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Tibetan Buddhism imploding.

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2/10/2013 4:16:46 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
In 1996, even as the Tibetan government in exile was drawing the world's attention to China claiming that she forbids the practice of religion, especially Tibetan Buddhism, China was in fact restoring monasteries that the Mao era had destroyed and rebuilding the Tibetan Buddhist infrastructure.

In the meantime, for reasons that have not been made clear today, the Dalai Lama and his parliament in exile banned an ancient Buddhist deity known as Dorje Shugden, a highly revered emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. No plausible reasons were given except that the practice "harms" the Tibetan fight for independence, notwithstanding that Tibet's independence was unilaterally given up by the Dalai Lama years before that, during the treat at Strassbourg. Shugden monks were expelled from monasteries and people went on a door-to-door with hunt for Dorje Shugden practitioners.

Those who refused to abandon the practice lost their jobs, denied welfare and medical services and their children turned away from schools. Many people went into hiding for fear of their lives.

During all these, the Dalai Lama was going around the world preaching religious harmony and tolerance. Is not hypocrisy of the worst order? For all the religious debates in here and around the world that foster the exchange of ideas and free flowing of information about different faiths and religions, the Dorje Shugden matter was gagged by the CTA.

Is it right for the Dalai Lama to ban a religious practice? If so, can the Pope ban the Anglican practice immediately or or can the protestants call the Jews the anti-Christ? If not, how can the Dalai Lama (who contrary to public perception is not the religious head of all the major Tibetan buddhist sects)

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