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Tibetan Blogger Speaks Up About the Undemocratic Nature of Ban on Dorje Shugden

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 SeparateBoth 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.

Dorje Shugden News Updates

Quotes from the article Tibet Fest Supports Endangered Tradition

“There was one primary reason why we established our monastery: to preserve our lineage,” Kuten Lama says. “The hardship is because (the Dalai Lama) took our religious freedom, our human rights. But it is very hard for us ordinary persons to explain to the world because he is so powerful and famous and our words are not too important.”

“We’re talking about basic human rights — being able to eat, being able to have housing, (not) having your life threatened,” Farnsworth says. “You can talk about love and compassion all you want, but people are being hurt by the Dalai Lama’s actions”.

Pressure mounts on the Dalai Lama to solve the problem of religious freedom amongst Tibetan exiles (from the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Blog)

Recently, five delegates from the European Tibet Support group came to Dharamasala. They said:

“For the last few months, Shugden devotees have protested widely. They are alleging that there is no religious freedom in the Tibetan exile community. A lot of world have picked up on this news and people are starting to pay attention to the issue.

On the other hand, we are fighting for religious freedom in Tibet. When there is a claim of a violation of religious freedom amongst Tibetan exiles, it is difficult for us to do our work.

Therefore, it would be good if you could solve this problem among yourselves.”

Court proceedings against the Dalai Lama and Kalon Tripa Samdhong

The first hearing was held at the Delhi High Court on September 12. The lawyer for the Dalai Lama and Samdhong Rinpoche sought more time, surprisingly saying that they could not reply yet. They have sought an extension until November 19 2008.

Thousands of Buddhist Rally…

Tenzin Peljor keeps trying to portray the demonstrations by the Western Shugden Society as non-Buddhist and unusual activity for and by Buddhists.

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.

The Dalai Lama is harming Dorje Shugden practitioners and destroying Buddhadharma in the process. The Dalai Lama, himself, has brought these demonstrations to his doorstep. The Dalai Lama is engaging in religious discrimination.

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!

The above content is from the blog …why Dalai Lama why…

Video – Western Shugden Society Protests – Nantes, France

AboutWSS.org – United under the umbrella of the Western Shugden Society, Buddhist Practitioners from all around the world went to Nantes for 3 days of protests against the Dalai Lama. They requested that he stops the persecution and discrimination of Shugden Practitioners around the world and lift the ban on this ancient prayer.

Quotes from the Dalai Lama, Samdhong and Tashi Wangdi

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.”

Dalai Lama Ban on Dorje Shugden Part 2 (Video)

Dalai Lama Ban on Dorje Shugden Part 2a (click here for part 1)

Part 2a shows evidence of the effects of the Dalai Lama’s speeches enforcing the ban on Dorje Shugden. As a result of the Dalai Lama’s speeches, temples have been desecrated, as his followers destoyed statues in Tibetan villages in India. The statues that have been destroyed had been blessed by the Dalai Lama’s own spiritual teachers (gurus) Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Ling Rinpoche. Any monks who have protested against the Dalai Lama’s ban have been expelled from their monasteries.

Dalai Lama Ban on Dorje Shugden Part 2b

Part 2b shows the violent side of the persecution of Shugden practitioners as a result of the Dalai Lama’s ban. Including events in 2000, when 600 monks in Dokhang monastery were doing summer retreat, around 3,000 followers of the Dalai Lama attacked their monastery with stones and bricks. This part also includes interviews with lay people who have experienced extreme persecution as a result of the Dalai Lama’s ban.

Dalai Lama Protests in Nantes, France August 15th-17th

The Western Shugden Society will be organizing peaceful protests at the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Nantes, France from August 15th-17th. Inside, the Dalai Lama will be giving a teaching entitled ‘Peace through Inner Peace’. Outside, the Western Shugden Society will be asking him to stop his religious persecution of Shugden practitioners in the Tibetan-in-Exile communities and around the world.

This blog will be updated with news related to the protests in Nantes, France soon.

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

Message to the Dalai Lama

Heartfelt requests from Buddhist practitioners around the world requesting the Dalai Lama to listen, hear and consider the suffering of Shugden practitioners due to his ban of their religious practice.

Western Shugden Society

Dalai Lama’s Stance on Nonviolence

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