It is useful to consider the views of Shugden protectors and to compare the language and attitudes between their views and those written by and about their self-proclaimed rival, the Dalai Lama, for decades the most widely respected Buddhist in the world and a living emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. (In 1959, due to the communist Chinese government overthrow of Tibet, the Dalai Lama and his government have been hosted in India as the Tibetan Government in Exile.)
Simply search the Internet or walk into book stores and you will find volumes of compassionate works of the Dalai Lama and Buddhists supporting the Dalai Lama (before Gyatso took over Manjushri Center in England, an array of such books and root texts could be found, replaced entirely with Gyatso's own publications).
In striking contrast to the writings of the Dalai Lama, authentic Buddhists, and Buddhist and Tibetan historians, Shugden protectors known as NKTites and Shugdenites (NKT is the leading Shugdenite organization in the world) pontificate vitriol like this recent and unfortunately representative post:
"Push the Tibetans out of India and back home to China to pursue their dreams and hopes. India is a dead branch for these unfortunates exiles.
We have provided an excellent opportunity for the Indian Government to condemn this Dalia lama with our court case against Dl. Because he interferes and prohibits others right to believe as they wish to believe. (for more about this court case, click here)
Dl has gone totally off the wall with the knowledge that his predecessors, and therefore himself, came to power as a dictator by murdering a Wisdom Buddha, Dragpa Gyaltshen or Shri Dorje Shugden. Thus appointing himself Supreme Ruler, released the Mongolian Cavalry to slaughter his competitors and then crown him with the title of Dalia lama.
Thereafter and until the Liberation by Chinese Troops, he ruled Tibet as a God-King an absolute monarch over the 95% of the slave_serf Tibetans. Mutilation were common punishment for crimes against Dl. No wonder so many of the reincarnates were killed before they reached puberty.
This mad man has been a distraction between the business of Nations for long enough. Given that Dl is a Chinese Citizen, why not extradite him for crimes against against China.
He should be liable for all the crimes against the people for the last 350+ rule as a Dictatorial God_King.
He admits, that he is, the same mind continuum as all his harsh 14 or is it 10 predecessors.
Why not introduce his superior, the Panchen Lama to speak out and gather support from the world. The Panchen Lama is a spiritual source and his emanation power will convince any of those who doubt his authenticity.
Demand the US publicly denounce it’s support for the Dl and have this tool of the CIA’s Cold War exposed for what he truly is, a fraud, a grifter and lying murderer.
Dl says, “That We Westerners are more of a threat to his ruse, than the PRC. Thereby declaring, Open Hunting Season” on any who oppose him or speak critically of him and his minions.
If a few words and demonstrations can elicit this type of statement from this Charlatan. Then he is finished.
I am certain the Obama administration has given him the Political Boot. Bob Thurman still is on an extended leave of absence and write ludicrous books and attempts to resurrect the Hollywood no nothings to support and make Dl a bona-fide icon. What a joke!
Those days are done and people do not care anymore. They are too busy taking care of themselves these days.
Help us to consolidate our efforts and contact us at your earliest opportunity. Getting rid of this Pretender, who deceives the innocents and ignorant.
American ingenuity can move this little dictator off the charts into oblivion. He’s broken the Law and is subject to the law as the rest of us are. We will see if the law is upheld by the High Courts in New Delhi.
Feeling The Heat? Let the to be appointed regent lead the Tibetan Refugees back home. Where they belong. It’s time to let go of your former slaves and serfs. I think the Dalai lama lineage has caused enough suffering by deluding these poor Refugees for long enough. Let my People Go!
March 10 this year will see the 50th anniversary of the uprising of the Tibetan people against China. In the West, the spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is worshipped like a pop star. Strange. The normally romanticized theocracy was a corrupt feudal system that enslaved its subjects.
With the Global Economic Meltdown, China is closing the horns on Dalai lama by the using the Carrot and Stick Approach. I see India, Nepal and other close proximity Nations to China practically pushing the Refugees back home, where they can actually start to make a real life again.
There is no need for this false Pharaoh to entomb his slaves with him as he commits Political Suicide.
Let the Chosen People return to their Promised Homeland in China. Finally 95% of these once serfs and slaves have a real chance to change their lives for the better and rise to the level of their own possibilities, eventually. So it takes another 2-300 years. Big Deal! at least they are getting out of the rut of Medievalism."
Judge for yourself how pro-communist-Chinese that NKT's Western Shugden Society can be, click here.
Can you find a shred of compassion or Buddhism in this (or the following picture of NKTites at work)?
NKT Shugden Protectors Against The Dalai Lama
Shugden is a wrathful demon spirit historically used to frighten/harm
NKT, however, sacrilegiously promotes Shugden as a Buddha
And NKT's main god
NKT fights anyone who disagrees
Gyatso's Heir, Khyenrab, On The Right Raising Right Fist Against Dalai Lama
(NKT is very proud of such pictures and has published hundreds like this)
Shugden protectors seek to end the temporal and spiritual leadership of the Tibetan people by the Dalai Lamas since 1642, replacing the Tibetan culture and its rich Buddhist heritage with the communist Chinese government, which like Shugden protectors seeks forced Shugden worship upon the Tibetan people.
No authentic Buddhist or Tibetan Lama agrees with Gyatso, the lead Shugden protector (an odd circumstance because Gyatso unaffiliated himself from Tibetan Buddhism nearly 20 years ago and created NKT to target westerners, quickly amassing government-subsidized mansions, motels, restaurants and spas as well as empowerment festivals, all of which NKT considers 'charities').
About Shugden, Gyatso's main god in dire need of Gyatso's protection, the head (100th Ganden Tripa) of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which is the sect that Gyatso ironically claims he is the only pure protector of, said (1996),
"If it (Shugden) were a real protector, it should protect the people. There may not be any protector such as this, which needs to be protected by the people. Is it proper to disturb the peace and harmony by causing conflicts, unleashing terror and shooting demonous words in order to please the Dharma protector? Does this fulfill the wishes of our great masters? Try to analyze and contemplate on the teachings that had been taught in the Lamrim (stages of path), Lojong (training of mind) and other scriptural texts. Does devoting time in framing detrimental plots and committing degrading act, which seems no different from the act of attacking monasteries wielding swords and spears and draining the holy robes of the Buddha with blood, fulfill the wishes of our great masters?
The act of pronouncing one's strong faith in worldly gods is no different from publicizing your faults and downfall in your adherence to "the advice or refuge-seeking.
This demonous act of ignoring the advice of His Holiness on spiritual and temporal ground intended for the benefit of Tibetans and masterminding certain detrimental activities in finding slightest differences to your view clearly signifies ones lack of patriotism."
A Tibetan Buddhist leader once again at odds with Gyatso and NKT's Shugdenism.
Letters to and about Gyatso from Sera Monastery (in India with the Tibetan Government in Exile) offically expelling Gyatso are instructive and unequivocal, and other comments from Tibet are appropos...
From Sera Je,
"His Holiness The Dalai Lama is the undisputed leader of the six million Tibetans and a
world renowned Buddhist leader as well as a respected statesman of great charisma for
which he was awarded the prestigious 1989 Nobel Peace Prize among many others. His
genuine concern for the welfare of the Tibetan people, the weak and the down trodden and
his teachings on compassion to bring about a more humane and harmonious world and his
call for the protection of all forms of life on our planet and their habitat in the form of what
he termed as ‘Universal Responsibility’ has caught the imagination of the world and is held
in great esteem by virtually the whole world irrespective of their religious affiliations or
However, it is a measure of profound sorrow that a so called “Geshe”
Kelsang Gyatso and his English supporters have embarked upon a ruthless smear campaign
to tarnish the International stature of His Holiness The Dalai Lama in the name of alleged
“religious persecution”. It is nothing short of blasphemy in the eyes of the overwhelming
majority of the six million Tibetans.
It is nothing but a crude form of debasing the Dalai Lama for his own selfish ends...We have nothing but pity for your ignorance...Why not mind his own business and do what he likes in his own bigoted kingdom?
Actions speak louder than words and we are under no illusion with
whom your sympathies are despite your statements to the contrary. The Tibetans all over the world were deeply distressed by your attempt to portray the Dalai Lama as a “ruthless
dictator” an “oppressor of his own people” and smash his International stature so that the
Tibetan struggle will be like a rudderless ship tossing helplessly in the sea of international
intrigues and treacery. From where did you borrow your vocabulary to malign the Dalai Lama? Are
they not straight from the Chinese propaganda dictionary?
These days, [in Kelsang Gyatso] the demonic cloud of overwhelming arrogance displays itself with a mass of deluded pride, like a bat who thinks he is above the sky…. This demon with broken commitments…. burns with the flame of unbearable spite towards the unsurpassed omniscient 14th Dalai Lama, the only staff of life of religious people in Tibet, whose activities and kindness are equal to the sky.
...Kelsang Gyatso who is today a pariah in the
We advise him to accept the fact that he is an ordinary being and stand no chance
whatsoever to challenge the Dalai Lama. He is not even a Geshe. The so called “third
Buddha” is a figment of imagination conjured up by his fawning desciples as
a propaganda tool to attract more people to his centre and that it should not go to his head.
Kelsang himself has transgressed the eight shortcomings of relying wrongly upon his
own spiritual master H.H. The Dalai Lama. According to the circular released by the Sera
Jhe Tsangpa Khangtsen, to whom Kelsang belonged, he had received both sutra and tantric teachings from H.H. The Dalai Lama when he was in Tibet. He had received the fifth Dalai
Lama’s Lamrim Jampel Shalung at the Norbu Linka summer palace and the Kalachakra
Initiation in 1956 from H.H.The Dalai Lama which incidently was the first Kalachakra initiation by the fourteenth Dalai Lama. As it were, there is simply no question of his not
being a desciple of H.H. The Dalai Lama but he has ignored this aspect and launched a
blistering attack on the Dalai Lama in the name of “religious persecution” along with his
gullible followers. The outcome of all this attempt to denigrate the person of the of Dalai
Lama by Kelsang clearly transgressed his spiritual relationship with the Dalai Lama and
though he has mentioned in his letter that “all of us are destined to go to hell”, we are in no doubt that he will infact be the
one who will land in hell.
We have therefore stripped him of his membership from our
Sera Jhe Dratsang since the holy scriptures have clearly prescribed to evict such apostates
who will foul the Sanga community’s spiritual purity and serenity and will have a negative
influence for the whole community. Owing to the above reasons contained in the holy Tantric treatises, the Sera Jhe Dratsang’s
Abbot and ex-abbots, Reincarnations of holy Lamas, Geshes, and the House Masters of the
fifteen different Houses unanimously decided to strip Kelsang Gyatso of his membership in
the Sera Jhe Dratsang and his own House had earlier done the same.
He states that for the last eighteen years the Dalai Lama has done nothing!!! His hatred towards the Dalai Lama obscures him from seeing any merit of the Dalai Lama...It is not the fault of the holy Buddha, nor Lama
Tsongkhapa nor H.H.The Dalai Lama but the beholder like Kelsang Gyatso whose demonic instinct get the better of them...He is an object of pity and nothing else.
We sincerely hope that the cult leader and his fanatical supporters
go through this and think twice before their vitriolic outpourings on the holy person of the
Dalai Lama. We believe you would trust the Chinese version more than ours and because
of this we took the liberty to quote from the Chinese communist periodical. It would be
even better if you would care to go through the whole article and you will be surprised that
even the Chinese communists have far greater respect for the Dalai Lama than cult leader
Kelsang Gyatso and his cultists in Cumbria, England!!! What’s more, if any one disagrees with his “pure” cult, he gets the boot...But with Kalsang anything goes, after all he is the “third
buddha” in the British Isles.
His venomous invectives against the Dalai Lama is unbecoming of a Buddhist...
The sacrilege he was
committing by banning the photos of the Dalai Lama and even the utterance of his name in
the premises of his cult kingdom. It is an unheard piece of news which every Tibetan will
condemn with the severest indiction. The motivation behind this act was, he was now
planning to wean away innocent, unsuspecting, young minds towards his cultist school
called the “New Kadampa Tradition” which imposes a ban on Tibet’s Spiritual and
Temporal leader the Dalai Lama and thus undermine his authority even in the exile
community. His single minded motivation now is to undermine the authority of the Dalai
Lama and maroon the Tibetan people. This is unacceptable to the six million Tibetans and
we will challenge him for this.
In his apparent
ecstasy, he even disowns being a Tibetan and works against the very people where he was
His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the embodiment of
the compassion of all Buddhas, the golden flower in the land of
snows, Tibet, the form of the deity who has appeared in Tibet, the
representative of Buddha Shakyamuni, the spiritual leader of all
Buddhists in the world, and the great advocate of non-violence.
For those who come from the land of snow mountains, to find in His
Holiness our sacred source of refuge for this and future lives is
truly our inborn nature, like our eyes which give us sight and our innermost heart.
(referring to Gyatso)...Possessed by a terrible demon, without shame, embarrassment, or
modesty, he doesn't have even the slightest care or concern for any
of the commitments of the three vows [pratimoksha, bodhicitta, and
tantric] which he undertook.
He continuously broadcasts blatantly shameless mad pronouncements,
attacking with baseless slander His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whose
kindness for us, the people of Tibet, has been greater that the
Buddhas of the three times. These unimaginable statements which
defame the name of His Holiness have created an urgent adverse
situation which no Tibetan can tolerate.
Therefore, all those connected with Sera Je College, lamas and
tulkus, abbots, former executives, senior and junior geshes, together
with the leaders of the individual khangtsen [regional houses], all
together, in agreement, with one voice, hereby proclaim that on this
day, August 22, 1996, Kelsang Gyatso, the one with broken commitments
and wrong view, is cast out with the "ritual nine expulsions," and is
thereby banished from this place, and the being a part of the rule of
This means that we request all of our brothers and sisters, the
Tibetan people inside and outside Tibet, to completely sever any
relationship with him. Concerning the practice of worshiping divine
protectors at this Monastery in particular, the protector who was
directed by the previous great masters to advise, command, and look
after our Monastery is the Dharma protector Dregpa Chamsing [Dregs Pa
lCam Sring). Aside from this protector there has traditionally been
no worship of Dolgyal [Dorje Shugden].
These days, we keep in the honored position on the crown of our heads
the instructions of our Government, the great Ganden Potrang.
Therefore, all sangha who reside here, as evidence of their
commitment not to worship the protector Dolgyal, have freely signed
such a pledge, and offered it before the clear eye of His Holiness.
Beyond that, anyone who is not blind should be able to comprehend
this with their ordinary eye of understanding and mind of attachment
and aversion; as they say, no one needs a lamp to make things clear
in the light of the sun and moon.
For the future, we publicly make the strongest request to everyone
not to associate the good name of Sera Je Monastery with this holder
of broken commitments and wrong view."
Representatives of the Tibetan people echoed these sentiments about Gyatso's fall from the Buddhist path.
For example, from the Freedom Movement, Youth Congress, Tibetan Women's Association and representatives of the Three Provinces Movement,
"… you are doomed life after life… telling others not to keep pictures of the Dalai Lama reveals that, although you wear the mask of a religious practitioner, in reality you are the running dog of China and Taiwan. Therefore, we the Tibetan people both inside and outside Tibet will unitedly stand against you as a source of harm to the spiritual and temporal affairs of Tibetans."
From Tibetans in Dharamsala to 'All the followers of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso',
"It is also a well-known fact that due to a slight disagreement on views with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, you had banned portraits of His Holiness in your business-oriented Dharma centers. This insane and demeanous (sic) act had caused disgrace to the Tibetans as a whole and is no better than the savageous acts of the Red Chinese. We, the six million Tibetans, solemnly denounce these ill-acts."
From Tibetan Community, Kathmandu, Nepal,
"We feel called upon ourselves to let you know of certain facts about him so that his impudent ravings do not lead astray well-meaning followers of the path….Your "guru" has the misguided audacity to challenge the omniscience of the Compassionate One to the utter disgust of us all."
In a 1996 response to Gyatso, a Tibetan wrote,
"I suspect that this may have been instigated by the Chinese communists as his accusations of H.H. the Dalai Lama are so baseless, convoluted and depraved...Kalzang Gyatso praises the spirit, Dolgyal, with such exaggeration, trying to make him the powerful guardian of the Gelugpa doctrine, with such falsification that there is no truth whatsoever. He has caused a schism by claiming that His Holiness restricts and suppresses the Gelugpa doctrine...If one is blind, everything that appears in front is only darkness...it is the responsibility of all knowledgeable lay and ordained individuals of the snow-land of Tibet to strongly refute, with the three methods of reason, scripture and instruction, the one that hurts Buddhism in general and the Gelugpa school in particular with his evil conduct and distorted views. Having distinguished between bragrant flowers and poisonous grass, we should defeat this propounder of perversity."
Shugden supporters have a ritualistic retort - such views are all lies. In turn, the Internet is now rife with seething anti-Dalai Lama rhetoric from Shugden protectors, who endorse the cultural genocide in Tibet at the hands of the communist Chinese government (analogously, NKT protests along side them at their protest rallies against the Dalai Lama). (NKT is the lead, most vocal and most caustic Shugden protector organization in the world)
To assure that the extended Shugden protector quote is not 'taken out of context', see the originating commentary here. Additional material against the Dalai Lama is also featured.
A leading NKTite responded to this essay almost immediately, effectively agreeing with the Shugdenite quote at the beginning of this essay. The NKTite response, barely addressing the essay and its references, was manipulatively entitled, "Confusion or Propaganda?", hoping to market the idea that these two hypotheticals are the only choices. Of course, they are not. Other choices include accurate, reasoned, truthful, constructive, insightful, diagnostic, meritorious, substantiated, fair, helpful - all of which are the intent of this essay and this web site.
Some of the NKTite's responses to this essay and web site are noteworthy:
1. "I’m quite pleased to see the author say that ‘NKT is the leading Shugdenite organization in the world’ because this indicates that NKT is true to the Gelug lineage received from great Teachers such as Je Pabongkhapa and Trijang Rinpoche. It indicates that NKT is continuing the Gelugpa teachings in accordance with tradition, unlike most of the ‘Gelugpa tradition’ of Tibetan Buddhism which has changed course in accordance with pressure from the Dalai Lama."
This NKT position is consistent with the evidense showing that NKT sees itself as the only pure tradition of the Gelugpa and that the Dalai Lama has corrupted this tradition, even though NKT is not affiliated with this or any other tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In the essay above, the position of the head of the Gelugpa position against Shugdenism is quite clear. The position of Sera Je Monastery and other Gelugpas against Gyatso/NKT in the essay is also quite clear.
2. "It seems clear that in the mind of the site owner, NKT/Shugden practitioner/pro-Chinese/anti-Dalai Lama/anti-Tibetan are all one thing..."
This is not the position of the site owner or any of its contributors to our knowledge. What seems clear is often just the opposite.
3. "Geshe Kelsang has very wisely made the NKT free from political affiliations."
We disagree that NKT is not involved with a political battle. Protesting against a head of state around the world with a savvy PR machine attempting to influence the general public's attitudes about the Dalai Lama and to call for his dismissal is indeed a political movement. April 2008, Gyatso wrote, "I personally will organise demonstrations against the Dalai Lama directly. I requested Kelsang Pema and Kelsang Thubchen to do this job for me and they have accepted." Many would like to see Gyatso's purported Geshe degree.
4. "Shugden protectors are not known as NKTites because there are many Shugden practitioners who are Tibetan or Mongolian and who are not part of the NKT."
This comment is literally correct. However, the NKTite agrees that NKT is the leading Shugdenite organization in the world. Clearly, NKTites are the leading Shugden protectors.
5. "It’s a lie to say that Shugdenites support the communist Chinese overthrow of Tibet."
We disagree. Statements of Shugdenites published on the Internet and included in part in essays on this web site prove otherwise. Thus, it is a lie to say that the essay's author is lying (the recurring retort of NKTites against anyone who assesses NKT evidence but makes fair conclusions about that evidence that are not NKT public policy positions).
6. "It is simply not the case that all Shugden practitioners are NKT/pro-Chinese/anti-Dalai Lama/anti-Tibetan."
Hopefully, this is true. Hopefully, there is at least one Shugden protector who does not support NKT, pro-communist Chinese government, anti-Dalai Lama and anti-Tibetan positions.
7. "Not all Shugden practitioners are NKT."
This is probably literally correct. However, the NKTite agrees that NKT is the leading Shugdenite organization in the world.
8. "NKT has no political affiliations and is not interested in Sino/Tibetan politics."
We disagree. April 2008, Gyatso wrote, "I personally will organise demonstrations against the Dalai Lama directly. I requested Kelsang Pema and Kelsang Thubchen to do this job for me and they have accepted."
9. "I don’t know any NKT members who talk about the Tibetan situation and its relationship with China..."
We do. In view of the prolific output of this NKTite on many Internet blogs, the notion that he/she is not aware of NKT members linking the Tibetan situation with the communist Chinese government is not credible (little from NKT is, including the boasted validity of its religion).
10. "There are many people on the internet who are politically motivated and who claim to be Shugden practitioners simply because they know that the Dalai Lama is against the practice."
That may be the case. We are not and neither are any of the essay's authors to our knowledge.
11. "The ONLY thing that Dorje Shugden practitioners want is religious freedom and not to be treated like the Jews of Buddhism."
Well, practice, don't protest. As for NKTites or Shugdenites being the Jews of Buddhism....what?
12. "I don’t officially represent the NKT but I’ve been around long enough to know that these essays are false and the impression they are giving is a wrong and damaging one..."
Nothing in any essay or any other comment in this web site is known to be false and not based on compelling evidence. Never has any contributor been contacted with corrective information. Regarding your official representation, we do not know except to observe your prolific Internet representations of NKT public policy. We disagree, as does readily available evidence, with the allegation that essays and quotes on this web site are false and give the wrong and (unfairly) damaging impression. NKTite and Shugdenite vitriol clearly presents wrong and damaging impressions of Buddhism, Tibet and the Dalai Lama.
13. "...something needs to be said."
We agree. If NKT would practice genuine Buddhism, a better world this would be.
Editors of this web site are not affiliated with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Government in Exile or their affiliates. We are journalists who happen to be Buddhists saddened by NKT's Shugden protector campaign against the Dalai Lama and other living beings and concerned about its adverse impact on all of us.