On 3rd April, the Dalai Lama made a statement that was reported in many Indian newspapers that it was ‘his life long commitment to promote religious harmony’.
How does that fit with his life long commitment to destroy the practice of Dorje Shugden, one of the heart practices of his Guru Trijang Rinpoche and to continually persecute its followers? The Dalai Lama said during a talk in Caux in Switzerland in 1996:
“Everyone who is affiliated with the Tibetan society of the Ganden Phodrang government, should relinquish ties with Dhogyal. This is necessary since it poses danger to the religious and temporal situation of Tibet. As for foreigners, it makes no difference to us if they walk with their feet up and their head down. We have taught Dharma to them, not they to us…
‘Until now you have a very good job on this issue. Hereafter also, continue this policy in a clever way. We should do it in such a way to ensure that in future generations not even the name of Dhogyal is remembered.”
This speech was not so widely reported!
Today, 5th April 2010 is the fourteenth anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden. For fourteen years the Dalai Lama has been waging war against the students of his root Guru and doing his best to destroy the Gelugpa tradition for political purposes. During that time:
- Holy images of Dorje Shugden that have been consecrated by the highest Gelugpa Teachers have been broken up and destroyed, practitioners have been attacked and ostracised.
- ‘Wanted’ style posters encouraging harm towards Shugden practitioners have been posted in Dharmasala and other Tibetan settlements. Deep wounds and divisions have been inflicted on both the Tibetan and Buddhist international communities with a lot of anger and false accusations being made of Shugden practice harming the Dalai Lama’s health and harming the cause of Tibetan independence.
- Shugden practitioners have been illegally denied food, travel and education such that the issue has even gone to the High Court in Delhi in a case against the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration. Shugden practising monks have been expelled from their monasteries and denied support from their local communities, causing a deep schism in the Buddhist Sangha. To prevent this suffering, Shugden practitioners have been forced to demonstrate against the Dalai Lama, asking for him to give religious freedom. Appeals have been made for dialogue, but to no avail.
- Families have been torn apart through an enforced signature campaign by which Tibetans have to swear on oath to the Buddhist Protectoress Palden Lhamo that they will not share material or spiritual resources with Shugden practitioners.
All of this has been done in the name of the Dalai Lama and to fulfil the wishes of the ‘Buddha of Compassion’ to destroy this holy practice of Dorje Shugden that has been endorsed and promoted by countless high Sakya and Gelugpa Teachers over the centuries. These actions, for which the Dalai Lama is solely responsible, have caused a lot of suffering and religious disharmony; therefore his recent platitudes regarding religious harmony should be understood in this context.