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The Illusion of Government

Below is another sample of the contents of the new book A Great Deception – The Ruling Lama’s Policies by the Western Shugden Society.

Gradually over the years since the Dalai Lama left his homeland, 145,000 Tibetans have moved from Tibet and made settlements in India, Nepal and Bhutan or settled further afield in exile communities throughout the world.

The Dalai Lama himself, together with many of his closest followers, eventually settled in the old British hill station of McLeod Ganj, near the small Indian town of Dharamsala in northern India.

The Tibetan town that has grown up around him there is now the principal Tibetan refugee community.

At enormous expense an administration was established in Dharamsala to maintain effective control over the widely-spread refugee population. This administration has become known as ‘The Government of Tibet in Exile’ though it has no legal status either within or outside India and is not officially recognized by any country, least of all by India.

There is a Tibetan National Assembly of People’s Deputies (usually simply called the ‘National Assembly’), which consists of forty-six representatives. However, of these representatives only thirty are directly elected by the Tibetan people. The five major religious traditions (Gelug, Kagyu, Sakya, Nyingma and Bön) elect two representatives each, and the remaining six are direct appointees of the Dalai Lama. This in itself represents a breach of democratic principles, since only two-thirds of the delegates are directly elected by the people. The National Assembly nominally appoints the members of the Cabinet (‘Kashag’ in Tibetan), but in practice these are often directly appointed by the Dalai Lama. And for a time in the early 1980s the Dalai Lama even took it upon himself to appoint unilaterally all delegates of the National Assembly.

Tsering Wangyal writing in the Tibetan Review in 1979 pointed out that ‘every important office-bearer in Dharamsala has to be approved by the Dalai Lama before formally taking his office.’ In the same article he continued:

‘Despite the introduction in 1963 of some of its external paraphernalia, Tibetan democracy is yet to come of age. The 199 Commission of Tibetan People’s Deputies (The National Assembly), the most consciously democratic institution in the exiled Tibetan community, has at its last public appearance failed to alter its image of being an impotent body – subservient for all practical purposes to the dictates of the government (the Dalai Lama). … The experience so far has shown that the old-world values and ideas continue to dominate the positions of power in the Tibetan community …’

In the last fifty years, the Tibetan exile government functioning in Dharamsala has never faced an opposition party, nor even an individual who could be called an opposition member. It has never taken a decision contrary to the Dalai Lama’s position, and such an event is even considered to be inconceivable. With all authority (executive, legislative, judicial and religious) invested solely in the person of the Dalai Lama, this government has ceased to uphold any pretence of constitutional democracy.

The Tibetan government is the Dalai Lama, and the Dalai Lama is the Tibetan government. Behind the trappings of government with its illusion of democracy, the Dalai Lama’s position, with its central tenet, ‘L’etat, c’est moi’ (‘I am the State’), extends its domain of authority over all aspects of policy and decision-making. There is no decision of government that is not the Dalai Lama’s decision.

Because the Dalai Lama is commonly held to be an infallible being, the embodiment of a Buddha, it is not only inconceivable but would also be heretical to formulate a policy or make a decision contrary to his wishes. Furthermore, because it would again be an act of heresy to criticise the policy or decision of a supposedly enlightened being, all criticism and blame for the Dalai Lama’s mistakes are directed at the Tibetan government, which has no means of redress.

In this way, the so-called Tibetan government is blamed for all of the Dalai Lama’s mistakes, and the untarnished image of the Dalai Lama is maintained. This very convenient system has enabled the Dalai Lama, through the illusion of government, to destroy the reputation and activities of others, to intimidate and persecute them, and to instigate violence against them, all while maintaining a faultless public image, and knowing full well that all subsequent blame will be carried by his ‘government’.

In September 1995, an unprecedented ‘open letter’ from the Tibetan people to the Dalai Lama was given anonymously to an English woman travelling in Nepal. Called the ‘Mongoose-Canine Letter’, it revealed to Westerners for the first time another side of the Dalai Lama, one which was already an open secret within the Tibetan community. For the first time ever, the Dalai Lama and his government were publicly accused of such things as illegal international trading in arms, persecution and assassination; and of creating schism and disharmony within the Tibetan spiritual traditions and community.

Dalai Lama Found Guilty of Religious Persecution

The below message is from a reliable source regarding the Dalai Lama’s court case:

As per information received from the High Court of India, New Delhi, I am told that there was a recent hearing on the Dorje Shugden case on the 14th of September. This was the 3rd hearing in response to a riposte that had earlier been provided by the Advocate of the Dalai Lama–that too, after a lapse of 9 and a half months, precisely speaking!

The 3rd Judge in question, unlike the 2nd, had expressed reservations and unwillingness to dictate a ruling-as a decision–but, on the contrary, was also open to the redressal of the affair.

This Judge dismissed the Dalai Lama’s arguments as unconvincing, further asserting that there was sufficient documentation of evidence available to prove that the Dalai Lama was in fact and indeed persecuting followers of the deity Dorje Shugden and that this would have to cease henceforth.

A notice in this regards would be sent to the Dalai Lama as a warning to desist. Notwithstanding which, the Judge declared, that punitive measures would be initiated, would the Dalai Lama not restrain from his actions of religious persecution.

Apparently, Dharamsala is mysteriously silent, and this is not new! They are probably contemplating on the next course of action–whatever it may be. The Tibetans are a beguiled lot. It is possible that they may contemplate peaceful and violent means–or, on the contrary behave as if nothing has happened!

Open Letter to the Tibetan Government in Exile


The Western Shugden Society has sent an open letter to the tibetan government in exile. The letter is below.

2nd October 2008

To the Tibetan Government-in-exile,

We the Western Shugden Society are writing this letter with regard to the international problem caused by the Dalai Lama’s heavy religious discrimination against Shugden practice, which discrimination is causing immense suffering to Shugden practitioners throughout the world.

On April 9th this year, the Western Shugden Society wrote a letter to Sera Lachi, Sera Jey and Sera Mey. In our letter we said:

Our conclusion is we now offer you two choices:

  1. To reverse the expulsion of the six monks and allow them to return to Sera Monastery where they should receive the same spiritual and material rights as the other monks who do not follow Shugden.
  2. If you do not accept the first point, we will immediately organise world-wide demonstrations directly against the Dalai Lama whenever he visits any country.

    If you have some wisdom you should understand how important the Dalai Lama’s reputation is – this is now in your hands.

Sera Lachi, Sera Jey and Sera Mey chose demonstrations against the Dalai Lama and because of this we immediately organised demonstrations against the Dalai Lama throughout the world. This proves that Sera Lachi, Sera Jey and Sera Mey made a great mistake – they neglected the Dalai Lama’s reputation.

We understand that following the Dalai Lama’s explicit instructions to enforce his ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden, his Representatives in the Tibetan Camps in India (such as Bylakuppe and Mongod), and in Tibetan communities throughout the world, are continually harassing, tormenting and humiliating innocent Shugden practitioners and their families, ostracizing them from their communities and causing great suffering. What will the Dalai Lama achieve by causing such suffering to innocent people? He will achieve nothing.

We ask you, the Tibetan Government-in-exile, to take responsibility to stop this religious discrimination in Tibetan communities throughout the world; by doing this you can solve both your internal and your international problems. If you do not take this responsibility, the Western Shugden Society will continually maintain its activities to accomplish religious freedom for Shugden practitioners and to liberate their families from suffering.

It is time to consider this serious situation. Let us know if you will now take responsibility to stop the existing religious discrimination against Shugden practitioners and their families in Tibetan communities throughout the world. If we do not hear from you before October 29th 2008, we will take this silence to mean that you will not take this responsibility.

The Western Shugden Society

Cc Samdong (Parliamentary Secretary), CTA Dept of Religion & Culture

French Documentary of the Dalai Lama’s Persecution of Shugden Practitioners

A new French documentary, filmed in India, about the Dalai Lama’s persecution of Shugden practioners was posted online today. The documentary captures the Dalai Lama on video saying; “These monks must be expelled from all monasteries. If they are not happy, you can tell them that the Dalai Lama himself asked that this be done, and it is very urgent.” It also gives outsiders a glance at what life is like now for Shugden practitioners in India. They are not allowed into any of the shops or even the hospitals. The documentary clearly states that this ban effects 4 million people.

Although many good points are made in this documentary, it portrays a very distorted view of what Shugden practitioners are like. The documentary tells about the murders of Lobsang Gyatso and his two attendants in Dharamsala in 1997, and how the Tibetan Government linked these murders to the Shugden Society. However, it doesn’t explain that there was never any evidence to support that Shugden Society was involved in these murders.

On March 2, 1997, the Shugden Society released a press release, which refuted the allegation that the society was involved in any way in the murders. The five leaders of the Dorje Shugden society were then released from Dharamsala and returned to Delhi the next day. There is still no evidence of their wrong doing.

The documentary includes an interview with the Tibetan Prime Minister, professor Samdhong Rinpoche, telling many lies. “The Shugden and the Chinese are obviously allies,” “Their cults all over the world are financed by the Chinese”. He adds that “people are afraid of Shugden violence. They are like terrorists, they will stop at nothing, everyone knows this.”

It is amazing that he could tell so many lies in so few sentences. There also is no evidence to support the claim that Shugden practitioners and the Chinese have any kind of alliance. The evidence they provide in the documentary is a photo of a Shugden lama who they think has been to China three times. But they don’t even provide any evidence that this lama has been to China. Much less that he has any kind on alliance with the Chinese government.

It is probably true that many Shugden practitioners are more frightened of the Dalai Lama and his Government than the Chinese Government. However, the majority of Tibetan Shugden practitioners seem to wish for Tibetan independence, as well as, religious freedom.

One journalist interviewed at the end of the documentary hit the nail on the head when asked how taboo it is to criticize the Dalai Lama in India. “If you critcize the Dalai Lama you are judged to be a Chinese spy and someone who goes against the cause of Tibet” she replied.

Maybe this documentary will break the trail for more journalists to go into India to document the Dalai Lama’s persecution of Shugden practitioners. Hopefully, the next group of journalists will take more time to actually investigate the claims made by the Dalai Lama and his government.

The French Documentary: The Dalai Lama’s Demons