Three reasons why the Dalai Lama is lying

The Dalai Lama’s ban on Dorje Shugden has led to Tibetan Shugden Buddhists being exiled from their communities in India, and the Dalai Lama has been engaged in actions to expel all Shugden practitioners from the global Buddhist family. The three reasons he has stated publicly for these actions are that Shugden:

1) Harms his life
2) Harms Tibetan people
3) Harms Tibetan Independence.

The Dalai Lama has not given one valid reason to prove that Shugden harms his life, harms the Tibetan people, or harms Tibetan Independence, he is lying:

Lie 1 – Shugden harms his life

On the 21 March 1996, during his talk at the preparatory session of Tamdrin Yangsang and Sangdrub empowerments, the Dalai Lama says:

“Hence yesterday we decreed that it will not be right for worshippers of Gyalchen to be among our audience … If there are any people unknown to me who have crept into this audience who are nevertheless worshippers of Shugden, it is better for you not to stay among us. If you refuse, not only will it not benefit yourself but in the worst case may even become the cause of shortening the life of the Dalai Lama. If you wish for the speedy death of the Dalai Lama, then I have no objection. If there is anyone who wishes to continue worshipping Gyalchen, it is better that they stand up and leave. If there are no such people, it is alright.”

This was the first documented account of the Dalai Lama’s assertion that Shugden Buddhism shortens his life, or the Dalai Lama threatening a speedy death if Tibetans did not stop their veneration of Shugden.

Prior to 1959 the average life expectancy of a Tibetan was 35.5 years.

What we don’t hear about Tibet, Sorrel Neuss. The Guardian 2009: “Until 1959, when China cracked down on Tibetan rebels and the Dalai Lama fled to northern India, around 98% of the population was enslaved in serfdom. Drepung monastery, on the outskirts of Lhasa, was one of the world’s largest landowners with 185 manors, 25,000 serfs, 300 pastures, and 16,000 herdsmen. High-ranking lamas and secular landowners imposed crippling taxes, forced boys into monastic slavery and pilfered most of the country’s wealth – torturing disobedient serfs by gouging out their eyes or severing their hamstrings.”

By 2010, the average life expectancy had risen to 67 years. The Dalai Lama has just celebrated his 80th Birthday, so this surely begs the question, how has Shugden Buddhism shortened his life?

Lie 2 – Shugden harms Tibetan people

“Because of their blind faith or extreme religious views people believe the Dalai Lama’s harmful words without investigation, and sincerely follow his misleading guidance. As a result non-Shugden practitioners have become extremely angry with Shugden practitioners. They have forcefully expelled Shugden practitioners from Tibetan society, using public humiliation, provocation, intimidation and threats, including dismissing them from their jobs, refusing them basic services and publicly spreading lies about them.” International Shugden Community

The Tibetan political activist and writer Jamyang Norbu perfectly sums-up the chaos the Dalai Lama’s ban has caused within the Tibetan exile community:

“I was told to watch an Al Jazeera documentary on the issue and I was shocked. I had not known that things had gotten so out of hand. Tibetans really need to deal with this issue through discussion and debate, before we start murdering each other, one of these days, just like Sunnis and the Shias, or Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.  If anyone is under any illusion that Buddhists are inherently nonviolent just look back at the way Buddhist monks were instigating the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka, and more recently the killing of Muslims in Burma.”

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It is clear that the only thing that is harming the Tibetan people is the Dalai Lama’s own crazy actions. The Dalai Lama’s ban on Shugden Buddhism has destroyed Tibetan unity.

Lie 3 – Shugden harms Tibetan Independence

“Both Shugden practitioners and those in favour of Tibetan independence are branded unpatriotic to encourage other Tibetans to shun them: ‘At a meeting in New York City on 23 May 2010, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche described Tibetans advocating independence or genuine democracy in exile were more dangerous than Shugden followers or the Chinese Communists. In September 2013 when Chitue Karma Choephel was criticized for his comments about His Holiness, the members of the Parliament launched a denunciation of Tibetans who spoke up for independence as malefactors who should not only be exposed but also banished from Tibetan society.
Unfortunately, to date, the scapegoat techniques used by the Dalai Lama and CTA have meant that many still wrongly believe the false allegations made against the Shugden practitioners. Even people who have had similar intimidation and propaganda techniques used against themselves, such as those supporting full Tibetan Independence, continue to allow the manipulative tactics used by the CTA and Dalai Lama, to cause disunity in their community. It is this disunity that empowers the CTA’s current, undemocratic system of governance.”

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“On 15 June 1988, His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg surrendered the sovereignty of the Tibetan nation and in return requested China to allow Tibet to become an autonomous and democratic political entity within the PRC. Near the conclusion of his address the Dalai Lama said “… most Tibetans will be disappointed” Jamyang Norbu

With The Strasbourg Statement of 1988, in one fell swoop the Dalai Lama extinguished the hopes for a Free Tibet. Or as Edward Lazar observed:

“The Strasbourg Statement was a surrender of the most important concerns of the Tibetan people (independence and an end to the Chinese occupation) …’ These two were relinquished before negotiations had even begun. ‘It would be hard to recall so much being given up, not for so little, but for nothing, in the annals of diplomacy.”

Yet the Dalai Lama continues his Free Tibet myth:

The Making of Modern Tibet, A Tom Grunfeld: “One of the major sources of political power for the Dalai Lama is his ability to control relief funds, educational scholarships, and the hiring of Tibetan teachers and bureaucrats.
These powers only continue as long as there are many stateless refugees. Consequently, it is to the benefit of the leadership to keep Tibetans in children’s homes, transit camps and temporary facilities―not unlike the situation among the Palestinian refugees.”

It is clear that Shugden Buddhism does not harm Tibetan Independence because the Dalai Lama no longer seeks a Free Tibet from China. What is clear is that once again, the Dalai Lama is lying.