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Dorje Shugden Chapel Trode Khangsar – Built By The Dalai Lama

If you enjoyed the video, you can download it here. Situated behind the main chapel of Jowo Buddha or the Jokhang Temple, south of the Barkhor area in Lhasa is Trode Khangsar, one of the most famous Dorje Shugden chapels in Tibet and in the world today. Built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama at…

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Starting Spiritual Path Early

To Whom It May Concern: Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I just wanted to tell you a short story about how Tibetan Buddhism has helped me and my family. My daughter and I had been doing Dorje Shugden practice for many years. She started when she was 12 and now…

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Haunted Dream

Hello, Thanks for taking the time to read this letter. I wanted to write to you on a few things. Firstly, congratulations on going closer to democracy. I think it is nice because Tibet is a good nation of people. You all deserve to have continued good leadership and also benefit from all the progress…

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Dalai Lama Says Directly – His Guru is Wrong?

The Heart of Buddhist practice is relying sincerely upon the Holy Spiritual Guide who reveals the path. For 2500 years, each disciple has been completely devoted to their root Guru, following their teachings to the letter.. Question to Dalai Lama : All the masters who have worshipped this deity for the past 300 years,…were they…

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Dorje Shugden Images

From http://www.dorjeshugdenimagelibrary.wordpress.com Some beautiful images of the Dharma Protector and Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden for you to enjoy

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Tibetans Religious Freedom – The True Face of Tibetan Government in exile

16 April 2008 “Religious prosecution”, “Human rights violation”, “Demand religious freedom”. If you heard these words from a Tibetan in exile, you would think they’re talking about the P.R.C. Can you imagine that they may be referring to the Tibetan government in exile? In December of 1996, a protest was held in India against a…

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Dalai Lama to Decide on Reincarnation at Age 90

Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he will decide when he is about 90 years old whether he should be reincarnated, a Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In a statement Saturday, he said at “about 90″ he will consult with the high lamas of Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public and other people who follow Tibetan…

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The Tibetan Inquisition

In pursuing the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden, fostering schism in the Kagyu tradition, as well as other instances of meddling in all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is creating a modern day inquisition. As tensions in the Tibetan exile community rise, he has started to manipulate the Tibetans’ raw…

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Condemned to Silence – Part 3

A TIBETAN IDENTITY CRISIS (1996-1999) © by Ursula Bernis PART III – ATTEMPTING TO MAKE SENSE The Dalai Lama said about the Dorje Shugden conflict, “This is not my issue: it is the issue of Tibetan religion and politics…” I will follow this lead and examine the uniquely Tibetan mix of religion and politics primarily…

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Condemned to Silence – Part 2

A TIBETAN IDENTITY CRISIS (1996-1999) © by Ursula Bernis PART II In this section, I will present the documentation for the interviews of Part I. It is not a history, since that would require a different kind of research possible here, which would have to include Tibetan texts, both published and unpublished. The material presented…

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Condemned to Silence – Part 1

A TIBETAN IDENTITY CRISIS (1996-1999) © by Ursula Bernis Preface “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…” “Whereas…the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech…

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Great King Duldzin Dorje Shugden

The Dalai Lama says that he imposed a ban on the practice, which is true; but then says that people have religious freedom to choose whatever Deity they want to worship! He also claims that Shugden practitioners are receiving support from Communist China, a statement that has no basis in fact. This is a calculated…

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Pabongka Rinpoche and Other Great Lamas

Je Pabongkhapa and many other great lineage lamas of old have been defamed by the Dalai Lama simply because of their devotion to the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. Learn the truth about what the Dalai Lama said and the implications of his statements.

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The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobzang Yeshe Tendzin Gyatso

The Third Trijang, Lobzang Yeshe Tendzin Gyatso was born on March 10, 1901, in Gungtang (gung thang). His mother was Tsering Drolma; his father, Tsering Dondrub, was a descendent of an uncle of the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelzang Gyatso (1708-1759). Tsering Dondrub had previously been Tsering Drolma’s father-in-law, until they married after the death of…

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It’s the Dalai Lama vs Shugden

The ongoing temporal struggle between the Dalai Lama as head of the Gelugpa sect and the Britain-based Shugden community is part of a tradition that goes back to power plays between spiritual leaders in old Tibet. This time, Western followers of various forms of Tibetan Buddhism are adding fuel to the flames. ~ by Deepak…

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Mixing Religion and Politics: The Dalai Lama’s ban on Dorje Shugden Prayer

 The fact that the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile have been able to subject the Tibetan populace to an oath swearing campaign, whereby they promise not to engage in prayer to Dorje Shugden or have dealings with anyone who does, harkens back to the religious persecution in England during the 17th century…

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Dalai Lama Retires From Politics

BY YIQIAN ZHANG The Dalai Lama is retiring — not from his spiritual role — but from his political service in the Tibetan government in exile — saying the Tibetan people need a freely elected leader. The announcement comes on the 52nd anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. “The Tibetan government in…

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Rejoicing Against Oppression

By Gregory Flannery Here’s a quick test: What comes to mind when you hear the word “Tibet”? The Chinese genocide against a small country; The Dalai Lama, apostle of nonviolence; An idiosyncratic Buddhist philosophy; or Momos, spicy Tibetan dumplings. All four are correct answers but momos are the most straightforward. Filled with beef or with…

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Through the Eyes of Dorje Shugden Buddhists

In recent years, Dorje Shugden has become a controversial issue in which many Western Buddhists who follow the Dorje Shugden deity of Tibetan Buddhism have raised the issue of religious freedom under the Dalai Lama. CNN’s report on Dorje Shugden: Dalai Lama Greeted by Protesters in Manhattan http://cnn.com/US/9805/03/buddhist.dissension/index.html As I did my research on Tibet,…

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For Dorje Shugden, For Dalai Lama

Readers can see for themselves what the two sides believe in and are going through. This article gives a broad overview of what the controversy is about and how it has affected the Tibetan community. Though dePrisco had originally written the article with a certain target audience in mind, we at dorjeshugden.com feel that this…

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A quick note on Dorje Shugden (rDo rje shugs ldan)

Paul Williams Centre for Buddhist Studies University of Bristol The following note is taken from an informal letter in response to a request for some further information on the current dispute over Dorje Shugden*. Dorje Shugden is a Dharma protector deity, and you can read one of the very few academic accounts of him in…

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Conflict, hypocrisy, and miscommunication

What are some human tendencies in responding to conflict? While walking this morning along the streets of Oxford (to a conference I am presenting at the weekend), I saw a group of people gathering and asked what was happening. They said the Dalai Lama was coming. So, like any tourist, I wanted to see him and get…

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Does the Dorje Shugden ban affect Western Buddhists?

This article will focus on the real effects of the Dalai Lama’s ban of Dorje Shugden practice on Western practitioners. On web forums, supporters of the Dalai Lama are often non-plussed that Westerners are involving themselves in this issue at all. They say “this is a Tibetan issue that doesn’t affect you, so why are…

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Sad, Relatively Unknown News of Tibetan Buddhists’ Infighting

Several of my friends have approached me with eagerness to say, “The Dalai Lama is coming to Cincinnati! Are you going?” I remained neutral and answered that H.H. the Dalai Lama has requested that anyone from my lineage not attend his teachings. “What! Why?” Because of a hundreds-of-years-old conflict concerning a certain Dharma Protector (protecting…

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French Medium Meets Oracle Nechung

This is a trailer for a documentary on the State Oracle of Tibet (http://www.inspiration-productions.com/english/). Maud Kristen, a renowned French medium, visits Northern India, the bastion of Tibetan civilization in exile, to discover their oracle system. 
She meets Thupten Ngodup, the medium of Nechung, in Tso Pema and follows him on his pilgrimage to the sacred…

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The Great Fifth

Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, “The Great 5th” Dalai Lama was the temporal and spiritual ruler of Tibet from 1642-1682. He unified Tibet under the Gelug school of Buddhism, made Lhasa the capital city, established friendly relations with the Manchu Emperor in Beijing and built the Potala Palace. He was a great writer on spiritual subjects and…

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Critical report on the Dalai Lama (ARD-Panorama)

Part 1 View video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJRo_u_Mfqo This penetrating German documentary, Panorama, challenges the popular Western myth of Tibet as Shangri-La. Cutting through the myth making and Hollywood romanticism, this investigation provides a shocking insight into the reality of life in Tibet under the Dalai Lama’s rule. The first part of the video touches on…

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A Letter from Tibetan Shugden Practitioners in the USA to Radio Free Asia

Below is a letter written by Dorje Shugden practitioners living in the USA to Radio Free Asia in response to the article they published in which Prime Minister Samdhong is Encouraging Violence Against Shugden Practitioners. Dear Sirs: We are writing with regards to the recent news posting on December 24th 2010 on the website of…

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Dalai Lama messes with Tibetans’ minds

The Dalai Lama continues to spread pain throughout the Tibetan communities. Recently, a speech given to his followers during teachings in the Himalayan region of India were reported on the Tibetan radio station ‘Voice of Tibet’. Here is a transcript: Pachen Dorje (reporter): Today on the second day of his teaching in Varanasi, His Holiness…

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The Dangers of Mixing Religion and Politics

Everyone raised in modern democratic nations realises the imperative of separating religion and politics. Painful history has shown the great dangers that arise when these two are intertwined. The spiritual path is profoundly damaged by being mixed with politics. Politicians make laws that citizens must abide by – but no laws can govern what someone…

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Untouchables – Shocking Posters in Monastery

Sera Je monastery is situated at the Tibetan settlement at Bylakupee, five hours by bus from Bangalore City, Karnataka State, India. Until this year, it was a monastery that was used by Shugden and non-Shugden practitioners alike. Since the introduction of the ban on Shugden practice made by the Dalai Lama, such harmony has been…

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Tibet Sun newspaper highlights Dalai Lama’s discrimination against  Shugden Practitioners

The Tibet Sun newspaper has highlighted the Dalai Lama’s discrimination against Shugden practitioners and how he transgresses the Indian laws against Deity discrimination and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The article describes the Dalai Lama’s recent public teachings in Bodhgaya. People of all faiths – Christians, Hindus, Jews – were welcomed… with one…

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The Dalai Lama and Guru Devotion

View the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMaP94D7CmU The heart of Buddhist Practice is to rely sincerely on the Holy Spiritual Guide who reveals the Path. These are the Dalai Lama’s own comments on his Guru devotion. Watch the complete version of the Dalai Lama’s interview in the video View the video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/WdyIJwVaqZ8

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A ban by any other name

The Tibetan exile-government have recently been saying that the Dalai Lama has not issued a ban against the practice or worship of the Buddhist Deity Dorje Shugden, but merely advised against this. The word ‘ban’ means ‘to prohibit esp. by legal means or social pressure’ (Longmans Dictionary); ‘formally prohibit’ or ‘formal or authoritative prohibition’ (The…

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Mountain Phoenix on Dorje Shugden

I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of blog posts by Tibetan Mountain Phoenix on her blog ‘Mountain Phoenix over Tibet’ which provides some interesting analyses of the Dorje Shugden issue from a less biased point of view than other Tibetan commentators: http://wisdombuddhadorjeshugden.blogspot.com/2010/10/mountain-phoenix-on-dorje-shugden.html Even though the blog posts were a couple of years…

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Message to the Dalai Lama

A series of short video messages speaking against the ban, It opens with a powerful message from a Tibetan monk (speaking in English) from Gaden Shartse monastery. He says the message is not just to the Dalai Lama but to the Tibetan government and anyone who is in the Gelugpa tradition. The rest of the…

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Time Magazine – The Dalai Lama’s Buddhist Foes

Buddhist monks and nuns of the Shugden Society demonstrate against the Dalai Lama in front of New York’s Radio City Music Hall Thursday, July 17, 2008. It was not an object lesson in Buddhist dispassion. On Thursday afternoon, following a teaching by the Dalai Lama at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, a group…

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A Contradiction or A Bigger Picture?

For the past two decades, the Dalai Lama has issued a controversial ban on the practice of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. However, the basis of this ban is rife with contradictions. The Dalai Lama emphasises the importance of keeping the teacher-disciple relationship pure and having sincere reliance on a spiritual guide. But now, he…

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The Great Dilemma

Within the exiled community of Tibetan refugees in India, there is a sizeable group of Tibetans who are twice exiled and now living a life where “death threats, insults and ostracism are the order of the day.” This arose after the Dalai Lama banned the worship of the Protector Buddha Dorje Shugden, an action which…

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The Dalai Lama: Religious Harmony or Hypocrisy

The Dalai Lama claims to be a champion of religious harmony, but harbours the kinds of prejudices that make such harmony an impossibility. Watch this video to find out more…

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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