Buddha’s Not Smiling

Below are some excerpts of a review of the book Buddha’s Not Smiling: Uncovering Corruption at the Heart of Tibetan Buddhism Today, by Erik D. Curren. The review was written by Lama Karma Wangchuk.

History belies the Shangri-La image of Tibetan lamas and their followers living together in mutual tolerance and non-violent goodwill. Indeed, the situation was quite different. Old Tibet was much more like Europe during the religious wars of the Counter-reformation than a neighborhood in Berkeley, California where synagogue, mosque, church and dharma center make cozy neighbors….For hundreds of years in Tibet, lay followers of each religious school clashed with each other for control of the government of central Tibet or rule over provincial areas. Lamas had to defend their monasteries and landholdings from supporters of the other schools as well as from the central government …

One of this book’s most valuable achievements is to show, for perhaps the first time in English, how the complex sectarian conflicts of Old Tibet followed the lamas when they fled into exile in 1959. At first, faced with the Chinese invasion in the fifties and early sixties, Tibetans experienced a period of unity and the Karmapa and Dalai Lama enjoyed a close friendship. But in exile, things changed. “Hundreds of years of habit would not die so easily,” Curren writes, “and after a few months in India, competition between the administrations of the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa resurfaced. The Dalai Lama and his ministers had just lost their country. In exile, they wanted to create a unified Tibetan community. To achieve this new unity, exile leaders in their new headquarters in the Indian hill-town of Dharamsala began making plans to extend their control over the five religious schools of Tibet .”

Curren’s account of the United Party initiative will be shocking to many readers. The United Party was a plan run by the Dalai Lama’s brother Gyalo Thondup to unite all Tibetans, regardless of their region or religious affiliation, into a coherent group able to stand together against the Chinese. The most controversial part of the plan was a scheme to combine the four Buddhist schools and the Bon religion—governed separately for more than five hundred years back in Tibet —under a single administration led by the Dalai Lama. “When word of the United Party’s religious reform got out in 1964, the exiled government was unprepared for the angry opposition that leaders of the religious schools expressed. To them, this unification plan appeared as a thinly disguised scheme for the exile government to confiscate the monasteries that dozens of lamas had begun to re-establish in exile with funds they had raised themselves.”

The sixteenth Karmapa led the opposition to the United Party, serving as spiritual advisor to a group of refugees from thirteen resettlement camps in India and one in Nepal—the “Fourteen Settlements” group—thus earning the enmity of the Dalai Lama’s ministers in Dharamsala. Under the Karmapa’s leadership, the opposition group succeeded in stopping the religious consolidation plan, and in the mid-seventies, the United Party closed up shop. But apparently ministers in Dharamsala were looking to avenge their political defeat. In 1977, an assassin claiming to be working for the Tibetan exile administration shot and killed the political head of the Fourteen Settlements, Gungthang Tsultrim. As Curren writes, “When apprehended in Kathmandu, the murderer, Amdo Rekhang Tenzin, told the Royal Nepalese Police that the Tibetan exile government had paid him three hundred thousand rupees (about thirty-five thousand dollars) to assassinate Gungthang. Even more shocking, the hit man claimed that Dharamsala offered him a larger bounty to kill the sixteenth Karmapa.”

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5 responses to “Buddha’s Not Smiling

  • Jack

    The recognition of 17th Karmapa in China administered Tibet, this Monster Monk was trying to successfully control Karmapa and his followers, that has been the aim of this Monster Monk all along.
    Luckily we have Shamar Rinpoche who recognized another 17th Karmapa according to tradition, making the Monster Monk unable to control all of Karmapa followers.

  • Thomas Canada

    Top negotiator claims Dalai Lama lies ,
    December 09, 2009
    In an exclusive interview with the Global Times, Zhu Weiqun, vice minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the CPC Central Committee, dismissed recent remarks by the Dalai Lama that China is aware that he is not seeking an independent Tibet.

    “This is yet another lie from the Dalai Lama,” Zhu told reporters Monday. “I represent the government during talks with his man. It is impossible for me, or anyone from my team, to say something like ‘the Dalai Lama has stopped separatist activities.'”

    “During the talks with Gyari, he did tell me that the Dalai Lama had no intention of seeking independence and was willing to solve the issue under the Chinese Constitution,” Zhu said. “What he said was good, but still far from enough. The ‘middle way’ solution the Dalai Lama proposed still claims Tibet as occupied by China and demands the abolishment of the current social system. His so-called ‘greater Tibet’ idea also demands the pull-out of all non-Tibetans and military from Tibetan-inhabited areas.”

    “Those ideas all oppose the Chinese constitution and the Law on Regional National Autonomy. He should seriously rethink his ‘middle way’ plan and make thorough explanations,” Zhu said, adding that this is not the first time the Dalai Lama has spoken such lies.

    “He made similar remarks last April in Seattle. Shortly after that, Gyari told me in Shenzhen that the Dalai Lama misinterpreted my words in 2006. I asked him to warn the Dalai Lama about repeating such mistakes. However, the same thing happened again in May and June that year and in August this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he brings up the same lie again in the future,” he said.

    Zhu also pointed out that, no matter how the Dalai Lama repeats the lies, Gyari has always remained silent in the corner, which may reflect the dilemma of Gyari: while refusing perjury in favor of the Dalai Lama, he is either reluctant or unable to correct his master.

    Given the fact that each meeting with Gyari is tape recorded, Zhu encouraged Gyari to tell the truth.

    As to the Dalai Lama’s motives for the lies, Zhu said he might be trying to provide himself with an exit amid the political mess.

    By allegedly masterminding the March 14 riots in Lhasa last year, the Dalai Lama had intended to hijack the Beijing Olympics to break talks with Beijing to achieve a breakthrough on independence, “but only in vain,” Zhu said.

    Shortly after the riots, the Dalai Lama called the slaying of innocent citizens a “peaceful demonstration” and denied his demands for the withdrawal of the military and non-Tibetans. He never admitted his lies even after being exposed, Zhu added.

  • Thomas Canada

    Actually,the more the factual truth is revealed as this process unveils itself.The more interconnectedness I feeling being invoked between the digital lines of Actual communication with the People’s Republic Of China and the Western Sugden Society is in a dialogue all of it’s own.
    I do not think the Panchen Lama is sitting idly by doing nothing but spinning his mala.
    As Nations align and former Enemies become Allies, so does the veiled illusions of National Boudaries any longer form a Wall between us.We Westeners who have are being ostracized as Our Allies and New Found Friends,the Chinese. Who I believe are sincere in the pursuit of a kind of Global Love amongst All the People. They are the only ones committing to a reduction of 45% by 2020. Only ones, so far and this affects us all. Irregardless as the Protector says,of race,creed and soforth, all are entitled to the very best possible environment for all of us to meditate and liberate ourselves from ourselves in every possible way. If we do not clean our enviornment? Who will?
    I remember being brainwashed by Norbu as to the evils of the PRC and perpetual veiled threats and demons came out of his eyes.When he invoked a lie to tell us as to only his life in Tibet amongst the Elite of Tibet’s Wall Street still plunders all it can even unto this day.
    The Protector clearly stated that this man would recant and beg Forgiveness on his knees.
    He’s not in Washington to meet with Barack Obama, Yet!As he imtimated to his Flock.
    He was diminished to a non political King status this last year by all but the enclave of Nazi Tyroleans and Gere. Who shows himself still aligned to this O’le Master of Serfs and Slaves, he himself a German Jew! How peculiar? Obama will I believe not meet with the Dalia Lama and has already said as much when he brushed him off.
    I clearly see that with great promotion of the WSS book, The Great Deception will stand as a Hallmark and reference to the day the Dalia Lama met his irrefuable Waterloo.
    The Buddha’s Not Smiling is as stealth if handeled the proper way. Outside the envelope.

    We have all the Masters intact and the same ones he tried to blow away are back, young and strong. Thet reappear selfishly to bring us the dharma and at the Perfect Time to Inspire Us to Clean Our Environments and Create A Healthy Perfect Earth. One that All People may survive on as Eco Equals in the least.This is in the least that each of might do to bring Enlightenment.

  • Thomas Canada

    Post a Comment On: Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Blog”Is ‘A Great Deception’ a Political Book?”
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    Jimmy said…
    Clear and helpful analysis, thank you. With this new book and an increasing amount of revelations of the Dalai Lama’s bad behavior on a variety of blogs and Internet sources, the situation is becoming clearer by the day and it is becoming harder for the Dalai Lama to maintain the great deception. Dorje Shugden’s function, being as he is an emanation of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, is to clear away confusion.

    December 6, 2009 6:27 PM

    Anonymous said…
    From the Dalai Lama’s point of view, politics and religion are together.

    So a religious matter for one side, it is also political matter to the Dalai Lama’s side.

    Why? Becuase somehow affects his negotiations with the Chinese Government?

    It would be interesting to know what has he been negotiating with the Chinese:

    Does the Dalai Lama actually plans to return as a political and religious leader to Tibet?

    Maybe he cannot return to Tibet as a political leader without being in the Communist Party’s payroll, correct?

    Ok, lets assume the Chinese accept him and he actually would accept returning to Tibet merely as a religious leader (no matter religion is not the for Chinese Government’s cup of tea).

    But if the Dalai Lama is neither the leader of the Tibetan schools of Buddhism nor the Bons, what kind of leader is he? What does he actually wants to do?

    Make his own tradition… by amalgamating all existing traditions? If he does this he may return to Tibet without being in the Chinese Government’s payroll? Maybe then he does not even need to return to Tibet.

    I understand that this may be also why a religious matter for him is also a political matter. I guess.

    I hope the Dalai Lama and his followers can also understand it is not that everyone wants to mix of religion and politics like him.

    December 6, 2009 10:59 PM

    Gail D said…
    The DL reminds me of Syndrome in the movie The Incredibles. Syndrome has no super powers of his own so he creates power through artifice and money and kills off all the actual super heroes, wanting everyone to see him as the only super hero. The DL is “killing off” the great heroes of the Gelugpa school such as his own Guru Trijang Rinpoche, and also leaders of the other schools. Using the artifice of politics, money and power, he has hijacked Buddhism to his own selfish ends. But he did not count on the Incredibles to stop him! and ultimately of course he is no match for Dorje Shugden.

    December 6, 2009 11:27 PM

    Sarah said…
    As shown extensively in ‘A Great Deception’ using reliable third party sources, the Dalai Lama had great reverence for Mao and wanted to spread communism in Tibet before he left. He had already signed Tibet over to the Chinese in the 17 point agreement and wanted to work with them to establish a communist Tibet. He only changed his tune when he reached India in 1959. If the CIA had realized where his ideological loyalties lay, I don’t think they would have supported him!

    He has said in interviews that he is ‘half Buddhist, half Marxist’. He’d happily accept being on the Chinese payroll if it guaranteed him power, but there would be uproar from his people because he’s made a career out of being a refugee in exile and also the Chinese don’t trust him because he is duplicitous – signing sovereignty of Tibet over to them and then reneging on the deal when he didn’t get what he wanted. No wonder the Chinese accuse him of being ‘splittist’ because he welched on the deal. It all makes so much more sense now after having read the book.

    December 7, 2009 4:34 AM

    Thom said…
    Copenhagen:
    Tibet is integral part of China
    December 11, 2009

    Denmark will oppose Tibetan independence and carefully consider China’s reaction before inviting the Dalai Lama again, Copenhagen said Thursday in a diplomatic note to Beijing, AFP reported.

    “Denmark is fully aware of the importance and sensitivity of Tibet-related issues and attaches great importance to the view of the Chinese government on these issues,” the note said.

    “Denmark takes very seriously the Chinese opposition to meetings between members of the Danish Government and the Dalai Lama, and has duly noted Chinese views that such meetings are against the core interest of China, and will handle such issues prudently.

    “In this regard, Denmark reaffirms its One-China Policy and its unchanged position that Tibet is an integral part of China. Denmark recognizes China’s sovereignty over Tibet and accordingly opposes the independence of Tibet.”

    Ties between Beijing and Copenhagen have been strained since late May when the Tibetan monk visited Denmark and was received by Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen. The welcome accorded to the Dalai Lama in what was termed a “private visit” led to the cancellation of official Danish visits to China and fueled problems for Danish firms operating in China, AFP reported.

    The note said Denmark “attaches great importance to the considerable progress of the bilateral relations and the fruitful cooperation in the political, economic, cultural, educational, scientific and technological fields since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1950.”

    The diplomatic note was backed by two big opposition socialist parties.

    December 10, 2009 8:19 PM

    Thom said…
    Top negotiator claims Dalai Lama lies ,
    December 09, 2009
    In an exclusive interview with the Global Times, Zhu Weiqun, vice minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the CPC Central Committee, dismissed recent remarks by the Dalai Lama that China is aware that he is not seeking an independent Tibet.

    “This is yet another lie from the Dalai Lama,” Zhu told reporters Monday. “I represent the government during talks with his man. It is impossible for me, or anyone from my team, to say something like ‘the Dalai Lama has stopped separatist activities.'”

    “During the talks with Gyari, he did tell me that the Dalai Lama had no intention of seeking independence and was willing to solve the issue under the Chinese Constitution,” Zhu said. “What he said was good, but still far from enough. The ‘middle way’ solution the Dalai Lama proposed still claims Tibet as occupied by China and demands the abolishment of the current social system. His so-called ‘greater Tibet’ idea also demands the pull-out of all non-Tibetans and military from Tibetan-inhabited areas.”

    “Those ideas all oppose the Chinese constitution and the Law on Regional National Autonomy. He should seriously rethink his ‘middle way’ plan and make thorough explanations,” Zhu said, adding that this is not the first time the Dalai Lama has spoken such lies.

    “He made similar remarks last April in Seattle. Shortly after that, Gyari told me in Shenzhen that the Dalai Lama misinterpreted my words in 2006. I asked him to warn the Dalai Lama about repeating such mistakes. However, the same thing happened again in May and June that year and in August this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he brings up the same lie again in the future,” he said.

    Zhu also pointed out that, no matter how the Dalai Lama repeats the lies, Gyari has always remained silent in the corner, which may reflect the dilemma of Gyari: while refusing perjury in favor of the Dalai Lama, he is either reluctant or unable to correct his master.

    Given the fact that each meeting with Gyari is tape recorded, Zhu encouraged Gyari to tell the truth.

    As to the Dalai Lama’s motives for the lies, Zhu said he might be trying to provide himself with an exit amid the political mess.

    By allegedly masterminding the March 14 riots in Lhasa last year, the Dalai Lama had intended to hijack the Beijing Olympics to break talks with Beijing to achieve a breakthrough on independence, “but only in vain,” Zhu said.

    Shortly after the riots, the Dalai Lama called the slaying of innocent citizens a “peaceful demonstration” and denied his demands for the withdrawal of the military and non-Tibetans. He never admitted his lies even after being exposed, Zhu added.

    December 10, 2009 8:24 PM

    Thom said…
    Black Magic Indeed!
    November 11, 2009
    by truthaboutshugden

    Wrathful Hayagriva
    Later, on another occasion, we were performing a ritual of Hayagriva. It was not particularly aimed at Dholgyal. The aim was to destroy anything, be it human, non-human, a lama, a deity or a ghost, that harms the Dharma and the just cause of Tibet. Whatever it is, it should be eliminated. It can’t be helped. (emphasis mine)

    -”Concerning Dholgyal with reference to the views of past masters and other related matters” A talk on Dholgyal by H.H. the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, October 1997 (dalailama.com)

    So the Dalai Lama uses religious rituals to destroy anything, including other people, that harms the cause of Tibet? They should be “eliminated?” Are these the words of Avalokiteshvara, Buddha of Compassion? And meanwhile he accuses Dorje Shugden pracitioners, with no proof and no basis whatsoever, of using “black magic?” (see Not Afraid of Spirits, below).

    If mixing politics and religion in this macabre way, and using your prayers to kill others is not black magic, what in the world could black magic be?

    December 11, 2009 7:12 PM

    Thom said…
    The Truth behind the Throne of a God King and another book will hit the public. Hanging the dirty laundry on the line appears to be the only way to dethrone this deceiver. Many can testify,Black Magic, why it is common knowledge across Eurasia in general. However, now that the subject has been broached, I am certain this senile old man will hang himself. Dig out the old formulas and put them on line and do not be shy. We must wash the whole load in public. If we are to have a lineage to carry on, we must act and I mean everyone as though their lives depended on it. No time for slackers or dissenters. We know what we must do and this includes all of you. Just like our environment and Co2 pollution. We must view it as an enemy to be erradicated

    He wanted to do his cleaning in public and call us Taliaban.
    Well here we are to help him along with his project, “Weapons of Self Destruction”, is an art that will implode him. How much more of a fool can he make of himself.
    There is a story of a Lama dressing in Black and hitting his target with an arrow, killing a king that threatened all Mahayanna Buddhism.
    Then the Lama turned his robe inside out and turned all white.
    We did not start this. He did!
    He is a character from Star Wars Emperor, Black Magic to Enslave the Universe.
    Did he not say he would reincarnate and destroy Shugden across the Universes?
    No one likes warfare, illogical forums with deniers not even willing to even discuss it with us.
    Like it or not, here we are.
    I for one, do not intend to step in front of the Bus.
    I’ll let him do that!
    Want to know what a person is thinking, listen to them and hear what they say.
    It is crystal clear what is on his mind and he has been doing it for hundreds of years if not longer.
    Enslaving people in some form or another.
    It what he does and to think or perceive otherwise is extremely foolish and naive.
    We must Protect Our Lineage Masters from this pollution.
    To do otherwise is cowardly and undignified to say the least.
    The Wheel of the Dharma has turned to the West as Lord Buddha said. We must adjust and act accordingly with the Highest Standards immaginable to Clean Our Environment for the Dharma to Build it’s Home here,in the West.

  • Thomas Canada

    It is puzzling to me that the Exiled and National Tibetan_Chinese do not take up a Class Action Lawsuit for centuries of abuse to their ancestors as serving Serfs and Slaves? The same as the Indigenous American Indians and African American have pursued for decades.
    Only recently a body of American Indians were awarded 2.1 billion for previous grievances against the Federal Government of the USA.
    It is amazing how dull some people can be. I am reminded of the small community enclaves scattered around the world of the Nazi’s descendants, still enamoured with their little dictator.
    Sooner or later a Tibetan will become a lawyer and pick up the booty Dalia is stashing here and there for a rainy incarnation or two when things might not have worked quite the way he planned.

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