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