Reuters Anti-Dorje Shugden Report Backfires

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On 21 December 2015, Reuters published a special investigation of the Dorje Shugden issue titled “China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama”. It was supposed to be an unbiased investigation into the Dorje Shugden movement and its alleged links to China. The report has since reverberated throughout the world, lauded by supporters of the ban as evidence that China does indeed support Dorje Shugden and Shugden practitioners.

The article has also invited responses, starting first with a response from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, followed by an objective analysis by Justin Whitaker on Patheos and insightful coverage on the online radio Sputnik by political journalist Andrew Korybko.

Already you will see many outsiders and non-Buddhists are studying carefully and questioning the ban on Dorje Shugden which is VERY GOOD NEWS. The more people know the truth because of the accurate information we put out there, the greater the pressure for the exiled Tibetan leadership to remove the ban. All the problems came from the ban. The ban started from the Tibetan leadership. If they want harmony, then it’s time for both sides to sit down and talk, and discuss on how to dismantle this ban immediately.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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This is the original report published by Reuters. As a result, China with its large economy and political influence in the world, has declared openly that they will support religious freedom and all faiths, including the worship of Dorje Shugden. Their statement was a direct response to this Reuters article. This is very good news because the Chinese government is atheist. For an atheist government to openly declare that they give religious freedom to all faiths and forms of worship is definitely moving in the right direction. We should applaud China for this official change instead of criticising them. This support will have positive impact for Dorje Shugden practitioners everywhere because the exiled Tibetan leadership and their supporters have always insisted that there is a link between Shugden practice and China which is totally false. This statement also shows China’s positive direction of opening up their previously atheist restrictions to openly accepting all forms of worship and further states it is a private matter left up to their citizens.

In summation:

  • The article alleges there are links between Dorje Shugden practitioners and China. These allegations are based on the testimony of one already-discredited witness and some anonymous sources
  • International Shugden Community protestors are criticised for exercising their right to freedom of speech, in order to protest for their religious freedoms. Along with some Dorje Shugden lamas, the article alleges that the protestors are receiving funding and directives from the Chinese leadership
  • Without any evidence, Reuters alleges that China is using the Dorje Shugden issue to create schism within the Tibetan community

Please do click on the image below to read the original article so that you understand the analyses to follow. It is important to understand this issue well because it directly concerns the future of our practice of Dorje Shugden. Despite such a lengthy investigation by a reputable news agency, questions are already being raised as to the veracity and accuracy of Reuters’ report. These questions are being raised by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, as well as non-Shugden practitioners who are in support of the truth.

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Part 2: China’s Response >>

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From the Chinese Foreign Ministry

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The Chinese government responded by saying that all citizens have the freedom of belief in China, and that “all religions and sects receive equal respect and protection”. The Chinese leadership’s response is in stark contrast to the exiled Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala. People may claim what they like, but there is no denying that they are the original source of this conflict by suppressing the rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners and ignoring their religious freedoms. It has been nearly two decades since the ban was first implemented in 1996 without the consultation and input of the Tibetan people, not unlike the theocratic behaviour that the Chinese Foreign Ministry highlights in their response to Reuters.

I was also happy to see that the Chinese Foreign Ministry demonstrates an understanding of Dorje Shugden’s nature, history and background. It shows that they have been watching and learning and reading up about Dorje Shugden, and that the evidence is overwhelming that he is not a spirit. It is up to people whether they want to believe in Dorje Shugden or not, but the Chinese government themselves recognise that Dorje Shugden is a protecting deity (and not a spirit).

If the exiled Tibetan leadership had hoped to embarrass Shugden practitioners by shedding light on their so-called links with China, I would say their plans have backfired because it gave the Chinese leadership another opportunity to highlight the shortcomings and authoritarian behaviour of the exiled Tibetan leadership. They also gave China an opportunity to officially recognise and support the practice of Dorje Shugden, and openly state everyone has religious freedom.

Isn’t it ironic that Dharamsala is becoming more and more suppressive of religious freedoms, while the Chinese government who is accused of suppressing religious freedoms is actually becoming more and more open?

Part 3: Mr Justin Whitaker’s Response >>

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Justin Whitaker on Patheos.com

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s response was swiftly followed by an objective analysis by Mr Justin Whitaker who has previously examined the Shugden issue. In fact, Mr Whitaker previously had some relatively anti-Shugden conclusions.

Although Mr Whitaker previously made disparaging remarks about the practice, still he points out that the original article by Reuters, while broad, actually contains many shortcomings and assumptions.

Mr Whitaker is rightly concerned that the Reuters investigation does not produce any evidence to any of the claims made. Although the report is supposed to investigate a link between Shugden practice and China, Mr Whitaker recognises that allegations made are not different than what we have heard before. The title of the report therefore is quite misleading – it paints a confident picture that this link is confirmed when in fact, it is not and the report relies mostly on the testimony of an informant. We are not sure if Mr Whitaker is aware of this, but Lama Tseta as an informant has already been discredited by the Tibetan community who no longer take his claims seriously.

One of the five points made by Mr Whitaker. Scroll down to read the rest.

Months ago, when Lama Tseta’s “testimony” was first published, it was pointed out that a video testimony without evidence is not a testimony at all. Any Tom, Dick and Harry can sit in front of a camera and record themselves saying anything they want but unless they have proof, their words are just hollow accusations. His claims that he was the head of the Dorje Shugden Society were never proven. For example, he never showed photographs of his work and actually, his claims were later refuted by people that everybody knows are actual members of the Dorje Shugden Society. When questioned and asked to show proof of his claims, he stayed quiet. It was later revealed that Lama Tseta had been lying to receive funding and other benefits from the exiled Tibetan leadership.

How come the only source for these media outlets is Lama Tseta, who has already lost his credibility? How come no one wants to openly come out and confirm the links to China if it is so true? How come Lama Tseta has no proof of his claims and no one questions this, and how come this so-called official from the Indian Interior Ministry only speaks on condition of anonymity? What are they afraid of and what are they trying to hide?

More of the five points made by Mr Whitaker. Scroll down to read the rest.

Mr Whitaker also takes issue with Reuters’ treatment of Shugden worshippers as one homogenous group. Other commentators familiar with Tibetan society have the same perspective, for example Jamyang Norbu and even Lukar Jam. In his Sikyong manifesto, Lukar Jam recognised three groups of Shugden practitioners and called for “a nuance, comprehensive policy to tackle the issue”. This perspective particularly interests me because they are correct to see that not all Shugden practitioners have the exact same view.

This is not just unique for Shugden practitioners. Within the group who don’t practise Dorje Shugden, there are people who are respectful of our personal choices and there are people who are not. So everybody has a different view. For example, some Shugden practitioners hold His Holiness responsible for the ban and they are very strong about this. Whether they are right or wrong is not the point. On the other hand, I always advise my students to respect His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Not only is His Holiness one of my Gurus (but not my root guru) and I have received teachings and practices from him, but also many lamas like His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche have advised us to keep faith in both Dorje Shugden and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and not to disrespect or abandon either one. So I must follow.

I hope more and more people will read Mr Whitaker’s analysis because it points to the danger of viewing all Shugden practitioners as one homogenous mass. It risks alienating people who may be able to come together to bridge the divide, and end this conflict once and for all.

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Part 4: Andrew Korybko’s Response >>

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Andrew Korybko on Sputnik Radio

Lama Tseta’s credibility was also questioned by Mr Andrew Korybko, a political journalist, who gave a very good summary of the Shugden issue. What is very important about Mr Korybko that you need to know is that he does not appear to have any links to Buddhism. He is not a Buddhist, he does not appear to be interested in Buddhism and he does not appear to have any background in the Dorje Shugden matter. So his stance is 100% objective because he does not have anything to gain from supporting the Dalai Lama or going against him, or supporting Dorje Shugden or going against the practice.

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/blog-andrew-korybko.flv

Transcript:

Third on the countdown is Reuters’ anti-China fail, where they tried implicating Beijing for supporting an anti-Dalai Buddhist group, but in reality, raised awareness about his autocratic sectarianism. So folks, I found this story to be extraordinarily interesting and have been waiting to share with you guys.

Reuters came up with an article that was part of their anti-China series, entitled “China Co-opts a Buddhist Sect in Global Effort to Smear Dalai Lama” and guys, is it fascinating or what? Now, forget about the fact that nothing in this entire article can be proven, and even they admit that there’s no proof except for some disgruntled monk’s testimony and that’s it. But folks, did you know that Dalai Lama is fiercely sectarian? Did you even know that sectarianism exists in Buddhism? Now, I did, well, to an extent because I have been researching new religion in general for unrelated political reasons but I wasn’t aware of this. Here’s what’s going on in a nutshell.

For centuries, the Dalai Lama respected, and in some cases even worshipped Dorje Shugden, a Buddhist spirit-creature that is seen by many as a Protector but then the current Dalai Lama came along and because he wanted to centralize the beliefs of his flock and gain total control over them, he said it is wrong to worship this entity back around 1996 or so. And guys, did it create an outcry or what? Buddhists the world over were shocked, even those that liked the Dalai Lama and supported his ethnic aggression against China. They felt betrayed. It might not be the best comparison, but that would be like the Catholic Pope all of a sudden saying that it is not ok to pray to a very popular saint, that it must be stopped immediately. People were flat out confused, and then they realized that what China had been saying all along was right – the Dalai Lama is a sectarian politically-minded individual who wants to split Chinese society, be it Han or Tibetan to achieve nefarious purposes.

Well, as any scorned individual would ballistically do, especially those religiously scorned like the millions of Buddhists that the Dalai Lama disrespected and basically labelled as “infidels”, they began a protest movement and now they follow him all across the world. They have a worldwide presence, and they make a scene everywhere he goes. They are especially prevalent in the West – in the UK and the US in particular. And Reuters has taken a flamboyant and false stand that they are somehow all paid by Beijing and under its influence. Wait a second here, if the propaganda of the past six decades is to be believed, doesn’t China supposedly hate Buddhists? Why would it side with that? You see, what I’m pointing out here is that it is all misinformation, every single bit of it. And that they change their script however they like in order to pursue their main narrative – Dalai Lama good, anything opposed to him bad, even other Buddhists.

I was a bit shocked with the article to be honest with you all, because I mean to regular thinking minds like mine and all of you guys who are listening, this piece raises awareness about the Dalai Lama’s autocratic sectarianism, and it is not really a smear piece at all if you think about it, to resort to such a radical change in angle and script that now Pro-Chinese Buddhists are siding with the anti-Buddhist Chinese. I mean come on, get out of here, it’s just condescending to the readers and it shows how desperate Reuters, but most importantly the people behind them feeding them the so-called lead for these stories are, to manufacture some kind of, any kind of anti-Chinese pro-Dalai Lama message, no matter the consequences it has for any logic involved whatsoever.

So this analysis is the view of somebody who is new to the topic, and has no interest in Tibetan politics or Tibetan Buddhism. And after doing his own investigation, he has come to the conclusion that all evidence of a link between Shugden and China is circumstantial and based on the testimony of a “disgruntled monk”.

Mr Korybko himself brings up some important points:

  1. Although there is no evidence, Reuters and other news agencies always appear to be in such a rush to publish anti-China articles. Actually my students did some research and they found that there are rumours that Reuters is controlled by the British government. So even though they are a private company, they publish articles that indirectly support the British government’s interests. Reuters is a respected news agency so I cannot understand why they would publish an article with claims that have no evidence unless it was for some other reason, or unless they were misled by their informants and investigators.

The underlined sentence reads "Reuters is nominally a private enterprise, but in actual fact it is controlled by the government, and is the official mouthpiece of the British". Click on image to enlarge and scroll down for the full translation.

  1. The article backfired and now highlights that His Holiness may actually be sectarian, and then gives a lot of evidence as to why. It’s without question that the people who are responsible for the ban are the Tibetan leadership. If China is indeed paying anyone, the only reason why they have anyone to pay is because the Tibetan leadership created the ban! The article also focuses so much on the ban and the protests. The fact people are protesting means they have something to be upset about, and the fact His Holiness keeps ignoring them and doesn’t want dialogue means he’s not willing to resolve whatever issues they’re unhappy with.
  2. That Dharamsala are always changing their story to keep up with their narrative that His Holiness is good. The Tibetan leadership have no firm stance on anything, and they change their minds as and when they wish, based on what they think His Holiness wants. This kind of government is very difficult to trust, if you ask me, because they change their minds all the time without any thorough explanation to their citizens.
  3. The ban on Dorje Shugden started 19 years ago in 1996. Tibetans have been in exile for 60 years since 1959. Have the Chinese leadership been paying Dorje Shugden practitioners since the protests or for the additional 37 years beforehand? In either case, it would be very generous (and illogical) of the Chinese leadership to financially support Buddhists who rely on Dorje Shugden, considering Tibetans have always insisted that China hates Buddhism. You know, if the Chinese government is funding any Shugden groups, then the Tibetan government should be fair and stop funding any anti-Shugden groups. Western donors should also stop funding the Tibetan leadership because their donations are being used to suppress and marginalise groups of people based on their faith.
  4. The fact is that the protests have only been a regular occurrence since 2008 and prior to that, Dorje Shugden was already being worshipped for 400 years. Mr Korybko even knows that at one point, His Holiness also relied on Dorje Shugden.

Translation of the Baidu article on Reuters:

Reuters (LSE:RTR, NASDAQ:, RTRSY) is one of the world’s earliest established agencies. It is currently the UK’s largest news agency and one of the four largest Western news agencies. As one of the world’s top three largest multimedia news agencies, Reuters provides all kinds of news and financial data, and operates in 128 countries. Reuters provides news to the newspapers, television and other types of media, and is internationally reputed to provide fast and accurate reporting. Reuters also provides trading tools and platforms for stocks and foreign exchange, so traders can analyze financial data and manage the risk of transactions ; at the same time, Reuters’ system enables customers to complete their trading transactions via the Internet, replacing trading through telephone or traditional transactions at the New York Stock Exchange trading hall. The electronic trading service also connects the members of the financial communities.

Reuters was founded by a British man, Paul Julius Reuter in 1850 in Aachen, Germany, who moved to London, England the following year. In 1865, Reuter expanded his private news agency into a big company. In 1916, Reuters was reorganised as Reuters Limited. It is renowned globally for its speedy news reporting that is widely used by newspapers around the world. Reuters is nominally a private enterprise, but in actual fact it is controlled by the government, and is the official mouthpiece of the British.

[Source: http://baike.baidu.com/view/72489.htm]

Part 5: Conclusion >>

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Conclusion

The Reuters article was accompanied by this short video which recognises that 20 years ago, His Holiness was much more popular than he is today. Embarrassingly, the Reuters correspondent David Lague himself acknowledges that the Dalai Lama’s popularity is declining, thereby confirming that the so-called “smear campaign” against His Holiness is working. For Shugden practitioners who are committed to protesting against the ban, hearing such a statement merely provides more incentive to protest, knowing that their efforts are having an impact.

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Reuters.flv

In this way, the Reuters article has actually backfired. Not only has it provided incentive for the protestors to continue by telling them their efforts are working, but the publication of this report led to China issuing an official statement granting full religious freedom to all faiths, including Dorje Shugden. In publishing this report, Reuters prompted China to officially recognise Dorje Shugden as a practice, thereby granting it all religious rights afforded under Chinese law.

In the video, Mr Lague also claimed possession of a document proving China’s official support for Dorje Shugden but it seems such a document may no longer be relevant or necessary now that the Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued their statement recognising Dorje Shugden as an official practice. It would however be good journalistic practice for Mr Lague to produce this document, to show at least some proof of the links that Reuters alleges to exist between Dorje Shugden practice and China. After all, in the Reuters investigation, the only proof offered thus far was the testimony of a few anonymous sources and a monk who credibility is already highly questionable.

Mr Lague also failed to recognise that the recent public relations damage to His Holiness’ image had nothing to do with Shugden practitioners. It was not a Shugden practitioner that authored or published the VICE article, nor was it a Shugden practitioner who made remarks about His Holiness’ successor. It was in fact His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself who remarked that his successor, should there be one, must be an attractive female. This comment was picked up, broadcast and analysed by media agencies all over the world as a sexist comment out of place in contemporary thought.

Increasingly, due to incidents like these, we are seeing the Tibetan leadership’s popularity and influence waning. We are also seeing more and more people questioning why the exiled Tibetan leadership never provided any concrete basis for the ban on Dorje Shugden, and why all the claims and allegations made about Shugden practitioners never have any proof or basis.

How come Lama Tseta is allowed to make so many allegations against Dorje Shugden worshippers but he isn’t asked to provide any evidence at all? And even when he cannot provide evidence, people still publish his views? In the past, he has been able to say that Shugden lamas are responsible for the alleged murders in the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala. How does Lama Tseta know this and does he have any evidence? If he doesn’t have evidence, he should stop talking about it. And if he does have evidence, he should not withhold it. He should go to the authorities like Interpol with his evidence or else he is an accessory to murder.

The Reuters report also mentions foreign governments are less willing to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Click on image to enlarge.

More and more we are seeing that Dorje Shugden practitioners are being victimised and abused, and these conclusions are being arrived at by people who are not connected to the practice. In the original Reuters article, the journalists quote Zhu Weiqun (religious-affairs official) as saying that the international media are “less and less interested in the Dalai Lama”. This is definitely true because nowadays, more foreign governments and heads of state are less willing to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

I think it is sad that His Holiness’ work has been overshadowed by this Dorje Shugden issue. The more articles like the Reuters one are published, the more people are forced to speak up and highlight the illegal ban even if they are not Buddhists themselves. It’s just logical – if Reuters had not published their article, then maybe China would not have been forced to take a public stand on the Dorje Shugden issue, and Mr Whitaker and Mr Korbyko’s powerful analyses would not have been published. Now that it is all published, they simply add to the growing body of work that is not in favour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

 

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Sources

  1. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/china-dalailama/
  2. http://in.reuters.com/article/china-dalailama-response-idINKBN0U420120151221
  3. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2015/12/5-things-we-learned-and-dont-from-the-reuters-investigation-into-the-buddhist-shugden-sect-china-and-the-dalai-lama.html
  4. sputniknews.com/radio_context_countdown/20151225/1032303406/dorje-shugden-refugee-confiscations.html
  5. http://baike.baidu.com/view/72489.htm

 

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 8:22 am

    The Tibetan leadership’s smear campaign against Dorje Shugden has been going on for 20years now but instead of succeeding, there are signs that the public have seen through the Tibetan leadership’s ploy to wipe out the practice and are not beginning to embrace the Protector practice instead. One example is this very good comment left by Suzy on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  3. Lew on Jun 16, 2016 at 2:44 am

    I am born in Malaysia, and familiar with mainly things around here. I don’t really understand how Tibetans think, but due to the kindness of Tsem Rinpoche, I have now a glimpse. Rinpoche is always very alert and accurate in His analysis.

    Reuter as a large and credible news agency should have studied more and probably see some proofs before publishing such article. But may be due to the “news worthy”, they published this article even without much substance. It is also possible that anything which is “anti-China” is news worthy, since so many people pro-China now because everyone wants a piece of business with China.

    If Reuters and western countries are so concerned about religious freedom, then why do they associate with HH Dalai Lama who openly segregate and suppress the practice? Why condemn China for non-democracy, but associate with people like HH Dalai Lama who openly suppress religious freedom? Why the double standards?

    I agree with Wai Meng that I am glad it backfired Reuters.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    This article, shows that not only Dorje Shudgen people find this article has no basis, others who are not Dorje Shudgen practitioners, also have checked out this article and found it to be lacking. This is a good sign, that despite many denials and mistruths about the Dorje Shudgen issue, the truth is coming out for good into the light.

    The Reuters article, is proof that might is not right. News Agencies cannot simply create news and assume people will just swallow it line, hook and sinker. Not in this time and age, whereby people have learning and education. The time whereby Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings is most suited to the people of this particular time.

    I am glad it backfired on Reuters, they were out of their depth with that article.

  5. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 7, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Thank you for having the strength, courage and genuine care to stand up and speak peacefully for what you believe in. No one should ever suffer, be segregated, assaulted, hurt, degraded, belittled, cursed, hated and biased for their religious beliefs. No one should advise anyone against any religious belief. If we want to find people who hate a certain religion, we can find plenty. If we want to find people who like a certain religion or form of spirituality, there will be plenty. In the end who is right and wrong? Which religion is right or wrong. All or some or none? Therefore it is more logical to respect all religions, all faiths and all forms of spirituality. In history many have exploited religion for selfish purposes and many have not. As long as I have not, that is all that matters. I cannot and will not speak for others of my faith and what their motive is, but I know my motive. No one and no leader and no religious leader should ever hurt, segregate or speak against another religion. Time for peace. Time for harmony. Time for respect. Time to look beyond mine/your religion and be kind. Be kind to everyone. Never put anyone down because of their religion.

    Humbly,

    Tsem Rinpoche.

    P.S. I wish very much the people from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s views/side and people from the side of Dorje Shugden practitioners meet very soon. May they meet in peace, with kindness in the hearts and good motivation to solve this issue once and for all. We have to solve this through peaceful dialogue. I never protested against His Holiness Dalai Lama nor spoke harshly against his views ever. I have always respected his and everyone’s views. We all have to live on this earth together. You will not accept my way of spirituality and I will not accept your’s and that is okay. But we must respect each other’s spiritual faith and NEVER criticize or advise against it. We must respect also what we don’t accept. Everyone has their way. Advising against another’s religion/faith/spirituality creates so much disharmony. No more disharmony. It’s been 19 years since the ban against Dorje Shugden started. It must end please. We have so many things to argue about in this world, let’s make one less conflict. I wish this conflict to end peacefully soon. I wish His Holiness the Dalai Lama and supporters can open channels of communication and solve this issue soon. Peaceful dialogue please and soon. Thank you.

    peace

  6. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:41 am

    ON BLOG CHAT:

    Tsem Rinpoche, I think that you are a wonderfully wise and awesome teacher, and I respect your voice on the issues of Dorje Shugden. But I have several issues with your argument against the Dalai Lama’s voice. I have not found any real stance given by the Dalai Lama as to WHY he has made the ban (either in your posts or in most posts on the internet). Even more disturbingly, after exploring a little bit more I have found that Dorje Shugden has relations with the Communist Party of China and this makes it very controversial. The Communist Party wishes to destroy the Dalai Lama and even replace him with their own spiritual leader–in other words there is a Conflict of Interest. While I do believe people should have the right to believe in what they wish, it seems to me that Dorje Shugden practitioners are being supported by Communist members of China with a HIDDEN AGENDA. I believe this is why the Dalai Lama has ousted this sect.

    Please correct me if I am wrong. I only want some clarity, because it really doesn’t make sense if the Dalai Lama issued this ban without any regards. There has to be a reason, and if Dorje Shugden practitioners are being supported by Communist China, then it is obvious that Dorje Shugden intentions are not good for the community of Tibetan Buddhism.

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    Hi John,

    You didn’t leave any contact details so I’m replying to you here, hopefully you see my response! Thank you for writing on the blog chat and for giving us the opportunity to answer your questions. In answer to your multiple-fold query, Dorje Shugden is a 400-year old practice which has been relied upon by countless masters over the last four centuries. We are talking about masters who are considered fully omniscient Buddhas, whose teachings are relied upon to lead people to enlightenment. It’s not possible that 400 years of lamas were mistaken about Shugden.

    The reliance of Dorje Shugden has been ongoing long before the modern Chinese state existed, and long before the political troubles of the 1950s. So it would be inaccurate for anyone to say that Shugden practice is directly related to any modern day Tibetan political problems when the deity was propitiated for hundreds of years without issue.

    Also, I was happy to read you agree there is a ban because that indicates that you also believe that it was the Tibetan leadership who implemented a ban against Shugden in 1996 🙂

    It also means that if there was no ban, then there’d be nothing for the Chinese authorities to allegedly support. That is, if they were supporting anything at all – no proof (for example receipts, bank statements, etc) has ever been produced for any of the allegations made about Shugden practitioners receiving financial support from the Chinese leadership.

    The solution to the problem is very simple – lift the ban and there will be nothing for the Chinese leadership to allegedly exploit or manipulate.

    Also, as Justin Whitaker wrote in his analysis of the Reuters report, there’s no one single Shugden lama or organisation that represents all practitioners. So just because a few Shugden people MAY receive support from the Chinese leadership, this is their personal decision which does not represent or reflect a choice made by all Shugden practitioners. Purely logically speaking, it would be unfeasible for the Chinese leadership to financially support four million Shugden practitioners…logistically, where would they even channel the money to, individual bank accounts? It really does not make sense 🙂

    Finally, I am sorry to hear that you are in confusion. This is exactly what the ban does to people, it confuses them. It confuses the people who were forced to choose between their teachers and practice and being ostracised. It confuses the people who were forced to choose between their families and their practice. It confuses people who are forced to choose between friends.

    Whether or not the practice is supported by any government is irrelevant of the fact people should be given the choice to rely on any deity they like. Like you say, our faith should be our personal choice and not one enforced by the state. BUT this right to religious freedom should be universally applicable because once we involve our opinions in the matter of someone else’s rights, we stop allowing them to have free and ultimate control over their choice. It no longer becomes their full right to decide and therefore, it is no longer religious freedom.

    Now as for why His Holiness implemented the ban on Dorje Shugden, we believe it was to spread Dorje Shugden’s name everywhere. The previous Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (one of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s tutors) wrote that in the future, Dorje Shugden and high lamas will manifest disagreement. During such a time, we should not lose faith in either. That is why Tsem Rinpoche always advises us never to disparage or criticise His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

    In today’s day and age, controversy sells and there are fewer things more controversial than people saying “the Dalai Lama, the embodiment of compassion, banned a religious practice”. If you think about it, before 1996, the name and practice of Dorje Shugden was confined to the Tibetan settlements. Since 1996 however, the issue has been endlessly covered because it is controversial and as a result, many people outside of the Tibetan settlements have come to know about this emanation of Manjushri.

    Then there are the institutions that continue to propitiate Dorje Shugden which have been established, free from any political interferences (Tibetan or otherwise). Since church and state should be kept separate, there is an opportunity to return to that in these institutions which do not have to abide by the decisions made by the Tibetan leadership.

    Finally, I have to clarify one more thing – there is no such thing as “a Shugden sect”. Dorje Shugden is relied upon as part of the Gelug tradition, and not as a separate and individualistic practice. He has been a part of the Gelug school just as much as Kalarupa or Mahakala or Palden Lhamo practice is 🙂 in fact, all Tibetan Buddhist traditions have evidence of relying on Dorje Shugden as an enlightened Protector. So to say this is a sect, as though it is separate from mainstream Gelug teachings, would not be accurate. Shugden lamas are in actuality Gelug lamas who teach Gelug teachings…they just happen to propitiate Shugden too.

    Hope my answers went some way to answering your questions. You may also like to read this analysis which you may find helpful 🙂 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=83332

    If you’ve any further questions, you’re very welcome to contact me at elena.khong@kechara.com

    Thank you!

  7. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:07 am

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama composed this prayer to Dorje Shugden. His Holiness has full clairvoyance and knowledge of the nature of the deity he composed the prayer to when he was younger and when he is older as it is the same mind stream. So not logical His Holiness can make a mistake? If he can make mistakes about deities, then the mistakes cannot be limited to time span: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61029

  8. Loden on Jan 3, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Reuters Desperate Attempt to Repair the Dalai Lama’s Image
    A Response to Reuters Article – “Special Report: China co-opts Buddhist sect in drive to discredit Dalai Lama” by Sonam Rinchen

    The recent article written by David Lague published in Reuters, “Special Report: China co-opts Buddhist sect in drive to discredit Dalai Lama” was disappointing and disheartening. When I was contacted by Mr. Lague to provide an interview and insight into the plight of Shugden followers in Tibet and around the world, I was elated. I thought a respected news outlet would provide the world with an unbiased report on the abuses and discrimination being perpetrated on Shugden followers throughout Tibetan communities. Sadly that is not what David Lague provided.

    Mr. Lague’s supposed unbiased investigation is immediately shown to be biased early in the article by his dim view of the Shugden followers’ plight. He has described the protesters, including myself, in the third paragraph of his “Special Report” merely as “noisy” and causing a “cacophony”. He goes on to say that we, the protesters, follow the Dalai Lama, using abusive, harsh and insulting language in our protests against him. This negative tone shines an unwelcome light on all Shugden followers. It is an attempt to discredit our cause and repair the Dalai Lama’s tarnishing public image. If Mr. Lague had listened to us and had spoken with us, he would have discovered that we are a peaceful group, wanting only to be heard. Many attempts to begin a peaceful dialogue with the Dalai Lama have been ignored by the Dalai Lama and his organization. Therefore, we have no alternative but to peacefully protest to get our message heard.

    Mr. Lague continues his article, using the opinion of Lama Tseta as the basis for the majority of his claims. Lama Tseta is a known schemer and opportunist in the Tibetan community who holds little creditability among Shugden followers. He is not a major influencer in the Shugden community and I, as Mr. Lague points out, one of “the most visible” protesters, have never met Lama Tseta. It is known that Lama Tseta has provided US Visas to Tibetan immigrants, charging them thousands of dollars. Mr. Lague points out that Lama Tseta has travelled to China many times, supposedly helping the Shugden cause. This is not true. His travels to China are purely self-motivated, obtaining Visas for his human trafficking of Tibetan immigrants. Funding for Lama Tseta’s travels and living expenses may be worth investigating, as he has never been gainfully employed. A look into the US Consulate in Chengdu may show where Lama Tseta gets his financial support. I have never received any funds from the Chinese government or any government to support my travel to these peaceful demonstrations.

    The article goes on to discuss the recent accusations that the Shugden followers are threat to the Dalai Lama. The idea that Shugden followers are a “serious potential threat to the Dalai Lama’s well-being” is ridiculous. None of the demonstrations I have been involved with have ever become violent nor have any of the protesters ever threatened the Dalai Lama’s life. Without the Dalai Lama’s help, our struggle will never be resolved. The Shugden followers are merely trying to get their message out, hoping that the discrimination and ostracizing being experienced by them in the Tibetan communities will cause a global outcry for relief.

    In his article, David Lague quoted Richard Gere regarding the situation. Before theDalai Lama’s segregation, I worked for Richard Gere building a stone wall and lived at his house for over a month. He is a sincere devotee of the Dalai Lama and his point of view is expected. I respect his comments.

    Shugden followers have never been an organized sect or community, with leadership and funding sources. There are many groups, such as ITScommunity.org, that have been organized in an attempt to get the truth told about the treatment of Shugden followers by the Dalai Lama and his supporters. These groups are not a cohesive organization. They only have similar goals. Groups such as International Shugden Community (ISC) are made up of volunteers. Many are Westerners who are shocked by the Dalai Lama’s behavior towards their Dharma brothers and sisters. Being from the West, many of these volunteers have never experienced such discrimination and are accustomed to a non-discriminatory religious environment. David Lague states that the “majority of the rank-and-file protesters are Westerners who follow NKT”. I have never been associated with NKT nor have I ever met Kelsang Gyatso, the leader of NKT. The same goes for Lama Gangchen. He has no official role in the Shugden community; he is simply a Shugden follower. Though I cannot speak for all of these organizations, International Tibetan Shugden Community (ITSC) is a self-funded, non-profit group, joining demonstrations throughout the world, alongside other organizations with similar goals. The ITSC is merely a group of Buddhists who would like the right to practice religion freely without persecution.

    When interviewed by Mr. Lague, I sent him scores of documents and letters written to various world leaders and organizations pleading for assistance. These requests have been written personally by me and also from ITSC. I provided him with evidence of the discrimination and violence against Shugden followers. The ITSC, along with other organizations, have four main requests of the Dalai Lama. These four points have been sent to the Dalai Lama numerous times, most recently on International Human Rights Day. I also provided Mr. Lague with the four points given to the Dalai Lama. Mr. Lague did not include these points anywhere in his article. He did not explain the reasons behind the protesting. He only accused Shugden followers of being involved in a conspiracy with the Chinese government to overthrow the Dalai Lama, being “noisy” and meaningless.

    Shugden followers request only the following from the Dalai Lama:

    1. To allow anyone who wishes to practice Dorje Shugden the freedom to do so;

    2. To stop completely the discrimination against Shugden practitioners;

    3. To allow all Shugden monks and nuns who have been expelled to return to their monasteries and nunneries; and to receive the same material and spiritual rights as non Shugden practitioners;

    4. To write to Tibetan communities throughout the world that they should apply practically the above three points.

    The Dalai Lama has a charming public persona and, as a Nobel Laureate, is a supposed ambassador of peace throughout the world as well as the leader of the Buddhist community. However, there is no peace in his own Tibetan community. The Dalai Lama causes the suffering endured by many Tibetans. He has no peace in his own family. Before his death, the Dalai Lama’s older brother, Thubten Jigme Norbu, stated that there was no Tibetan Government and that Tibet was owned by three families, his being the majority owner. The Dalai Lama did not attend the Norbu’s funeral in 2008. Another brother has written a book accusing a relative of stealing from the old Tibetan gold reserve. The only Buddhist country that would allow the Dalai Lama to visit was Japan. The other Buddhist countries did not welcome him. He has manipulated the West with his charm and pleasing demeanor, gaining popularity and sympathy from many countries. But now Westerners are beginning to see through this public image. World leaders, including the British and Norwegian Prime Ministers, have chosen not to meet with the Dalai Lama. The Western leaders are beginning to see that the Dalai Lama is a hypocrite and religious dictator.

    Reuter’s, and possible David Lague’s, hatred towards China has blinded them, unable to see the truth or even to be interested in seeking the truth.

    Prior to the article being published, I provided to Mr. Lague the opportunity to interview other Shugden followers, including Lobsang Dorje. He did not follow through with these contacts. Since the article was published, I have attempted to contact Mt. Lague to express my disappointment. He has not returned my calls.

    I think the article should have been titled “Special Report: Dalai Lama co-opts David Lague and Reuters in drive to discredit Tibetan Buddhists seeking religious freedom”

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  9. graceleong on Jan 3, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Apologies on the glitches of the last 2 replies.
    After reading the latest articles relating to Reuters’s write up on “China co-opt a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear the Dalai Lama”. These are my observations :-
    1) Reuters being such a “branded” name in the media industry seemed to have lost its edge. As pointed out by Andrew Korybko and Justin Whitaker, many of the statements made in the report were shallow, unsubstantiated and if there were so called evidence it was from unreliable/tainted persons. Who is Lama Tseta ? Why are his words credible ?
    I have also noticed that Reuters have an inclination towards writing high profile “gossips” for e.g “Rising son” – story on the man who married Russian President’s daughter and obtaining a big loan to make him rich etc etc. Plus other articles which seemed to milk on juicy gossips to earn readership. Maybe people are so degenerated now that they prefer to read these sort of stories. No wonder Reuters tried to make China vs Dalai Lama another gossip sensation. But oops it back fired on them !! KARMA !!
    2) It is interesting that ex pro Dalai Lama followers like Justin take a more neutral stand. It’s unhealthy when people adopt extreme views – reinforcing our deluded minds when we do that.
    3) I agree with Rinpoche that Andrew Korybko wrote a very good summary of the DS issue; as Rinpoche said his stand was 100% objective. The topic interests him and made him go into intensive studies of it. But because he was not pro or anti, there were no sides to take as per se. He looked from an entirely different perspective. Interesting !

    I began to notice that human beings have this great tendency to group people into categories. Bias approach. Ignorant approach. If you are Muslims (in certain countries), ISIS comes to mind. If you are refugees, terrorists comes to mind. If you are Dalai Lama students you are the good guys. If you are DS practitioners you are the cult/spirit worshippers; such narrow and bias thinking. Self created “correct views” or “wrong views” and we become fixated on them. Sigh !!
    However, i think it’s great this controversial article cropped up. It created the opportunity to bring forth more neutral and unbiased views of DS. Let’s pray that these views will spread to many to plant a positive seed. After all the truth is DORJE SHUGDEN DOESN’T HARM. Learning and practicing DS can only make us better people.
    Thank you Rinpoche for always holding steadfast to Rinpoche’s practice irrespective of how much “XXX” Rinpoche receives from the anti DS groups. Because of Rinpoche’s virtues and blessings ignorant people like me get a chance to learn the Dharma and be protected by DS. With folded hands grace

  10. graceleong on Jan 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Hope Rinpoche is well

  11. graceleong on Jan 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Hope Rinpoche is well

  12. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 3, 2016 at 5:23 am

    So many beautiful teaching videos here on the various aspects of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Kecharians really did a terrific job on this. So much needed information: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=66785

  13. Susan C on Jan 3, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Tsem Rinpoche speaks up on Dorje Shugden. The explanation is clear, logical and very humble. Everyone should take the time to listen carefully: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY

  14. Pau Yap on Jan 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Its indeed a good news that China is embracing and encouraging religious freedom, to a communist country, this a a big leap and advancement. Proper steps should be taken by the public and media to support this positive moves. No one should put down or discriminate another religion, and make their’s the supreme.

    Reuter’s report on Dorje Shugden is a superficial one, it does not gives in-depth studies and understanding of the history, no proper credible account of various testimony, and no evidence of the said funding.

    Reuters should continue the research and reports on this issues for the truth and justice.

  15. Uncle Eddie on Dec 31, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    So much of unwanted and unnecessary problems, hatred, anger, blames, and unhappiness both amongst reputed international countries like China, India and Tibet, as well as representations of other political governmental institutions, the foreign press, Reuter and last but not least, H.H The Dalai Lama, holder of the ruler’s seal of Dorje Shugden’s ban. Even China, in all respect , has soften down and responded by saying that “all citizens have the freedom of belief in China, and that all religions and sects receive equal respect and protection.” It has been confirmed that the ban has already been held for two decades since its first implementation in 1996. Since then, inspite of all appeals made no actions were said to have been made in response, nor any indication of same were made known to the Tibetan community and to other nationalities the World over, who were very anxiously awaiting for the ban to be repealed to restart off their practices. The longer the ban stays on, it will only risk allienating people who may be able to come together to bridge the divide, and end this unwarranted conflict once and for all. As said by our Rinpoche, “The ban started from the Tibetan Leadership. If they want harmony, then it’s time for all sides to sit down and talk, and discuss on how to dismantle this Ban immediately”. This seems the most logical end and best peaceful solution of all for settlement. Om Benza Wiki Bitana Zoha.

  16. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Dec 30, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Trust Rinpoche to see this incident differently, and to see how it could result in something positive. When I first heard the news, I was a little worried about the impact it would have. I wasn’t worried about the information – I knew it was going to be untrue, as are all anti-Shugden allegations – but we are talking about Reuters. It’s a well-respected news agency and syndicate responsible for transmitting news to media agencies all over the world, so how far would these lies spread?

    I have to say, not very far because it would appear anti-Shugden people are developing a more moderate view, and Reuters made the error of using the testimony of someone like Lama Tseta.

    If Lama Tseta was such a prominent member of the anti-Shugden movement, how come no one has heard of him prior to his testimony? We have heard of Geshe Konchok Gyaltsen, Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen, Geshe Chime Tsering, Geshe Lobsang Sopa, Kundeling Rinpoche, etc. but never Lama Tseta. Who was he prominent to?

    The more missteps the media makes by publicising anti-Shugden views without evidence, the worse it will make Dharamsala look. If Dharamsala doesn’t have evidence for how Shugden is bad, but they keep insisting over and over again that it is bad, sooner or later people are going to ask, “Hang on. You keep saying they’re bad. But where’s the proof?”

    Would the Tibetan leadership rather backtrack on the ban now, or wait until their own supporters turn on them and start asking them why they implemented the ban 19 years ago when there was no evidence? Which option would be less embarrassing, voluntarily lifting the ban or being pressured into it? It would be to Dharamsala and the Tibetan leadership’s benefit to end this ban because as it is, the hole they’ve dug for themselves is so deep, it’s getting harder and harder to climb and excuse their way out of it.

  17. Martin on Dec 30, 2015 at 3:08 am

    It looks like Reuters wanted so badly to portray China in a negative light that it was prepared to take the word of Lama Tseta for it. And yet if Lama Tseta’s word is to be believed, it incriminates His Holiness in more ways than one.

    For instance, Lama Tseta claimed, “It’s not about Shugden; it’s about politics”. According to the Dalai Lama, Dorje Shugden is a malevolent spirit and hence be advised against the practice. In other words, it IS about Shugden. And yet Lama Tseta said it’s not. So who are we to believe?

    If we believe the Dalai Lama, then Lama Tseta is wrong and much of what he claims has to be called into question. If what Lama Tseta said is true, that it is about politics, then His Holiness the Dalai Lama misled the public by maligning this deity. Essentially, Lama Tseta is saying that His Holiness the Dalai Lama politcised a religious practice and many innocent Buddhist suffered unnecessarily for it.

    I am a Dorje Shugden practitioner with no interest in the politics between China and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. And yet this article portrays me negatively and drags me into an unwholesome conflict and so I regard Reuter’s objective in publishing this article as dubious at best.

    I think in order to keep the respect of its readers, Reuters and its main source Lama Tseta should just publish proof of their claims. In the meantime if Reuters meant to vilify China by this piece and drag an entire international community of Dorje Shugden practitioners along the way, then it has just created yet another fault line in the relationship between China and the Dalai Lama.

  18. Li Kheng on Dec 30, 2015 at 2:09 am

    This is the power of information technology that is used for the benefit of society. Information that is fair, researched and honest can create understanding, create acceptance and harmony as well as end aggression arising from fear of the unknown.

    With this exposure, not only will people get a more comprehensive angle to the Dorje Shugden story, media giants like Reuters will also behave more responsibly when disseminating information and news to the public.

    May more truth arise from the sincere inquisitive mind of the public.

  19. Stella Cheang on Dec 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    As far as a Buddhist practitioner is concern, I am utterly surprised and disgusted by the ban on Dorje Shugden by the Tibetan Exile administration (CTA). No matter which way I look at it, there is a huge degree of political play in imposing the ban (in the first place) and the recent Reuter’s accusation of Chinese link with the worship of Dorje Shugden (as a Dharma protector based on Tibetan Buddhism tradition) to smear HHDL. Using Dorje Shugden and the welfare of the practitioners as pawn to launch attack towards China now appeared to be the tactic by Tibetan Exile leadership to gain worldwide sympathy and lobby for independence. And by Reuter pointing out that Chinese government co-opt with a religious sect to smear HHDL using words of a discredited lama tainted Reuter’s good name in being an impartial reporting agency in this matter.

    In general, it is not acceptable for any government to interfere and ban any particular religion practice in this time and age. The key take away from the Reuter’s report is the Tibetan leadership prohibits the practice of a certain religion; while in response to Reuter’s report, the Chinese government support freedom in religious practice. This tells the world the double standard of the Tibetan leadership. I sincerely wish that the Tibetan leadership can lift the ban and walk the talk.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this article that encourages us to use our analytic ability to understand the issue.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  20. Julia Tan on Dec 29, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Why is Dorje Shugden a demon but cannot be conquered by the powerful HHDL himself. Instead of using compassion to subdue the demon like other great Buddhist masters did in the past, HHDL chose to ban the practice hence created so much of confusion and suffering among the Tibetan.

    I thank Mr Whitaker for pointing out what Reuters commented simply according to what Lama Tseta said was actually without any solid edvidence. How can such a big issues involved Beijing and Daramsara being published through Reuters without any filter. This is so irrisponsible.

    I also thank Mr. Korybko to speak up of what he analyzed this issue through Radio Sputnik on how the whole situation from history and logical view.

    I am glad that Beijing finally responded to clear the doubts and confusion that has been going on for a while by declairing China’s constitution stipulates that citizens have freedom of belief.

    So now what is HHDL intention to ban Dorje Shugden? The intention has obviously changed from belief issues to political issues. Or it was political issue from the beginning? Even so, I still think it is illogical by using His citizens against China. How can a ban that created by HHDL, which is separating and destroying the nation, bring Tibet back? As a most respected and popular monk in the world, you chose to create suffering, doubts, confusion and lots of anger among Buddhists. Don’t you suppose to promote world peace?

    • wooishen on Dec 29, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      I totally agreed with u….

  21. Steve Rogers on Dec 29, 2015 at 4:41 am

    The Chinese government has already instructed its agencies not to cause disunity and conflict by taking either side. If only the Tibetan administration had done the same! But since they are still utterly theocratic, there is no chance. The contradiction, between the Dalai Lama’s popular image as a religious super-liberal and the medieval superstitions under which the Tibetan community in India are actually encouraged to live, is tragicomic.

  22. Joy on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    This is really interesting news reporting…

    First where is all that evidence, documents to prove your investigation Reuters??? Why don’t you publish and show it to us if it was really true and you’ve seen it? This makes this news reporting questionable. And these are very very big allegations you are making when you say a certain government i.e. China is paying to cause segregation and disunity. Even if it was true, you will still need to show evidence. And for a huge country like China, to wrongly accuse can cause great repercussion to a lot of things for UK, no? It would be best to get your facts right and show evidences. Otherwise I am sorry this news will drag Reuters into the mud, unfortunately.

    How can anyone believe what this Lama Tseta said is true? Just because he says so? If he really was afraid for his life… why did he not go anonymous and instead allowed his picture to be blasted out so big on Reuters report? Isn’t he afraid he will be targeted as he claimed? This already tells us it’s one huge lie, besides the fact that most Tibetans already know he is not worth trusting. Only those unfamiliar with Tibetans would be gullible enough to believe him.

    How come Reuters (if unbiased in this reporting) did not go further to ASK… WHEN AND WHY DID THIS CONFLICT HAPPENED? HOW DID IT HAPPENED? BECAUSE it sure was NOT the Shugden practitioners who STARTED BANNING their own practice and KICKING MONKS out of their own monastery. IT sure wasn’t the Shugden practitioners who started putting up signs to not allow Shugden people enter schools, hospitals, shops or attend any public talk by the Dalai Lama. How on did this all started? That is the question they ought to be asking instead of publishing something that has very little weight, almost like a gossip column of he said she said.

    I really hope that Reuters would do a decent investigation and provide a more concrete story on the Shugden controversy. Provide all the evidences to back up its claims or perhaps investigate further as to “WHY is there even a conflict amongst Tibetans’ in exile?” Who started it and why?
    If we say China is using Dorje Shugden issue to smear Dalai Lama… then why did the Dalai Lama give China something to use against Him in the first place? If there was no ban, there would be no issue. Hence, why doesn’t Dalai Lama just allow religious freedom for his own people and ask all Tibetans to respect and be harmonious amongst each other? This would serve a better purpose in bring peace to those oppressed and surpressed…. and surprise surprise, it’s not necessary from the China though the world is often inclined to point the finger at. May TRUTH prevails and the ban on Dorje Shugden and the suffering of millions of practitioners be release soon.

    IF THERE IS NO BAN, NO DISCRIMINATION & NO ABUSE ON SHUGDEN PRACTITIONERS THEN THIS NEWS WOULD SEIZE TO EXIST AND SO WHAT IS ALL THIS ABOUT?

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  23. Tsem Rinpoche on Dec 28, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    His Holiness in this video is very strong about expelling monks from the monasteries and enforcing that Dorje Shugden practitioners must be removed. He also rejoices in this action when it happens. This video was recorded in Drepung I was told. It hurt so much to watch this as I love His Holiness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS6hq5HJNik

  24. Nicholas Yu on Dec 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    It’s something to rejoice from the statement by China direct response to Reuters acticle. Not for argurement sake but the offcial and open minded by China to promote and protect religions freedom in their country. Giving the freedom of belief and religious tolerence between different religious and sects is what a succesful country should practice to unite the country to move forward in harmony.

    One of the thing I respect China from the reponse is they even study the background of Dorje Shugden. This shows the government does care and willing to know more about their people choices.

    I really appreciate Whiteaker’s analysis pointing out the lack of evidence by Reuters which will give a different view & conclusion to the mass. Same goes to Andrew Korybko which is not a Buddhism giving his point as a non bias individual stated them in a logical manner. This proven how a third party which has no interest in any side view this situation. What in their finding is purely fact with logical view.

    Reuters should really get their fact right and publish the truth with logical analysis. Shugden ban issue is no longer a close door matter but as a real human rights and religions freedom issue by the Tibetan leaders.

    In religious it’s not about right or wrong but it’s personal choice that individual belief so why don’t just resolve this by lifting the ban and unite everyone as a true leader of a country.

  25. Pastor Henry Ooi on Dec 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    It baffles me why the Dalai Lama enforced the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden. If it is true that Dorje Shugden is indeed a malevolent spirit as claimed, it would have been easier to snuff him out than to have this ban which brings untold suffering to countless people. After all, Tibetan high lamas including the Dalai Lama, are known for their highly attained meditative powers to subdue spirits. It does not make sense why so many people must suffer just for a spirit.

    Why does the CTA (Central Tibetan Admin) go on this religious crusade to persecute Dorje Shugden practitioners,  they should be working to better the lives of Tibetans. Why divide Tibetans over such an insignificant issue.

    Even China, with its atheist government, is supporting religious freedom, whereby the CTA (who once ruled former Tibet, of which the majority of Tibetans is Buddhists) is against religious freedom. In this case, the practice and worship of Dorje Shugden.

    When will Dorje Shugden practitioners receive help from fair minded and compassionate people in the world in this unjust ban on human rights?

    • Steve Rogers on Dec 29, 2015 at 4:49 am

      The ban’s probable intent is to weaken the scholarly dominance of the Gelugpa tradition and substitute a mixed tradition under the direction of the Dalai Lama. It’s rather similar to Henry VIII’s attack on the Catholic Church and substitution by the Church of England, except that the Gelug tradition (and the Dorje Shugden practice) are not foreign but native Tibetan entities. The Dalai Lama’s power, conversely, has been inflated by association with many foreign powers.

  26. wooishen on Dec 28, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for update us the latest news…

    I m new comer to join the group….

    We should not use Religion as a political issue….

    So sad for the ban…

  27. Louise Lee on Dec 28, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Thank you for sharing this very informative article.

    No matter who make then ban, who play games with the ban. Why got this ban. How the ban start…. all this… already happen.

    The pain, the hurt, the problen already create and all this still going add on and add on.

    Please please lift the ban in harmony.

    Please please stay harmony and talk politely if anyone want to say something.

    Because what we do, say or social media, it represent our Guru , practice and ourself level. Please dont create hate. It hurt people.

    Please please dont use religions as a point to harm people. All religions teach us world peace , harmony , mind transform and etc.

    More and more people around the world, they practice or not practice Dorje Shugden. They work very hard to find information to show everyone. No matter right or wrong, we the obe who read and benefited.

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  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:41 AM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden: Part 1***

    According to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha who appears in the form of a worldly god so that beings in this era can access his blessings quicker and more powerfully.

    Dorje Shugden is also known as the Protector of our time because, apart from guiding Buddhist practitioners on their path to Enlightenment, he also attends to our daily challenges and obstacles. Dorje Shugden does this not because he is a fulfiller of samsaric wishes but because in his omniscience, Dorje Shugden recognises that the human mind becomes distracted from Dharma practice by mundane problems. Hence alleviating our worries and fulfilling our wishes is just a means by which Dorje Shugden helps practitioners achieve the higher objective, i.e. a flourishing Dharma practice.

    The problems that people of our time encounter are common everywhere we go and they include:

    1) Financial problems
    2) Illnesses and diseases
    3) Natural disasters and epidemics
    4) Stres and depression
    5) Violent crimes and wars
    6) Loss of purpose and direction

    How Dorje Shugden Helps…
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-1
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:38 AM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden: Part 2***

    The Dharma Protector’s role is to ensure that practitioners have uninhibited access to the teachings, the clarity to understand the principles and meanings, and suitable conditions to apply what they have learned. And so, for the practitioner, the Dharma Protector functions to avert inner and outer obstacles the practitioner may encounter, and where necessary, provide conditions and resources for the practitioner’s Dharma journey to be smooth and unobstructed.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-2
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:36 AM
    Take a little bit of Dorje Shugden knowledge with you wherever you go. Download these teachings in the language that suits you best. English, Chinese, Tibetan, or even Italian, Nepali, Korean and Mongolian – we have it all here, for you, for free.

    >>> Dorje Shugden Images & More <<<
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/category/media/downloads

  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 08:31 PM
    Mumu is so cute on the treadmill. Rinpoche is very creative in getting Mumu to exercise. When we want the best for our pet, we will think out of the box to help. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the knowledge and video.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/mumu-on-the-treadmill.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 07:42 PM
    Scary to know what exactly happened to Angel during her waking from sleep.Watched the video, wondering its sleep paralysis or the unseen beings pressing on her. This weird phenomenon as explained by Rinpoche is that she was karmically connected with the unseen beings.I do believe the unseen beings do exists after all, I am glad Angel is back to her own self , its over now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/till-i-see-blood.html#comment-736240
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 07:40 PM
    Sleep paralysis whether is science or paranormal.From what i read and hear to me its more paranormal as i do believe in unseen beings do exist after all. Sleep paralysis is more likely to be caused by paranormal distinct existence. I have not experience one before but at least i know now what i can do if it happen to me after reading this post.There are many other methods to protect ourselves just in case,like reciting our powerful mantra of Dorje Shugden( OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA ) .
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html#comment-736360
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 05:06 PM
    Interesting read from Tsemrinpoche.com

    Energy Channels
    This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a sophisticated network of energy pathways, or highways, circuiting the body. Over 2000 years ago ancient cultures knew of the existence of these energy channels. They were called ‘sen’ in Thailand, ‘nadis’ in India, ‘meridians’, ‘channels’ or ‘vessels’ in China and Japan, and ‘channels’ in Tibet. In India, where many eastern healing arts developed, there were said to be 72,000 nadis or energy pathways. Disease is believed to be a blockage in the energy flow of these channels. A range of healing traditions, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and yoga, are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways, known as meridians, or nadis, running around the body in an expansive network.

    read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/science-finally-proves-meridians-exist.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 03:33 PM
    (REPLY FOR BEN)
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?

    Pujas are more comprehensive as they involve rituals and prayers. In other words, prayers are part of a puja. Each puja is done based on scriptural texts and methods passed down by the lineage masters, which invokes the blessings of Buddhas/ meditational deities. Apart from recitation of mantras and meditation, ritual cakes (tormas) and other offerings are also done for pujas.

    You can read more about pujas here:

    – Powerful Pujas
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html

    – What are pujas about… do take a good read…
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/what-are-pujas-about-do-take-a-good-read.html

    You may also want to read about “Dorje Shugden’s Puja and Its Benefits”, which explains the components of a puja, as well as the benefits.
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/dorje-shugdens-puja-and-its-benefits

    I hope the above info will help in answering your question.
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:24 PM
    Fully enlightened beings can manifest in whatever form they so choose in order to benefit sentient beings. Buddhas can manifest in the form of a Lama, a spiritual friend and even in the form of sound, which are called mantras. In essence mantras are the holy energies of the Buddhas in the form of sound. Reciting mantras of the Buddhas, meditational deities (Yidams) and Dharma Protectors therefore invokes their blessings to bring about a beneficial impact in our lives.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugdens-mantra
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:37 PM
    Very touching……. i do enjoyed watching those videos.
    So courage of John Byrne the homeless man to jump into the ice cold water to safe his pet rabbit.What he did was indeed incredible .His love and compassion for his pet rabbit and dog is an example,inspiration to us .
    Even though he is homeless yet he care and love his pet rabbit and dog so much giving food by begging.
    The man Gary Kearney who threw the pet rabbit was sentenced to four months detention.It show that the law do not tolerate cruelty to animals. A lesson to learn from here is to love.care and compassion to all sentient beings whatever happen to them.Never abused them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and i have shared with my friends too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/the-rabbit-in-the-river.html
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:12 AM
    **The Three Bodies of a Buddha**

    The primary manifestation of a fully enlightened being is called the Dharmakaya. “Dharma” means phenomenon, while “kaya” means body. Therefore, Dharmakaya refers to the primordial or true nature of phenomena which is beyond conceptual and dualistic thought. This manifestation is essentially the mind of a fully enlightened being, beyond appearance and sensory perception. This mind knows no limits or boundaries… more: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-three-bodies-of-a-buddha
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:10 AM
    ***Yangdup Wealth Puja 2017*** blog post is out.

    Find out why is the Yangdup Puja performed? How does wealth play a role in Buddhism? Isn’t Buddhism about letting go of one’s worldly attachments? Check out the fabulous pictures and videos here >>> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/yangdup-wealth-puja-2017.html
  • Ben
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:56 AM
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?
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  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:29 AM
    By understanding Dorje Shugden’s enlightened nature, we realise that relying on him cannot lead us anywhere except for Enlightenment. Reciting any praise of Dorje Shugden on a daily basis reminds us of his attainments, and the type of being we are propitiating. It also serves as a reminder of the qualities we can attain as a result of relying on him, that his practice will help us to attain common and uncommon siddhis.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/praise-of-dorje-shugdens-origins
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:28 AM
    Incense has been used as a traditional substance for offering since the birth of Buddhism. The first recorded instance of incense being used occurs in the story of Magadha Sangmo, whose impact can be seen across the ancient Buddhist world. The daughter of Suddatta, a layman and the Buddha’s primary patron, she herself was an ardent student of Buddha Shakyamuni. After marrying, she longed to see her Guru, the Buddha and offer dana. Climbing to the roof of her in-law’s house, she offered incense and a verse of invocation. The omniscient Buddha heard her prayers and arrived with his entire entourage, descending from the sky on a lion to fulfil her request.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/incense-offering-prayers-to-dorje-shugden

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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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This is a good one to read
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
5 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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