Dalai Lama Truth
“Therefore, unless I remind you once again, there are those who pretend they have not heard it. It will be the last resort if we have to knock on your doors. It would be good if you can heed this without us having to resort to this last step.” – The 14th Dalai Lama
DALAI LAMA SHUGDEN BAN France 24 Television, 2008
The Dalai Lama’s Demons
“These monks must be expelled from all monasteries. If they are not happy, you can tell them that the Dalai Lama himself asked that this be done, and it is very urgent.” – The 14th Dalai Lama
DALAI LAMA SHUGDEN BAN Speech in Caux, Switzerland to Tibetan Exile Community Leaders, 1996
“Everyone who is affiliated with the Tibetan society of the Ganden Phodrang government, should relinquish ties with Dholgyal < a derogatory name the Dalai Lama calls Dorje Shugden>. This is necessary since it poses danger to the religious and temporal situation of Tibet. As for foreigners, it makes no difference to us if they walk with their feet up and their head down. We have taught Dharma to them, not they to us… Until now you have a very good job on this issue. Hereafter also, continue this policy in a clever way. We should do it in such a way to ensure that in future generations not even the name of Dhogyal is remembered.” – The 14th Dalai Lama
DALAI LAMA SHUGDEN BAN Speech at Trijang Labrang in Ganden Shartse Monastry, 1999
“There will be no change in my stand. I will never revoke the ban. You are right. It will be like the Cultural Revolution. If those who do not accept the ban do not listen to my words, the situation will grow worse for them. You sit and watch. It will grow only worse for them.” – The 14th Dalai Lama
DALAI LAMA SHUGDEN BAN Research Paper, 1996-99
Condemned to Silence: The Tibetan Identity Crisis, Ursula Bernis
In March 1996, <the Dalai Lama> strongly advised his followers not to rely on the Dharmapala Dorje Shugden because, according to the prophecies of his oracles, Dorje Shugden harms the institution of Dalai Lama, his life, his government, and the cause of Tibet. Immediately government offices promulgated this advice, stated in no uncertain terms by the Dalai Lama, and turned it into a full-fledged ban. Everyone then, including the Dalai Lama, referred to the conflict as “a ban.” Later, after questions from the international press, the exile government denied that there was a ban and continues to hold this position.
DALAI LAMA SHUGDEN BAN False explanation given to protestors in Hamilton, New York, 2008
“This use of the word ‘ban’ is not correct. Of course the Dalai Lama has spoken up against this practice but it is just his encouragement. I spent much time in India. I can tell you there is no discrimination, <Shugden practitioners> just can’t go to any of his teachings. Also you cannot live together, but you can live separately.” – Tashi Wangdi, former Tibet exile Cabinet Minister, Representative to the America’s for the Dalai Lama
DALAI LAMA CIA BBC TV Documentary, 1998
The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet
The Tibetan people are well known for being devoutly religious and peace loving. What is less known is that thousands of Tibetans took up arms against the invading forces of Communist China and waged a bitter and bloody guerrilla war. From the mid-1950s until 1969 they were aided in their efforts by an unlikely ally, the CIA. This project, code-named ST CIRCUS, was one of the CIA’s longest running covert operations.
DALAI LAMA CIA The LA Times, 1998
CIA Gave Aid to Tibetan Exiles in 60′s, Files Show
For much of the 1960s, the CIA provided the Tibetan exile movement with $1.7 million a year for operations against China, including an annual subsidy of $180,000 for the Dalai Lama, according to newly released U.S. intelligence documents.
DALAI LAMA CIA CrossTalk – Russia Today, 2010
Dalai Lama: Front Man for a Feudal Clique, Webster G. Harpley
Various wealthy mystics in Hollywood have promoted the Dalai Lama as an exemplar of refined spirituality, but in reality the Dalai Lama’s operation, currently based in India, is a relic of the Allen Dulles-Richard Bissell era of Cold War extremists at the CIA…Tibet under the Dalai Lama was a country where 200 wealthy families held 93% of the wealth, while the masses were so poor and downtrodden that the population was declining. During the 1960s, the CIA gave several million dollars a year to the Dalai Lama’s court, with the Dalai Lama personally getting more than $180,000 per year from the US taxpayer. Today, the Dalai Lama’s court in northern India is the home of a gaggle of reactionary Tibetan aristocrats supported by $2 million per year from that same US taxpayer.
DALAI LAMA CELEBRITY Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
The Asian Insider: The Dalai Lama Eats Meat, Michael Backman
It’s not clear what practical benefit Tibetans in Tibet have received from the Dalai Lama’s activities abroad, though. Arguably, they have made their plight worse. The Dalai Lama’s main achievement has been to turn himself into an international celebrity, a status that ironically is dependent on the continued subjugation of Tibet.
A considerable number of new books written in Tibetan … have been censored or banned from publication [by the Tibetan exile government] because they do not conform to the desired image of traditional Tibetan society. Any serious discussion of history and of possible shortcomings in the society before 1959 is taboo.
DALAI LAMA CENSORSHIP Tibetan News, Spring 1997
Paper Tigers, Palden Gyal
In May 1995, [the only independent Tibetan newspaper, Democracy] published a piece about Shoko Asahara, the Japanese cult leader, highlighting the fact that he had been friends with the Dalai Lama before being accused of killing eleven people in a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo Subway. The article suggested that perhaps the government should be careful about who it conducted relations with in the future. Not long after that, in March 1996, the newspaper ceased publication.
DALAI LAMA CENSORSHIP Research Paper, 1996-99
Condemned to Silence: A Tibetan Identity Crisis, Ursula Bernis
The Tibetan people have never been asked to vote on any of the major political decisions concerning the future of their country either inside or outside Tibet. Often not even the Assembly and Cabinet (Kashag) are asked. Even more basic, freedom of speech, the very foundation of democratic striving, is woefully absent among exile Tibetans.
DALAI LAMA DICTATOR
“There are official and unofficial deities. Worshiping deities not approved by the Government is against the law”. – Tashi Wangdi, former Cabinet Minister, Representative to the America’s for the Dalai Lama
DALAI LAMA DIPLOMACY Parallax Press, 1991
The Anguish of Tibet, Edward Lazar
The Strasbourg Statement <drafted by the Dalai Lama in 1988 to accept Chinese sovereignty> was a surrender of the most important concerns of the Tibetan people (independence and an end to the Chinese occupation) … It would be hard to recall so much being given up, not for so little, but for nothing, in the annals of diplomacy.
DALAI LAMA MARXIST IDEOLOGY Souvenir Press, 1996
Beyond Dogma: The Challenge of the Modern World
“I still think of myself as half-Marxist, half-Buddhist.” – The 14th Dalai Lama
DALAI LAMA NAZI CONNECTIONS Stern Magazine (Germany)
Two Faces of the Dalai Lama, Tilman Muller
The Tibetan court used to have close ties with the Nazi regime, SS-expeditions were welcomed to Lhasa with full mark of respect. To this day, His Holiness has never distanced himself from these inglorious relationships.
DALAI LAMA NEPOTISM The Age (Melbourne), 2007
Behind Dalai Lama’s Holy Cloak, Michael Backman
Like many Asian politicians, the Dalai Lama has been remarkably nepotistic, appointing members of his family to many positions of prominence. [...] All these positions give the Dalai Lama’s family access to millions of dollars collected on behalf of the government-in-exile.
DALAI LAMA NON-BUDDHIST New York Times, 1993
Interview with the Dalai Lama, Claudia Dreifus
“Of course, abortion, from a Buddhist viewpoint, is an act of killing and is negative, generally speaking. But it depends on the circumstances. If the unborn child will be retarded or if the birth will create serious problems for the parent, these are cases where there can be an exception.” – The 14th Dalai Lama
DALAI LAMA POLITICIAN McCleans, 2009
His spiritual teachings contain elements of illogic and intolerance that would not be accepted from any other religious figure. That these go unnoticed is largely due to the way Tibetan Buddhism functions as a spiritual Rorschach blot onto which Westerners project their hopes and desires. The primary problem, however, is political. In addition to being a spiritual figure, the Dalai Lama is the leader of the Free Tibet movement. And when it comes to advancing that goal, he has been a resounding failure.
DALAI LAMA VIOLENCE National Catholic Reporter, 2003
The Dalai Lama is no Gandhi, Coleman McCarthy
If you’ve ever had suspicions that the Dalai Lama is a lightweight, suspect no more. He is. Recently finishing a U.S. lecture tour that attracted rock-concert crowds in major cities, the 68-year-old Tibetan Buddhist came up against a pesky New York Times reporter who asked questions about terrorism and the war in Iraq. In a story headlined “Dalai Lama Says Terror May Need a Violent Reply,” the monk said: “Terrorism is the worst kind of violence, so we have to check it, we have to take countermeasures.”… No amount of Buddhist incense smoked over the lama’s words can hide their meaning: Kill people to solve conflicts. Here is one more religious leader who is a pacifist between wars, akin to being a vegetarian between meals.
DALAI LAMA WAR Dokham Chushi Gangdruk, 2010
History – Establishment 22
The SFF [Special Frontier Forces, an elite army unit of Tibetan guerrillas armed and trained by the CIA] never had a chance of being used in operations against its intended enemy, Red China, but it was used against East Pakistan with the consent of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1971… They captured many towns and garrisons in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in continuous fighting of about one month. When East Pakistan was liberated and the cease-fire was declared on December 17, 1971, casualties suffered by the SFF were 190 wounded and 56 killed…
DALAI LAMA WAR New York Times, 1993
Interview with the Dalai Lama, Claudia Dreifus
“I am a man of peace, but I am fond of looking at picture books of the Second World War. I own some, which I believe are produced by Time-Life. I’ve just ordered a new set. Thirty books…
I find many of the machines of violence very attractive. Tanks, airplanes, warships, especially aircraft carriers. And the German U-boats, submarines. . . .” – The 14th Dalai Lama
DALAI LAMA WEAPONS Salon, 1998
His Material Highness, Christopher Hitchens
The Dalai Lama has come out in support of the thermonuclear tests recently conducted by the Indian state, and has done so in the very language of the chauvinist parties who now control that state’s affairs. The “developed” countries, he says, must realize that India is a major contender and should not concern themselves with its internal affairs. This is a perfectly realpolitik statement, so crass and banal and opportunist that it would not deserve any comment if it came from another source.