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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 is still a CIA agent

Related resources online

“Democratic Imperialism”: Tibet, China, and the National Endowment for Democracy

The NED, Tibet, north Korea and Zimbabwe


The Dalai Lama: Front Man for a Feudal Clique, Darling of Wealthy Mystics and Cold Warriors

This article by Webster G. Tarpley comes from TARPLEY.net
February 17, 2010

Obama will meet the Dalai Lama of Tibet this coming Wednesday in a move sure to inflame resentment against the US in China. Various wealthy mystics in Hollywood have promoted the Dalai Lama as an exemplar of refined spirituality, but in reality the Dalai Lama’s operation, currently based in India, is a relic of the Allen Dulles-Richard Bissell era of Cold War extremists at the CIA. The current Dalai Lama attempted to lead an insurrection against Chinese rule in 1959, which was supported by the oppressive feudal nobility of Tibet, but failed because it had little appeal to the former serfs and slaves who made up about 80% of Tibetan society. Tibet under the Dalai Lama was a country where 200 wealthy families held 93% of the wealth, while the masses were so poor and downtrodden that the population was declining. During the 1960s, the CIA gave several million dollars a year to the Dalai Lama’s court, with the Dalai Lama personally getting more than $180,000 per year from the US taxpayer. Today, the Dalai Lama’s court in northern India is the home of a gaggle of reactionary Tibetan aristocrats supported by $2 million per year from that same US taxpayer. This is a very bad investment for the United States. It is time to defund the Dalai Lama, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and foreign commerce, and engage Beijing in realistic diplomacy.

Webster Tarpley will discuss the Dalai Lama’s visit to Washington in the context of alarming Sino-American tension with host Peter Lavelle and his other guests in the Crosstalk program to be broadcast on Russia Today on Friday, February 19, 2010.


Two Shugden Monks from Shar Gaden Monastery Attacked

Western Shugden Society – Two young monks have been admitted to hospital, to be treated for injuries sustained during an unprovoked attack.

The attack took place around 11.30pm on Saturday 30th May 2009, outside Serkong Khangtsen, in the Tibetan colony near Mundgod, Karnataka State, India.

The victims, Lobsang Damchoe and Lobsang Choekyi Gyaltsen, are both tulkus (reincarnate lamas) who recently enrolled at Shar Gaden Monastery. They are known in the community as followers of the protector Dorje Shugden.

The six attackers, supporters of HH Dalai Lama’s policy against the practice of Dorje Shugden, have admitted to planning and carrying out the attack. Thus far, their monastery, Gaden Jangtse, has made no comment and has given no punishment.

The attackers are also supported by the local Tibetan Representative’s office and its chairman, which themselves have wide support in the local community.

The Indian police have been informed of the attack and are currently investigating, but as yet have made no arrests.


Dalai Lama Taken to Court for Religious Discrimination

As stated in my last post, Al Jazeera has featured ‘The Dalai Lama: The Devil Within’ as one of their top stories of 2008. Below is the section of the documentary focused on the Dalai Lama being taken to court on grounds of religious discrimination by Kundeling Rinpoche.

As the lawyer for the persecuted Shugden practitioners, Shree Sanjay Jain, explains:

“It is certainly a case of religious discrimination in the sense that if within your sect of religion you say that this particular Deity ought not to be worshipped, and those persons who are willing to worship him you are trying to excommunicate them from the main stream of Buddhism, then it is a discrimination of worst kind.”

Al Jazeera adds:

“No matter what the outcome of the court case, in a country where millions of idols are worshipped, attempting to ban the Deity is an uphill battle. One in which many Buddhist monks have lost their faith in the spirit of the Dalai Lama.”

For a full transcript, see Al Jazeera News Documentary, October 2008.


The Dalai Lama Gets Trumped by Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera’s People and Power has named ‘The Dalai Lama: The Devil Within’ one of their top two stories of 2008. As a result, Al Jazeera is now featuring it along with a story entitled ‘Trumped’ which is about Donald Trump trying to build a billion dollar golf course in Scotland. The two stories have nothing in common, but it is wonderful that Al Jazeera is once again drawing attention toward the Dalai Lama’s religious persecution of Shugden practitioners. After the first day of being posted on Youtube, the story had around 1,000 views. Hopefully the video will continue to attract a lot of attention.

Here’s the video:


Tibetan Blogger Speaks Up About the Undemocratic Nature of Ban on Dorje Shugden

Below is a section of a recent post from the blog Mountain Pheonix Over Tibet.  The author of Tibet Talk recently wrote a blog post called Keep Relgion and Politics SeparateBoth of these blog posts are written by Tibetans who are not Shugden practitioners, but they don’t agree with the Tibetan Government in Exile’s handling of Shugden practitioners.

If Tibetan society were truly democratic, cooperation would be based on free will, and people would be encouraged to think for themselves, making up their own minds. If Tibetan society were truly democratic, people who do not follow the opinion leader, would not be ostracised.

The way Tibetans have been handling the Dholgyal/Shugden issue says quite a bit about the state of our democratic values. We Tibetans are okay with dissenters being forced into obedience. We see nothing wrong with this political style. We have no issues with the Dalai Lama exerting pressure on dissenters by using secular government organs and tolerating oaths and signature actions in his name. Some even believe it is their duty to expose Dholgyal/Shugden supporters and slander them.

Until recently I thought, the more we talk about this conflict, the worse it becomes. I have changed my mind. I know now that it is wrong to remain silent. All genuine Tibetan democrats must speak up in the political debate over Dholgyal/Shugden. When a few are forced to take on the view of many, we’re going down a dangerous path. It is our duty to speak up. Our young democracy will remain in bad shape if we let this happen without a reaction.


The Dalai Lama: The Devil Within (Al Jazeera)

This new Al Jazeera documentary called ‘People and Power – The Dalai Lama: The Devil Within’ looks into the Dalai Lama’s religious disrimination against Shugden practitioners. Al Jazeera claims at least 40-million viewers in the Arab world. The article is below:

Aljazeera.net – The Dalai Lama has imposed a ban on the worship of a 500-year-old deity called Dorje Shugden.

Across the world 4 million Buddhist Tibetans worship this particular deity. The ban has created tension and dissent amongst the one million Tibetans living in India and in May 400 monks were thrown out of monasteries because of their religious beliefs.

In the Tibetan refugee camps, Shugden worshippers have been turned away from jobs, shops and schools. Posters with the message “no Shugden followers allowed” cover hospital and shop fronts.

The tension has been fueled by the Tibetan exile government who brandish Shugden worshippers as terrorists closely linked to China.

Shugden followers in India have decided to take matters into their own hands, taking the Dalai Lama to court for religious discrimination.


Robert Thurman Blog

Last night, I made another blog, but this one is just related to Robert Thurman. It’s called Robert Thurman’s Challenge. My hope is that many people will come across it on the internet and it will raise awareness about the Western Shugden Society’s challenge for Robert Thurman.

If you have comments about how Robert Thurman’s words have affected Shugden practitioners, please add them to the blog.

Visit the Robert Thurman blog.


Video – Western Shugden Society Protests – Nantes, France

AboutWSS.org – United under the umbrella of the Western Shugden Society, Buddhist Practitioners from all around the world went to Nantes for 3 days of protests against the Dalai Lama. They requested that he stops the persecution and discrimination of Shugden Practitioners around the world and lift the ban on this ancient prayer.