The Wisdom Buddha Protector of Je Tsongkhapa's Tradition
Dorje Shugden Devotee's Charitable and Religious Society
Dear Sangha Friend,
After the Dalai Lama banned the worship of Dorje Shugden with invalid reasons, TYC and TWA took up the signature campaigns among Tibetans and engaged in house-to-house searches. Statues and pictures of Dorje Shugden were defamed and destroyed; great masters were criticized and their texts faced danger of being burned.
In this grave situation not unlike the Cultural Revolution, a group of devotees gathered in Delhi and established the Dorje Shugden Devotees Charitable & Religious Society in 1996, which was formally registered then. The society's staffs were then appointed by Dorje Shugden through invocation. And 12 years have elapsed.
The aims and objectives of the Dorje Shugden Devotees Charitable & Religious Society is to protect and support those who are being ostracized for their religious belief of the deity Dorje Shugden, and to preclude the valuable contributions of our great lineage masters from being misjudged, distorted or wiped out completely.
The Dorje Shugden Devotees Charitable & Religious Society is an all-volunteer and non-profit organization, whose aim is to resolve the issue through dialogue, petitions and legal remedy.
The society represents the grievance of Shugden devotees to the Government of India and the concerned authorities through petitions and legal campaigns. We submit petitions and furnish information related to the Shugden issue to the Indian government and to concerned authorities, seeking their help to impede the abuses, harassment and discriminations against the devotees merely on the basis of worshipping Dorje Shugden.
To the concerned authorities we also explain and clear the heavy rain of misinformation and baseless allegations (by Tibetan organizations and Tibetan government-in-exile) whose intention it is to harass and repress the Shugden society and devotees.
This year's campaign of segregation is far worse than that of 1996, said many monks in South India. Let alone the monks, there are many Shugden devotees who are suffering silently in many places in India and Nepal.
For example, here is a story of an old woman who is 65 years old. When her husband passed away a few years back, the neighbors did not help her with cremation rites. Neither did any monk came to perform puja in her home, as per the tradition. A few weeks later, her neighbors busted into her home and hurling abuses on her of not recanting the deity, while a handful of Buddhist monks were watching the 'show'. The head of the village came and told her to sign not to worship Dorje Shugden. "If she did not sign," he said, "she would be isolated and segregated from the masses of Tibetans."
The newly-appointed village head came to her home and asked her to comply with the wishes of the Dalai Lama, but she declined. The next day, she got a threatening call from an anonymous Tibetan, saying that she would be beaten if she did not sign.
She is treated as an outcast in her own community; all Tibetans have disowned her. She cannot enter shops or restaurants, nor even the temple. In such a hostile environment, she is going through too much misery. Even some of her children abandoned her.
This year we are able to knock on the door of the Court for justice. The society has received much correspondence and many calls of appreciation, as well as prayers and blessing from all the senior monks.
To close this chapter in history, our consistent collective efforts are indispensable, or the future generation has no option but to live by the same condition as we do now. Our struggle for freedom is based on peace and love, tolerance and forgiveness.
Given the financial difficulties, the daily activities of the society is restrained. The fact is that we have no other income apart from donation. Nor have we had any permanent donor. We go through difficulties covering expenses of office management, utility bills and legal process.
Therefore, we would like to request you and your family and friends to extend your kind support to our Society by donation.
And any suggestion for the fund raising that you have is most appreciated and welcome. Thank you!
Dorje Shugden Devotee's Charitable and Religious Society
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:
- 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
- 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
Evidence and first-hand accounts
- Chronological background
- Discord in exile documentary
- Political motivations for the ban
- Summary to date from Tibetan exiles
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
- What you can do