This is a new version of a video I posted previously. This version is a little better. Below are links to the articles and news videos included.
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This version a little longer, but I think the additional clips tell the story more clearly. My hopes are that this video will give a glimpse of the truth about the Dalai Lama to people who don’t have time to watch some of the longer documentaries about the controversy.
This is a new video that I put together using clips from various news reports about the Dalai Lama’s ban on Dorje Shugden. I wanted to point out the fact that the Dalai Lama was receiving a human rights award while at the same time engaging in religious persecution against his own people.
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 Separate. Both 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 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:
- 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.
- 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
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.
Burmese monks protested …
now thousands of Buddhists in South Korea are protesting against religious discrimination.
“Police estimated that 60,000 people, including 7,000 monks, gathered in front of the capital Seoul’s City Hall.”
The article regarding the South Korean’s rally can be found here.
There is nothing un-Buddhist about demonstrating. Buddha taught that we should do whatever is practical to help correct a situation. Demonstration is a practical method to get your voice heard.
We will remain calm in our hearts and protest with one compassionate voice for religious freedom, for religious tolerance, and for the remaining of pure Buddhadharma in this world.
Dalai Lama – please remove the ban against Dorje Shugden practice!
Is there any evidence that the Tibetan Government in Exile tells lies? Have a look for yourself. Below is a quote from Tashi Wangdi (the Dalai Lama’s representitive) speaking about the ban on Dorje Shugden. His statements are recorded on video.
Tashi Wangdi (speaking to the press): “I think there is a lot of misunderstanding. I was trying to explain that there is no ban.”
Quotes from the Dalai Lama and Samdhong Lobsang Tenzin regarding the ban on Dorje Shugden also recorded on video.
Dalai Lama: “I began this ban to continue the Fifth Dalai Lama’s legacy, I started this by myself and I have to continue, and carry it to the end. Understood?
Dalai Lama: “Some of you are not serious, but this is wrong. You, staff members, pretend not to hear anything, and you let time go by. You think it is better that we don’t take action against people.”
Dalai Lama: “In Sera Je monastery some students voluntarily took responsibly and are working on enforcing the ban. This is very good.”
Samdhong Lobsang Tenzin (prime minister of exile government): “On this topic, we have to take some clear action. Otherwise, if we don’t act because we think that this ban is going to create a lot of different problems in our society, and fearing segregation within our society—then I think this is wrong.”
Is the Dalai Lama really a champion for peace and nonviolence?
In 1996 followers of the Dalai Lama stoned and hurled insults at Dorje Shugden practitioners in Southern India. If the Dalai Lama really was a man of peace and nonviolence wouldn’t he ask his followers to stop their violent actions toward Shugden practitioners?
Instead of asking his followers to stop the religious persecution of Shugden practitioners he says:
There will be no change in my stand. I will never revoke the ban. You are right. It will be like the Cultural Revolution. If those who do not accept the ban do not listen to my words, the situation will grow worse for them. You sit and watch. It will grow only worse for them.
The Dalai Lama to monks in India who questioned the ban
The problem is that in Tibet most people shun those whom they think the Dalai Lama wants them to shun. –TIME Magazine