It’s not new information that Dorje Shugden practitioners in India are being persecuted by the Tibetan Government in Exile in its draconian attempts to completely stamp out the practice, but recently the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden blog posted a number of new accounts of such discrimination. Sadly, this proves that while Western practitioners of Dorje Shugden have freedom to practice, Tibetan practitioners of this Deity in India have to be very strong and endure much hardship whilst being under constant pressure to give up their practice.
If you are a Dorje Shugden practitioner:
- You are effectively banned from attending the Dalai Lama’s teachings
- You cannot work in any part of the Government (TGIE)
- You cannot work in any part of the Health Service
- You are not allowed in the Tibetan Youth association
- You are not allowed in the Womens association
- You are not allowed to remain in many monasteries
- In those monasteries you can stay in you are totally segregated for example by a dividing wall, which also prevents you eating with others
- You cannot be a judge or juror
- Your goods are not bought at marketplaces
- You are not welcome in many shops
- You are not welcome in many restaurants
- Pictures of you are often put up in public accusing you of receiving funding from China
- Whenever you argue or try to stand up for your rights you are accused of being in league with China
- Just because of your religion you are accused of wishing to harm the Dalai Lama
- Just because of your religion you are accused of harming the Tibetan cause
- As a group, Shugden practitioners are accused of being terrorists without evidence or trial
- As a group, Shugden practitioners are accused of being murderers without evidence or trial
and the list just goes on. This is due directly to the wrong view of the Dalai Lama who believes that the practice is harmful and has caused a schism in the Buddhist community because of it.
Where is the evidence?
How has the Dalai Lama’s actions created the unity amongst the Tibetan people that he said was one of the main reasons for his instigating a ban? Instead he has created a bitter division. Also, It’s hard to square the actions of his Government with his public pronouncements to practise love, compassion, tolerance and to talk to others to resolve conflict and dispute. Where is his love and tolerance for Dorje Shugden practitioners? Instead he says:
“I used to worship Shugden. The spirit was very fond of me. However, I realized it was a mistake. So I stopped. Recently monasteries have fearlessly expelled Shugden monks where needed. I fully support their actions. I praise them. If monasteries find taking action hard, tell them Dalai Lama is responsible for this. Shugden followers have resorted to killing and beating people. They start fires. And tell endless lies. This is how the Shugden believe. It is not good.”
Where is the evidence?
Here are the links to the posts. They make uncomfortable reading: