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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
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
The latest news from the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Blog. It seems that the Abbots of Sera Je, Sera Mey, Gaden Jangtse, Gaden Shartse, Drepung Gomang and Drepung Loseling were recently summoned to Dharamsala by the Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile, Samdhong Rinpoche.
Unbelievably, Samdhong Rinpoche scolded the Abbots for pushing the signature campaign on all monks to renounce Dorje Shugden in the three great seats of Sera, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries.
He said that their “insistence on the signature campaigns has made personal difficulties for the Dalai Lama.”
Could this be Samdhong Rinpoche and the Dalai Lama’s attempt to wriggle out of being implicated in the September Indian Supreme Court case, where they are on trial for Deity discrimination? Could it be because the international public are increasingly wary and suspicious of the Dalai Lama undermining others’ religious freedoms? By blaming the Abbots, they might let themselves off the hook?
In the short term they may look better in the Indian supreme court and in the court of international opinion, but in the long term this new strategy will likely backfire as it presents irreconcilable contradictions.
Why? Because there are many recorded public tapes of the Dalai Lama available on the mainstream press and the Internet at large where he is very clearly encouraging the Abbots of these three Monasteries to expel and remove all monks who refuse to sign the declaration that they will no longer associate spiritually or materially with Dorje Shugden practitioners.
See videos here.
This indeed is why Shar Ganden and Serpom Norling Monasteries are arising — communities of monks expelled under the Dalai Lama’s orders who are continuing with their practice of Dorje Shugden.
At least we can be thankful that the Abbots are now being scolded instead of praised for their enactment of the oppressive and unlawful signature campaign mandated by the Dalai Lama, ironic (and hypocritical) as this reprimand may be.
This evening I put together these clips which specifically highlight Samdhong Rinpoche’s lies on the Al Jazeera Documentary “Dalai Lama – The Devil Within”. From this series of clips it’s pretty obvious that he is lying even to people who are uneducated with regard to the Dorje Shugden controversy.
In other news, related to the Dorje Shugden controversy, someone named Jigme left this comment on an article of the Orangeville Citizen newspaper in Ontario, Canada. Hopefully, the media will eventually look behind the glossy image of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile and report in a balanced and accurate fashion with regard to them. Below is Jigme’s comment:
Thank you for your column “Unity vs. uniformity”. I would like to make a comment on one sentence towards the end of your article: Some see the Dalai Lama as a better model of humble witness to transcendent truth.
Although I do not doubt that, as a communications person, you remember the demos in 3 continents against the Dalai Lama, last Summer, I would like to request you to please bear in mind their meaning, in order not to publish, if possible, non-qualified, non-commented-upon news on the Tibetan leader…
If you remember the Dalai Lama´s actions, or find out about them then you might agree that his is one severe case of double talk, double behaviour, of … how to call it? deception of the masses using your own good fame?
Remember, the Dalai Lama instituted the segregation, persecution and religious annihilation of an important group of Buddhists, the followers of his own (the Dalai Lama’s) teachers, tagged as if by a yellow star as “Shugden worshippers”. This is an unprecedented case in Buddhist history, and the Dalai Lama is getting away with it because the Press and the politicians and even the common folk do not like to admit that they were deceived by his charming smile and the sacred words of the Buddha that he repeats while betraying them.
Please go back to your archives, please review what has been said, what has been happening. Try to understand that he produced a painful and unheard of schism in the Tibetan Sangha, i.e., among the Gelukpa monks, his own people. He used his religious and political power to implant hatred and segregation against even the lay people following this very traditional Tibetan Buddhist belief.
If you would like to find about it, you might like to go to some websites. They are not very perfectly written, these people do not have PR specialists advising them, but they are defending the victims of the Dalai Lama and they are saying the truth.
The Dalai Lama preaches compassion to the world but does not practice it at home, in his backyard.
Below is an update on the Dalai Lama’s Court Case which came from a valid source in New Delhi.
The Dalai Lama had finally sent a response through his advocate to the High Court of New Delhi, India, on the 19th of December, 2008. This was precisely 9 and a half months after he had received a Notice from the Court-questioning his actions behind the Ban and asking him to provide a response. His response has been inconclusive and irresponsible!
To begin with, it is Samdong Rinpoche, the supposed Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile, who has incidentally, responded on the behalf of the Tibetan leader. The Dalai Lama, on the other hand, has stayed aloof, apparently to demonstrate his sanctimonious position, which is probably even beyond diplomatic immunity! The response, in itself, is a ridiculous compilation of excessive lying and denials. It claims the court has no legal jurisdiction in matters of religion-the ban being a religious directive of the Tibetan leader-who has a mandate to guide the Tibetan people in the religious and political sphere.
On the other hand, as stated, there is a vehement denial of the fact that the Dalai Lama ever even placed a ban, or issued the referendum. Samdong claims that there has been no discrimination, no abuse of human rights, no suppression of religious freedom, no jobs have been denied, and no students have been expelled from schools! The 15, or so, monks who were denied entry to the settlement, were rejected due to the ban placed by the monasteries themselves, not by the Dalai Lama.
The Prime Minister, would rather engage in mud-slinging, as he wants the court and the world, to take note of the unholy liaison, of Kundeling Rinpoche and Lama Gangchen Rinpoche with the Communist Chinese government. According to Samdong: It is to minister the misdeeds and animosity of this duo, that such vicious attacks have been made to the holy Dalai Lama.
To prove the immaculate antecedents of the Dalai Lama, almost all of his ministries have attested letters to the effect. There even seems to be a letter from an obscure Indian minister. The National Human Rights Commission of New Delhi (NHRC) claims to the effect that no objections had been raised against the Dalai Lama. A letter from a so-called press Union, calling itself UBO, alleged to be in Switzerland, claims that the Swiss TV Channel Documentary ’10 vor 10′, was one-sided and biased in its interpretation of the on-going deity controversy, thus giving the Dalai Lama a clean sheet.
These, in substance, are clever ploys and face saving tactics on the part of the Dalai Lama and his Government. The Tibetan Government in Exile has even claimed, that under the leadership of the Dalai Lama there is harmony and good-will amongst all the Tibetan traditions, wherever Tibetans abide within and outside Tibet! And this, Samdong claims “has never happened before in the history of Tibet”.
The ball is now back in the court of Shugden practitioners and a response is being prepared. Please make prayers for the success of this court case.