Posts Tagged 'dorje shugden controversy'

Tibetan Politics and the Gelugpa Lineage

This is an interesting section on the Wikipedia page about Geshe Kelsang Gyatso with regard to his views of the current state of the Gelugpa tradition.

Relationship with Tibetan politics

Consistent with the lineage teachings he received from his root Guru, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Geshe Kelsang believes that the practice of Dorje Shugden should continue to be practised by any Gelugpas who wish to do so. This view differs from that held by the current Dalai Lama, who, despite having received the same lineage teachings, now actively discourages this practice. However, as it is an independent Western Buddhist organization, the Dalai Lama has no authority in terms of how the NKT-IKBU is organized and what practices are taught. The controversy surrounding the Dalai Lama’s ban of the practice of Dorje Shugden is described in the article on the Dorje Shugden Controversy.

Geshe Kelsang said at an NKT-IKBU Festival in 1995 that the Gelug tradition is in a state of “serious degeneration.” In explaining this, Geshe Kelsang said that if the Dalai Lama succeeds in destroying the practice of Dorje Shugden, the entire Gelug tradition itself will be destroyed:

If the practice of Dorje Shugden is harmful then it follows that Je Phabongkhapa was not an authentic Buddhist master, and if he was not then there is no doubt that his heart disciples, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (the Senior and Junior Tutors of HH the Dalai Lama) were also not authentic. These three Lamas are the most important Gelugpa Lamas of recent times. If these three are not pure Teachers then there is no doubt that the entire practice of the Gelug Tradition is invalid. This is the main issue that needs clarification.

Geshe Kelsang become critical of the Gelugpa hierarchy’s attempts to prevent him from passing on Dorje Shugden teachings that he had received from his own teacher. The distancing of Geshe Kelsang from the Tibetan hierarchy has also been underlined by a number of revisions made to later editions of his earlier publications. Geshe Kelsang’s dedications to the long life of the Dalai Lama found in earlier editions of Meaningful to Behold are omitted from the fourth edition (1994) onwards. Also, Geshe Kelsang’s students made revisions to the list of Mahamudra lineage gurus in the second edition of Clear Light of Bliss published in 1992. (On this point, Kyabje Gehlek Rimpoche explains that “We have two lineage prayers, one long and one slightly shorter one. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who had the teaching from Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche at the same time when I was there, gives the shorter lineage prayer and I put in the longer one.”) In the first edition, Phabongkha Rinpoche was followed by Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche, the latter being the ‘current holder of the throne of Ganden’. In the second edition, Ling Rinpoche’s name is omitted and replaced by ‘Dorjechang Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’ (Geshe Kelsang Gyatso).

Geshe Kelsang Explains the Relationship between Je Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden

Venerable Geshe Kelsang explains how Dorje Shugden is Manjushri Je Tsongkhapa. This was at the Dorje Shugden empowerment at the 2006 NKT Summer Festival at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England.

His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche Chanting Dorje Shugden Prayers

This video includes an audio recording of Trijang Rinpoche chanting Dorje Shugden prayers in Tibetan.

The author of the Heart Jewel blog wrote an interesting post about Trijang Rinpoche recently entitled ‘Trijang Rinpoche on Dorje Shugden‘. Here’s a quote from his post:

If a Buddha has any perceived faults—whether lustful to subdue the lustful, or hateful to subdue the hateful—these are our very faults on display.

Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche Caught Lying Again

Someone just posted this info as a comment on my blog:

The latest news I have received is not very long but quite important on many levels from very reliable sources. The Abbots of Sera Je, Sera Mey, Gaden Jangtse, Gaden Shartse, Drepung Gomang and Drepung Loseling were summoned to Dharamsala by Prime Minister of Exile Tibetan Govt Professor Samdong Rinpoche very recently. Samdong Rinpoche scolded the Abbots for PUSHING THE SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN OF ALL MONKS TO RENOUNCE SHUGDEN IN THREE GREAT SEATS OF SERA, GADEN AND DREPUNG!!!

He said that their insistence on the signature campaigns has made personal difficulties for H.H. the Dalai Lama. (I would presume the court case and also the bad media regarding religious discrimination)

The ironic fact is that HH himself pushed for it through the Abbots. We can see the videos of HH praising the monasteries who has expelled the monks who wish to continue the practice and encourages more of it.

So perhaps this is a sign that the ban by HH is starting to have a negative effect on his reputation? extracted from dorjeshugden.com forum

Debunking ‘The Shuk-den Affair: Origins of a Controversy’

The Dalai Lama and his anti-Shugden associates have lost yet more ground to stand on in the battle for the truth about Dorje Shugden. The scholar, Trinley Kalsang, has launched a new site which debunks Dorje Shugden myths created by the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. Trinley states on the home page that “There is an overwhelming amount of evidence of texts supporting Shugden before Pabongkha (1878-1943), yet almost no one seems interested in it, and of course the detractors benefit greatly from the “murky origins” of this practice.”

So he’s taken the academic approach to refuting Georges Dreyfus’ The Shuk-den Affair: Origins of a Controversy and making the history and origins of Dorje Shugden available on the internet.

Here’s the website: Dorje Shugden History

Ten Simple Reasons why Dorje Shugden is a Buddha

A very well-done article was posted on the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Blog today explaining “Ten Simple Reasons why Dorje Shugden is a Buddha”. If there’s a Buddhist out there who hasn’t heard that the Dalai Lama claims that Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit, you must have been living in a mountain cave for the last 10 years. 8)

This post gives a simple explanation that anyone somewhat familiar with the subject can understand. Check it out:
Ten Simple Reasons why Dorje Shugden is a Buddha

The Dalai Lama’s Lies about Dorje Shugden

Below is the beginning of an article posted on the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden Blog today titled ‘The Cult of Dorje Shugden or the Cult of the Dalai Lama’

The Dalai Lama’s big lie

“In an interview with NEWSWEEK earlier this month, the Dalai Lama expressed his worries about the Dorje Shugden. “That cult is actually destroying the freedom of religious thought,” he said.”- Newsweek April 1997

“The problem with Dolgyal practice is that it presents the spirit Dolgyal (Shugden) as a Dharma protector and what’s more tends to promote the spirit as more important than the Buddha himself. If this trend goes unchecked, and innocent people become seduced by cult-like practices of this kind.” – The Dalai Lama’s Advice Concerning Dolgyal (Shugden), June 2008

This shows that in ten years, nothing has changed. The Dalai Lama is consistently using this derogatory term in relation to Dorje Shugden practice and practitioners, throwing mud that he hopes will stick so that Buddhists who have faith in him will also share this view. He uses the term ‘cult’ to dismiss the practice and humiliate those who practise it, but — as with most of the Dalai Lama’s pronouncements – few of his fervent followers have checked to see if there is truth in what he is saying.

Read the full article: ‘The Cult of Dorje Shugden or the Cult of the Dalai Lama’

Shugden Worshippers – The Buddhist Taliban?

When I first saw this article, I thought it was Robert Thurman’s response to the open letter from the Western Shugden Society. The title of the article is “Shugden Worshippers – The Buddhist Taliban” on a website called unmadeinchina. Robert Thurman has become infamous among Shugden practitioners for his statement in Newsweek in 1997: “It would not be unfair to call Shugdens the Taliban of Tibetan Buddhism.”

The article doesn’t actually say who the author is, but the intentions of this article are clear. It is attempt to brew hatred in the minds of Tibetans toward the NKT and Shugden practitioners in general by using the hatred many Tibetans already have toward the Chinese.

Here’s a few quotes from the article

In 1991, a senior monk named Kelsang Gyatso established a new Dorje Shugden order based in England, calling it the New Kadampa Tradition. (The NKT does not consider itself a form of Tibetan Buddhism.) The practice promised spiritual rewards for cash, which helped trigger problems with the Dalai Lama. Shugden can basically be considered a revival movement within the Geluk tradition. Shugden is considered the protector, not just of individual practitioners, but of the integrity of the Geluk tradition as conceived by its most conservative elements – for which they have been called “the Taliban of Buddhism.”

This smear that the NKT encourages people to give their money to the organization has been refuted many times. Who in the NKT has ever said practitioners could receive spiritual rewards for cash?

Chinese “Buddhist” organizations connected with NKT – such as the Buddhist Association of China (BAC) – use the agency New China to proclaim H.H. the Dalai Lama to be a “superstitious dictator” who holds his people in subjugation.

Where do they get this stuff? I’ve been involved in the NKT for 7 years and I’ve never even heard of the Buddhist Association of China before. If this was true, wouldn’t it be important for them to show some evidence of this connection? It is not true. So there is no evidence.

Not only that, but the Western Shugden Society calls the Dalai Lama a “religious dictator” not a “superstitious dictator”.

Could followers of Shugden have “infiltrated” the famous March 2008 clashes in which the Chinese alleged that some overexcited “monks” acted in ways that are in complete antithesis to Buddhism, but which are advocated by Shugden? Certainly, a fundamentalist sect which trains young monks – especially ones who may be open to using violence is very convenient for the forces of the Chinese occupation.

What will happen to Tibet if the non-violent Buddhism preached and defended by the Dalai Lama dies out and Shugden fundamentalism takes root?

Shugden’s mask may hide an even more terrible one: that of the CCP and of Hu Jintao. And His Holiness the Dalai Lama may be man they are trying to crush.

Can you believe that they are actually blaming Shugden practitioners for the March riots in Tibet? Everyone knows that it’s the Dalai Lama’s followers who hate the Chinese and engage in violent behavior towards them.

They accuse Shugden practitioners of both siding with China and fighting against them. It seems that Shugden practitioners have become the scapegoat for all the problems of the Tibetan Government in Exile.

Smear: NKT is sponsored by the Chinese Government

Tenzin Peljor, Editor in Chief

Today, Tenzin Peljor added a post on his blog about fundamentalism in Buddhism. He copied a statement from the Wikipedia article on the fundamentalism page about Buddhism. Just today, there was an edit on the fundamentalism page of Wikipedia and the section about the Dorje Shugden controversy and the New Kadampa Tradition was added (see the history). Interestingly, the section contains a lot of content from Tenzin Peljor’s favorite book ‘Buddhism in Britain’ by David N. Kay. I found a lot of coincidences here. So I looked to see if any other similar edits were made on Wikipedia with the same IP address (79.171.63.246). All of the edits from that IP address were made to pages related to the New Kadampa Tradition and the Dorje Shugden controversy.  So I looked it up to find out the location of the IP address online. The IP address is based in Italy. Tenzin Peljor is currently in Italy studying on the FPMT Master Study Program.

Does anyone other than me think that the mysterious editor of this page on fundamentalism is Tenzin Peljor?

Tenzin says this about the new addition to Wikipedia on his blog:

The section of the Wikipedia article on fundamentalism regarding Buddhism has been repeatedly deleted – probably by followers of the NKT – however the quotes and material are based on reliable sources and the section is balanced.

This section did not exist on the fundamentalism page before today. This is obvious, by looking at the history of the pages edits. This section is also very unbalanced since the author is just trying to spread negative views about the NKT on the internet. David Kay (Tenzin’s source) has a disgruntled history with the NKT. His book is not a nuetral or reliable source. Tenzin Peljor is the author of at least two thirds of the smears of the NKT on the web.

Video – Who is Dorje Shugden?

Video interviews with Kadampa Buddhists who rely upon Dorje Shugden the dharma protector.


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