Smear: The NKT is engaged in political actions against the Dalai Lama

This is not true. This smear arises because many individual members of the NKT have joined the Western Shugden Society (WSS) campaign to prevent the 14th Dalai Lama from destroying the practice of Dorje Shugden and disrupting the spiritual lives of millions of people.

Two things:

(1) The NKT is not the same as the WSS.

(2) The actions of the WSS are not political in nature. On the contrary, their aim is to free Buddhism from political pollution.

As it says in the NKT Internal Rules, the NKT must always remain free from any political affiliation. The WSS has published a book about the Dalai Lamas, called A Great Deception. Tharpa Publications acts as a distributor of the book, and the book is available at NKT Centers, for two specific reasons only: (1) to show publicly that Dorje Shugden, our Dharma Protector, is the manifestation of Je Tsongkhapa, who is the embodiment of the wisdom of all Buddhas; and (2) to pacify the main obstacles to spreading Kadam Dharma throughout the world.

A Great Deception is not a political book as its motivation and aims are not political. The motivation of the WSS is universal compassion, and the aims of A Great Deception are clearly religious aims – to end religious discrimination against Shugden practitioners, restore peace and harmony within the Buddhist community worldwide, and to protect the purity of Je Tsongkhapa’s doctrine in this world.

It is because of the nature of Lama Policy – the union of religion and politics in Tibet as explained in detail in the book – that it is necessary to discuss religious fact in the context of historical political issues to accomplish these pure spiritual aims. 

Some people have suggested that talking about these things to the public will harm the Dalai Lama's reputation and hurt the people who have faith in him. A Great Deception is simply a collection of factual information from many different sources, presented for the first time in one place. If the truth about the Dalai Lama’s abusive actions damages his reputation or relationship with his followers, that is the fault of the actions, not the fault of the truth. Blaming the WSS is shooting the messenger.

Moreover, this information about the Dalai Lama will not give Buddhism a bad name, as some have claimed, because the Dalai Lama is not in fact an authentic representative of Buddhism and his harmful actions are also not representative of Buddhism. A Great Deception is trying to make this clear. By trying to separate the false Dalai Lama and Buddha’s teachings, this book is attempting to protect Buddhism from gaining a bad name.

Unlike the current Dalai Lama’s ban on Shugden practice -- where he has used his speech deliberately to create division in the Tibetan community and amongst Buddhists -- A Great Deception is not divisive speech. It is not written from a selfish motivation, but from a compassionate wish to promote harmony and religious freedom, and to prevent Buddha’s pure teachings from being polluted by politics. Its purpose is not to give rise to division, but to restore the peace and harmony that existed in the Buddhist community before the Dalai Lama’s ban.


 

 

 

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