The Mean-Spirited ‘Buddha of Compassion’

Recently Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden blog posted a letter from Geshe Tashi Tsethar exhorting the Tibetan community not to share religious or material relation with Dorje Shugden practitioners.  This is an outrageous action with the Dalai Lama’s fingerprints all over it and it’s not a new request – this was the Dalai Lama’s idea from January 2008 when, on his visit to Drepung Loseling monastery, he said in one of his speeches:

In contemporary democratic practice, there is such a thing as ‘referendum’, ‘consulting the majority’. The matter has now reached this point of consulting what the majority wants. Therefore, when you return to your respective places after this program at Loseling Monastery, put these questions: 1. Whether you want to worship Dholgyal. This is the first question. Those who want to worship, should sign saying they wish to worship Dholgyal; those who don’t want should sign saying that don’t want to. 2. “We want to share the religious and material amenities of life (live together in the monastery) of life with Dholgyal worshippers.” You should sign saying so. “We do not want to share religious and material amenities of life (live together) with Dholgyal worshippers.” (You should) sign saying so.’

(‘Dholgyal’ is a derogatory term for Dorje Shugden)

This ‘referendum’ was a travesty of democracy because it was conducted in public with clear negative consequences for those who disagreed with the Dalai Lama, however it went ahead for one reason:  the Dalai Lama wanted to create a split in Tibetan society and wanted to deny religious and material support to Dorje Shugden practitioners.  This was his idea.  No doubt Geshe Tsethar’s letter is his idea too.  It is deliberately made to look as if it is not coming from the Dalai Lama, but since he is the sole religious and political dictator who alone wields power over Tibetan society, who else could it come from?

Many people claim that the Dalai Lama is Avalokiteshvara, but how can he be when he’s harming others?  His desire to cut off Dorje Shugden practitioners from spiritual, emotional and material support is a petty-minded, mean spirited selfishness because they will not conform with his wrong views.  As it says in the blog article:

The Dalai Lama does not have the four arms of Avalokiteshvara, rather he has the two faces of a deceitful politician wearing a spiritual mask, abusing the Dharma for his own position and power.

Another image comes to mind too.  Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, wants a thousand arms so that he can reach out and protect all living beings.  The worldly so-called ‘Buddha of Compassion’ wants a thousand arms so that he can spitefully withhold resources from Dorje Shugden practitioners and harm them as much as possible.  How can they be the same person?

This letter from the Dalai Lama is exhorting thousands of Tibetans to harm their spiritual brothers and sisters in accordance with his spiteful intentions.  Buddha taught the practice of giving but the Dalai Lama is exhorting his followers to practice withdrawing love and support from Shugden practitioners. Since his actions are the opposite of Dharma, the opposite of those of the compassionate Buddhas, how could he and Avalokiteshvara ever be the same person?

As the great Buddhist Master Shantideva says in his masterpiece Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life:

If we harm a child,
There is no way to please its mother.
In the same way, if we harm any living being,
There is no way to please the compassionate Buddhas.  (Chapter 6, verse 123)

In this light, the Dalai Lama’s actions are not only non-Buddhist, they are not worthy of anyone who claims to be a spiritual practitioner of any religious tradition.  All religions teach love, compassion and tolerance.  This is what the Dalai Lama teaches with his mouth when he flies all over the world, receiving the respect and adulation of others – but what he teaches with his example is division and sectarian hatred.  How shameful!  As the Western Shugden Society says, he is cheating other people’s faith.

It’s time the Tibetan people woke up and saw the deceiver in their midst who hypocritically preaches love and compassion whilst doing exactly the opposite.

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11 thoughts on “The Mean-Spirited ‘Buddha of Compassion’

  1. Two sects of spirit worshippers badmouthing each other and pretending to be Buddhists. Gotama Siddartha would probably have had a go at calming things down and talking some sense to you (like “What Dorje Shugden? Have any of you ever met him?”) and then quietly gone for a long walk with Ananda when he failed.

    “The nature of the Dalai Lama”. Maybe you hadn’t heard that the Dalai Lama doesn’t have a nature. He’s just a collection of bits and bobs of other things (oh sorry, I think “anatta” is the scriptural term).

    As for “unkind” – is organising groups of people to stand in the street outside the DL’s gigs and shout “liar” at him a kind action?

    You’re all as bad as each other.

  2. Dear David,

    Thank you for your comments. Speaking the truth with a good motivation is always kind. The Dalai Lama has lied and is mixing religion and politics, the result of which is suffering for millions of Buddhists (not just Dorje Shugden practitioners but all Tibetan Buddhists, if you check)

    The Western Shugden Society has tried to talk to the Dalai Lama and ‘calm things down’ as you have said but he has never replied to any requests for dialogue. The demonstrations that you witnessed last year were the last resort in this conflict. There was no other alternative.

    Dorje Shugden is a real person, just as Buddha Shakyamuni is a real person. There are many people who believe that Buddha is fictional just as you believe Dorje Shugden to be fictional, but that doesn’t mean that they are right, and neither are you.

    The Dalai Lama does have a conventional nature, and that nature is deceptive. Just as the things we normally see are deceptive because they appear in one way but exist in another (as manifestations of emptiness) so too, the Dalai Lama is deceptive – he appears as a holy being while his actions are causing division and suffering.

    You are, of course, entitled to your views. Best wishes to you.

  3. Buddha Shakyamuni is not a real person. He was (at least I am convinced that he was) and he died over 2,500 years ago. (And, for those who believe in reincarnation, he definitely said he wasn’t coming back.)

    If Dorje Shugden was a real person (and I am not saying that he wasn’t, I just don’t know for myself, so I accept what you say) he isn’t now because he’s dead.

    I don’t believe that they are fictional. I believe that they are dead. I don’t see what talking in your imagination to dead people who you never met has got to do with the Dhamma. Can you point me to a sutta where the Buddha recommended this practice?

    Having read about the bad treatment of DS monks in India at the orders of the DL, I must agree with you that this is shocking behaviour. But it’s all politics about spirit worship, not Dhamma.

  4. Yes it is unfortunate tht many people suffer due to the Dorje Shugden ban. But all this fighting, protesting, threatening, creating more anger, tension, slandering a “monk” in this case HH the Dalai Lama, all this doesn’t it cause –ve karmas. Instead WHY not be patient n practise quietly? And those against Dorje Shugden practitioners WHY not be kind to those who practise? Instead of pushing and punishing those who practise, slowly nurture and care for them so they will eventually trust and listen to you and stop the practise ( that is if DS is truly bad)? Isn’t that a kinder way n fulfils all goals?? All this commotion is really not creating good rap on Tibetan Buddhism at large.

    It truly sadens me that both sides are actually very political and not practising Dharma in any way but just pointing fingers. It’s so sad to read all this back biting, lama and sangha bashing etc. Isn’t in the Buddhist vows not to cause schism/slander and that it is very heavy -ve karma to say bad things about a monk esp. if we are lay people? We do not have clairvoyance to see through people’s motivation and how do we know what is HH Dalai Lama’s true motivation. Yes for now it all doesn’t seem fair, doesn’t seem right and very confusing, but don’t you think HH could be doing all this to make Dorje Shugden even more so popular, especially to his Chinese neighbours??? It’s not impossible for high Lamas often do crazy things, beyond the comprehension of our small minded logic, it’s called skillful means.

    I respect and truly believe HHDL is a Bodhisattva that puts his reputation on the line and is making all this sacrifices for a much bigger picture. The more he says “NO” to Dorje Shugden, the bigger he grows! In a way Shugden practitioners should be rejoicing.

    Please read the below (extracted from dorjeshugden.com) with an open heart and go to http://www.dorjeshugden.com to learn more about the great protector of our age and time …

    CONTEMPLATE THIS…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Invite them, teach them, slowly and give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the practice assuming it is ‘wrong’. Wouldn’t that be a Buddhistic approach to all ‘wrong-doers’? Actually Dorje Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be a better and more true to the spirit of Buddhism to be accepting? So those reading this website who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those who are practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

    Many beings who have said or thought negativities against this protector will regret and see the benefits and enlightened nature of Lord Dorje Shugden, King of the manifested deities who resides simultaneously in the Three Worlds…After all, if H.H. the Dalai Lama can say that his guru Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche is wrong in this practice, then he leaves the door wide open that His Holiness Himself can be wrong also. What would make His Holiness right and His Guru wrong?? If His guru can be wrong, then disciples of the Dalai Lama can say that the Dalai Lama is wrong also. If we choose that view, it becomes messy. So we have to think that outwardly His Holiness puts his ‘reputation’ on the line to speak out ‘against’ Dorje Shugden in His skillful means to not create fear in the hearts of sectarian people who use the holy lineages of Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug against each other. As the destruction of any lineage or deterioration would set the example for other lineages. They are somehow interdependent.

    We at this website respect His Holiness the Dalai Lama from the depths of our hearts and at the same time follow our golden vajra commands of our lamas we met previous to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The commitments of Dorje Shugden we have received from our root and lineage lamas prior to His Holiness must be upheld also. All those great lamas who are also the lineage lamas of His Holiness cannot be wrong. If they are, then the other practices, lineages, initiations, transmissions passed to His Holiness would be ‘stained’ by the practice of Dorje Shugden also?

    So for example, His Holiness kindly confers the Kalacakra many times throughout the world. He has received this lineage from Kyabje Ling Rinpoche. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche’s root lama is Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo recognized as the emanation of Heruka Cakrasamvara. Every great Gelugpa lama is directly or indirectly connected to this great being. Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche practised Dorje Shugden throughout his holy life. So if his practice is wrong, then he would be a wrong lineage lama to Kyabje Ling Rinpoche. If that is wrong, then His Holiness is passing practices that are so called ‘impure’ to many today. That is impossible. His Holiness is definitely pure as well as His lineage lamas, for example Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche. Even His Holiness could not override any master of any school of Buddhism or any sect, otherwise His Holiness would put Himself in the position of being eventually overridden also. Who would want to do that? All the many lineage masters who practiced Gyelchen Dorje Shugden in their previous incarnations are back and studying/teaching again. Many have been recognized by the oracle of Dorje Shugden and His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself. So why are they back?? Shouldn’t they have taken unfortunate rebirths??

    Below is a beautiful prayer to the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden as composed by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama in the mid 70’s..His Holiness at that time and now is of the same mindstream, free of mistakes as He is the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Those of you who have tremendous obstacles, fearful situations, desperate predicaments, financial woes that hinder your dharma growth and practice should engage in the tremendously quick and efficacious practice of Dorje Shugden. It must be combined with pure Guru devotion, consistent practice of one’s yidam, holding one’s vows and words of honor, no harm should be done to others, respect of all lineages and lineage lamas, teachers and masters. Forgive and forbear those who show enmity and disdain. For that would please the holy mind of the Dharmaphala King of the Three Lokas, Gyelchen Dorje Shugden. Even if one has no confirmed practice, lama or vows, still with good motivation, if one propitiates this holy protector, one can see the benefits. Like anything with time, the help, and mystical intervention of this supreme being will be felt more and more obvious. Especially if one is on the path of the cultivation of Lam Rim realizations. Put your energies not into worry, despair, depression, unnecessary wastage of time, but channel it into the modernly adapted yet supreme practice of this protector.

    MELODY OF THE UNCEASING VAJRA

    A Propitiation of Mighty Gyalchen Dorje Shugden,
    Protector of Conqueror Manjusri Tsongkhapa’s Teachings

    By the Supreme Victor, the Great 14th Dalai Lama

    HUM

    Glory of the wisdom, compassion and power of infinite Buddhas
    Miraculously powerful protector of Manjusri Tsongkhapa’s Teachings
    Arisen as a lord of all wrathful worldly hosts
    Come from the abodes of Tushita, Kechara, and so forth!

    Prostrating with devotion of body, speech, and mind
    I confess all mistakes and faults in which
    Out of delusion, I have contradicted your holy mind:
    Accept with forbearance and show your smiling face!

    Arising from the sport of non-dual bliss and void
    Are offerings and torma of flesh and blood heaped like a mountain
    First portions of milk, yogurt, beer and tea swirling like the ocean

    Auspicious signs and substances and various animals
    Peaceful and wrathful ornaments, enemy-destroying weapons and armor
    Amassed samaya substances, outer, inner, and secret, without exception!

    Having fulfilled your heart commitment and purified degeneration
    By making these actually arranged and visualized offerings
    Increase Lozang the Victorious One’s Teachings
    And the life span and activities of the Teachings’ upholders!
    Further the happiness of beings in the Gaden [Podrang] dominion!

    Especially pacify all harm to us, the yogis and entourages
    That arises because of previous karma and immediate conditions
    And spontaneously accomplish, just as we wish
    All good things, both spiritual and temporal!

    Grind to dust without remainder
    Enemy hordes that think and act perversely
    Towards the teachings and lay and ordained people
    With potent, accurate, powerful great vajra fire!

    Especially, cause the saffron-clad community of Dungkar Monastery
    Brightly beautiful in bonds of pure morality
    To soar the path of immortal liberation
    On unified wings of Sutra and Tantra!

    In brief, we enthrone you, O Deity, as the supreme
    Collected nature of all Gurus and Protective Deities!
    From densely gathered clouds of the four activities
    Pour down a cool rain of the two siddhis!
    This, A Propitiation of Mighty Gyalchen Dorje Shugden, Protector of Conqueror Manjusri Tsongkhapa’s Teachings, entitled Melody of the Unceasing Vajra ’s composition was urged, not only by the vajra prophecy of the great emanated Dharmapala himself, but also on behalf of the general community by the master of the Dratsang and all of its officers, with offerings. Accordingly, the one called Holder Of The White Lotus, Bearer of the Buddhadharma, Ngawang Losang Tenzin Gyatso Sisum Wangyur Tsungpa Mepa De composed it at Dungkar Monastery with spontaneous auspiciousness.
    All benefit and bliss! Siddhi Rastu

    Domo Geshe Rinpoche, at whose Dunkar Monastery His Holiness composed these inspiring verses, was one of the greatest Mahasiddhas in Tibetan history. A greater example of saintliness and, mind you, non-sectarian compassion would be hard to find. Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang said of him, “We are exactly the same”, and Domo Geshe put his Monasteries in Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s care before he passed on. The 13 th Dalai Lama praised him as Je Tsongkhapa incarnate. Both the 13 th and the 14 th Dalai Lama praised Dungkar Monastery’s oracle, through which they obtained very valuable advice in difficult times.
    This prayer shows beyond the shadow of a doubt the enlightened origin and the “holy mind” of the King Protector as seen by His Holiness. No “ghost” can come from Tushita and Kechara, Maitreya and Vajrayogini’s pureland. No “ghost” can cause you to “soar the path of immortal liberation on unified wings of Sutra and Tantra”!

    Seeing this, we think it is safe to conclude what this conflict is not about. And who knows, maybe it is not a conflict at all, except in our conflict-hungry minds that can’t stand the notion of interdependence and cause and effect?
    http://www.dorjeshugden.com

    Perhaps we can try to remember and practise the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation … (if they are bad, doesn’t mean we should be bad too, no?)

    *Whenever I meet a bad person who is overwhelmed by negative energy and intense suffering, I will hold such a rare one dear, as if I had found a precious treasure

    *When others, out of jealousy, mistreat me with abuse, slander, and so on,I will practice accepting defeat and offering the victory to them

    *When someone I have benefitted and in whom I have placed great trust hurts me badly, I will practice seeing that person as my supreme teacher

    xxLove & Peacexx

  5. Yes it is unfortunate tht many people suffer due to the Dorje Shugden ban. But all this fighting, protesting, threatening, creating more anger, tension, slandering a “monk” in this case HH the Dalai Lama, doesn’t it all cause –ve karmas? All this commotion is really not creating good rap on Tibetan Buddhism at large.

    It truly sadens me that both sides are actually very political and not practising Dharma in any way but just pointing fingers. It’s so sad to read all this back biting, lama and sangha bashing etc. Isn’t in the Buddhist vows not to cause schism/slander and that it is very heavy -ve karma to say bad things about a monk esp. if we are lay people? We do not have clairvoyance to see through people’s motivation and how do we know what is HH Dalai Lama’s true motivation. Yes for now it all doesn’t seem fair, doesn’t seem right and very confusing, but don’t you think HH could be doing all this to make Dorje Shugden even more so popular, especially to his Chinese neighbours??? It’s not impossible for high Lamas often do crazy things, beyond the comprehension of our small minded logic, it’s called skillful means.

    I respect and truly believe HHDL is a Bodhisattva that puts his reputation on the line and is making all this sacrifices for a much bigger picture. The more he says “NO” to Dorje Shugden, the bigger he grows! In a way Shugden practitioners should be rejoicing.

    Please read the below (extracted from dorjeshugden.com) with an open heart and go to http://www.dorjeshugden.com to learn more about the great protector of our age and time …

    Those who are practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

    Many beings who have said or thought negativities against this protector will regret and see the benefits and enlightened nature of Lord Dorje Shugden, King of the manifested deities who resides simultaneously in the Three Worlds…After all, if H.H. the Dalai Lama can say that his guru Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche is wrong in this practice, then he leaves the door wide open that His Holiness Himself can be wrong also. What would make His Holiness right and His Guru wrong?? If His guru can be wrong, then disciples of the Dalai Lama can say that the Dalai Lama is wrong also. If we choose that view, it becomes messy. So we have to think that outwardly His Holiness puts his ‘reputation’ on the line to speak out ‘against’ Dorje Shugden in His skillful means to not create fear in the hearts of sectarian people who use the holy lineages of Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug against each other. As the destruction of any lineage or deterioration would set the example for other lineages. They are somehow interdependent.

    Read more at dorjeshugden.com … the site is very enlightening ☺

    Love&Peace

  6. Sorry to disabuse you of your beautiful delusion, L&P, but monks in the Ganden tradition should follow Je Tsongkhapa’s example and explicit instructions and display outwardly the perfect conduct of a monk following all the vows that they have taken. This includes the Pratimoksha vow not to tell lies. They do not have the freedom to display crazy wisdom by confusing people and lying. Anyone who wishes to teach in that way should cease to wear signs identifying himself as a Gelug monk.

    Let’s not go all swirly as we bend over backwards trying to excuse breaches of moral discipline. That’s the attitude that leaves paedophile priests in their jobs for life, assuming that Father knows best.

    We have a right to assess, judge and criticise the bad behaviour of any being, as long as we tell the truth and are motivated to spare other beings from being misled and hurt and not by anger. It is a duty of all disciples to make a thorough assessment of a teacher before choosing to be taught. This is explained in Lam Rim texts. Nobody has to take the Dalai Lama on faith just because other people have decided to do so.

  7. PS If the Dalai Lama has committed unvirtuous actions, he will have brought bad results on himself in future and we should all do as much as we are able to concentrate on loving our friend and helping him to become happy and wise in the future.

  8. I’m with Steve on this one, L&P. I’d love to think that the Dalai Lama was really working for the benefit of Dorje Shugden practice and those who rely on it, but I’ve got to go with the evidence of the human rights abuses and ostracism that’s taken place in the Tibetan community. I’ve also read ‘A Great Deception’ which was written by Gelugpa Lamas in the Tibetan and Western communities, and they’re very clear that the present Dalai Lama is a fake, having been enthroned due to the deception of Reting Rinpoche, and that he is using the Dharma for political purposes just like the 5th and 13th Dalai Lamas before him. The wealth of citation from neutral sources and the collection of evidence is very convincing. This is my present view.

    I have nothing against the Dalai Lama – in fact, I feel very sorry for him as the horrendous karmic results of misusing the Dharma are very clear, but for now I see that he’s destroying Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition as well as the peace and harmony of the International Buddhist community through his actions. I will do whatever I can, in my own small way, to oppose this.

  9. The 5thDL,13th n now 14th are all of the same mind stream. How can previous be good n this one bad? Not logical. How come everyone cannot practise DS but his guru Trijang Rinpoche can says his Holiness? Why does HH allow that. Obviously if HH allows his guru Trijang Rinpoche to practice Dorje Shugden, surely he would know that all Trijang Rinpoche’s disciple would also be practicing. This seems starnge. Unless HH is contradicting himself? I really doubt someone like His Holiness does or say things without awareness of his consequences. Karma exists so if HH is truly wrong he will naturally receive the repercussions.

    On the subject of human rights, it is not His Holiness that is the one harming those practitioners, it is the Tibetan politicians and the people themselves taking things into to their own hands and using His Holiness words to give them the excuse to lash out. This i don’t agree and is not right for sure.

    Yes HHDL should encourage his people to stop being violent with those that practice Dorje Shugden. But to judge HHDL is not something right also.

    As I see it the more HH says STOP practising Dorje Shugden, the more people want to, and the bigger Dorje Shugden is becoming. I didn’t know anything about Dorje Shugden till now because of this BIG BAN!

    Extracted from dorjeshugden.com
    We have a great wish to serve in healing the schism and doubts created in the minds of those new to Dharma or otherwise yet unable to look deeper and strive to apply the principles of non-harming and introspection on every level.
    If you pray to Dorje Shugden and become more humble and committed to the Bodhisattva ideal, it is a good practice, as far as YOU are concerned. It is our thoughts, words and actions that make karma. It is our motivation that determines these.

    For those passing judgment on enlightened Beings (can you REALLY be sure who is and who is not?) – may we remind you of the Lamrim teachings where it is stated that converting anyone at the cost of their faith in their previous teachers or religion is equal to killing a thousand Buddhas. May we remind you that creating schism within the Sangha is one of the five “crimes of immediate retribution”. May we remind you of the Bodhisattva vow of never giving up Bodhicitta. If something or someone is harmful, misdirected etc., wouldn’t the sign of true practitioners be that their compassion grows?

    For those who are influenced by these judgements – their door to Dharma may well close for this life, and who knows when such an opportunity will arise again. Anyone truly concerned could easily avoid the horrible karma created in this way, by truly practicing what they believe is good and becoming a shiny example of goodness and wisdom that speaks for itself.

    “Drive all enemies into one,” as the old Kadampas said; the one (and only) enemy being of course the self-grasping and self-cherishing mind.

    Love&Peace

  10. ENACTING THE PERSECUTION

    At least a thousand monks have been expelled from their monasteries –Ganden and Sera. Such forced schism is huge and constitutes the ultimate religious transgression: to divide the Sangha. But the lay people suffer too, defenseless in the midst of fanaticized communities. After the Winter 2008 events, the campaign of forced signatures and oaths is being extended to non-monks in the remotest parts of the world where you can find Tibetans, pervading the whole of the monastic and lay communities, from Southern India to Darjeeling, from Sikkim to Queens, New York.

    In a restaurant that I know well, in Jackson Heights, NY, they posted the photos of the monks who are asking for religious freedom as if they were wanted criminals. The hate language included, of course, the accusation of receiving money from the Chinese. Those poor monks, working 12 hours chopping vegetables or being bus boys in restaurants or doing construction work … They were among the first exiled when the persecution started in 1996, now they don’t have any other place to hide. If this is happening in New York, people should try to imagine what is going on in India and Tibet, where even the kids of practitioners are victims: when they are not expelled from schools, they are being purposely isolated and not talked to, as if they were pariahs.

    Accustomed to his leadership, disoriented by exile, most Tibetans have chosen to stick to their Dalai Lama, ignore his failures and accuse others for the loss of their country. So under the Dalai Lama’s instigation, the Dorje Shugden practitioners have become the scapegoat at whom anybody can throw a stone.

    The suffering in the fractured Tibetan community and the destroyed Buddhist Sangha is difficult to describe completely because it’s all pervading. Some days ago I was walking the streets of Sunnyside, New York, with a friend, a young Tibetan monk from India. All of a sudden a young lay Tibetan caught up with us and said hello to the monk and they started talking, half in Tibetan half in English. Tibetans usually ask all kinds of questions, and the obvious one this time was where each of them came from. My friend mentioned a name that I didn’t understand, and the other Tibetan said “oh, yeah, in the settlement I come from, we also have that monastery”. After a little while this young guy reached his destination and said good bye. Then I asked the monk: “I never heard of your monastery having a branch in Southern India, what were you talking about?” And he answered, “Well, I didn’t tell him the true name; my monastery is well known for being faithful to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and the Protector, so if I had said its true name to him, he would have felt so much hatred.” I wish other people could have seen the monk’s face. He remained calm, but a subtle compassion mixed with sadness pervaded his features, an expression that said something like ‘such waste, such misfortune’. It was obvious that he was protecting the mind of the other person with his innocent lie. But nothing could protect him from the situation.

    A couple from India were also visiting the United States at the beginning of the summer. They told us about some small misfortunes that they had encountered since people discovered that they were the relatives of a famous Gelugpa Lama’s reincarnation –friends who stopped visiting them or calling them on the phone. These people, though, are professionals holding doctorates and have jobs and activities that have nothing to do with Tibetan issues. Most Tibetans do not have such a good situation. They entirely depend on their own Tibetan community; if they are ostracized they become like the living dead, they don’t find friends nor support anywhere.

    Some friends of mine are sending money to help an old monk that takes care of a small Buddhist shrine somewhere in India. This monk lives alone. The last time they sent money they didn’t have any answer from him. Some days ago they finally were able to talk to him on the phone. He said that he had received something from the bank, but he didn’t know what it was, because the Tibetan friend that usually helped him with these matters had stopped helping and even visiting him. The local Tibetan Association, following the rules of the Dalai Lama, had had a signature campaign, and the friend of the monk had to swear and sign against the Dorje Shugden practitioners, so he could not go back to help him because the old monk had not forsaken his devotion to the Protector. Now I wonder: how many old monks have been abandoned by their own people because of the actions of the Dalai Lama? And worst of all: how many were forced to forsake their religious faith in order not to be abandoned by their people?

    I have only told some of the stories I personally know. But the pain out there is incalculable. People are denied travel documents because of their faith. Monks coming from Tibet to India looking for higher Buddhist education are forbidden to reach a monastery if they do not sign giving up their faith in the Protector. Children have been expelled from schools in India because their parents are Dorje Shugden followers. Some of these kids end up being sent to Nepal for them to be able to receive an education. In the Tibetan settlements the practitioners can see their photos nailed to trees or street posts denouncing them as Chinese spies, because they have the courage of not giving up the practices that their Lamas gave them or that they traditionally received from their families. The monks followers of their faith have been denied access to their monastery’s kitchens and food provisions –even though the funds for the monk’s food came, in a specific case, directly from the donation of a renowned Lama who until his recent demise never ceased being a Protector’s practitioner– they are forbidden to enter the Tibetan stores in the neighboring settlements and forced to go far away to shop for basic daily needs in Indian stores. If another Tibetan sees them he crosses the street. In one of the big monasteries a gigantic wall was built in order that they will not be seen by others. They have been called unclean by the Tibetan Government –that only follows orders from the Dalai Lama. Other names and insults are not worth mentioning.

    THE UNHOLY CRUSADE EXPORTED TO THE REST OF THE WORLD

    There is another angle to this already sad story. The Dalai Lama has been exporting his unholy crusade to the rest of the world. It’s painful to see how Western Buddhists belonging to Dharma Centers fanaticized in favor of the Tibetan leader are following the Dalai Lama’s lead, slandering the practitioners of the Ganden tradition just because they try to keep intact the teachings and transmissions of their Gurus.

    Just think how would you like it that your students or your family receive emails or phone calls stating that you are a demon worshipper, or a bad person who opposes the kind Dalai Lama.

    I find it shocking that Western Buddhists would give up our best values of the “other” Enlightenment, the one which gave us our sense of human rights, by which we were able to end slavery and so many awful things that humans did to humans up until not so long ago. In our Western world, we have really made progress in this area, and I’ve been thinking that it’s a shame and a pity that Westerners would so easily accompany the Dalai Lama in the discrimination, slandering and persecution of others because of their religious beliefs. This is a very serious matter.

    If I were a politician, a political leader, an educator, I would be very worried. The basic principles that our founding fathers defended, the Dalai Lama is transgressing, and there are people perfectly aware of this that are defending him. Says TIME magazine, commenting on the aggression that the Dorje Shugden practitioners suffered in the streets of New York from the Dalai Lama’s followers: “Most scholars e-mailed for this story were hesitant to line up behind the Shugdenpas, partly … because many are themselves deeply invested in the Dalai Lama, and partly because of the whiff of fundamentalism and recklessness that clings to the sect.” And TIME forgets to mention that “fundamentalism” (recklessness is a new one) is the main accusation that the Dalai Lama invented to justify his religious persecution.

    If scholars adopt as their own the arguments used by the Dalai Lama, what recourse is left to the victims? And those scholars, discussing at length a mystical figure like Dorje Shugden, as if it belonged to their field, did they ever realize that it does not matter the nature of the deity, it does not matter if their supporters are fundamentalists or not (and they are not) … nobody has the right to do to them what the Dalai Lama is doing? How come they, the intelligent ones, the knowledgeable ones, the ones who should know better, find justifications for the abuse, the segregation? I would very much like that people interested not only in human rights but in the educational side of human rights were able to investigate this matter and react. This poison is so malignant … it might be almost impossible to find an antidote if things are left as they are right now.

    Friendoftruth
    28 August 2008 at 12:48
    NOT A BAN? THEN WHY NOT SOLVE THIS MISUNDERSTANDING HIMSELF?

    But the Dalai Lama is saying that there never was a ban against Dorje Shugden, only his good advice against an evil spirit or against spirit worshipping. This is a startling, nakedly untrue statement.

    On the other hand, it could be answered to him, and it has been answered, that if such tremendous misunderstanding had taken place, his compassionate obvious action should be to publicly state that there is no such ban against Dorje Shugden and that the Dorje Shugden practitioners are as worthy of respect as any other Buddhist practitioner, and he should also publicly demand that they be restored to their original dignity, both as religious people and as Tibetan citizens. But he does not want to do this, such an easy way to stop such immense suffering.

    I apologize to whoever follows his teachings, I apologize for him, for his using the holy words of Lord Buddha and at the same time doing the opposite of what these words teach. Do not believe the Dalai Lama, but please do not doubt of the supreme goodness of the holy Dharma.

    MOTIVATIONS

    What I said at the beginning about how sad it is for a Buddhist to have to expose the Dalai Lama is not rethorical. It took me years to start writing. I’ve seen a close friend literally die because of this issue, a few years after the ban on the Protector. I chose to stop my thoughts after that, because I feared to follow her. Our hearts were broken and we were not Tibetans, I don’t want to imagine the pain of Tibetans. Still today there is a tremendous sadness, because of course we love him. The Dalai Lama is for us like a beloved uncle or elder brother gone crazy. One cannot stop loving him.

    But one has to stop what he is doing because it’s wrong.

    Then there are the millions of our fellow human brothers and sisters, most of them non-Buddhists, that might only have him as the model of what goodness is. To destroy the god of their innocent Pantheon is just awful, it breaks the heart of a decent person, not to mention what it does to someone who has adopted the Mahayana ideal.

    But one has to stop what he is doing because it’s wrong.

    After years of mental silence I came back to the issue. He made me come back. The Dalai Lama. What he did to our Sangha last winter is beyond description. So here is the first motivation for exposing him: we have to protect the persecuted monks. Now we know that the Dalai Lama is true to his own word: he said that he wanted to finish what he had started –the destruction of the faithful Gelugpas, the ones who didn’t abandon their Teachers, the ones guilty of preserving the transmissions that their Lamas gave them, the ones guilty of keeping the sacred bond with their Gurus– and he is doing it, he is destroying them.

    Now the schism has taken place and the monks are separated, but even though the land where they live belongs to India, we know that the Dalai Lama is not satisfied, he wants to erase them from the Tibetan world, so as soon as the world forgets a little about the demonstrations, he is going to send again his people to expel them even from their now segregated quarters.

    So one has to stop what he is doing because it’s wrong and he is hurting living beings.

    FUNDAMENTALISTS?

    THE ULTIMATE DORJE SHUGDEN PEOPLE

    And then look: here are our Lamas. You probably don’t know who was Pabongka Deche Nyingpo, Trijang Dorjechang, Domo Geshe Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Rabten Rinpoche, Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin, and all the others. Their hearts were an ocean of love and compassion, of blissful wisdom. They were friends to all beings, to all religions, to all Buddhists. Now the Press and the Academia are repeating the Dalai Lama’s calumny: that he banned the Protector of their lineage because it promotes a sectarian mind, because our greatest Gelugpa Lamas were sectarian.

    And people use the “proofs” that the Dalai Lama has handed them, from obscure historic gossip that obviously he is manipulating. He manipulates events that ocurred under our eyes, as I showed above, what credibility can be lent to his version of history? Why don’t they look into what happened in our present time, where every action of those slandered Lamas, the ultimate Dorje Shugden people, contradicted and still contradict the Dalai Lama? Those Dorje Shugden people were his people, the great Lamas who stayed with him in the very difficult first decades of exile, nurturing him and helping him and helping every exiled Tibetan from every one of the Buddhist schools, without the slightest discrimination, with a love and a sense of profound care that should be shown to the world as the true example of what Buddhism is.

    The accusation of fundamentalism against them has been conceived to please Western ears. It’s a childish one, if it were not so tragic. As I said before, in Mahayana Buddhism we believe that the Buddha taught many different Dharmas to suit the minds of different levels of practitioners. Because of this it’s extremely important to keep the lineages of instruction and transmission pure, not to mix them, in order that they can serve their purpose for those who need them. This is not only true for the Gelugpas, but for the other sects as well. The refusal of mixing lineages is a protection of diversity among the variegated Buddhist tenets. Where is the fundamentalism in this position?

    Those Lamas defamed by their egregious pupil were true living Buddhas, true embodiments of love and compassion. They were the living proofs of the wrongdoings of the Dalai Lama, and like innocent lambs they mostly never answered, following the Lojong rule that one does not defend oneself but leaves whatever victory to others, in order not to disturb their minds.

    Those true Princes of Peace are still with us, although most all of them departed to the Pure Lands. They are with us through their precious, infinitely beneficial teachings. This is what the Dalai Lama wants to destroy: our sacred bond with our Gurus, with the ones who taught us what to keep and what to abandon, the ones who are never going to forsake us, all the beings suffering in samsara, so how could we forsake them? If we follow the Dalai Lama’s advice, we loose our connection to the source of all goodness, our Lamas.

    But the Dalai Lama has destroyed their good name, their credibility. He says in the famous video of the Swiss television, talking about his and our Gurus: “Yes, wrong, they are wrong!” A lineage of almost 400 hundred years of enlightened beings that have been venerating the Protector Buddha Dorje Shugden is wrong and he, alone, right? This does not stand to reason.

    Are our kind Lamas going to go down in history as evil spirit worshippers? No. The world needs to know the truth.

    Of course, our enlightened Gurus don’t have the slightest need for our help. So here is the deepest motivation for exposing the Dalai Lama: all the beings in this world of suffering need our Lamas and sooner or later in the infinite round of lives they are going to encounter their teachings. At least that is what we desire, what we hope for. We cannot allow that the momentary imbalance of an individual, just because he is famous and has an endearing smile, destroys the good name of the lineage, the teachings and the Lamas. Many have abandoned already the noble ones because of his calumnies. That is why this has to cease, for the benefit of all beings.

    That is why we have to stop the actions of the Dalai Lama.

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