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.