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Tsem Rinpoche: Dorje Shugden - My side of the story
« on: May 06, 2015, 07:43:42 pm »
Dear respected friends,

I have been asked many times to speak about Dorje Shugden. After much consideration and direction from my teachers and protector, I decided it is the right time. When I speak about Dorje Shugden there are many factions and people I must consider:

~Those who practice Dorje Shugden and respect the Dalai Lama

~Those who do not practice Dorje Shugden/anti-Dorje Shugden and follow the Dalai Lama

~Those who don’t practice Dorje Shugden and have no relations with the Dalai Lama

~Those who had relations with the Dalai Lama but are not allowed to anymore because of their Dorje Shugden practice

~Those who practiced Dorje Shugden and renounced it and follow the Dalai Lama

~Those who appear to have renounced the Dorje Shugden but practice in secret and follow the Dalai Lama

~Those who have fully renounced the Dalai Lama and follow Dorje Shugden

~Those who follow Dorje Shugden and do not respect the Dalai Lama

~Those who do not want connections with the Dalai Lama even if the ban against Shugden is resolved

~Those who would like connections with the Dalai Lama when the ban is resolved

~Those who are neutral on either point and many other combinations

~My teachers and mentors

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself

~The monasteries and my monastery

~My friends and students

So however I speak there will be factions who are happy and unhappy. It’s hard to please everyone. But I thought if I speak from my heart, to the best of my abilities and how I see things, that would be the best I can do. I hope I can clear some ignorance about this issue.

Here in the four-part video I speak about how I first became connected with Dorje Shugden, why I practice and continue to do so, the monasteries, the CTA (previously known as Exiled Tibetan Government), China, relations between China and Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, our lineage lamas, my teacher, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the protests and how we can resolve this ban issue. My views may suit you or it may not. But I have honestly expressed my views. All I can do is be honest about myself, my feelings and my practice. In the end it is my choice but in my case, my choice could affect a lot of people in various ways. So I always try to take the approach that is just honest about my feelings based on knowledge, observation, history and the results I have observed.

I thank everyone involved in the production, editing, rendering, transcript, translating and funding for all this work to be done. Many people have donated resources, funds, time and their hearts to this project. Much time and effort was invested. You have all done an incredible job with good motivation. Thank you for your work, contributions, compassion and care. You have my deepest appreciations.

For my friends around the world who are reading this and who have viewed the videos, I thank you for your time, attention and thoughts. I hope my sharing in these videos will help toward this Dorje Shugden ban conflict. I sincerely hope many will understand the situation much better leading to a peaceful resolution for everyone concerned.

Tsem Rinpoche

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Please visit Tsem Rinpoche's blog to watch the important 4-part videos:
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Re: Tsem Rinpoche: Dorje Shugden - My side of the story
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2015, 02:42:41 pm »
Many thanks; it is a blessing to have learned teachers available to help us understand these issues clearly, especially since there is so much misinformation out there.


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Re: Tsem Rinpoche: Dorje Shugden - My side of the story
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2015, 09:50:59 pm »
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Re: Tsem Rinpoche: Dorje Shugden - My side of the story
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2015, 09:17:31 pm »
When I first learned that there were Tibetan Buddhists who protested the Dalai Lama for instituting a ban on Dorje Shugden practice, I thought they were disrespectful and foolish. Now that I know more about their situation, it reminds me of the time in Japanese history in which the Nembutsu was banned and Nembutsu followers were persecuted. The only reason why I am sharing this is because the Dalai Lama is sometimes mistaken as being the pope of Buddhism. Also, while the Dalai Lama is believed to incarnate Avalokiteśvara, Pure Land Buddhists instead venerate Kannon, the feminine consort of Amida Buddha, who is Avalokiteśvara in female form. I hope there can be more peace and understanding all around.


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