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
If someone were to claim to us that they were a enlightened being, it would be common sense for us to examine their actions and see whether or not they resembled the actions of an enlightened being. The Dalai Lama is viewed by many to be the Buddha of Compassion. If the Dalai Lama were the Buddha of Compassion surely his actions would be compassionate. This is very clear. So we can ask ourselves the question: Is it compassionate for the Dalai Lama to persecute those who wish to follow their lineage gurus (teachers) rather than him? This is similar to a father beating his children for listening to advice they received from their mother rather than following the father’s advice. His actions of religious persecution do not even resemble the actions of a Buddhist, much less the Buddha of Compassion. His actions are those of a religious dictator.
Around 3,000 people, from almost every country in the world, have signed the petition to the Dalai Lama asking him to give religious freedom to Shugden practitioners.
If you haven’t already, please take to time to make this request to the Dalai Lama.
Petition to the Dalai Lama
To the Dalai Lama of Tibet,
We the undersigned ask you to accomplish the following four things:
- To give freedom to practise Dorje Shugden to whoever wishes to rely upon this Deity.
- To stop completely the discrimination between Shugden people and non-Shugden practitioners.
- To allow all Shugden monks and nuns who have been expelled from their monasteries and nunneries to return to their monasteries and nunneries where they should receive the same material and spiritual rights as the non-Shugden practitioners
- To tell the Tibetan community throughout the world in writing that they should practically apply the above three points.
This is a video of the recent Western Shugden Society protests at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This video clearly documents the violent and abusive nature of many Dalai Lama followers toward Shugden practitioners. Imagine what the Tibetan Shugden Practitioners in South India must experience without the protection of the police and news reporters videotaping and documenting their actions.
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
A personal first-hand account of the Western Shugden Society demonstration at Radio City Music Hall, July 17 2008
I was asked to do security facing the sidewalk (facing west) and a mob of Tibetans gathered about 15 feet from us and started yelling. Some were giving us the finger, some were flapping their dresses. One woman came up and started spitting at us. I put my body in between and got some spit on me and water (I think someone threw a water bottle at us). She looked at me and told me I would die with blood running out of my mouth. There were no police on our side of the pen as they were completely occupied with the stream of Tibetans pouring out of Radio City and crossing 6th ave on 50th Street. I could see people getting violent and the police were being very physical defending themselves throwing people on the ground and shoving them away when they started getting violent. My brother who had a better vantage point told me a couple of people were arrested because they hit police officers. One woman went to hit a police officer and he took her down by twisting her arm. Another woman was handcuffed by three police officers but I did not see her being led away so perhaps they let her go. The police maced others who were trying to attack the protesters, some of the protesters on the outskirts of the demonstration pen felt it. The scene was so intense. Crowds of onlookers also were gathering on all corners and 6th Avenue was closed to traffic during rush hour for 20 minutes.
Read the Article at the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Blog
This video was filmed during the Oxford Protests in May. It includes interviews with Western Shugden Society protesters including Geshe Sopa who has been attending the protests since May.
Dalai Lama Protests – Oxford May 30th
The Dalai Lama has labeled Dorje Shugden practitioners as worshippers of an evil spirit and is currently persecuting Shugden practictioners in the Tibetan in Exile communities. Even though the Dalai Lama’s own teacher Trijang Dorjechang and all the Gelugpa lineage gurus of the last 400 years strongly encouraged the practice of Dorje Shugden and regarded him as the wisdom Buddha Manjushri. The Dalai Lama himself relied upon Dorje Shugden for 40 years. Now he is saying that all the great masters of the Gelugpa lineage are wrong and that he was wrong for 40 years. Of course, he has freedom to have this view and to change his mind about relying upon Dorje Shugden. But, he does not have the right to force his view onto others and persecute those who choose to follow the great masters of the Gelugpa lineage rather than him. So who is Dorje Shugden? Below is a video of interviews with Western Buddhists who rely upon the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden.
Who is Dorje Shugden?