When Reuters becomes a tool of oppression

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In December 2015, the international news group Reuters published what it claimed to be an investigative piece titled ‘China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama’. Four short paragraphs into the article and it became clear that Reuters had no intention of being impartial in presenting the Dorje Shugden conflict that was triggered by an illegal religious ban that the Tibetan leadership imposed in 1996. In sum the Reuters’ article was an echo of all the usual and groundless allegations made against the Dorje Shugden practice for the last twenty years.

Reuters is quick to associate Shugden lamas such as Gangchen Rinpoche with China and accuse him as a traitor of the Tibetan people. And yet Reuters is silent on lamas who are close to the Dalai Lama and also keep in close contact with China. The Dalai Lama

The entire article by Reuters was based on two corroborations – (i) the testimony of a turncoat monk with dubious reputation and (ii) distortion of a document issued by the Chinese government which Reuters claimed to be the smoking gun of China’s alleged manipulation of the Shugden conflict.

For a media titan like Reuters with its vast resources and wide web of contacts to have to rely on unproven sources to support its story, is an indication of how weak and implausible this story actually is. Therefore it is not difficult to find within the Reuters’ piece itself, evidence of Reuters’ malformation of facts.

1) The basic premise of the Reuters’ article is that they have proof that the Dorje Shugden practice is in fact a political tool used by the Chinese government to destabilize the Dalai Lama’s rule. This is by and large a repeat of claims made by Reuters’ key witness, a Lama Tseta who in a home-made video released earlier claimed to have hard evidence that Dorje Shugden worshippers work for China.

If such evidence does exist, surely it must be the sharpest blade the Tibetan leadership can plunge into the heart of the Shugden movement. Tseta professed to be a senior member of a Shugden society from 1997 to 2006, during which time he claimed to have personally witnessed the Shugden people’s betrayal. It would follow that he could easily have gotten his hands on proof.

And yet, after nine years of opportunities, Tseta does not have one receipt, one piece of paper, a single video or audio recording or any inferential proof that Shugden worshippers take money from the Chinese to cause trouble for the Dalai Lama. And yet, Reuters accepted Tseta as its prime witness upon whose words the entire case against Dorje Shugden people hinged.

2) Reuters openly confirmed that they have no proof whatsoever that the Dorje Shugden protests are Chinese funded. And yet it did not hesitate to publish a story that it couched as a factual and investigative piece, with a title in bold claiming in effect that Shugden worshippers have been co-opted to smear the name of the Dalai Lama.

If Reuters has no evidence, then what is it basing its headline on?

One would think that with millions of Shugden practitioners scattered around the world and who are supposed to have taken money from the Chinese government for over 20 years, that Reuters with its global assets would be able to find one piece of evidence.

Tai Situ Rinpoche of the Karma Kagyu has been suspected by Indian Intelligence to be a Chinese agent and yet he is closely associated with the Dalai Lama who favored Tai Situ Rinpoche

3) In sensational manner more akin to tabloids, Reuters described in the article a dramatic scene where the Dalai Lama was tailed like in spy movies and Reuters claimed alarmingly that there is “now a serious potential threat to the Dalai Lama’s well-being,” again based on documents Reuters sighted.

And yet the British government does not think so. The British security agency is one of the best in the world and if indeed there were real threats to the Dalai Lama from Shugden practitioners, they would have provided enhanced security during the Dalai Lama’s recent visit. No government wishes to be accused of failing to protect a visiting head of state. Instead the British government gave approval for the peaceful protests by Dorje Shugden worshippers during the Dalai Lama’s visits. There is no clearer proof that the threats to the Dalai Lama as incredibly alluded to by Reuters does not in fact exist. And yet it did not stop Reuters to write stirringly about it and further gave it a thrilling heading like “A SERIOUS AND POTENTIAL THREAT”.

4) In the entire article in which Reuters seemed intent on portraying Dorje Shugden practitioners as being political, malicious and divisive, Reuters avoids a glaring fact – all these disturbances and chaos were created by the Tibetan leadership’s wrongful ban of a religious practice that seriously infringes on the rights of its followers.

It is the Tibetan leadership’s ban that has split the Tibetan people and not any Chinese or Shugden ploy. While promoting a baseless rumor of a Chinese hand in the Shugden conflict, Reuters fail to report that the Tibetan leadership left to its own devices is extremely adept at creating intense segregations such as they did with the two Karmapas, Rangzen versus Umaylam and this, the Shugden divide.

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If indeed the Chinese government has leveraged on the Shugden quarrel, then it is the Tibetan leadership’s politicizing of a religion and its illegal and immoral religious ban that has handed them this instrument. And accordingly removing the Shugden ban would effectively ‘disarm’ the issue and render it impotent to be used against the Dalai Lama.

As even the Reuters’ prime witness, Tseta said, “it is not Shugden, it is politics”. If so then why blame Dorje Shugden practitioners instead of the parties to the politics which includes the Tibetan leadership?

5) It is not difficult to see how biased Reuters’ view of the Shugden issue is and how jaundiced a view they intended to paint of Shugden Buddhists. Reuters did not bother to seek statements and the opinions of Shugden practitioners who are more broad-based than Reuters let on. Nowhere in the article did Reuters indicate that it made any efforts to get a more balanced view by speaking to Dorje Shugden practitioners who have had no hand in the protests and many who struggle to keep their faith with the Dalai Lama as well as the deity they regard as a Buddha. To Reuters, all Shugden practitioners are the same and all are co-opted by China to oppose the Dalai Lama. This is factually wrong and is damaging to the religious practice but it does not seem like Reuters is too concerned about the damage it inflicts on innocent Buddhists whose only crime is their loyalty to their faith.

The Reuters’ story in fact presents many more loopholes and lapses in reason. Subsequent to the said article, Reuters published a bizarre follow up piece suggesting that the International Shugden Society (ISC) who were the organizers of the protests against the Dalai Lama disbanded because of Reuters’ ‘expose’. As if a group of Buddhist practitioners who have braved over two decades of threats, insults, smear campaigns and lies, and who have renounced all that the world might seduce them with including fame or blame, could be stopped by a one-sided news piece that makes claims it cannot substantiate.

In that Reuters fail to recognise the objective of the protests and the character of the Shugden protesters. The protests were never meant to harm the Dalai Lama but as a last resort to create awareness of the single event that has harmed the unity of the Tibetan people and created schism amongst the Tibetan monastic community that the Buddha warned against.

The protests against the Dalai Lama has ceased for now as it has accomplished its purpose which was to capture the attention of the world and make the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership see the damage of the unfortunate ban against the Shugden faith.

This truce offered by the Shugden protesters is intended for the Tibetan leadership and those who have oppressed Shugden Buddhists worldwide to contemplate what the 20-year ban has accomplished and to assess the harm that it has inflicted. And then with hope, to come together as spiritual friends on both sides of the divide to rebuild and not tear down any further.

Therefore it serves the cause of peace and harmony well if the anti-Shugden camp were to also stop all attacks and smear campaigns against Shugden people and for the Tibetan leadership to stay all harmful activities against Shugden practitioners and lamas who unfortunately stood in the way of Tibetan politics.

For Reuters to claim ‘victory’ is facetious and harmful to peace, not to mention deluded. If indeed, the Shugden community has been co-opted by the Chinese government and is funded by China to attack the Dalai Lama, why would the protests stop just when the movement is gathering momentum and the tide against the Dalai Lama seems to be turning? To suggest that China is overwrought by anything Reuters might say about her is as ridiculous as Reuters’ articles on the issue.

Martin Chow

 

China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama

By David Lague, Paul Mooney and Benjamin Kang Lim

Filed Dec. 21, 2015, 2:30 p.m. GMT

Source: http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/china-dalailama/

The Dorje Shugden movement gets clandestine support from the Communist Party. Their joint campaign to discredit the Tibetan spiritual leader is paying off, especially in Britain.

NOISY PROTEST: Wherever the Dalai Lama travels these days, devotees of the Dorje Shugden sect accuse him of being a religious bigot. On July 9, protesters gathered outside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center where the Dalai Lama was speaking. REUTERS/Paul Mooney

ALDERSHOT, England – Thousands of Buddhists from all over Britain packed into the Aldershot football stadium southwest of London on June 29, quietly waiting under a hot sun to see the Dalai Lama.

Just outside the turnstiles, another group of Buddhists awaited the Tibetan spiritual leader.

“False Dalai Lama, stop lying, false Dalai Lama, stop lying!” they chanted over and over through megaphones, drummers pounding out a rhythmic tempo. When he spoke, only snippets of his remarks could be heard above the cacophony.

“China must be thrilled at this,” said Gary Beesley, a British devotee of Tibetan Buddhism who had travelled from Manchester to hear the Dalai Lama. “They really must love it.”

The Aldershot demonstration was part of a pattern: Noisy protesters are following the globetrotting Dalai Lama almost everywhere he goes, denouncing him in terms that echo the invective heaped upon the Nobel Peace laureate by China’s ruling Communist Party.

On the surface, the commotion appears to stem from an arcane, centuries-old schism in Tibetan Buddhism. But a Reuters investigation has found that the religious sect behind the protests has the backing of the Communist Party. The group has emerged as an instrument in Beijing’s long campaign to undermine support for the Dalai Lama, a political exile who commands the loyalty of millions of Chinese citizens and whom Beijing accuses of plotting secession for Tibet.

The protesters are members of a sect that worships Dorje Shugden, a deity its devotees revere as a protector. The Dalai Lama discourages the practice, advising his followers that Dorje Shugden is a malevolent spirit. The Shugden worshippers accuse the Tibetan spiritual leader of persecuting them for their beliefs.

This quarrel was once confined to the temples and monasteries of the remote Tibetan plateau and exile communities in India. But it has now been exported to the streets and stadiums of North America, Europe and Australia.

Tibetan and foreign protesters say the demonstrations are organized by an umbrella group called the International Shugden Community, which in the United States is registered as a charity in California. Members of this group say they are fighting purely for religious freedom and deny China plays a role in the demonstrations.

“There is no connection at all between Dorje Shugden and the Communist Party,” said Nicholas Pitts, a Hong Kong-based spokesman for the International Shugden Community who frequently appears at its protests.

But a leaked internal Communist Party document shows that China is intervening in the dispute. The party document, issued to officials last year, said the Shugden issue is “an important front in our struggle with the Dalai clique”.

A monk and prominent former member of the Shugden movement who was based in India and Nepal, Lama Tseta, told Reuters that China paid him and others to plan and coordinate the activities of the sect’s followers overseas. Tseta said officials from the Communist Party’s powerful political special-operations unit, the United Front Work Department, control the effort and allocate funding. These officials direct the protests through senior Shugden monks in China and the Tibetan exile community in India and the West, who are the spiritual leaders of the sect, he said.

“The Chinese are using them as a tool to make the Dalai Lama look fake, to achieve their own ends, to undermine Tibetan Buddhism and to fragment Tibetan society,” Tseta said in an interview.

SHUGDEN DEFECTOR: Lama Tseta, pictured here near his home in Connecticut, said China paid him and others to plan the sect

These senior Shugden monks are treated as honored guests at official functions in China and publicly embraced as patriotic allies in Beijing’s campaign to crush support for the Dalai Lama, according to eyewitness accounts, reports in China’s state controlled media and postings on Dorje Shugden websites.

A core group of ethnic Tibetans living abroad who follow these senior monks spearhead the demonstrations. They travel the world to harangue the Dalai Lama. Some attend government functions in China, and have contact with Chinese diplomats at Beijing’s embassies and consulates. But they deny that China plays any role in the protests. They say they are purely demonstrating for religious freedom and pay their own way.

 

SERIOUS POTENTIAL THREAT

The majority of protesters, though, are foreign recruits like Pitts, mostly Westerners. Lama Tseta said Chinese officials had instructed senior Shugden monks to enlist these foreigners in the demonstrations. Reuters has no independent evidence of direct Chinese financing of the protests. But a senior Indian Interior Ministry official said Indian authorities are aware that the Shugden sect receives funds from China.

“We also keep a close watch on them because they get funding from China via Nepal,” said the official, who supervises the activities of India’s internal security agency, the Intelligence Bureau, and spoke on condition of anonymity.

In response to questions from Reuters about the Communist Party’s support for the Shugden sect, the Chinese foreign ministry said the Dalai Lama was practicing “religious tyranny.”

“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,” the ministry said.

The office of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, said the Tibetan spiritual leader was occupied with teaching in Southern India and was unable to answer questions for this article.

How much the campaign will tarnish the Dalai Lama is unclear, but the Shugden protesters are having an impact. Coverage of the Dalai Lama’s visits in the United States, Europe and Australia now regularly includes accusations from Shugden spokespeople that he is a religious bigot with no right to speak for Tibet. The protests have become so strident that the Tibetan spiritual leader has been alerted by U.S., Indian and other intelligence agencies that there is “now a serious potential threat to the Dalai Lama’s well-being,” according to a briefing document reviewed by Reuters.

That assessment is contained in the 18-page briefing prepared for the Dalai Lama’s official representative in the United Kingdom, the Office of Tibet, ahead of the Tibetan religious leader’s two trips to Britain this year. The document, which was provided to the British Foreign Office, also reported that the U.S., Dutch and Swiss governments had tightened security during the Dalai Lama’s recent visits. The memo makes no allegations of a Chinese government role in the security threat.

A former U.S. official said the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security was aware of the Dorje Shugden group and had to pay particular attention to it.

“There’s a lot of passion around this from Shugden practitioners, and the Chinese have fostered this Shugden worship as a way to split Tibetans,” said Kelley Currie, a senior State Department advisor on Asia and Tibet from 2007 to 2009. Currie previously worked for the International Campaign for Tibet, an advocacy group promoting human rights for Tibetans.

A State Department spokesperson said the bureau provided protection for the Dalai Lama during his visits to the United States but declined to discuss operational details.

China’s effort to neutralize the Dalai Lama is part of a systematic and often secretive global campaign to silence criticism abroad and bring the world around to its views.

A Reuters investigation this year exposed how China has used front men to set up a covert international radio network that is broadcasting pro-Beijing news. A second article revealed how China is using government-backed groups masquerading as NGOs to intimidate its critics at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

In the case of the Dalai Lama, Beijing hasn’t just co-opted a Buddhist group to challenge the Tibetan spiritual leader. It has also used the country’s economic and diplomatic clout with Western governments to marginalize its Tibetan foe.

Some Western capitals are acquiescing. British Prime Minister David Cameron, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg are among the world leaders who have chosen not to meet with the Dalai Lama in the past year and a half.

Abbott and Solberg did not respond to questions from Reuters.

 

TAILED IN LONDON

Beijing’s strategy has been especially effective in the United Kingdom. Britain, unlike other Western governments, doesn’t provide the Tibetan leader with official security during his visits. Ahead of the Dalai Lama’s two tours this year, his organizers officially requested protection because of fears for his safety, as laid out in the 18-page memo.

The Cameron government refused the request, according to visit organizers.

At the end of the Dalai Lama’s second trip, protesters pursued him through the streets of London on his way out of the country.

TIGHTER SECURITY: Intelligence agencies have warned that the protests now pose a threat to the Dalai Lama

As he left his central London hotel on September 21, members of his entourage say they spotted a car that appeared to be tailing the motorcade. Wangdue Tsering, first secretary at the Office of Tibet in London, was in one of the vehicles behind the Dalai Lama. “We noticed the car turned out very quickly and ran through a red light,” he said. “From that point we suspected it was following us.”

Tsering said the Dalai Lama’s security team called the police. Within 10 minutes a patrol car pulled the pursuing vehicle over. Tsering said the Tibetan security team recognized one of the two people in the car as a Shugden protester. “We know who he is,” Tsering said.

A London police spokesman said the department had no record of the incident.

Asked why the government had declined to provide security for the Dalai Lama, Tim Loughton, a pro-Tibet member of parliament in Cameron’s ruling Conservative Party, said: “I don’t know, other than kowtowing to the Chinese.”

Britain’s Home Office said it did not comment on security matters.

“We regard the Dalai Lama as an important religious figure, and he has been welcomed to the U.K. on many occasions,” Cameron’s office said in response to questions from Reuters. “We are robust and consistent in raising human rights issues with the Chinese authorities.”

A month after the Dalai Lama’s U.K. tour in September, Cameron rolled out the red carpet for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the country. Britain secured contracts with China worth almost 40 billion pounds ($60 billion) during the trip, according to the U.K. government.

 

THREE EYES AND A SWORD

More than five decades ago, the Dalai Lama fled into exile in India following a failed uprising against Chinese rule. Today, the 80-year-old religious leader retains a powerful influence over more than six million ethnic Tibetans within China’s borders. He travels the world promoting a message of greater autonomy for Tibetans.

Beijing accuses him of attempting to split Tibet from China. Now, the avowedly atheist Communist Party has thrown its weight behind the worship of Dorje Shugden – a spirit depicted in temples and monasteries as a wrathful three-eyed figure wielding a sword and mounted on a lion.

“It’s childish denouncing – very much the way the Chinese denounce His Holiness.”

Actor Richard Gere, chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet

China’s ultimate objective is to entrench its authority over a vast, resource-rich and strategically vital region that still chafes under Communist rule. More than 140 Tibetans have self-immolated since early 2009.

Some of the Dalai Lama’s leading supporters say his global standing remains intact. He still draws large crowds. In February, U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama attended a prayer breakfast in Washington, where the president praised the Tibetan as a “good friend.”

“It’s unfortunate, but they are not sophisticated things they are doing,” said actor Richard Gere, chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, which is based in Washington and is sympathetic to the Dalai Lama. “It’s childish denouncing – very much the way the Chinese denounce His Holiness.”

Beijing’s strategy on Shugden worship is contained in an internal Communist Party document setting out guidelines for officials in Tibet on how to deal with the dispute. The document, issued on February 20 last year by the Communist Party Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region, was leaked this year to the International Campaign for Tibet.

Officials, the directive said, should avoid publicizing the dispute over Shugden worship. But they should recognize that the Dalai Lama camp is using the schism as a pretext to split the motherland and sow discord. The party must “decisively grind into dust” this plot, the document added.

DISPUTED DEITY: Protesters display a poster of the Dorje Shugden deity at a July 9 demonstration outside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. REUTERS/Paul Mooney

Chinese officials should organize community visits by respected, patriotic religious leaders to expose and denounce the Dalai Lama’s “ban” on Shugden worship, the document said. And supporters of the Dalai Lama’s views on Shugden who attempted to “create disturbances” around the issue in China “must be strictly punished according to law.”

“I do not feel you could fairly use this document to say, look, this is evidence that the Chinese government is supporting the Shugden issue,” said Nicholas Pitts, the Hong Kong-based spokesman of the International Shugden Community. He pointed to a section of the document where authorities were urged to punish anyone, believer or non-believer, who used the Shugden issue to cause “public gatherings and disturbances.”

 

LAMA TSETA’S ALLEGATIONS

Two authorities on Tibetan Buddhism who reviewed the document – Columbia University’s Robert Barnett and Elliot Sperling of Indiana University – said they believe it is genuine.

“It’s not about Shugden, it’s about politics,” said Tseta, the former Shugden member.

Tseta, 42, said he was a senior figure in the Shugden sect and was responsible for dealing with Chinese officials between 1997 and 2006. He left the movement in 2008. He identified the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department as the lead agency coordinating Beijing’s efforts to undermine the Dalai Lama through the Shugden movement in India and the West.

The United Front is the powerful body charged with enlisting support for the party from influential non-Communists at home and overseas. Other Tibetan monks and scholars who study the dispute identify the United Front as the key agency in China’s bid to cement control over Tibet.

One of the key United Front officials directing the Shugden movement’s anti-Dalai Lama activities in recent years was Zhu Weiqun, Tseta said.

TOP MONK: Tibetologists say that Lama Gangchen (front row, second from right), pictured attending the Fourth World Buddhist Forum in the Chinese city of Wuxi in October, is the most influential Shugden leader living outside China. REUTERS/Ji Chunpeng/Xinhua

Zhu, 68, a veteran official, was executive vice minister of the United Front while Tseta was active in the Shugden movement. He is now head of an ethnic and religious affairs body that advises China’s parliament. Zhu is frequently quoted in the official media as a leading government authority on Tibet, and mocks the Dalai Lama in speeches and interviews. He holds a rank equivalent to a provincial governor. Zhu did not respond to a Reuters request for an interview.

Tseta said he and other Shugden monks travelled on multiple occasions to Nepal and China, including Tibet, where they met Zhu and other Chinese officials. In the interview with Reuters, Tseta produced two of his Chinese passports with stamps showing 15 visits to China. Tseta said he was last in Tibet in 2006.

While Zhu vilifies the Dalai Lama, he has heaped praise in the Chinese media on another Tibetan monk: Lama Gangchen. Based in Milan, Gangchen is the most influential Shugden leader outside China, according to Tseta and Western scholars of Tibetan Buddhism. Tseta showed Reuters photographs of himself with Gangchen.

“Gangchen is the strongman of the Shugden movement,” said Thierry Dodin, a French scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and director of the website TibetInfoNet. “He’s the most committed one to the Communist Party and the authorities in China.”

Tseta said Gangchen organized the first meetings between Shugden leaders in India and Chinese officials in 1997.

 

A VIP MONK

Born in 1941, Gangchen studied at monastic universities before going into exile in India in 1963, according to his personal website, Lama Gangchen Peace Publications. He later moved to Europe and has become an Italian citizen.

Gangchen is a regular visitor to China, where he meets top leaders and is feted at government-sanctioned religious gatherings. China’s state-controlled media published photos of his arrival with other Buddhist dignitaries at a forum in the city of Wuxi in October. Indiana University’s Sperling and Tibet scholar Dibyesh Anand of London’s Westminster University said they have both seen Gangchen at government and United Front events in China, where he is treated as a VIP.

“I am sure they are pleased, but we do not protest to please China.”

Sonam Rinchen, a spokesman for the International Shugden Community

A spokeswoman for Gangchen said the monk declined to be interviewed for this article. “Lama Gangchen has no role in the Shugden movement,” she said. “He is merely a devoted practitioner of this lineage.”

Tseta said he began to have misgivings about his own role in the Shugden movement, and by 2006, the Chinese were growing suspicious of him. He was detained for 25 days in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, he said, but was released after persuading authorities he was a devoted Shugden monk. Reuters has no independent confirmation of Tseta’s detention.

On a trip to the U.S. later in 2006, he applied for asylum. Tseta showed Reuters documents indicating he was granted political asylum in 2007. He said he is speaking out now about his role in the Shugden movement because the protests against the Dalai Lama are dividing Tibetans.

From protest coverage, photographs, television news footage, online video postings and Shugden publicity materials, Reuters was able to identify leading ethnic Tibetans involved in demonstrations in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe.

Sonam Rinchen is one of the most visible. Rinchen, 53, a stonemason living in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, is a Tibetan spokesman for the International Shugden Community, the group that leads the protests.

He said in a phone interview he had twice been questioned by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about security threats to the Dalai Lama, most recently at his home in 2012 while the Dalai Lama was visiting Boston. “They wanted to know if anybody paid by the Chinese wanted to kill the Dalai Lama,” he said. These were “ridiculous” allegations that the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan government in exile, had passed to the FBI to smear the Shugden protesters, he said.

The FBI declined to comment.

RESTIVE REGION: Protesters stand behind a picture of a Tibetan victim of self-immolation during a 2012 march in New York in support of Tibet. Since 2009, more than 140 Tibetans have self-immolated. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

 

“IT COSTS SO MUCH MONEY”

China isn’t involved in the demonstrations, said Rinchen, who said he has lived in the U.S. for almost three decades. “I am sure they are pleased, but we do not protest to please China,” he said. “We are interested in getting our religious freedom back.”

This year, Rinchen joined the protests in Britain during the Dalai Lama’s September visit. He said demonstrators paid their own airfares and hotel bills, while the International Shugden Community paid for local transport and meals.

“This is the hard part of it,” he said. “It costs so much money.”

Not for everyone. In December 2014, the International Shugden Community offered 40 free return flights from Manchester to Rome when the Dalai Lama was scheduled to attend a meeting of Nobel laureates in the Italian capital, according to a notice that was posted on the group’s website. The offer included meals and accommodation for protesters.

The International Shugden Community was incorporated as a charity in California in 2014, according to corporate records. It listed assets of $27,471 and income of $69,235 in its 2014 filings.

The majority of rank-and-file protesters are Westerners who follow the New Kadampa Tradition, or NKT. Members say the group plays no role in the protests. It doesn’t disclose how many devotees it has, but former members estimate there are about 6,000 worldwide.

The NKT’s leader and founder is Kelsang Gyatso, a Tibetan monk who moved to Britain in 1977. The NKT, a registered U.K. charitable trust, has 1,200 centers and branches in 40 countries, according to its website. It had 21.8 million pounds on its books at the end of 2014, U.K. charity commission filings show.

Video: The Dalai Lama smear campaign

On the surface it seems to be a religious dispute, but the hostile welcome the Dalai Lama gets wherever he goes tells a different story. Reuters’ David Lague traces the links to Beijing.

 

NEGATIVE PRESS

Carol McQuire, a former member of the NKT in the U.K., said many of the protesters are unwitting agents of Beijing. “I am sure that having the protests done ‘for free’ by ignorant Westerners makes (the Chinese) very content,” said McQuire, who became disillusioned and left the movement nine years ago.

The protests are attracting attention. On the Dalai Lama’s 2015 tour of the United States, many media outlets (including Reuters) carried reports covering the demonstrators and their grievances. During his 12-day visit to Australia in June, the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age published an opinion piece by the International Shugden Community’s Pitts, who is also an NKT member.

“He has been the political leader of the Tibetans for decades but, unlike virtually every other political leader in the world, no one seems to hold him to account or check whether what he says matches what he does,” Pitts wrote.

On the Dalai Lama’s September visit to Britain, the BBC and ITV covered one of his engagements amid noisy Shugden protesters. Both outlets interviewed Pitts.

ITV’s report covering both sides – the Dalai Lama’s appearance and his chanting critics – showed how the protests are chipping away at the Tibetan spiritual leader’s image. “Here in the West, we are used to seeing the Dalai Lama portrayed as a very popular, a very respected figure,” said reporter Matthew Hudson. “But, this demonstration and the entrenched animosity I’ve heard from both sides shows that in our complex world of geopolitical and religious affairs, no one is immune from criticism.”

Beijing has applauded the shift. On the sidelines of China’s annual parliamentary session in March, religious-affairs official Zhu Weiqun said the international media was “less and less interested in the Dalai Lama.”

Still, because of his popular authority, the Dalai Lama’s disapproval of the Shugden deity has sharply reduced the sect’s prevalence in Tibetan areas of China and among Tibetan exiles in India, Tibetologists say.

TIBETAN RIVAL: The Dalai Lama travels the world calling for more autonomy for Tibetans. China accuses him of championing secession for Tibet. REUTERS/Thierry Roge

Some Tibetan Shugden devotees complain that discrimination from Dalai Lama supporters has seen them ostracized in Tibet and abroad. They say they have been dismissed from jobs, refused service in shops and forced to live in spiritual ghettos.

Some Dalai Lama supporters acknowledge there have been cases of discrimination. But they say it is not systematic and not encouraged by the Dalai Lama.

 

AN EYE-CATCHING BILLBOARD

When the Shugden protests began in 1996, they were low key, sometimes even respectful. Now they are vitriolic. At each stop, Shugden protesters wait in ambush.

In the past two years, protesters have penetrated the Dalai Lama’s security cordon to confront him personally. In May last year, Shugden Buddhists attempted to check in to the hotel where he was staying in the Netherlands, according to the security briefing provided to the British government. Hotel security staff ejected them, visit organizers said.

Days ahead of his two-day visit to New York starting July 9, a giant billboard reading “False Dalai Lama Stop Lying” was posted two blocks from where he was due to speak. An adjacent billboard depicted the Dorje Shugden deity.

Both were taken down on July 8 after Tibetans in the U.S. complained to the advertising company, according to Dalai Lama supporters. The company declined to disclose who paid for the billboards.

The Dalai Lama spoke to a sold-out crowd at Manhattan’s sprawling Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. About 100 protesters gathered across the street. Some held up a caricature of the Dalai Lama in military boots, his eyes screwed up in fury and hands balled into fists, standing on a pile of helpless Shugden monks.

The same poster was on display outside the football stadium at Aldershot in June, where Shugden protesters drowned out the Dalai Lama’s 40-minute address.

Additional reporting by Rupam Nair in New Delhi, John Shiffman and Warren Strobel in Washington, Ben Blanchard in Beijing, Elizabeth Piper and Michael Holden in London, and Gwladys Fouche and Henrik Stolen in Oslo.

 


 

The politics of Tibet’s poisonous religious divide

By David Lague, Paul Mooney and Benjamin Kang Lim

BEIJING

HONG KONG – The doctrinal schism that the Chinese Communist Party is using to hound the Dalai Lama arose long ago in the internecine politics of his own school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Dalai Lamas are drawn from the dominant Gelugpa School, one of the four major Buddhist traditions in Tibet.

When the 5th Dalai Lama united Tibet in the 17th Century, he made an effort to embrace the other schools to enhance political unity, according to the French Tibetologist Thierry Dodin.

This move angered other senior members of the Gelugpa School who opposed sharing power and privilege. They united in a clique within their school around the worship of Dorje Shugden, then a little-known “protector deity.”

Over the centuries, Shugden devotees came to dominate the Gelugpa School and the religious politics of Tibet. After the Communists came to power in 1949, Shugden practitioners became influential in the exiled Tibetan communities in India and Nepal. At first, they were hostile to Beijing, particularly after Tibetan monasteries and cultural relics were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.

That changed with the current Dalai Lama, 14th in the line. He too had been educated under senior Shugden monks. But from the mid-1970s, he began to shape a more inclusive doctrine. In part, this was a political move aimed at unifying the different traditions in Tibetan Buddhism in the face of pressure from Beijing, according to Dodin and other Tibet scholars.

During a period of reflection, the Dalai Lama began to question the value of Shugden worship on the grounds it was harmful. In 1996, he publicly advised his followers to shun the practice. Since then, scholars say, there has been a gradual shift towards Beijing by the Shugden movement – a move that accelerated in the past decade.

China is careful to avoid obvious public references to its Shugden strategy. But on the ground, evidence abounds that Beijing has thrown its weight behind Shugden devotees.

“There’s a massive drive to keep the remaining Shugden strongholds alive.”

French Tibetologist Thierry Dodin

Chinese authorities have poured funds into rebuilding and maintaining Shugden monasteries in the Tibet Autonomous Region and surrounding provinces. Reports in the state-run media show that China has financed extensive restoration at the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in Yunnan Province and the Dungkar Monastery near Tibet’s frontier with India, both leading Shugden monasteries.

“There’s a massive drive to keep the remaining Shugden strongholds alive with a lot of support from the party,” said Dodin, director of the website TibetInfoNet. “This does not mean that others are left in decrepitude, but there is no such thing as a poor Shugden monastery.”

Buddhists who openly follow the Dalai Lama’s teachings face persecution by Chinese authorities, according to human rights groups and exiled Tibetans. It is now a criminal offence to discourage Shugden worship, they say.

Beijing also allows Shugden monks to travel overseas to teach and study with foreign Buddhists and exiled Tibetans.

In December 2012, Beijing sponsored the visit to Switzerland of Lama Jampa Ngodup Wangchuk Rinpoche, the first Tibetan lama sent abroad by the government to teach, according to the website dorjeshugden.com, one of the websites that publish news and commentary about the sect.

“By officially nominating him to travel abroad to teach, this would mean that the Chinese government is openly encouraging the proliferation of Buddhism, China’s ancient heritage and Dorje Shudgen’s practice,” an article on the website said.

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Another clear signal of Beijing’s preference: Senior Shugden monks are central to China’s effort to educate the Panchen Lama, second only to the Dalai Lama in religious stature.

In 1995, the Dalai Lama recognized a six-year-old Tibetan boy, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama. The boy and his family soon disappeared; Chinese authorities have said he is in protective custody. To sideline the Dalai Lama’s choice, Beijing then recognized another Tibetan boy, Gyaltsen Norbu, as Panchen Lama. This maneuver was crucial to Beijing’s plans to control Tibetan Buddhism, as the Panchen Lama plays a major role in recognizing reincarnations of the Dalai Lama, according to supporters of the Dalai Lama and experts on Tibetan Buddhism.

Many of the senior teachers responsible for educating Beijing’s hand-picked Panchen Lama are Shugden practitioners, according to experts on Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Gangchen, the most influential Shugden monk living abroad, has been photographed with this Panchen Lama as well.

President Xi Jinping in June met the party-approved Panchen Lama in Beijing. The monk told Xi he would “resolutely uphold the unity of the motherland and its people,” state television reported.

Chinese authorities have put aside their atheist convictions to insist they will vet the selection of the next Dalai Lama, according to official statements and reports in the state-run media.

This is part of an effort to ensure that the future spiritual leader of the more than six million ethnic Tibetans in Tibet and bordering provinces are loyal to the Communist Party. In response, the Dalai Lama has suggested he may reincarnate outside China or, perhaps, not at all.

That idea drew an outraged response from Zhu Weiqun, the point man in Beijing’s efforts to neutralize the Dalai Lama. “The reincarnation of the Dalai Lama has to be endorsed by the central government, not by any other sides, including the Dalai Lama himself,” Zhu said, according to a March 11 report in the state-run Xinhua news agency.

 


 

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  1. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:14 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

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 19, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Malevolent spirit? Such a spirit will take action and start hurting people, not talk and instigate others to peaceful protests.

    Most of the time, people like to proclaim China as a country and its people are people who are bereft of spirituality, god or anything divine within their culture. But when China supports Buddhism by allowing certain lamas to bring buddhism to others, China is deemed trying to capitalize on the ‘friction’ between the Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden.

    There are countless allegations about money given to Dorje Shugden people and institutions, but no one has found any conclusive proof of it. Why? Because anti Dorje Shudgen people will not keep quiet if they found evidence of it, it would be all over social media and the internet.

  3. Chris Chong on Mar 25, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Thank you Martin for sharing this information with us in such a clear way.

    It is hard to believe that an International News agency would do something as foolish as publishing a biased and totally untrue news. They had admitted in not having sufficient evidence to support their theory and yet they manipulated the truths and made false accusations against the Dorje Shugden followers. This is totally unprofessional and severe breach of the ethical code.

    This is how the ban had cause more damage than protecting the community. It is misleading and not to mentioned that it is totally UNTRUE. It had caused schism and doubt in the buddhist community and it has to stop NOW.

    Dear Your Holiness Dalai Lama, Please LIFT Shugden Ban.

  4. Jennifer Yuen on Mar 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    After reading the article by the Reuters, the first thing that came to my mind was, one could never trust what was read. Thank you Martin for your commentary. You have pointed out the flaws in the article so well. It is distasteful for any journalist to report on any matter without giving readers a genuine situation of the happenings. The article did not help the unity of the Tibetan community but further divide them by reporting the Shugden protest movements being sponsored by the Chinese Government without much prove but only based on something that someone said. The ban has already caused so much pain to the Shugden practitioners in the last 20 years. It’s time freedom to be given to the Tibetan community who choose to practice Dorje Shugden. May the ban be lifted soon!

  5. Pastor Yek Yee on Mar 23, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    坦白说,这可算是媒体界最大的笑话,路透社本来要利用多杰雄登支持者进行的和平示威作为打击中国政府的一个武器,只因它本身对中国政府存有偏见。很可惜的是,路透社的一个鲁莽举动,使它为自己製造了笑柄,间接地让媒体界製造了近世纪以来的最大耻辱。
    此话怎麽说呢?大家试想想路透社是走在世界尖端的着名传媒龙头大哥之一,做为世界媒体界举足轻重的媒介,猜测 牵扯到利益挂钩,便借用一位口说无凭的僧人胡乱编写这样的文章,并且将它刊登在路透社版位上,以企图 “影响”他人,这种完全没有媒体情操的不道德态度,可以使到不了解实况的人更加溷乱,也破坏了 製造整个媒体的专业名誉,摧毁了媒体的中立立场 。

    单凭一个人的供词或对话,路透社就对号入座将雄登支持者单纯的动机描述成被中国收买,以打击达赖喇嘛;作为雄登行者,我们只想争取宗教信仰的公平和自由,才走到街头进行和平游行,这样的行平抗议行为,竟被一个顶顶大名的媒体视为收钱做戏的叛乱份子。。。而路透社在进行报导时,也没有做详细调查,这样太没有专业精神了吧?!

    曾几何时,如此一个权威的媒体也变质了? 它在进行报导时,完全没有秉持中立的角度去报导,反而将事实愈描愈黑;请问媒体的公信力还存在吗?这令人担忧!

    多杰雄登禁令事件发生了近二十年,有多少媒体为这个事件报导过?有多少媒体真的有去进行调查,了解真相才做详尽清楚的报导呢?这还不大紧,没有帮上忙,雄登行者也不在意,不过问,仍然继续我们为自己持修法争取该有的权利。在进行和平示威时,也没有伤害过任何人,为什麽总被刻意渲染?

    今天,要谈人权、宗教和信仰自由,世界各地那一个角落不都是如此吗?为什麽当雄登行者对自个的持修法门进行和平取义活动时,却遭到路透社的刻意渲染?这种不实的报导每天都在发生,让大众对媒体失去了信心和依靠,雄登行者 和平游行只是冰山一角的例子。。。

    我本人以沉重的心情呼吁,请大家不要再利用雄登禁令事件,以达到 个人的利益;再者我也恳请作为媒体界的每一个个体,请莫忘了作为媒体人的使命,为民众请鸣,不平则鸣,不该只顾及权益而忘了初衷!

  6. Pastor Patsy on Mar 22, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you, Martin for writing and sharing this article. It is truly an eye opener and showed how biased Reuters is in their news reports. Reuters implied that the protests are funded by the Chinese Government. Where are the evidences? As an international news agency, isn’t it their responsibility to investigate thoroughly before coming out with this accusation instead of relying on a testimony based on a single monk, Lama Tseta, who does not even have evidence to support his claims? There are plenty of articles of the ban but Reuters decided not to investigate further and instead take the word of a single monk. There are so many Dorje Shugden lamas and practitioners but why is it that Reuters did not bother to seek statements and opinions from them to get a more balance view of the whole situation and counter what Lama Tseta said.

    Reuters should investigate more to know the truth. There is a ban and it has caused much hardship and sufferings from the innocent practitioners who have the right to believe the faith of their choice. Why doesn’t Reuters write about human rights and religious freedom? The ban has been going on for almost 20 years, it is time that it is lifted to prevent more hardship and sufferings of innocent practitioners

  7. Pastor Adeline on Mar 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    It is very obvious that the Reuters’ reports on the Shugden issue are a bias and unreliable one – lack of proper and sound investigation. In fact, the reports are focusing on “smearing” China using Shugden issue as a tool. This focus can be seen easily in the reports that fail to mention Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and their illegal ban of Dorje Shugden practice as well as drawing attention to H.H. Dalai Lama personal qualities and “security issues”, thus making the report to look like a personal attack of Dalai Lama while mixing it with baseless political agenda from China. These reports seem like a “self pity” stories made up to blame China, Shugden practitioners, International Shugden Community (ISC) and New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) without addressing the core issue – Dorje Shugden ban.

    The CTA has been ruling in exile since 1959, 57 years this year, yet they have not resolved the Tibet issue with China – full independence or middle way. The CTA has been spending donations from external parties to impose on illegal Dorje Shugden ban, to draw the kind donors attention away from their disabilities in managing their “government” with campaigns to segregate Tibetans further. In addition to that, the CTA also interfere with the recognition of the Karmapa of the Kagyu sect which has always been done within its own system. None of these were mentioned in the Reuters’ reports which should be taken into considerations in order to provide a full and unbiased picture of the truth. This is rather unprofessional for a prestige international news agency.

    The Dorje Shugden ban has denied Tibetans’ basis rights to receive educational, medical and governmental help such has travel permit etc.; to purchase grocery and the list goes on. The ban has also separated families, friends, religious friends etc. regardless who and where they are, like an uncontrollable spread of life threatening diseases. All these “threats” mentioned in the Reuters reports can be solved if all parties see through the veil and accepted the illegal ban as the core problem that should be resolved by the CTA.

  8. Sofi on Mar 22, 2016 at 5:53 am

    I had always been under the impression that Reuters was an unbiased investigative news reporter but I guess its been over warranted. It is quite obvious that the reporter, Paul Mooney had an agenda against China on his mind during his investigation into writing on the Dorje Shugden issue. He had clearly already taken the side of His Holiness the Dalai Lama against China and as such had not bothered to venture further in proving the validity and credibility of the informants. There are so many evidences that prove the ban to be political in nature but more in way of “to separate and conquer”, intentionally to consolidate HH Dalai Lama and CTA’s power over the Tibetan community.

    Lama Testa certainly doesn’t strikes me as a credible informant, with the way he could be swayed to “skip the boat” and go with whoever that panders to his ego and maybe pocket??.. I am a Dorje Shugden practitioner and I certainly have not received any form of payments from the Chinese government. In fact it matters not to me if China is happy or not. I continue my practise and reliance on Dorje Shugden as it was given to me by my Guru, not to please or be against anyone.

    Its so disappointing to learn of a “once credible” Reuters descending into a tabloid like news agency. With all the mention of China paying the protestors at rallies against HH Dalai Lama, could then the reporter, Paul Mooney be on the payroll of the Tibet in Exile government?? After all, he could write his piece without evidence to back up his claims (certainly not what a upstanding investigative reporter would do).

    Thank you Martin for an interesting and eye opening post and thank you Rinpoche for sharing it with us. May the ban on Dorje Shugden practise be swiftly lifted to return the Tibetan Buddhist practitioners to the state of united peace and freedom.

  9. Jace Chong on Mar 22, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Thanks Martin for the article, sharp points to make readers think more on the credibility of Reuter’s reportings on Dorje Shugden issue.

    I wonder what Reuter gets from taking side and putting China in bad light. Although Reuter articles did interview Dorje Shugden practitioners, but the contents are gear towards the idea that Dorje Shugden practitioners are bad and Dalai Lama is disturbed.

    Thanks to the modern technology that we don’t have to always follow the “main stream” medias who try to shape the thoughts of the readers where we have various of resources now to see the truth.

    Something I find it very real is the sufferings of the DS practitioners in the Tibetan community. My heart wrenches to see people standing out and talk about what they experienced because they practice DS. This is one of it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3h1w7Q0ozU

    I wonder why Reuter only see DS issue in political way, and really I want to ask again, what does Reuter get from this?

    Another thing is, Reuter label the Protest as “noisy”, but does Reuter really investigate why the protest is getting louder? What I can see is the protest was once peaceful, it’s getting aggressive because no one listen and nobody from the Dalai Lama side would like to solve it with dialogue, which Dalai Lama always promotes.

    Since Reuter is so mainstream and powerful, why don’t Reuter accelerates the dialogue in between the 2 parties and really play a good role of a media instead of taking side? What really can Reuter get from taking side?

  10. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 22, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Dear Martin,

    This article is again pointing out how Dorje Shugden people get put down all the time and from so many sides.

    Even Reuters who is well known only attacks Dorje Shugden with no evidence, using for instance one person Lama Tseta as witness after so many years. Well if he got money from China then from who, when, why, how much ….

    Why don’t they point out that a government should give religious freedom to all of their citizens? What kind of government does that?

    I think many people in the west don’t see what is really happening in the Tibetan Exile Community to Dorje Shugden practitioners. And this article is again adding to that.

    How can Reuter support this and investigate clearly only into one direction.

    This is an eye-opener on how media can be used to trick people and distract from the real issue.

    May discussions start and the ban come down swiftly.

  11. Stella Cheang on Mar 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you Martin for bringing clarity to a misleading report “China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama” by Reuter. It is not hard to see why the report is bias in nature.

    1. The allegation presented by Reuter is single sided; the storyline of the report only focuses on a couple of aspects; i.e. how HHDL is being threaten by Dorje Shugden movements and how China is linked to these. The report disregarded the other side of story, which is not difficult to find, just try google it.
    2. The accusation of China funding the Dorje Shugden is illogical and lack of evidence. For the last 20 years since the ban started that gave rise to this allegation, no concrete evidence was shown or presented.
    3. The claim of HHDL’s safety was being threaten by Dorje SHugden practitioners was probably unfounded too, considering that both FBI and Britain’s Home Office declined to comment on this when requested by Reuter.
    4. Lama Testa was not exactly a credible “informant” considering his reputation among the Tibetan community. Reuter having to rely on him alone discredit the strength of this report, in my opinion.

    Above and beyond the weak allegations presented, Reuter is not new in her biasness in reporting. There is a list of manipulative reporting by Reuter that involve doctoring photographs, staging evidence and presenting photos of the set-ups as if they were naturally occurring, and giving false or misleading captions to otherwise real photos that were taken at a different time or place. And if we google the works of the reporters of this report, we will see that 2 out of the 3 reporters produced similar reports; i.e. sensational international tabloid.

    Mainstream media, like Reuter, is after all another profit making organization; which can be the machinery of agenda-driven political parties. Should Reuter keep producing report with biasness, it will lose the credibility and readership because the truth will eventually prevail.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this blogpost with us that opens the eyes of many more on Dorje Shugden issue. The ban on Dorje Shugden has to come to an end soon because the reasons behind the ban is politically driven and drive schism within the Buddha Sangha community.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  12. Uncle Eddie on Mar 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    As the saying goes, the truth speaks louder than words! That was what we have learnt at school, and what we have learnt, it is proven that the Truth always prevail! No one should be misled by stories, unsubstantiated reports, informations or unreliable and dubious informants, who do not have any proofs! Surprisingly, such repulsive negligence can happen to a professional and gigantic media like Reuters, is really unbelievable! This ban on Dorje Shugden has been a 20 years issue, it is not just a yesterday affair. Dorje Shugden has been practised for four hundred years, and the practice will still continue! We pray and hope very much His Holliness and the Tibetan Leadership will meet with the Leaders of Dorje Shugden communities one day soon to bring about an amicable conclusion to this Dorje Shugden issue, which has torn apart monastaries, communities and lives through broken samayas with a good win-win situation for both sides and have the ban Lifted. Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

  13. Alice Tay on Mar 21, 2016 at 11:19 am

    感谢仁波切还有Martin在此博文分享路透(Reuters)的其中一个报道关于中国的佛教信仰者如何抹黑达赖尊者。

    现今社会,由于大多数的人都是忙于自己私人的事情和希望享有自己的空间较多。而此因素造成了人们养成习惯之一,选者性的阅读。人们都会先看自己喜欢和感兴趣的标题然后继续的阅读至完毕。因此,一份有正确和利益读者的报道,是必须要考量这一点。因为,一般的人都会有“先入为主”的思想。如果一个报道的标题是带有正面的讯息,无形中这会影响读者们会用正面的想法去阅读与探讨此报道。相反的,如果那个报道的标题存有负面的讯息,那么一般的读者也会不知不觉中被带入负面的思考。而当本人看到此报道的标题时,第一感觉是,此作者的原意和动机到底是要什么?但本人觉得非常明显的是不管他是支持那一方,都想利用宗教这一块来造成不和平的现象。

    事实与真相永远都是只有当事人真正知道白与了解所有的事情发生。而作为报道行业,可以被称为是第三者。因为他们必须透过当事人的讲解,然后经过整理与编辑之后再通过规定的主要单位的批准,才能将此报道分发在网络或是报纸上。这让本人回想到几年前的一件事情。当时非常的巧合有三份不同语言的早报,国语、英语与华语,送至到本人的面前。然后打开报纸阅读到一篇有关人民时事的一篇报道。也那么的巧合,此篇人民时事的报道都出现在国、英与华文报里。他们的大纲内容一般都是一样。只不过,详细的内容就不一样了。在当时的我,立刻有所领悟与明白,事实与真相永远都是只有当事人知道。就算在报道上可以被写成有多么的美好或是丑陋,那只不过是一篇报道。身为读者的我们,必须要善用智慧与没有偏执的心去分辨实情。

    在此祈愿所用一切有情的众生相信文殊菩萨,相信文殊菩萨化身之一的多杰雄登,可以让我们打开明亮的眼睛,去除无明,智慧增长。

  14. Pastor Han Nee on Mar 21, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Reuters claims that its article “‘China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama “ was based on an unbiased investigation into the Shugden movement and its alleged links to China. If this were really the case, one would have expected an international agency like Reuters to be thorough and fair, interviewing a large number of not only members of the anti-Shugden camp, but also the Shugden group as well. Sad to say, the whole investigation hinged on circumstantial evidence built around (as Martin says) the “testimony of” a dubious informant, a monk ,Lama Tetsa, who had previously been a Shugden monk and whose reliability has not been proven. What he said as testimony has not been backed by clear and hard evidence. In the end, the Reuter article turned out to be “an echo of all the usual and groundless allegations made against the Dorje Shugden practice for the last twenty years”. Nothing new. No independent evidence of direct funding by China of Shugden followers was uncovered by Reuters in their investigation.

    Why would “a media titan like Reuters with its vast resources and wide web of contacts” want to rely on an unproven source to support its story ,such as a dubious “key-witness”, Lama Tetsa ? Perhaps there was no intention to get at the truth as to whether the Shugden movement had funding from China. I am inclined to agree with Martin that the article is only aimed at asserting that the Shugden movement is being used as “a political tool by the Chinese government to destabilize the Dalai Lama’s rule”? This is further supported by the title of this article – ‘China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama’.

    In the ‘drama’ of the Dalai Lama being “tailed like in spy movies”, Reuters claimed alarmingly afterwards that there is “now a serious potential threat to the Dalai Lama’s well-being.” But wouldn’t the British government have taken the extra security measures to protect the Dalai Lama, if it saw a potential threat?

    Even Lama Tseta said, “It is not Shugden, it is politics”. Reuters would do well to get at the truth of the matter. Politics aside, the truth is that the needless ban on Shugden practice is the basis of all the international protests. Hence, it should be lifted to end so much unnecessary suffering to members of the Shugden movement – the segregation and discrimination, the persecution and the abuse (both verbal and physical).

    Thank you Martin.

  15. Pastor Shin on Mar 21, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Thank you Martin for this post. I think it is disgraceful that such a bias report was presented by Reuters. However, it is not their first. In November 2015, Reuters was condemned by Moscow for its “exclusive” report which ignored a detailed statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, in favour of the narrative predetermined by a “draft document” coming from an unnamed source and comments by anonymous officials. Sounds familiar?

    It makes me wonder why the few reporters who worked on this report were against Dorje Shugden practitioners/ movement, or were they simply trying too hard to make a story out of nothing.

    Like what Martin pointed out, stories that are not validated or unsubstantiated claims seemed to be more inclined towards sensationalism and not fact-reporting. Relying on an unreliable and unknown informant who does not have any proof of what he was talking about discredits this report and Reuters. What bothered me was that after presenting a point or rather allegations, you find out that there was no record/ proof or the point is refuted by another interviewee. For example, a London police spokesman said the department had no record of the ‘Tailed in London’ episode, while on ‘Serious Potential Threats’, Reuters stated in the article that it has no independent evidence of direct Chinese financing of the protests.

    It is the social responsibility of the mass media not to mislead the public, to seek out truth and reporting it in an accurate and non-bias and neutral manner. Instead of sympathising with the plight of Dorje Shugden practitioners who were the real victims of Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) political tool, Reuters accuse them to be malicious and divisive, shaping a wrong view for the public about individuals who just wanted their rights to religious freedom to be respected. It is disturbing to know that this is similar to Reuters’ anti-Israel bias, in which Reuters focused on Palestinian attackers as victims of Israeli violence instead of aggressors in the recent occurrences of Palestinian violence against Israeli citizens. I wish that Reuters would focus on upholding religious freedom, encouraging democracy and harmony in society with non-bias reporting instead of getting the ‘tabloid’ news out.

    The fact of the matter is that Dorje Shugden ‘sect’ was created by the Tibetan leadership. It is the Tibetan leadership that created yet another split in the Tibetan diaspora. It is the CTA that is political, malicious and segregating the Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhist communities around the world with this ban on Dorje Shugden. It is not just a ‘quarrel’ when Dorje Shugden practitioners were discriminated, persecuted, and violently attacked by their own people in their own community. How long more must Dorje Shugden practitioners wait for their suffering to end? Please look at this and see why Dorje Shugden practitioners are protesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/to-sum-it-up.html

    The media is taken as a place for the voiceless to have a voice. Reuters should remind themselves that the objectives of media are stated to inform, document, analyse, interpret, mediate and mobilise by creating and finding solutions, not to sell a sensational news piece. The rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners around the world is put aside to produce a news scoop is worrying. This report piece seems to contradict Reuters’ mission statement to “provide society with the news it needs to be free, prosperous and informed”.

  16. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Mar 21, 2016 at 4:17 am

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuters

    Reuters /ˈrɔɪtərz/ is an international news agency headquartered in Canary Wharf, London, England, United Kingdom and a division of Thomson Reuters. Until 2008, the Reuters news agency formed part of an independent company, Reuters Group plc, which was also a provider of financial market data. Since the acquisition of Reuters Group by the Thomson Corporation in 2008, the Reuters news agency has been a part of Thomson Reuters, making up the media division. It transmits news in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Urdu and Chinese.

    Thanks Martin for writing out all the sharp points to tell the world the so called world wide international news agency behave, its truly sad the writers are extremely bias and not report attach with clear evidences but just writing continuously to mislead the world wide readers.

    As the news agency need to have income to sustain but it should be have ethical when publishing the articles to world wide readers.

    The Dorje Shugden Ban make a lot of suffering to Shugdenpas but it seem like the world famous news agency can make a lot of income by reporting the unproven statements to get readers. I humbly plea the Reuters to be a full integrity news agency as soon possible and help to publish the truth to public.

    There are a lot of sources Reuters can check, understand well, contemplate and learn before posting the next articles.

    1. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/all-about-manjushri.html
    2. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dorje-shugden-illustrated-story-graphic-novel.html
    3. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-dorje-shugden-to-me.html

    Hence HH the 14th Dalai Lama (emanation of Chenresig) practice Dorje Shugden before the Ban, and the previous reincarnations Dalai Lama also practice Dorje Shugden; how can a fully enlightenment can be wrong before the Ban? Did the previous reincarnations of Dalai Lama wrong?

  17. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 21, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Dear Martin

    Thank you for writing the commentary on the Reuters’ article. I agree with you that the Reuters articles are very bias. They implied that ISC protests were funded/ supported by Chinese government although they do not have hard and solid evidence (they even admitted that they do not have evidence). I am surprised that Reuters based this accusation on the testimony of one monk “Lama Tseta” and a supporting statement from Chinese authorities for Shugden practitioners. Although that Chinese government issued a supporting statement to Shugden practitioners, it does not mean that they fund, initiate or support the protests.

    Moreover, as Nicholas Pitt pointed out, “I do not feel you could fairly use this document to say, look, this is evidence that the Chinese government is supporting the Shugden issue,” the document where authorities were urged to punish anyone, believer or non-believer, who used the Shugden issue to cause “public gatherings and disturbances.”

    Thus, Shugden practitioners do not get exceptions. They still cannot do public gathering or create disturbance in China. Isn’t it ironic for a government who does not support public gathering or disturbance to support/ fund protest against Dalai Lama all over the world?

    I agree with you Martin that Reuters was determined to portray Shugden practitioners as malicious and political. They did not even consider the possibility or the fact that the protest was initiated by a group of people who felt suppressed by the faith-based discrimination imposed by Dalai Lama’s followers regardless of mounting evidence of this suppression. Reuters, instead, relies on vague evidence given by one monk and a vague statement issued by Chinese government that does not even proof that The Chinese government collaborated with Shugden protestors.

    Valentina

  18. Frederick Law on Mar 21, 2016 at 3:28 am

    The piece published by Reuters is very bias and lopsided in that it specifically target the Shugden movement being funded by the Chinese. Their investigative piece on ‘China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama’ is not credible, they are only base on what is being said by Lama Tseta, who did not provide any proof of receipt, documents or even recording of Shugden movement received funding from China, how could Reuters who as a Media titan being followed by millions of readers worldwide could published such a bias piece without presenting facts and proof?

    How credible is Lama Tseta for Reuters to quote what say and use it to vilified Shugden movement? How come Reuters did not interview Shugden practitioners to get second opinion on this issue? Clearly the journalist who wrote the article is biased towards one party, and ignoring the real facts that is available to counter what Lama Tseta said. How could someone who left Shugden movement 9 year ago, can suddenly appear and become a credible witness of China wrongdoing? Or perhaps it is the journalist is Anti-China, that they grab the opportunity by using Lama Tseta to vilified Dorje Shugden practitioner.

    Ever since the ban on Dorje Shugden being imposed wrongfully by the Tibetan Leadership, Dorje Shugden practitioners has been living in hardship, being segregated, having family relation being torn apart, being denied the rights to receive treatment at hospitals, receive education, and even being denied to buy sundries from shop, just because they are Dorje Shugden practitioner. Even monasteries are being divided because of this issue? Why Reuters do not investigate and ask why is this happening? Why are Tibetan leadership doing such thing to their own people, it is already disheartening that the Tibetan are temporary citizen in India aka Refuge, why do they still segregate the Tibetan community further because of Dorje Shugden? Why not they unite the Tibetan and proliferate the unique Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism?

    The baseless accusation of China Co-opt with a Buddhist sect to damage His Holiness Dalai Lama reputation is totally unfounded. Why doesn’t Reuters ask why the Tibetan Leadership is damaging His Holiness reputation, and also damaging the Tibetan Buddhism in general because of their lies against Dorje Shugden practice? Probably Reuters need to do some background check on Dorje Shugden ban, probably these video will help them in their investigative work and report a more credible and reliable article, don’t insult the intelligence of you’re the Readers!!!

    ~Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden, Part 1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5sOm-uQH9Y

    ~Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden, Part 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aboblx-0zAs
    ~Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden, Part 3
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1dILwsmwCQ

    ~Dalai Lama says his gurus are wrong? Violence against Dorje Shugden practitioners
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XdOH6Mu0eg

  19. Pastor Niral Patel on Mar 21, 2016 at 3:19 am

    What a shame. I have grown up respecting Reuters as a source of news and information that is not opinionated. How sad and wrong i was. This piece by Reuters is a shambles to say the least, and has completely tarnished how i will view information or news from them in the future.

    From the outset of this article it is clear that they have an agenda and this is simply to malign Dorje Shugden practitioners. This is real sensationalism without substance, they have not given any proof whatsoever, just the so-called true word of someone who himself has no proof at all.

    What really irks me is that they really don’t address the central issue, rather the concentrate on the actually issue which is religious freedom and persecution but just an attempt to pander to the Tibetan government and an attempt to slander China.

    What is even more disturbing is that they claim that every Dorje Shugden practitioner or high lama is against the Dalai Lama, since the time of the Great Fifth, due to the growth of his political power. This supposedly threatens Dorje Shugden lamas. In my experience, which is most obviously more than the author of the Reuters article, this is most definitely not the case. I mean even the tutor to His Holiness himself was a Dorje Shugden practitioner who stressed that no matter what happens, one must respect His Holiness as the emanation of Chenresig that he is.

  20. SPChua on Mar 21, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Reuters is a profit media company, making money is part and parcel of the company’s activities. Revenue either by mean of advertisement or mean of write-up etc are common. It seems to me there are something very very fishy on the way Reuters behaved by persistently, continuously publishing something that are “not true” and/or without any evidence and prove.
    Well, are Reuters been paid for this task?? If yes, by who?? Hmmmm… .It will be interesting to find out.
    Thank you Martin for great and very logic write-up.

  21. Pastor KH Ng on Mar 21, 2016 at 12:09 am

    “China must be thrilled at this,” said Gary Beesley, a British devotee of Tibetan Buddhism who had travelled from Manchester to hear the Dalai Lama. “They really must love it.”

    The above quote sums up the Reuter articles. It is obviously clear that the Reuter’s articles and in fact the Shugden issue itself is all about politics. Subsequent passage in the articles by Reuter states the true reason of the protests.

    China isn’t involved in the demonstrations, said Rinchen, who said he has lived in the U.S. for almost three decades. “I am sure they are pleased, but we do not protest to please China,” he said. “We are interested in getting our religious freedom back.”

    I would say the Reuters article did lay out the basic facts of the Shugden issue, the protests and China and Tibet but it the manner and tone of the article that shows clearly Reuter and the journalists are are still trying to be “politically correct”, where old school politics of the Western society viewed China’s human rights issue negatively.

    The articles hence missed both the spiritual and ironically the human rights of Shugden practitioners in favor of their own biased point of view and agenda. Basically it is anti China. Hence, Reuter committed the very thing it is accusing China of doing, that is leveraging the Shugden issue for its own agenda.

    Reuter is not interested in human rights. Instead it is more interested in politics. Finally, I suspect they are not even interested in His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s safety or reputation.

  22. Joy on Mar 20, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks Martin for writing out such clear strong points which the Reuters article failed to present professionally. Personally I have lost respect and trust in Reuters as a whole. How can an international news agency present such a biased article? The whole article felt more like a tabloid gossip magazine, and seems suspiciously one sided. Why would you publish or make claims about something and yet don’t have any evidence or prove of what you write to back it up???

    It was very clear that the whole article was geared towards putting China in a bad light and using Dorje Shugden as a tool to support it. The Reuters’ writers were not impartial nor were they objective in their reporting which shows us what kind of writers they are. It’s as if they have a personal grudge against China and decided to rave about it. Makes one wonder if the writers; David Lague, Paul Mooney and Benjamin Kang Lim were paid by the Tibetan Leadership to cook up this article. Why? Because if they can so strongly accuse Shugden practitioners of being paid by China WITHOUT evidence, and just relying on a monk who basically is a ‘nobody’, then it leaves the door open for us to say the same thing about them.

    They did not even talk about how the Dorje Shugden conflict which caused so much suffering and segregation was triggered by the illegal ban that was imposed in 1996 by the Tibetan leadership themselves. Why not tell the full story of how it all began. They never bothered to investigate further because before the ban, everyone was living in harmony and there was no conflict. They can easily interview any Shugden monks who was around before the ban was implemented to ask how it all was. Why was this side of the history not mentioned?

    They keep saying that the ISC is funded by China but they fail to present any proof to back up their allegations. Reuters did not bother to ask “Why” were the ISC protesting and just concluded that they were backed up by China and a threat to the Dalai Lama? How on earth are they a threat? If anyone wanted to harm the Dalai Lama, they would have already. Instead of giving more security for the Dalai Lama when he was visiting, the British government gave the ISC ‘permits’ to protest. Why would they do that if they suspected anything fishy… well, because there was none. The ISC had no chance to give their side of the story and even if they did, I am sure it would be twisted into something else since the whole article is already a huge twisted lie. The ISC could easily take Reuters to court and sue them for such baseless allegations if they wanted to. Fortunately enough, they are a group of Dharma people. The report is definitely very one-sided.

    It is so silly of the Tibetan Leadership to fear Dorje Shugden on one hand and on another hand implement a ban that would encourages China to use against them. But Reuters never saw it in this angle because they are focused on putting the blame game on China. If you really hate China so much then why not boycott China and all their products and make sure you never ever buy anything made in China.

    I am a Shugden practitioner and I don’t get paid by China and I can prove that with my bank account statements. I’m sure it is the same for all the ISC protesters but Reuters would never go that far because they have already set their agenda in telling the world a lie on Dorje Shugden. How can these journalists choose to listen to a testimony from a monk who basically have no evidence and who took 2 years prior to him quitting to now only come out to say what he says. Even within the Tibetan community, he is not credible, and is well known to be someone who talks big without substance. If he was who he claims to be, someone ‘important’ in the Shugden Society… then why not show evidence of his position, like a name card of something? Also if he can be so easily bribed by China, then what makes us think that he is not being bribed now by the Tibetan Leadership? Sound like Lama Tseta is not very loyal and would easily swing where there is benefit. We get nothing from him except empty words really.

    The only thing Reuters have achieved from this article is that it has brought down their own credibility and professionalism by being one sided, bias, a somewhat childish with their hate campaign against China. I’m not even sure if it is worthy to be called news. It’s more like the reporters personal opinion piece. This shows us how much they would discriminate others to the expand of causing suffering to others. It really seem like the Tibetan Leadership really motivated them to write this piece. This is dangerous because their irresponsible reporting does not create positivity but more negative, more segregation, more disunity, disharmony and if they can publish this type of political propaganda, it makes one wonder what other false reporting they have been doing? Would you trust these writers in their next report? I know I would not.

    In the end the article had no substance and no I don’t think that the ISC dissolved because of Reuters little write up with no evidence by a Lama who has no credibility. The reporters should really be more objective and not write based on personal opinions or agendas. If you do not have any evidence, then it is wrong to write such bogus accusations because the article increases the oppression and suppression towards so many Dorje Shugden practitioners who has nothing to do with China. If they do then where is the proof? Where is the proof to everything Reuters claims? I hope someone at the top in Reuters would do something about this write up and stop such bad reporting.

  23. Pastor Chia on Mar 20, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you Martin for sharing your thoughts and pointing out that one of the world’s famous and influential media such as Reuters can feature such a bias report, bashing Dorje Shugden practitioners by saying that they are funded by China goverment to smear Dalai Lama’s name around the world.

    Reading through Reuters’ report, there is no clear evidence nor resources to prove the validity of this report. To me, this is a report that we cannot believe, simply due to the lack of evidence. Reuters’ supporting evidence of interviewing Lama Tseta is also not convincing because there is no proof that all protesters are funded by China. If Lama Tseta professed to be a senior member of a Shugden society for 9 years, he could easily present some sort of proof or evidence – any documents, communication, anything, yet there was nothing to support his claim. A simple homemade video cannot make the cut to present such an accusation. I am amazed Reuters accepted Tseta as its’ prime witness, whose words is not trustworthy, especially that he has only ‘surfaced’ for this article and was never considered a key person in representing any party in the Dorje Shugden movement.

    Reuters report has twisted the facts about Shugden practitioners as being political, malicious and segregating the Tibetans. Reuters, being such a powerful media, they should be aware that the Dorje Shugden ban started by the Dalai Lama. That is how this whole thing started, causing political issues and further segregation among Tibetans. They should not promote such a baseless rumour and accusation that China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama without any proof at all, and worse still, admitting that they do not have proof.

  24. Pastor Moh Mei on Mar 20, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    People can write whatever they want, their personal opinions on social on their own blog and on their personal social media pages. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. But as a news agency, one is to bring facts and unbiased reports to the public under the governance of professional integrity.

    Reuters article is obviously biased and only portray one side of the Dorje Shugden issues. While the title of the article sounds factual and unbiased, the contents were anything but.

    China did not start the Dorje Shugden ban. It is H.H The Dalai Lama who spoke and brought about the Dorje Shugden controversy. The CTA has been using this controversy as movement to oppress and control the exiled Tibetan communities and the monasteries. Who can blame China for seeing an opportunity here and to use this controversy to manipulate the situation to their advantage. If I am China, I would definitely proliferate Dorje Shugden practice and offer my support to the Dorje Shugden community as part of anti Dalai Lama campaign.

    They say the people who makes money from weapons are also usually the masterminds behind conflicts and wars. There are plenty of conspiracy theories out there about who really started the wars against terrorism.

    If we want to go along with China using Buddhism to smear H.H. The Dalai Lama, then it is also not too far fetched to consider if China is manipulating and paying CTA to oppress Dorje Shugden practitioners? If you think about it, without the violence, the discrimination, the oppression of religious rights and human rights, these protests will have no basis and no effects.

    I do not doubt there is politics involved and in play with the Dorje Shugden controversy. Personally I think China probably has people in their payroll in both sides of the camps. Like in any conflict, there are bound to be some “bad” people on both sides. This is not the issue here. This is not even about debating which camp is correct. This is about Reuters not following professional news reporting standards and ethics in bringing the public impartial and unbiased news. Reuters lost its integrity and respect in news reporting by not giving people an unbiased account of stories from both sides of the camps for the readers to make up their own mind.

  25. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 20, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I like what Martin wrote. 
    The reports by Reuters are largely based on circumstantial evidences of China funding Dorje Shugden practitioners to rise up against the Dalai Lama, with the aim to split the Tibetan community. Reuters should investigate more that it was the ban imposed by the Dalai Lama that has created factions and spilt among the Tibetan people.

    “It’s not about Shugden, it’s about politics,” said Tseta, the former Shugden member.”

    The religious ban, more so a political move as admitted by Tseta, imposed by the Dalai Lama on the practice of Dorje Shugden goes against religious freedom and human rights, bringing untold sufferings to hundreds of innocent people.

    So much materials are available of the ban yet Reuters decided to brush these aside. Instead Reuters depended largely on the words of a monk and a piece of document purportedly by the Chinese government. This ban was imposed 20 years ago by the Dalai Lama and people are still suffering today because of it.

    “Reuters has no independent evidence of direct Chinese financing of the protests.”
    Then why Reuters still allege the funding by the Chinese?

    “Beijing accuses him of attempting to split Tibet from China. Now, the avowedly atheist Communist Party has thrown its weight behind the worship of Dorje Shugden – a spirit depicted in temples and monasteries as a wrathful three-eyed figure wielding a sword and mounted on a lion.”
    Reuters should not have concluded that Dorje Shugden is a spirit just because the Dalai Lama said so. Since the Dalai Lama said his gurus were wrong, why can’t the Dalai Lama be also wrong?

    If the Tibetan leadership hopes for a united Tibetan people then it should lift the Dorje Shugden ban. The longer the ban stays, the more Tibetans will leave for other countries where there is real religious freedom and human rights are respected.

  26. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Mar 20, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    If you check Reuters reporter Paul Mooney’s Facebook, it is full of anti-China rhetoric. So how could such a person have written a fair and unbiased article about this issue which involves Tibet and CHINA?

    For a media titan such as Reuters, it is very irresponsible to base the whole accusation of Dorje Shugden practitioners’ characters on the account of one single dubious monk called Lama Tseta. How could Reuters be sure that Lama Tseta is a credible witness? Is there any hard evidence? Obviously not. That is why I said, Paul Mooney is just jumping on the first opportunity to vilify China when the “witness” Lama Tseta come forth to tell him stories that he wanted to hear, because he is already by default ‘anti-China”.

    As Martin has aptly pointed out, there are so many other Dorje Shugden lamas and practitioners who can give good counter to Lama Tseta’s account, yet Reuters conveniently ignore the option to interview them, because they already have a fixed agenda on their mind.

    And it is totally untrue that International Shugden Community (ISC) disbanded because they were being “exposed” by Reuters, it is Reuters’ self-aggrandizement to think that their article with dubious evidence could have so much impact as to have “saved the Dalai Lama from the evil”.

    The ban on Dorje Shugden has been going on for 20 years, all created by the Tibetan leadership, responsible media like Al-Jazeera has reporeted the issue in an unjust manner, showing the real sufferings the Dorje Shugden practitioners faced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqa2DeOIEQM

    This is what I call media ethics and conscience, not what Reuters did.

  27. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Mar 20, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you Martin for this interesting Reuters piece. You make an excellent point when you mention that it is lame for Reuters to claim credit for the disbanding of the ISC on the basis of one poorly-researched piece alone. ISC members can stand in the heat, rain, in snowstorms and bad weather, AND expend money, time and effort to protest against the ban so it makes it highly unlikely they will be bothered by a one-off smear piece against them…they have dealt with much much more in the past!

    Not only that, but the credibility of their report was severely let down by their choice of ‘informant’ and sources of information. Lama Tseta has been discredited by every quarter of the Tibetan community and no serious journalistic outfit quotes him. For example, Justin Whitaker who is decidedly anti-Shugden even noted that Lama Tseta and Reuters failed to produce any new evidence or further information to back up what is already a very common accusation (that Shugden practitioners are supported by China): http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/reuters-anti-dorje-shugden-report-backfires.html

    You also have to suspect Lama Tseta’s motives. He left the Shugden organisation nine years ago in 2006; why did he wait until 2015 before coming forward to ‘reveal’ the supposed connection between Shugden practitioners and China? And where is all of his evidence? As you noted Martin, where are his photographs, receipts, documents, anything?

    Was he holding on to this supposed revelation to try and get something out of it? Or is he a paid shill for Dharamsala, hired to stir up trouble and drive a wedge in the Tibetan community? Why else would so many people come out of the woodworks to make daft accusations like these, over and over again, and always without any proof? First you had Dhamchoe then you had Thupten Thokmey and now Lama Tseta…

    Dharamsala needs to stop focusing on the Shugden issue and putting money and effort towards it, and start focusing on the welfare of the Tibetan people.

    You can tell Reuters didn’t intend for this piece to present a balanced view of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can tell it wasn’t the journalists’ intention to educate readers about anything; you can tell they published their report with an agenda in mind, to push their point-of-view and falsehoods onto others. Otherwise, they would’ve made greater effort to connect with other Shugden practitioners (who are very easily contactable) to get their point-of-view. If they were really serious about covering the Shugden issue, Reuters should take a page out of Tricycle’s book. Even if Tricycle labelled Shugden a ‘demon’, they at the very least gave Shugden lamas an equal opportunity to state their case.

    Poor showing Reuters, very poor showing.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:46 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this contest to create awareness on the plight of our dinner, before they ended up on our plate. The meat that ended up on our dinner plates are not some chemically produced lifeless “thing”. They are animals who have feelings, can feel pain and suffer a great deal under unhygienic environment, probably able to feel more than us for that matter. This is a fact. We should not ignore it and blindfold our conscious by pretending that the meat we are consuming led a happy life and died peacefully before they ended up on our plate. Do our part by contributing to less suffering for the animals. Go vegetarian.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/win-a-manjushri-statue.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:23 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 05:52 PM
    The Tibetan government in exile in North India (CTA) has in their laws and charters that if you practice Dorje Shugden as your spiritual path:

    1. You are not allowed in Tibetan hospitals.
    2. Your children are not allowed in Tibetan schools.
    3. You may not join in community events in the refugee communities throughout India.
    4. You may not work in any jobs provided by Tibetan govt even if you are qualified within India.
    5. You are not allowed to attend any public talks by the Dalai Lama even secular in nature. You are checked for ID at the door claiming it’s for security.
    6. They restrict your travel by taking extra lengths to complicate issuing you proper papers.
    7. During public speeches, they denigrade the deity Dorje Shugden in order to have public opinion turned against those who practice Dorje Shugden.
    8. They create videos, documentaries and books ‘advertising’ Dorje Shugden as a bad deity. But they call this ‘advice’ only. They allocate much needed funds towards materials with ‘evidence’ that Dorje Shugden is harmful. What kind of government fund campaigns against a particular religion?
    9. They bar/expel you from from entering monasteries based on the fact you practice Dorje Shugden.
    10. Because they have received international pressure and was embarassed, they do not directly restrict you from the practice of Dorje Shugden but produce materials to speak against this faith isolating individuals who continue from the community.
    11. They have smear campaigns funded by the CTA’s Dept of Information & International Relations on social media to destroy the reputation of certain Tibetan teachers who continue to practice Dorje Shugden.
    12. They villify Dorje Shugden practitoners as people who are against Tibetan freedom, Tibetan culture and conveniently called them China spies and violent. This is part of their campaign. Why would China pay anyone to pray to Dorje Shugden? I do not know about others, but I receive no payment for my spiritual practice of Dorje Shugden from any individual, organization or government. I am accused of this as a smear campaign to silence me. But prove clearly that I receive payment from any govt or organization for my practice of Dorje Shugden. If you cannot prove it but continue to say so, then it’s an organized smear campaign from the Dept of Information & International Relations of the CTA in Dharamsala for what they see as defiance when it’s really religious freedom.
    13. Tibetan government in exile has been known to encourage the crowd to harm Dorje Shugden practitioners by posting ‘wanted’ posters of well known and defiant Dorje Shugden practitoners in the 24 refugee communities throughout India.
    14. Whatever donations, gifts, items, help given to the Tibetan govt, their hospitals, Monasteries, schools, individuals by Dorje Shugden practitioners prior to the ban against Dorje Shugden in 1996 has not been refunded or returned. Many Dorje Shugden practitioners including myself have made substantial donations to many sectors of the Tibetan refugee communities and monasteries and all items and monies have not been returned. If Dorje Shugden practitioners are bad, why keep their donations and gifts but restrict their presence?

    I have nothing against Tibet, Tibetans or His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In fact I wish His Holiness long life and health always. I have never said in speech or print any negative word against His Holiness the Dalai Lama. But this ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners is unfair, undemocratic and against human rights. It must be addressed, revoked and removed. It is creating a huge rift within Tibetan communities where we need to be united to preserve our culture, religion and way of life around the world. Whether an individual wishes to practice Dorje Shugden or not is up to the individual, but there should be no restrictions or prejudice created by CTA for engaging in this practice. Now in the 21st century, only in the Tibetan communities lead by CTA, there is heavy religious discrimination. But some find it hard to believe because it does not match the reputation of the Dalai Lama in which the CTA is under. If there is no ban and systematic controlled and funded tyranny against Dorje Shugden practitioners like myself, why should I speak up or say these things? I have no gains to speak up if it was not true. There are thousands of other individuals who can attest to all I have said and much proof to find even on the internet. This systematic tyranny against the fundamental human right of religious choice to practice Dorje Shugden must stop before it creates more damage to individuals and groups and at the same time bringing down the reputation of the CTA or Tibetan govt in exile headquartered in Dharamsala, North India as backward and tyrannical.

    Tsem Rinpoche
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  • sonnytan
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 01:37 PM
    sonny tan on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    Hello jeff Weegee, you came here to insult our guru and claimed that he gets monetary support from China without any documentary,evidential, bullet proof and solid evidence. In the eyes of the learned criminal court judges this statement itself is very defamatory and you can be sued for character assasination and defamation. However, you are not very smart enough thinking that by coming here and abusing our kind guru’s nature and forgiving heart with such nonsensical unproven lies he will not institute further action. It only means that you wantonly and deliberately wants to hurt my guru’s good name thinking that by saying the above he will not retaliate but I beg to differ as you will never know what his students have in store for people of loose characters. We may not be as forgiving as our guru because you intentionally wants to ruin my guru’s reputation and that itself is an urgent call for us to defend him when viciously attacked. We will vehemently pursue such unproven accusations without repose and put to rest all these once and for all and eventually let justice prevails
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 06:05 PM
    Yes it is time to worry for sure if we are not doing anything to protect our earth , environment and animals .There’s the threat that climate change will do more harm.One recent study found that as temperatures rise over the next century.Marine life of dolphins , leatherback sea turtles and so forth are affected .Sooner or later they will be extnct due to global warming. .Scientists discovered environmental pollution can cause human fertility.
    Human activity, including over fishing, unsustainable agriculture, a dramatic loss in natural habitats, and—of course—climate change are to be blamed. Hence it is indeed a time to worry and put in more effort to protect our environment and earth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-it-time-to-worry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 03:27 PM
    The global warming has become alarming and at risks. Arctic drilling could speed up global warming and harm endangered wildlife in the Arctic. Its good that former US President Obama ban offshore drilling untill 2022. Even though this ban only last for five years it is at least protected. With the new President Trump ,i do hope he won’t withdrew global effort to reduce fossil fuel emission and hoping that more people are aware of what happening to the arctic .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and videos too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/offshore-drilling-in-arctic-banned.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:47 PM
    It is very sad that the effect of pollution and rubbish is getting worse. All of us are living in this world and have the responsibilities to take care of our environment. We can stop all this by starting from our self. Always be mindful, throw rubbish in the right place and use more recycle items.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:33 PM
    Kaizen practise is a good method to start training our mind to push ourselves and do something new everyday for 1 minute. Because it start with 1 minute, we would not have reason to not do it. Once we started to learn something new and continuously doing it, we will get use to and improve it further.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 10:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion and also the support team to have this short prayer translated into Tibetan language. This is great to let more people from different countries and races to read this wonderful prayer to Dorje Shugden.

    May everyone be blessed by Dorje Shugden and able to meet a qualified guru to learn and practice dharma for the benefit of others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden-tibetan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 08:33 PM
    Beautiful, inspiring and so touching story…. of Alvaro Munera a former bullfighter. He is a real hero who learned his lesson through reason and thinking.That is really great of him and even campaigning against bullfighting.He accepted his faith and realized that animals do have feelings too.Not to harm them but to protect them.
    Thank you Rinpoche foe sharing such a touching story
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-not-miss-this-so-touching.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 07:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing Its alarming that plastic pollution has already reached deep oceans which has negatively affecting deep sea animals.The researchers found inside the deep sea animals were polyester, nylon and acrylic.That is bad enough causing ingestion in deep sea animals, such as sea cucumbers, hermit crabs and squat lobsters .Sooner or later they are becoming extinct due to all these plastic pollution. Deep sea animals have the freedom to live too. Do hope all of us take responsibility to care for the environment. Attitude and educating ourselves and sharing with others on the best and safest ways of disposal of rubbish will be wonderful.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:33 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. It is so sad to learn about the negative impact of our human lifestyle and usage on the animals living in deep sea. Nothing on this Earth can escape our influence because we are a member and a crucial one for all intent and purposes, of this big ecosystem call Earth. I hope through these discoveries and learning, it will awaken our conscious to do something to preserve Earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:21 PM
    It is wonderful to learn about the Yayasan Kechara Indonesia team’s effort in fundraising by conquering Mt Rinjani. It is also very meaningful to find out the members of this hike overcome personal and physical limitation to reach the peak. “…thinking Instead of just letting life throw random challenges at me, I should go ahead and provide myself with truly meaningful challenges.” Rejoice and well done! Thank you for this sharing, Valentina.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/guess-what-we-did-on-mt-rijani.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:28 AM
    Taking baby steps to train up our consistency and persistency is really a cool innovation from the traditional “cold turkey” approach. Since this is a trust and proven method, we should give it a try and conquer one of our limitation. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:22 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Great to be informed of this alternative that deters insects and rodents from getting too intimate with us. The smell of mint is really nice and it has many benefits to our human body too. Hence, it will be a good idea to add mint leaves into our grocery shopping list.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/try-this-to-repel-insects-in-your-house.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
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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
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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
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
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
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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
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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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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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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
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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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.
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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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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
2 months ago
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
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
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
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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
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
5 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
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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