Earlier today I was on the NKT Truth Blog run by wisdomfire and I noticed a link to a video I had seen a while ago, just interviews with Dorje Shugden practitioners about why Dorje Shugden is so important to them. I watched the video again and it’s so beautiful that I have to draw your attention to it!
It’s so sad how the Dalai Lama and his students have demonized Shugden practice as a cult and practitioners as demon worshippers. For example, quite topically given Robert Thurman’s challenge by the Western Shugden Society to justify his views, Thurman said in Newsweek in 1997:
“It would not be unfair to call Shugdens the Taliban of Tibetan Buddhism,” says Thurman, referring to the Muslim extremists of Afghanistan, who believe in swift and brutal justice.
“Shugden appeals to crazies by offering instant gratification,” says Thurman. “Once you get involved, you’re told you have to devote your lives to the cult, because the god gets very angry if you don’t attend to him every day. It’s really bad stuff, the way they’re draining money out of people.”
These are unbelievably unfair and inaccurate comments. It makes you wonder if Bob had ever met a Dorje Shugden practitioner at all.
Now, keeping these comments in mind, watch the video below and make up your own mind.
The sincerity, reasonableness, devotion and ‘down to earthness’ of these people shines through. These are ordinary people who choose to rely upon the Wisdom Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to benefit themselves and others, not crazies seeking instant gratification!
I found this video beautiful and inspiring, I hope you enjoyed it!