Buddhist practitioners in the New Kadampa Tradition are commonly labeled as spirit worshippers for their reliance on the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. The Dalai Lama’s own teacher Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang clearly refuted false claims about Dorje Shugden. But, the Dalai Lama chose to abandon his Spiritual Guide and now he destroys the reputation of Trijang Rinpoche while publically giving teachings which he received from him. Trijang Rinpoche was the most highly regarded Gelugpa teacher at his time (1901-1981). The Dalai Lama has recently been giving Gelugpa teachings around the world. While at the same time, he is claiming that Trijang and all the Gelugpa lineage gurus of the last 300 years were spirit worshippers by saying the Dorje Shugden is a spirit.
The Dalai Lama and Guru Devotion
From the New Kadampa Truth website:
Truth: Not one single person in the NKT worships a spirit. It is superstitious, uninformed and offensive to suggest that they do.
Some people suggest that NKT students and teachers are so stupid that they don’t even know they are worshipping a spirit but think they are relying upon a Buddha. This is both patronizing and ignorant.
Read the full refutation of this smear: NKT Worships a Spirit