Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Great Deception - freeing Buddhism from political pollution

The latest edition of A Great Deception has just been printed, with some additions.

This book will be distributed widely by the Western Shugden Society. It clearly 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 unconscionable actions in banning this beloved spiritual practice and persecuting its followers.

From the Preface:

The purpose of this book is to achieve the following four aims:

  • 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.

Achieving these aims depends solely upon whether the present Dalai Lama will accept the four points set out at the conclusion of Chapter 4 of this book.

The Dalai Lama wishes to ban Shugden worship in general; and in particular to remove Tibetan Shugden worshippers from their communities, and Western Shugden worshippers from the international Buddhist community. Since 1996 the Tibetan exile government has continually applied effort to fulfil these wishes. In February 2008 alone, 900 monks who are Shugden practitioners were expelled from their monasteries in India.

In 1996 the Tibetan exile government publicly decreed to the Tibetan communities of each country, including Tibet, that Shugden practitioners were their national enemies and were against the Dalai Lama's wishes. The decree stated that unless Shugden practitioners promised to stop Shugden worship they would not receive any official position or job, nor any help or support, even medical assistance, either from the Tibetan exile government or from individual members of the Tibetan community. Further, any connection at all with Shugden practitioners should be cut. Children of Shugden practitioners were no longer permitted to attend Tibetan schools, and Shugden practitioners themselves could not join community meetings, social events and so forth....

(... and the situation has gone from bad to worse.)



Thom said...

Brillant and reads more clearly the motivation of our activities.

Thom said...

Dalai Lama may retire within six months
New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said he was contemplating retirement within months and a final decision on it will be taken after consultations with the political leadership and Parliament-in-exile.

The 76-year-old leader, who has been living in India in exile since 1959, expressed hope that he could return to his homeland before his death.

"I think within next six months," the Tibetan leader in a television interview, when asked whether he was retiring as was being speculated.

He, however, promptly added that "I do not know. May be next few months. I think may be."

The Dalai Lama said he will firm up his decision on retirement after discussions with the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile.

"I want to inform them about my intention although I briefly mentioned (about it) already," he said.

Bill Esterhaus said...

I'm very happy to hear that 'A Great Deception' has been re-published. There's almost no one in this world who is telling the truth about the Dorje Shugden issue and, especially, the Dalai Lama and his hypocrisy. I heard that they just awarded the Dalai Lama the Mother Theresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. Can you believe it? Where's the social justice for Dorje Shugden practitioners who are being harmed by the Dalai Lama's ban? The Dalai Lama collects awards while people are suffering because of his sectarianism. I find it very sad.

It's very important for the truth to be told, thank you for being a light in the world.

Robert said...

I think this comment I found by someone called Bob on an anti-Shugden website sort of sums things up:

Um, you people realize that these deities are supposed to be recognized as the spontaneous play of your own mind, with no basis in reality, right? Essentially HH has banned a bunch of people from having a different imaginary friend from Him. Some people really like this particular imaginary friend. Seems like a pretty crap reason to split up a statistically significant portion of the exile community.

Wisdomsword said...

Dalai Lama Signals His Retirement

The Dalai Lama has directly stated that he intends to retire "within the next six months," and also speculated about the possibility of "some kind of deputy Dalai Lama or something. I do not know what kind of appropriate name. I do not know... someone carrying my sort of work."

The story is running in the Economic Times of India, based on a recent broadcast interview.

Anonymous said...

The practice of Dorje Shugden was banned because it SUPPOSEDLY jeopardized the health and lifespan of the 14th Dalai Lama as well as hindered the progress of Tibet's liberation from China.

With H.H being 76 years old and retiring from political duty, it would seem that the first purpose of banning our Protector is no longer quite valid. Similarly, without a clear direction for the future of the TGIE, the substantiation for the second purpose is also invalidated.

Thom said...

It is past time for this bag of rags to get off his high horse and be put out to pasture. I only wish he were retiring[is he the first to retire?]
I'll believe it when I see him board the plane to go home where he belongs.
No problem as he is a certified Chinese Citizen.
I've really had enough of all his duplicity.Really enough,let them write their history. The reality will be much different when this relic has passed on to the fossil record. I do not mind saying he has been a real pain this time around.

dharmaprotector said...

Evan Osnos profiles the Dalai Lama in the October 4th edition of The New Yorker. On page 74, he writes:

I asked about his prediction that more Chinese followers of Tibetan Buddhism might alter China’s policies, and I said that, from my experience, Chinese citizens appear to separate political and religious attachments to Tibet. He shook his head and told the story of a Frenchman who became a Tibetan Buddhist monk but wanted nothing to do with political issues. “I asked him whether you are praying for the survival of Tibetan Buddhism, and Buddhism in general. He said yes, every day he prays for that. Then I mentioned that the Tibetan struggle is mainly for the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism. So, if you pray, then actually you are involved!” He erupted in a belly laugh.

Jim said...

Comment from another independent observer

Despite being a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the Dalai Lama’s so-called non-violent actions were not consistent. He advocated religious freedom, yet has persecuted a religious group that worship a deity called Dorje Shugden. He outlawed praying to Dorje Shugden in 1996, and those who defied his will lost their jobs, were mocked in the streets or even had their homes smashed up. When this religious sect protested against this treatment, they were told by representatives of the Dalai Lama that ‘concepts like democracy and freedom of religion are empty when it comes to the wellbeing of the Dalai Lama.’ In fact, the Dalai Lama’s own view on peace is not completely unswerving either. He had argued that sweet words can be violent when they intend harm, and harsh and tough action can be non-violent when it aims at the wellbeing of others. Taking such standpoint would give the Dalai Lama much more leeway in terms of violence use. The recent 2008 Tibetan unrest heightened tension between China and Tibet. The violence, directed mainly towards Han and Hui civilian in Lhasa, was believed to have been conducted by the Dalai Lama and his separatist followers.

(Loads more where that came from in the book A Great Deception -- the Dalai Lama has not been exactly a model of non-violence despite his well-oiled public image!)

Anonymous said...

Great post about a great book. I hope it will reach many many people. Just wondering if anyone knows... is the new revised version now available - ie if i ordered it now through amazon would I get the new version?