Finding it difficult to convince anyone outside of NKT about NKT's mission to protect its chief deity and Dharma protector, today NKT web sites present more 'evidence' that Shugden should be everyone's god. This time, they have video!
"To (Shugden) I bow down," Trijang purportedly chants in this garbled audio. Thus, NKT believes it has found indisputable proof that Shugden is a Buddha, even though a few days ago NKT web sites quoted Trijang, "The Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden does not exist from his own side. If you conceive “enemy,” this Buddha will appear as such." (meaning, 'he' exists only in the minds of those worshiping 'him' and 'he' takes on the personality that Shugdenites envision for 'him')
One sympathetic viewer commented, "Trijang Rinpoche proliferated the practice of Dorje Shugden so that many would have a powerful ally in this age where obstacles come at us non-stop.""
The obstacles - disbelievers in the supremacy of Shuden and the Shugen cult, which abhors the schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the desire of the Dalai Lamas, spiritual and government leaders of Tibet for about 400 years, to harmonize the various segments of Tibetan society and the schools of Tibetan Buddhism to help them prosper.
(Trijang was Kelsang Gyatso's guru and is heralded by NKT as one of the most enlightened and articulate men ever (somehow this persona was not captured in the video above). He was also a 'junior tutor' of the current Dalai Lama during the 1940s/1950s when the Dalai Lama was a young boy and teenager (born in 1937). Dorje Shugden arose from the death of an antagonist of the 5th Dalai Lama, Dragpa Gyaltsen, to avenge those interfering with any intention to harmonize the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Shugdenites, represented around the world by NKT, oppose the current Dalai Lama and anyone else not considering the Shugden cult the supreme theology. They, under NKT's leadership and support, protest around the world and sponsor web sites criticizing the Dalai Lama and those who have left NKT. Notably, NKT broke away from Tibetan Buddhism at least 20 years ago, but carries the Shugden banner as its main practice and message.)
While Shugen's flame is primarily carried and fueled by NKT, most Buddhists, most Tibetan Buddhists, most Tibetan monasteries, and most Tibetans disagree with the Shugden cult.
Commentaries against Shugden from Sera Je monastery and several other organizations and leaders have appeared in other essays on this web site. Also, May 10 last year, a group of Tibetan non-government organizations strongly condemned Shugdenites for undermining the Tibetan freedom struggle in the face of the political crisis in Tibet following its overthrow by the communist Chinese government. The Tibetan groups included: Tibetan People’s Movement for “Middle Way”, Domey Cholka, Dotoe Cholka, Utsang Cholka, Cholsum United Association, Ngari Association, Association for Former Political Prisoners, Cholsum Volunteers Association, Association of Hotels and Restaurants and Shop Keepers. The group announced the protest campaigns against the Tibetan spiritual leader (the Dalai Lama), were “thoroughly premeditated with the help of forces bent on maligning His Holiness the Dalai Lama and weakening the Tibetan struggle for freedom.” "We, the Tibetan people are deeply hurt by these unthinkable actions of the Shugden Society and its members, that we are compelled to believe that they have clandestine relations with the Chinese Government. At a juncture when whole of Tibet is burning under the communist repression, it is imperative that all Tibetans stand united against the oppression. But we see no solidarity and support, however small though, coming from the Shugden Society or its members to the suffering of Tibetans in Tibet,” Mr Dawa Tsering, a founding member of the Tibetan People’s Movement for Middle Way said.
About NKT, someone noted, "It is a shame that the controversial New Kadampa Tradition, who is behind the Western Shugden Society and suffers not any oppression from an outer source (rather from the internal leader of that group), undermines the activities of those trying to help to solve the Tibet issue. It is true that many refer to this group as a cult."
NKT Protecting Shugden by Protesting against the Dalai Lama
"On Thursday 22 May the Dalai Lama gave a speech at the Royal Albert Hall, after which he was set to come out and start a human-chain handshake, which would run all the way up a line of over 2,000 participants to the Chinese embassy... However, instead of thronging hordes of pro-Tibet protesters (against the communist Chinese overthrow of Tibet), Kensington was filled with the angry faces of pro-China protestors and the hostile chanting of the words, “Dalai Lama, stop lying.”
The purpose of this symbolic, three-mile handshake was to deliver a 1.7 million person signature petition to the embassy urging for an open and meaningful dialogue on the subject of Tibet. However, the street in front of the Hall was barricaded off and lined with hundreds of protestors (against the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people)." (David Cano, May 22, 2008)
Regarding the photograph, most believe that the signs should say NKT instead of the Dalai Lama.
The Tibet Government in Exile has responded to the Shugdenite protests (click here).
Trijang's reincarnation is Trijang Chogtrul Rinpoche. Within one year after his passing away (Trijang Rinpoche, 1900-1981), out of hundreds of candidates, his reincarnation was found, recognized, officially confirmed and offered the name Tenzin Losang Gyatso by his Holiness the Dalai Lama (the Dalai Lama's name is Tenzin Gyatso). Already from his early age he clearly manifested all the signs of a holy Master. At the age of six he officially entered into Ganden Monastic University and the Shartse College. At the age of eight he took the precepts of novice ordination from His Holiness. From the very moment of his confirmation on he began his studies of Dharma and received teachings and transmissions from various masters, in particular from HH the Dalai Lama and his private tutor, the Ven. Lati Rinpoche.
Trijang Chogtrul Rinpoche
Trijang gave a radio interview about Shugden in Dharamsala, India, stating...
“I could not decide against him [the Dalai Lama] but nor could I stop propitiating Shugden with whom my relationship dates back to previous incarnations. I find myself in an immensely difficult situation. The followers of the Protector would not have listened to me...and no one seems to care about the difficulties I am facing (...)
I also don't want the people of Chatreng, who have great expectations of me, to be disheartened. But if I continue to propitiate the Protector publicly, I would be compelled to become a sort of head of his worshippers, and this would be an offence to the Dalai Lama from whom I received my Bhikshu ordination, and has always treated me with extraordinary benevolence.
I cannot even hope to keep a low profile as they [the Shugdenpas] would not let me.
I have reason to believe that my return to India may possibly result in internal chaos, attempts on lives and other immoral activities bringing disgrace to His Holiness (...)
I cannot sleep and I have had health problems. I am worried about thinking what will happen next. It is quite terrifying to think that I might be a cause of disgrace instead of serving the Tibetan people and His Holiness (...)
Some have told me, 'If you abandon the Protector [Shugden], there is no knowing what will happen. We will not consider you a lama [as guru]. The people of Chatreng are strange, very wild and unruly. We do not know what they may do.'
It is very clear my life might be in danger. So I have decided to leave my Labrang and disrobe, so that none of the Shugden worshippers can ask me to be their leader. I hope that this way I can respect the wishes of the Dalai Lama and still revere the protector, practicing in private and far from everyone. I intend to follow a middle way, neither for nor against Shugden. I appeal to both parties not to contact me."
In my own Labrang I have recently witnessed a kind of factionalism and I have discovered that one person in particular was planning an evil conspiracy. This plan was to murder my assistant, Tharchin, and to implicate His Holiness's government in exile with this odious crime. The conspirator aimed to become chakzoe [manager] of my estate. Tharchin has been very kind to me, more so than my own parents, and has taken care of me since I was three years old. As well as managing the affairs of my Labrang.
With my own ears I heard this person discussing on the telephone a plan to assassinate Tharchin. It is really a matter of great sadness and surprise, especially since the person involved in this ploy has been very close to me as well. If he succeeds in his plan, it would be a cause of great trouble for the Labrang, as well as a cause of disgrace to the Tibetan government and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
These are not lies, but true facts which I want everyone to know. That is why I made this statement."
Trijang Chogtrul Rinpoche concluded his message urging the followers of the Protector to stop seeking him, "I do not wish to be in touch with you."
After this statement Trijang Chogtrul Rinpoche moved to the United States and presides over the Trijang Buddhist Institute, dedicated on May 9, 2007 with the following...
"This object of veneration is offered to Trijang Buddhist Institute with the prayer that the Buddha’s teaching flourish, that all sentient beings may obtain the treasure of the Dharma, and that they may live in happiness and virtue.