Posts Tagged 'kadampa'

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.

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

“Oh no, am I in a cult?!”

The New Kadampa Truth blog has rolled out the first in a series of articles about the New Kadampa Tradition being labeled as a cult by supporters of the Dalai Lama. The ‘cult’ smear has probably been the most damaging smear to the reputation of the NKT even though there is no actual basis to support it. It’s wonderful that this series of articles is being published by the New Kadampa Truth team. May the truth prevail!

A quote from the article: The history of the New Kadampa Tradition’s ‘cult’ smear

Being accused of being a cult by someone who dislikes you is similar to being asked if you are still beating your wife every night. No matter what is said or not said in defence, the insinuation remains that you beat your wife. For simply addressing this topic, the NKT may be accused by the same detractors of being defensive (”they wouldn’t need to defend themselves if they weren’t in fact a cult!”); but we will take that risk. From the faultfinders’ point of view, we’re damned if we defend ourselves and damned if we don’t. Why not just ignore them? Because people surfing the Internet sometimes encounter the allegation that the NKT is a cult and then assume that the person who said this somehow knows something that they do not. They may then believe this and either stay away from the NKT or, if they are already in the NKT, anxiously ask themselves, “Oh no, am I in a cult?!”

Update: Dalai Lama’s Court Case in Delhi High Court

An update on the Dalai Lama’s court case in Delhi High Court has been posted on the Shugden Society blog. Unfortunately, it’s not good news, but it’s good to know what’s going on at least.

Here’s a link: Update on the Dalai Lama’s Court Case in New Delhi, India

The NKT, Sectarianism and Fractals

Before Today, I never would have known that fractals could be useful in illustrating Atisha’s advice on how to gain the attainments of all deities through accomplishing the practice of just one. But the author of Heart Jewel (both the site and the blog) has presented a skillful refutation of the smear that the New Kadampa Tradition is sectarian by using a fractal illustration.

The NKT follows the middle way which avoids the extremes of sectarianism and eclecticism.

Extreme #1: One tradition is better than the other three (“one size fits all”), which leads to sectarianism.

Extreme #2: Four traditions are better than one (“I need all I can get”), which leads to eclecticism.

The Middle Way: (a) One tradition cannot accomplish everything for everybody (“different strokes for different folks”), which counters sectarianism. But, (b) one tradition can accomplish everything for you (“less is more”), which counters eclecticism.

– From the article: You Do the Math: Understanding Atisha’s Fractal Dharma

Kadampa Meditation Center France Blessing Ceremony

This is a beautiful video that someone added to Vimeo about the blessing ceremony at Kadampa Meditation Center France.

Important Posts About the New Kadampa Tradition

Two important posts about the New Kadampa Tradition have been posted on the New Kadampa Truth Blog in the last couple days. These posts refute the smears that the NKT has broken away from the Gelugpa tradition and the mainstream of Buddhism.

After reading these posts I was surfing the web and came across this quote from Jim Belither about Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and found these words inspiring to contemplate:

Through the kind efforts and pure wishes of our Venerable Teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the sun of Je Tsongkhapa’s Kadam Dharma, having risen from behind the Eastern Snow Mountains, now radiates to many countries throughout the world. Through the pure thoughts and actions of Kadampa Buddhists, now and in the future, may the teachings, example and blessings of the Buddha and Je Tsongkhapa continue to remain and flourish for the greater good and happiness of all beings.  – Jim Belither

 
The posts are below:

Are NKT practitioners real Gelugpas?
Has the NKT broken away from the mainstream?

How do Buddhists View Other Religions?

This is a video interview with Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (filmed at least 10 years ago) about how Buddhists view other religions. In particular, Geshe Kelsang is asked how Buddhists view Christianity. He said that it is a very beautiful religion that shares a lot of similarities with Buddhism. Some people love both religions, but in the end they should choose just one. Otherwise there is fighting inside.

This is similar to why, in the NKT, many practitioners say it’s best to focus on one tradition. Because, if we follow multiple traditions, we will be confused and have an internal conflict about which path is correct or which teacher is correct. This is why most practitioners in the NKT focus on one tradition. Not out of sectarianism or coming from a critical attitude toward other traditions.

False Accusations Against the Innocent

There are many followers and representitives of the Dalai Lama who wish to make Shugden practitioners look like evil (violent) spirit worshippers in the public eye. However, there is no evidence that Shugden practitioners are violent or spirit worshippers.

So how can they make Shugden practitioners look like evil spirit worshippers without any evidence? Make it up.  And that’s exactly what they do.

The prime minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile, Samdhong Rinpoche recently said:

The Shugden and the Chinese are obviously allies…Their cults all over the world are financed by the Chinese…people are afraid of Shugden violence. They are like terrorists, they will stop at nothing, everyone knows this.

Have they provided any valid evidence that Shugden practitioners and the Chinese are allies or that Shugden practitioners are financed by the Chinese? No. These are just negative accusations that have no evidence supporting them.

There are millions of Shugden practitioners all over the world and the only evidence the Tibetan Government in Exile has to support that Shugden practitioners are violent is the murders of Lobsang Gyatso and his two attendants in 1997. No one has been convicted for these murders, and there is no valid evidence linking these murders to Shugden practitioners. Yet Samdhong and other Tibetan officials repeatedly claim that Shugden practitioners are violent in nature. Their inability to provide any valid evidence of this violence, in fact, proves the opposite. It proves that they are lying in an attempt to destroy the reputation of Shugden practitioners worldwide.

In a 1997 Newsweek article Robert Thurman said:

It would not be unfair to call Shugdens the Taliban of Tibetan Buddhism.

This statement proves one thing. That Robert Thurman will say absolutely anything on behalf of the Dalai Lama. Even if it means telling blatant lies.

A German Newspaper recently stated that Shugden practitioners engage in animal sacrifice. This accusation is about as ridiculous as Robert Thurman’s accusations in 1997. The “religious expert” who is the source of this accusation wished to remain anonymous.

From the New Kadampa Truth site:

We might ask what such an “expert” is scared of. To appear to be manipulated by the Dalai Lama’s Private Office? To be sued for libel? When asked for evidence or even instances of Shugden practitioners sacrificing animals, the journalist could not give any. This was not the most rigorous example of “investigative journalism”.

It appears that the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile follow the view of the Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin, who said “A lie told often enough becomes truth”.

New Kadampa Truth Blog

The official New Kadampa Truth Blog went live today with responses to Nathaniel Whiteman’s 31 Reasons for Leaving the NKT. The official blog will function to refute new smears that don’t really fit into the format of the New Kadampa Truth site.

Not long ago, a young man called Nathaniel Whiteman posted 31 allegations against the NKT on various Internet sites – all reasons, he said, for leaving the NKT. He created his own blog and repeated them there, from whence they have spread to other anti-NKT blogs or websites. He wrote to New Kadampa Truth saying that he would remove them or change them on his blog if he got replies. – New Kadampa Truth Blog Read the full article


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