Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Dorje Shugden practitioners cannot get ordained

The ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden continues to spread to Western Buddhists.

From the International Mahayana Institute

Students considering ordination should:

  • have had Buddhist refuge for at least five years,
  • have lived with lay vows for at least three years,
  • NOT be a Shugden practitioner,
  • be at least 20 years of age, etc etc

This is even though Lama Zopa says about himself and his teacher, the Founder of the FPMT:

"Of course, Lama and I practiced Dorje Shugden for many years. That was always the main thing that Lama did whenever there were problems to overcome. At the beginning of every Kopan course, Lama always did Shugden puja to eliminate hindrances."

This suppression of religious freedom and private belief amongst Western practitioners is even more ironic and tragic given that about 70% of their lineage Gurus were renowned Dorje Shugden practitioners! Where is their lineage now? It seems to start and end with the Dalai Lama (who is, interestingly enough, placed alone and above all the other great Lamas on the lineage Guru page, including his own teachers). The Dalai Lama is clearly destroying the established and ancient spiritual lineage not only of Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners but of Westerners too.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Within the FPMT and Dalai Lama affiliated orgs..

NKT and other organizations including Gangchen Rinpoche's organization still ordain DS devotees.
This is just the changing of the tide.
No worries.