Theocracy or democracy?


theocracy -- "a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god";


democracy -- "a form of government in which the people have a voice in the exercise of power, typically through elected representatives";


~ from the Oxford English Dictionary


Some of those who follow the Dalai Lama in the West have been slandering the practitioners of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden with misinformation and faulty reasoning in an effort to keep people away from their Centers. See for some examples of this.


For example, from a Tibetan Buddhist website in the West, a typical mission statement aimed at increasing discrimination against Westerners practising Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden:


"Dorje Shugden is a spirit or mundane Dharma protector that some believe is a fully enlightened being. He has become a rallying cry for some who wish to return Tibet to a theocracy (the Dalai Lama wants democracy) with one school or sect as the official 'church'."


One could just as logically say: "Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened being that some believe is a spirit or mundane Dharma protector." In Buddhism, we are taught the emptiness of inherent existence, that everything depends on the mind.


The irony is that Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden practitioners have no political interest, nor any wish to make anyone else practice their tradition or school or sect or whatever you want to call it. They have no ulterior motives or "rallying cry". Those making such accusations have yet to provide one piece of evidence of any Dorje Shugden practitioner seeking to make Tibet a theocracy or one school the official 'church'. There is just the claim, repeated again and again, until people believe the claim must be true. Who are these people making such claims? If we check, we see that the only thing Dorje Shugden practitioners are asking for is the freedom to practice the same tradition that was passed down to them by their spiritual teachers, and to live happily side by side with all the other schools of Buddhism in Tibet and around the world.


If we check even further, we see it is the Dalai Lama who is the one sustaining the Tibetan theocracy by making everyone practice the same way he does, the church of the Dalai Lama. His rallying cry is against the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden practitioners, accusing their practice of destroying his life and the cause of a free Tibet, a very effective way of getting Tibetans all behind him. His success in keeping control can be measured by how much people now believe he is the unquestioned spiritual leader of all Tibetans and that the thousands of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden practitioners are spirit-worshippers and sectarians.


The Dalai Lama decided to give up the practice of Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden and is now insisting everyone else do the same. He came to this decision on his own and by depending on dreams and divination using the government oracle Nechung (who everyone, including him, says is a worldly spirit rather than an enlightened Buddha, whose job is to help the worldly government of Tibet). He has not engaged in any democratic dialogue or debate with any practitioners, including his own teachers. He is still, to this date, the god-king, the sole all-powerful political leader of Tibetans-in-exile in an archaic feudal political system.


For more articles and insights into this subject, please see:


Lama Policy ~ Freedom from the Drug


Reting Lama ~ How he chose the false Dalai Lama 


Reasoning from madness: The Dalai Lama's campaign against human rights


Evil spirit puts Tibetan democracy to test

Political Leader

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The Hypocrisy

Follow the story of the Dalai Lama's 30-year political campaign to destroy a centuries-old spiritual tradition taught to him by his own Spiritual Guide, and the efforts of those he's hurting to stop him:

Brief summary
- What is happening
- What is the Western Shugden Society (WSS)?
- Detailed reports of discrimination from inside India and elsewhere

The Dalai Lama's position
- A Great Deception
- Praise to Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden by the Dalai Lama
- In the Dalai Lama's words

Why is this happening?
- Why is this religious suppression taking place?
- Are the Dalai Lama's reasons valid?

Efforts to restore religious freedom
- Geshe Kelsang's open letter
- The ban is illegal and unconstitutional
- Press reports and videos
- Dorje Shugden Devotee's Charitable and Religious Society
- Dalai Lama sued for repressing religious freedom
- A conflict with a solution
- Announcement from Serpom Norling Monastery

Analysis of situation
- Sectarianism
- Can the Dalai Lama ever make a mistake?
- Is the Dalai Lama the only spiritual leader in Tibetan Buddhism?
- Theocracy or democracy?
- Spirit worship or authentic Buddhist practice?
- Freedom of worship
- The Dalai Lama's justifications
- Analysis by Dalai Lama's translator (PDF)
- What would Thomas Jefferson think of the 14th Dalai Lama?
- Book Reviews
- Videos

Evidence and first-hand accounts
- Chronological background
- Discord in exile documentary
- Political motivations for the ban
- Summary to date from Tibetan exiles
- Other

Ongoing persecution 2008-2010
- Recent vote sticks and call for help
- Forced signature and ID card campaign
- Persecution of monks at Sera Monasteries
- Public humiliation and explusion of monks
- Letter to Indian Prime Minister regarding abuses
- Letters from Dorje Shugden Devotees
- Urgent appeal from Sera Monasteries
- Support from Indian police
- Western Shugden Society letter to Sera monasteries
- Western Shugden Society letter to TGIE
- Heartfelt request from monks in Mundgod
- More discrimination planned around the world
- Letter from an FPMT monk
- Other
- What you can do

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