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but could not do so and eventually he came to regard him as an enlightened Dharma Protector as is attested by many historical documents.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?