Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Political reasons behind the Dalai Lama's persecution of Dorje Shugden practitioners

"There will be no change in my stand. I will never revoke the ban. You are right. It will be like the Cultural Revolution. If those who do not accept the ban do not listen to my words, the situation will grow worse for them. You sit and watch. It will grow only worse for them."
The Dalai Lama to monks in India who questioned the ban

There are three key political reasons behind the Dalai Lama's ban.
1. The Dalai Lama seeks to consolidate all power under him to strengthen his hand in his negotiations with the Chinese.
2. Dorje Shugden provides a convenient scapegoat for all the problems faced by Tibetans, thus deflecting blame away from the Tibetan government in exile.
3. Persecution of Dorje Shugden practitioners distracts attention away from painful concessions being made by the Dalai Lama in the negotiations with the Chinese.

The website layout has changed to make it easier to navigate, with the links now divided into sections: (1) Brief summary (2) The Dalai Lama's position (3) Why is this happening? (4) Efforts to restore religious freedom (5) Analysis of situation (6) Evidence and first-hand accounts (7) Ongoing persecution 2008.

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2 comments:

adam said...

The explanation of these three key political reasons is excellent and should be read by everyone, more than once.

I find the psychoanalytic concept of "over-determination" very helpful in understanding the behaviour of the Dalai Lama.

Over-determination is: "A sympton, dream-image, or any other item of behaviour that has more than one meaning or expresses drives and conflicts derived from more than one level or aspect of the personality; or, alternatively, and perhaps preferably, if it provides a 'final common pathway' to a number of convergent tendencies."

The essence of this rather complicated-sounding concept is that it is possible for someone to behave in a certain way, not for one reason, but for a whole combination of reasons, or motivating factors, that find a "final common pathway" in the outward behaviour.

Thus, it isn't an either/ or as to whether the Dalai Lama is banning the practice of Dorje Shugden out of "rational self-interest" or because he really is suffering under the paronoid delusion that Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit, as it is possible, and indeed likely, that it is some sort of dynamic combination of both.

The common belief that people behave as they do for one single reason is called by psychologists "the fallacy of the single-cause." This idea can lead to a great deal of confusion as behaviour often defies convincing or accurate explanation by means of reference to one single motivating factor i.e. "they did it because of this."

More likely they did it because of this, and this, and this (times 7, 12, or 19).

It's great to see us working towards an intelligent and sophisticated understand of why the Dalai Lama is behaving as he is, as this will help us personally in understanding the issue, as well as enablling us to dispel the web of deception that he has tried to throw around this whole issue.

When I think about this I start to feel genunine compassion for the poor fellow, but the best way we can help him is to try to stop him deceiving himself and others as soon as possible.

jsaramj said...

I think the politics behind the ban, when clearly exposed, is the one thing that the press can understand.
Here, again, my thoughts about it.

1-POLITICS AT THE BEGINNING: destroying the reputation of the Protector in his inner circle of Gelugpas.

The repulsion toward the Protector originated when the Dalai Lama started listening more to bad friends than to his own Guru.
In reality it seems to have coalesced when he started pushing his Rig Mè movement –in actuality a way to impose his own authority over all 4main schools of Tibetan Buddhism... a novelty in the Tibetan system.
Some Gelugpas reminded him and others that to mix lineages was not desirable from the religious point of view, and that actions towards mixing lineages were not agreeable with the advice of the Protector of the Ganden teachings, the Holy Buddha Protector Dorje Shugden.
Since this traditional view hindered his aspirations to become the head of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama attacked the Holy Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden as a way to destroy the influence of his own Guru and the great Gelugpa Lamas, the most influential Tibetans of those years.

2-POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE. THE BAN against DORJE SHUGDEN

The Dalai Lama never succeeded in seriously propagating his dislike for the Protector among the educated Lamas and Geshes of the Gelugpas, not in 20 years.
Then, all the sudden, he decided to publicly forbid, to ban the worshipping of Dorje Shugden –in other words, to take this domestic, almost private issue belonging to himself and the Gelugpas ... to the whole of the Tibetan community, monastic and lay people. Among the latter, the majority had never even heard before the holy name of the Protector, so to demand their ignorant intervention in this matter can be counted among the most ill intended actions of his government in exile –working, of course, under his "inspiration".

But there was nothing at that moment in the religious level that could propel him to proclaim the ban. What, then, happened? Why then the ban so belated?

The answer is simple but apparently people are having difficulties in just merely seeing it.

The Dalai Lama needed both a red herring and a scapegoat to distract Tibetans from this truth: that he had abandoned the independence of Tibet all on his own, without ever having for a little single time asked the Tibetans what they thought about it. He had handed Tibet to China without nobody noticing, in 1988, just before receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. With the Nobel Prize his fame exploded in such way that almost nobody realized what he had done, neither in the Tibetan community nor in the world at large. HE HAD HANDED TIBET TO CHINA HE HIMSELF ALONE, WITHOUT ASKING THE TIBETANS’ OPINION.

A few years later when his fame started to show discrepancies with his results about Tibet, when the false prophecies failed, then his brother Norbu and other staunch defenders of Tibetan independence thought it was time to oppose his view, delicately named "autonomy". Norbu with some others started an Institute for Independence and created the Walks for Independence, both in open defiance of his brother.
THIS WAS TOWARDS THE END OF 1995.

Oh divine coincidence! IN MARCH 1996 THE BAN AGAINST DORJE SHUGDEN WAS PROCLAIMED. All the sudden the Dalai Lama unveiled to Tibetans that everything that had gone wrong with Tibet was caused by a Wisdom Buddha turned evil spirit. Even his health was going to be in danger because of Dorje Shugden.

Now, the Tibetans have chosen as sole answer to the Chinese occupation of their country, as sole identity, the reliance on their leader the Dalai Lama. So they committed the most astonishing denial: instead of realizing that they had lost all hope for the independence of their Motherland, Tibet, because the Dalai Lama had decided to hand Tibet to China, they chose not to see this reality and rather follow the Dalai Lama's invention.

Thus started the persecution of the Deity and the lineage, and the lineage Lamas, and the practitioners.

POLITICS AT THE END. 2008
The riots in Tibet. The Olympic Games.

The Olympic Games was the chosen moment to do a typical Dalai Lama's move: both to attack China through the riots in Tibet, and to try to obtain his old aim of returning to Tibet –to Mother China– by pushing finally in the open his "autonomy" theory.

How to do it without loosing face in front of the world by the intervention of some Pro-Independence movement still alive among the Tibetans? Let's see... isn't it true that the ban on the Protector had not been succesful in uprooting the practice in the great monasteries of Southern India? Fantastic! Let's use again the same scapegoat, the same red herring.

So, the Dalai Lama himself went to Southern India and personally gave the abbots the order to organize the famous referendum through sticks –in which by the way even kid monks were forced to "vote" and swear– accompanied by signatures and oaths in front of Deities that one was not going to rely on Dorje Shugden ever again, nor ever again have any human contact of any type with his religious devotees.

Thus was achieved the most atrocious schism in the monastic community, thus was unleashed the ultimate social persecution against the faithful Gelugpas, guilty of being faithful to their Gurus, guilty of being religiously innocent, guilty of following their centuries-old tradition and practices. They had been the mainstream group of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama transformed them in monsters, in followers of a demonic cult.

The frenzy of the voting was ordered and implemented to the whole of the Tibetan community and even to the Western Dharma Centers. This unholy crusade gained Western hearts. Western people forgot everything about their wonderful culture of human rights and found it great to shun and discriminate others based on their religious beliefs. But the main victims of course were the Tibetans in India, helplessly dependent on their community and their government in exile and persecuted by both. Good job!

Actually, brilliant job.

Because right after the schism was brutally forced in the monasteries came March 2008 and the obviously orchestrated riots in Tibet. Who then would listen to the feeble voices of those trying to protect the victims of the Dalai Lama? Now once again the Dalai Lama was worshipped worldwide as the champion of the Tibetan cause, as the defender of Tibetans. His Tibetan victims were not interesting any more for the press nor the politicians nor the public at large.

And there was no Pro Independence opposition among the Tibetans, neither, to mar the image of the leader. They still exist, these people, but they were too distracted persecuting the Dorje Shugden practitioners to even think to react.

So the Dalai Lama was now entirely free to proclaim, this time high and loud, his position pro-autonomy, which only signifies that he's given up Tibet. He's accepted that Tibet is part of China. Without consulting Tibetans about the matter.

This position is not negative per se, and it probably is the only reasonable one right now for Tibet. But this is something that Tibetans do not accept. So in order to mute their voices, to kill their attempts to oppose him, the Dalai Lama used the holy Buddha Protector Dorje Shugden and his practitioners to distract them.
What an easy task! How easy it is to arise fear and hatred. A brilliant political action. Machiavello wherever he reincarnated must be applauding his modern disciple.

I wish someone could paint a short summary of this long explanation for one of the demonstration banners. The world needs to know the truth. This is a religious persecution unleashed for political reasons. THE BAN ON DORJE SHUGDEN HAS POLITICAL CAUSES THAT THE WORLD CAN UNDERSTAND.