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Can the Dalai Lama Justify non-virtuous actions? Part II November 14, 2008

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 Dalai Lama Justifying non-virtue — Part II

A theory explaining why it is okay for the Dalai Lama to marginalize Dorje Shugden practitioners.

 

Many people accuse Dorje Shugden practitioners of being violent, terrorists, fundamentalists, cultish, etc.  These accusations are completely false and are not based on valid evidence that can be proven in a court of law.  If the accusations are true, why have those who oppose Dorje Shugden practitioners not bring such evil-doers to justice in fair trials?  To assert accusations as if they were fact while there is no evidence is a symptom of ignorance. It is superstitious and fear mongering.  

 

The reason why these criticisms are levied against the Dorje Shugden practitioners is done to discredit Dorje Shugden himself and subsequently justify the actions taken against Dorje Shugden followers.  It is the same psychology behind much of the discrimination and oppression that we have seen in this world.  Such as the Native Americans, African slaves, and Jews in the holocaust to name a few.

 

When such views are enforced by a higher power, a perfect being who is infallible, then it is blasphemy to disagree with that perfect being.  Because who are we, mere ordinary beings, to dare question the pronouncements of such a higher being? So then (in the case of the Dalai Lama) ‘Enemies’ of the church become enemies of the state, and enemies of the state are the worst kind because they threaten the stability of society and government. The reason I put enemies in quotes is because in  this case they are not really enemies. They are just people with a different view, practice, or belief who have been conjured up as enemies without proper reason.

 

Then we have the idea of faith.  In the purest sense faith helps us to see beyond this ordinary world and connect with higher beings who inspire us towards spiritual advancement.  Such faith is able to also see resemblances of higher beings in those who are around her, which serves as further fuel for her spiritual fire.  This is beautiful. We can see this happening in many sincere religious people around the world.

 

There is an apparent downside to faith, however, when we have blind faith or faith that is not based on reason.  I’ll call this incorrect faith for the sake of this article.  So how does this incorrect faith come about? It is important first to note that a correct faith is connecting with an actual truth with regards to the object of faith.  For example, when one has faith in Buddha he will regard Buddha as having perfected his love, and based upon this recognition aspire and act to attain a similar state.  So Buddha actually has this perfectly pure mind of love.  It would be incorrect faith to believe that someone who has not developed their mind in love and compassion is actually such a higher being.  This is because emulating their example would not lead the disciple along the path of enlightenment. 

 

Buddha looked at each and every being as though they were a dear friend or child, cherishing them and inspiring them to gain the realizations of renunciation, bodhichitta, wisdom realizing emptiness and the two stages of Secret Mantra.

 

Is this the type of behavior we see from the Dalai Lama?

I think not.

He’s got his own Tibetan people signing oaths to not associate with other Tibetan people, encouraging monasteries to throw out students who are practicing the prayer of Dorje Shugden and he openly claims full responsibility in front of a large audience. (See the Al-Jazeera news report http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqON2lxArek).  How can you become a benefactor of all living beings if you can’t even sit at the same table with them? Or sell them some food? These are not compassionate minds. These are minds of righteousness and hatred.

 

This negativity it is justified by demonizing the oppressed.  In the words of Samdong, the TGIE Prime Minister:

“A lot of shugden perpetrators are becoming terrorists and they are willing to kill anybody, they are willing to beat up anybody. “

 

It becomes good vs. evil, and then it is okay to do horrible things to the evil. It is the same as fundamentalist Christians who engage in ‘holy wars’ or Islamic extremists who are trying to rid the world of infidels. What is worse about this case is that the Dalai Lama has got the modern world fooled… with his Hallmark-card style sayings, signature smile, and old Tibetan monk giggle we’re all smitten.  The Path to enlightenment is much much more than this. 

Can the Dalai Lama Justify non-virtuous actions? October 22, 2008

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Justifying non-virtue

 

 

Can a sincere Buddhist practitioner ever justify engaging in harmful actions? Quite frankly, the answer is no.  The reason why this is impossible is because in order to be Buddhist you must take refuge in the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.  A Buddha is an enlightened being to works effortlessly to benefit all beings, loving them like a mother loves her only child.  It would be a blatant contradiction to turn to refuge to Buddha and then harm another living being, kind of like showing respect to a mother and then harming her child. 

 

The Dharma that is taught within Gelugpa Buddhism is Mahayana Dharma, which is distinguished from Hinayana Dharma by the bodhichitta motivation that a Mahayana practitioner generates while engaging in their spiritual practice.  This bodhichitta motivation is principally a wish to benefit living beings that is accompanied by a wisdom understanding that attaining perfect complete enlightenment is the only method to permanently free others from their pain and problems.

 

So then, how is it possible that so many people call themselves Buddhist yet continuously slander and shun practitioners of  Dorje Shugden around the world? There must be some discrepancy in the mind that would justify this.  (For evidence of such injustice and harm you can look at the following websites:

http://www.wisdombuddhadorjeshugden.blogspot.com/

http://www.westernshugdensociety.org/index.php?/

 

These links show some examples of countless cases of discrimination and persecution that is something like a witch-hunt.)

 

The discrepancy unfortunately comes from an unquestioning trust in the Dalai Lama   (which a majority of the modern world has) as being a kind, compassionate, wise person.  But for Tibetans he is more than that.  He is in fact a god, a living god on earth, infallible and omniscient. He also happens to be their president.  

As a result, a subservient attitude is built into this relationship that places the Dalai Lama on a pedestal where it is unacceptable to question or disagree. As a Tibetan if you question or disagree with the Dalai Lama it means that you are automatically against him and against the cause of a free Tibet, which necessarily means that you are an agent of the Chinese government. This is not logic; this is foolish. However, ‘intellectuals’ and ‘academics’ such as Robert Thurman believe and say such things about Dorje Shugden practitioners. Just one question for those who believe that accusation: How can you claim that all of the sudden, Dorje Shugden followers are agents of the Chinese Government? There have been generations of practitioners attaining enlightenment in dependence upon relying on Dorje Shugden, which took place before any Chinese involvement in Tibet. Those who are maintaining this practice are trying to simply keep this tradition alive.

 

We can see various examples of people who openly disagree with the Dalai Lama and subsequently become discredited, ostracized, or harmed in some way.  Such examples can be found on the websites above and from the testimonies of various Tibetans and Monks who I have met. I have heard their stories with my own ears. I have seen a restaurant owner and a jeweler lose their business partners and clients, I have seen a family of Tibetans in New York City lose the support of their fellow Tibetan community,  because they wish to continue their spiritual practice.  The Dalai Lama even has the gaul to discredit his own spiritual forefathers without whom he would have no Dharma teachings to offer.  This is completely heinous.

 

It is because of people’s trust and faith in him that his words are taken on as the truth without critically questioning. 

 

In New York City when the Dalai Lama is asked about the how to keep a peaceful mind when viewing the demonstrating Dorje Shugden Buddhists he says nothing about to keep inner peace through practicing love, patient acceptance, respecting other peoples beliefs.

 

So where are his priorities? Are his priorities on keep a peaceful mind and helping others keep peaceful minds, or is he more interested in politics and making his position on a particular issue clear to the public. Why does he not issue a statement saying that is unacceptable for his followers to throw bottles, coins, spit on, and give death threats to those who disagree with his view? 

 

The reason is because these actions are justified by him and by bad logic.  Some people might disagree and say that he has not actually condoned such negativity. I say that his silence on the matter is his approval.  As a leader it is his responsibility to guide his people in the right direction.

 

Unfortunately many people trust his words more than their own reasoning and wisdom.  In Buddhism it is explained that harming living beings is a path to suffering. But that basic Buddhist understanding is lost with respect to Dorje Shugden practitioners. You can believe me or not, it doesn’t matter, just look with your own eyes and examination… is there harm being done to these people? Regardless of all the elaborations, reasoning, complexities and politics that are put forth by the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan government, and others, none of these justify anyone engaging in negativity. Actions have effects, so I pray from the depths of my heart that whatever small merit I accumulate through my practice of Dharma may be used to protect these beings from future suffering. May they meet pure spiritual guides and pure Dharma, quickly realize the path of liberation set forth by the conqueror Buddhas and achieve release from the prison of samsara.

OM AH HUM

The Relationship Between WSS and NKT… September 9, 2008

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There is a lot of information floating around about the relationship between the New Kadampa Tradition and Western Shugden Society. Some individuals who are unhappy with the NKT and its activities claim that the Western Shugden Society is merely a front for the NKT so that the NKT can engage in an unwarranted campaign of protests against the Dalai Lama. 

These claims are untrue.  I can confidently say that these claims are untrue because they are not based in logic and understanding.  Check it out…the logic behind the method of four comparative points is as follows:

Is there something that is A and not B?

Is there something that is B and not A?

Is there something that is both?

Is there something that is neither?

This logic is used to establish understanding of the relationship of two objects and is commonly used in Buddhism. So here we go…

Is there something (or someone) in this case, that is a member of the NKT and not the WSS.

YES.  Despite the claims…there are many people within the NKT (even some resident teachers) who are not members of the WSS. I know some of these people personally and are good friends with a few of them.

Is there someone that is a member of the WSS and not the NKT.

YES.  There are many Tibetan and Western Dorje Shugden Practitioners who have decided on their own to join with the WSS to support the demonstrations for religious freedom.  They have nothing to do with the NKT and it continues to be this way.

Is there someone that is both a member of WSS and the NKT.

YES.  There are many NKT members who are also members of the NKT.  There is no need for someone to be deceptive in order to be part of two organizations. Many people are members of various organizations in order to support what they believe and enjoy their life.

Is there someone that is neither a member of WSS and the NKT.

YES. ex: Tenzin Peljor

So what is the conclusion? its like you’ve got two rings overlapping… There is a relationship between the NKT and the WSS but they are not the same. If someone asserts otherwise then they are not relying upon logical reasoning in order to make these claims.