It occured to me recently that some people, reading this blog may wonder ‘why is it criticising the Dalai Lama – what’s this got to do with Dorje Shugden and the mission statement of being dedicated to the flourishing of the Buddhadharma of Je Tsongkhapa?, so I thought I would explain.
There is a definite relationship between the present wrong view of Dorje Shugden as an evil spirit and the power of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama has banned the practice and continues to speak out against it at every opportunity, contrary to the views and intention of the foremost lineage holder of Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition, his own root Guru Kyabje Trijang
Dorjechang. The Dalai Lama has publicly declared his own Teacher and the numerous realized beings who have relied on the practice of Dorje Shugden to be wrong, and he is using the power of his celebrity with the world’s media to reinforce this view. Because of the Dalai Lama’s positive profile (most people believe he is an honest and sincere man of peace), the majority of Tibetans and many Westerners have unquestioningly accepted the Dalai Lama’s pronouncements on the issue and have taken up the cause, with many taking to the internet to denounce Dorje Shugden and those who do the practice. A case in point is the recent Tricycle article ‘nice art, troubled history’ which was supposed to be a discussion about Dorje Shugden’s representation in Buddhist art, but instead degenerated into sectarian mudslinging.
It seems that the Dalai Lama’s negative speech against the Deity has ignited very strong feelings in the minds of his supporters. We can definitely say, therefore, that without the Dalai Lama ‘stoking the fire’ , such sectarian hatred would not prevail. The question is, what is the Dalai Lama’s motivation for causing such a schism in the international Buddhist community? There appears to be no benefit.
What I am attempting to show, therefore, is that the Dalai Lama is not what he seems. Due to positive media coverage there is a popular image of the Dalai Lama in minds of many people, but what is important to realize is that he is not what he appears to be. He is not the open minded supporter of religious freedom and non-violence that he is portrayed as. It’s quite common for people to believe that politicians are deceptive in that they ‘say one thing and do another’, but many people have a different view of the Dalai Lama because he wears the robes of a Buddhist monk. His public talks also espouse positive human values, and so he generally escapes criticism except by a very few people – however, what we need is the truth.
Is the Dalai Lama what he appears to be? There is a growing body of evidence to show that he is not. Declassified documents from the CIA
show that the Dalai Lama was in contact with the Americans prior to fleeing Tibet and he requested military assistance. He had the intention to establish a guerrilla resistance to the Chinese and he had the intention to arm them.
This is not common knowledge: if it had been, would he have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989? It’s unlikely. Therefore the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and accepted it, based on a false premise: that he was not involved in violent opposition to the Chinese invasion of Tibet. This was simply incorrect, as secret leaked US documents now show.
Another area of deception is the Dalai Lama’s relationship with the Chinese prior to fleeing Tibet. There’s a lot of third party evidence presented, for example, in ‘A Great Deception’ that the Dalai Lama had cordial relations with General Tan of the Chinese army and he was, infact, a great supporter of Marxism. He wrote a great praise to Chairman Mao
In subsequent interviews, the Dalai Lama has declared himself to be a ‘Buddhist Marxist’. This shows the degree of mixing of religion and politics that has occurred in the Dalai Lama’s mind – he is aligned to both, even though they are contradictory. He presents himself as being ideologically opposed to the Chinese regime, but some evidence shows otherwise.
The mixing of religion and politics is the root of the Dorje Shugden problem, as is the credibility of the Dalai Lama as a consistent, non-deceptive and reliable source of spiritual teaching. The Dalai Lama’s credibility is what gives his ban on Dorje Shugden its power, since it is upheld by most based on blind belief. This ban is destroying Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition and is the source of the ostracism and the denial of human rights to Dorje Shugden practitioners by the present Tibetan regime. The Tibetan Government in Exile headed by the Dalai Lama has taken harsh action against Shugden practitioners even though they are not a legitimate government and their ostracism of Dorje Shugden practitioners must be against Indian law.
This blog will therefore always question the viability of the Dalai Lama’s view and actions and will attempt to show hypocrisy when and where it occurs. It’s important for people to know the truth than to be misled by media hype. By questioning the credibility of the Dalai Lama and highlighting inconsistencies in his words and actions based on valid sources, the power of his pronouncements on Dorje Shugden will weaken and crumble in the minds of everyone, except the most unreasonable. There is great hope that political pollution will be removed from Tibetan Buddhism in general and the Gelugpa tradition of Je Tsongkhapa in particular, with Shugden and non-Shugden practitioners being able to share common beliefs and activities with the dissolving of disharmony. This is certainly my wish.
Thanks for reading this, and thanks for your interest in this issue which has such important implications for the future of Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition.