Interview May 2008


A report taken from the forum of the Dalai Lama's website from a Tibetan Shugden practitioner on what is happening in the Tibetan community

I appreciate your effort to shed some light on the sufferings of Tibetan Shugden practitioners in India. I am a Tibetan and Shugden practitioner. Tibetan community is a very close knit community. Everyone knows each other through friends or family in the community. Now since His Holiness's address in Mundgod, the Tibetan exile government officials and associations have taken up Dalai Lama's message and started discriminating Shugden practitioners. We have now become the untouchables in Tibetan community. People took oath in the monasteries and offices that they wouldn't eat with us, do business with us and hold religious sermons with us. This is the reality in Tibetan soceity right now. It is so hard to imagine this is happennig now in the 21st century. We Shugden practitioners are suffering. We Tibetans cry out to the world for help that we don't have religious freedom in Tibet. But unfortunately, in our own backyard we the Shugden practitioners are systematically discriminated and intimidated for keeping our faith and belief. I hope and always pray that one day His Holiness would tell all the Tibetans that it is up to each individual whether to practice Shugden or not. But do not harm each other because some refuse to listen to me. Maybe this is my wishful thinking?? My final request to all fellow Tibetans, let us live in peace and let others live in peace and harmony. Don't punish others because they are not like you. We can end this if we respect freedom of thought, religion and respect others rights. Bod Gyalo.

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The Hypocrisy

Follow the story of the Dalai Lama's 30-year political campaign to destroy a centuries-old spiritual tradition taught to him by his own Spiritual Guide, and the efforts of those he's hurting to stop him:

Brief summary
- What is happening
- What is the Western Shugden Society (WSS)?
- Detailed reports of discrimination from inside India and elsewhere

The Dalai Lama's position
- A Great Deception
- Praise to Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden by the Dalai Lama
- In the Dalai Lama's words

Why is this happening?
- Why is this religious suppression taking place?
- Are the Dalai Lama's reasons valid?

Efforts to restore religious freedom
- Geshe Kelsang's open letter
- The ban is illegal and unconstitutional
- Press reports and videos
- Dorje Shugden Devotee's Charitable and Religious Society
- Dalai Lama sued for repressing religious freedom
- A conflict with a solution
- Announcement from Serpom Norling Monastery

Analysis of situation
- Sectarianism
- Can the Dalai Lama ever make a mistake?
- Is the Dalai Lama the only spiritual leader in Tibetan Buddhism?
- Theocracy or democracy?
- Spirit worship or authentic Buddhist practice?
- Freedom of worship
- The Dalai Lama's justifications
- Analysis by Dalai Lama's translator (PDF)
- What would Thomas Jefferson think of the 14th Dalai Lama?
- Book Reviews
- Videos

Evidence and first-hand accounts
- Chronological background
- Discord in exile documentary
- Political motivations for the ban
- Summary to date from Tibetan exiles
- Other

Ongoing persecution 2008-2010
- Recent vote sticks and call for help
- Forced signature and ID card campaign
- Persecution of monks at Sera Monasteries
- Public humiliation and explusion of monks
- Letter to Indian Prime Minister regarding abuses
- Letters from Dorje Shugden Devotees
- Urgent appeal from Sera Monasteries
- Support from Indian police
- Western Shugden Society letter to Sera monasteries
- Western Shugden Society letter to TGIE
- Heartfelt request from monks in Mundgod
- More discrimination planned around the world
- Letter from an FPMT monk
- Other
- What you can do

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