Dalai Lama – Not so Zen by Maxime Vivas

Below is a video and article that have just been posted online about the new book Dalai Lama – Not so Zen by Maxime Vivas. The book was released, in French, on Thursday.

PARIS, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) — A French writer’s book put on sale recently has disclosed another side, including opportunism and tricks, of the Dalai Lama deified by some Western politicians and armchair pundits.

Maxime Vivas’s new book “Not So ‘Zen': The Hidden Side Of The Dalai Lama” hit the shelves of bookstores and online retailers Thursday, days after the Dalai Lama himself held a three-day public conference in the southern French city Toulouse.

Facts and views in the 130-page French-language book refute the long-time self-beatification of the Dalai Lama.

“Based on the word of the Dalai Lama in his transcribed memoirs and also in his speeches during his trips abroad, Maxime Vivas highlights opportunism, omissions, tricks, and lies of a man and his kingdom,” the publisher Max Milo Editions said in a press kit.

“In a plea for secularism, the author raises the question of what would be a ‘Free Tibet’ led by a recalcitrant prophet in front of science and freedom of worship,” the publisher said, while presenting a briefing of a feudal system decades ago under the Dalai Lama and the free primary education system in today’s Tibet that is significantly bringing down the illiteracy rate.

“The trend in France is mostly to edit mass books praising the Dalai Lama. Writing against the Dalai Lama or breaking his image is akin to smearing the portraits of Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi, the idols which we can’t touch,” Vivas told Xinhua.

Confusion-and-curiosity-driven, Vivas conducted a truth-seeking trip to Tibet in the summer of 2010 with several other French journalists.

He found there is a modern Tibet prospering with free prayers in temples and monasteries and even on the streets, and Tibetan-written signs are everywhere.

“What I saw in Tibet is not like what I read from the French press and books,” he said.

To clarify the contradiction of the real Tibet he witnessed and the one in the Dalai Lama’s propaganda and most Western reports, Vivas read numerous documents, including studies of French parliamentarians, and researched opinions from various angles.

“This book is not based on documentation of the opponents of the Dalai Lama, not documentation of the Chinese authorities,” he said. “But the information I have drawn from speeches, lectures, interviews and memoirs of the Dalai Lama, and also with his followers …”

The book with the Dalai Lama’s photo on the cover is now on the bookshelves of Fnac, the largest retailer of cultural and electronic products in France, and in the book category of U.S.-based Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer.

There have been many comments about the book on the Internet.

Some pointed out the double status of the Dalai Lama mixing political with religious faces.

“However the truth is, he is not actually the person he appears to be. His actions have not always been in accordance with his message of peace, tolerance and compassion…” a netizen named “Caz Namyaw” commented.

The book also has drawn attention from the French media including TV5, bfm radio and France info, among others.

Showing footage of a regional TV channel’s interview on the book, Vivas pointed out several illogical arguments posed by some French media, which he said questioned him on the basis of prejudgment rather than the content of his book.

Vivas also said he didn’t believe in the Dalai Lama’s March announcement of handing over political power because he since met U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in July.


Free eBook about the Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Free eBook

Dalai Lama Truth - Free eBook

The Western Shugden Society has posted a link to download A Great Deception – The Ruling Lamas’ Policies as a free eBook. The eBook has been posted together with a letter which is being sent along with the paperback version of A Great Deception to influential people around the world.

Below are a couple excerpts from the letter:

With this letter we the Western Shugden Society would like respectfully to request you to use your influence to help millions of Buddhist practitioners of the Buddhist Deity Shugden who are presently suffering religious persecution perpetrated by the Dalai Lama of Tibet. We request you please to ask the Dalai Lama to stop this persecution and religious discrimination.

For his own political ends the Dalai Lama is persecuting Buddhist people who practise this Deity. Most people around the world believe that the Dalai Lama is a compassionate man of peace, but the hidden reality is that, because of the high regard in which the ancient title is held, the Dalai Lama is actually now a dictator who is systematically causing immense suffering to millions of innocent people throughout the world. His actions banning the practice of Shugden and persecuting practitioners blatantly contravene the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights on several counts.

Please may we encourage you to come to understand the real nature of the Dalai Lama of Tibet by reading this book A Great Deception. We believe that you will then be able to help the innocent people presently experiencing his persecution. Please download A Great Deception as a free e-book from the Western Shugden Society website.

Read the Open Letter to Everyone
Read the Open Letter to British Political Leaders


Dalai Lama – Not so Zen

Dalaï-Lama - Pas si ZENDalai Lama – Not so Zen by Maxime Vivas is set to be released in French on August 18th. The new book goes in depth into the Dalai Lama’s CIA/NED connections and the history of feudal theocracy in Tibet under the Dalai Lama’s rule. A few French media outlets have already written articles about the book.

A few excerpts from the book are below (sorry this is a Google translation)

The Dalai Lama was also subsidised for decades by the CIA and the NED, which sponsors a myriad of organisations responsible for undermining China via Tibet. But what is the NED? The central information and subversion U.S. cannot directly fund organisations or programs of this nature for fear of being discredited. It should, where possible, use the relay as the NED, which is not a private agency, but government. His money comes from the State Department, which is a branch of the Presidency in charge of foreign policy, like the CIA. In Congress, Republicans and Democrats are in phase with respect to the activities of the CIA. The government decided, Senators (all factions) vote, the shell companies cashing and redistribute, “The NED was created fifteen years ago to make public what the CIA has done covertly for decades.”

The first president of the NED, Carl Gershman, admitted in 1986: “It would be terrible for the democratic groups around the world to be seen as subsidized by the CIA [...] This is because we could not continue to do the foundation [the NED] was created. “For his part, Allen Weinstein, who worked in the drafting of articles of the NED in 1983, told the Washington Post, September 22, 1991:” Much of what we’re doing now was done in secret by the CIA Twenty-five years ago. “In order to intervene with the elections in Nicaragua that saw the defeat of the Sandinistas in February 1990, the CIA and the NED had established a civic front says (Via Civica). In Venezuela, the NED’s budget had increased fourfold in the months before the coup of April 2002 against President Hugo Chavez. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, we saw the NED stir in many Eastern European countries which could put into place a pro-NATO government hostile toward Russia.

Most of the historical figures the CIA have served at one time or another on the board or management of the NED, including John Negroponte, appointed ambassador to Iraq, then big chief of all intelligence United States (as such, it was he who was responsible for appointing the director of the CIA). The NED website offers three files on its action towards China: “China (Hong Kong)”, “China (Tibet)”, “China (Xinjiang).” Not to mention the covert operations (which, by definition, we know nothing), the CIA comes to Tibet, via the NED, through no less than sixteen multiple programs it funds openly [...]

On many occasions The U.S. propaganda has demonstrated its ability to speak ironically, to call “democracies” the worst bloody dictatorships and to advocate freedom by multiplying the prisons around the world, Bagram (Afghanistan) Abu Ghraib (Iraq) through Guantanamo (Cuba) which must be added the impressive number of prisons in the United States itself, and “floating prisons” in secret. Incidentally, according to a study by the International Centre for Prison Studies at the University of London King’s College, “with two million inmates, seven hundred and fourteen prisoners per hundred thousand inhabitants, the United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, ahead of Russia and Belarus. ”

But back to dollars. Since his flight from China, the Dalai Lama has benefited from, but not boasted about, grants from the CIA. From 1959 to 1972, 104 to 20,000 dollars have been personally paid each year. He has long denied the truth. In 1998, the documents mentioned, the “government” of the Dalai Lama had to give a public statement, merely to deny that His Holiness would have “personally” used the money, while his representative in Washington said he was not aware of this grant, or its use. The links between the CIA and the Dalai Lama, however, he conceded: “It’s a secret revealed, we do not dispute. ”

The Dalai Lama also received one million seven hundred thousand dollars to carry out his international political activities. Subsequently, the same amount was paid through the NED. In Le Monde Diplomatique, Martine Bulard writes: “[...] the financing of the organization by the CIA Tibetan is not the fantasy of the Chinese Communists: in the sixties, the U.S. had paid one million seven hundred thousand dollars, and the investigation of the New York Times (“Dalai Lama group says it got money from CIA,” October 2, 1998) speaks of an annual grant – small, yet significant – from 104 to 20,000 dollars paid directly to religious leader, who has denied receiving it.”


The Next Dalai Lama

Why is it that everyone in the Tibetan Goverment in Exile is confused about Tibetan history? In this video, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government Exile says that the next Dalai Lama will be chosen by the present Dalai Lama. He says “historically and uhhhh traditionally” this is the way it has been done. Notice how he looks down when he is lying as he says this. Never in history have any of the Dalai Lamas been chosen by the existing Dalai Lama. The reason for this is because every Dalai Lama is supposed to be the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama. According to history and tradition, in order for a the next Dalai Lama to appear the current Dalai Lama has to die. Even people who are not Buddhist understand better how reincarnation works than the Tibetan Government in Exile. This is another clear example that proves that none of the members of the Tibetan Government in Exile are Buddhist. They do not believe in reincarnation or any of the other basic tenets of Buddhism. They are all a bunch of politicians hungry for money and power.


The Dalai Lama is Misusing Tantra

When a nation’s politics and a religion’s spiritual teachings become mixed, the goodness of both is lost.

This week, the Dalai Lama is performing the Kalachakra ceremony in Washington, DC, drawing great interest from the US national media.

What exactly is the Kalachakra, and what is the significance of this?

Kalachakra is a practice belonging to Buddha’s teachings called Highest Yoga Tantra. Tantric teachings were taught to help ripen our inner Buddha nature quickly, and so they are known as the quick path to enlightenment. For this reason these teachings are incredibly precious.

In order to enter into a Tantric practice such as Kalachakra, one receives an empowerment or initiation. However these teachings and practices can easily be corrupted if done with a selfish motivation, so the empowering teacher explains the importance of practicing for the purpose of benefiting others. Without a pure, compassionate motivation, an ignorant practitioner of Highest Yoga Tantra could easily misuse the teachings to increase their own enjoyment, reputation, and worldly success. But with a motivation of universal compassion and loving-kindness, practitioners gain a powerful tool to enhance their spiritual practice and train their mind. But what happens when the Tantric master is a head of state?

Tantra & Public Approval

Though the Dalai Lama has officially relinquished his political duties, he remains the de facto leader of Tibet. How is this? His opinions and pronouncements are taken as unquestionable dictates. Thus the spiritual leader retains his political authority.

By granting the Tantric empowerment of Kalachakra, the Dalai Lama takes on the role of the Vajra Master. When entering the practices of Highest Yoga Tantra, practitioners develop a special, inner relationship with the Spiritual Guide granting the empowerment. To speed up their spiritual progress, they learn to view their Spiritual Guide, who appears as an ordinary being, as a Buddha, a fully enlightened being. This helps practitioners take the teachings to heart and overcome their mental difficulties quickly, and they carry this commitment (samaya) with them into their daily lives.
When the Dalai Lama finished giving a Tantric empowerment, he doesn’t go off and continue to focus on pure spiritual activities – he takes up the political cause of Tibet. As it says in A Great Deception, “The consequences of mixing Dharma with politics will always be at best bad, at worst catastrophic.”

The consequence of this is that when the Dalai Lama gives a speech on foreign policy, his followers view it as an enlightened being’s foreign policy. When the Dalai Lama advocated for the freedom of Tibet, his followers view this as an enlightened being’s support of Tibetan independence. When the Dalai Lama issues a reform, his followers view it as an enlightened being’s reform. When the Dalai Lama ostracizes an entire segment of Buddhist society, his followers view it as an enlightened being’s indictment.

Using Tantra to Harm

So we can see the problem. By giving Kalachakra empowerment so many times publicly and simultaneously continuing his political activities, the Dalai Lama has actual used Buddha’s precious Tantric teachings to increase his political power and eliminate opposition. This is incredibly shameful.

The Dalai Lama has been able to hide behind this commitment for his followers to view him as a Buddha. He has been able to use Tantric samaya to quash opposition to his pronouncements. He has been able to use his robed Asian mystique to spark unquestioning admiration in Westerners. As a result, the 14th Dalai Lama has pursued an unprecedented consolidation of political and spiritual authority.

This pursuit of power has resulted in substantial damage to all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He severely damaged the Nyingma tradition by defaming the popular Dudjom Rinpoche in the 1960s, accusing him of spying for the Chinese, leading to his arrest. This is still a popular accusation used to hinder the Dalai Lama’s opponents! He divided the Kagyu tradition by throwing his weight into the Karmapa controversy, supporting Communist China’s candidate and denying Shamar Rinpoche’s selection. This division resulted in pitched battles at Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Karmapas. Rumtek is now closed off to both candidates and the Kagyu tradition remains deeply divided. He disparaged his own root Gurus of the Gelug tradition by saying they were wrong about their Dharma Protector practice, and subsequently banning this practice of Dorje Shugden, destroying the religious freedom of Gelugpas around the world. Those continuing to practice Dorje Shugden are ostracized. They are verbally and physically assaulted because of the Dalai Lama’s political pronouncements under the aegis of his Tantric samaya.

World Peace?

The Dalai Lama has said that the Kalachakra will bring world peace. This depends on the intention of the Vajra Master and the disciples. Unfortunately, the Dalai Lama has been unable to separate Buddha’s teachings from the political cause of Tibet. What’s worse, is that he hasn’t been able to separate this clearly for his disciples. Thus the most recognized face of Buddhism misuses Tantra for his personal gain. He uses Tantra to increase support for his ban on Dorje Shugden practice; and as he performed the Kalachakra in Washington, DC, he has even pushed the ban on American soil:

This a tragic misuse of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings. How can an enlightened being use pure view to enforce harming living beings? How can this be a pure intention?


Dalai Lama: “The poor need to work harder”

In this video, the Dalai Lama was asked about choosing between Marxism/Socialism and Capitalism, and about closing the gap
between the rich & poor. His view is that the poor need to work harder. The audience was some of the world’s wealthiest people in Aspen, Colorado. Why didn’t the Dalai Lama encourage generosity towards the poor? I guess that’s just another question for “His Holiness”.


The Dalai Lama and Samdhong Need Some Tibetan Cash

It seems pretty obvious in these videos that the Dalai Lama and Samdhong Ringpoche are after some Tibetan cash. What do you think?


Did Dalai Lama’s Successor (Orgyen Trinley) Have Plastic Surgery?

This video brings up some interesting questions about Orgyen Trinley’s eyes.


Untouchables in Tibetan Buddhism

This video was posted on Youtube yesterday by the Independent Journalism blog. The same blogger also wrote an article with the same title.

Untouchables in Tibetan Buddhism

Geshe Thoemey accuses Tibetan administration of not allowing Tibetans to study in Shugden monasteries, he says, “If students come to our monasteries, we will grow but they stop students, they want to dry our monasteries “


The Dalai Lama’s Followers are Used for Psychological Warfare


Recently, I managed to get my hands on a few of the CIA documents that are being published on the Western Shugden Society website. In The Dalai Lama Cables: A Wolf in Monk’s Robes? the WSS writes:

The CIA went on to formulate and fund a strategy of anti-communist propaganda with the Dalai Lama that included sponsoring him personally, and well as establishing Tibet Houses on his behalf in various locations and encouraging him to teach widely. In the discussion mentioned in this memo, they describe organising a teaching tour by distinguished Buddhist leaders as:

‘a major step towards utilizing certain elements of the Buddhist world in one aspect of psychological warfare’.

Of all the cables posted on the WSS site recently that one shocked me the most. The Dalai Lama and the US Government are actually trying to use the whole of Buddhism as a weapon to divide and conquer China.

Psychological warfare is mentioned three times in the cables. I don’t think there are any Buddhists in the world who actually want to be used for psychological warfare. Today a friend of mine said:

“The Dalai Lama’s followers often accuse Shugden practitioners of having links to the Chinese even though we have nothing to do with China. Yet they are actually being manipulated by the CIA and they don’t even know it”.

This is clearly true. The full documents that mention psychological warfare are below.


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