Chronology of Key Events – Recent Events



December 2011


May, 2012

  • The Dalai Lama continues to spread dissension against Shugden practitioners claiming they intend to kill him. The Times Of India reports: “The intelligence reports make it clear that Tibetan women are being trained to harm the Dalai Lama,” said Chinjor. The Tibetan government-in-exile also accused an organization, Dorje Shugden Devotees Charitable and Religious Society – founded in 1996 and allegedly responsible for killing three monks close to the Dalai Lama – of conspiring to kill the leader. Chinjor said Shugden supporters were violent and China might use them against the Dalai Lama. “We’ve reports that this organization is backed by China and its leaders have visited China several times,” said Chinjor, adding the Chinese are cultivating Tibetans entering India to harm the leader”.


May 7, 2013

  • Jamyang Norbu, a world renowned author takes a picture with a Shugden practitioners and discovered to his shock that:“Is it now a criminal act in our society or a mortal sin in the eyes of the Dalai Lama to have your photograph taken with a member of a Shugden organization? I asked around and it seems that the answer is yes. I was told that Dharamshala is going around all Tibetan communities making people sign pledges that they would ostracize Shugden devotees, and not even share a meal with them or have anything to do with them. I was told to watch an Al Jazeera documentary on the issue and I was shocked. I had not known that things had gotten so out of hand. Tibetans really need to deal with this issue through discussion and debate, before we start murdering each other, one of these days, just like Sunnis and the Shias, or Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland”.


June, 2013

  • The CTA continues to marginalize Shugden worshippers by spreading rumors about their intentions to harm the Dalai Lama. Ngodup Dorjee, security chief of the Tibetan exile government issues a statement to the Times Of India, repeating the same accusations that Shugden practitioners are linked to China:We are weighing every threat perception to Buddhist leaders and Tibetan pilgrimage places. This (Dorjee Shigden) threat is also under our scanner. We cannot ignore the community’s recent activities against Dalai Lama. We have already identified some of their places and monasteries in Tibetan settlements across India.Dorje Shugden followers are damaging the websites openly and have their people in all Tibetan settlements. We are worried about their sources of funding. It might be China or some other anti-Tibetan elements.
  • There has never been any proof or evidence that Shugden worshippers are even remotely associated with China or any other foreign political elements. The strategy has worked for the Dalai Lama and CTA well and has served to completely isolate Shugden people from Tibetan society.


December 18, 2013

  • Peaceful demonstration by the North American Gelug Buddhist Association (NAGBA) in California, USA.

December 25, 2013

  • During the Lam Rim teachings in Sera Monastery, the Dalai Lama says that pujas by the Dorje Shugden people are ‘killing’ him.
  • On December 27, 2013 around 4:00 AM in the morning, the long-time assistant of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Gen Chonze, is attacked by five masked and gloved men armed with knives.
  • It is believed that the attack was in retaliation to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche refusal to attend the Sera Monastery Lam Rim talks by Dalai Lama, and incited by the Dalai Lama’s claim that Shugden worshippers were ‘killing him’.
  • The Dalai Lama launched a new anti-Dorje Shugden book titled ‘Opening The Eye Of Discernment‘.

The Dalai Lama spoke negatively about Shugden practice for 27 minutes in the Lam Rim teaching in Sera Monastery and launched an anti-Dorje Shugden book all in one day

February 22 – 25, 2014

  • Peaceful demonstration by the International Shugden Community in California, USA.


March 7, 2014

  • Peaceful demonstration by the International Shugden Community in Washington, USA.


May 7 – 9, 2014

  • Peaceful demonstration by the International Shugden Community in Oslo, Norway.


May 18, 2014

  • At 3:30pm, a group of 40 monks and laypeople from Tharpa Choling in Kalimpong (a Dalai Lama sponsored monastery) force their way into Ganden Choling (a Shugden monastery) in Phedong. They occupy the Ganden Choling premises and claim ownership of it. Despite police attempts at mediation, they refuse to leave the premises.


May 20, 2014

  • In response to worldwide protests against the Dalai Lama for implementing and maintaining the religious ban, the CTA publish a ‘hit-list’ identifying 20 Tibetans who participated in the protest, including personal details and addresses. Such a move is intended to ‘criminalise’ any opposition to the Dalai Lama and CTA, and to incite harm against those who oppose the Dalai Lama’s religious ban. Such tactics have been used by the CTA before with harmful consequences.


May 30, 2014


June 5, 2014


June 9, 2014

  • The CTA released a new official statement regarding Dorje Shugden. Once again the CTA claims that there is no ban on Dorje Shugden despite the discrimination seen within the monastic grounds as well as within the Tibetan community. In this article, the CTA clearly show their stance and released yet another list, this time a list of Dharma centres endorsed by the CTA


June 11 – 12, 2014


June 14 – 15, 2014

  • Peaceful demonstration by the International Shugden Community in Hamburg, Germany


June 15, 2014

  • Peaceful demonstration by the International Shugden community in Livorno, Italy


June 16, 2014

  • An open letter is issued by the United Front Of Tibetan People, a presumably militant pro-Dalai Lama organization calling for strong and physical action to be taken against all Dorje Shugden followers and anyone who opposes the Dalai Lama. The same letter is sent to several Dorje Shugden monks outside Tibet including Western Shugden practitioners as a means of intimidating and discouraging them from helping lift the oppression on Shugden people in exile.
  • To date no statements has been issued by the Dalai Lama or CTA to denounce such criminal activities.


June 27, 2014


July 4, 2014

  • Another letter released to marginalize Shugden practitioners and enforce the discrimination towards Dorje Shugden practitioners, this time by a group called ‘Global Tibetan Volunteers For The Truth‘.


August 16, 2014


August 23 – 26, 2014

  • Peaceful demonstration organized by the International Shugden Community (ISC) to demand for religious freedom in Hamburg, Germany
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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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