Friday, September 5, 2014
The Dalai Lama was enthroned age 5 in Lhasa, Tibet in February 1940. Since then there has been over 70 years of unelected rule in which the Tibetan (and since 1959 the Tibetan exile community) has had ONE political and religious leader whose decisions can never be questioned.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
In the Press Release below the Dalai Lama says:
“They shout: “Stop lying,” but I don’t know what they think anyone is lying about.”
If this is true then the 14th Dalai Lama has even deceived himself into believing what he says.
Dalai Lama Lie No. 1
“We’re Buddhists and the Buddha advised us not to take refuge in ordinary deities and spirits. The Shugden followers as good as take refuge in that spirit. The spirit arose in the 17th century at the time of the 5th Dalai Lama. He wrote that it was a harmful, evil spirit.”
In fact, the 5th Dalai Lama originally feared that Dorje Shugden was a spirit, and this fear was the beginning of the myth propounded by today’s Dalai Lama. The 5th Dalai Lama and many other high lamas tried to destroy Shugden but could not do so and eventually he came to regard him as an enlightened Dharma Protector as is attested by many historical documents. Also just as the Buddhist monuments and structures in the Indian subcontinent are undeniable testaments to Buddhism’s past establishment in these regions, similarly Trode Khangsar temple (spro bde khang gsar) in the heart of Lhasa, Tibet, illustrates how the protector deity Dorje Shugden was officially established. In the 17th century Trode Khangsar was designated as a "protector house" (btsan khang) for the deity Dorje Shugden by the Fifth Dalai Lama.( see Trinlay Kalsang: www.dorjeshugdenhistory.org)
In conclusion,the 14th Dalai Lama is going in the opposite direction to his predecessor, the 5th Dalai Lama, who in the latter part of his life revered Dorje Shugden as a Buddha.
Dalai Lama Lie No. 2
“One of its harmful aspects is a strident sectarianism, whereas I am committed to an inclusive non-sectarianism.”
Sectarianism is discriminating against another tradition, religion or school. It implies being bigoted or narrow minded. There is not a single piece of evidence to show that Shugden Buddhists are like this in any way. Some may think that being non-sectarian means practising all traditions but this is not correct. It means having respect for all traditions and not criticizing them. Being non-sectarian also means practising all the teachings of a particular spiritual tradition, not favouring some teachings and rejecting others. The problem that Shugden Buddhists encounter, that of being marginalized into a “sect” as opposed to part of mainstream Buddhism, stems from the Dalai Lama’s words above. The Dalai Lama is saying publicly that Dorje Shugden practice promotes sectarianism, but the incredible paradox is that it is the 14th Dalai Lama himself who is unlawfully enforcing a ban on a nearly 400-year old religious tradition resulting in many clearly documented horrible sectarian physical and verbal attacks from his followers.
Dalai Lama Lie No. 3
“Because of this spirit, people have destroyed the images and scriptures of other traditions, particularly the Nyingmapas.”
There is not even a tiny shred of evidence to support this lie. On the other hand there is widespread evidence both on video and in personal testimony to show how by following the Dalai Lama’s view many images of Buddha Dorje Shugden have been destroyed. In fact it was the 14th Dalai Lama himself who ordered the first image destroyed at Ganden monastery in India - he has explained this himself to journalists in London in 1996 as follows:
“The statue of this spirit in Ganden I removed. In a dream I dreamed one of my bodyguards - Chogyal - Kalarupa - the real protector of the Gelug tradition was dismantling a monk’s disciplinary stick - symbol of Dorje Shugden and saying “It must be discarded” Then I woke up and made a mala divination “Should I take the dream seriously or not?” The answer was - take seriously. That day I passed through the main temple of Ganden and said that I’d do a divination in the prayer hall of Ganden. There were three options:
1 Remove the statue when the main hall is rebuilt
2 After some time remove the statue
3 Immediately remove.
I prayed and did the divination - the answer came “Immediately remove”. I told them at Ganden and immediately they accepted..” So in fact it is the Dalai Lama who is destroying Buddha images but he lies that it is Shugden practitioners.
Dalai Lama Lie No. 4
“Normally we would expect the spirit to be protecting people, but in this case there are people trying to protect the spirit.”
Dorje Shugden, as a Buddha of course does not need protecting - what an absurd suggestion. But the freedom of individuals to say prayers publicly and without fear of punishment definitely needs protecting. The International Shugden Society (ISC) is organized in response to the illegal and unethical actions undertaken by the Dalai Lama to ban this prayer practiceso as to accomplish his political agenda. The ISC is committed to securing religious freedom for any Buddhist who wishes to engage in Dorje Shugden practice, and to restoring harmony, respect and cooperation between Shugden and non-Shugden practitioners around the world. ISC also endeavours to preserve the purity of the Buddhist religion by protecting it from further pollution by politics.
Dalai Lama Lie No. 5
“They shout: “Stop lying,” but I don’t know what they think anyone is lying about. It’s my duty to let people know about this. The demonstrators say I’ve banned this practice, but that’s not so, I haven’t ....”
Here are the facts: On May 8th, 1996 in a public address in Dharamsala (on video tape), for example, the Dalai Lama says, “It has been twenty years since I first mentioned the Dorje Shugden public restriction (ngas dam.bsdrags byed..pa.yin). Also, in an address on May 5, 1996, the Dalai Lama say, “It may have been about ten years ago. While giving a lam.rim teaching at Drepung, I once gave my reasons for issuing the ban.” (Tibetan: dam.bskrags); Select Addresses of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Issue of Propitiating Protector Deities, Sherig Parkhang, Dharamsala, July 10, 1996, p. 175; and “In this way came the reasons, on account of which I have issued the ban (Tibetan: dam.bsgrags) in recent times. In banning [this reliance on Shugden], many came forward and declared that henceforth they will abide by my injunctions....” p. 183.
Whatever the Dalai Lama keeps repeating in public there is a vast wealth of evidence to prove that he instigated and is maintaining a ban.
Dalai Lama Lie No 6
“...and the monasteries associated with Shugden in South India are evidence of this.”
Here the Dalai Lama makes it appear that he has somehow been kind in allowing Shugden monasteries to continue growing in India. The truth is that under his orders almost 1000 monks were expelled from their own monasteries and made homeless in 2008. Through international fund-raising and their own hard work it has been possible for these ‘excommunicated’ to build new monasteries. Everybody knows this so why does he perpetuate such falsities?
Dalai Lama Lie No. 1 repeated
“When one of them raised a question during my public talk, I told him that this is not a new issue. It began at the time of the 5th Dalai Lama. Shugden is said to be a manifestation of Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen, but the 5th Dalai Lama wrote that he had arisen as a result of distorted prayers as a perfidious spirit. He said as much to a Sakya master from whom he sought help.”
As stated previously the 5th Dalai Lama originally perceived Dorje Shugden as a spirit but later changed to a correct perception of him as a Buddha.
Dalai Lama Lie No 8
“Ling Rinpoche objected to the practice,”
Ling Rinpoche greatly respected Dorje Shugden, encouraged his practice and composed a prayer to him. So again, it is not true that he objected to the practice - in fact the opposite is true. In Ocean of Truth Explained (Tib: gtam drang bden rgya mtsho) written by a Tibetan government employee, it says:
“...in Dharamsala, India, Ling Rinpoche died with deep disappointment because the Dalai Lama refused his request to stop encouraging Gelugpas to practise the Nyingma Tradition. And Trijang Rinpoche died with deep disappointment because the Dalai Lama refused his request to stop banning the practice of Dorje Shugden”
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I am a monk at Shar Gaden Monastery. I live in a Tibetan community of about 10,000 Tibetans. There are over 600 monks here at Shar Gaden but we are all branded as enemies due to this ban.
|Gelugpa Monastery. Sign reads: "Those who propitiate Dorje Shugden or Have Association with Followers of Shugden May Not Attend or Explore The Territory of the On Going Teaching Program."|
I also have experienced first hand some of this abuse. I have been spit on, called names, asked to leave shops, denied entrance to restaurants, shops, and a clinic. I am scowled at wherever I go as everyone knows that I am the foreigner who lives at Shar Gaden.
There have been times where it seems that things are getting better and people are relaxing but every time the Dalai Lama speaks about this issue again, the tension and abuse starts all over again.
This suffering is real.
As I have said before, I could care less if others claim Dorje Shugden is a ghost, demon or whatever. That is not my concern. What IS my concern is this unnecessary suffering.
To do the right thing, all the Dalai Lama would have to do is ask his followers to stop this violence and abuse. Simple. A few words.
Another very recent example:
We need to protest for an 80-year-old woman they call Ama-la (mother) who was the only person in her village who would not give up this practice. She sold vegetables from her garden for a living. The town stopped buying from her, she lost her little income. They completely ostracized her. At night she would barricade herself in her home because the townspeople threw rocks at her house. She was threatened daily. Some monks from Shar Gaden found out about this and went and got her.
She left her home, her possessions, her memories behind. Though she now has living quarters at the monastery and they provide her with food and this is only one of the 1,000's of heartbreaking stories we hear about. What was it like for this 80 year old gentle woman to lie in her bed, listening to sounds of hatred and the rocks on her house?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Gyudmed Monastery Kensur Sonam Gyaltsen’s Letter to Tibetan Buddhists and the Tibetan Government-in-exile
An open Letter to Gelug Monasteries & Sangha Regarding Dorje Shugden
Ken Rinpoche Sonam Kunga tirelessly taught us a lot of great scriptures, he received the teachings from his Gurus and Geshes. From Serkong Dorje Chang to Ken Rinpoche Sonam Kunga, and all the Dratsang great masters in between, it is widely known that they practiced protector Gyalchen Dorje Shugden.
Regarding Dorje Shugden, we just have to check the historical materials and we will understand the original facts. I wish the unnecessary chaos created in these 40 years can be pacified very soon.
January 13, 2011
written in West Europe
Gyudmed Kensur Sonam Gyaltsen Rinpoche
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monks being forced to vote on a
religious practice is clearly wrong
This intensified the schism in the Sangha that the Dalai Lama has instigated with the introduction of the ban in 1996. Eventually the monks found a home in two new monasteries that were purpose built for them by various Western benefactors, Shar Gaden and Serpom. It was clear that the monastic community was completely split. High walls were erected between the new monasteries and the old to separate the two factions.
(continued in part 3)
Monday, November 14, 2011
|Dalai Lama: "don't come and |
receive teaching from me"
Broadcaster: Since the Dalai Lama is giving Avalokiteshvara initiation tomorrow, he has announced that Dholgyal devotees (Shugden) should not attend the initiation. He also said the propitiation of Dholgyal has caused detrimental to the harmony among Buddhists.
Dalai Lama: Today it is like I am giving a lecture. It is not necessary that you listen by recognizing me as Guru. It is alright if you come to listen, saying what Dalai Bashi is saying. Tomorrow you will take a teaching. I am giving an initiation. I am giving vow. Therefore there will be Guru and disciple relationship. Pure commitment is necessary. During the course of initiation, the pure commitment is necessary. In time, I worshipped the so-called King Shugden. I didn't know and I make a mistake. Then, having paid attention, it was wrong. Also, during the course of through analysis, king Shugden emerged during the time of the fifth Dalai Lama. If I say about the way the fifth Dalai Lama recognize king Shugden, according to his text, the nature of king Shugden is evil spirit; its cause was the wrong prayer; and its function is to harm Buddhism and living beings. So if you say this is a protector of Buddhism, or a protector of Gelug Tradition, it is disgrace and shame. Je Rinpoche has empowered and entrusted Six hands Mahakala and Dharmaraj. Je Rinpoche has seen capability in them. Simply speaking, he didn't empower them on guesses. (laugh). If you worship king Shugden, you have broken commitment with the fifth Dalai Lama, and so to the thirteen Dalai Lama. If you receive an initiation from me, you will break commitment with me. If there is anyone who worship king Shugden – actually it is your choice whether or not you worship - , please don’t come to receive teaching from me. If you are a monk or a lay, please don’t come tomorrow. If you are deceived by saying that business and luck would flourish, you should stop from now. You don’t need to be afraid at all. In case a case is necessary to be filed, I would file the case. You don’t need to be afraid. It is a freedom if you contempt although you know it is wrong. It doesn’t matter if you walk upside down.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Despite showing an open and
accommodating face to Westerners,
the Dalai Lama is a religious dictator
who controls Tibetan Buddhism
Out of sectarianism, the Dalai
Lama has made it impossible for
Shugdenpas to be his students
Lama Yeshe was the general spiritual director of Manjushri Center, while I had the responsibility of organizing the daily programmes. We were both very happy to have the picture of HH the Dalai Lama on the shrine because we hoped that the people of Manjushri and HH Dalai Lama would develop a good spiritual connection and relationship. Many times we invited the Dalai Lama to come to Manjushri Centre, although we both knew, even then, that he had rejected the practice of Dorje Shugden. We assumed it was not his real intention because we found it difficult to believe that he really wanted to destroy the practice of Dorje Shugden.
So for a long time we continued to practise Dorje Shugden and kept faith in the Dalai Lama. Then later the situation deteriorated because he intensified his ban on Dorje Shugden worship. I heard that he said in public that those who practise Dorje Shugden cannot be my friend. Then my mind gradually changed, especially as we received criticism from people who were saying that Manjushri Centre had broken its guru devotion to the Dalai Lama because of our continued practice of Dorje Shugden. As his picture was on our shrine, people believed that he was our root Guru -- on the other hand because we practised Dorje Shugden people thought we were against the Dalai Lama. Due to this contradiction we received a lot of criticism.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
It's sad to report that Dorje Shugden practitioners are still being discriminated against by the Tibetan public. The evidence comes from a recent blog post, 'The Bad Boys of Buddhism'. The writer is J.D. Lewis, an accomplished actor and playwright who has featured in such programmes as 'Friends' and 'Suddenly Susan'. He has also established a well respected actors coaching school called 'The Actor's Lab' in Los Angeles.
J.D reports discrimination in the shops around Shar Gaden monastery:
In this isolated area of south-central India where an entire community of monks live, there is a great divide. As I walk down the street with my friend, Losang Tenpa, or as the boys and I call him, Monk Duke, he is glared at and in certain shops, they even refuse to serve him.
J.D. continues later:
Over the last few years, words have been spoken, rocks have been thrown and most disturbing, great walls built around each of the many monasteries in the area. What’s wild is that, after the split, the properties here were allotted in a strange way so that some of Shar Gaden’s building are surrounding by building gained by the other monasteries that have issue with this group, making it an uncomfortable and tense living situation.
As an experiment the other day, Monk Duke and I visited a local store famous for not serving Shar Gaden monks. I went in and smiled, bought some flip flops for Buck, and then Duke came in to buy some incense. They wouldn’t even look up at him. So I piped in, “Hey, how much for the incense?” … they replied, “Forty Rupies”, and then I said, “I’ll pay for it.” They then smiled, took my money and when we went to leave, the man behind the counter and Monk Duke exchanged a smile. I felt like it was one step closer to Nirvana and I had done my small part to bridge a chasm between the two factions. Who knows… that simple meeting of the minds could have been the beginning of the reunification of the Tibetan Buddhist Federation. Or maybe not… I think it’s going to take more than a westerner’s smile to sort things out here. I’m thinking of coming back next year and shooting a documentary on the subject.
Let's hope that J.D. Lewis does indeed come back to this troubled part of India to shoot his documentary - the monks of Shar Gaden could do with a little high profile support to highlight their plight and to put pressure on the Dalai Lama to reverse his policy of discrimination and ostracism against Shugden practitioners, which is against Buddhism.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Press release from Shugden Society USA: Sept 1st, 2011
"Dorje Shugden devotees are supported by the Chinese and therefore there is no need for them to be in exile, they can go back to Tibet (under Chinese rule)”.
“holding an open referendum, to decide if the majority of the Tibetans want to coexist with the devotees of the deity”.
- To entitle us to the fundamental rights of freedom to speech, beliefs, and the rights to live peacefully as guaranteed in the Constitution of Tibetan Government-in-Exile and Democratic countries.
- To lift the ban on Shugden practice and the religious persecution of its practitioners.
- To stop the systematic process of segregation in the Tibetan communities in exile, that has led to the social, psychological and physical torture of Shugden practitioners.
- The Tibetan government in exile continues to ostracize and segregate the Shugden practitioners from the rest of the Tibetan society.
- Hundreds of monks who worshipped Dorje Shugden were ostracized and expelled from the monasteries. As a result, a new wall at Ganden monastery in Southern India was built in March 2008 to segregate the Shugden worshippers.
- Monks who worshipped Shugden were denied medical services from the health clinics in the Tibetan communities in exile.
- Students whose parents practiced Dorje Shugden were ostracized in the schools' system.
Friday, August 19, 2011
A Great Deception, explaining the secret life of the 14th Dalai Lama, is now available as a free eBook on the Western Shugden Society website.
Wherever you stand on the issue of the Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden, or the Dalai Lama and other controversies, this book is certainly worth reading. It is well-researched and contains a great deal of documentation from third-party sources.
There is also a letter that is being sent along with the paperback version of A Great Deception to people around the world.
Read the Open Letter to Everyone
Read the Open Letter to British Political Leaders
What is in the book
This book shows that the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden is the manifestation of Je Tsongkhapa, who is the embodiment of the wisdom of all Buddhas. It also brings to light the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso's actions in banning this traditional spiritual practice and causing its followers to be persecuted.
It also highlights other controversies, including the mixture of church and state for political and personal ends, the Dudjom Rinpoche affair, the assassination of Gungtang Tsultrim, the Karmapa affair, the politics of the Kalachakra initiations, the defamation of revered Buddhist masters, the Dalai Lama's being on the payroll of the CIA, the Dalai Lama's involvement with Tibetan Guerillas and the Tibetan arms trade, the attempted coup in Bhutan, the Dalai Lama's fascination with Nazism, the friendship with Shoko Asahara, the strange and somewhat sordid history of all the Dalai Lamas, and how the Dalai Lama really "won" the Nobel Peace Prize.
- to liberate millions of innocent practitioners of the Buddhist Deity Dorje Shugden and their families from suffering;
- to restore peace and harmony between Shugden and non-Shugden practitioners;
- to re-establish the common spiritual activities of Shugden and non-Shugden practitioners; and
- to free Buddhism from political pollution.
Download the free eBook today to find out more.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
|The romantic image of the Dalai Lama |
as Spiritual Leader - a holy man in robes
The hypocrisy of the Dalai Lama's 'non-sectarianism'
|The Dalai Lama's |
words and actions
Ostracism and discrimination
|The unacceptable face of the |
Dalai Lama's sectarian ban
|The Deification of the Dalai Lama |
began with the political machinations
of the 'Great Fifth'
The future for Shugden practitioners
|The Shugden ban - largely ignored by the world's media |
despite extensive protests worldwide
Friday, February 11, 2011
2. Obstacles to the emergence of genuine non-sectarianism: His Holiness has often stated that one of his most important commitments is the promotion of inter-religious understanding and harmony. As part of this endeavour, His Holiness is committed to encouraging non-sectarianism in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In this His Holiness is following the example set by his predecessors, especially the Fifth Dalai Lama and the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Not only is a non-sectarian approach mutually enriching for all Tibetan Buddhist schools, but it is also the best safeguard against a rise of sectarianism that could have damaging consequences for the Tibetan tradition as a whole. Given the acknowledged link between Dolgyal* worship and sectarianism, this particular practice remains a fundamental obstacle to fostering a genuine non-sectarian spirit within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Bigotry, discrimination, hatred
So how non-sectarian is the Dalai Lama? This is the definition of sectarianism from Wikipedia:
Sectarianism, according to one definition, is bigotry, discrimination or hatred arising from attaching importance to perceived differences between subdivisions within a group, such as between different denominations of a religion or factions of a political movement.
Since I, as an ordinary body of Amdo, got the name of fourteen Dalai Lama, I ought to follow the steps of my predecessors. It is my responsibility to serve the Rigme teachings of Tibet.
Ris or Phyog-ris in Tibetan means "one-sided", "partisan" or "sectarian". Med means "No". Ris-med (Wylie), or Rimé, therefore means "no sides", "non-partisan" or "non-sectarian". It does not mean "non-conformist" or "non-committal"; nor does it mean forming a new School or system that is different from the existing ones. A person who believes the Rimé way almost certainly follows one lineage as his or her main practice. He or she would not dissociate from the School in which he or she was raised.
Rimé is not a way of uniting different Schools and lineages by emphasising their similarities. It is basically an appreciation of their differences and an acknowledgement of the importance of having this variety for the benefit of practitioners with different needs. Therefore the Rimé teachers always take great care that the teachings and practices of the different Schools and lineages and their unique styles do not become confused with one another. To retain the original style and methods of each teaching lineage preserves the power of that lineage experience. Kongtrul and Khentse made great efforts to retain the original flavour of each teaching, while making them available to many.
|Fourteenth Dalai Lama|
There is no problem. No differences are there at all. You should receive Gelug empowerment; you should receive Nyingma empowerment; you should receive Sakya empowerment; and you should receive Kagyu empowerment. As for me, I receive all of them. Well, all Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Geden are students of seventeen Mahasiddas and scholars. Shugden worshippers are saying that if a Gelugpa worship Shugden, it is incorrect to keep a text of Nyingma. That is wrong. In twenty century, because of Shugden, sectarian is developing in Tibet. This is wrong.
|Je Gendundrub, First Dalai Lama|
From now until enlightenment
I shall seek no refuge other than you.
O Venerable Father and Sons (Je Tsongkhapa and his two spiritual sons, Khedrubje and Gyaltsabje)
Please care for me with your compassion.