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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?

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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 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?


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.


The Top Ten Dalai Lama Youtube Videos that Need Your Vote

Dalai Lama and Tibet
Youtube is a very democratic website. The most popular videos that receive the most views and thumbs up ratings end up at the top of the search results and receive the more views as a result. Recently, some of the videos that expose the dark side of the Dalai Lama have been moving up. You can help them move up further by creating a Youtube account (if you don’t already have one) and voting up these top ten videos.

1. Penn & Teller: Dalai Lama and Tibet – This video has some profanity in it, but it is currently the 6th video that comes up for “dalai lama” searches on Youtube.

2. CrossTalk on Dalai Lama: CIA Monk exposed – This video comes up on the 2nd page of results for “dalai lama” searches on Youtube. It comes up 1st for “dalai lama cia” searches.

3. US-China relations could get worse – This video comes up on the 3rd page of results for “dalai lama” searches and comes up 3rd for “dalai lama cia” searches.

4. People & Power – The Dalai Lama: The devil within – Sept 30 Part 1 – This video also comes up on the 3rd page of results for “dalai lama” searches.

5. Dalai Lama and his links to Nazis – This video comes up on the 4th page of results for “dalai lama” searches.

6. Who is Dorje Shugden? – This is a great video that has received a lot of negative ratings.

7. Dudjom Rinpoche and the Dalai Lama – This video comes up 3rd for search results for “dudjom rinpoche” and it would come up first if the ratings were improved.

8. Professor Samdhong Rinpoche Caught Lying by Al Jazeera – This video comes up 12th for “samdhong rinpoche”, but it should come up first, because it has had more views than all of the other “samdhong” videos.

9. The Dalai Lama’s Advice Regarding Dorje Shugden – This video has had only 7 likes and 4 dislikes which prevents it from getting many views.

10. The Dalai Lama and Guru Devotion – Another great video that has received a lot of negative ratings.


The Dalai Lama Cables: Follow the Money

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Recently declassified US State Department cables reveal the workings of the Dalai Lama and his inner circle. The Dalai Lama Cables: Follow the Money Part 1 and Part 2 have been posted on the Western Shugden Society website.

Part 1 reveals how despite having tens of millions of dollars worth of gold stored in banks in Calcutta, the Dalai Lama successfully pleaded poverty to the United States government and secured a tax-free hand out of $180,000 per annum from 1959 onwards.

Part 2 reveals that in addition to receiving money from the CIA, the Dalai Lama had been negotiating with the Soviets for financial assistance. It also reveals that the US congress continues to financially support the Dalai Lama, and the CIA subsidy has been replaced by National Endowment for Democracy funding.


Dalai Lama and Samdhong Lama Speeches – February 2011


A Letter from Tibetan Shugden Practitioners in the USA to Radio Free Asia

Below is a letter written by Dorje Shugden practitioners living in the USA to Radio Free Asia in response to the article they published in which Prime Minister Samdhong is Encouraging Violence Against Shugden Practitioners

Dear Sirs:

We are writing with regards to the recent news posting on December 24th 2010 on the web-site of Radio Free Asia in the Tibetan news section of the agency.

The media clip that has been posted there broadcast the speech of the Prime Minister of Tibetan Government-in-Exile Samdong Rinpoche regarding the issue of worshipping Buddhist deity Shugden. In this speech Samdong Rinpoche calls Tibetans for fighting with Shugden followers, he even labels these people as “traitors” and “terrorists”. According to him, Shugden devotees are not be tolerated by other Tibetans who should not mingle with the followers of the deity, and stop any relations with them. Tibetan Service of RFA is well-known and quite popular in the Tibetan community in Exile, especially among the Tibetan community outside of Tibet and India as an independent source of news and information regarding the Tibetan affairs. The tensions that exist in the Tibetan society due to the Dharamsala policy on the issue that result in physical, emotional, mental and economic suffering of Shugden devotees, should be accounted for by the Tibetan service of RFA as well whose coverage contributes to such framing of the issue as well. Tibetan service of RFA should bear its share of responsibility, being the Fourth Estate.

We, the group of the followers of Buddhist deity Dorjee Shugden, are very much upset by the news release of Tibetan service of RFA. Posting audio clip with the speech of the representative of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile without giving any comment and critical evaluation of such a policy and official viewpoint of Tibetan Government-in-Exile that conducts the policy of intolerance towards a community of people that has different religious views than the head of the Tibetan Government-in-Excile. It is hard to believe that Tibetan service of RFA is posting the news release without giving any comment as a media that operates in the free country and whose mission is to provide news to the countries whose governments prohibit access to a free press. By giving the floor only to the official, “Dharamsala” information on the issue of Shugden, means supporting the policy of discrimination based on the religion and failure to adhere to its mission and principles of free press.

By submitting this message we truly believe that opinions other than those of official Dharamsala will be published on the web-site of the service as well.

Thank you for your attention.

Dorjee Shugden USA


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