Is the Chinese government following NKT's lead on pontificating western Shugdenism, or is NKT serving the Chinese government's interest in debilitating the 600 year history of the Dalai Lama's inside Tibet?
NKT claims that virtually all Buddhists endorse its western Shugden demon.
False, of course. Relatively few endorse Shugden and even fewer endorse NKT's tragic campaign.
A collection of comments from various Buddhists...
H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche, Karma Kagyu Tradition:
“We Kagyu followers normally do not mention this name without fear. There is no Shugden practitioner among Kagyu followers. The reason why we fear the one I name just now is because we believe that he causes obstacles to spiritual practice and brings discord in families and among the community of monks.”
H.H. Mindolling Trichen Rinpoche, the late Head of the Nyingma Tradition:
“Shugden is a ghost. We Nyingma practitioner do not follow him. We propagate only those protectors that were bound by Padmasambhava. Shugden came after Padmasambhava. Shugden is a hungry ghost in the human realm.”
H.H. Sakya Trizin, Head of the Sakya Tradition:
“In the beginning the Sakya throne holder Sakya Sönam Rinchen bound Shugden to protect Dharma. However, neither Shudgen nor other worldly spirits were depended upon during prayer meeting at Sakya. The statue of Shugden was in some shrine rooms but in the lowest category in the pantheon. No Sakya follower has ever taken life pledging empowerment through the medium of Shugden… Later Shugden worship decreased strongly among Sakyas due to the efforts of three leading Sakya lineage lamas” [including the root Guru of Sakya Trizin who was] extremely unhappy with Shugden practice and advised on the demerits of Shugden practice. One of his disciples, Ngawang Yönten Gyatso, took strong actions to remove Shugden statues from the Sakya monasteries and to destroy them. Khyentse Dorje Chang Chökyi Lodrö was also very unhappy with Shugden practice, although he didn’t destroy statues, he performed rituals to banish Shugden. Since these three leading Sakya Lamas were against Shugden, this practice declined greatly among Sakya followers.”
H.H. the 100th Ganden Tripa, late Head of the Gelug Tradition:
"Gelug Lamas of the past would have taken notice of Shugden if he was really the embodiment of the three refuges. But there is no historical record to show that they took any interest in Shugden. Therefore I can not accept Shugden as the embodiment of the Three Refuges.”
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama quoting the 5th Dalai Lama:
“In his autobiography the 5th Dalai Lama writes that he performed a fire ritual against Shugden during which he composed a prayer to protect the deities. In the prayer the 5th Dalai Lama says that he is performing this ritual to vanquish Dorje Shugden who is harming the Buddhadharma and sentient beings. He clearly says that Dragpa Gyaltsen’s negative prayer resulted in his rebirth as Shugden.”
There is substantial concern about Shugden and this demon's use to harm others that has been presented in many of the essays shared on this web site.