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The Illusion of Government

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Below is another sample of the contents of the new book A Great Deception – The Ruling Lama’s Policies by the Western Shugden Society.

Gradually over the years since the Dalai Lama left his homeland, 145,000 Tibetans have moved from Tibet and made settlements in India, Nepal and Bhutan or settled further afield in exile communities throughout the world.

The Dalai Lama himself, together with many of his closest followers, eventually settled in the old British hill station of McLeod Ganj, near the small Indian town of Dharamsala in northern India.

The Tibetan town that has grown up around him there is now the principal Tibetan refugee community.

At enormous expense an administration was established in Dharamsala to maintain effective control over the widely-spread refugee population. This administration has become known as ‘The Government of Tibet in Exile’ though it has no legal status either within or outside India and is not officially recognized by any country, least of all by India.

There is a Tibetan National Assembly of People’s Deputies (usually simply called the ‘National Assembly’), which consists of forty-six representatives. However, of these representatives only thirty are directly elected by the Tibetan people. The five major religious traditions (Gelug, Kagyu, Sakya, Nyingma and Bön) elect two representatives each, and the remaining six are direct appointees of the Dalai Lama. This in itself represents a breach of democratic principles, since only two-thirds of the delegates are directly elected by the people. The National Assembly nominally appoints the members of the Cabinet (‘Kashag’ in Tibetan), but in practice these are often directly appointed by the Dalai Lama. And for a time in the early 1980s the Dalai Lama even took it upon himself to appoint unilaterally all delegates of the National Assembly.

Tsering Wangyal writing in the Tibetan Review in 1979 pointed out that ‘every important office-bearer in Dharamsala has to be approved by the Dalai Lama before formally taking his office.’ In the same article he continued:

‘Despite the introduction in 1963 of some of its external paraphernalia, Tibetan democracy is yet to come of age. The 199 Commission of Tibetan People’s Deputies (The National Assembly), the most consciously democratic institution in the exiled Tibetan community, has at its last public appearance failed to alter its image of being an impotent body – subservient for all practical purposes to the dictates of the government (the Dalai Lama). … The experience so far has shown that the old-world values and ideas continue to dominate the positions of power in the Tibetan community …’

In the last fifty years, the Tibetan exile government functioning in Dharamsala has never faced an opposition party, nor even an individual who could be called an opposition member. It has never taken a decision contrary to the Dalai Lama’s position, and such an event is even considered to be inconceivable. With all authority (executive, legislative, judicial and religious) invested solely in the person of the Dalai Lama, this government has ceased to uphold any pretence of constitutional democracy.

The Tibetan government is the Dalai Lama, and the Dalai Lama is the Tibetan government. Behind the trappings of government with its illusion of democracy, the Dalai Lama’s position, with its central tenet, ‘L’etat, c’est moi’ (‘I am the State’), extends its domain of authority over all aspects of policy and decision-making. There is no decision of government that is not the Dalai Lama’s decision.

Because the Dalai Lama is commonly held to be an infallible being, the embodiment of a Buddha, it is not only inconceivable but would also be heretical to formulate a policy or make a decision contrary to his wishes. Furthermore, because it would again be an act of heresy to criticise the policy or decision of a supposedly enlightened being, all criticism and blame for the Dalai Lama’s mistakes are directed at the Tibetan government, which has no means of redress.

In this way, the so-called Tibetan government is blamed for all of the Dalai Lama’s mistakes, and the untarnished image of the Dalai Lama is maintained. This very convenient system has enabled the Dalai Lama, through the illusion of government, to destroy the reputation and activities of others, to intimidate and persecute them, and to instigate violence against them, all while maintaining a faultless public image, and knowing full well that all subsequent blame will be carried by his ‘government’.

In September 1995, an unprecedented ‘open letter’ from the Tibetan people to the Dalai Lama was given anonymously to an English woman travelling in Nepal. Called the ‘Mongoose-Canine Letter’, it revealed to Westerners for the first time another side of the Dalai Lama, one which was already an open secret within the Tibetan community. For the first time ever, the Dalai Lama and his government were publicly accused of such things as illegal international trading in arms, persecution and assassination; and of creating schism and disharmony within the Tibetan spiritual traditions and community.


The Tide has Turned

The below article was published on the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Blog
Homage to Guru Protector Dorje Shugden!

Since the Western Shugden Society demonstrated against the Dalai Lama’s ban on the practice of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden last year, much has happened that is a cause for rejoicing. These demonstrations came about because the Tibetan government were organizing the expulsion of Dorje Shugden practitioners from Tibetan society with those practitioners having no recourse and no free speech, and although the WSS made many requests to the Dalai Lama requesting him to stop, he never replied. The peaceful protests arose out of compassion, not out of anger. Now the problems they were addressing have stopped, at least temporarily. Moreover, developments on various fronts also show how necessary and effective this expression of free speech in Western society was in terms of showing support and thereby increasing the confidence of sincere practitioners in India and elsewhere. They have heralded a revival of Dorje Shugden practice throughout the world.

Persecution stops, WSS stops

As the world media spotlight is never far away, the Dalai Lama and his followers are forced to be more cautious, and as a result we are hearing less about the persecution of Dorje Shugden practitioners in the Tibetan exile community in India. Recent information indicates that the Tibetan government have stopped the persecution because the Dalai Lama’s reputation is decreasing in the world due to this mistake. If the Dalai Lama continues to speak out and act to destroy the practice of Dorje Shugden and the beloved Gelugupa tradition transmitted by the lineage holders Je Phabongkhapa and Trijang Rinpoche, as well as many other great Gelugpa Lamas and their disciples, he now knows that WSS demonstrators will continue to protest to bring this hypocrisy and injustice to the world’s attention. The WSS wants peace. If the Dalai Lama and his government stop, the demonstrations stop. If they do not stop, the WSS does not stop.

Politicians backtrack

The Dalai Lama’s student and Tibetan prime minister, the monk Samdhong Rinpoche, has even been embarrassed into publicly criticizing the Abbots for the forced signature campaign. This is ironic, as he was of course an instigator of this campaign, but it is a clear indication that the exile government knows now that they cannot get away with this disastrous policy, and feel the political need to distance themselves from it by scapegoating the Abbots.

Court case

The court case against the Dalai Lama and Samdhong Rinpoche wends its way through the Delhi High Court, to be heard in September. Whatever the outcome, it is at least being taken seriously as there are pages upon pages of documented evidence of the ban and its repercussions — persecution, violence, segregation, etc.

High Gelugpa Lamas speak up

Recently the Ganden Tripa, the Ganden Throne Holder and head of the Gelugpa school, spoke out publicly in support of Trijang Choktrul. The Dalai Lama has never been the head of the Gelugpa school (nor any of the other Tibetan Buddhist schools); it is the Ganden Tripa who has traditionally been responsible for what happens within the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition, and this support for a famous Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioner indicates the Ganden Tripa’s lack of support for the Dalai Lama’s interference in this tradition. It indicates that more and more Gelugpa Lamas who have continued their practice of Dorje Shugden in secret now have the confidence to come out of the closet and defy the Dalai Lama and his government in exile.

Dorje Shugden practitioners now have their own qualified temples and monasteries, free from political interference

Many Lamas, monks and other practitioners now have the confidence to join forces in practicing this tradition openly.

Perhaps the most compelling sign that the tide is turning is the growth of the monasteries Serpom Norling and Shar Gaden. Very fortunately, 500 monks from Ganden and 400 monks from Sera received their own land and are making new monasteries and temples where they can continue to practice the Gelugpa tradition purely without political disturbance. They are receiving financial support from individuals in the West, other Tibetan Lamas, and the WSS. As you can see from the pictures, they are working extremely hard and effectively, just as Dorje Shugden practitioners once upon a time worked hard to build the Tibetan community in exile after 1959.

These extraordinary qualified monasteries have arisen just ten minutes away from Sera and Ganden monasteries, the homes the monks were forced to leave for refusing to sign their names to say they would not support Dorje Shugden practitioners either materially or spiritually. These impressive buildings and the daily religious activities of the monks are a potent witness to the Dalai Lama’s failure to use his power and reputation to stamp out a pure religious tradition. The lineage Gurus have been restored to their rightful places on the thrones and the walls of the new temples. These new developments also show clearly how religion and politics do not mix. It seems as though the pure Gelugpas have broken away forever from Tibetan politics, both in the West and in the East. Despite some run ins with Dalai Lama supporters, the ranks of the monks are growing all the time.

Other monasteries throughout the world

There seems to be a revival of Dorje Shugden practice throughout the East, with temples and monasteries growing up or continuing to flourish in Tibet, in Chatreng, Chamdo and Kham, as well as in Mongolia, Nepal, and Taiwan.

In the West, the New Kadampa Tradition also flourishes, with over 1100 Centers and branches.

Dorje Shugden’s practice is growing like his statues

There are also Dorje Shugden statues being built both in the East and the West. People from all around the world are ordering more and more Dorje Shugden statues to be intalled in their respective centres and temples. This summer will see the unveiling of a beautiful new set of Dorje Shugden five lineages in the Kadampa Temple in England.

Dorje Shugden empowerment to thousands of Westerners

Last but not least, next week in England between 4000 and 5000 Western Buddhists, more than ever before, will receive a Dorje Shugden empowerment and Lamrim teachings from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso at the UK Kadampa Meditation Centre. For his entire life, Geshe Kelsang has fearlessly practiced, preserved, and promoted the pure Gelugpa tradition of Je Tsongkhapa as passed to him by Trijang Rinpoche.

All in all, it is proving impossible to stamp out this great tradition. Dorje Shugden’s time has come! May all living beings be happy and experience religious freedom.

So that the tradition of Je Tsongkhapa,
The King of the Dharma, may flourish,
May all obstacles be pacified
And may all favorable conditions abound.

If you know of other hopeful developments, please let us know in the comments section.


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.


Open Letter to the Tibetan Government in Exile


Letters

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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


The Dalai Lama: The Devil Within (Al Jazeera)

This new Al Jazeera documentary called ‘People and Power – The Dalai Lama: The Devil Within’ looks into the Dalai Lama’s religious disrimination against Shugden practitioners. Al Jazeera claims at least 40-million viewers in the Arab world. The article is below:

Aljazeera.net – The Dalai Lama has imposed a ban on the worship of a 500-year-old deity called Dorje Shugden.

Across the world 4 million Buddhist Tibetans worship this particular deity. The ban has created tension and dissent amongst the one million Tibetans living in India and in May 400 monks were thrown out of monasteries because of their religious beliefs.

In the Tibetan refugee camps, Shugden worshippers have been turned away from jobs, shops and schools. Posters with the message “no Shugden followers allowed” cover hospital and shop fronts.

The tension has been fueled by the Tibetan exile government who brandish Shugden worshippers as terrorists closely linked to China.

Shugden followers in India have decided to take matters into their own hands, taking the Dalai Lama to court for religious discrimination.


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.”


The Dalai Lama is Breaking the Hearts of Buddhists Around the World

Comment posted about the Dalai Lama Removing His Guru’s Thrones and Images:

What a sad moment in history when the picture of one of the greatest masters in the Gelugpa tradition is removed.

The Dalai Lama has created a situation that is breaking the hearts of so many Buddhists in the world, by mixing politics and dharma, to the point where his own spiritual guide’s picture, a holy being such as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, is seen as a threat to him and the fulfillment of his wishes. These are definitely degerated times in the Tibetan Buddhist world. It helps to understand why Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has separated from Tibetan Buddhism a long time ago. May Dorje Shugden protect the precious teachings of Buddha from being mixed with politics in this world. -Tsering Chodron


The Dalai Lama is Removing the Thrones of His Spiritual Teacher

Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Blog: Breaking News From India  

Ganden Lachi and Shartse monasteries are situated at Mundgod in South India. In both these monasteries stands a throne for Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the spiritual master of the Dalai Lama.

Ganden Lachi and Shartse monasteries were threatened: “You must remove these thrones or else we will not hold the great prayer festival together in Drepung monastery.”
It is quite certain that the thrones will be removed forever from the monasteries in order to appease the Tibetan Government in exile and the Dalai Lama.


Dalai Lama and Samdhong Speeches Enforcing the Dorje Shugden Ban

Why Dalai Lama do you keep saying there is no ban on Dorje Shugden when you clearly have instigated a ban on this holy spiritual practice? Why Dalai Lama do you keep lying to the people in the West?

This video contains speeches given by the Dalai Lama and the current minister of the Government of Tibet in Exile, Samdhong.

The speeches show direct evidence of the ban on Dorje Shugden – disclosing their emphasis on segregation, as well as the division of the monasteries and the Tibetan community in exile.

The speeches show that the ban is created by the Dalai Lama, not by the monasteries. This proves that the Dalai Lama and his government enforce the ban, and control the actions taken by the monasteries in India, which is having a negative effect on communities in Tibet and around the world.

Some of the above text was copied from the blog …why Dalai Lama why…

To see what followed after the Dalai Lama’s speeches watch Part 2a and 2b of the Dalai Lama’s ban on Dorje Shugden