Destroying the Face of Tibetan Buddhism

To the government of Tibet,

I write with concern about some disturbing news I have received recently. It is regarding the way in which His Holiness the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama is being promoted by those who oversee his secular matters. Specifically, it is regarding His Holiness’ image concerning the so-called Dolgyal issue. It has been brought to my attention that His Holiness’ website contains a section on the deity Dorje Shugden.

From a non-Buddhist perspective, as someone who values the Dalai Lama for the wisdom and knowledge he brings to the world, the section does not match what His Holiness represents to me and so many others – harmony, peace and compassion.

The website SHOULD be a personal reflection of His Holiness’ nature but unfortunately, in its current state, it is not. On the one hand, most of His Holiness’ website promotes his messages of tolerance and acceptance; on the other hand, there is this section suppressing a religious practice?

Without any disrespect intended, this section makes His Holiness LOOK hypocritical. It makes His Holiness LOOK as though he practises double standards and LOOK as though he does not believe in equanimity… I say “look” because we all know that His Holiness isn’t really like that.

Therefore it also makes me wonder if the people in charge of His Holiness’ image REALLY know what they are doing. After all, hypocrisy and violating human rights are so not appealing in today’s media. And people today aren’t stupid – news travels fast, and people are educated and exposed, and they’re not afraid to speak out when they see something is not right. These people who speak out against injustice are known as activists – would you rather they speak up FOR Tibetan independence, or AGAINST your government’s suppression of Dorje Shugden practitioners?

Speaking of image and reputation, Buddhism is known as THE religion of peace, and publicising this Dolgyal issue on the website of the face of Tibetan Buddhism is really destroying this. I hope you’ll remove the section from His Holiness’ website because it does not belong in a sphere of love and compassion. It does not paint the right portrait of a man whom we all know radiates only good energy, and brings happiness to so many.

Peace, love and light,


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  1. He claimed to be the so Holy, but under the payroll of CIA to contain China and pretends that he is with the Buddha. Please don’t believes in him. I don’t really respect to him, if you have the wisdom. ..

  2. This letter published in 2012 and yet to this day and date, the Dalai Lama’s website still contains the section on Dorje Shugden. If there was no ban then why is the section still there? Why is there not sections on Christianity, muslim or Hinduism? After all Buddhist should practice those too right? Why only differentiate against Dorje Shugden and his practice? And here I thought that Buddhism cuts across religion with compassion for all. Why can’t the Dalai Lama just accept our difference and all the more he should allow in to his teachings as we are wayward as he said and need his compassion in learning and practice. And now that he wishes to return to China, won’t it be more logical to lift the ban on Dorje Shugden and befriend DS Lamas and practitioners as they have more clout with the Chinese authorities. These DS Lamas and practitioners had spread Buddhism to China without hang ups other than acknowledging that everyone is equal in need for relief from sufferings. As such the Chinese Government works with them very well, such as the Panchen Lama, whom the government welcomes his teachings and so hundreds of thousands attend with reverence. Please Dalai Lama, lift the ban as so many DS Lamas and practitioners still cares for you irregardless.

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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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