Sad Destruction in Manali

Recently, the wisdombuddhadorjeshugden blog posted a story of how the Tibetan Youth Congress in Manali were forcing Tibetans to sign to say that they would not worship Dorje Shugden

This prompted some interesting comments from those who had visited Manali themselves in earlier times:

i was in Manali 18 years ago and i remember going into a Tibetan-run restaurant there and seeing a photograph of HH Trijang Rinpoche in pride of place on their wall. i didn’t at that time know who he was, but the photograph, with such profound compassion in his eyes, and the sincere devotion towards this monk of the Tibetan family who ran the restaurant made a deep impression on me that i have never forgotten.

i fear for them now, those sincere disciples, in this current witch-hunt. the Dalai Lama and his cronies ought to be so ashamed; how can they call themselves Buddhist? it’s disgusting.

And also this comment:

I myself have been to Manali and seen for myself the problems caused by the ridiculous and destructive ban on the Wisdom Protector. I visited one of the Gelug monasteries there – this was in 2006 and I spent some time with a kind monk called Dorje, then a Dorje Shugden practitioner, who was clearly deeply upset and confused about the whole issue, devoted to both the DL and Dorje Shugden. He repeatedly told me that Shugden was ‘good…very good’ and that those lay and ordained Tibets who had been attacking him were misguided and confused. At that time and beautiful painting of Dorje Shugden on the wall of the Gompa had been scratched by someone so that you could barely see it – i took a picture at the time but I am sure that none of the image is now visible. In fact, according to recent reports since I was in Manali, the statue of Dorje Shugden was dragged out of the monastery and destroyed. My heart goes out to this monk Dorje and the misery he must be going through right now – these reports are not exagerations, monks such as Dorje and others are suffering greatly directly because of the words and directives of the Dalai Lama. I dreamt of returning to Manali and paying my old friend a visit, but now I dread what I may find on my return. Fortunately, Dorje gave me a Thanka to ‘smuggle’ out of the monastery which is now in pride of place on my bedroom wall. This small piece of the past harmony and devotion surrounding Dorje Shugden in Manali is a beautiful thing a testament that once again such a state may be restored. Dorje and others, if you are listening, my thoughts and prayers are with you – at least in this sense you are not alone. Next time I am in India I will come back to Manali – I look forward to seeing you all again and hopefully being able to help in some way.

It makes me profoundly sad to think that a beautiful and pure spiritual tradition is being destroyed in Manali in this way, as it is throughout the whole Tibetan community, apart from a few courageous and dedicated practitioners.

It’s also frightening how close the actions of the Tibetans are to the Chinese who they so vehemently criticize.  The Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959 and destroyed countless religious icons and monasteries under the orders of a Dictator, Mao Tse-tung – now, sadly, it is Tibetans who are destroying religious icons under the orders of a religious dictator, The 14th Dalai Lama.  It makes you shake your head in disbelief!  Who would ever have thought that we would see Buddhists destroying images of a Buddha under the orders of the most famous Buddhist in the world?

Perhaps it’s just a bad dream.

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2 thoughts on “Sad Destruction in Manali

  1. This is really terrible.

    Check out this as well:
    http://wisdombuddhadorjeshugden.blogspot.com/2008/12/open-letter-to-tsering-monk-at-sera.html

    Here is an extract:

    For example, there are many now who recognise the need for a genuine democratic system of government for the Tibetan people, and they aren’t getting it. In an article about the separation of religion and politics, Samten Karmay says:

    The separation of church and state does not imply abandoning the practice of the established religion. Far from it, it secures freedom of religious exercise and therefore the right of personal choice whether one wishes to practice a religion or not.

    Freedom of religious exercise is clearly not what the Dalai Lama wants. He faces a dilemma because if he allows a truly democratic Tibetan society, he will no longer be able to dictate a ban on Dorje Shugden practice. It’s probably for this and many other reasons that it’s unlikely that there will be be true democracy in Tibetan society while he has power.

    Also, here is another article about the Dalai Lama’s autocratic use of power and other subjects:

    http://tibatall.blogspot.com/2008/12/autocratic-nature-of-dalai-cliques.html

    It points out that in November, when Tibetans held a special meeting on Tibet’s future, the first of five decisions of the meeting called for the Dalai Lama’s continued leadership of Tibet’s political and religious cause. The second called for “all Tibetans” to respect and support any decisions made by the Dalai Lama at anytime. The decisions further ensured the “legal validity” of his continued powers.

    These points have all been reported elsewhere. This article I just quoted may be written by a Chinese, but it does have a lot of truth in it, correcting the myth about the Dalai Lama’s seeking of democracy amongst other things.

  2. Dear Geoff,

    Thanks for that. Imagine it being law to support any decisions made by the Dalai Lama! NKT has the internal rules such that if the General Spiritual Director or the Deputy breaks the rules, they can be dismissed by the Education Council. The Tibetan Government in Exile does not have to power to remove the Dalai Lama if he acts against their interests, but rather he can do as he pleases and they have to agree!

    Now who’s in a cult of personality?

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