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BOGUS MURDERS TIED TO DALAI LAMA

Following up its recent frivolous claim that the Dalai Lama has been found guilty of crimes in an Indian civil court, which would not have such authority, NKT is now marketing the view that the Dalai Lama has directed his followers to commit hundreds of murders of Shugden believers.

NKT's worldwide release that hundreds of Shugden believers have been murdered is based on a right-wing Internet blog web site essay by a 20 year-old politics student activist in Scotland in his second year as Vice President of Conservative Students (he seems to be the owner of the blog web site, New Right).

According to NKT's 'learned' source,

"Why when he speaks out against Chinese state sanctioned murder and torture does the BBC and the world press not demand to know why the Dalai Lama has never condemned the actions of those acting in his name who have murdered in the hundreds Dorje Shugden believers?

(reviewing his evidence video) will make clear that the murders of people connected with the worship of Dorje Shugden has grown exponentially, and committed by people on their neighbours allegedly on the "command" of the Dala Lama.

At the very least the Dala Lama refusal to condemn these murders and prosecutions is warrant of a callous disregard to those internal opponents of his authority within the Tibetan circles in exile in India."

(the author neither comments nor condemns the actual murders at the hands of Shugdenites according to the police of 3 of the Dalai Lamas associates)

Like Shugdenites and NKT, he prefers rule of Tibet by the Chinese government, not the Dalai Lama or his fellow Tibetans.

Here is the youtube video considered as competent evidence of hundreds of murders according to NKT's source,

 

This 1998 video describes how 100,000 Tibetans have lived in India for 40 years (after their exile following the Chinese invasion and overthrow). A couple monks say that they wish they were dead so they would not have to deal with the Dalai Lama. Allegedly, there have been anonymous threats against monks who refused to obey the Dalai Lama's recommendation not to worship Shugden. Allegedly, a retired monk was attacked with a knife, but, thankfully, survived.

There were no allegations of murder or hundreds of murders in this 'evidence'. There was no evidence of murder. If anything, there is evidence there was no such murders. In the lawsuit filed by Shugdenites against the Dalai Lama and the government in India, endorsed by NKT, there was no mention of such murders.

If there were actually hundreds of murders at the hands of the Dalai Lama, then why are there no media stories or criminal investigations? Why has the Chinese government ruling Tibet not investigated these hundreds of alleged murders? Certainly, if there was any shred of evidence for such murders, the Chinese government would trumpet them loud and clear as part of its 50-year campaign against the Dalai Lama.

In contrast, 3 of the Dalai Lama's close associates were murdered in 1997. Numerous press accounts and the police linked these murders to Shugden believers.

For example, according to Newsweek (May 5, 1997),

"But one night last February, three members of the Dalai Lama's inner circle were brutally killed in a bedroom just a few hundred yards from his residence in the northern Indian city of Dharmsala. The victims were the Dalai Lama's close friend and confidant, 70-year-old Lobsang Gyatso, and two younger monks. Each had been stabbed 15 to 20 times, leaving the walls of their small chamber splattered with blood. Police believe there were five to eight attackers. Robbery was ruled out as a motive; cash and gilded Buddhist statues had been left at the scene. What kind of criminals would commit such carnage in a sanctuary of the world's gentlest religion?

The savagery of the attack had police looking for fanatics of some kind. So did the death threats that followed against 14 more members of the Dalai Lama's entourage. Now Indian police believe the murders were committed by an obscure Buddhist sect that takes its name and inspiration from a minor but ferocious Tibetan deity: the Dorje Shugden. The god's followers, known as Shugdens, consider themselves guardians of Tibetan Buddhism. Harshly doctrinaire, they have branded the Dalai Lama a traitor for reaching out to other branches of Buddhism.

"I think there's no doubt that Shugden was behind the killings," says Robert Thurman, America's foremost Buddhist scholar and an old friend of the Dalai Lama's (as well as the father of actress Uma Thurman). "The three were stabbed repeatedly and cut up in a way that was like an exorcism." The Shugdens worship a sword-wielding god who is often depicted wearing necklaces of human heads--symbols of conquered vices and transgressions. As one of the minor Dharmapala, or protectors of the faith, Dorje Shugden has for centuries had an underground following among Tibetans obsessed with doctrinal purity. "It would not be unfair to call Shugdens the Taliban of Tibetan Buddhism," says Thurman, referring to the Muslim fighters in Afghanistan, who believe in swift and brutal justice.

About 15 years ago, the Dalai Lama began to voice concern that the sect was gaining strength and sowing discord. Then, in 1991, a senior monk named Kelsang Gyatso established a new Dorje Shugden order based in England, calling it the New Kadampa Tradition. The NKT flourished by promising spiritual rewards for cash--an unholy sales pitch that helped trigger confrontation with the Dalai Lama's circle."

Looks like yet another false advertising campaign of NKT.

 

Editors Note:
We invite reliable evidence of any murder of any Shugden believer at the hands of the Dalai Lama.