Thursday, July 17, 2008

Buddhists Courageously Speak Out

This Saturday, 600 Buddhists with one voice will protest against the Dalai Lama claiming a campaign of religious intolerance and immoral discrimination against the Buddhist community who practice the protective deity Dorje Shugden. This Western Shugden Society organized demonstration hopes to expose what they categorize as abuse of the Dalai Lama's dual political and religious status, by which all Tibetan-exiles must take a public oath to abandon this spiritual practice as well as association with anyone who practices this 400 year old Buddhist Deity, in order to receive a state issued identity card. Without this identity card it is difficult and sometimes impossible to purchase food in many stores, receive medical treatment, and obtain travel documents. The protests is scheduled to take place Saturday, July 19th and promises to be colorful and lively event, with passionate Tibetan and English changt and bright placards spotting the crowd.

Through utilizing the free press unavailable in the Tibetan Exile communities, Tibetan and western Buddhists have come together in Madison during the Dalai Lama's week of teaching to speak out against this discrimination and persecution.

Kelsang Pema, Western Buddhist nun and spokesperson for the Western Shugden Society (WSS) will be available on sight for interviews and questions and in an unprecedented act, DVDs of first-hand testimonial's of Tibetans and westerners around the world speaking out about their victimization at the hands of this celebrity monk, the Dalai Lama, will be available.

"The Dalai Lama will come to Madison and talk about peace and compassion, but he is not practicing what he is teaching. In India, thousands of innocent monks have been expelled from their monasteries, supporters denied food and travel visas, families are being ostracized from their communities and countless Shugden Temples and statues destroyed.

We need to demonstrate because none of the other methods we have tried have succeeded in bringing about a meaningful discussion with him. Our only aim is to have this ban lifted so that millions of innocent people can continue with their spiritual life in peace and harmony."

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Anonymous said...

Sad to hear that of the wall of segeration. Even more saddening to hear that the wall was built by gaden to avoid all ties with the Shugden practioneers.

All this is not suprising having known how the TGIE and dalai lama operate. I lived in dharmasala from 1962 to the mid 1980's and have been a withness to many conflicts amongst tibetans and have known that the dalai lama and his henchmen are at the root of many of these conflicts. He uses religion, the power and confidence given to him by the tibetan people to futher his own personal agendas. The shugden issue is not about what is right or wrong, the truth or lies. It is about a personal conflict that the fifth dalai lama had against Shugden and the dalai lama is using all his influence and power to crush the practice of Dorje Shugden. HIs anger and rash judgement is well known amongst those that work closely with him. The idea about cutting off all ties with Shugden practioneers is his and he used all his henchmen to merely put his plans into actions.

His actions are wrose than the chinese. He violates and abuses his own people- prehaps a displacement of his anger and rage.

One can put on a deceptive face for so long after which their true colors come out. The dalai lama is no different.

Anonymous said...

We need more people like yourself with direct personal experience of the Tibetan exile community to speak out, as publically as you feel able, to reveal the truth about the Dalai Lama and the way he opperates.

The WSS case is extremely strong, but the situation itself is so deceptive. When people learn about the pitiful plight of Dorje Shugden worshippers they will, I hope, recognise the protests as an appropriate and proportionate response.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
Thank you for posting.
Please share your experiences and knowledge with the WSS organizers, if you have not already done so.
Or share with us on this blog any more you would like to say.