China officially supports Dorje Shugden
TEXT – Chinese government response: The Dalai Lama’s ‘religious tyranny’
Source: Reuters – Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:26 GMT
(This is the text of the full Chinese government response to the Reuters Special Report: China co-opts Buddhist sect in drive to discredit Dalai Lama)
BEIJING, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Editor’s note: The following is the text of the full Chinese government response to the Reuters Special Report headlined “China co-opts Buddhist sect in drive to discredit Dalai Lama.”
From the Chinese Foreign Ministry:
China’s constitution stipulates that citizens have freedom of belief. The central government and government of the Tibet Autonomous Region fully respect the rights of citizens to freedom of belief. In Tibet, all religions and sects receive equal respect and protection, and normal religious activities and religious belief is protected by the law.
After democratic reform, Tibet abolished the theocratic system and did away with things tarnished by the feudal system, restoring the true features of religious freedom, achieving real religious freedom of belief and religious tolerance between different religions and sects.
‘Dorje Shugden’ is a protecting deity who has been worshipped throughout history by several schools in Tibetan Buddhism, with special religious practices, forms of worship and séances passed on. Starting from the Fifth Dalai Lama, Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas throughout history have worshipped ‘Dorje Shugden’. Whether to believe or not in the protecting deity ‘Dorje Shugden’ is totally a free and private matter for religious followers.
The 14th Dalai Lama has in recent years used all sorts of means, including violent terror methods, to force certain people to abandon their religious belief, which has caused strong dissatisfaction in the Tibetan Buddhist community and among certain religious groups internationally. This kind of behavior, which violates the beliefs of religious followers and persecutes them, once more exposes the 14th Dalai Lama’s hypocrisy and real face of the religious tyranny he practices.
Source: http://www.trust.org/item/20151221153019-3ok9h/ and http://news.yahoo.com/chinese-government-response-dalai-lamas-religious-tyranny-154040760.html
Dear friends around the world,
I found this statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry extremely interesting, eye-opening and very much on the pulse of contemporary countries who are moving towards globally-accepted freedoms. In the past, many countries have a history of prejudice, racism, bias, religious hegemony and some are continuing up to this day. No country, past or present, is innocent of this type of governmental policy and domination of the public at any one time in their respective histories. Here are some simple examples:
- In the USA, the destruction of the Native Americans and their religions by the colonisers from Europe
- In Spain, Catholic supremacy in the past
- English colonialism in various African countries, and in India and Hong Kong
- In Australia, the destruction of the Aboriginal culture and religion by settlers from Europe
- In South America, the Spanish cultural extermination of South American natives and their religion
- And even the witch hunts of Europe and America that were prevalent, when pagan practitioners were tried, tortured, burned at the stake, and this was considered acceptable and the norm
It is only recently that these ex-colonisers have been touting human rights and flying the religious freedom flag high in the sky but just 100 to 200 years ago, they were exterminating the native cultures and religions of many peoples across the world. So for countries who like to make declarations of human rights and religious freedom, and persecute China for not allowing religious freedom to their citizens, this statement from the Foreign Ministry of China is really a landmark and milestone.
China is definitely moving towards an excellent direction and she needs time to work out her democratic principles according to her culture, and not that of the West. Western and Eastern culture are both unique; they have similarities but they also have vast differences. Human rights and religious freedom can be, should be and will be interpreted differently in the East and West. One should understand China’s vast 5000 years of civilised culture before judging her modern policies of governing her country. For China to say every citizen in their country has religious freedom, and that it is their right and their personal choice, shows the direction that this powerful, influential and ancient culture is moving towards and that she is modernising herself into a 21st century world superpower.
The dragon is rising and will fly high in the sky.
Some positive ramifications of this decision from the Chinese government:
1. In the past, the exiled Tibetan leadership has unequivocally mentioned that they will stand for nothing less than the complete independence of Tibet from China. The Dalai Lama himself has spoken clearly to his Tibetan people in exile that we must go for 100% independence. After a few decades of demanding independence from China, it was downgraded to autonomy and now, it is the Middle Way. You can Google and check out for yourself what the Middle Way means but basically, Tibet will remain a part of China and all Tibetans will become Chinese citizens, but Tibet will have its own provincial, self-governing leadership.
During the Cold War between the East and West, when China was seen as a Marxist enemy along with Europe’s Eastern Bloc and Russia, it was convenient for the Western powers to support the independence of Tibet from China. Now that the Eastern Bloc has warmed up, Russia has broken up and China has become a superpower that the West can no longer ignore, suddenly Western governments don’t find it logical or economical to their benefit to support Tibet’s exiled leaders in their demand for independence. It economically benefits the West superbly better to support the Middle Way and dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama while they sign billion, trillion dollar business deals with China.
In the past, Western powers supported full independence of Tibet. Now that has changed to “have a nice conversation and try to live together as equal citizens” and in fact, follow the Middle Way. A policy of such importance, affecting millions of people, has been downsized from their previous clarion call for independence. Now world Western powers call for the assimilation of Tibet into China.
Two decades ago, it was easy for the West to support Tibet in their demands for independence because they had a gripe against China on a personal level. China was seen as the enemy and it was easy to use the Tibet issue against China, as part of an entire strategy to create a feared Communist Enemy in the East. Now with the straggling economy in Europe and depressed economy in the USA, everyone is looking towards the East where the sun has always risen. What does that mean? With its 1.2 billion people, China is the world’s largest economy and an economy that no other economy would dare or try to ignore. This was seen during the recent visit of China’s President Xi Jinping and his politically charismatic First Lady to many Western countries, when they were received in the highest honours as a respected, powerful Head of State, which they are. Obama threw dinners, the Queen had high tea and meanwhile, the Dalai Lama’s request to meet Western leaders were ignored.
Simultaneously, China has published via an open statement that Dorje Shugden is a Protector practice relied upon by various sects since the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama, and that they will respect this practice. In other words, they support everyone’s freedom to do this practice and any other practice, because they allow full religious freedom. Furthermore, they have said it is up to the individual to choose whether they want to practice Dorje Shugden, without any government recrimination or influence. This is unlike Dharamsala’s Tibetan exiled “leaders” who say that Dorje Shugden is not allowed, something that they mention clearly in their official websites. The exiled leaders of Tibet tell you there is no religious freedom, and you may not practice Dorje Shugden (although they tout religious freedom). On the other hand, China (who is accused of suppressing religious freedom) makes an open statement that you may practice Dorje Shugden and any other religion you would like because it is your individual right to do so. This is such a stark contrast between the so-called “suppressed” and the “suppressor” who have reversed roles.
Eventually other world powers will have to follow suit with China’s policy of not suppressing Dorje Shugden practitioners. Otherwise it may become another bone of contention in the relationship between the West and China which is still in its infancy, with the potential to upset very big business deals.
2. More countries are scrambling to change their policies regarding China and to reduce their Western idealism-fueled human rights demands, in favour of forging tremendous economic deals with China. No world powers have stretched out their necks to make trillion dollar business deals with Dharamsala’s exiled Tibetan leaders. It would be more intelligent for the exiled Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala to stop talking about Dorje Shugden and to end the suppression of its practitioners, because that creates one more difference amongst the many differences they have with China for a peaceful co-existence.
In fact, Dharamsala’s exiled Tibetan leaders have failed miserably in their job of securing their so-called national goals. Their people have scattered across the world like ants, where slowly the Tibetan culture is eroding. Contrary to what the Western powers think, Tibetan culture is very strong in Tibet as China has given their support. When I meet a Tibetan from Tibet, they speak perfect Tibetan and at times, Chinese too. I’m a Tibetan from the West – a refugee child – and I do not speak my mother tongue well. Amongst the Tibetans who have been scattered to the West, their culture has eroded tremendously due to being minorities in these foreign nations, and their need for assimilation to survive. In the West, there are many Tibetans of my generation and younger who are in a similar predicament as myself; in fact, some don’t even speak Tibetan anymore and while I have visited Tibet, many of them have never stepped foot in Tibet.
3. For 1.2 billion people of China, they have the freedom of religion and no suppression to practice Dorje Shugden. Through their statements, China shows they understand the history and background of the Dorje Shugden practice and they mention he is a Dharma Protector. On the other hand, the exiled Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala have misconstrued the history of Dorje Shugden for their own convenience and political gains, it seems.
Whether Dorje Shugden is a god, Buddha, demon, spirit, ghost, creator or alien, if people wish to adopt his practice and worship, they should be allowed to without recrimination. For the exiled Tibetan government to speak against his practice shows the very contradiction in which they purport the importance of religious freedom and harmony among all people, whilst simultaneously suppressing that of their own peoples. The more the exiled Tibetan leaders in Dharamsala create websites, books and pamphlets, and have open speeches against a religious faith such as Dorje Shugden, it will make them look theocratic, hypocritical and archaic.
In the 21st century, it doesn’t matter what religion, path, faith or spirituality you practice or do not practice but simply that you are allowed if you choose to do so. No government in any civilised country would suppress or repress their citizens towards any religion that they (the government) deems fits their individual lives.
So again I’d like to repeat here strongly – this is not about practicing Dorje Shugden or about what he is, but it is about the freedom to practice without recrimination. The exiled Tibetan government in Dharamsala has not fully understood that point and I pity them because they are not educated in world history, politics, religious development, sociology or economy. They very much want to return to Tibet and the way it was before 1959, and that will never be so let’s move on.
4. Please read this statement from the Foreign Ministry of China clearly. The respected media outlet Reuters published an article with a strong bias towards expressing anti-Shugden sentiment. Then, I was told, that Reuter’s Beijing office contacted the Chinese government. The Chinese government issued this statement which you can read below. It is extremely welcomed and it makes any person from any civilised country feel China is moving in the right direction.
I have practiced Dorje Shugden for over 30 years and I have never been paid by the Chinese government to do this practice. In fact, if the Chinese government would pay me, it would help expedite the buildings I want to do in the Dharma centre I am creating now. It is welcomed. Where has it ever been so easy for a government to pay someone to speak up about a thought or religious practice that you treasure?
China’s incredible announcement comes at a very auspicious time because Dharamsala keeps suppressing the Dorje Shugden practice and not giving religious freedom to its people. On the other hand, China who has ironically accused of suppressing religion, gives religious freedom to practice anything you like, including Dorje Shugden, furthermore saying that it’s your private choice. So therefore this statement has very powerful ramifications. It is a direction China is heading towards that the Western powers have been protesting about for decades. I welcome this article very much. It is wonderful to see a vast and powerful nation like China who comes from an incredible history that is not easily matched by other nations, give total religious freedom to its citizens.
5. In suppressing Dorje Shugden practice, the actions and policies of Dharamsala’s exiled Tibetan leaders backfired. In accusing the Chinese government of supporting Shugden practitioners, and constantly encouraging everyone to take an anti-Shugden stance, as well as prompting media outlets to cover anti-Shugden views, they have in fact forced China to make this declaration, giving the West one more reason to love China and even more reason to alienate Dharamsala and their leaders. Now that China has made such a declaration, the Western powers have one less reason to stop trade with China, since the issue of religious freedom is now irrelevant. Perhaps the Western powers may even look to Dharamsala and start to distance themselves and lessen their association with an exiled leadership upholding such archaic discriminatory policies.
6. It is highly ironic that while Dharamsala suppresses Shugden practitioners, at the same time they are pushing China towards giving full religious freedom to everyone. What will Dharamsala demand for next, that China should give religious freedom to everyone except Dorje Shugden practitioners? Does that sound right to any democratic government?
7. Some people in the West like to say that the Dorje Shugden issue is used to create schism amongst Tibetans. Well, there’s a simple solution for that: for the exiled Tibetan leaders in Dharamsala to say Dorje Shugden’s practice is allowed and that the ban is over. Then China cannot use Dorje Shugden as an issue to supposedly create schism, the end.
P.S. Reuters is a established media portal and respected as well. So whatever they have published against Dorje Shugden and linking Dorje Shugden practitioners with smearing Dalai Lama in cahoots with China could be because they were misled by the people they interviewed perhaps. I would like to give them the benefit of the doubt. I would respectfully request Reuters to not be one sided and see both sides. Dorje Shugden practitioners are not simply speaking up against the Dalai Lama to smear him. We gain no benefits from this. Dorje Shugden’s practice has been around for 400 years and it will not go away. It would be good for interested media to interview both sides to have an unbiased view of the situation. I personally do not have any negative thoughts or intentions towards Dalai Lama ever but I don’t agree with the Dorje Shugden ban. I wish very much that the West, Dalai Lama, China, Dorje Shugden practitioners and everyone can live in harmony. But this can only happen through understanding and talk and interaction. I think more Dorje Shugden practitioners should be interviewed to be fair. I would like to think Reuters has been misled as it’s possible because is an issue that is with Tibetans far from the UK where Reuters originate from.
Or view the video on the server at:
This is a brief analysis of the Reuters report on Dorje Shugden done by Andrew Korybko. Mr. Korybko is commentating on this article which is important to read so you will understand his explanation:
Mr Korybko is a political analyst, journalist and a regular contributor to several online journals, as well as a member of the expert council for the Institute of Strategic Studies and Predictions at the People’s Friendship University of Russia. He specializes in Russian affairs and geopolitics, specifically the US strategy in Eurasia. His other areas of focus include tactics of regime change, color revolutions and unconventional warfare used across the world. His book, “Hybrid Wars: The Indirect Adaptive Approach To Regime Change”, extensively analyzes the situations in Syria and Ukraine and claims to prove that they represent a new model of strategic warfare being waged by the US.
The analysis was loaded on to the Sputnik website (http://sputniknews.com/radio_context_countdown/20151225/1032303406/dorje-shugden-refugee-confiscations.html). Sputnik, a major new media brand with modern multimedia centers in dozens of countries, was launched on November 10, 2014. The agency is uniquely positioned as a provider of alternative news content and a radio broadcaster. Sputnik’s broadcasting is entirely geared toward foreign audiences.
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 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.
For more interesting information:
- The Dorje Shugden category on my blog
- Reuters Anti-Dorje Shugden Report Backfires
- Reuters Investigation on Dorje Shugden Inaccurate?
- When Reuters becomes a tool of oppression
- Dalai Lama, China & Dorje Shugden
- Will the Dalai Lama agree with this?
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- The Ethnics Groups of China
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