dorje Shugden "sect" to smear the Dalai Lama, withour any real evidence, the whole thing is backfiring on Reuters.  Using a Lama, who was supposedly a senior Shugden member until he left, to provide evidence, in the end just shows up this Lama for making allegations and nothing but allegations , because there is no concrete proof.

On the other hand, China's response to Reuter's article, is measured and logical. Its advocacy of religious freedom for the public, and that it is up to every individual to practice or not to practice shows fairness and non-sectarianism.The response also shows that China has studied the background to the Shugden controversy:

 "‘Dorje Shugden’ is a protecting deity who has been worshipped throughout history by several schools in Tibetan Buddhism, with special religious practices, forms of worship and séances passed on.  Starting from the Fifth Dalai Lama, Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas throughout history have worshipped ‘Dorje Shugden’. Whether to believe or not in the protecting deity ‘Dorje Shugden’ is totally a free and private matter for religious followers."

It is great that China as a rising economic power now supports freedom of religious pursuit. This may influence other countries to follow suit. It is ironical that China supports freedom of worship for the individual , creating greater harmony in this way, and the Tibetan Government -in- exile, on the other hand, is strenuously supporting the ban on Shugden practice with discrimination, persecution and ostracism, thus creating disharmony and conflict.



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Re: China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2016, 12:39:03 AM »
It is comforting to know that China has no issue with whatever people want to belief in as long as they don't the laws. China is growing up. I think from this declaration China does have more religious freedom than Tibetan in exiled.

CTA can claim they democratic but all their actions show otherwise.

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Re: China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2017, 03:54:02 PM »
After reading this post I feel that maybe the ISC protest are not such a good thing in the end.
China Intervening may mean that they are trying to use ISC to help them dampen the flame of the Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama as we all know is trying to gain independence for Tibet, China does not want to give up Tibet so naturally anyone who is trying to help Tibet gain independance is a huge opponent to China's growth so i am sure that one of their wish is to prevent the Dalai Lama from getting any attention. So since they do not want the Dalai Lama to get attention they can try to make the public view the Dalai Lama as a bad person and that is exactly what the protest seem to be doing. 
By dampening the Dalai Lama they can crush the Tibetans and the Dalai Lama's hope of Tibet gaining independance. That is bad because religion is going to be mixed with politics, and just like oil and water they do not mix, so the final outcome could be really bad.

I really hope that China will stop trying to mix in politics with religion and may the Dorje Shugden ban be brought down soon.

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Re: China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2017, 12:06:30 AM »
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After reading this post I feel that maybe the ISC protest are not such a good thing in the end. China Intervening may mean that they are trying to use ISC

You sound like a fake news compulsive believer! Now people cannot make America great again withou being accused of Kremlin connections, and people cannot denounce the monstrous criminal dalie and support religious freedom without being accused of CCP connections!

Now, if Russians and Chinese are so bad, how could they possibly support so noble causes? Are you a racist?

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to help them dampen the flame of the Dalai Lama,

While the purported “China connection” is ludicrous fake news, to dampen the evil dalie's pernicious flame is not a bad idea at all!

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the Dalai Lama as we all know is trying to gain independence for Tibet,

Wrong. The evil dalie is known to try to give Tibet as a gift to Western drug dealers and assorted mafiosi, just as the evil 13th dalie gave South Tibet (now known as Arunachal Pradesh) to the drug-dealing Eastern India Company.

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China does not want to give up Tibet

As US stubbornly refuses to give up the occupied Native-American lands or Hawaii, or Australia refuses to give up Aboriginal lands, and so forth. Why are you so partial about Chinese? Didn't the evil dalie teach you anything about equanimity during one of his fake Kalachakra political fetishist personality-cult festivals?

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so naturally anyone who is trying to help Tibet gain independance

Actually China has helped Tibet to gain independence from the ruthless theocratic slave-owning caste oppressing it, and from their accomplices, Western drug dealers and assorted mafiosi.

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is a huge opponent to China's growth so i am sure that one of their wish is to prevent the Dalai Lama from getting any attention.

If so, they should not support ISC demonstrations as you say they do, because they bring attention to the evil dalie. How self-contradictory you are!

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So since they do not want the Dalai Lama to get attention they can try to make the public view the Dalai Lama as a bad person and that is exactly what the protest seem to be doing.

The same contradiction! If the Chinese do not want the evil dalie to get attention, why should they support demonstrations highlighting the evil dalie?

On the other hand, since you are against such demonstrations, and thus wants the evil dalie to remain in the shadow, you must be a Chinese agent according to your own logic!

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By dampening the Dalai Lama they can crush the Tibetans and the Dalai Lama's hope of Tibet gaining independance.

They (the Chinese) did crush a bunch of disgruntled self-exiled theocratic slave-owning Tibetan aristocrats, and therefore are the only hope of freedom, peace and prosperity for Tibetans, which by the way explains the freedom, peace and prosperity Tibetans nowadays enjoy in brotherhood with the many other Chinese (not necessarily Han) peoples, officialy counted as some 56 nationalities living together in peace and harmony within China.

On the other hand, just look at the “freedom”, “peace” and “prosperity” enjoyed by countries under Western direct or indirect intervention, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, Syria, Sudan, Yemen or Serbia, let alone the “freedom”, “peace” and “prosperity” enjoyed in the recent past by millions of innocent civilian Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Laosians, Cambodjans, and so many other peoples and countries subjected to US genocidal atomic bombs, carpet bombings, depleted uranium bombs, and assorted napalms.

Therefore, with all the mistakes of the Western-inspired Cultural Revolution (don't forget that Karl Marx hails from a dynasty of Jewish rabbis), the Tibetans were so fortunate to be protected by their Chinese brothers from Western genocide!

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That is bad because religion is going to be mixed with politics,

Integrating politics with religion in a wise way is a tried and trusted, multimillenial, pan-Asian non-Abrahamic tradition. The separation of the state from religion is a must only where Abrahamic ideologies prevail, because of their absolutistic, disrespectful, proselityzing, and supremely intolerant essential nature.

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and just like oil and water they do not mix, so the final outcome could be really bad.

China has a long, rich history of religious diversity and tolerance, something utterly intolerable to the abominable witch-hunter, the evil dalie, together with his Abrahamic Western sponsors, whence their disgruntlement with China's successes.

Look at the US allies, such as the radical fundamentalist terrorist Wahhabist Saudi Arabia, where even slightly criticizing the government-sponsored religious views is punished with death by decapitation, but only after several thousand vicious lashes, and you know what a Tibet ruled by the sordid US supported witch-hunter the evil dalie would become.

Don't forget that until China's peaceful liberation of Tibet the evil dalie's enemies were sadistically skinned alive and had their eyes gouged or plucked right in front of the Potala, to the barbaric gratification of the self-styled “Chenrezig” and his perverted court, which would made Saudi theocrats seem like Mother Teresas!

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I really hope that China will stop trying to mix in politics with religion and may the Dorje Shugden ban be brought down soon.

What you hope is to be cozy with your evil dalie, that's it.

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Re: China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2017, 07:12:07 AM »
Reuters  admit there is no hard evidence of payment or funding from the Chinese government : “Reuters has no independent evidence of direct Chinese financing of the protests.” Look at the people they quote, Carol Mcquire and Lama Tseta, says a lot about their credibility.

Carol McQuire, a former member of the NKT in the U.K., said many of the protesters are unwitting agents of Beijing.  She also said that “I am sure that having the protests done ‘for free’ by ignorant Westerners makes (the Chinese) very content.”  Now, how would Carol know that? Unless she is paid by the CTA, and the CTA has disclosed some private information to her.

Tseta, 42, said he was a senior figure in the Shugden sect and was responsible for dealing with Chinese officials between 1997 and 2006. He left the movement in 2008 and identified the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department as the lead agency coordinating Beijing’s efforts to undermine the Dalai Lama through the Shugden movement in India and the West.

My question is, why did Tseta suddenly quit the movement? Why did someone like Tseta who supposedly know all the details and done some dealings have no proof ? Besides, nobody heard of Tseta before Reuters' article.

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Re: China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2017, 12:53:42 AM »
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Reuters  admit there is no hard evidence of payment or funding from the Chinese government : “Reuters has no independent evidence of direct Chinese financing of the protests.”

This is the typical fake news outlets' behavior, as exemplified by Reuters. After making headlines with a false accusation, by the end of the article, or days afterwards, when the damage is already done, they make the disclaimer that actually there is no proof, or “no hard evidence”.

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Look at the people they quote, Carol Mcquire and Lama Tseta, says a lot about their credibility.

Just stand-by parrots as to be expected from Reuters and assorted fake news media.

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Carol McQuire, a former member of the NKT in the U.K., said many of the protesters are unwitting agents of Beijing.  She also said that “I am sure that having the protests done ‘for free’ by ignorant Westerners makes (the Chinese) very content.”  Now, how would Carol know that?

She cannot “know that”, because “that” is just the topic of standard anti-China (and of course anti-NKT) fake news propaganda, and therefore does not exist.

Now, the protests, showing the ugly face of the criminal dalie, himself a Soros-puppet, of course are not welcome by Western Soros-aligned fake news propaganda outlets, such as Reuters.

Therefore, such Soros-aligned fake news outlets need some “local” or “insider” to parrot their propaganda, thus giving to their fake-news consumers the appearance of some legitimate discontentment.

That's where people like such Carol McQuire come in handy, as stand-by parrots of the maindirtystream media, always ready and available to provide the statements needed by such media.

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Unless she is paid by the CTA,

Anti-China policies are a strategic issue to the Western financial mafia, too important to be left in the hands of imbecilized local agents such as the CTA.

Therefore, it is much more likely that the Soros-owned Tsadra Foundation directly handles such payments made in the West and to Westerners in the Tibetan Buddhist milieu.

However, the Soros-owned Tsadra Foundation also pays the salaries of a large number of mainly Nyingma- and Kagyu-affiliated, lama-dressed politicians, whereby it's always more practical to blame the “CTA”, rather than runing the risk of denouncing, and thus being ostracized by paymaster George Soros.

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and the CTA has disclosed some private information to her.

What you call “private information”, as above, is just standard, already highly publicized fake news propaganda.

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Tseta, 42, said he was a senior figure in the Shugden sect and was responsible for dealing with Chinese officials between 1997 and 2006. He left the movement in 2008 and identified the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department as the lead agency coordinating Beijing’s efforts to undermine the Dalai Lama through the Shugden movement in India and the West.

As surely he would identify the FSB as the lead agency coordinating Moscow's efforts to undermine NATO, Clinton, and American democracy through his puppet Trump, and what not.

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My question is, why did Tseta suddenly quit the movement?

A better question would be, did this Tseta ever belong to such [Shugden] movement?

An even better question would be, did this [Shugden] movement arise out of the blue, as some Chinese political concoction, or is it a necessary, genuine, legitimate resistance to the atrocities perpetrated by the evil dalie?

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Why did someone like Tseta who supposedly know all the details and done some dealings have no proof ? Besides, nobody heard of Tseta before Reuters' article.

This is how Western maindirtystream fake news work, be it about Russia, China, North-Korea, Myanmar, Syria, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Iran, Trump, Le Pen or, because of their relevance to Tibet, and of Tibet to China, even about Shugdenpas.

This is how the evil dalie-supporting fake news media works. It is not about Peljor, McQuire, Tseta, CTA or even the evil dalie or his puppet-master George Soros: it's  about China, seen as the ultimate great obstacle to the fulfillment of the multimillenial paranoid-schizophrenic racist supremacist biblically-mandated Abrahamic messianic wet dream of world domination.