Below are a couple interesting excerpts from articles about the Karmapa controversy.
The tale of two Karmapas by Julian Gearing – Dec 24, 2003
Whether the recognition of Urgyen Trinley was a joyous event, as his supporters claim, or a “spiritual coup” carried out by Tai Situ and the Dalai Lama, as critics claim, the recognition has to be understood against the backdrop of old world Tibetan politics. Tibetan society is autocratic and hierarchical, especially in the Buddhist orders. Since the Dalai Lama fled Tibet after the Lhasa Uprising in 1959, he had been trying without success to bring unity to the Buddhist schools, bringing together his Gelukpa lineage with the Nyingma, Sakya, Karma Kagyu and other smaller schools, including the animist Bon religion.
The 16th Karmapa had been stubborn in his insistence on maintaining the independence of his school, and maintained a “loyal opposition” to the Dalai Lama’s government. After the murder in the 1970s of one of the Karmapa’s supporters who was the head a group of refugee settlements, the Karmapa took more care with his security and spent more time overseas. He died in the United States in 1981. The Tibetan leader’s efforts to bring him into the fold failed. Then in 2000, Urgyen Trinley arrived on his doorstep.
Tibetan Buddhist factions come to blows: A dispute that has challenged the Dalai Lama’s authority led yesterday to a battle, writes Tim McGirk in New Delhi – March 18th, 1994
It is a tale of monastic intrigue, with accusations of murder, forgery and manipulation by the Chinese government. This medieval drama culminated in a pitched battle at a monastery outside Delhi yesterday, when monks and Tibetans faithful to the Dalai Lama threw bottles and bricks and fought against a coterie of Shamar Rinpoche’s followers, many of them Westerners initially attracted to the Buddhist creed of non-violence.
See also: Karmapa Controversy Video
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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
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Dalai Lama Wikileaks Shame – Part 2
Having been sent to the army, these children were then sent into war with the Dalai Lama’s consent. In the 1971 war in East Pakistan,190 of these Tibetan ‘soldiers’ were injured and 56 were killed.
Dalai Lama Wikileaks Shame – Part 3
Clearly, Establishment 22 is the Dalai Lama’s secret army, supplied with fresh recruits from the Tibetan orphans as revealed in the Wikileaks cables.
Prime Minister Samdhong
This is the news release of Tibetan service of Radio Free Asia of December 24, 2010.
On December 24, 2010, the Prime Minister of Tibetan Government-in-Exile had a public meeting in Delhi attended by some Tibetan Parliament members,… representatives of each province of Tibet, local Tibetans living in Delhi including a representative of Dalai Lama’s office in Delhi.
“Inside and outside of Tibet Shugden followers are opponents of his Holiness Dalai Lama. They are trying to divide Tibetan community and make it against Dalai Lama, so, for example, here, in exile in India, we almost completely won and demolished Shugden followers who used to be very strong in Delhi, but not any more because we, Tibetan people, acted bravely and without hesitation against Shugden followers. But some of the roots are still left, and the Shugden followers on the way stop by in Delhi and carry out some activities. Now, without fear and hesitation, we, Tibetans, must fight and destroy Shugden followers. I am urging you to act against hesitation and fear, but of course, I will not blame you if you fear – they will fight back fearlessly and may beat some of us or kill, but if you fear and do nothing that means Shugden followers are winning. Even though you may die or face beating you must fight – it I very important”.
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Dalai Lama Wikileaks Cables
Today, the Western Shugden Society pointed out more of the Dalai Lama’s shameful conduct that has been revealed in the US Embassy Cables leaked by Wikileaks.
The cable releases reveal that the Dalai Lama’s secret army received a steady stream of new recruits from the Tibetan Children’s Village Schools. As the cable says: ‘Membership in Establishment 22 was compulsory for Tibetan students graduating from Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) schools until the late 1980s’. These schools were set up for the destitute children and orphans amongst the Tibetan refugee community with international aid donations.
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