The Problem of the Dalai Lama

September 26, 2015

Dear Ven. Geshe Kelsang, Your Holiness Karmapa (Thaye Dorje), Your Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, and Kundeling Rinpoche:

I hope this letter finds all of you in good health.  I am writing to discuss further an issue which concerns all of Vajrayana Buddhism, the issue of the Dalai Lama.  Please understand I have the utmost respect for the Dharma, and am very concerned for its flourishing.  It seems to me that the institution of the Dalai Lama, when he passes away and the 15th recognition is found, will be terrible for Buddhism because China will be involved. I wrote you before on the possibility of declaring independence spiritually from the Dalai Lama, and I would like to further explain that idea.

I actually think that all of us have horrible problems with even the 14th Dalai Lama.  Whether or not he is a Buddha emanating (backwards, or in reverse) to pretend he is like a deviputra mara politician who got recognized as Chenrezig I do not know, but at any rate, when the outer form of a Buddha is to show horrible behavior then we are supposed to act normally and tell him he is wrong, is my understanding from Geshe Kelsang’s school.  Shamar Rinpoche, may Karmapa find his rebirth quickly, used to tell the Dalai Lama to stop interfering in the Kagyu school.  Geshe Kelsang is on record saying that the Dalai Lama is lying.  I am American, and feel like trying to follow the politician lama as though he were a spiritual leader of Buddhism is like asking a 10 year old child to please climb back into its mother’s womb to live; obviously, the circumstances no longer permit the former arrangement of years prior, of having lived in that mother’s womb.  Likewise, I feel like trying to force all of humanity to cow-tow to the Dalai Lama and pretend that he is automatically the most superior lama in the history of the universe, is as ridiculous as trying to get a 10 year old to climb back into his mother’s body.  He can’t live there anymore; he won’t fit— he came out of the womb because his time in the womb was done.  In the west, we got over the kings awhile back, and we officially separated religion and state, after having a lot of the sort of crusades and other bloody battles fought on the basis of religion.  Certainly, we are a work in hopefully progress, in the west, and will continue to work on our human rights toward Muslims etc.. However, the first step is the official separation of church and state.  That is the separation we need in the Tibetan community, in the Vajrayana Buddhist community, and in, if you ever go back there, Tibet itself.

As I noticed the issue when among the Tibetans, it seems that the Dalai Lama has done a really amazing job of silencing everyone, of turning everyone against the other, and making everyone be afraid for their own safety to the point that they are afraid to stand up for the rights of each other, lest they lose their precious human life.  However, now that most people are in exile, and now that Buddhism is spreading throughout the west, it seems insane to keep the trappings of the feudal political system of Tibet— it is really horrible for all living beings to be so oppressed by a terrible caste-like system of lamas and serfs.  The Buddha, of course, taught against any sort of caste-system but the Dalai Lama seems to have found a clever way to institute one among his dissenters: the lowest most outcast caste is of course the untouchable Shugden caste of which I am a member.  The next highest is the people who follow Shamar Rinpoche’s Karmapa, Thaye Dorje; I was accepted in many circles as a member of that group, as long as I made some ambiguous statement about still likeing the Dalai Lama, then people were fine with me; however, if I got to know them well, I would hear how Shamar Rinpoche is actually a demon (he’s recognized as the mind emanation of the Buddha Amitaba).  Likewise, we all know that the Dalai Lama, who has rather bad taste in Karmapas, also has difficulty remembering that his root teachers all regarded Dorje Shugden as Buddha Manjushri.  I honestly think Thaye Dorje is Karmapa and Dorje Shugden is Manjushri, by things I was taught and faith granted from the Buddha.  However, of course anyone can follow whomever they want and believe as they do; with that said ,however, please note how if people follow the Dalai Lama that they must, in order to keep samaya, disavow material and spiritual relations with Shugdens; thus they must shun us as though we have done something wrong.

The Dalai Lama (here I am taking a page from Shamar Rinpoche’s and also Geshe Kelsang’s manners of dealing with him) is wrong to teach this sort of hate and segregation; he is wrong to do this just as he was wrong to interfere with the Karmapa recognition.  In Nepal (March 2001), I went to a Shugden monestary with a Kagyu friend from Hannha’s (Lama Ole)’s group; we had tea with a Shugden Geshe, though we did not talk about Shugden AT ALL and I was instructed by my friend not to ask anything about the lama’s practice.  I noticed though, that the Tibetans seemed afraid of being associated with Shugden; I got the impression that they didn’t want to be seen talking to people who might be Shugden while staying at (allegedly) a Shugden run hostel in Kalimpong.  I noticed that one monk, when I returned to the U.S. was worried that I had one of Geshe Kelsang’s books on my shelf, though the other monk (these were monks that worked with Shamar Rinpoche at the BodhiPath) said it wasn’t a problem to have the book on my shelf.  When I questioned the first monk as to the issue, he explained the problem as this Geshe (Kelsang) does the practice that the Dalai Lama doesn’t like.  My reply then was that we follow the Karmapa the Dalai Lama doesn’t like so what do I care what his opinion is on anything (sincerely.)  Of course, the reason he was worried I would imagine, is we already had enough problems, why add more?  What may have been true back then, that both schools worked on our problems separately, seems like something that now is time to evolve.

I see no reason that listening to the Dalai Lama is useful to anyone, knowing what I know about this man.  I also can see that the Shugdens still are banned, but if he should lift it, several will go running back and pretending that he knows what he is talking about again.  Likewise, the Kagyus from Shamar Rinpoche’s side of the school were hoping to get Thaye Dorje Karmapa recognized — in other words that the Dalai Lama recognize both his China boy and the actual Karmapa.  At this point, I cannot see that the Dalai Lama has done anything useful on either front.  Furthermore, even if the Dalai Lama were to say the right words to create some harmony, there is still the problem of the future: when he dies, China has indicated it won’t accept the failure to reincarnate of the Dalai Lamas.  They intend to pick one.  If they don’t pick one, perhaps they use the pretend China Karmapa, or the China Panchen Lama.  If we would declare a separation of religion and state now, before the Dalai Lama dies, that would be helpful.  We need to make clear we declare independence from him and from all political institutions; to take the idea from Shamar Rinpoche’s democracy book: that no one who holds political office also hold religious office and vice versa.  Of course, I don’t know exactly how to word that, but basically the Dalai Lama not be recognized would most likely be really helpful.  If we could get that in writing from him, perhaps one day we could even have a free Tibet, as he is the one that ceded Tibet to China in a completely undemocratic fashion.

Basically, what I would also like is for Kagyus from the Thaye Dorje side and Shugdens to be friends and to support one another; I personally think everyone having to be polite about the Dalai Lama is ridiculous; I am not forced to be this polite about any Christian leader, even if I were Christian, nor about the U.S. President, or anyone else.  Just, worldwide we are supposed to bow and respect this charlatan Dalai Lama 14.  This is ridiculous; he can post a sign on his house that says “no Shugdens,” but I am the one ridiculed if I attend a protest where we say “False Dalai Lama stop lying;” after the Dalai Lama was ridiculed for his misogynistic statement about a female Dalai Lama needing to be attractive, many defenders jumped to his aid, but people were VERY chastising of those of us that posted a meme that calls him “Donald Lama” and suggests he is like Donald Trump.  We are not to verbally “insult him”, (and for the alleged Buddha of compassion he is really sensitive to his own ego) though it is fine if he segregates our people?  It’s 2015; this is really archaic behavior.

Please will all of you come to some conclusion about how to declare spiritual and if you like, political independence from the Dalai Lama.  We do not need China picking one; we do not need to be afraid of having prayers on our shelves—or of chanting them either; we do not need our teachers to have to go in hiding.  I wrote the U.S. Government awhile back and suggested that they request the Dalai Lama end the Shugden ban in writing and either retract his China Karmapa decision or at least recognize Thaye Dorje Karmapa as well.  Those are two fine goals, and if that is possible, fine, but also please get him to put into writing that he wants no more recognitions, or simply declare independence from him spiritually.

In closing, I really love Dorje Shugden, and all the Shugden and Kagyu lamas that I have met, and am hoping we can all be friends.

Sincerely,

Kelly Inman

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A Better and More Concrete Set of 4 Points of Dalai Lama Agreement

Dear Lobsang Dorjee, Sonam Lama, Zawa Tulku,  Kundeling Rinpoche, ISC leadership,

 
  I wished to help you with the four points for the Dalai Lama; the old ones did seem a bit outdated to me as well, but the new ones seem too vague (in other words, asking someone who is a human rights criminal parading as a Nobel Peace winner to stop discrimination is open to rather broad interpretation).  I thought some concrete suggestions might be helpful:
 
  1. For the Dalai Lama to ask his followers to treat Shugdens as spiritual and material equals, to befriend us, to allow us to work and access shops, medicine, all professions without having to hide or renounce our practice and otherwise to cease all discrimination and human rights violations toward Shugdens.
 2. That they should in every way attempt to view all living beings with equanimity and to acheive harmony promote the equality of the Shugden Buddha in school, like we do whites and blacks in the U.S.— as part of the curriculum we teach equality is important
 3. That no physical harm, bullying, cyberbulling, intentional shunning etc. of Shugdens or other relgious groups is acceptable. Nor will we accept any excuse that what seems like a beating, theft etc., is really to clear the Shugden person’s karma because we are so brazen to have followed Buddha Shugden instead of the local chieftain of Tibet (Dalai Lama)
  4. That this should be written, posted, and signed into law by the CTA, and witnessed by proper Indian Authorities.
 
  Something more like what I have here would at least be something we can quanifiy; we are the underdog so we need to insure that people don’t say “well, we are shunning your kids because you don’t follow the Dalai Lama because you worship Shugden. This is harmonious because if we all do as the Dalai Lama, the King of Tibet, decrees, all will be in harmony in Buddhism.  If you say to “give religious freedom,” then you are saying he is not perfect so you are disharmonious so it is YOU who is not following the 4 points.”  It needs to be a law and in writing before the DL shows passing or it will stand— and you want to be sure the DL people are allowed to accept us and associate with us materially and physically— “don’t discriminate” is way too vague and the Dalai Lama twists everything— oh well by not letting them work here this isn’t discrimination it is for the good of their karma because those bad Shugdens didn’t want the Dalai Lama to be in charge of all of Buddhism, erm… we mean because they worship a spirit…. you follow?
  The other points, frankly, seemed like someone was trying really hard to let the Dalai Lama off the hook and keep the ban but offer lip-service to the idea that anything had been done.  
  May Karma Shugden please strike me dead if Len Foley is an actual Shugden this life.
  Best regards,
  Kelly Inman

Declare Independence: Open Letter Requesting Karmapa Thaye Dorje’s help

I have mailed this via email throughout much of the Shugden Gelugpa School. Since I know we are beset with Dalai lama people all over the NKT, I am posting it in order to get the info to people.

September 4, 2015
Dearest Karmapa Thaye Dorje,

I sincerely hope this letter finds you well and in excellent health. I am concerned about the state of our world; the drowned children fleeing war makes me think how we must protect the pure Dharma in all its forms to free all beings permanently from suffering. We want everyone to become Buddhas; to do this we must make sure the pure lineages of Buddha Dharma preserve their transmissions, because different beings have different types of Dharma that will work for them to become Buddhas. I am writing you, who took the bodhisattva vow with you back in 2001 in New Delhi, as well as 3 empowerments from you at your residence in Kalimpong that same year: Amitayus, Green Tara, and Manjushri and I have written you before asking for your blessings and prayers; as I wrote before, I am now a Shugden Buddhist, though it is not clear to me yet which is my root guru as I have yet to take anything but refuge, bodhichitta, lay precepts, and the Dorje Shugden heart commitment. I love Dorje Shugden very much as my protector; I loved this group I studied with in the NKT (New Kadampa Tradition) but the issue, similar to the one in your school, is they are being taken over by politics in the form of the 14th recognition of the Dalai Lama.

I find you were and are immensely a perfect refuge, as are the bona-fide Shugden lamas that I have met; I do love Dorje Shugdens and I need him and his lam rim meditations for enlightenment. I never want to be parted from Buddha Dorje Shugden. When I first came to you, I had just experienced first hand (back in 2000) your (former) temple in Woodstock New York having been taken from you and given to the Dalai Lama’s regent for the China Karmapa. I understand after having seen how divisive people were there, how terrible it is when Sanghas split; we have reached a new time in the world, when monarchs such as the Dalai Lama are no longer necessary to follow; we can declare independence from the Dalai Lama in politics, but because of the fact that church and state were not separate in Tibet, then we must also declare spiritual independence from the King Dalai Lama, just like people in the U.S. declared not only political but also religious independence from the monarch George the Third back in the 1770s.

I read in Shamar Rinpoche’s book on democracy, that he was (may he take swift rebirth) in favor of the separation of religion and state to the point that if someone holds political office they also cannot hold spiritual office and vice versa. I fully support Buddha Amitaba’s writing that in Shamar Rinpoche’s emanation so that we can learn how important it is to follow through with separation of religion and state. The picking of the China Karmapa seemed the Dalai Lama’s illegitimate attempt at controlling the Kagyu School, and had China’s backing as China apparently sees at least a possibility of installing their candidate for Karmapa as the ruler in Tibet, similar to the Dalai Lama. I notice too, that they have used the China “Karmapa” to forcibly convert some Drukpa Kagyus to the Chinese Karma Kagyu School. Furthermore, the Dalai Lama has picked the reincarnations of several Shugden lamas, but picked people he knew would disavow Shugden. When the Dalai Lama has all four heads meet (excluding you, since he is trying to officially replace you) he picks those who will do as he asks: his pretend China Karmapa and all the others disavow the Shugden practice, though it is not any of their business what practice others do.

Disavowing Shugden, to me, is simply the Dalai Lama’s attempt at splitting (and it’s been a successful attempt) the Gelugpa; many people had/have samaya with Trijang Rinpoche (former incarnation) who was your former incarnation’s good friend, and a Shugden practitioner to the day he showed passing. His current emanation, who lives in Vermont, is doing the Shugden practice. When the Dalai Lama asks people to give up this practice, he is essentially asking them to disavow a much more respected teacher than he, and a much more realized being than he; in other words: pick the monarch of Tibet or pick the real Dharma taught by Trijang Rinpoche and other perfect masters. In a similar way, he ignores the real Karmapa (you, Thaye Dorje) and tells everyone to follow the Chinese person; again, we have a choice between the Dalai Lama and real Dharma.

For me, you made this choice very easy; not by anything you said about the Dalai Lama as I have never heard your Holiness Karmapa (Thaye Dorje) say anything against anyone. It is simply that your Dharma is perfect and pure, and so was Shamar Rinpoche’s, though in the few months prior to coming first to meet you, I had heard from the Dalai Lama’s side of the Kagyu how he (Shamar Rinpoche) was a demon. I had shown up there — (Woodstock) as my first Dharma Center— in July or so of 2000; I got thrown out because they thought I was a spy for your side, though I had never heard of you, had not even been Buddhist but a few months. The first place I took out loud refuge was from Bardar Tulku Rinpoche (forgive me, I forget the spelling) in August or so 2000: they tried immediately to tell me I had to do EVERYTHING Bardar said because I went for refuge there. My understanding is that the Dalai Lama’s side of things tends to try to force people to do whatever anyone says from the moment of refuge on. I know that is not what is intended by taking refuge. I didn’t know Bardar Tulku— I only was going for refuge to Buddha Dharma and Sangha— I certainly did not meet him until the day I took refuge. Furthermore, my understanding is that the Buddha wants us to take highest yoga vows in order to commit to a teacher; I don’t have any high/yoga/highest yoga— any sort of vows to any particular guru. I do have, as I said, the heart commitment to Dorje Shugden and I also love Pure Dharma in all schools and wish to uphold the right of all Buddhists to study from their teachers and all be friends, with no discrimination or bias.

The idea that the Dalai Lama is giving people these misteachings about having to listen to him over everyone else— and having to listen to him if they show up at 100,000 people big crowd for highest tantra vows, that I think is a terrible mistake and misuse of Dharma; not to mention a waste of people’s lives.

In order to help all living beings, and in accordance with the reality of monarchs being outmoded and governments dictating religion to be supremely a bad idea, then we must I think, take this opportunity to free all of Buddhism from governments of any sort. We must also declare, his having been mixed with politics so long and in political office since the time of the very anti-Shugden and anti-Kagyu, the murdering 5th Dalai Lama, that we wish to declare the independence of our schools from the Dalai Lama. Please, I have written the Kadampa lamas, and we are beset on all sides by Dalai Lama people in that school who pose as our practitioners and even as teachers to try to destroy us from within. I am asking, please declare independence from the Dalai Lama; I know your school wrote asking the Dalai to recognize your recognition as a Karmapa, but in reality, I think we all need to just be free of the Dalai Lama. China has expressed interest in helping chose the next one, which would be a disaster; the CTA is as confused as the Chinese; Buddhism was never meant to follow the government; the governments used to follow Buddhism sometimes, but it eventually turns back on itself, and has Buddhism following the governments. Please, as someone who respects you as the true Karmapa, the reincarnation of the 16th one, since I have met you and trust you and trusted Shamar Rinpoche about you, then please, please, consider declaring independence of your school from the Dalai Lama; I have written asking the Shugden lamas to similarly declare independence from the Dalai Lama, including to Trijang Rinpoche. In all cases, I have to go through the normal intermediaries of the inbox and the secretaries or people in charge. I haven’t talked to any Shugden lamas ever, except one whose name I forgot in Kathmandu some years back; I never met these lamas in person, though I did study in the school with western Shugdens and go in person to a Geshe Kelsang teaching and Prajnaparamita empowerment. (I asked for an audience but never heard back. His school has a lot of Dalai Lama people who try to keep regular people from meeting him— also there were 8,000 people there so that is complex as well).

I will send a copy of this email to some of these lamas and also send you a copy of the email I had written them.
I hope that declaring spiritual independence from the Dalai Lama will help us keep our lineage transmissions intact thus leading all living beings to Buddhahood. I wish you a very long life and that you reincarnate until all beings are Buddhas.

Sincerely,

Kelly Inman

——————– Letter to Shugden Lamas——————————————————————–

Declare Independence From the Dalai Lama:

September 2, 2015
Dear Ven. Geshe-la, Kundeling Rinpoche, and Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,

It has come to my attention over the years, that we have severe issues, such as this unholy ban on Shugden and also on the Dalai Lama’s interfering with Buddhism in general, such as in the Karmapa’s recognition and on jailing the Nyinmgpa Dujom Rinpoche pretending he was a Chinese spy. As for Karmapa, as I have said, I know from meeting him, just from observation and logic, mind you, simply ignore anything the Dalai Lama says. As for the Shugden issue, the Shugden lamas are impeccable at Dharma and their Protector is my Spiritual Guide. I notice the mess the Dalai Lama is making: forgive me, I hope he is a Buddha teaching in reverse, and I know that Tsem Tulku did take robes from him, and of course, please understand if the Dalai Lama is really a Buddha, nothing I am saying can harm him.
However, the institution of the Dalai Lama became very politicized in the lifetime of the 5th Dalai Lama; it is in fact at this point in time that the Dalai Lama was also having Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen murdered. He also had 7000 Kagyus murdered by Gelugpas and Monguls he invited to Tibet, and the 10th Karmapa fled for his life. This life, the 14th recognition of this bloody murdering 5thDalai Lama, is doing much of the same. I understand the Dalai Lama is also running around in the Gelugpa school recognizing, much like he recognized the fake China Orgen Thrinley Karmapa, Gelugpa “Tulkus” who were Shugden lamas in their past lives but whose DL recognitions are disavowing our Great Protector Dorje Shugden.

As for me, I have not taken high or hightest yoga vows and I have no specific guru commitments: one thing I have noticed from all the schools of Buddhism I have studied in (I studied for awhile in Penor Rinpoche’s Nyingmas as well for a bit) is I personally really want nothing to do at all, with the Dalai Lama or the institution of the Dalai Lama. Forgive me, inwardly I am hoping these big lamas are all Buddhas, but what do I know— and it does not work, frankly and does grow tiresome to have to express a possible inner view outwardly to people all the time; if they have some liking of the Dalai lama and want to continue in that tradition then we constantly have to say oh yes Dalai Lama is Buddha blah blah… but we have to realize not only is this tiresome, we have reached a point in history where it is supremely unhelpful to do so. People in the west do not understand what we say when we talk about Buddha teaching undercover… too complicated to explain so if the Dalai Lama is supposedly Chenrezig, then he is emanating in such a way as to pretend that he is this really awful hypocritical leader to teach the world about this Dharma and staying with it no matter what… even if he tries to kill us… etc… Trust me, a lot of western people would be lost— people who could benefit from a lifetime in which they study some Buddhism otherwise. Perhaps they would begin to meditate or train the mind, and finding it works, develop faith. Trying to tell them a dictator who outwardly treats us all so terribly is really a Buddha is to say the least pretty confusing. Furthermore, if this activity is happening— and for so long— and we are compromised probably in every Shugden organization and I think I saw a few spies here and there (from Tai Situpa’s side) while I was in the Kagyus (in fact I had a pretty good friend in that one too that seemed to be trying just to be there for spying— refused even to take the bodhisattva vow with Karmapa though he gave it twice or even attend teachings or anything—though she and her actress sister were interested in video taping EVERYTHING in his school (except teachings)—kind of obvious combined with the fact that they had just come straight from his side of the school). So, in the modern era, I think it is safe to say the institution of the Dalai Lama is really political, and that is what the Dalai Lama and the U.S government supported; the U.S. government, may Dorje Shugden please bless them, doesn’t understand the first thing about Buddhism, but has helped promote the Dalai Lama’s political agenda within Buddhism, not understanding they had been deceived.
Let us please, declare the independence from the Institution of The Dalai Lama. In doing so we must declare the independence of Buddhism from politics of any sort— like we would not listen POLITICALLY to any lama—whether a Chinese Karmapa or a Chinese Dalai Lama— would that help anyone? Would a US government pick? No. Of course, reincarnations are to help us spiritually, not to help us with politics within the Dharma.
So I am petitioning, asking, requesting: is it possible that we could declare our spiritual independence from the Dalai Lama— the best thing would be to declare the whole Gelugpa school independent from the Dalai Lama— even the Dalai Lama himself had said he didn’t want to reincarnate: on this one point we (conventionally, in deference to Tsem Tulku) agree: we should not have more recognitions of the Dalai Lama as they will be political as they have been since the 5th; China picks one is not good; but honestly the CTA is just as useless. I further suggest, that we not only declare independence from the Dalai Lama, but also indeed write and petition Karmapa Thaye Dorje to declare the Kagyus independent from the Dalai Lama as well. If we do not, it will be China pulling one way, the CTA another, and both are political; may we free Buddhism from politics; may we free Buddhism, as much as possible from the institution of Political Lamas. No more Dalai Lamas can be in charge of anything we do; of course every teacher is free to run their own school according to their wishes; so whether or not a person recognizes reincarnations we would just be saying those that do recognize reincarnations (and Geshe-la, please at least consider asking someone to recognize yours should we pass this resolution) we still disavow entirely from any government recognition of any sort of our recognitions…. Please declare us free from the Dalai Lama, from politicians/governments of any sort picking reincarnations or being involved in our school’s running. Please declare spiritual independence from the Dalai Lama and all governments.
I request this with the blessing of all 5 lineages,
Kelly Inman

Declare Independence From the Dalai Lama

September 2, 2015

Dear Ven. Geshe-la, Kundeling Rinpoche, and Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,

It has come to my attention over the years, that we have severe issues, such as this unholy ban on Shugden and also on the Dalai Lama’s interfering with Buddhism in general, such as in the Karmapa’s recognition and on jailing the Nyingmapa Dujom Rinpoche, pretending he was a Chinese spy.  As for Karmapa, as I have said, I know from meeting him, just from observation and logic, mind you: simply ignore anything the Dalai Lama says.  As for the Shugden issue, the Shugden lamas are impeccable at Dharma and their Protector is my Spiritual Guide.  I notice the mess the Dalai Lama is making: forgive me, I hope he is a Buddha teaching in reverse, and I know that Tsem Tulku did take robes from him, and of course, please understand if the Dalai Lama is really a Buddha, nothing I am saying can harm him.

However, the institution of the Dalai Lama became very politicized in the lifetime of the 5th Dalai Lama; it is in fact at this point in time that the Dalai Lama was also having Tulku Dragpa Gyeltsen murdered.  He also had 7000 Kagyus murdered by Gelugpas and Monguls he invited to Tibet, and the 10th Karmapa fled for his life.  This life, the 14th recognition of this bloody murdering 5th Dalai Lama, is doing much of the same. I understand the Dalai Lama is also running around in the Gelugpa school recognizing, much like he recognized the fake China Orgen Thrinley Karmapa, Gelugpa “Tulkus” who were Shugden lamas in their past lives but whose DL recognitions are disavowing our Great Protector Dorje Shugden.

As for me, I have not taken high or highest yoga vows and I have no specific guru commitments: one thing I have noticed from all the schools of Buddhism I have studied in (I studied for awhile in Penor Rinpoche’s Nyingmas as well for a bit) is I personally really want nothing to do at all, with the Dalai Lama or the institution of the Dalai Lama.  Forgive me, inwardly I am hoping these big lamas are all Buddhas, but what do I know— and it does not work, frankly, and does grow tiresome to have to express a possible inner view outwardly to people all the time; if they have some liking of the Dalai lama and want to continue in that tradition then we constantly have to say oh yes Dalai Lama is Buddha blah blah… but we have to realize not only is this tiresome, we have reached a point in history where it is supremely unhelpful to do so.  People in the west do not understand what we say when we talk about Buddha teaching undercover… too complicated to explain so if the Dalai Lama is supposedly Chenrezig, then he is emanating in such a way as to pretend that he is this really awful hypocritical leader in order to teach the world about this Dharma and staying with it no matter what… even if he tries to kill us… etc… Trust me, a lot of western people would be lost— people who could benefit from a lifetime in which they study some Buddhism otherwise.  Perhaps they would begin to meditate or train the mind, and finding it works, develop faith.  Trying to tell them a dictator who outwardly treats us all so terribly is really a Buddha is to say the least pretty confusing.  Furthermore, if this activity is happening— and for so long— and we are compromised probably in every Shugden organization and I think I saw a few spies here and there (from Tai Situpa’s side) while I was in the Kagyus (in fact I had a pretty good friend in that one too that seemed to be trying just to be there for spying— refused even to take the bodhisattva vow with Karmapa though he gave it twice or even attend teachings or anything—though she and her actress sister were interested in video taping EVERYTHING in his school (except teachings)—kind of obvious combined with the fact that they had just come straight from the Situ side of the school).  So, in the modern era, I think it is safe to say the institution of the Dalai Lama is really political, and that is what the Dalai Lama and the U.S government supported; the U.S. government, may Dorje Shugden please bless them, doesn’t understand the first thing about Buddhism, but has helped promote the Dalai Lama’s political agenda within Buddhism, not understanding they had been deceived.

Let us please, declare the independence from the Institution of The Dalai Lama.  In doing so we must declare the independence of Buddhism from politics of any sort— like we would not listen POLITICALLY to any lama—whether a Chinese Karmapa or a Chinese Dalai Lama— would that help anyone? Would a US government pick? No. Of course, reincarnations are to help us spiritually, not to help us with politics within the Dharma.

So I am petitioning, asking, requesting: is it possible that we could declare our spiritual independence from the Dalai Lama— the best thing would be to declare the whole Gelugpa school independent from the Dalai Lama— even the Dalai Lama himself had said he didn’t want to reincarnate: on this one point we (conventionally, in deference to Tsem Tulku) agree: we should not have more recognitions of the Dalai Lama as they will be political as they have been since the 5th; China picks one is not good; but honestly the CTA is just as useless.  I further suggest, that we not only declare independence from the Dalai Lama, but also indeed write and petition Karmapa Thaye Dorje to declare the Kagyus independent from the Dalai Lama as well.  If we do not, it will be China pulling one way, the CTA another, and both are political; may we free Buddhism from politics; may we free Buddhism, as much as possible from the institution of Political Lamas.  No more Dalai Lamas can be in charge of anything we do; of course every teacher is free to run their own school according to their wishes; so whether or not a person recognizes reincarnations we would just be saying those that do recognize reincarnations (and Geshe-la, please at least consider asking someone to recognize yours should we pass this resolution) we still disavow entirely from any government recognition of any sort of our recognitions…. Please declare us free from the Dalai Lama, from politicians/governments of any sort picking reincarnations or being involved in our school’s running.  Please declare spiritual independence from the Dalai Lama and all governments.

I request this with the blessing of all 5 lineages,

Kelly Inman

What did Steve Cowing Forward and when? Why will he refuse to confirm email receipts for 2 years?

Dear Ven. Geshe-la, Kelsang Ringyal, Gen Rigpa, and Gen Jampa,

  I would like to take this opportunity to point out that I wrote a lot and counted on Steve Cowing (Secretary of NKT— person in position to remove non-Shugden GSDs if we need them voted out yes?) to forward the emails I sent to the Ed Council, the Financial Council, and also to Dekyong, Kunsang and Ven. Geshe-la.  Everything I wrote was either cced or bcced to Jampa and Rigpa.  Now, in order to be sure what Steve received when, and also to make sure he didn’t edit anything I said, or simply add extra paragraphs and delete the original text, I did ask for confirmation of email receipts.  It is impossible to determine what Steve did with what I said, or if he perhaps might have forged anything.  He was certainly quite inappropriate in not responding for 2 years and exceedingly rude when he finally did.
  I would absolutely love an explanation and confirmation of what he has before they wipe servers clean, as often has happened in recent years in the NKT— just around the time Atisha left— I beleive they lost most of the financial data that would cover their embezzlement. If it were checked into by anyone who actually wanted to find wrongdoing, knowing, as I do, that these people are not in our school, then why won’t we?
  Best regards,
 Kelly Inman

NKT Shugdens: Get your Heads out of the Sand: Dalai Lama infiltration in ISC via the compromised NKT : why we must not be fools to reality of the Dalai Lama takeover

Venerable Geshe-la, along with 9 other lamas below him are the top 10 Shugden people heading Dalai Lama’s anti-Shugden list.  Countless lamas from other traditions have reported issues in dealing with the Dalai Lama’s people; they face death threats; they face persecution, they have people hanging around them in monasteries to keep an eye (spy) on them.  At the top of the list in in 1996, Ven. Geshe Kelsang has largely been in hiding in the UK in the past 19 years; despite the problems he and others overtly face, members of his NKT school in many cases, and most likely because they wanted to avoid inner conflict in the school, act as though it would be impossible that anyone would show up and be a long term Geshe Kelsang “disciple” with an ulterior motive (that of reporting back what Geshe-la does) or of sabotaging the school.  Perhaps people think that since Ven. Geshe-la is Je Tsongkhapa, he wouldn’t allow this to happen; I take a different view; while I do believe Ven. Geshe-la to be in fact Manjushri/Je Tsongkhapa I also think he can give wisdom teachings by helping us learn to walk the path for ourselves; for instance he always reiterates to examine even Buddha’s teachings for ourselves; in Portugal he reminded us we are in a democracy; that is, we have the ability to elect and un-elect officials.  It is important to realize that we are foolish if we think we will know when to un-elect officials if we follow them blindly; it is also foolish to think that all these lamas, including Ven. Geshe-la himself would have all these death threats and issues, but within the NKT itself we would politely be left entirely alone by Dalai Lama people.  Beyond foolish, it is really ludicrous and illogical.

There are more than one group of Shugden Buddhists; that is, more than just Ven. Geshe-la has Shugden as their Protector.  However, the NKT is obviously the largest western group of Buddhists, so when we staff a thing like the International Shugden Community (ISC) we do so with a lot of NKT people available.  Now, not everyone who comes to the NKT has to be a Shugden at all— everyone is certainly welcome according to the posted sign and literature.  I was welcome, along with my daughter, and we fully embraced Shugden Buddhism; I’d already been Buddhist for 9 years and was already inoculated against the Dalai Lama’s attempts at destroying Buddhism by having nothing to do with him whenever possible, as a result of having met the 17th Karmapa, the real one, that the Dalai Lama refuses to acknowledge, Thaye Dorje.  Happily noticing that nothing the Dalai Lama says can have any validity if he cannot tell the Karmapa when he sees one, I also judged Shugden Buddhism worthy on its own merits; I don’t care about the Dalai Lama’s opinion on anything, you see, at all.  I see he is a liar concerning Karmapa so that he is lying about other things certainly didn’t surprise or phase me.  He says Shugden is a demon; he says the same about Shamar Rinpoche, or at least his followers do; no one could be more mistaken in either case.  Shamar Rinpoche is recognized by the 16th Karmapa as the mind emanation of Amitaba and he is who recognized the real Karmapa, according to tradition.  The Dalai Lama says Shugden is a demon when in fact Shugden is Buddha Manjushri.  Forgive me, but if the Dalai Lama tells you it is safe to cross the street, do look both ways before doing what he says.

When I joined the NKT, I became integrated with the very small puja community at the temple, and did puja regularly for about 4 years (approximately once a week or sometimes twice) and was enrolled in a study program for most of the time between 2009-2015; my daughter and I attended a kids’ class for about a year and a half or 2 years, before the Dalai Lama people came in earnest to take over our temple.  We did offerings, both water and Dorje Shugden for our temple on a scheduled basis at least 2x a week for over a year, gardened, and distributed publicity for 3 or 4 years.  We did some light cleaning and were in attendance by video link to about 13 empowerments over 6 years; we have had almost no contact with the “Sangha” of that temple except occasionally at KMC California and Hollywood for California Dharma Celebrations and empowerments; it through KMC California’s Gen Rigpa, who seems like Je Tsongkhapa too, that I took the last 2 or so years of correspondence.

I know, as I have written that we have many people who came to change our transmissions after Geshe Kelsang retired as General Spiritual Director.

First we had Gen-la Khyenrab, who seems like a bona-fide excellent Geshe-la person and Shugden person; however, his second-in-command, Dekyong, stepped up into position when Gen-la Khyenrab stepped down due to illness.  We did not officially vote on Dekyong being in charge until later is my understanding, but she had already begun re-arranging people, is my surmise, by then.  (For instance almost immediately a former WSS spokesperson was tossed out of a position of power and influence over who works in the NKT offices, as far as I understand. Perhaps I am wrong on exactly her position, but I believe she could have helped ask for Gen-la’s removal or at least been in a position to keep the anti-Shugdens out.  Forgive my lack of knowledge, but not a single person will actually discuss any of this with me, as it is seen as non-virtuous to talk against Gen-la Dekyong, as she supposedly is the very voice of Geshe-la.  The person who was asked to step down was Kelsang Pema).

I notice that our own temple had a perfect disciple and monk of Ven. Geshe unceremoniously and acrimoniously tossed out to go work on computers; his replacement was an entirely unqualified teacher named Amy Peng who immediately allowed zen and other transmissions expressly disallowed by the NKT Internal Rules.  Those rules, have only been (mis) used to keep Shugdens out as has the Dharma itself since Gen-la Dekyong took power.  This woman shuffled everything around and stepped down; a subsequent teacher forbade my discussions of the zen being taught and my writing Dekyong or the ed council. When I did not listen, my Dorje Shugden -loving- kid and I were unceremoniously barred from everything that had anything to do with Dorje Shugden.

During this time, I had repeatedly asked for the Dorje Shugden empowerment to be given in San Diego; it had kept being re-scheduled and cancelled pretty much the same way the Shugden monk got tossed out.  Finally, Gen Jampa gave the empowerment at a California Dharma Celebration; already having noticed there were many anti-Shugdens all over my temple, I soon noticed more.  ( https://redblackfireandwind.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/18/ and https://redblackfireandwind.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/shugden-family-excluded-from-protests-and-nkt-events-by-nkt-people/   )  I took the Dorje Shugden Heart Commitment that day, from Gen Jampa from the NKT.  It is with the Dorje Shugden heart commitment that I write, inspired by the blessings and knowledge of the Great Protector Dorje Shugden.

To be clear, it was a lot of people, several in California, all making issues to get rid of the Shugdens while they came in to pretend they were Geshe-la’s chosen ones.  They are liars, in my opinion, as what they do is deceive people, and in some cases, I have heard them directly lying (as in the ones from my own temple).

The ISC itself, when I finally heard they were protesting, certainly did not inform me, who had already been tossed out for saying “Shugden is a Buddha” to the ed. Council.  Better to get rid of the Shugdens in an area where we began the protests and where the two new spokespeople for the Dalai Lama in the ISC would now take center stage: Len and Rebecca Foley/Gauthier.  I surmise they are Dalai Lama because they would not call Shugden a Buddha and other issues I delineate here: ( https://redblackfireandwind.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/isc-infiltration-the-ctas-shugden-hit-list-and-the-nkts-anti-shugden-interface/ ).

If we are so afraid to say that we are compromised, oh ye who remain in the Shugden parts of the NKT, then what will happen when we gather to protest?

  1. People will be not as informed of protests— like me on the first one; even later ones were hard to get info about.
  2. People in charge will run interference and make bad rules to keep people out.
  3. People who speak for us will downplay the ban in everyway possible with the press as Len and Rebecca whose guru yoga seems to involve Tenzin Gyatso rather than Kelsang Gyatso, will be the ones to speak. So this makes us wonder— what good would it do to have a giant crowd there if everything we are trying to do will be downplayed and sabotaged by the spokespeople.  Do we want 500 people there so they can mention that a couple of shops didn’t let people who worshiped a certain deity in, or do we want to have 500 people and say there is apartheid, let’s tell you how it works.  Well, with Len and Rebecca our only choice is downplayed.  A lot of people who are actual Shugdens or are sincere Geshe Kelsang people didn’t come to the 2nd round of protests we had this past July.  And why? Because perhaps they realize the protests are being sabotaged and can’t say anything.
  4. The negotiations will go horribly, not end the ban, and let the Dalai Lama off the hook should we ever get a chance to talk to him.

So, when we are blocked and over-run in every direction, when all hope is nearly lost if not lost for the NKT, then I rely on Shugden for helping us even more strongly.  We must remove the Dalai Lama people from positions where they speak and influence others in the NKT and ISC.  Regular people like me have no access to other Shugdens nor are we allowed to meet Shugden lamas, because all the money is being spent on the wrong people talking for us (the anti-Shugdens in America/England for instance).

May Dorje Shugden bless us until all beings become full Buddhas,

Kelly Inman

Poisoning the NKT with Dalai Lama mixing: Dekyong’s anti-Shugden coup

I sent this letter to Ven. Geshe-la yesterday; however, I have no way of knowing does he receive anything because we are up to the eyeballs in anti-Shugdens in the NKT office, courtesy of “Gen-la” Dekyong.

Dear Ven. Geshe-la,

 
  I understand I must not be your student directly, because I never met you and have certainly not been welcome in the NKT since Gen-la Dekyong took power.
  She is like a poison medicine that someone gives us instead of the real medicine— because she is giving us only medicine that will allow our minds and school to be taken by the Dalai Lama.
  I need help; I never could really transform my mind until I met Dorje Shugden— not really inwardly— until then.  I think of all my gurus— all are like Manjusrhri or Shakyamuni— or Chenresig, so I do not see any difference in the essence of you or Karmapa, for example.
  What see is the difference of the medicine— sort of— in the end the medicine does the same thing— but I guess some people respond better to some types of medicine than others.
  I need the Dorje Shugden medicine— I also— need a guru because I see Dorje Shugden as my lama who is alway with me, but I think we are supposed to be around human beings as well, correct?  I don’t know.
  The problem we have in your school is we have a GSD who is counterfiting medicine– she takes the outer capsule that resembles your medicine but then she puts the poison of the Dalai Lama inside all the capsules.  When one takes the medicine, the difference is very discernible.  She would take the Dharma meaning away because she tries to take away Shugden.
  The monks and nuns I have known, the ones that my daughter and I loved so much, the ones that supposedly mailed pictures of my daughter to you (when she was happy in your temple) now think they are very virtuous not to talk to us or email me.  It is strange, and part of the result of the poison medicine.  They think to say anything against Dekyong will reflect badly on the NKT?  Well how does it look when they defend the counterfet medicine, such a poison to the pure lineage of Je Tsongkhapa that she provideds.
   I don’t know where I belong, but please bless me that I can keep the path to Buddhahood and Dorje Shugden as my lama; please bless me that I will find a Shugden lama to accept me soon.  I have letters out to Kundeling Rinpoche and Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.  I will miss Rigpa’s perfect teachings as well, but I have not, due to the common (bad very bad) karma of Dekyong been able to access them much.  I will work on my karma, but perhaps you can bless me to find the right way.
  I am asking your help, because I feel many beings will suicide or be otherwise lost because of the horrible connection of Dalai Lama Dharma that Gen-la Deyong poisons the school with.
  Maybe you can teach your students to treat us like humans; I have never felt so horrified or horrible in my life as the complete utter rejection by your Dekyong led “Sangha” who have completely removed themselves from my life for mentioning that we were taught zen (directly) in class etc..  So for trying to keep your heart commitment, I loose all my teachers?  I understand my karma is obviously strange, but I doubt I am alone in feeling horrible in your school.  Please bless my obstacles to clear. 
  In the heart commitment to Dorje Shugden,
  Kelly Inman

How the Dalai Lama’s taking over the NKT destroyed my child’s and my spiritual life, Part 1

Included are two early emails, one from me to the Educational Council Representatives and from Lora Driscoll to the RT, which I also sent to the Educational Coucil Reps, about how she supports us coming to puja, as we had done for years.  My family was heavily involved in the NKT group from spring 2009 until we were suddenly removed from our local center in 2013.  I continued taking courses from Gen Rigpa in KMC California until 2015, when eventually, due to his now being National Spiritual Director and reliant on the Dalai Lama-style substitute teachers that Gen-la Dekyong provided, meant I rarely got a teaching from him. We used to do offerings (on offerings rotation) 2x a week, plus were often called into back up; we gardened, and attended weekly WFJ, monthly Long Protector, and bi-monthly OSG, as well as monthlyTara.  Our attendence at these Dorje Shugden pujas I estimate at 90 percent attendence over 4 years and OSG was more like 70 or 80 percent attendence.  We had been to the kids class 2x a month from fall 2009 till 2011; in 2011 we started coming once a week (the class was once a week back then); after 6 months I realized that we were not being ever taught Geshe-la’s meditation transmissions but were given zen and tao like stuff; when we switched resident teachers yet again, a woman who had very recently been strongly advocating against Dorje Shugden and who had been very pro-Dalai Lama to me at my home, was selected as kids’ class teaching assistant, a role that involves direct spiritual assistance to the kids when the teacher is gone; at any rate, she had tried to befriend us, dropped us when I wouldn’t convert to Dalai Lama, which hurt my kids’ feelings.  She was only 2 and a 1/2 but kept asking for the woman’s little girl to play with. Obvioulsy, I couldn’t explain to a 2 year old that the lady quit talking to us since I wouldn’t give up Geshe-la’s Dharma PRotector and didn’t want to follow the Dalai lama.  The woman also kept trying to get me to go anywhere but Geshe-la’s temples.  Obviously, I did not think this would be a healthy relationship to re-introduce my child to.  I didn’t want my kid to think the lady hated her because I wouldn’t give up Shugden, and in turn start hating Shugden or me.

We kept coming to puja until thrown out, shortly after I wrote the General Spiritual Director for the 3rd time in 4 months.  The people have been shuffled and replaced; we mostly have Dalai Lama people at the school.  I continued weekly correspondence classes with Gen Ripga in KMC California until 2015; at that point since he travels so much as the Western National Spiritual Director, and since Dekyong made available mostly Dalai Lama people as back-up teachers— I dropped out simply because even 25 dollars a month reduced fee is too much to give the Sangha if it is going to Dalai Lama people’s attempt at over throw and I was not getting many good teachings as I was getting Dalai Lama substitutes for Gen Rigpa’s perfect transmissions.

My child really missed our Sangha, but they all broke off contact and we haven’t talked to anyone for years other than if we run into them for a minute— usually at a KMC California empowerment — they will hypocritically act as though they miss us, when they are responsible for actively removing us and other actual Shugdens from the school.  The Dalai Lama people taking over the school have been actively trying to pretend I in no way exist since 2013 when we got tossed by their coup.

———————— Email to Roy Tyson and Steve Cowing—– never answered—–

February 15, 2013

Dear Steve Cowing and Roy Tyson,

I hope this letter finds you well and the pure Kadam dharma flourishing generally in the NKT.   I sent you some email attachments that expressed some concerns I have about Vajrarupini Buddhist Center in San Diego.  I had, as I mentioned in one of the letters, attempted to discuss the matters in question with the RT, Chokyi, for over a year before writing the NKT.  Chokyi does not seem concerned that people teach other transmissions at our Center; after I discussed that Gregg Lane read a Zen book to the Kids class, and that Amy herself was discussing openly in class that we might not have Dorje Shugden as our NKT dharma protector anymore (Kids and Families class) she still has Gregg Lane teach at least day courses/workshops at VBC.  My understanding is that his ‘Sunday School Format’ for the kids class is the one we are currently following, which in addition to being modeled after a Christian Sunday School, is also a place where I am not comfortable sending my child, since she may or may not receive our lineage transmissions there; I don’t wish to confuse my child into thinking that the Kadam transmission include the Tao and other non-Buddhist teachings.

 Having been in two other lineages before coming to this one, I am perfectly happy if children go with their own families to another lineage to receive teachings, if that is what they wish.  The Buddha taught Mahayana Dharma in different transmissions to meet the different karmic needs of different beings.  However, when I come to this Center, I must reiterate that I am looking for the Geshe Kelsang transmissions; I get the impression that Gregg Lane, who teaches and instigates a lot of changes at VBC, and some of his friends, many of whom openly discourage others from doing puja, feel that perhaps we are not an open minded enough group and wish to help us receive other dharmas here.

 While it is good to be open-minded, a really open-minded person, having discerned for themselves what transmission of Buddha’s teachings to follow, should not be prevented from receiving those transmissions.  This Center, which is supposed to be an NKT one, should encourage the NKT transmissions and practices.  I am concerned that Dorje Shugden’s practice is being discouraged by those who ‘don’t like puja.’  I am also concerned that if we allow people to teach, such as Gregg Lane, who openly bring in other transmissions, discourage puja, etc., that we are hindering our progress on the path.  

Chokyi has chosen some people that do not seem to be interested in propagating Shugden; her new EPC had never done Dorje Shugden offerings or been to a Long Protector Puja before becoming EPC.  When posting on the VBC Facebook page, she will not refer to Dorje Shugden as a Buddha, despite my repeated requests.  When I mentioned this to Chokyi, the RT, Chokyi informed me that a lot of people coming to VBC do not even know what a Buddha is, so mentioning that on the Facebook page really wouldn’t help anything.  

I no longer attend the Kid’s and Families class with my daughter; the current class assistant, chosen when Gregg Lane wished to change the format, was in an FP class with me; she is very pro other transmissions than Geshe Kelsang, is a bit dubious about Geshe Kelsang, and volunteered the information that she just didn’t bother with the FP puja requirement.  I also do not quite trust the way that the RT has ignored helping people discover our Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden and seems compliant with allowing random spiritual transmissions.  Her EPC, Stephanie Gaschet, who appears afraid to mention that Dorje Shugden is a full Buddha, will be teaching a new teen class; while having an EPC who does not appear comfortable admitting openly that Dorje Shugden is a Buddha is a problem for the entire community, putting people who are unwilling to propagate Shugden as the teacher for NKT young people is a formula for ending a lineage; they are our next generation of practioners, after all.

I am not sure what is going on here in even the conventional sense, but I really feel that we should encourage our lineage to flourish by helping people of all ages get the correct transmissions.  If the people that are teaching are not committed to our practices, how will they inspire new people to these practices?  I am asking again for better teaching standards so that our lineage will flourish until all beings have attained full Buddhahood.

I am truly sorry this is happening; after writing Gen Jampa and Gen-la, Chokyi asked me in an email to not write anyone else.  Two days ago, I received a phone call from Chokyi; she told me in the call that my daughter, Kristen, who has been attending tsog pujas by video link would not be allowed to come back to puja; Kristen also attended 3 empowerments at VBC by video link, and I received several compliments about how quiet she is during these events.  (I bring quiet activities for her to do so that she can get the blessings and transmissions).  When we took a leave of absence from October to January from attending tsog puja and offerings, 4 out of 7 regular puja attendees specifically asked us to come back.  (We are tsog puja regular attendees numbers 5 and 6 from the group of 7).

I am enclosing a copy of a letter that one tsog attendee wrote on our behalf to Chokyi; please understand that I would never keep my daughter in the video link room if we are noisy; rather we have always gone for a walk outside in the lovely temperate climate of San Diego, or just gone 10 paces from the Center to the bus stop, and headed home.  My daughter requests puja both at home and “at the Buddhas.”  I think, in other words, that people who do not attend puja may be the ones that do not want my daughter in video link outside the gompa, because it seems like perhaps some of them may be laboring under the delusion that Dorje Shugden is a gyalpo (spirit), and out of compassion, wish to protect her.  While it is compassionate of them to be concerned, it is not wisdom, since he is really a Buddha.  Since around the time of Atisha’s departure, I have noted a tendency at VBC of those ambivalent about/not so keen on Shugden to have gotten into teaching and administrative and board of director positions while those of us that want to practice Shugden are being shown the door.  I think an investigation of the board of directors, the EPC, RT, and the changes since Atisha left would benefit those who do potentially like Shugden and those of us who have already noted that we require him for full Buddhahood.

Sincerely

Kelly Inman
————————————————— sent a copy of this to the Ed council reps Steve Cowing and Roy Tyson; Steve Cowing is also the Secretary of the NKT who never wrote me back until 2 years later. When he did, he claims every word I said was a lie.—-

(My note: this letter was sent to Chokyi Resident Teacher in San Diegoon February 13th, 2013 from Lora Driscoll. )

Lora’s Letter:

Dear Chokyi,

I would like to add my support to Kelly’s request that Kristen continue to attend

pujas and empowerments.  In the 4 years Kelly and Kristen have attended VBC

I have never witnessed any disruptions of any kind.  Additionally, I have not heard 

a single complaint from other members of the sangha. 

However, if having Kristen in the gompa is a problem then I strongly encourage you

to allow Kristen to remain in the community room with her mother.  I know that Louise

cared for Kristen at the last OSG. If that is the concern I agree that child care is not an 

obligation of our sangha but I also know that Kelly does not expect child care.  I recall’

though, that you told Kelly that another child had been at an event and there was no 

problem but Kelly pointed out that a baby is different than a 4 year old.  Your sudden

change from encouraging Kelly to have Kristen in the gompa for puja to denying

her attendance is confusing.

I cannot come up with any valid reason to deny Kristen’s attendance at pujas and

empowerments (either in the gompa or the community room) and I sincerely hope 

that she will be permitted to continue her 4 years of attending pujas.

Thank you for any consideration you give to this matter.

Love,

Lora

In all things, may we remember our heart commitment to Dorje Shugden and Je Tsongkhapa

Aug 29 2015

Dear Ven. Geshe-la, Gen-la Khyenrab, Gen Rigpa, and Gen Jampa,

It has been a long time in your school, since Ven. Geshe-la stepped down; we briefly had normalcy when Gen-la Khyenrab was in charge, then Dekyong got put in.

I have been treated very badly, harassed by anti-Shugdens who come to the NKT, and I was kept almost completely in the dark about the ISC protests; I certainly never get to help in any useful way either in the NKT or in the ISC, because Dekyong has so faithfully to her guru (the Dalai Lama) put anti-Shugdens in all over the place.

It is really unreal, and frankly obnoxious, how people act as though I am non-virtuous for simply giving a factual account of what has happened in front of my very eyes about lineage transmissions changing.  People like Gen Atisha, Gen-la Khyenrab, and Gen Dorning have been nothing but obnoxious about how virtuous and perfect they pretend everything Dekyong does, whereas I MUST be non-virtuous for even saying that someone might be reading zen (right in front of us, directly from a zen book) or teaching the wrong teachings by teaching the happy face at the heart meditation— well they say…. You know Dekyong IS Geshe-la.  Person after person has asked me (about what I am writing) and told me that they disagree, and then has never spoken to me again; in Gen-la Khyenrab’s case, he apparently told his EPC not to allow any more messages from me at that address, and then also unfriended and blocked me on Facebook.  My social-media savvy friends inform me that this is the same as saying “F you” to someone (but written all the way out).  So, Gen-la Khyenrab, really, you think that is appropriate behavior from a former GSD?  Really?  To act as though even hearing my voice is non-virtuous?  Honestly, that is simply obnoxious and inappropriate, as you well know.

The real issue is that we have allowed Dekyong to do as she pleases— she can use whatever excuse to get rid of people like Atisha who actually teach the right way, and we aren’t allowed to say anything or know about it ahead of time.  Then she will put bad teacher after bad teacher in, including the 1st (Amy Peng) and the last (Kadam Angie Kane) who are fluff dharma— anti-Shugden pro-DL types.  I saw Angie on a video— she is just like Morten— FPMT.  We are not allowed any dissent; she will not allow people like me, who are honest and who are Shugden to really enter the school because she won’t move her Dalai Lama people out of the path.  So the problem is that I am being accused of being against Dekyong before I even knew the issue was Dekyong; I can’t make the slightest suggestion or I will be thrown out and our people replaced with Dalai Lama ones; So I am welcome to go over and pretend that these are the right transmissions, but please don’t joke with the Dharma.

We are harming beings too, in the NKT, by not being pro-active; we must remove not only Dekyong but also Kunsang, as the latter has in no way helped us remove the former; also most office staff needs to go; just declare it spiritually impure please; my issue is that we are being tossed out by Dalai Lama people while all of you stand by and say, well, Kelly can’t say anything against the current GSD or she is a troll who does not love Geshe-la.  Please.  I love Geshe-la, for his books and for giving good teachings to those of you who can teach— but what Dekyong and those awful teacher trainings she came up with—look—I don’t know Kadam Neil but who is teaching all this drivel that keeps getting taught that is completely unlike anything Geshe Kelsang ever said?  It came from Dekyong to Neil or perhaps Neil has been lying in wait for Geshe-la’s showing passing just like Dekyong.  I cannot understand how we can pretend to the rest of the Shugdens that we don’t have a huge Dalai Lama infestation in our school and in the ISC.

In the name of Karma Shugden do remember your vows,

Kelly Inman

Don’t let the Dalai Lama Take Over the NKT: Replace “Gen-la” Kelsang Dekyong with a Shugden GSD

This starts with the 2nd letter I addressed to both Dekyong and Gen Jampa: back in the fall of 2012 (there are about 4 letters/emails listed together here for reading convenience). Several more followed, 18 over the first 6 months many addressed to  Steve Cowing on the Ed Council: I received no response until approximately 2 years later, and I do not know what he has actually received.  There is an email following this one, showing the financial oddities that look like one of the Dalai Lama side people trying to embezzle from us, though she is posed as an NKT nun.  She is not the only one.  (The others are also not really NKT— I have a lot of evidence to support that— but I suppose a lot of people don’t know since Steve Cowing can’t read or respond to email for 2 years. (though I did cc and bcc Steve— get real).  So I understand we are in the middle of a huge Dalai Lama- induced Sangha-split.  May this post benefit all living beings and may you know I do this with Dorje Shugden’s full blessings. Om vajra wiki witrana soha.  May the cards fall where they may. Best, Kelly Inman

November 5, 2012

Dear Gen Jampa,
I hope this letter finds you well; I wrote to you and Gen-la in October with some concerns about the purity of the Kadam dharma in San Diego. I have, after looking up the internal rules of the NKT, some further information that might bear the former discussion. I used to attend the Kids and Families class while Atisha was RT and then while Amy Peng was RT, and I noticed that in addition to non-Kadampa books being read to the children, the content of our mediations changed after Atisha left; while Atisha gave kid-appropriate teachings based on Geshe Kelsang’s transmissions, Amy and her teachers taught the meditations from traditions that weren’t even in some cases Buddhist. I recently looked up the internal rules of the NKT, and my understanding is that the teachings are to be based on Geshe-la’s works. The version I’m reading says the following:
15§1. The Education Programme of all NKT-IKBU Dharma Centres shall consist only of the three New Kadampa Tradition Study Programmes: the General Programme, Foundation Programme, and Teacher Training Programme.
15§2. These programmes form the very core of the NKT-IKBU, and are what distinguishes the New Kadampa Tradition from other traditions.
15§3. The General Programme (GP) The purpose of the General Programme shall be to introduce basic Buddhist view, meditation, and action, and various other teachings and practices, all within the Mahayana Buddhist tradition of Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa, that help the practitioner deepen his or her knowledge and experience of Buddhism. The Programme shall be based on the commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

15§7. None of the subjects in any of the three Study Programmes may be changed.
Unless these internal rules have changed, then perhaps we should understand that the Kids and Families class, being GP, should also be based on Geshe Kelsang’s works. Amy and some of the other teachers she appointed to teach this class taught a ‘happy face at the heart meditation.” I was not clear how this related at the time to Geshe Kelsang’s works, but thought perhaps it was some new standard we were following. While I could not find this in Geshe Kelsang’s books, I could find “happy face meditation” on the internet site http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au; the meditation is similar to the one that Amy and the other teacher taught, and is included at the end of this letter.
In another session of the children’s class, Amy taught that we might not have Dorje Shugden as our dharma protector forever in the NKT. While she did not explain what she meant by that, I noticed that a lot of the teachers she appointed to our classes during that time, which continue as teachers and substitute teachers under Choyki, did not practice Dorje Shugden puja, by their own admission. I think perhaps it would be good to look into the backgrounds of any GP class teachers, assistant teachers, and substitute teachers that were appointed during Amy’s tenure or subsequent to it, as many of them do not seem to follow Geshe Kelsang’s books or have a history of practicing Shugden.
I have attempted to discuss these matters with Choyki for approximately a year, but she has informed me that I am causing disharmony and she has asked me not to write you or other NKT lamas; I am currently taking a leave of absence from volunteer and other dharma activities at VBC because I feel very strongly that pure Kadam dharma has been missing at VBC for over a year. I wish for myself, my daughter, and other practitioners to receive Geshe Kelsang’s dharma; we cannot receive this there at this time, so we are currently practicing at home. (My three year old likes making mandalas and listening to Heart Jewel.) We hope to see you at the California Dharma Celebration, which I hope will still have a Dorje Shugden empowerment; it has been cancelled or moved from San Diego twice in the last two years.
Thank you for your time in reading this. It is my sincere wish that we can restore the pure Kadam dharma in San Diego for the sake of all living beings.
Sincerely,
Kelly Inman

———————— Financial Oddities—————————

Retroactive stipends and interest on her “loan” to the NKT by former AD Deshe, who does not act like a Shugden Buddhist (I think she is a mole from  the Dalai Lama’s side of things—)

This was the email that was accidentally forwarded to me last October, by a Sangha member, who along with many others, does not appear allowed to talk to me; it appears at KMC San Diego, all financial and spiritual decisions are made by a select oligarchy; XXXX, who is asking for a retroactive stipend, refused to allow me to pay less than 85 dollars a month (full price) for FP from the day I moved from the homeless shelter in spring 2010 until she stepped down in spring 2011, except for one month when she granted an exception. She would not respond to my emails regarding offers to volunteer, she did very little work for us, but wanted a retroactive stipend, after telling us that VBC (now KMC San Diego) got her for free.

As mentioned in previous letters to the educational council/financial council, XXXX would tell me we were in danger of the NKT closing the Center if I didn’t pay her full price. Since I had wanted lojong teachings since 2001, and since this was my first opportunity to study lojong in depth, I paid her, though I did ask at least 3 times, with a few months interval for a reduction in price. I could not believe my good fortune in receiving such systematic teachings from someone of Gen Atisha’s quality of instruction; I did not want to drop out of the class, which seems, as often happens at KMC San Diego, to be the only option for Shugden people who can’t pay.
My understanding is that XXXX was one of the founding members of the community, and put a loan out against the mortgage on her house; the building that KMC San Diego is in, was negotiated at a very high mortgage, and we have all been run into the ground paying it back. Some of the people who are responsible for taking out the mortgage and finding the building are the same ones that talked against Geshe Kelsang, the Dorje Shugden practice or switched our transmissions to zen in the classroom right after they got Atisha to leave.
I do not know much about the finances, as the finances are kept from the community at large. My understanding is that the books are closed; we are not to know what happens with the books or have any say in the decision process; only a select few can find out what is going on. I do understand that some people took loans out against retirements and homes, to start VBC. I am not sure who those people were, but I also understand that after they took these out, at a high mortgage and with a high interest rate, that the KMC San Diego community is supposed to pay them back. Since some of these same people are also talking against our transmissions and trying to switch us to zen Rime and tao, then I think it is worthwhile to look thoroughly at the books, who received scholarships vs who did not, ect.; not to mention what happened to our scholarship funds etc. I am going to attach two documents that detail the financial issues as happened to me; since no normal Sangha can have any idea what is going on financially or in any running of the Center, I can really only comment on what little I know. Thanks. Please find email below, accidentally sent to me, apparently, when my friend was on medication for back pain. I am sending this, though I do fear retribution from my local community, since they don’t seem allowed to communicate about anything financial. I do not wish to get XXXX in trouble, since this was accidentally sent, but I think we need transparency in what we are doing; XXXX even asking for a retroactive stipend after how horribly she treated people at our Center is quite over the top to me.
Attached are two documents concerning Financial issues, VBC in crisis, which details what appears to be the beginning of the spiritual take-over of VBC by anti-Shugden people, and Chokyi’s (the RT) order to me not to write anyone but her regarding these matters.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Deshe
Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Subject: Fw: update
They should be authorized because there is a board action saying VBC is going to give me the stipend.

Was this from the current board or the board at the time of the financial situation? I am shocked that XXXX
has a problem with this.

BTW, I am fighting to regain my confidence and final nail in the faith in Buddhism. This may end up putting the f

Hi XXXX,

We met and now I am waiting…. somehow I am not surprised.

I was asked about some kind of thing where ordained waive their stipend if they don’t take it. I explained that I could have taken it but was concerned re cash flow…. should I just have taken it? I suspect the Board will want to pay it to me but there will be some resistance – at least with XXXX. But I did explain to her (but refused to tell the Board) that the stipend was to offset my direct costs of being the AD. I was clear with the Board that there were reasons and I have certain views about things… but I would not disclose them because that is not why the payments should be authorized. They should be authorized because there is a board action saying VBC is going to give me the stipend.

The interest is pretty convoluted by now lol. So they need to find a folder that has the paid note in it and see what notations XXXX left behind at the time.

I have asked for swift action and that the monthly payment be enough to make a difference in my life.

So we shall see.

Love,
XXXX

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM, XXXX wrote:

Good luck!!! Let me know the outcome OK?
From:
To: XXXX
Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 4:31 PM
Subject: update

Hi XXXX,

Well I finally heard from them. I asked for 2 options so they sent me one 🙂

Seems they plan to discuss both topics. So much for my preference to take care of the interest and then address the stipend.

I guess I will be meeting with the board on Friday at 6pm. Think good thoughts.

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———- Forwarded message ———-
From: NKT Office <info@kadampa.org>
Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 5:55 AM
Subject: Letter from NKT Education Council

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To Kelly Inman

So far you have written for over 2 years to Gen Jampa, Gen Rigpa, Gen-la Khyenrab, myself and many other people criticising the NKT’s GSD Gen-la Dekyong, without saying one single truthful word. Your letters are filled with your own hallucinations. The NKT has over 1000 Dharma Centres throughout the world and all the people of these Dharma Centres are our witnesses to prove that Gen-la Dekyong is a pure Dharma practitioner especially a sincere Dorje Shugden practitioner. She is the most qualified Dharma Teacher of both sutra and tantra. Her good heart, teachings and her way of showing a good example are unequaled. All NKT people understand this. We can say the same for Gen-la Kunsang. The reason why we did not previously reply to your letters is that we believe from your way writing you appear to have a mental problem so we didn’t want to cause you more suffering.

However now I would like to suggest that you must please stop writing letters like this in the future. We have the collection of all your previous emails. So now you have a choice either please stop writing these kinds of letters or we will pass your previous emails with your information to the police.

Kind regards
Steve Cowing
NKT Education Council Secretary

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Shugden is a Buddha— I sent Steve a copy of this one— if not a word I say is true, then he must be denying that Shugden is a Buddha.  Which means he is most likely Dalai Lama as well.

Dear Gen Jampa, January 14, 2013
I have written you a few emails concerning the purity of the Kadam Dharma at Vajrarupini Buddhist Center in San Diego, CA. I recently wrote you a third email in which I suggested that we could explicitly mention that Dorje Shugden is a Buddha on the CADC website. I am very concerned that the publicity being distributed from Vajrarupini Buddhist Center, San Diego, for the CADC also does not mention explicitly that Dorje Shugden is a Buddha.
The publicity does mention that Dorje Shugden is a Wisdom Protector, but as I mentioned in my previous email, I am not sure that it is evident to those new to Buddhism that a Wisdom Protector is a Buddha. Moreover, when I contrast this publicity with that of the US National Festival from last summer, which also had a Dorje Shugden empowerment, I see that Dorje Shugden is referred to both as a Wisdom Protector and as Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. The CADC publicity from 2 years prior, which was Avalokiteshvara, refers to Avalokiteshvara as a Buddha; the publicity from Rigpa’s Maitreya empowerment (at VBC) refers to Maitreya as a Buddha; the one from Rigpa’s most recent Je Tsongkapa empowerment at KMC LA refers to Je Tsongkapa as a wisdom Buddha; the one from last year’s Medicine Buddha empowerment (CADC) is obvious I think, from the Medicine Buddha’s actual name. If we refer to all the other Buddhas as Buddhas, why should we not honor Dorje Shugden in the same way? Not only is he a Buddha, but since he is specific to our lineage and not as perhaps commonly known as Avalokiteshvara or Je Tsongkapa, would it not help beings if we were clear on this point?
Furthermore, the publicity from VBC might leave some question as to whether we were a Buddhist organization or a church or cult that just likes Buddhism; for instance, though you are mentioned as the National Spiritual Director, and also as the resident teacher of KMC Texas, there is nowhere on the publicity that explains what ‘NKT’ stands for or what “KMC” stands for. While Geshe Kelsang is referred to as ‘our founder’ it might not be clear that he founded a large legitimate Buddhist organization; indeed it was not even clear to me that a newcomer might understand that we are Buddhists.
I feel it is always good to be clear on the fact that the New Kadampa Tradition is a legitimate Buddhist organization; in California in particular, we get all kinds of spiritual Centers; I have friends for example, that go to a Universalist Church in the same part of town as VBC, and claim that half their congregation considers themselves Buddhist. While I don’t suspect that there is anything at all wrong with that, I would like to make it clear to people that we are an actual Buddhist organization, with lineage teachings that go back to Buddha Shakyamuni, and to Je Tsongkapa, via the Kadam emanation scripture. Maybe we could write a specific phrase on our publicity that would generally help new people to that point, and perhaps you could bring it up in discussion with the EPCs NKT-wide at the next big international festival?
My heartfelt request is that we could rewrite our publicity for this year’s CADC; I feel that the current edition may confuse beings. Please at least consider including the information that Dorje Shugden is a Buddha; beings are easily confused and feel it would benefit all living beings to allow people to rely on our particular Dharma Protector. I sincerely pray we will proceed with the Dorje Shugden empowerment at this year’s CADC; I just want to change the confusing publicity; not the dates or the fact that it is a Dorje Shugden empowerment that we are receiving.
May Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden continue to protect our lineage for countless aeons,
Kelly Inman

———————VBC in Crisis: How Non-Shugdens replaced Shugdens at the San Diego Temple—————————————————————————-

Dear Gen-la Dekyong and Educational Council, March 27, 2013

I hope this letter finds you in good health and the Kadam dharma, protected by Dorje Shugden, flourishing generally throughout the NKT.  I am writing you, on behalf of all living beings, to explain the general dharma circumstances of newer people at Vajrarupini Buddhist Center, San Diego, in hope that you may make the appropriate changes that will allow the Kadam dharma to flourish in San Diego and throughout the world.  I am beginning with a little history of how my daughter and I came to this dharma, how wonderful and meaningful to behold it was to study with Gen Atisha, and the subsequent issues I have faced, as a newer person with no HYT vows, with people openly discussing the Dalai Lama, discouraging Shugden practice, and also having many odd choices for teachers and coordinators in VBC, all since Atisha’s departure.  My inclusion of the history at the beginning is simply to help you understand from what perspective I am viewing things, and why it might seem to newer people like me, that the NKT might well be attempting to retire Dorje Shugden as the Dharma Protector.

I came to Vajrarupini Buddhist Center in late spring of 2009, when my daughter was four and ½ months old, hoping to find her spiritual lineage; I had been a Kagyu and Nyingma for the previous 9 years; neither the side of the Kagyus I was with or the subset of the Nyingmas I practiced with, seemed anti-Shugden in any way; the Nyingmas I was with actually were Penor Rinpoche’s Nyingmas, and if you recall, Penor Rinpoche allowed recently expelled Shugden monks into his monastery to get supplies after the 2008 ban on Shugden practice.  I had had a dream which indicated to me that my daughter was not a Kagyu and another dream where Guru Rinpoche told me “take the baby to a Buddhist temple.”  I asked him if the New Kadampas would be okay, having seen the website for VBC on the internet in the waking state.  At that point (in the dreaming state) Buddha Avalokiteshvara replied “the New Kadampas will be just fine.”

We came there the day after a Je Tsongkapa empowerment; my daughter was small and we were living in a homeless shelter, so I did not have funds to pay the 65 dollars at the door for the empowerment; nor did I think it wise to try to bring a breastfeeding infant to an empowerment as I was afraid she would start making noises.  I immediately felt a deep trust for Gen Atisha, and mentioned to him, after prayers for world peace, that I was hoping to get the baby blessed at a Buddhist temple.  Kristen, my daughter, was blessed a few weeks later.  The first or second time we came, and we only came to imprint, as I felt she was too young and baby-noisy for anything else, I asked Atisha who the Buddha on the wall was, indicating with my hand at Dorje Shugden; when he told me it was Dorje Shugden I immediately replied for him not to worry, I already knew about the stuff with Dorje Shugden (meaning that the Dalai Lama had banned the practice).  We soon started to come to puja, and then also started to come to the Kids and Families class.  A few months after that, I joined the FP which was studying Meaningful to Behold.  We were still in a homeless shelter, and came by video link for awhile, but when my daughter started walking, I felt her toddling around was disturbing people in the gompa, so I switched to correspondence, having no access to childcare on Sundays, the day of the class. Completing the FP by correspondence proved too difficult, due to the sound often not working on the recordings and also being in one room at a homeless shelter room with an infant.  We were still able to attend puja regularly, and sometimes attended Kids and Families.

When we moved into a studio a year or so later, a new FP started on Eight Steps, which I joined; we had a small class of about 8 people.  A few months into the class, Atisha and (Name Deleted), who was our EPC at the time, had a meeting in the community room where they explained about the Shugden ban, and the 2008 protests.  One of the members of the class, who hasn’t been back to VBC in awhile, and whose name was (Name Deleted), said “Okay guys! Let’s use this Shugden practice to hurt people! Isn’t that what it’s for?”  I told him that I knew he must be joking, but really it’s very important to have a really good motivation when doing the Shugden or any other Buddhist practice.  During this meeting, Atisha gave a little history and mentioned the book A Great Deception.  When the subject of the 16th Karmapa came up, he mentioned to the class that my (the author of this paper) first lama had been the 17th Karmapa.

A woman from the class, whose name was (Name Deleted), and who seemed to want to befriend me, drove me home that night, and started asking me if I had known all that stuff about the Dalai Lama.  I replied that I knew that there was a ban, but had been homeless at the time of the WSS Protests so hadn’t realized that there had been protests.  (Name Deleted) asked me if I’d read anything by the Dalai Lama, to which I replied yes, years ago and had even been to one of his teachings in New Delhi in 2001.  She mentioned that she had read some Dalai Lama books and was very positive about them; she also seemed to want to talk about the ban and whether we should be doing this practice if the Dalai Lama didn’t like it.  I had great sympathy for how she might feel and said so; I explained that when I first became Buddhist I was up against the fact that the Dalai Lama did not recognize the Karmapa whose school I was in; I explained it was very hard to make sense of that for a new person, and that she should examine the teachings and decide for herself; I also explained that I wasn’t going to go through talking about all of this stuff again; I had already made peace with the idea that the Dalai Lama didn’t know a Karmapa when he saw one, so how would he know a Dharma Protector? Again, I told her to decide for herself.

This woman, (Name Deleted), seemed to want to be friends, and also had a daughter my child’s age; we got together a handful of times, but (Name Deleted) kept discouraging me from going to VBC; when I suggested we swap babysitting so I could get in some volunteer or meditation time at VBC and she could either do likewise or run errands, (Name Deleted) kept encouraging me to “go anywhere but VBC.  Get some air.  Go to a park, a coffee shop.”  I told her I went to parks and coffee shops all the time, but that I really love sitting in the gompa and meditating, which is obviously problematic with a two year old.  While (Name Deleted) and I did exchange babysitting a few times, I noticed that she generally cancelled, and I gave up on that working.  During the few times we talked, (Name Deleted)was very dubious about Geshe Kelsang and very pro other lineages.  She also mentioned that she had never once attempted to come to puja, despite our having a puja requirement for most of the time we studied FP with Atisha. (Name Deleted) had been to 2 or 3 sessions of the Kid’s and Families class between the time Atisha taught and Amy taught; at one point she brought a 6 year old niece who informed my child and (Name Deleted) child, both age 2, that ‘not all the Buddhas in the bookstore are really Buddhas.”  At the time, I really had no idea what the little girl meant, though now I suspect that her aunt might have been trying to protect her from our Dharma Protector.

After Atisha left, things at VBC took an odd turn, I’m afraid, and for the worse.  We did have the excellent opportunity to receive teachings from Gen Rigpa, whom I’d had a few empowerments with already.  However, as mentioned in previous letters, Amy Peng had some rather unusual choices for teachers; (Name Deleted), who had not been to any Shugden puja and who had also been encouraging me personally not to go to VBC, suddenly started teaching a lunchtime meditation course.  (Name Deleted) also started attending a minimal amount of Heart Jewel at that time.  At the same time, Gregg Lane immediately told me he wanted to change the format of the Kid’s class to be “more like Sunday school.”  I protested that a lot of people are turned off by Sunday School; Gregg assured me that he intended to continue with ‘only Geshe Kelsang books’ but then immediately read a zen book to the Kid’s and Families class when he took the podium.  In a previous email I mentioned the ‘happy face at the heart meditation’ that Amy Peng and another teacher, whose name is (Name Deleted) taught.  (Name Deleted), who is a very sweet human being whom I greatly like, often talks about how she dislikes puja and cannot really make herself believe in past lives.  Gregg, after having obviously changed his mind rapidly about staying with the Geshe Kelsang books in the Kid’s class, also openly spoke during Amy and Chokyi’s tenure about how he is finding much more peace now that he does a sitting meditation for 30 minutes every morning to calm his mind.  He waives his hand and rolls his eyes if puja is mentioned.  During the summer that Amy was teaching the Kid’s class, as mentioned previously, Amy said that Dorje Shugden might not always be the Dharma Protector in the NKT.  I found that upsetting, but I didn’t know how to convince the NKT to stay with the practice.

From the transition from Atisha to Amy to Chokyi I have also noticed a lot more people openly bringing up the Dalai Lama in class; Amy’s discussion about Dorje Shugden’s presumed (incorrectly in my case) retirement was in response to a question posed by a woman named (name deleted) and her husband about whether Shugden people were violent; I can’t remember everything they said, but I know the Dalai Lama’s name came up.  (Name deleted), one of the Kid’s teachers, seemed surprised that I didn’t really like the Dalai Lama; I assured her my differences with him stemmed originally from his poor choice of meddling in the Karmapa recognition and choosing the Chinese boy to boot.  (Name Deleted), having been at least a part-time Geshe-la student for a number of years, invited me to her house and showed me a book by Pema Chodron that she said she preferred to Meaningful to Behold for Shantideva’s commentary.  She was surprised that I had read this book a few years before coming to the NKT, and also seemed surprised that I found the Geshe-la one more in depth and appropriate for my level of study.  Later, she and I and her partner had dinner in a café, and she invited me to go to the Thich Nhat Hanh temple; I remember I said yes (meaning I’d be happy to visit and see what their Buddhas look like) but we never got around to it.  VBC remains the only Buddhist temple in San Diego I or my daughter has ever attended.  I had one more invite to “leave VBC, and never come back here. Come to another Buddhist temple with me that has no doctrine” from a woman named (Name Deleted), a previous VBC resident who drove me to Atisha’s farewell party.

After Chokyi arrived, as mentioned in other emails, we had a continuum of some of these same people, picked under ‘farewell to Shugden’ Amy Peng, for teaching classes.  Gregg Lane, who did not keep to the heart commitment (and also lied to me) by switching from Geshe Kelsang’s books to one from a Zen teacher, continued to teach half day workshops.  (Name Deleted), the woman who was very pro Dalai Lama and hadn’t attended Shugden puja before starting to teach when Amy arrived, was selected as the Kids’ class assistant.  Oddly, neither Gregg and his kids nor she and her kid had a regular attendance history at the Kid’s class; my daughter and I had started attending almost weekly during the 6 months Amy was there, but I only saw Gregg when he taught.  (Name Deleted) is similar, in having attended about 2 or 3 times, when the class was weekly, but immediately, upon the commencement of the class under Chokyi, moving in to be the assistant who sometimes teaches the class in the absence of the teacher.  It does seem odd for people who discourage our practices and talk to people against our lineage to want to teach in it.

Concerning issues that new people may face, here are also problems of in the GP  classes; during GP discussion sometimes the conversation is rerouted to something the Dalai Lama taught, or the Dalai Lama is mentioned by name, by some of these new people that we suddenly have.  I present this information to you to let you know what conditions people are experiencing, and also to bring the following point to your attention.  Gen-la, I have never been to one of your teachings or empowerments, and I do not know you except by reputation; you and other powers that be, took a 100 percent perfect qualified Kadampa teacher away from VBC (Gen Atisha), and gave us Amy Peng, who despite being a nice person, did not seem to have any intention of keeping the NKT tradition alive; we’ll teach tao, we’ll find a new dharma protector.  Then you sent us Chokyi, who while sweet when I don’t write the lineage or mention that I am being bombarded by Dalai Lama people (those two things she has ordered me not to do), is allowing these same anti-Shugden- pro- Dalai Lama –or- anything- as- long -as -it’s- not- Geshe- Kelsang-or Dorje Shugden- people to teach.  Her new EPC and Gregg Lane seem to be friends; as with many of his other comrades, he shakes his head slightly at her to get her to change subjects when she is talking, I presume so she doesn’t say the wrong thing.

I need you to understand that I was starting to seriously wonder whether you, Gen-la, liked Dorje Shugden or whether you were going to switch us off to someone else as soon as Geshe-la changes bodies.  It is understandable that I or other newer people might wonder that, as you, and perhaps the educational council,  have sent us two resident teachers in a row that are appointing people that not only do not keep our heart commitments, but also act directly against Dorje Shugden and his heart commitment.  While I understand that some of the evidence I am presenting here happened in a car or some other location where we have no witnesses, some of it has been happening even from the podium.  As I told Chokyi long ago, we generally look for positive evidence that people have a commitment to our lineage and have the qualities of a dharma instructor before they teach, rather than assuming that they must have the proper commitments and qualities by virtue of having walked through our door.

After having the Dorje Shugden empowerment from Gen Jampa, in which he explained how to keep the heart commitment, and having realized from taking it with him that you seem also to hold it, I am no longer as worried that you wanted to change our lineage at VBC.  With that in mind, I will ask again, for the sake of all living beings, that we could please examine the history of these teachers that have been appointed since Amy Peng; some of the board of directors sneers at our pujas as well, and 2 out of 3 current managers have little to no history of tsog puja attendance at VBC.  I really think it would be wise to investigate the changes, as mentioned in other letters, since Atisha left.

Please, for the sake of all living beings, to insure that qualified teachers transmit Je Tsongkapa’s instructions purely, and also so that we can assure the people teaching are actually with our lineage and wish to remain with it, may we please increase our teaching standards in the NKT.  Concerning the Special Teacher Training Program, while the 6 months intensive course sounds beneficial, I do not think two years practicing is long enough for a resident teacher prior to the course.  I will also tell you that two years is not hard to fake, if the person thinks we are degenerate spirit worshippers.  We also need better teachers across the board, so that we don’t easily allow undue influence by outside lineages; if they all have to study and practice longer to teach, there will be less of them that would have the time or opportunity to interfere with our lineage.

I thank you sincerely for your time; I hope you will discuss teaching standards with Geshe-la and improve them so that we may maintain the purity of our lineage.  If we ever have the merit in San Diego, please send Atisha back our way to teach.  I offer mandalas and do Vajrasattva for to gain merit and remove obstacles for Shugden people and all sentient beings.

Sincerely,

Kelly Inman

This one is called Breaking the Internal Rules: Removing the NKT’s GSD

May 1, 2014

Dear Gen-la Khyenrab, Gen Jampa, Gen Rigpa, and Roy Tyson,

I have written extensively in the past year and a half, regarding spiritual impurities in the NKT; I have often been told, by Kelsang Chokyi, and others, that I am not to see the impurities of others; my voice has been silenced, and I have been removed from my Sangha, for saying anything against the zen and Dalai Lama teachings that we were taught in our Center, by one of Gen-la’s appointees. Having given this information to the GSD, there has been no improvement; indeed her teachings at the U.S. festival seem to indicate we are not to criticize anything she does.
Given that the appointment, for example, of Amy Peng was under the jurisdiction of Gen-la Dekyong, I would say that Gen-la Dekyong does not give the appearance of having the best interest for the NKT’s teachings, as brought to the west by Geshe-la, at heart. She took away the pure voice of Tsongkapa (in the form of Gen Atisha), replaced it with someone who allowed zen, and also then put in a yes-person, in the form of Kelsang Chokyi, who has left the Dalai Lama and zen people in positions of power. There has been no improvement, despite my writing, on this tradition’s acknowledgement that people like Gen Choma, who disregard Shugden, should be asked to leave. Instead, we are told by Gen-la Dekyong not to criticize others at the U.S. Festival, and only to watch our minds; she indicates, in a false teaching, that this is the ONLY thing we can do; she implies that speaking against others is not allowed by Buddha. This is clearly not the case, as Buddha himself told people to stop bad behaviors; if he never told them that certain behaviors were best avoided, then how would he have taught us?
Furthermore, under Gen-la Dekyong we had the 6 month teacher training program which has allowed many inexperienced and frankly most likely unqualified teachers to be put in power; according to Gen-la, though the Buddha also taught that teachers must be qualified, if someone is teaching, then of course, if we say anything, then we are critiquing others, so anyone she puts in would have immunity. For me, this is a misuse of dharma, and also breaks our internal rules, as it allows a dictatorship of Gen-la Dekyong’s decisions and also shows a bad example. Showing a bad example by deliberately misteaching dharma is an example of breaking the first rule below; according to me Gen-la Dekyong is giving the appearance of at least breaking the first and 4th rules; therefore, we should show some interest in asking her to step down. Basically, Gen-la Dekyong’s refusal to do anything about the zen, Dalai Lama, etc., teachers and give misuseof dharma teachings, saying we are never allowed to criticize others, has lead to a dictatorship, and also a lack of Dorje Shugden’s pure dharmas being spread. I understand Gen-la is to give the empowerment of Dorje Shugden; however, she does not have the appearance of the heart commitment; she can say anything she wants with her mouth, but if she isn’t upholding the teachings in action then I would say she cannot in reality give the empowerment. After writing Gen-la Dekyong and the NKT, I have been so silenced in my community that I cannot speak to anyone regarding anything; everyone has told me I am non-virtuous for saying anything, which is the sort of teaching that Gen-la gives; Gen-la has a nice dictatorship going for the next 4 to 5 years unless we can either persuade her to step down or remove her, on the basis of allowing the Kadam Dharma to degenerate; I have written extensively on these matters, yet Gen-la’s speech seems determined to disallow dissent; don’t talk about others or criticize others, when mis-applied means that we cannot say anything against Gen-la’s decisions. Please, for the sake of all living beings, will you begin the process of removal of Gen-la Dekyong; if she will not agree to immediately step down, then please ask the committee or council in charge of her removal to please remove her as quickly as possible.
My argument is that Gen-la Dekyong is guilty of the fourth point, due to placement of non-Shugden teachers in our tradition and allowing Dalai Lama/zen teachings to go unchecked in California and New York. Therefore, she causes the NKT-IKBU to degenerate (such as by allowing teachers who follow other spiritual traditions). Even if she does not speak about the other traditions herself, if she accepts and appoints teachers who do not follow our tradition, then she is guilty of not following our tradtion, as she is the head of it. Gen-la Dekyong allows the other traditions to remain and replaces, with no discernible valid cause, perfect teachers such as Gen Atisha with people who do not follow Shugden and who teach zen, among other issues. Please see the several documents I have written on these topics, and please, for the sake of all living beings, may we get a valid and qualified Shugden GSD.
Please, I also request that we can revoke most or all teaching positions that Dekyong assigned during her tenure, as regarding the 6 month teacher training it takes not much information about qualified guides to see the need to have more than an alleged 2 year interest to spread the holy Kadampa teachings. I request that you talk to Geshe-la and get his help if you need it; I see this is a teaching on how to properly remove a GSD. If we do not remove her, then we will have no way to properly teach the dharma, we will have more qualified guides replaced, and we will have too many people in positions of power in the NKT when Geshe-la shows passing. Please, for the sake of all living beings, remove Gen-la Dekyong from her position, and due to her breaking the internal rules, do not allow her to teach again in the NKT. For the sake of all living beings, I ask you, please give us Shugden GSDs and NSDs (please avoid Morten as well for NSD selection). Thank you.

Gen-la Dekyong breaks at least points one and four below; I would actually argue that if she does not work for Shugden when we are under ban in a more pro-active way, that she breaks all four of them, which does appear to be the case.

7§1. If a GSD:
• sets a bad example, such as by breaking his or her ordination vows; or
• intentionally breaks these Internal Rules; or
• shows no interest in working for the development of the NKT-IKBU; or
• causes the NKT-IKBU to degenerate (such as by following other spiritual traditions),
then the two elected Directors and four main executive officers of the Charity may by majority agreement recommend to the Members of the Charity that the GSD be removed. The Members shall then have the authority to remove the GSD by majority vote.

Best regards,

If we can get rid of Gen-la Samden for sexual misconduct, then why not Dekyong for putting in teachers from other schools?

Dear Venerable Geshe-la, Gen Rigpa, and Gen Jampa,

I am aware in the history of the NKT, that we had to once let a DSD go, as he was engaging in sexual misconduct with his students, I believe?  Now, if he is DSD, then why was he not endorsed for engaging in sex with his students?  We assume, apparently, with Dekyong and Kunsang, that they are Geshe-la himself so if I mention that they are changing us to zen, and putting in the people who downplay Shugden then that must be what Geshe-la himself would do.  So, following the logic that the DSD or GSD is a full Buddha, then we would have also concluded that DSD Samden was right to sleep with his students; no matter what a Buddha does, it is perfect, so why bother reprimanding him, if he does what “appears” to be sexual misconduct?  Well, to be honest, I don’t know all the arguments in Buddhism, but I do understand we should go with meaning not with just words; so if we feel that maybe we are being taken advantage of in sexual misconduct, then of course, logic dictates we say so; the meaning of Buddhism is to help all living beings get to Buddhahood by becoming a Buddha first ourselves, and then working to help all living beings until they become Buddhas; if someone is having us do something that doesn’t make sense to the goals of Buddhahood, then we don’t need to worry that Geshe-la loved this guy, and put him in charge, so he can do whatever he wants, because he has Geshe-la’s approval so he is fine, right? My understanding is, Geshe-la didn’t put up with the sexual misconduct (done in the name of tantra?) but rather had the DSD step down and out of robes.  However, Geshe-la says he is retired, and we have elected a GSD/DSD combo that Geshe-la says is WONDERFUL I’m told.  Okay, bear with me, but I see Ven. Geshe-la as Je Tsonghkhapa, and think he knows ahead how these people will act.  He is giving us a teaching, on what to do if someone turns out not to be so wonderful, even if you thought Geshe-la or whomever really trusts them.  Probably with Samden, it was just Geshe-la emanating so we could see what not to do by Samden’s behavior and what to do, by Geshe-la’s behavior of letting him go.

With the GSD/DSD, it seems that some of the lineage issues would have been handled more appropriately with dialogue; instead, I have a rude email from Choyki demanding my silence; she also yelled at others not to talk to me and me as well. The email alone should have been addressed, but instead, we have just silence, and the DSD letting Chokyi do as she likes; at the same time we have zen teachers and very insincere (probably FPMT) people all over California—except Rigpa and maybe Chokyi, who is probably just following Dekyong’s lead on throwing out all the Shugdens and keeping the DL people around.

So my question to Gen Jampa and Gen Rigpa is, why have we not gotten rid of Dekyong (and from lack of her doing anything about Dekyong, make a clean sweep and get rid of Kunsang too), the way we did Samden? Both were Geshe-la’s “right hand guys” or whatever, and Samden did sexual misconduct and Gen-la Dekyong is clearly breaking the heart commitment, thus is breaking the internal rules by causing the NKT to follow other spiritual traditions, and by trying to replace our good people with anti-Shugdens.  So please remove the GSD/DSD combo the way you did Samden and please give us Shugden heart commitment qualified teachers in charge.

I am writing this, ,having tried several times in the case of the first email address, trying to contact the ISC (to no avail) via their demo and info emails addresses about participating in the demos which I assume will be in Irvine and Anaheim, as that is where the DL is supposed to be.  I would like to remind everyone that Gen-la Dekyong, never responded to anything I said, and since they are saying that she is the untouchably perfect spiritual guide, then I am considered a bad friend for speaking against the ah, “guru” so I am cut off from anyone who would help me in San Diego to get there or find out.  (A few DL people do talk to me from time to time like at CADC, but I am not really playing along at this point).

It would be helpful to get the NKT purified of the Dalai Lama’s sectarian authoritarian influence, (only whatever sect he comes up with is Buddhism? ) Please, remove Dekyong and her crew of FPMT style anti-Shugden teachers.

I am begging you to restore our school heart committment,

Kelly Inman

Letter to Dept of State: The Shugden Ban, the Karmapa Controversy and why you should not Listen only to Robert Thurman

July 19, 2015

Human Rights Violations in Tibetan Exile and Buddhist communities:

The Shugden Ban, the Karmapa Controversy, and the targeting of Shugden Buddhists: why you should not Listen Only to Robert Thurman

To the U.S. State Dept.:

I am writing on behalf of all living beings, to ask you today to please allow the press to give voice to Shugden practitioners and our request for religious freedom.  Concerning Tibetan/other Buddhism, I would also sincerely request that you could please get your information from better sources than Robert Thurman and people who Robert Thurman appointed.  Indeed, there is more than one school of Buddhism, and you have been, and the world continues to be, lied to by both the Dalai Lama and his followers, most notably among the latter: Columbia University’s Robert Thurman.  I happen to be quite certain that Robert Thurman and the Dalai Lama are lying on at least 2 big issues, having studied Buddhism in India and Nepal in 2001, and having practiced Buddhism in the Kagyu and Nyingma Schools from 2000-2009; in 2009 I began studying in the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) of Buddhism in the U.S.. These two issues are the ban on a Buddha and Dharma Protector named Dorje Shugden[1] and the legitimate recognition of the Karmapa[2].  I assure you that Thurman lies to you in order to preserve the Dalai Lama’s image/funding to you and the rest of the world.  While I understand that you would like to make the Dalai Lama look good in order to help point out how bad China is, in reality, China is a good advertisement for how bad it is all by itself.  For example, look at the way that China lied to Hong Kong regarding allowing them to be democratic, the little freedom the press has, etc.. Since we Americans live in a democracy, we need to uphold our democratic principles, including separation of religion and state, and freedom of speech and the press.  I ask you please to ensure that we (Shugden Buddhists) are not censored by any organization that receives U.S. funding, including the International Campaign for Tibet, Tibet House, Robert Thurman and other Dalai Lama affiliated organizations.  At the end of the document, I will propose a solution that should be a winning one on all sides.

As a Shugden Buddhist, I have noticed how hard it is to get the attention of the press; certain outlets are cut completely off, like Huffington Post Religion, which Thurman seems to rule.[3]  I understand that part of a CIA/State Dept. program is to keep the idea of a Free Tibet alive in the mind of the world, thus combating China’s communism.  I am concerned that our government has mixed up religion and state, allowing the Dalai Lama’s human rights abuses against Buddhists, especially Tibetans in exile, to go unchecked. [4] To explain to you that I not only have evidence from articles and the internet, but also saw this Shugden ban in person in India and Nepal, I will recount my personal observations to you, so you might understand that I know the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman to be completely dishonest in regard to this Shugden issue, and other issues as well. As far as I can tell, neither the Dalai Lama nor Robert Thurman are habituated to telling the truth in any conventional sense.

My personal observational evidence that the Dalai Lama/Thurman are lying:

I went to India back in 2001; I went with every intention of studying Buddhism, most likely, I assumed, under the Dalai Lama, as I had been charmed by his books and image.  However, when I got to New Delhi, I met another teacher, Thaye Dorje, Shamar Rinpoche’s pick for the 17th Karmapa.  I loved him immediately, and felt as though this were the Buddha of Compassion in the flesh.  I took a significant vow with him, called the bodhisattva vow; then I traveled to Dharamsala, where I sought audience with the Dalai Lama, who was in retreat.  I was interrogated, I felt, by a monk from the Dalai Lama’s school whom I met in a café for Tibetan lessons; he wanted to know what Dharma Protector practice I did.  I didn’t do one, nor did I really know what a Dharma Protector even was; since I did not do one, the monk was then very concerned what Protector did the people I study with practice. Again, I didn’t really know, but this monk was not satisfied, saying that I might be doing a practice I thought was a Buddha but is really a witchcraft.  We went round and round, until finally I mentioned that the only practice I did was Buddha Chenrezig’s, who is a Buddha anyone can do without initiation.  He was a really nice monk, named Rabje, about 20 years old, who was very devoted to the Dalai Lama.  Around that time, I did see the Dalai Lama’s pick for Karmapa, which turns out was also China’s.  That “Karmapa” has the distinction of being the only Buddhist lama in India that I did not make prostrations to.  I knew nothing about the Karmapa controversy; I knew there were two picks, but being only 6 months into Buddhism, I had no idea that is was a big deal.  I assumed both candidates could be right.  When I went to see the one that had just come from Tibet (the Dalai Lama’s pick), I did not get a good vibe at all, but rather felt that I was in a room with China and was not bowing to him.

Eventually I went to a Dalai Lama teaching back in Delhi, and left a little early, unimpressed.  After meeting the Shamar Rinpoche (non-Dalai Lama) Karmapa (Thaye Dorje), I was expecting to be wowed.  No such luck with the Dalai Lama.  I traveled in March to Nepal, to a conference with the Karma Kagyu; it was right after this conference that I was first introduced, by a Kagyu friend who showed me an article in the newspaper, about the Dorje Shugden practice.  The article in the paper, I realize now, was wildly inaccurate; the author acted as though Shugden were a demon that only a few dozen people practiced, led by one lama cult leader, that the Dalai Lama, in his “infinite compassion” (forgive me, he is no Buddha of Compassion) had banned.  I asked my friend who does the Dalai Lama like?  My friend responded that he didn’t know, but that we mustn’t discuss this here, (in a momo shop).  At this point I understood what they must have been asking me about in Dharamsala, and why they were so worried that I might be unknowingly doing witchcraft; Dorje Shugden is a Dharma Protector, and the article says the Dalai Lama thinks it is a spirit, thus those doing the practice are doing black magic or “witchcraft.”

A few days later this same (western and Kagyu) man invited me to go and see some Gelugpa; he told me they might be doing “what we read in the newspaper,” and that I shouldn’t ask them anything about their practice.  We went and had tea with a Geshe; honestly I do not know what monastery or what the Geshe’s name was, just that it was in Kathmandu.  We went back one other time to see him.  I had the idea that he was a little nervous we were there; apparently Shugden practitioners were worried about drawing attention from the Dalai Lama; the same I found to be true later, when I and some other western practitioners stayed in a hostel run by (allegedly) Shugden practitioners in Kalimpong.  The other westerners and I were in Kalimpong to take 3 initiations with Karmapa Thaye Dorje; my roommate asked if it was ok that we stay with Shugdens; I said fine, no problem for me; she said she didn’t care what anyone practiced, she said we just had to be aware that the Dalai Lama’s followers might attempt to hurt us if we are associating with or giving business to Shugden people.  I told her the Dalai Lama’s people already didn’t like me, so I wasn’t too worried about it, and at any rate, I thought these people could use the business.  We stayed there the entire time we were attending Karmapa’s teachings; neither he nor Shamar Rinpoche ever mentioned anything about Shugdens or “witchcrafts” or anything else ever.

Years later, I began to attend New Kadampa Tradition teachings; I had no idea that they were Shugden at first, having never heard of them, but when I found out, I was very relieved, as I felt I should be safe from Dalai Lama people there.  That may have been a naive assumption, since a lot of Dalai Lama’s followers seem to like to join our group to keep an eye on us.

Turning to Robert Thurman, I mention to you, that clearly there was Shugden discrimination back in 2001; the Tibetans were afraid to be seen with Shugdens; even we as westerners had to be aware that we might be in physical danger from the Dalai Lama’s followers if they found us supporting Shugden business or associating with Shugdens.

There is much more to the Shugden ban than Thurman admits in for example his Huffington Post article; he acts as though we are upset that we can’t go to the Dalai Lama’s teachings[5]; trust me, I couldn’t care less about going to the Dalai Lama’s teachings, but what is upsetting is that in 2008, after throwing the Shugden monks out of their (state funded) monasteries, the Dalai Lama also cracked down in other ways; people were asked to carry yellow oath cards saying that they vowed not to do the Buddha Shugden practice; if they did not produce this card, then getting other documents, aid, etc., was difficult.  Even before then, in 1996, the Dalai Lama’s TGIE wrote the medical community forcing them to either denounce their Shugden practice or resign from medicine.  The Tibetan Constitution was amended around this time to bar Shugden Buddhists from joining the Judiciary.[6]  So, while the Dalai Lama said people COULD practice, of course they would be discriminated against, even by the government in exile, which was under his command. [7] This is of course religious discrimination just as it would be if we said, “Oh you CAN be Muslim, but if you don’t renounce Islam, then you can’t be a doctor or a judge.” Obviously, then, that is a huge, very non-democratic transgression; apparently in 1996, the Dalai Lama also asked people not to associate materially or physically with Shugden Buddhists; people have interpreted this, as of 2008 when the oath-cards went into effect, that they are not to sell products to Shugden Buddhists, hire them, wait on them in clinics, etc..  This is a huge problem in exile, and further divides Tibetans which seems like a god-send for China as it keeps Tibetans from unifying to talk about democracy in Tibet.  Rather than blame us who are doing a practice, why not ask the Dalai Lama to remove the restrictions in writing, to put in writing that all discrimination against Shugden Buddhists is not okay, that we are welcome as normal part of society, that it is okay to hire us, talk to us, be friends with us, marry us, etc..

That Robert Thurman listens only to the Dalai Lama and misinforms the press and the world seems apparent; not only does he lie through his teeth about Dorje Shugden, who was seen as a Buddha by the Dalai Lama’s own teacher, Trijang Rinpoche, but also he completely fabricates everything concerning the Karmapa; basically, if anyone disagrees with Thurman’s guru, then we are wrong, should shut up, sit down, and take the Dalai Lama as our supreme spiritual dictator.  Thurman’s attitude is sectarian and dogmatic, both of which are taught against by Buddha; in fact in an open letter to Robert Thurman, H.H. Shamar Rinpoche requests Thurman to be an honest scholar and indicates that the sectarianism need not be embraced by the U.S. government.[8]  In Buddhism we do not think we can force another person to think our way; in fact that is why in general we do not proselytize; forcing someone can give them a negative mind toward Buddha, which will hinder them later; it’s better to leave them alone and let them come if they want to.  As far as sectarian, sectarianism is of course if someone thinks “it’s my way or the highway for religion;” that is exactly how the Dalai lama, Thurman, and other DL followers often see it; we must do religion however the Dalai Lama wants, or be shut down.  Oddly, and following Orwell, Thurman calls NKT Buddhists sectarian for wanting to maintain our school, within our own buildings, as passed from Buddha Shakyamuni to Manjushri to Je Tsongkhapa and so on to Trijang Rinpoche to Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.  If we won’t let the Dalai Lama be in charge of us, then of course we are sectarian, according to sycophantic Thurman logic.

Because of the intense difficulties that the Tibetan Community in Exile goes through and to stand up for their right to practice Shugden without discrimination, a lot of us, from a group called the International Shugden Community (ISC), protest on-line; we have had some tweet storms, which is a common practice; Robert Thurman has demonized us for our on-line and in-person protests; during the first twitter storms I participated in last year in the fall, Robert Thurman put me and other Shugden practitioners on a list of “Anti-HHDL spam accounts.” He asked followers to block and report us, so that Twitter would close down our accounts.  Apparently he also requested Anonymous to hack us, but apparently they had something else to do, and told him they weren’t his “personal army.” One of my friends told me people were opening extra accounts in case we got hacked during a tweetstorm, but I didn’t bother, thinking I will be filing a complaint at that point, rather than tweeting.  Later, Robert Thurman (for the California Dalai Lama birthday celebrations) asked people to report “spamming” of the “#withCompassion” hashtag; the Dalai Lama had, in his normal completely hypocritical way, asked people to send a picture of them engaged in an act of kindness with the hashtag “#withcompassion,” as though he ever acts in a compassionate way, rather than smiling for the western press and oppressing Buddhists as soon as no one is looking. Apparently, anyone who wants to show themselves protesting and saying “stop lying Dalai Lama,” as their act of compassion on twitter, would be considered by Thurman as a “spam” account; first it IS an act of compassion to tell someone to stop lying because this is better for their otherwise heinous karma, and secondly, as a Democrat, I have spontaneously crashed GOP tweetstorms, which apparently was also done by a lot of other Democrats;   for example, “ImnotvotingforHillarybecause,” obviously got crashed because the liberal crash tweets outnumbered the GOP tweets; by crashed I just mean GOP were intending to bad mouth Mrs. Clinton, but a lot of liberals tweeted  sarcastically “because we like the GOP to send our kids to war,” or “because we are right-wing morons who like to oppress others” etc.. So I submit that crashing a hashtag is simply normal freedom of speech; what to me is NOT simple freedom of speech, is to put people on a list asking other people to block and report our accounts as Thurman did us; first that interferes, via a loophole on Twitter, with our religious freedom; it allows anti-Shugdens to target us, and though we have not tweeted at them, they block and report us; this caused at least journalist Indy Hack’s account to be suspended for awhile.  Furthermore, putting us on a list saying we are “anti-HHDL” is like telling the playground bullies where to find people to throw rocks at; we don’t really need them directed to us like that; putting people on lists who are a certain faith is generally frowned upon.

In addition to Thurman’s campaign against us, there is a whole issue with his (and a few others) pretending that our accounts are all “spam” rather than “tweet storming.”  It seems Thurman wishes to end our freedom of speech; he has the help of some bogus group called Inform, in England.[9]  Apparently one of their issues with us, is that some people have more than one twitter account; again I am sure that is a normal practice for tweetstorms but also one reason we have people that opened the extra accounts is because our original accounts were being targeted by Thurman.  Obviously if one account gets blocked in a tweetstorm, a person can switch to another.  As far as our hashtag trending, it shows up on the trending software like in the top 10 world-wide on several past tweet storms; however, I only saw “#DalaiLamaStopLying” on my computer screen once under trending; usually we seem to trend high but tweets keep going missing off Twitter, during protests, and then we don’t show us as trending to people actually watching the trends on Twitter.  I am not really okay with that, since I imagine that Thurman, along with Tibet House and with the backing of the U.S. government funding and blessings, can convince someone in Twitter to censor us in the “interests of the Dalai Lama’s security,” or some nonsense.

One method Robert Thurman uses to justify censorship of Shugden practitioners, is he indicates we are funded by China, though if that were the case, then I expect someone would have gotten back to me about attending farther away protests with ISC funding— as it is no one responds.  You’d think if they were funded by China that the protests would be better advertised within the NKT and ISC on-line communities; they are not, and a lot of people I know to be really strong followers of Geshe Kelsang/Dorje Shugden do not show up; last year, in my case, I did not attend the California protests because I was not informed that protests were beginning.  I am well-known to like Shugden and requested repeatedly a Shugden empowerment be given in my city; so there shouldn’t be doubt I am with Shugden; what the doubt is, is how can Thurman pretend we are funded by China when I don’t have any funding coming from the ISC, or certainly not anyone from China.  It doesn’t seem logical to me, nor do I think Geshe Kelsang would want to take money from China, as that would confuse the issue; (Geshe Kelsang fled the Chinese with nothing but one or two Buddhist texts with them. He lives in England, which is of course a democracy.)

On the note that some lying is going on and that not everyone is informed about protests etc., please consider that The International Shugden Community and The NKT are not the same thing, though there are a lot of NKT members in the ISC, as we are the largest Shugden group (or Buddhist group actually) in the west.  In the New Kadampa Tradition, and I will not go into a lot of details, I have been approached by supposedly NKT practitioners privately, such as in a car or at my house, who tried to convert me to the Dalai Lama’s dharma, and say they thought that Dorje Shugden is negative.  I have noticed quite a lot of these people in California; not surprising really, given that some of the Tibetan Shugden lamas mention on the Internet that they have people watching them if they try to stay in a Shugden monastery, that some people come just to see what is going on etc..  The Dalai Lama’s followers are under the impression that we are doing such a bad practice, and are so evil to not do what their lama says, that it is okay to do anything to stop us.  Misusing a teaching from the bodhisattva vows, where we can technically participate in any action, even kill, if it is bodhisattva activity, these people do not see it is as a problem to lie to us.  After all the Dalai Lama said it would be okay for 1 or 10 people to die if it meant the cause of Tibet and a particularly important person’s life (implying his own) were saved; right after he said this, Tibetans in Exile produced a list with Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the leader of the NKT (where I experienced these lying Dalai Lama people) as the number one person on this list.[10] If it is okay, in Dalai Lama Pseudo-Buddhist land, to break the no killing vow, then let’s just guess the no lying precept is no problem either.  (I don’t advise trying either yourselves, as it is completely against Buddhist teachings; the Dalai Lama is getting horrible karma).

On that same note, I suspect quite a lot of the NKT Survivors group that is the main group to Inform “Inform[11]” and slander us, are most likely a bogus group made from Dalai Lama people who joined the NKT, planning to make the NKT look bad, trying to find out as much info as possible, left, and started trying to act like we were a cult.  This group appears pretty small, and two of its main members seem very well trusted by the Dalai Lama, which would be strange coming from the Shugden group.[12]  Furthermore, Tsering Tashi that was in charge of one of the Tibetan Shugden groups, left, & turncoated; he now pretends we get money from China, and is completely trusted by the Dalai Lama.  He has absolutely no proof we get money from China, but says China gives it to Lama Gangchen; according to Tsering, Lama Gangchen and Geshe Kelsang meet with Chinese officials in Europe, and then the money comes to the ISC.[13]  I believe he left the Shugden Tibetan group before the ISC began. Show me some proof, if he (from your Tibet House) is going to claim we, a group with a lot of American citizens, receives money from communist China.  On the same note of infiltrators from the Dalai camp coming to check out a group, I knew some of the Kagyus on both sides of school to be convinced we had spies from the other side.  I don’t think they were right about anyone from Shamar Rinpoche’s side bothering to see what they are doing; we know what the Dalai Lama people are doing: making a mess of Buddhism.

It does seem normal for people to come from the Dalai Lama side of things to check up on people, and in the case of the NKT, they seem hell-bent on destroying us from within.   I sincerely hope Thurman isn’t taking U.S. funds to help sponsor these infiltrators’ endeavors, though it would seem unlikely that they didn’t have help in some cases supporting themselves from some outside source.  Furthermore, rather than being funded by China, or funded well at all, the ISC seems to have a couple of these already-with-the-Dalai-Lama-types who are checking us out and stayed on and suddenly became representatives of the ISC: Len Foley and his wife Rebecca Gauthier (Foley).  If they are with Shugden then I am an iguana.  As I said, I was approached by people trying to get me to switch to the Dalai Lama; sometimes people like that teach (such as Carol McGuire from the NKT survivors); Rebecca is a resident teacher, but that doesn’t mean she is sincere; she and Len are in the same network of people as the several ones that tried to convert me, that tried to get us to change curriculum to something more Dalai Lama-esque, etc.. Furthermore, both this year and last year, Rebecca and Len talked “for Shugdens” to the press, only to miss the main issues of apartheid (both years) in the Tibetan community, and to fail to refer to Shugden as a Buddha but rather as a deity (in Buddhism some Deities are Buddhas and some are worldly; the Dalai Lama calls Shugden a deity but says he is worldly).  Furthermore, the Huffington Post, which hates everything Shugden in several articles, mentions that the one to talk to, while trashing Shugdens in every other way, is Rebeca Gautier from the ISC; now why, in a group that always promotes the Dalai Lama, would they point the press to Rebecca?  There are other ISC spokespeople, such as Gen Rabten, who are more articulate and who are believably Shugden.  Rebecca and Len’s speech to the press seems designed to aid the Dalai Lama in every way possible; to make easy strawman arguments for Thurman to counter. Besides that, I can tell that Len and Rebecca are insincere when it comes to Shugden; I feel you must understand that it is normal to look for sincerity in spiritual friends/teachers and that you must also know that when someone applies for a job, the boss looks for sincerity.  They don’t cut it.

Thurman’s main argument against us, and the International Campaign for Tibet’s as well, seems to be that we were “lied to” and “tricked” by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, etc..  According to Robert Thurman, not only is Geshe Kelsang wrong, but also my first lamas, Shamar Rinpoche and his Karmapa Thaye Dorje are wrong, because the Dalai Lama, who has never had jurisdiction in these matters, chose a different Karmapa.  I do not know what lies Thurman and the whole Dalai Lama crew fed you, but the Kagyus are in charge of their school, and Shamar Rinpoche, as head regent, was in charge of finding the Karmapa.  The Dalai Lama seems to have appeased China by picking their communist educated candidate, who they now expect to rule instead of the Dalai Lama after the latter passes away.  When Thurman agrees with horrible claims against Shamar Rinpoche, I simply feel sad for Thurman; Shamar Rinpoche (may he take swift rebirth) was a very down to earth and kind lama.  His Karmapa is simply bodhichitta in motion; whereas the Dalai Lama camp seems like a bunch of frauds.  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the NKT’s founder, I find to be equal to Shamar Rinpoche and Karmapa in kindness, perfection of teaching, and down to earthiness.  From the three of them, I am always reminded to investigate phenomenon for myself; with the Dalai Lama’s school, and his fake Karmapa, and his sycophant Thurman, the underlying message is generally “sit down, shut up, and do whatever the Dalai Lama says or you will go to hell.”

It would have been difficult to deal with all of this interference from the Dalai Lama, the spying, the attempt at overthrowing us from within, but what makes it worse is that the U.S. government continues to promote the Dalai Lama as the perfect Peace- Prize- tolerant- humble- monk; anyone who knows much about Buddhism but doesn’t happen to be a Dalai Lama student, probably has some idea how false that whole concept is.  I am asking the U.S. government, please only fund things which do not malign religious groups (such as Shugden practitioners) and uphold human rights for all.

Our government’s listening to other people than just the Dalai Lama’s closest sycophants would be a really helpful idea; basically Columbia University and the Huffington Post are off-limits outlets for Shugden Buddhists because of Thurman’s influence.  Since the CIA started Tibet House, and since Thurman is/was President of Tibet House US, then I think it might be helpful if you would kindly intervene on behalf of human rights and democracy, and tell him that he cannot continue to malign other Buddhists, that the ICT etc., can expect no further funding if the Dalai Lama cannot be convinced to end the Shugden ban in writing.  Please do better investigation; people who are loyal to the Dalai Lama as spiritual leader are his own students; just because I think the Dalai Lama is a terrible “teacher” of Buddhism doesn’t mean I want his country taken by China. There are a few million Shugden Buddhists worldwide, so the best idea for democracy and human rights is to ask the Dalai Lama to end the Shugden apartheid in writing; it would also be a good PR move, because we will help all living beings with peaceful protests until the Dalai Lama ends the Shugden ban.  It would actually be the best PR move possible to convince the Dalai Lama to end the Shugden ban.  These would be the benefits of his completely ending all discrimination in writing, saying people can be friends with, do commerce with, talk to their Shugden relatives, marry with Shugdens etc.:

  1. The Tibetan people would be unified rather than schismed against 1/3 of the Tibetan population
  2. The Protests from the International Shugden Community would cease
  3. People could be friends with each other— which means when someone asks us about the Dalai Lama we’d be more likely to say something positive or at least neutral, rather than launching into,” well let me tell you what a liar I think the Dalai Lama is” speech.
  4. Tibetan people in Tibet and in exile could focus more on what type of government they can arrange, whether in exile or at home as a more unified people.
  5. It would set the right example of honoring the human rights/freedom of religion of everyone, not just the most powerful.

In addition, it might be wise for the U.S. at least, to recognize both Karmapas, rather than just the illegitimate Dalai Lama/Chinese one; this would be good just for religious rights, which we are supposed to uphold; in addition, if the Chinese are ever maneuvering unhelpfully with their (Dalai Lama’s) pretend Karmapa, then perhaps there could be some way to convince the Tibetans not to bother following this Chinese-educated potential ruler.

In closing I do not have space here to refute each and every one of Thurman’s lies; he is very patronizing toward people whom he disagrees with, which is everyone except the Dalai Lama, apparently.  He may tell you that the Dalai Lama’s teacher renounced the Shugden practice, because that is a lie I’ve heard from that Dalai camp recently, he may say I don’t know the word “ban” in Tibetan; he’s right I don’t, but I do know a big liar when I see one, and you can call the ban a “restriction,” “a ban” “segregation” or “apartheid,” if you like.  Basically when he’s explaining anything about Buddhism to you, or telling you whom to trust, just be pretty certain to double check or triple check; if Thurman tells you it is raining, make sure to look outside.  He, “the wise scholar” knows I am working for China and worshipping a spirit, though I didn’t get the memo and a lot of lamas disagree; furthermore, when I wrote the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje (the real, non-Dalai Lama one) and asked if it was okay if I come to teachings once in awhile at his Centers even though I do the Shugden practice, his response was it is fine from the Kagyu side. I imagine if it were a spirit, I would be informed by one of these many lamas I trust; it seems the ones I trust are generally not really in agreement with the Dalai Lama’s pseudo-Buddhism.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  You may leave a message on my phone/email if I do not answer.

Best regards,

Enclosures: Tweets from Thurman targeting my Twitter account; Tweets from other anti-Shugdens targeting my twitter; tweets from Thurman/ others targeting Shugdens

Copy: to CIA

[1] http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/to-sum-it-up.html

[2] http://www.karmapa-issue.org/arguments.htm  See: “An Open Letter to His Holiness the Dalai Lama”

[3] http://www.arebuddhistsracist.com/huffington_post.html

[4] http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v30/d337

[5] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-thurman/the-dalai-lama-cult-of-dolgyal-shugden_b_4903441.html

[6] http://www.dorjeshugden.com/press/proof-of-discrimination/

[7] http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/to-sum-it-up.html

[8] http://www.karmapa-issue.org/news/open_letter_thurman.htm

[9] http://www.arebuddhistsracist.com/manipulating_the_media.html

[10] http://www.westernshugdensociety.org/our-cause/dangers-of-mixing-dharma

[11] http://www.arebuddhistsracist.com/when_buddhists_lie.html and http://www.arebuddhistsracist.com/manipulating_the_media.html

[12] http://www.arebuddhistsracist.com/tenzin_peljor.html#update1

[13] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3zosv39mDM&spfreload=10 (about 8 minutes in the English begins)

Email to NED from July 2015 on issues concerning free speech, the Shugden ban, and the Karmapa issue

Dear NED staff,

 The Dalai Lama’s image was of importance to the CIA and State Deptarment (http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v30/d337) to keep the image of China that of negative anti-democracy.  China does a good job of self-advertisement on being anti-democratic, so it might be a good idea to switch tactics; rather than trying to suppress those of us who differ in opinion with the Dalai Lama’s religious policies (as the CIA/U.S. govt have put him in charge of Buddhism, though in reality he was never in charge of Buddhism), let us,who dissent in religious opinion with the Dalai Lama, in the name of democracy, speak.

  Please tell the International Campaign For Tibet to stop slandering Shugden Buddhists/Shugden Buddhist Protesters (check their recent Twitter feed from the first 8 days of July)  . We (Shugden Buddhists) aren’t funded by China; I just got back from the UC Irvine protests and I can tell you, nobody is getting outside funding or we’d all have more money to fly around, for example, me to New York for the current protests.  Also, most of the ISC in the U.S. that “represents” Shugdens, such as Len Foley and his wife Rebecca Gautier are most likely anti-Shugden Dalai Lama people who have been infiltrating the New Kadampa Tradition and the International Shugden Community; happens all the time.  I have noticed they downplay the protests, are completely insincere and put in people who I happen to know are not truly Shugden people.  (We get this a lot in the NKT; Rebecca is a resident teacher– but don’t let that fool you; she clearly has no sincere connection to Buddha Shugden by words, actions, and understanding).
  You would also be wise to mention that you think the U.S. should not endorse a Karmapa just because the Dalai Lama (and in this case) China picked one; in the case of the Panchen Lama, you should listen to the Dalai Lama’s school, and thus to the Dalai Lama’s  recognition, rather than China’s.  In the case of the Kagyu, the Dalai Lama has no jurisdiction, but to make China happy, picked a “Karmapa” that China had organized for him; the real Karmapa is not communist educated, is into democracy, is named Thaye Dorje, and was rightfully picked by Shamar Rinpoche, the head regent of the Kagyus.  The Chinese seem to be wanting their pretend Karmapa to take over and “rule” in the absence of the Dalai Lama (after he passes.) http://www.karmapa-issue.org/arguments.htm and http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/features/the-dalai-lamas-a-divine-comedy/ It would be good to phone over to the ICT/State Dept. and ask them to tell Dalai lama to end the Shugden ban and recongize both Karmapas— just for human rights and PR— (So he won’t look like an idiot with the Shugden ban, because he is a total hypocrite– http://www.arebuddhistsracist.com/90_second_summary.html), and then with the Karmapa you will want this unless you want China to control via their puppet, the Dalai Lama’s Urgen Thrinely; Karmapa Thaye Dorje is really a wonderful lama and into democracy and human rights (he was my first lama; I knew Shamar Rinpoche well back in 2001, though he has passed on and I am now  in another school) ; the Dalai Lama’s choice is a puppet now for Dalai Lama, and later will be one for China: http://www.karmapa-issue.org/history.htm.  Also Robert Thurman from Columbia U, and all his cronies, they are Dalai Lama devotees and cannot really be relied on for factual and unbiased info.
  Concerning the self-immolations, please we need those to end; that is not a Buddhist practice in general, as we are against suicide, but it won’t even help the cause of Tibet, as Obama already said that we see Tibet as part of China, so to help the Tibetans, please don’t encourage self-immolations. (http://www.dorjeshugden.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/rep._rohrabache-000.jpg). I understand that you do not want people to fall for communism, but I do not think that encouraging self-immolations of Tibetans will help; what it tells me is that you know full well that the cause of Tibet is lost for now, as you must be aware that the Dalai Lama himself is well known not to work for Independence, but that the U.S. government will encourage Tibetans to self-sacrifice; you all have listened to Thurman too long; the Dalai Lama isn’t in charge of Buddhism, and you have made mistakes from listening to his cronies.  Please fix your issues with backing the wrong Karmapa and ask the Dalai lama to end his Shugden ban (via NED, ICT, State Dept., or something) because a. I am a Shugden Buddhist and YES there is a ban and YES the Dalai Lama is lying and so for my 1st amendment rights, please don’t fund this anti-Shugden nonsense and b. what a PR disaster for the Dalai Lama and all those involved.  He can just end it in writing– he can use an out like— oh I didn’t really mean for them to write it down like that— (he was in charge of the TGIE when the ban went in, but he’s inventive with lies so help him find a social out to the PR disaster by saying he’ll end it in writing since maybe some people in the TIE or CTA took it too far or something— how hard is that?).
   I was in India and Nepal in 2001, and I know for certain, way back then, there was a prohibition/ban on Shugden practice from the Dalai Lama; I saw this with my own eyes, so it doesn’t really work when the Dalai Lama says, “ban? what ban?”  I also happen to notice, back in 2001, that the Dalai Lama wasn’t all he was cracked up to be, since he couldn’t stay out of the Karmapa’s school; the Karmapa is the oldest reincarnate lineage in Tibet; we have NEVER needed or used a Dalai Lama recognition for Karmapa.  Maybe you should ask more people than just Thurman and Thurman appointed ones.  It’s like going to Northern Ireland and asking only Protestants what the Catholics are doing.
  Please end the ban and make sure the Thaye Dorje Karmapa gets recognized by at least the U.S. government as in charge of his school— you don’t want the puppet China/Dalai Lama “Karmapa” on any level.
  If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
  Best regards,

Liberation from Sorrow; posted one year later

This is one of the many letters I sent by email to the NKT office, for which Steve Cowing threatens to call the police, and says there is not a word of truth.  Well, I think my dharma reasoning is in line with Buddha’s Mahayana teachings, and I also have right speech because I know what happened; I am just reporting it.

Dear Gen Jampa and Gen Rigpa,                                               January 27, 2014

I am writing you today, the 27th of January, the anniversary of the liberation of the death camp at Auschwitz, with the sincere wish that all beings can quickly become Buddhas, so that no more horrible sufferings like Auschwitz or other occasional hells will ever happen again.  Most of humanity cannot understand how the atrocities in the 2nd world war occurred, and while I often grapple with this, I basically remember that it was a society nearly meditating on hatred for an othered group, in this case the Jews, that in its full ripening manifested as the death camps, which must be occasional hells.  Relatively of course, we should always work to make sure that people are being taught tolerance of one another, but ultimately of course the best way to end things like Auschwitz forever is to help every being become Buddhas.  I am always completely sickened when I think of the Holocaust, especially when I think of the million plus children murdered in the camps.  I don’t want anything like this ever happening anywhere in any realms again, so everyone needs access to pure Buddha dharma; this includes our youngest members, who have lacked pure teachings at San Diego since the time Gen Atisha left.

We must help the little children become compassionate and wise people, of course, as Buddhists, but wiping our lineage off the earth, or keeping children from our lineage for years on end, could give the perpetrators approximately the same karma of the Nazis running Auschwitz; I always pray that the people in the camps are in good realms meeting Buddha dharma and do Vajrasattva a lot for the Nazis who inflicted such mental and physical torture on millions of other humans.  I also do Vajrasattva for the Dalai Lama people who are clearly at our school.  Please remember, both of you, that I was approached by some of these people directly, “befriended” and used to find out what practice I was doing and how deeply involved I was with Dorje Shugden, and dissuaded from coming back by some of the practioners we have as teachers, including but not limited to the kids’ teachers;  basically that and the nonsense with my daughter’s 10 months exclusion from puja, not to mention the fact that the Sangha is run mostly by people with no discernible trace of liking Shugden, has lead to basically what seems like erasing our family from the San Diego Center.

I have been very worried about my daughter’s inability to receive kids’ and families teachings from anyone remotely qualified (or discernibly with our lineage) and also her complete ostricism from the puja subset of the Sangha.  I have been ostracized too, of course, and have no available Sangha in San Diego unless I will agree to Dalai Lama people teaching us Geshe Kelsang’s transmissions.  Since it is faulty logic that they can teach us when they think our root guru is a demon/sprit worshiper/non-Buddha then we are left at loose ends in San Diego.  Furthermore, the Dalai Lama is teaching hatred when he teaches against Shugden, which as we know in its full ripening leads to hells. Why would we want to help increase suffering by leaving these people in their positions?

As I have mentioned previously, I am very delighted that my daughter has had the opportunity to attend 11 or so empowerments, including one from Geshe-la, three from Jampa, and the remainder from Rigpa.  Kristen was also present at a few other VBC empowerments.  I was worried though, that since we have no local Sangha and certainly no teachings available on a regular basis on the kids level for her, that her dharma would be suffering.  I do think it would benefit all living beings very much if we could have a qualified kid’s class by someone who really likes Shugden; it would help the children to have good Shugden role models and also a community of support.  Right now, we have no way to connect at all with anyone genuine; if we consider what happened to my little family, it is reasonable that potential practioners have been discouraged from coming or even forced out (like they did also with Gen Atisha).  So there is really no way for harmony or unity when we are dealing with people who really think our lineage should not exist and feel they are doing their root guru (DL) a favor by getting rid of our Protector.

I am also concerned because our lack of teaching standards is allowing people to teach who not only are not from our lineage but seem (in some cases have admitted outright) that they prefer the teachings of the Dalai Lama and are really dubious about Shugden.  (Please reference VBC in Crisis).  Now, one problem with the Dalai Lama is that despite his lying and claiming religious tolerance, he really uses political doublespeak to other the Shugden community; people are persecuted to the point of violence in India over doing our practice obviously; so why on earth would I want to associate or allow my daughter to associate with people who think the Dalai Lama’s ideas are right?  He is one of the most serious liars in Buddhism, which is really not surprising as he is also a dictator-politician.  I am not sure why we cannot do anything about this, but the reticence of people in the NKT to speak out in favor of our lineage and Dorje Shugden really disturbs me.

So, I am requesting that we could please overhaul the Sangha in San Diego soon; I really feel it would benefit all living beings for there to be a strong Shugden community in Southern California.  As for my daughter herself, I know it is really beneficial to get teachings from Geshe-la himself; I became less concerned she wasn’t getting enough dharma a few weeks ago when she started playing a version of “I’ve got your nose,” with me.  She told me she took my nose, hands, feet, arms, head and legs, then she said, “Okay, so you are not a people anymore.”  Expecting I was now a penguin or something I asked “oh so what am I?”  She yelled “you’re empty!”  So I thought, okay, this is a good sign, because we have just been to the Prajnaparimita empowerment from Geshe-la.  Now, I don’t know what she really knows about the word ‘empty’ because emptiness is really a hard one so I get of course quite mixed up on it.  But I take it as a good sign that her imprints are activating by having met Geshe-la;  I still think it would be helpful to the continuum of all herself and all living beings if we could get qualified kids teachings on a regular basis and have Sangha friends.  Then we could propel everyone to a state of awakening, with no more Auschwitz type suffering possible ever.

I really think we should check into the teaching standards again.  I really need our Dharma Protector (Dorje Shugden) in order to go to Buddhahood myself; if we want Auschwitz sufferings to end for everyone, then I need to be able to receive qualified teachings from our lineage.  We seem too much into popular dharma which is potentially removing our tradition from the earth, which would delay my enlightenment as well as that of others.  Please no more little children or other mother sentient beings need to ever experience sufferings like Auschwitz or other hells ever again; as you are both lamas I know you understand the only way to end the suffering is for the 6 realms to cease, otherwise we are always in potential danger of Auschwitz or other similar evils ripening; so please so that we may end this terrible suffering of all living beings by propelling everyone to Buddhahood, may we please restore our tradition to that of Dorje Shugden and Je Tsongkapa.

Thank you for your consideration.  May all beings benefit.

Best regards,

Kelly Inman

Thank you and farewell: A Shugden Person’s reason for leaving the NKT

This letter explains why I felt it necessary to officially leave the NKT

Dear Venerable Geshe-la,                                                                                           January 5, 2015

I hope this letter finds you in good health.  I wanted to sincerely thank you, from the depths of my heart, for all the wonderful teachings I received from you in Portugal, and you via Atisha, Jampa, and Rigpa.  I will always love Dorje Shugden and ask him to remain in my heart, though he may be changing form soon.

I do not want to leave Dorje Shugden! So I hope he will come with me to protect the lojong and lam rim teachings I have gotten via you and the three monks I mentioned.  The teachings from all four of you are really perfect, and your books are really immensely helpful.

I feel the blessing of you/Je Tsongkhapa to leave your school.  I think I am supposed to try to get back in touch with Karmapa (Thaye Dorje).  I will always love Dorje Shugden and all of you.  Also, I am much improved as a person thanks to your perfect lojong teachings disseminated via Atisha and Rigpa, as well as the lam rim meditations; Dorje Shugden seems to protect my lojong, so I hope (pray) that he will keep protecting it so I will do a mindful lojong practice.

If at, no offense, some point your school has Shugden teachers for the kids’ class and my daughter wants to go, I would love to take her there.  I don’t know what the path has ahead; I prefer books, but sometimes Milarepa takes them away from people and makes us meditate. Actually your lam rim books (the New Guide to Meditation) really helped my meditation, and generation of compassion and better understanding of bodhichitta.  Also Dorje Shugden really helps with all of that for me, so I think he is indispensable for Buddhism .  I will speak up in favor of Shugden followers, and always love Dorje Shugden.

For now, I am going to continue with some of your practices, like Shugden, I think, and lam rim, but I may focus on the Kagyu Ngnodro soon.

I cannot tell you how immensely powerful your blessings have been in changing how my mind is working; I had never understood the lojong very much until I received Eight Steps to Happiness teachings from Gen Atisha.  I love your lineage and Je Tsonghkhapa/Dorje Shugden and feel very strong blessings from them.  I will be happy to let my daughter ordain in your school, if that is still her wish, when she is the right age, as long as you are still with Dorje Shugden and have pure teachings available.  I would also like to bring her to your school if she so desires, once you get Shugden lamas teaching things again.  She told me she likes Lama Ole (the one Kagyu I took her to) but he doesn’t have songs, and she wants the Geshe-la temple.  So I think she is Kadamapa.  That is goodJ.  If she is Gelugpa then I thank all the Buddhas she is protected by Dorje Shugden.

I cannot thank you enough times.  I request when I am powaed someday, you and Dorje Shugden will help with the powa, along with Karmapa.  Also I request that for all living beings.  Please bless us that Buddha Shugden will always protect and help guide us no matter what school we are in.  Also, when I become a Buddha, I would like to emanate into your lineage as well as Karmapas, and help with Buddha Maitreya’s teachings when he comes (he’s Tsonghkhapa/Manjushri, so I think he’s you, so I am requesting that of you as well).

I will really miss your perfect monks with their perfect teachings.  They are really great at demonstrating how to be bodhisattvas, always doing perfect lojong and helping all living beings with what they say.  (I think they are emanations of you, so thank you again).

I have never taken the HYT, but I think I am supposed to do that in Karmapa’s school, though I don’t know how or when.  I feel it is ok with you and Dorje Shugden, because I never took the HYT from anyone ever, so I don’t have vajra (?) commitments.  I did take the Dorje Shugden heart commitment, but I did it by offering to do whatever he would want, as long as he lets me know what that is.  I feel what he wants is for me to go to Karmapa Thaye Dorje.

So, I am very sad to be leaving Rigpa, Jampa’s teachings, but to not go would be denial of the path at this point.  So, thank you so infinitely very much for your blessings, and perfect teachings and books.  I will always love you and Dorje Shugden.  (My daughter is free to come back to your school if there are Shugden people teaching again). Please bless us that we will quickly become a Buddha for the sake of all living beings.

Sincerely, and with love,

Kelly Inman

Letter to U.S. Sec. of State, Shugden and Karmapa issues

January 2, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry:

There is an issue of U.S. involvement in the Buddhist religion, concerning Vajrayana Buddhism, due to the C.I.A funding of the Dalai Lama of Tibet, and the resultant consequences to Tibetan and Vajrayana Buddhism generally.[1] It is my concern that the U.S. government unintentionally involved itself in the Buddhist religion, while involving itself in the “propaganda” of the anti-communist pro-Tibet stance of the early 1960s to present.[2] The Dalai Lama’s agenda of being in charge combined with the U.S. showcasing him as a peace icon is working against the 1st Amendment Rights of Shugden and other non-Dalai Lama U.S Buddhists.

While the Dalai Lama was the secular leader of Tibet from the time of the 5th Dalai Lama to present, he actually was never in charge of Buddhism, not even Tibetan Buddhism.  That he claims to be a “Buddhist Pope” is a recent development, that he did this recognition, that of the 14th Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lamas are not the oldest reincarnate lama lineage (succession of enlightened Buddhist masters taking intentional rebirth to help all living beings); he in fact is in the youngest school of Buddhism, the Gelugpa; the oldest school in Tibet is Nyingma, and the oldest line of reincarnate lamas is from the Kagyu, headed by the Karmapa.[3] The Dalai Lama has the backing of the U.S. “propaganda[4]” to enhance his reputation, which is unfortunate given his destruction of both Tibetan politics and the Buddhist religion.

The 14th Dalai Lama, theoretically the Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig, talks a lot about compassion, but appears to be no more than a sound-bite; he demonstrates no understanding of compassion in his ban against Dorje Shugden. Furthermore, he also interfered with another school, the Kagyupa, attempting to over-ride the legitimately (according to Kagyu tradition) Karma Kagyu Karmapa, Thaye Dorje, with China’s communist educated candidate, Urgen Thrinley.

Concerning the Dalai Lama’s other Buddhism-destroying issue, the Shugden ban, the Dalai Lama’s Shugden ban includes his banning people from his teachings, from government jobs, from any clinic or shop that wishes to post a “No Shugdens” sign, and people who attend his teachings from being friends with people who do the Shugden practice; in other words, he makes Shugden practitioners into pariahs.[5]  The segregation, with the “No Shugdens,” posted on medical clinics, shops, and even the Dalai Lama’s palace, resembles the unfortunate past history of the U.S. when signs that said “no coloreds” were posted.

Why did the Dalai Lama ban the practice of Buddha Dorje Shugden, practiced by 30-66 percent of Tibetans and by western Buddhists from the NKT and Lama Gangchen schools?  It was the main practice of the highest lamas in his school, the Gelugpa, so why did he ban it?  The answer is clear if we also look at the recognition of the false China Karmapa the Dalai Lama “chose” for Buddhism, which I argue he would have been unable to effectively do if it had not been for the worldwide publicity/propaganda of the U.S. government. He is the first Dalai Lama to try to recognize the Karmapa, who is from another school, and whose first 300 years of reincarnations were uninvolved with any Gelugpa Dalai Lamas, as the Dalai Lamas had not started to reincarnate yet.[6] By choosing the China Karmapa, the Dalai Lama forces Kagyus to choose between himself as free-Tibet icon, and the real Karmapa.  This divides the Kagyupa.

To divide his own school the same way as he divided the Kagyupa, the Dalai Lama had to force people to choose between him, the political leader and icon of a free Tibet, or the instructions of Gelugpa gurus far more venerated than he.  By banning the practice of his teacher, the very erudite and famous Trijang Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama put Tibetan (and in many cases, due to his immense U.S. backed popularity) Vajrayana Buddhists generally in a sort of conundrum: either follow their teachers and go against the Dalai Lama, or show their support of the Dalai Lama but break the deepest most fundamental commitments to their teachers.  Generally, it is very important to listen to the instructions of the guru (lama, teacher) in Vajrayana Buddhism; a legitimate Vajrayana teacher will not order the student to do anything inappropriate, but will instead give advice concerning how to practice to attain enlightenment.  Venerable Trijang Rinpoche, who was one of the main teachers, before he passed in the 1980s, of the Dalai Lama’s Gelugpa School, very much propagated the practice of Buddha Dorje Shugden.  Many many lamas and their disciples followed Trijang Rinpoche; in fact almost if not all of Gelugpa masters received high initiations from Trijang Rinpoche, which means he is the lama whose advice they would follow regarding practice.  By banning the most famous Gelugpa master’s practice, the Dalai Lama effectively split the Gelugpa School, in a divide and conquer strategy.  People have to choose, since the Dalai Lama advises his followers not to associate materially or spiritually with Shugden followers, between publically following the Dalai Lama, who the U.S. made into an iconic symbol of peace, democracy, and the cause of Tibet or their passed on lama’s instructions.  Generally, if a lama passes on, people continue his instructions, because he can no longer say anything else, until his reincarnation is found and comes of age, so they will follow what he last told them.

Concerning the Shugden ban then, the Dalai Lama has told his followers not to associate with people who do the Shugden practice, which is just prayers and meditation to a Buddha named Dorje Shugden.  There are signs posted in communities in India to keep Shugden followers out;[7] in the U.S., as a Shugden practitioner, I often receive people trying to convert me and my young child to the Dalai Lama’s “Buddhism.” When I will not convert, they get angry and shun us.  Furthermore, the only human on earth that the Dalai Lama gave permission to do this practice is in hiding in Vermont, the reincarnation of the famous Trijang Rinpoche. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso the lama who founded the New Kadamapa Tradition, of which I am a current member, is the first on the Dalai Lama’s hitlist of one to ten enemies to be eliminated.[8]

I would like to point out that the Dalai Lama, as I have mentioned, not only split his own school, Gelugpa, with this terrible ban, but he also split my first school (and possibly my ultimate school) the Karma Kagyu, by usurping the authority of the Kagyu master in charge of finding the Kagyu School’s Karmapa (that is not the jurisdiction of Gelugpas).[9] The Dalai Lama actually tried to place all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism under his own command in the 1960s; to a Nyingma rival (Dudjom Rinpoche) who opposed the take-over by the Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama had him imprisoned as a Chinese spy, though of course, this lama was just trying to be in charge of his own school.[10]  When the Kagyupa (under the 16th Karmapa) did not want the Dalai Lama to take over all the schools of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, over-rode the real Karmapa recognition (probably not wanting to deal with the powerful Karmapa in the latter’s last incarnation).  Instead, the Dalai Lama picked the same candidate as China wanted; Dalai Lamas do not generally look kindly upon the Kagyu; Karma Kagyu was a long-standing perceived rival of the Dalai Lamas of Tibet, the latter of which have not always had enlightened beings recognized as their incarnations, according to the recently late Shamar Rinpoche.[11] For an example, Shamar Rinpoche gave the fifth Dalai Lama, who had beheaded about 1000 Kagyu abbots, and forcibly converted their monasteries to Gelugpa, after also slaughtering 7000 Kagyu monks and sending the 10th Karmapa into exile.[12]  I am afraid the 14th Dalai Lama, having lost his country to China, decided to opportunistically seize religious power from his historical rivals via his Teflon Nobel Peace Monk status granted by the C.I.A.’s propaganda.

It looks like the Dalai Lama used the “peace-loving monk” propaganda that was intended by the U.S. government to combat communism for his own purpose of trumping other Buddhist lamas; this caused issues in Buddhism, Tibetan and Vajrayana Buddhisms, worldwide.   Anything against the Dalai Lama’s wishes is seen by many Tibetans to be favoring China politically; with the religion and politics mixed in Tibet, the Dalai Lama seems to have managed to transfer his being the former head of state of Tibet to his being “in charge” of Vajrayana Buddhism worldwide.  For example, even though I never took the Dalai Lama as a lama, and was never at an empowerment with him, the Dalai Lama’s confused WESTERN followers think I have “turned against” their lama, because I do not see him as my lama.  He never was my lama, because he never was in charge of all of Tibetan or other Buddhism, though the U.S. backed propaganda seems to have the west confused on this point. Many Dalai Lama followers then think everyone is supposed to follow the Dalai Lama; the western press often claims he is the Pope of Buddhism, and is a man of peace.  The confused logic of the Dalai Lama’s followers seems to be that this is the perfect man of the Nobel -Peace -Prize- Pope- of -Buddhism who can do no wrong.  Therefore, in his followers minds, if the Dalai Lama backs a (unhelpful, China) Karmapa then that is right. If he says not to associate with Shugdens unless it’s to convert us or undermine us, then that too, is also correct, according to the Dalai Lama’s followers because the Dalai Lama is Mr. Nobel Peace. I would like to point out here that this is obviously the result of propaganda, because President Obama is also a Nobel Peace Laureate, but due to the lack of bolstering propaganda, he has no Teflon.

In other words, the CIA’s propaganda seems to have worked unnervingly well on people; even westerners cannot imagine the Dalai Lama doing anything that isn’t peaceful.  If I tell even a non-Buddhist that the Dalai Lama has banned my practice, their initial reaction is that there must be something wrong with ME because the Dalai Lama is inherently wonderful or something, only peaceful, only perfect, etc..  While that is impressive propaganda, I must ask that the U.S. government, who I believe may still be funding Tibet House US and the Dalai Lama, would please back off on the propaganda, because the Dalai Lama is interfering with the very legitimate and real religion of Buddhism; unfortunately U.S. money is going to help this end.  This directly helps his religious dictatorship while harming the non-Dalai-Lama Buddhists in the U.S., who either do the Shugden practice or who follow the real (non-Dalai Lama) Karmapa, Thaye Dorje. (I happen to follow both, just by the miracle of pure non-Dalai-Lama karma).

I would also ask, since we have funded Tibet House U.S. and/or the Dalai Lama during years that he acted against U.S. and foreign Karmapa Thaye Dorje Kagyus, and U.S. and foreign Shugdens, then please ask the Dalai Lama to officially, in writing, end the ban on Dorje Shugden; it would also be very helpful to Buddhism if he would go ahead and recognize both Karmapas; the Dalai Lama has recognized China’s candidate and says he cannot retract; if he cannot retract (and retracting would be excellent) then he should at least recognize the Karmapa Thaye Dorje candidate as well, since he was recognized according to Tibetan tradition (the head of the Kagyu, Shamar Rinpoche recognized him). The U.S. government should ask the Dalai Lama to formally recognize the Thaye Dorje candidate for Karmapa (he can also still recognize the other China recognition) and formally end the ban on Shugden because:

  1. The U.S. Government was obviously heavily involved in Tibet and Buddhism via their propaganda of the Dalai Lama as the Teflon peace monk, which has affected Buddhism. This is not fair to Buddhists worldwide that U.S. involvement, which includes financial involvement should help oppress them or restrict religious freedom
  2. The U.S. Government does not have the right to appoint a Pope of Buddhism for me, a U.S. citizen, nor fund religious bigotry which affects my daily life (I have to avoid talking about my practice of Shugden, or Dalai Lama Buddhists and some other (Dalai Lama affiliated) camps will hate me; we have a lot of people who come and try to convert us; our religion is being destroyed and we are being ostracized as a result of the Dalai Lama’s bigotry). The CIA’s Tibet House and pro-Dalai Lama propaganda and funding was involved in the difficulty of getting American and other western Buddhists to think for themselves rather than blindly following the Dalai Lama’s every wish.
  3. The U.S. Government in State Department documents, refers to the decrees of the Dalai Lama as correct regarding Buddhism/Tibetan politics. It is understandable that the U.S. Government may have gotten confused, since religion and state were not separate in Dalai Lama’s Tibet, nor indeed under China either. However, just because the Dalai Lama chose a candidate (from another school—the Kagyupa) as Karmapa does not mean that he picked the legitimate Karmapa; in fact, in an effort to appease China and remove his rival in one act, the Dalai Lama illegitimately chose China’s Urgen Thrinely.  While it is clear that China doesn’t need to pick the Panchen Lama, and the Dalai Lama has a different candidate, that is a different issue, since the Panchen Lama is from the Dalai Lama’s school. The U.S., because of our separation of church and state, and general lack of understanding of past lives and Buddhism, probably did not really understand the enormous magnitude that their legitimizing the Dalai Lama’s every recognition or act has on Buddhism as a whole.  It is essential that just as the U.S. government would not be allowed to fund a certain person to be Pope of the Catholics, so they should not fund the Dalai Lama’s religious agenda either; his Karmapa choice was not even his to make, but unfortunately, due to the U.S. backing and limelight of the press, even the State Department did not question his actions.  Having the Dalai Lama appoint the Karmapa would be analogously akin to the U.S. Government’s backing the Methodist Church’s decision to suddenly pick the Catholic Pope for the Catholics.  According to the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. cannot help one church take over another; thus the U.S cannot allow the Dalai Lama to assume control over Kagyu affairs with U.S. endorsement and monetary backing, nor can we legitimize his Shugden discrimination, which is causing suffering to Buddhists worldwide.  The State Department should change its policy of blindly following the Dalai Lama’s recognitions, since that is interfering with Buddhism, for instance in the very legitimate Karma Kagyu school.

Concerning the Shugden ban. The Dalai Lama will tell you he doesn’t have a Shugden ban; however the Dalai Lama is a politician, and is lying.  He accuses both the Thaye Dorje Karmapa School and the Shugden lamas of being headed by demons/sprits, which is seriously out of touch with both Buddhism and modern thinking. I have been to India (2001) and know there was discrimination back then against Shugdens (I saw it with my own eyes).  As a (at the time) non-Shugden Kagyu who didn’t follow the Dalai Lama, I had a street of Dalai Lama followers trying to spit on me in New Delhi in the Tibetan settlement. The Dalai Lama people in the United States, including Tibet House president Robert Thurman are a fairly unkind and nasty bunch; while I was tweeting on-line against the Dalai Lama’s Shugden ban, Robert Thurman targeted Shugden Twitter accounts (including mine),put us on a list, to be reported and blocked; apparently Thurman asked for our accounts to be hacked by Anonymous, trying to shut down on-line protests against the Dalai Lama.[13]  I take some exception to his being funded by U.S. tax dollars via Tibet House U.S., especially since he put out a tweet asking how he could get “anonymous” to hack Shugden protestor accounts.  He also accuses us of being paid by China, though I’m not paid by anybody, let alone a foreign government.

In closing, the U.S. Government was obviously using the Dalai Lama as a propaganda icon of peace and democracy for Tibet; however, he does not in any way live up to his title of Peace Laureate; the issues these days is that Buddhism is a religion that a lot of westerners practiced in our past lives; we have to stand up for our freedom to practice without government propaganda favoring a man (the Dalai Lama) who is simply an old politician and dictator, and never was supposed to be in charge (and reality isn’t in charge)of Buddhism.  He has destroyed much of the harmony in Buddhism, both in the U.S. and around the world, and it is hard to call him out on it, due to the CIA’s incessant propagandizing of the Dalai Lama as pro-human rights, and pro-harmony in religion.  His idea of harmony is that if he thinks a practice causes disharmony (like Shugden) then he will ban it; if he is in charge and everyone does what he wants, the Dalai Lama considers that to be religious harmony; if people wish to worship freely but without repercussions of losing their jobs, being alienated from their friends and even family, not being served in shops, etc. then he will try to silence us to have “harmony.” In other words, “everyone shut up sit down and listen to the Dalai Lama,” is religious harmony in the Dalai Lama’s eyes.

I am asking please, if the State Department/CIA could attempt not to use Buddhist or other religious leaders as pro-democracy propaganda, as it mixes religion and politics, which is against the spirit of the U.S. Constitution.  Also, since the U.S. government has already been involved deeply with the Dalai Lama and Tibet House, then I would ask please, that the U.S. government 1.get the Dalai Lama to officially ask that Shugden people be treated as equals and befriended, and the Shugden ban completely revoked in writing and 2. To have the Dalai Lama either retract his recognition of the China candidate for Karmapa (Urgen Thrinley) or at the very least to recognize the legitimate (non-China, pro-Kagyu) Karmapa Thaye Dorje as a legitimate recognition of the Karmapa. (Buddhas can reincarnate in more than one form, though I don’t personally think the Chinese-Dalai Lama one has anything to do with Karmapa).

Please understand, the Dalai Lama is very old, and if he passes away before he changes his stance on these two important issues, the ban on Shugden and recognizing the (legitimate) Thaye Dorje Karmapa, that whatever the Dalai Lama says before he dies will stand.  It would be preferable to get the statements in writing, please, to repair the damage the U.S. Government inadvertently caused to Buddhism, via funding the duplicitous Dalai Lama. It would be very helpful to the karma (for this and future lives) of yourselves, the U.S. people, and all living beings if you can manage to convince the Dalai Lama to un-divide Buddhism by writing these two necessary statements.

Thank you for your consideration. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions; I have included footnotes with references to back my arguments; I think the Dalai Lama’s side of the argument is readily available from any number of books, google search, Robert Thurman, and is only lies, so I do not include them.

Best regards,

Kelly Inman

[1] http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v30/d337

[2] http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v30/d337

[3] http://www.karmapa-issue.org/arguments.htm

[4] http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v30/d337

[5] http://www.dorjeshugden.com/press/proof-of-discrimination/

[6] http://www.karmapa-issue.org/arguments.htm

[8]http://www.westernshugdensociety.org/our-cause/public-announcement/

[9] http://www.karmapa-issue.org/history/controversy.htm

[10] http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/the-controversy/how-the-dalai-lama-is-destroying-a-religion-lie-by-lie/

[11] Personal interview, Shamar Rinpoche’s apartment, New Delhi, 2001

[12] http://www.karmapa-issue.org/arguments.htm

[13] http://www.arebuddhistsracist.com/lamagate_columbia_university.html

No Sangha due to Dalai Lama’s ban, and general ignorance issues

Dear Ven. Geshe-la, Gen-la Khyenrab, Gen Rigpa, and Gen Jampa,

I am writing you this Christmas Eve, to sincerely thank Geshe-la and the others of you that I have had teachings with, and also Gen-la Khyenrab, for teaching valid dharma.

I would like to point out, as this is the 2nd year my family has been completely cut off from all Sangha, that we will not be attending OSG tomorrow.  As I wrap presents for my 5 year old daughter (6 in January) I think, well, I want to give her the real helpful stuff— not just material objects.  Unfortunately since we became NKT people we were shut off from the rest of Buddhism, more or less.  Then, when I told that we (truthfully, before all the Buddhas of the three times and 10 directions, yes I am 100 percent truthful) have a lot of Dalailama,anti-Shugdens in the NKT, we have had no contact at all with anyone, though I did try.  We have been shunned and ostracised from our supposedly Shugden community for saying we have Dalai Lama people.  That’s odd, if we are supposed to be an open democracy.

Everyone came up with different excuses, but none would hold up under scrutiny if they were being slightly Buddhist or truthful.  They are all treating us very badly.  I do not care at all about seeing them from just my own personal wanting to be around people— they have treated us so badly I doubt I will ever trust them again.  However, the issue I would like to raise is that I am completely shut off, no one knows I exist, as a Shugden Buddhist, but thinks the imposters represent the NKT.  Furthermore, it is destroying the cohesion of the community, because we cannot be accepted if I spoke the truth, and my daughter and I neither one have good access to dhama (Rigpa’s FP correspondence often has a substitute who is clearly a fake NKT (really a Dalai Lama person).

So I just wanted to say, that this is no way to allow your school to be represented.  I consider myself a Kagyu at this point, who has a heart commitment to Dorje Shugden.  I can’t consider myself Buddhist otherwise, because the NKT is mostly following the Dalai Lama, who is not a Buddhist, but a cult leader.

Ven. Geshe-la, I hope you will do something.  I consider the treatment people who are genuine will receive at your school will not be as you intended it, but they will be treated worse than dogs and outcastes by the Dalai Lama take-over crew.

I am including, for the sake of contrasting hypocrisy of some “NKT” students/teachers, Geshe-la’s holiday wishes vs. Kelsang Choki’s order for my silence and Steve Cowing, who I am assured speaks with Geshe-la’s voice, order for my never to write him either.

I think your lineage is a fake right now, because it follows the Dalai Lama.

Best,

Kelly Inman

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From: NKT Office <info@kadampa.org>
Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 5:55 AM
Subject: Letter from NKT Education Council
To: kinman26@gmail.com

To Kelly Inman

So far you have written for over 2 years to Gen Jampa, Gen Rigpa, Gen-la Khyenrab, myself and many other people criticising the NKT’s GSD Gen-la Dekyong, without saying one single truthful word. Your letters are filled with your own hallucinations. The NKT has over 1000 Dharma Centres throughout the world and all the people of these Dharma Centres are our witnesses to prove that Gen-la Dekyong is a pure Dharma practitioner especially a sincere Dorje Shugden practitioner. She is the most qualified Dharma Teacher of both sutra and tantra. Her good heart, teachings and her way of showing a good example are unequaled. All NKT people understand this. We can say the same for Gen-la Kunsang. The reason why we did not previously reply to your letters is that we believe from your way writing you appear to have a mental problem so we didn’t want to cause you more suffering.

However now I would like to suggest that you must please stop writing letters like this in the future. We have the collection of all your previous emails. So now you have a choice either please stop writing these kinds of letters or we will pass your previous emails with your information to the police.

Kind regards
Steve Cowing
NKT Education Council

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Kelsang’s Chokyi’s message from two years back, in which she lies, and which was her move to rid her Sangha of Shugdens

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———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kelly Inman <kinman26@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM
Subject:
To: Kelsang Chokyi <rt@sddharma.com>
Cc: “Kelsang, Atisha” <KelsangAtisha@gmail.com>

Dear Chokyi,

I told you everything I told Gen-la Dekyong and Gen Jampa; however, you dismissed it and asked me to speak to no one else about it.  I understand about not speaking to the Sangha generally, but if my resident teacher, who is new, will not listen, then of course I will email other lamas within the NKT.

I do not feel we need to discuss this further; this is in Dorje Shugden’s hands, not yours.

Sincerely,

Kelly Inman

Dear Kelly,

Gen Samten, who is the Resident Teacher at KMC NY, gave me good advice this year. He said, “deal with facts not opinions.” It reminded me of the scriptures that say, ” appearances are deceptive and my opinions are unreliable.”

Kelly, if you can prove to me with facts what you are saying is true, I am happy to receive this information and access it. However, I am unwilling to continue to listen to opinions. You have written to Kelsang Dechok, Gen Atisha, Gen Rigpa, Gen Jampa and Gen-la Dekyong on this issue rather than coming to me about it. Please Kelly watch your actions. There are so many facts that you are unaware of about Gregg Lane and Stephanie Gatschet. Facts that are about helping you and the Center thrive.

Dorje Shugden is a wisdom Buddha. Please use your wisdom and rely upon him instead of your opinions which are driving you to try and create disharmony—know that it will not work because Dorje Shugden is protecting this Center and the actions that I am relying upon him to make.

You and Kristen are in my thoughts and prayers. I do hope that we can resolve this so you can come back to the Center. Please present facts. Please discontinue writing others—this issue is between you and me.

With love and the Guru at my heart,
Chokyi

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Kelsang Chokyi

Resident Teacher
Vajrarupini Kadampa Buddhist Center
619.940.5301

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Letter from AD at VBC: driving out the Shugden Sangha, member by member

Please note:
  My daughter had gone to puja for 3 and 1/2 years, and we were asked not to come back right after I sent a third letter to the NKT “Shugden is a Buddha.” There is a letter on this site backing my daughter’s coming to puja; it was just a completely bogus reason— a way to get rid of the Shugden community by the anti-Shugdens at VBC.

u, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM, Angela Rosenau <admin@sddharma.com> wrote:

Dear Kelly,
It is a most beautiful wish for you to want Kristen to receive imprints by coming to Tsog pujas.  However, in accordance with NKT-IKBU protocol, which is intended to most benefit the community at large, “children may attend empowerments, teachings, and pujas if they can remain still and very quiet so as not to distract others.” At this time, Kristen is at a very active stage in her growth and, accordingly, may not attend pujas. She will, of course, quickly grow past this stage and be happily welcomed back to pujas. In the meantime, as a single mom needing blessings to most benefit you and Kristen, you are always welcome to come to pujas. Louise has kindly offered to babysit Kristen during a WFJ with Tsog or you can plan and budget in a babysitter if you wish on other Tsog days.
Please understand that although Kristen has come to pujas in the past and video link has been set up, the Center is growing and the foyer and other areas are no longer places where you and Kristen can watch via video link. Hopefully, it can bring you joy to adapt to this change and rejoice in knowing that more people are coming to VKBC to meet the Dharma.
t would be deeply appreciated, if you can try to happily accept this and work with VKBC for the benefit of others while rejecting harmful minds that may bring disharmony. In particular, please consider accepting the various ways that VKBC has offered to help you and Kristen connect with the Buddhas.
Please remember, this is all temporary and such momentary challenges can bring the most profound realizations and merit when we sincerely practice cherishing others and patient acceptance.
Most Sincerely,



Angela Rosenau
Administrative Director
Vajrarupini Buddhist Center

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From: Kelly Inman <kinman26@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: policy for children attending puja
To: Angela Rosenau <admin@sddharma.com>
Cc: Kelsang Chokyi <rt@sddharma.com>Hello Angela,

  Thank you for your response.  I am not clear how we are unable to accommodate a video link in the foyer via skype, whether the Center is growing or not.  I have been told by Chokyi not to write the lineage and also not to discuss all the issues I had with people discussing the Dalai Lama with me, trying to dissuade me from VBC, or directly reading zen books from the podium, or I am causing disharmony.  I am causing disharmony even if these people teach our classes and run our temple?  You are accusing those with the heart commitment of causing disharmony, because we will not allow our lineage to degenerate or say nothing when it does.  The Dalai Lama accuses our lineage of causing disharmony as well, but it is only because we want to practice purely and not involve ourselves in political motives.
  The decision to suddenly ban my daughter from LPP, and be unwilling to accommodate us via skype in the foyer, which we have done sometimes in the past, or to simply move a bookshelf to unblock the video link, does seem political, rather than spiritual.  It comes on the heels of our return to puja immediately following a two month leave of absence, at which time I expressed concerns to Gen-la and Gen Jampa via email concerning the spiritual purity of our lineage.  It seems like an RT decision, since she was the one who insisted that Kristen be in the gompa for LPP, and is now basing the new ban on having received an alleged complaint.  When we went out into the community room, 5 feet from the gompa door, obviously that is close enough to hear movement.  She wasn’t actually running around; if that looks imminent I have always taken her outside.  The complaint couldn’t have reasonably come from the AD or the EPC, as neither Angela or Stephanie were at LPP that evening.   As previously stated, since Tom, Louise, Kathleen, and Lora Driscoll all asked us back to puja, and since they combined with Kristen and me form a majority of people that attend LPP on a regular basis, then it seems that we mustn’t be bothering the normal practioners from the foyer.  It does seem that the RT is retaliating against me for having brought up some issues to the lineage.  My daughter is not noisy at puja; not when we are by video link in the foyer.  If there is not a willingness to accommodate Long Protector puja for a child who has come regularly since infancy, and since there is a majority of people who attend that monthly who asked us both back, then I would have to say that it is VBC that is not willing to accommodate  rather than me or my child.  I actually will practice LPP with her at home, as we have done in the two months leave of absence we took; I have a copy of Melodious Drum from Tharpa on my computer.
  Budgeting for babysitters only works if there is enough money to budget from; even without paid babysitting, my daughter and I barely have enough money to make it month to month; I am on Social Security disability, and we have very little money toward basic necessities like food and clothing.  Furthermore, I can’t see any reason to leave someone, who does behave, as Lora’s letters both indicate, under normal circumstances in the foyer.  It does seem like Chokyi’s absolutely insisting that Kristen remain in the gompa for LPP, and instigating a ban just 5 days before Jampa’s arrival, claiming noise, is simply an attempt to severe the ties of my daughter to the practicing Shugden Sangha; she is welcome in the kid’s class, but the kid’s class has not been run by those with the heart committment to Dorje Shugden since Atisha’s departure.Concerning the Kid’s class, I have already written the NKT with my concerns about the Kid’s class and the current situation at VBC which seems rather unfavorable to those of us who have a heart commitment to Dorje Shugden.
  Asking for teachers to uphold Je Tsongkapa’s doctrine is not disharmonious, nor does it stem from a disharmonious mind; it is rather a mind based on the teachings of Je Tsongkapa.  The claim that I am disharmonious for requesting pure teachings and access to lineage blessings for my daughter in puja, begs the immediate question: disharmonious with whom?  I am in complete harmony with Je Tsongkapa and Dorje Shugden here; I have a heart commitment and a wish to help all living beings by having this tradition continue purely, not with hodgepodge doctrines or people who have spoken directly against our lineage influencing our children.
  We consider ourselves members of the NKT, and I will return to VBC only when the pure Kadam dharma is reasonably restored we are no longer ostracized for our heart commitments to pure Kadam dharma, and the retaliation has ceased. 
  Thank you, Angela, for at least communicating with me.  I remember my daughter and I drove to a White Tara empowerment with Kathleen, that Gen Rigpa while Atisha was still in residence.  May White Tara and Dorje Shugden thoroughly bless you, all of VBC, and all sentient beings.
  Sincerely
  Kelly Inman
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Letter to Desmond Tutu, requesting help with removing Shugden ban

Dear Archbishop Desmond Tutu,                                    July 13, 2014

I am writing you this evening to ask your help, as an advocate for human rights, equality, and peace, with a matter that involves an unfortunate move toward segregation and apartheid in Tibetan Buddhist Exile Communities.  I became Buddhist 14 years ago, and had the immense good fortune to first meet Buddhism with Karmapa Thaye Dorje, and Shamar Rinpoche, the latter of whom sadly passed away in late June.  I have read Rinpoche’s book on democracy, for which you were kind enough to provide the forward, and it is in the interest of democracy and human rights that  I am requesting your help.

Though the Buddha taught peace, and definitely taught Buddhists not to harm others, of course the Buddha was teaching ordinary human beings, who sometimes become confused.  I converted from Christianity, back in 2000 to Buddhism; to me, Buddha and Christ are the same being, it is just that some people do better understanding how to become peaceful on the paths of various religions.  We have some issues in Buddhism, though we are definitely supposed to remember, as a basic tenant of Buddhism, not to engage in violence or dogma, with a set of Buddhists being discriminated against; the discrimination began in 1976, but did not become a problem leading to severe segregation and apartheid until 2008.  It has also escalated to violence in some instances, with both sides accusing the other.

The issue is a Buddhist practice (which involves prayers and meditation) toward what was practiced by many before the ban, approximately 30 percent of Tibetans according to the Dalai Lama’s European representative, Dorje Shugden, an aspect of the Buddha of Wisdom, Buddha Manjushri.  As is normal in Vajrayana Buddhism (of which Tibetan Buddhism is a part), the Buddhas sometimes take wrathful (sort of scary faced forms) to protect our practice and to keep us mindful of how to deal with emotions such as anger; in other words, the wrathful Buddhas remind us not to put up with our own anger, but to conquer it as though it were an enemy, realizing that outside sources such as people are not the cause of our anger; it is in our control to conquer anger; anger is the enemy not other beings.  My first school, which was the Karma Kagyu, for instance, relies on a wrathful emanation of Buddha called Mahakala; this is the practice that Shamar Rinpoche used to do daily; I used to sit in on these practices with him in the United States and Nepal, as is normal for his students; eventually, due to having moved physically far away from Rinpoche’s Centers, I prayed to the Buddhas to find me a place to take my daughter for blessings; I was lead to a Kadampa Buddhist Center, which happens to do the practice which was banned in 1976 in India.  Please understand, Shamar Rinpoche, was one of my first two teachers, the other being H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje; the the Dalai Lama, who is not historically in charge of choosing reincarnations in schools other than his (Shamar Rinpoche is a different school, Kagyu, than the Gelugpa Dalai Lama); the Dalai Lama, who picked China’s candidate and over-rode Shamar Rinpoche’s authority in doing so, is also the one who banned this Protector practice, instigating severe segregation toward practitioners of this aspect of Buddha.

Please understand, the Dalai Lama has never been my teacher, and I was completely unconcerned with his opinion, much like if the Methodists would try to pick the Pope for the Catholics or tell the Catholics what prayers to say , I don’t suppose the Catholics would really listen to the Methodists, as that is not their church.  (I used to be Methodist!  That is why I picked them for the example, because I don’t imagine they would do such a thing).  When I got to this school, I knew that the Protector Practice (Buddha Dorje Shugden) was banned by the Dalai Lama for Tibetans; I am however, unconcerned with his opinion regarding spiritual matters, and this school, the New Kadampa Tradition, had formed its own western-oriented school back in the 1970s or 1980s.  (They do not recognize Tibetan lamas, and do things in a democratic fashion.)  Having been to India and Nepal back in 2001, I was aware there was a ban on this practice; back then Tibetans in exile were afraid to associate with Shugden practitioners because they were afraid of violence from the Dalai Lama’s more fanatical followers.  As western Kagyu practitioners (who didn’t do the Shugden practice), some of my friends and I would do business with the Shugden practitioners; when I went to Kalimpong to visit Shamar Rinpoche and Karmapa, a group of us stayed in a hostel run by Shugden people, and then would go to Buddhist practices and empowerments at Karmapa’s house.  I don’t think that Karmapa or Shamar Rinpoche had a problem with this, or they would have said so.

The Dalai Lama claims that the prayers I am doing, and that 30 percent of Tibetans (including the Dalai Lama himself) did before he banned them, are to a spirit, rather than a Buddha.  Forgive me, but the Dalai Lama is not in charge of Tibetan or other Buddhism, or even of his own school, Gelugpa (the Ganden Tripa is in charge of the Gelugpa school, the Karmapa in charge of the Kagyu, and so on).  Furthermore, I am sure that we can rememberEurope at the time of kings, and think back to when the ruler would decide that everyone had to be Catholic or a certain type of Protestant; everyone else was evil, according to the monarch, and often had to be killed.  At any rate, the Dalai Lama is certainly entitled to his own opinion, and is welcome to say what prayers he likes.  However, neither he nor the CTA has any right to exclude people from shops, medical care, primary schools, etc. if they happen to say these prayers.

As a Shugden practitioner, the difficulty with working for peace and ending what has started to become segregation leading toward a type of apartheid, is that the Dalai Lama is a powerful international figure, who often says the right words about peace.  However, his follow through on actions that uphold his words would be very helpful.  You see, the Dalai Lama and some very prominent figures in Tibetan Buddhism, such as Columbia University’s Robert Thurman and the Dalai Lama’s CTA, claim that there is no ban, there never was a ban, and the only thing that the Dalai Lama did was ask people who do my daily prayers not to come to his teachings and empowerments.  While of course he can decide who he wants at teaching and empowerments, and honestly, since I have not the slightest interest in going to his teachings etc., that certainly doesn’t bother me.  The issue though, is that in Tibetan Buddhism, that when the Dalai Lama takes disciples, which he does in vast numbers, he asks them, apparently, not to associate spiritually or materially with anyone who does my daily prayer, that of Dorje Shugden.  This becomes a big problem in exile, not only is it unkind to ostracize people, but actually it is very difficult, for Tibetans in exile to be excluded from shops and medical care in their own communities.  Often, these exiled people, who are not wealthy, of course do not own cars; when the shopkeepers from their own Tibetan settlements will not sell to them, then sometimes they have to walk upwards of 15 miles each way to Indian shops that will sell to them.  Furthermore, the CTA funds clinics, which are sometimes in monasteries, which are supposed to be open to all Tibetans in exile; however, there are signs posted, sometimes in English and often in Tibetan, that ask Shugden followers not to enter the monastery, even the clinic, as they don’t support our practice.

Robert Thurman recently wrote an article in the Huffington Posts where he suggests that this segregation toward Shugden people is all made up, that anyone who does these prayers to Dorje Shugden is following China, etc..  However, it is not made up, as I can assure you, as I visited India and Nepal back in 2001 when some of the ostracism had begun.  Furthermore, in 2008, the Dalai Lama’s and his government in exile made Tibetans sign yellow cards, which swore an oath not to practice the Shugden practice or associate with any Shugden followers.  People would ask each other to present these yellow cards to get access to Tibetan shops, health care etc.  The Tibetan government in exile also asked any medical personnel to give up this practice in order to remain working in medicine.

It is difficult, as I am sure given your history and understanding of extreme apartheid in South Africa, you would understand, to have our voices heard against such a powerful political figure.  Furthermore, it is difficult because the Dalai Lama to many represents the struggle for freedom and democracy from communism; while I am completely for democratic governments, and while I have never liked communism, I feel that in modern society, we need to respect the rights of various groups, rather than staying with what a dictator, or former dictator would like.

Concerning whether the practice is bad, I have to tell you that I wrote the Karmapa that Shamar Rinpoche picked and asked him if it would be okay if I could sometimes come to his Centers for teachings and blessings, even though I do this Shugden practice.  The Karmapa (Thaye Dorje, Shamar Rinpoche’s recognition— there are two recognitions) said that it was no problem from the Kagyu side, in an email he sent via his personal secretary.  I have attended a few Kagyu teachings, with a lama named Ole, and I keep mostly to my main prayers and meditations, as well as teachings from the Kadampa (Shugden) school.

The Dalai Lama’s CTA tries to claim that we are sectarian, that we cause division, because we won’t give up prayers if the Dalai Lama tells us to.  They also accuse us of being with China, which I assure you I am not, nor do I know anyone who is.  The reincarnation that the Dalai Lama recognized of his own former teacher Trijang Rinpoche (who lives in Vermont, U.S.A. due to death threats from Tibetans in India), asked permission from the Dalai Lama to do these prayers; the Dalai Lama gave grudging permission, but some of the Dalai Lama’s more fanatical followers still think anyone who teaches these prayers to others is evil.  This is simply that people are not well educated and do not understand that in the west we already determined that people had to be allowed basic human rights like allowing people to live, do commerce, receive medical attention, etc., regardless of what prayers they may say.

I am not entirely sure what the Dalai Lama’s real reasons may be for the ban, though I suspect they are political; the Dalai Lama did propose to unite all of Tibetan Buddhism under his command several years back; this was met with opposition by the other schools, including the 16th Karmapa and Gelugpa lamas in his own school, some of whom did the Shugden practice.  The Gelugpa school has had a long-standing issue with the Kagyus; just for the record, back in the time of the 5th Dalai Lama, the 5th Dalai Lama invited Mongol invaders to Tibet; the Mongol- Gelugpa alliance killed by decapitation virtually all the abbots of 1000 Kagyu monestaries, the Kagyu monestaries were forcibly converted to Gelugpa, and Kagyu monks were slaughtered (about 7000) and the 10th Karmapa went into exile in order not to be killed.  I mention this so you can understand, the history of Tibet is not an always peaceful happy one; even though they were Buddhists, like I said, people can get confused.  Furthermore, just so you understand, the Dalai Lamas were never in charge of all of Tibetan Buddhism (according to Shamar Rinpoche).  Actually this is quite obvious if we look at the history of Tibet; the Karmapa was the first recognized line of lamas and never relied on the Dalai Lamas for recognition, especially since the first 300 years of the Karmapa’s line, there were no Dalai Lamas yet.  (Shamar Rinpoche’s line happens to be the 2nd line of reincarnate lamas recognized in Tibet).

Please ArchBishop Tutu, I am asking you, as an ordinary non-sectarian Buddhist who happens to do prayers to this banned Buddha, would you please, in the interest of world peace and harmony, as a Nobel laureate yourself, please help us end the segregation of Shugden people in exile? Since the Dalai Lama says there is no segregation, but that it is up to individual people whether to discriminate against us,  I am requesting if there is some diplomatic way, perhaps you could try to request of His Holiness Dalai Lama, that he make a public statement, to please treat Shugden Buddhists as equals; to please encourage his followers that associating materially with us is good, and harmonious.  I think the Dalai Lama recently spoke against the caste system in India, which is in line with both Buddha and Gandhi.  However, because he believes people who do my prayers to be doing something evil, he has not asked his followers to please let us in their shops, to please try to be friendly and harmonious with us. Right now the discrimination is so bad, that families have been cut off from contact with each other, because the mother does Shugden and the children married into families that didn’t etc..  Always it is the Shugden people who are cut off from friends and families.  Please understand,  I wish only the best for the Dalai Lama, and pray for the long lives of all Buddhist teachers, including the Dalai Lama.  If the Dalai Lama would make a public statement for people to embrace their family and relatives who do this practice, to do commerce with us, etc., then this would clear up any misunderstandings that people may have concerning whether the Dalai Lama wants them to treat us badly.  They seem to be treating us badly, based on what they believe he wants.

In closing, there has been violence; a triple murder in the 1990s, that was blamed on Shugden followers, but never proven.  The CTA currently blames my current school among others for having a hand in this violence; I know that the founder of my current school, Geshe Kelsang Gyastso, would never order a death.  Interestingly, Robert Thurman, who claims we are lying about the ban and tries to imply that we are the ones that wanted three monks to die in the 1990s, also claimed that an account in a book against Shamar Rinpoche, in which a woman named Lea Therune accused Shamar Rinpoche of murder, was “valid and reasonable.”  I knew Shamar Rinpoche years ago, and I can assure you, there is no way he would order a death.  Also, there have been people harmed and killed who did Shugden, burned in their own houses, recently there has been a beating of a very elderly Shugden monk, and a lot of important Shugden teachers have had to go into hiding in fear for their lives.  Please understand, it is a difficult political situation, in which some people are very devoted to a teacher (the Dalai Lama) and never want him to be wrong.

I am asking, if perhaps, you could encourage peace among everybody, regardless of what practice (prayers/meditation combination) that they do, and ask the Dalai Lama to explicitly say we want to be peaceful and respectful with the Dorje Shugden practitioners, we would like peace on both sides, and that commerce and normal relationships should be okay between them.  Please understand, I only want peace for everyone, every being, throughout space and time.  The Buddha never condoned violence.

Thank you for your valuable time and consideration.  I will ask that you join me in praying for our world and whatever prayers you normally say for the deceased for Shamar Rinpoche.  (I am praying for his swift rebirth).

Yours in harmony,

Kelly Inman

P.S. The main teacher (founder of my school) is more or less in hiding for his life, thus I do not have his email address.  I am going to cc to the Eastern National Spiritual Director of the U.S., who happens to be a devoted Shugden practitioner (that varies right now in my school) so that you may contact him, would you like to attempt communication with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.  Thank you.

Steve Cowing now refuses to allow communication with Ven. Geshe-la

This is from Steve Cowing, saying he will not give Geshe-la an email from me. Whitewashing and suppression. of the Shugdens in the NKT. If you scroll you will see my response below.
NKT Office
10:59 AM (1 hour ago)

to me
To Kelly Inman

I can’t pass your email to Venerable Geshe-la
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Dear Venerable Geshe-la,
Your organization clearly has people who are misleading in their responses. Please help declare the NKT impure due to Dalai Lama style transmissions and please live for a very long time.
Dear Steve Cowing, Gen Rigpa, Gen Jampa, and Gen-la Khyenrab,
If you think there is not one truthful word, then we should debate. And also, I asked which emails you received when. Certainly at first I was not criticizing anyone, just saying you have impure transmission and that Peng mentioned to changing Dharma Protectors in class.
That this is not true is not accurate, nor does it give me the information about which emails were received when. Please understand that I consider you must forward this to Venerable Geshe-la.
You should not threaten a person with police action but realize that you yourself and others could be implicated in a cover-up that some of you have harassed Shugden practitioners by pretending to be in our group when you were with the Dalai Lama instead.
Happy Buddha’s return from heaven day, by the old calendar.
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From: NKT Office <info@kadampa.org>
Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 5:55 AM
Subject: Letter from NKT Education Council

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To Kelly Inman

So far you have written for over 2 years to Gen Jampa, Gen Rigpa, Gen-la Khyenrab, myself and many other people criticising the NKT’s GSD Gen-la Dekyong, without saying one single truthful word. Your letters are filled with your own hallucinations. The NKT has over 1000 Dharma Centres throughout the world and all the people of these Dharma Centres are our witnesses to prove that Gen-la Dekyong is a pure Dharma practitioner especially a sincere Dorje Shugden practitioner. She is the most qualified Dharma Teacher of both sutra and tantra. Her good heart, teachings and her way of showing a good example are unequaled. All NKT people understand this. We can say the same for Gen-la Kunsang. The reason why we did not previously reply to your letters is that we believe from your way writing you appear to have a mental problem so we didn’t want to cause you more suffering.

However now I would like to suggest that you must please stop writing letters like this in the future. We have the collection of all your previous emails. So now you have a choice either please stop writing these kinds of letters or we will pass your previous emails with your information to the police.

Kind regards
Steve Cowing
NKT Education Council Secretary
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to NKT, Gen, Gen
Dear Steve,
I am curious if you can tell me on whose authority it is that you cannot give my letter to Ven. Geshe-la?
I am wondering what on earth you would contact the police for? I have cced everything I wrote to you guys to either Rigpa,Atisha,Jampa or Lhachog, and generally forwarded a copy to the others just mentioned. If there is something that would warrant police action, I am curious what that would be.
I am not sure why you will not tell me what emails you received and when? I certainly asked you enough times.
I do not think it is good for a secretary to refuse to forward emails or respond either, not when it deals with lineage purity. You have also accused me of lying, but without a dialogue.
Please respond.
Thank you,
Kelly Inman

NKT’s Steve Cowing responds after 2 years of no response— accuses me of complete lying: still does not confirm which emails he receives when

From: NKT Office <info@kadampa.org>
Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 5:55 AM
Subject: Letter from NKT Education Council
To: kinman26@gmail.com

To Kelly Inman

So far you have written for over 2 years to Gen Jampa, Gen Rigpa, Gen-la Khyenrab, myself and many other people criticising the NKT’s GSD Gen-la Dekyong, without saying one single truthful word. Your letters are filled with your own hallucinations. The NKT has over 1000 Dharma Centres throughout the world and all the people of these Dharma Centres are our witnesses to prove that Gen-la Dekyong is a pure Dharma practitioner especially a sincere Dorje Shugden practitioner. She is the most qualified Dharma Teacher of both sutra and tantra. Her good heart, teachings and her way of showing a good example are unequaled. All NKT people understand this. We can say the same for Gen-la Kunsang. The reason why we did not previously reply to your letters is that we believe from your way writing you appear to have a mental problem so we didn’t want to cause you more suffering.

However now I would like to suggest that you must please stop writing letters like this in the future. We have the collection of all your previous emails. So now you have a choice either please stop writing these kinds of letters or we will pass your previous emails with your information to the police.

Kind regards
Steve Cowing
NKT Education Council

To see my first letter to the NKT, which was crtitical not at all, please see:

https://redblackfireandwind.wordpress.com/…/first-letter-to…/

Dear Venerable Geshe-la,
Your organization clearly has people who are misleading in their responses. Please help declare the NKT impure due to Dalai Lama style transmissions and please live for a very long time.
Dear Steve Cowing, Gen Rigpa, Gen Jampa, and Gen-la Khyenrab,
If you think there is not one truthful word, then we should debate. And also, I asked which emails you received when. Certainly at first I was not criticizing anyone, just saying you have impure transmission and that Peng mentioned to changing Dharma Protectors in class.
That this is not true is not accurate, nor does it give me the information about which emails were received when. Please understand that I consider you must forward this to Venerable Geshe-la.
You should not threaten a person with police action but realize that you yourself and others could be implicated in a cover-up that some of you have harassed Shugden practitioners by pretending to be in our group when you were with the Dalai Lama instead.
Happy Buddha’s return from heaven day, by the old calenda

Financial Issues at VBC Part II: high interest, retroactive stipends and ambiguous books

This was the email that was accidentally forwarded to me last October, by a Sangha member, who along with many others, does not appear allowed to talk to me; it appears at KMC San Diego, all financial and spiritual decisions are made by a select oligarchy; XXXX, who is asking for a retroactive stipend, refused to allow me to pay less than 85 dollars a month (full price) for FP from the day I moved from the homeless shelter in spring 2010 until she stepped down in spring 2011, except for one month when she granted an exception.  She would not respond to my emails regarding offers to volunteer, she did very little work for us, but wanted a retroactive stipend, after telling us that VBC (now KMC San Diego) got her for free.

  As mentioned in previous letters to the educational council/financial council, XXXX would tell me we were in danger of the NKT closing the Center if I didn’t pay her full price.  Since I had wanted lojong teachings since 2001, and since this was my first opportunity to study lojong in depth, I paid her, though I did ask at least 3 times, with a few months interval for a reduction in price.  I could not believe my good fortune in receiving such systematic teachings from someone of Gen Atisha’s quality of instruction; I did not want to drop out of the class, which seems, as often happens at KMC San Diego, to be the only option for Shugden people who can’t pay.
 My understanding is that XXXX was one of the founding members of the community, and put a loan out against the mortgage on her house; the building that KMC San Diego is in, was negotiated at a very high mortgage, and we have all been run into the ground paying it back.  Some of the people who are responsible for taking out the mortgage and finding the building are the same ones that talked against Geshe Kelsang, the Dorje Shugden practice or switched our transmissions to zen in the classroom right after they got Atisha to leave.
  I do not know much about the finances, as the finances are kept from the community at large.  My understanding is that the books are closed; we are not to know what happens with the books or have any say in the decision process; only a select few can find out what is going on.  I do understand that some people took loans out against retirements and homes, to start VBC.  I am not sure who those people were, but I also understand that after they took these out, at a high mortgage and with a high interest rate, that the KMC San Diego community is supposed to pay them back.  Since some of these same people are also talking against our transmissions and trying to switch us to zen Rime and tao, then I think it is worthwhile to look thoroughly at the books, who received scholarships vs who did not, ect.; not to mention what happened to our scholarship funds etc.  I am going to attach two documents that detail the financial issues as happened to me; since no normal Sangha can have any idea what is going on financially or in any running of the Center, I can really only comment on what little I know.  Thanks.  Please find email below, accidentally sent to me, apparently, when my friend was on medication for back pain.  I am sending this, though I do fear retribution from my local community, since they don’t seem allowed to communicate about anything financial.  I do not wish to get XXXX in trouble, since this was accidentally sent, but I think we need transparency in what we are doing; XXXX even asking for a retroactive stipend after how horribly she treated people at our Center is quite over the top to me.

  Attached are two documents concerning Financial issues, VBC in crisis, which details what appears to be the beginning of the spiritual take-over of VBC by anti-Shugden people, and Chokyi’s (the RT) order to me not to write anyone but her regarding these matters.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: XXXX
Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Subject: Fw: update

          They should be authorized because there is a board action saying VBC is going to give me the stipend.
             Was this from the current board or the board at the time of the financial situation?  I am shocked that XXXX
             has a problem with this.

          BTW, I am fighting to regain my confidence and final nail in the faith in Buddhism.  This may end up putting the f

Hi XXXX,

We met and now I am waiting…. somehow I am not surprised.

I was asked about some kind of thing where ordained waive their stipend if they don’t take it.  I explained that I could have taken it but was concerned re cash flow…. should I just have taken it?  I suspect the Board will want to pay it to me but there will be some resistance – at least with XXXX.  But I did explain to her (but refused to tell the Board) that the stipend was to offset my direct costs of being the AD.  I was clear with the Board that there were reasons and I have certain views about things… but I would not disclose them because that is not why the payments should be authorized.  They should be authorized because there is a board action saying VBC is going to give me the stipend.

The interest is pretty convoluted by now   lol.  So they need to find a folder that has the paid note in it and see what notations XXXX left behind at the time.

I have asked for swift action and that the monthly payment be enough to make a difference in my life.

So we shall see.

Love,
XXXX

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM, XXXX wrote:

      Good luck!!!  Let me know the outcome OK?

From: XXXX
To: XXXX
Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 4:31 PM
Subject: update

Hi XXXX,

Well I finally heard from them.  I asked for 2 options so they sent me one  🙂

Seems they plan to discuss both topics.  So much for my preference to take care of the interest and then address the stipend.

I guess I will be meeting with the board on Friday at 6pm.  Think good thoughts.

Hostage to the Dalai Lama: Attempted take-over in NKT by anti-Shugden management

 

Dear Gen Rigpa and Gen Jampa, September 12, 2013

I am writing the both of you, because I need to express my concern about communication at VBC and within the NKT.   I appreciate that my favorite Dharma Protector is under ban from the Dalai Lama, a “lama” who is influential, mostly as a result of his political power.  I also appreciate that we might sometimes get people, as mentioned previously, who are new to the NKT and sincerely did not know that we are under ban from the Dalai Lama, who though is not really in charge of any school of Buddhism, still has enough political clout to intimidate and confuse others.  While I appreciate very much that we want to be able to teach our dharma without degenerating into constantly discussing the Dalai Lama, and while I also appreciate that it might be difficult to discern whether people, professing to like Shugden or not, are actually being truthful, I do feel that we need some sort of ability to talk to one another, at least during spiritual emergencies, which I feel is what we now have.

I am quite sure I am not the first person in the NKT to have had people trying to persuade me to leave; I have seen blogs where people mentioned that FPMT people try to tell them that they are spirit worshipping by going to the NKT; so I am not the first.  However, I wonder how many people are approached by such people, have their teacher ousted and then the anti-Shugden people do a one eighty and jump on the podium with anything but Kadam dharma coming out of their mouths?  I really hope the only time this happened was to VBC.

Regardless of who this may have happened to, of course it is important that we keep our transmissions pure and actually have time to receive them, rather than talking about the Dalai Lama all the time.  That said, I have to share with you that when the very unusual dharmas started to happen in earnest under Amy, I had been coming to the Center for 2 years already, and had been Buddhist 9 years prior to that; since “NKT” people had previously already started to openly try to convert me to the Dalai Lama’s school, I did at that point ask a few ‘senior’ practioners basically what was up with that: was that normal, etc.?  Now, I realize that I definitely told a few people about this that I didn’t need to talk to about it, especially at the beginning, though I have to say I told very few.  I did pick some people who taught, simply because I trusted them to be NKT people; however, this was obviously a mistake to assume that the NKT is always putting NKT people into teach.  At any rate, it took me a long time to talk, because I was afraid of disparaging others; also I did not think it odd that people might have the mistaken impression that the Dalai Lama is the Buddhist Pope since that is the popular impression.  So, when people kept trying to get me to leave the Center, talking down Geshe-la and talking up the Dalai Lama, I only thought it was a little odd, but didn’t worry about it, assuming that the people were just having doubts.  When these people then flipped around and wanted to teach as soon as Atisha left I was concerned, because I couldn’t figure out why someone would change their mind that fast from being so dubious about the NKT to wanting to spread the NKT’s doctrine by teaching it.  I of course had not mentioned peoples’ doubts to anyone else, as I don’t generally talk much about what others tell me privately, especially about personal religious beliefs.

So, while I can appreciate too that I might talk to the wrong people, or that people might be afraid to talk to me, because maybe they think I really would like the Dalai Lama after all (please purify that, Buddha, if that is what they would think), I still think that communication is now necessary.  Obviously, had I a chance to know that this sort of thing happens somewhat regularly (being approached and having non-NKT people try to convert us), I would have known not to waste my time with people when they tried to do this.  Also, if more open dialogue were possible, maybe I would have not needed to talk to so many people to try to work out what to do when people who tried to get me to leave the lineage one week wanted to teach in it the next.  Basically, I didn’t know who to tell after my teacher (Atisha) was removed; Rigpa was the Principal teacher, but was still spending half the time teaching in his own Center in L.A.; I did try to tell Rigpa some of it, the summer after Atisha left, but I kept the version very abridged as it wasn’t clear to me yet that a take-over might be underway and I had always read that we shouldn’t talk about others to the lama; at the time I just thought we had some spies from the Dalai Lama school and said so; however, I had not yet worked out that maybe they were actually trying to take our podium and maybe our Center rather than just dissuade people from coming.  At any rate, Rigpa had always been leaving back to L.A. by the time the kids’ class, which used to be at noon, was happening.  So, it would have been complicated for him to know what was going on, since he wouldn’t have been there all the time; besides that, I was being lied to(for instance when Gregg Lane assured me that he wanted to stay with the Geshe Kelsang books and immediately read zen) so much that it was hard to know what was supposed to be happening; when Amy mentioned in class we might not stay with Dorje Shugden as our Dharma Protector, I really thought she was just announcing a policy change within the NKT; she was after all, RT while a Shugden practioner (Rigpa) was Principal teacher, so  when she announced that we sometimes change dharma protectors and that Shugden might not be ours forever in the NKT, I thought it must be coming from high up in the lineage.  At that point, I couldn’t decide how I would be able to stay in the NKT if they changed Dharma Protectors, but it did make sense that they might be doing so, since they had just ousted Atisha, who clearly was devoted to the practice.

If I had known what to do or whom to approach, I would not have needed to involve anyone from the general Sangha, but I did not know; the teacher had just been yanked away from us, with no real explanation, other than he wasn’t bringing in enough money.  Since ousting a teacher for monetary concerns is inconsistent with the spirit of the bodhisattva vow (placing business concerns ahead of spiritual concerns), I had to conclude that the dharma in San Diego was having issues and also degenerating.

Since these people seem to be staging a take-over of our little VBC, and also since there seems to be more of them in other Centers (please reference “Gen Choma’s disregard of Shugden,” “Shugden is a Buddha,” and “Golden Mala”), I think it might be prudent to try to discuss the possibility of nearly- forced conversions to the Dalai Lama’s impure transmissions.  After all, those of us that have a heart commitment would need Kadampa teachings and practices, which is why we come to NKT Centers; when they place the very worst, most politically influenced dharma on the podiums in front of us, then we are basically hostages to the wishes of the feudal dictator of former Tibet.  The NKT is one of the few places Shugden people can openly practice; it is one of the few places with pure Kadam dharma, and while it is possible to go to a teaching at more open minded schools of Buddhism even as an openly Shugden practioner, the fact remains that if we wanted to study Kadam dharma, then the NKT is supposed to be right for us. However, if the teaching standards are not high enough to insure that we don’t have the Dalai Lama’s students taking the podium, looking down on us as degenerate spirit worshipers while ‘teaching’ us the worst most impure dharmas of the modern era, then we become like hostages to the Dalai lama even within the NKT.  We cannot go anywhere else to get pure Kadam dharma, but if we come to our own Centers we will find polluted political nonsense aimed at ending our school and practice.  That our root teacher is in hiding, which makes it difficult to see him is bad enough; that he is in hiding is of course due to the fanaticism of Dalai Lama followers who would murder him; if they are willing to murder for the Dalai Lama, then of course they are willing to lie.  They may think they are helping us by removing any trace of our Protector from the earth, whom they view as a spirit leading us all to the lower realms.  If we are too devoted to Dorje Shugden then we are really super evil and can leave, in their view.

So why would we have such loose teaching standards that having these people teach would be so easy?  We really need to change the teaching standards so it is more probable that the person is a sincere Geshe Kelsang/Dorje Shugden practioner rather than one from another school, particularly the political Dalai Lama school with its broken transmissions.

Concerning VBC, we need to do a massive overhaul; I have mentioned several issues in previous papers; though I understand that we cannot expect immediate results, I do hope we can encourage the Dalai Lama people to go elsewhere by removing them from their power positions.  I can appreciate that we may have put them there thinking they would network with each other, but enough is enough.  Obviously, the FPMT, or whoever they exactly are, having no Centers of their own in places like San Diego, wish to convert some of our Centers in order to destroy Geshe Kelsang’s school?  So why not make it harder for them to do so?  In the meantime, I am not sure how it is helpful to treat people as abysmally as my daughter and I have been treated at VBC and at this year’s CADC.  I find it amazing for my lojong practice, but the problem is that my daughter and others wouldn’t have the lojong transmissions yet this life.

And why do we have to be ostracized and disallowed from our normal activities just because I won’t go along with having my daughter only in a kids’ class?  The Kid’s class has had many problems since Atisha left, including improper transmissions; the current teacher was one who pretended to befriend me, came to my home, and tried to convert me away from the NKT on more than one occasion.   So, I can’t go to that and I can’t let my child be around that, since the last thing I would do is take her to the Dalai Lama’s school, or someone who is sympathetic enough to the Dalai Lama school to wish for our Dharma Protector practice to end.  If soon we could go back to the former style video link for puja and empowerments, we could have some connection with part of our Sangha (if there remains any of the puja people who haven’t gotten run off).  I am again requesting that we could have video link for tsog pujas.  I am also going to suggest that while we are working out the teaching standards etc., that it might be good to temporarily stop both kid’s classes; as mentioned in earlier papers neither are taught by anyone with any credibility concerning propagating Shugden.  There was some confusion between Atisha’s departure, Amy’s tenure, and Chokyi’s early time here that allowed for people to start teaching who did not need to be here.  Chokyi’s choice of EPC is rather dubious concerning Shugden (please see previous papers) so I am not sure why exactly we are supposed to trust her.  Since they are teaching our children, I am just suggesting, that there could be some skillful way that perhaps in the next few months, VBC could put a stop to their teaching.  We need our dharma to flourish for many lifetimes to come; obviously we want to affirm to this generation that our lineage is not only good but really indispensable to the full enlightenment of all living beings.

In closing, I am sending this to both National Spiritual Directors, because I am really hoping we can work something out to help the pure Kadam dharma flourish again in San Diego; karmically I think it is very similar to the forced conversions at the time of the 5th Dalai Lama; pure teachers (Kagyus) were removed (by beheading them) and 5th Dalai Lama backed teachers were put in their place.  Obviously, we had a pure teacher removed (thank goodness not by beheading him) and we have had people replacing our pure transmissions with those of the 14th Dalai Lama and anyone who isn’t Shugden (which is still the wish of the 14th Dalai Lama).  I have been doing Vajrasattva for like 3 years so maybe my part of this (as well as others) will purify soon.

Thank you very much for your time.

Best regards,

Kelly Inman

Removing the NKT GSD

May 1, 2014

Dear Gen-la Khyenrab, Gen Jampa, Gen Rigpa, and Roy Tyson,

I have written extensively in the past year and a half, regarding spiritual impurities in the NKT; I have often been told, by Kelsang Chokyi, and others, that I am not to see the impurities of others; my voice has been silenced, and I have been removed from my Sangha, for saying anything against the zen and Dalai Lama teachings that we were taught in our Center, by one of Gen-la’s appointees.  Having given this information to the GSD, there has been no improvement; indeed her teachings at the U.S. festival seem to indicate we are not to criticize anything she does.

Given that the appointment, for example, of Amy Peng was under the jurisdiction of Gen-la Dekyong, I would say that Gen-la Dekyong does not give the appearance of having the best interest for the NKT’s teachings, as brought to the west by Geshe-la, at heart.  She took away the pure voice of Tsongkapa (in the form of Gen Atisha), replaced it with someone who allowed zen, and also then put in a yes-person, in the form of Kelsang Chokyi, who has left the Dalai Lama and zen people in positions of power.  There has been no improvement, despite my writing, on this tradition’s acknowledgement that people like Gen Choma, who disregard Shugden, should be asked to leave.  Instead, we are told by Gen-la Dekyong not to criticize others at the U.S. Festival, and only to watch our minds; she indicates, in a false teaching, that this is the ONLY thing we can do; she implies that speaking against others is not allowed by Buddha.  This is clearly not the case, as Buddha himself told people to stop bad behaviors; if he never told them that certain behaviors were best avoided, then how would he have taught us?

Furthermore, under Gen-la Dekyong we had the 6 month teacher training program which has allowed many inexperienced and frankly most likely unqualified teachers to be put in power; according to Gen-la, though the Buddha also taught that teachers must be qualified, if someone is teaching, then of course, if we say anything, then we are critiquing others, so anyone she puts in would have immunity.  For me, this is a misuse of dharma, and also breaks our internal rules, as it allows a dictatorship of Gen-la Dekyong’s decisions and also shows a bad example.  Showing a bad example by deliberately misteaching dharma is an example of breaking the first rule below; according to me Gen-la Dekyong is giving the appearance of at least breaking the first and 4th rules; therefore, we should show some interest in asking her to step down.  Basically, Gen-la Dekyong’s refusal to do anything about the zen, Dalai Lama, etc., teachers and give misuseof dharma teachings, saying we are never allowed to criticize others, has lead to a dictatorship, and also a lack of Dorje Shugden’s pure dharmas being spread.  I understand Gen-la is to give the empowerment of Dorje Shugden; however, she does not have the appearance of the heart commitment; she can say anything she wants with her mouth, but if she isn’t upholding the teachings in action then I would say she cannot in reality give the empowerment.  After writing Gen-la Dekyong and the NKT, I have been so silenced in my community that I cannot speak to anyone regarding anything; everyone has told me I am non-virtuous for saying anything, which is the sort of teaching that Gen-la gives; Gen-la has a nice dictatorship going for the next 4 to 5 years unless we can either persuade her to step down or remove her, on the basis of allowing the Kadam Dharma to degenerate;  I have written extensively on these matters, yet Gen-la’s speech seems determined to disallow dissent; don’t talk about others or criticize others, when mis-applied means that we cannot say anything against Gen-la’s decisions.  Please, for the sake of all living beings, will you begin the process of removal of Gen-la Dekyong; if she will not agree to immediately step down, then please ask the committee or council in charge of her removal to please remove her as quickly as possible.

My argument is that Gen-la Dekyong is guilty of the fourth point, due to placement of non-Shugden teachers in our tradition and allowing Dalai Lama/zen teachings to go unchecked in California and New York.  Therefore, she causes the NKT-IKBU to degenerate (such as by allowing teachers who follow other spiritual traditions).  Even if she does not speak about the other traditions herself, if she accepts and appoints teachers who do not follow our tradition, then she is guilty of  not following our tradtion, as she is the head of it.  Gen-la Dekyong allows the other traditions to remain and replaces, with no discernible valid cause, perfect teachers such as Gen Atisha with people who do not follow Shugden and who teach zen, among other issues.  Please see the several documents I have written on these topics, and please, for the sake of all living beings, may we get a valid and qualified Shugden GSD.

Please, I also request that we can revoke most or all teaching positions that Dekyong assigned during her tenure, as regarding the 6 month teacher training it takes not much information about qualified guides to see the need to have more than an alleged 2 year interest to spread the holy Kadampa teachings.  I request that you talk to Geshe-la and get his help if you need it; I see this is a teaching on how to properly remove a GSD.  If we do not remove her, then we will have no way to properly teach the dharma, we will have more qualified guides replaced, and we will have too many people in positions of power in the NKT when Geshe-la shows passing.  Please, for the sake of all living beings,  remove Gen-la Dekyong from her position, and due to her breaking the internal rules, do not allow her to teach again in the NKT.   For the sake of all living beings, I ask you, please give us Shugden GSDs and NSDs (please avoid Morten as well for NSD selection).  Thank you.

Gen-la Dekyong breaks at least points one and four below; I would actually argue that if she does not work for Shugden when we are under ban in a more pro-active way, that she breaks all four of them, which does appear to be the case.

7§1. If a GSD:
• sets a bad example, such as by breaking his or her ordination vows; or
• intentionally breaks these Internal Rules; or
• shows no interest in working for the development of the NKT-IKBU; or
• causes the NKT-IKBU to degenerate (such as by following other spiritual traditions),
then the two elected Directors and four main executive officers of the Charity may by majority agreement recommend to the Members of the Charity that the GSD be removed. The Members shall then have the authority to remove the GSD by majority vote.

Best regards,

May our Karma Run Over their Dogma

Note: Kelsang Chokyi is the RT at KMC San Diego, who basically excommunicated me after  I wrote the NKT about her allowing anti-Shugdens to teach; the NKT office GSD/DSD/ have never replied for two years on anything, despite repeated requests. That would be strange, for a Shugden school not to reply to any of this, assuming the upper management were all with Shugden.

Dear Gen Rigpa, Gen Jampa, Ed council reps, et al.,                                                             9-16-2013

 Having been ousted, along with my daughter, from our Kadampa Center of several years (VBC, San Diego), I am not sure what to do at this point, or where we belong. However, I am quite sure that I appreciate pure Buddhadharma and I do consider Dorje Shugden to protect pure Dharma and Geshe Kelsang to manifest pure Dharma.  I do not consider that my daughter and I have been treated fairly by Kelsang Chokyi, and I cannot accept that I must lie in order to be ‘harmonious’ at VBC.  For this reason I am registering another formal complaint against Kelsang Chokyi.

I think it is kind of obvious that Kelsang Chokyi wanted us to leave around the time I started writing her bosses last October; she had already yelled at me(and I mean that verb literally) on 2 or 3 occasions, and had refused to listen to anything I said regarding impure dharmas for over a year.  Shortly after we were brave enough to come back (end of January) to puja, I got a call from Chokyi telling me that my child, who had been coming weekly to puja for 3 and ½ years, is suddenly too loud to have in video link (Feb 13th).  VBC and I went back and forth on this, with the upshot being that they would at first appear to let us back, and then withdraw their offer as soon as it looked like we might come in.  I am so sorry that Kristen, my daughter, who really loves the people at our temple, is completely cut off from them; obviously I should not have to pretend that the kids’ class teacher did not approach me about leaving the Center just before she got put into her first teaching assignment.  I understand that the teaching standards are supposed to be ‘anyone with a good heart can teach,’ which is probably not what Geshe-la meant at all.  His words are probably being taken out of context; at any rate how is it that a qualified teacher such as Atisha isn’t good enough for the place but people who try to convert others to anything but Geshe Kelsang are allowed to teach so quickly?  If they really change their minds that quickly, then how would I know if they might not change their minds again?  It isn’t reasonable or fair to do this to people; the state of Kadam dharma went from perfect to abysmal in 6 months time.

 So, obviously, I can’t go to the VBC with my daughter being treated so horribly by the RT; I can’t go somewhere where I am expected to lie, and I failed entirely to drink the Dalai Lama cool-aide this life (om mani padme hung— may all beings experience pure dharmas).  I also can’t go to puja if my child can’t go, because, in addition to my daughter being treated horribly and my being asked to pretend that I am not surrounded by anti-Shugden people, I also just frankly can’t always afford a babysitter; babysitters these days usually make at least minimum wage (8 dollars an hour in CA).  I have no car, so this adds time to how long it takes me to get back and forth;  so, I can’t afford it and I also like to bring my daughter who likes to come and has not historically presented a problem.

Our being excluded from coming to puja as a family has resulted our complete absence from VBC since February 2013; that is over 7 months.  I am not sure what is going on over there, but I find it odd that we have been thrown out from practicing as a family; we can go to a kids’ class taught by someone who talked up the Dalai Lama and down Geshe Kelsang; I realize that it’s been nearly 2 years since that happened; however, the kids’ class was disbanded, re-started for a year as only a monthly class rather than a weekly class, and is now still only 2 times a month.   Kelsang Chokyi ignored everything I said for the first year, which means that these anti-Shugden, pro-Dalai lama people have had longer to entrench; at any rate, just because a mistake has happened for such a long time with the teachers or teaching standards does not mean that it would need to continue.

  Obviously, due to not being allowed to practice at VBC for so long as a family, my daughter and I do not appear to other members of the Sangha to have anything to do with VBC or the NKT.  Chokyi has also accused me of such heinous acts (Sangha splitting and divisive/harsh speech) that people seem very afraid to speak to me; it is too many people for too long that have an excuse EVERY time I call, text, email, or walk in the room (over a year of all these Buddhists fleeing the room, having made up illnesses, being unable to hear me EVERY time I call/come in etc ).  It seems odd, that we would be thrown out from our normal practice as a family, allowed only to go to the antithesis of dharma kids’ class (antithesis because it is directed at the demise of our Protector practice, as the teacher is a Dalai Lama aficonado), which I will not go to.  Then, I whose daughter is no longer welcome, can now pay a babysitter I can’t afford in order to be at puja?  Frankly, I have to continue practicing with my daughter because I can’t abandon beings like that.  You have no idea how SAD my daughter is about not being able to go to VBC or having any discernible contact with our Sangha.

 Not only are we completely cut off from any Sangha that may have survived the attack on Kadam dharma that VBC has experienced, but also we have no contact with anyone who can help us go to Portugal.  I emailed asking for help from my old pujamates, which is like 4 or 5 people, and got only one response from someone who honestly didn’t have money.  So obviously I would need help from others, but I can’t effectively ask for help if I am being maligned; and it would probably be apparent that since we aren’t there, it’s not like we can convince the VBC community to help us; at any rate I am not sure how they would since I think the scholarship accounts have been wiped out for a couple of years.  (I assume so, since they can’t allow my ½ price attendance at daycourses or anything else without someone offering to sponsor me).

 My daughter and I were both obviously interested in Geshe Kelsang’s teachings and practices, but right now, we’ve been thrown out, so we are now lost from any in-person Geshe Kelsang transmissions?   He is very old, obviously; so I can see that we are not welcome by VBC, that my daughter is not allowed near puja; we could never have gone to Portugal without help, but we have been cut off from all contact with anyone who might have helped us.  We cannot even apply for help from our Sangha to get a Geshe Kelsang transmission etc., yet people who don’t seem to like Shugden are allowed to teach at VBC.  Obviously, these people are confused and think Geshe Kelsang is a demon and his Dharma Protector a hungry ghost, but maybe that is why we are being ousted; obviously the (Shugden) CADC this year had some issues in the kids’ room; not only were my daughter and I chased out of there for complaining about allowing kids’ to play with ballons and bubbles during a teaching, but also the sound did not work one single time without someone coming to repair it in the kids’ room.  So, my kid, who is quiet at our VBC video link can’t come, because she might get exposed to Dorje Shugden, but at the CADC Shugden empowerment we will allow for a circus in the kids room in order to disrupt the teaching?  Obviously there are people that don’t want this transmission for our children; I understand that, but why can we not protect our own teachings by having people in charge of things that actually want to further our practices and doctrines?

 So I am registering another complaint against Kelsang Chokyi, for dividing the Sangha by unfairly removing at least 2 blameless Shugden practioners, alienating people who speak in favor of pure Geshe Kelsang transmissions, and removing low-income long-term practioners from the scene just before Geshe Kelsang’s last public teaching in Portugal, thereby making it impossible for them to appear a part of the Sangha when appealing for help to go to the last of Geshe Kelsang’s festivals.  Furthermore, I would like to register a complaint that Kelsang Chokyi requires lying in order to remain in her Sangha; she will not tolerate the truth concerning my being approached by anti-Shugden/Dalai Lama people to leave VBC who now teach; Chokyi refers to those of us that do not agree with her every edict as disharmonious; I am harmonious with Dorje Shugden and the other Buddhas; if this causes discord with a community going to refuge to an impure teacher (the Dalai Lama) then I would say the problem is more from their side than ours.

May all karmas be purified. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Kelly Inman

Undo the Coup: Please un-erase Shugdens from the NKT

June 9, 2014

Dear Ven. Geshe-la, Gen Rigpa, and Gen Jampa,

I hope this letter finds all of you well; I am primarily writing to Ven. Geshe-la,  but I thought Gen Rigpa and Gen Jampa might also benefit from this information.  My daughter and I have just returned from the Maitreya empowerment at California Dharma; I am really rejoicing that so many people got this empowerment from Gen Rigpa.

Since we would want all living beings to receive perfect teachings such as the Geshe-la transmissions that Gen Rigpa and some of the other teachers are purely giving us, I would like to help us return our school in general to pure transmissions.  I am bringing up some issues about staffing in California, and probably around the NKT; it seems that almost everyone who runs events, manages, volunteers, are now much more unlikely to have a Shugden affiliation from this life.  Unfortunately, it also applies to a lot of the teaching staffs as well; I mentioned in a paper, “VBC in Crisis” that we in San Diego, had a staffing switch-over, from Geshe-la’s Je Tsongkhapa teachings to mixed zen, “rime” and maybe tao; this appears to be happening a lot, especially since 2011, at least that I have noticed.  I am going to go into this a bit; please understand when I mention people in particular, it is nothing against them, and I am aware that Shugden used to be practiced much by 30 percent or more of Tibetans, and in at least 3 lineages, so these people probably just got mixed up, and decided to act against the practice, rather than do the practice, since they have some karma with Shugden from a past life.  Please consider the following:

  1. The Shugden people are being erased, and people who don’t do the practice, won’t chant the practice out loud etc., have been put in.  (Please see previous 200 pages or so on this subject).
  1. In official empowerment/daycourse/festival  photos, people who are in the take-over group take center stage, at least in California.  Some of us never appear in photos; please understand, I don’t really like to be in photos, and if there were not a take-over, then I would not care at all who is in the photos— but I have noticed we have a predominance of the photos being of the Dalai Lama people rather than the regulars getting much press.  I am afraid this may be used later to ‘prove’ that these were the real Sangha, when in reality, these are the take-over group.  Please note the following:
  1. White Tara, December 2010, KMC Los Angeles:  The current (position, name deleted) is featured in more than one photo on the internet photo album.  (Name deleted), who kept my daughter and I from coming to the Protests, wouldn’t get back to us on reduced fees about Dekyong, who was in charge of a Shugden CADC where my family was harassed, told me that she was brought to the NKT by her yoga instructor and her first event was the White Tara empowerment that Rigpa gave Dec. 2010.  It was my daughter’s first empowerment too; the interesting bit is that this young woman shows up, is in a few pictures, from her first empowerment, and within a year or less, I think, became the EPC.  She told me she was then asked to become (position deleted); she has been (position deleted)for maybe 2 years or something?  She has been to all kinds of empowerments and festivals in the (position deleted) role; this is opposed to the people like my daughter and me, who are being erased; my daughter had already been a regular member of  VBC San Diego for a year and  a half prior to this White Tara empowerment, which was also her first empowerment.  (Name deleted) is in charge of helping with Protests, gatekeeping, etc., and frankly doesn’t appear to be too interested in helping the actual Shugden lineage flourish.  Does it seem realistic that a person in their 20s has a yoga instructor that brings her to a Buddhist temple, and then this young woman’s dharma just takes off like that?  In reality, this isn’t how anyone I’ve ever heard of meets the dharma, not if they are going to be that deeply involved that fast.
  1. In the pictures from CADC San Diegos (3 years running) there were no pictures of my daughter or me, or my Shugden (I think) friend (Name deleted) child, though they attended all three years.  Instead, they have a child during the medicine Buddha empowerment featured, whose grandmother is one of the nuns who has done some of the Dalai Lama activity (for Rigpa and Jampa, she is the one that gave out my daughter’s registration packet to another family at the Portugal festival).  He came to only one teaching during Medicine Buddha, but is featured, even though a lot of regular Shugden people’s kids were there for all or some of the teachings and the empowerments.
  1. The current kids’ teacher at KMC San Diego: her child appeared 2x at a kids’ class before the mother started assisting and teaching the class; the publicity just before the woman started teaching, featured her daughter, at the age of about 18 months, about a year and a half before the woman started becoming the teaching assistant.  Is this to imply the mother  was there often?  Because the mother seemed afraid of Shugden, but was put in as a lunchtime meditation teacher under Amy, though 6 months earlier, this woman, like the majority (almost all Dalai Lama) the FP class we were in, didn’t even know that Buddhas emanate in all the realms.  I don’t understand how we are supposed to be falling for this.
  2. Under Gen-la Dekyong, we are supposed to only say positive things; we cannot speak against what anyone does, unless they are someone like Gen Atisha, who teaches your doctrine perfectly.  Then, we can remove him, put in someone entirely unqualified (Amy Peng) who will shuffle around the teachers, staff, and people.  Then, if we get yet another RT, these people, who don’t mind lying, since they think Shugden is so bad, will all say good things about each other, and we (the actual people who are trying to be in the NKT as you intended it to be— like Shugden practitioners) are erased, silenced and removed.  These people have now been in for 2 or three years, which makes them ‘super-qualified’ under Dekyong.  If we get yet another RT and make no move to clean up the staff, then we won’t have Shugden staff for at least several more years.

Gen-la Dekyong allowed the 6 month teacher training which has probably flooded the NKT Centers with unqualified people from another school who teach.  Since the NKT spent a considerable amount of money on this, they may not want to retrain them; however, if we consider that Geshe-la trained people like Gen Atisha get removed by a coup from the FPMT or whomever they are, and retrained by Gen-la, then I say, we should take into consideration, that it seems like Gen-la didn’t like Geshe-la trained persons but prefers to give some other version of  dharma (hers/the Dalai Lama’s mixing) for people.  For me, even if we spent a ton of  money, the money has been spent, but we don’t need  to keep bad teachers just because they were expensive.  (We have already wasted NKT money; why waste people’s lives with impure teachings?) I am sorry, but I know that some of them were lying about their affiliation; they are not here to help us genuinely help the school.  Most of them are here to help change the school from Geshe-la transmissions.

This is a huge group taking us over; I have a suspicion, based on the strange things some of them have mentioned about how they are supporting themselves, that some of them may be funded by an outside source.

  1. We cannot do anything, because Gen-la keeps making it impossible for genuine communication to happen.  I still have no confirmation of email receipts from info at Kadampa or info at Manjushri, despite having requested, yet again, on June 4th.  People made a show of talking to me and my daughter at the CADC empowerment, but most haven’t texted back afterwards; many of the ones that weren’t Dalai Lama people I didn’t even see at CADC; I am not sure if they were there or not.
  1. Our Sangha members who really like Geshe-la and Shugden are being removed, as I  keep saying, and the other group keeps putting in whomever they want.  There is no way to stop this?  It’s a huge amount of people Ven. Geshe-la, but it was just staged; they have been put in, with any excuse like a coup, removing the Shugdens and silencing us, also with any excuse.  They came in vast numbers at KMC San Diego, just around the time that Atisha left, and subsequently.  Most of KMC LA is plagued with them (FPMT or someone similar— CADC is run by Dalai Lama people last year and this year— some of them I know from talking to them, and they are featured in other papers; others just have the energy of the Dalai Lama school, rather than our energy—- forgive me, I wouldn’t normally say so, but I think the Buddhas are letting us notice that sort of thing so we can save our school).
  1. People who taught zen etc., are given immunity, as long as they claim to no longer do that; there is a saying, Ven. Geshe-la, “the leopard has shown his spots.”  What it means is, that if there is a big cat, like a leopard, hiding in the grass, waiting to pounce, and he moves slightly, so we see it’s a leopard, rather than grass, then we would of course not think he is now grass again, even if he blends back in with the grass.   The people who departed from our tradition have shown their spots; we can see they are waiting to pounce, if you will, on our tradition and destroy it, and we are pretending that they are still the grass.  To me it seems like maybe we are at the point where this has gone on so long that the leopards have now reproduced, and the baby leopards are jumping around in the grass; people are not allowed to talk about the fact that we are being over-taken with Dalai Lama people at all; there is supposed to be not two groups, so entertaining any idea that there is, is considered forbidden.  I am arguing that this is terrible for our  lineage, and also dangerous, because we keep leaving Shugdens unprotected from invasive and harassing Dalai Lama people.

Ven. Geshe-la, I really love your school and your Dharma Protector; I do my practices in your school and attend teachings here; I think I have strong past karmas with the legitimate side (Shamar Rinpoche’s/Karmapa’s) Kagyus, and I will always love them and carry them in my heart.  I always write wondering why I have so much karma with both schools, as well as a genuine fear of the Gelugpas from the Dalai Lama; I am not sure, but my main point is that I just want to be clear with you that I have  been, and continue to be up-front about my affiliation; I just really like pure dharmas, and I really like the Lam Rim and Dorje Shugden; I don’t like impure dharmas, so I don’t want the Dalai Lama’s teachings; this is just because for me, there is no point in this lineage if we follow the Dalai Lama, as he keeps mixing the teachings and  trying to assimilate everyone under his own jurisdiction, I suppose so he can be the tantric master of everyone, and we would follow him like lemmings?  At any rate, I believe I am supposed to be in your school; I don’t want to leave your Dharma Protector, or rather for him to leave me.

Please, as always, I am sure Geshe-la can see all that is going on with his clairvoyance, but I am only writing from what it seems in accordance with the Shugden heart commitment to write; I mention this, only because I think the Dalai Lama’s school is trying to take over your school, which I think is my school too, because I love your  Dharma Protector.  Please help us, Ven. Geshe-la to restore your Sangha to be run by people who love Dorje Shugden and your teachings which he protects.  May all dharmas be purified.

With Shugden at our hearts,

Letter to Thurman/no response to my offer to write for WSS

I sent a copy of this to the WSS, with an offer to write for them at least 2x. They never responded.

Dear Deans, Professors of Religion, and Mr. Thurman: March 9, 2014

I am writing today, a practicing Buddhist of 14 years to express my concern that Mr. Thurman is disgracing your university with his seemingly blind adherence to any wish of the 14th recognition of the Dalai Lama.  He has written at least two documents of which I am aware, which in both cases give a completely biased and revisionist account of history, including two separate but important issues: the Karmapa recognition and also the ban, which Mr. Thurman claims does not exist, on Dorje Shugden (Mr. Thurman calls him Dolgyal Shugden, which is a derogatory/bigoted term for Dorje Shugden).  These two documents are a letter, which concerns the Karmapa controversy, which Mr. Thurman wrote on Columbia University letterhead and a recently posted article in the Huffington Post, “the Dalai Lama and the Cult of Dolgyal Shugden” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-thurman/the-dalai-lama-cult-of-dolgyal-shugden_b_4903441.html).

Mr. Thurman uses his credentials as a professor of religion from Columbia University to further the religious-political agenda of the Dalai Lama, to the detriment of the Buddhist religion.  In the case of the Karmapa letter, in which Mr. Thurman seems to side with China’s candidate for the Karmapa recognition, which was backed, for political reasons by the Dalai Lama, Mr. Thurman uses Columbia University letterhead (http://www.karmapa-issue.org/news/2006_documents.htm#three).  My concern is that Mr. Thurman sides in all cases completely with the Dalai Lama, who is not actually in charge of Buddhism, or even the head of his own school (Gelugpa). I am also concerned that Mr. Thurman’s writing reflects poorly on your university, especially when he uses your letterhead, given Mr. Thurman’s completely biased reporting.

Since some of you may be unfamiliar with Tibetan Buddhism, I will give some brief background; there are actually four main schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and some minor schools; each school has traditionally had jurisdiction over choosing its own leadership; in the case of the Karma Kagyu School, for example, the head of the school is the Karmapa.  The Karmapa’s line of reincarnate lamas (people recognized as the reincarnation of the lama that recently died before them) precedes the Dalai Lama’s line by 300 years (http://www.karmapa-issue.org/arguments.htm).  To clarify, the Kagyus choose their own leader, the Karmapa, and obviously did not require any Dalai Lamas to recognize them, especially since for the first 300 years of the Karmapa line, there were not yet any Dalai Lamas .The 14th Dalai Lama, who I have never been convinced is an enlightened being, claimed he was in charge of all four schools this lifetime.  He never was before, and in a move in what appears to both attempt to appease China and control a long standing powerful spiritual rival, the Kagyus, gave his recognition to the Chinese candidate, thus dividing the rival school.  Interestingly, Robert Thurman, says that Lea Therune’s account of the Karmapa controversy, in which she favors China’s and the Dalai Lama’s candidate “is valid and reasonable,” (http://www.karmapa-issue.org/news/2006_documents.htm#three) though in the Huffington Post article, Thurman clearly has issue with the Panchen Lama that China picked. Apparently, China’s choice is okay, as long as the Dalai Lama says so, Mr. Thurman?

There are two candidates for Karmapa; Thaye Dorje, whom I met several years ago myself in India, and by whom I was very impressed, who was recognized by Shamar Rinpoche, with the backing of several high Kagyu and Nyingma lamas.  The Gelugpas (the Dalai Lama’s school) have a long standing rivalry with the Kagyus, which has been mitigated from time to time by the high lamas themselves showing acts of goodwill to demonstrate a good example to their followers, such as the friendship between Trijang Rinpoche (an important Gelugpa lama who did the Shugden practice), and the 16th Karmapa (the head of the Kagyu school).  Shamar Rinpoche (the second highest lama of the Kagyu school ) wrote Mr. Thurman a letter some time back, which was concerned with how Mr. Thurman gives a very one sided (pro- Dalai Lama) account in a letter Mr. Thurman wrote about a lawsuit between the Kagyus and Lea Terhune.  Shamar Rinpoche asks Mr. Thurman “to be an honest scholar,”(www.karmapa-issue.org/news/open_letter_thurman.htm) which is something I as a Shugden Buddhist would also encourage Mr. Thurman to attempt.

Concerning Mr. Thurman’s recent article in the Huffington Post, I must explain that it is quite biased toward the Dalai Lama’s agenda, and also has several factual inaccuracies.  It seems that Mr. Thurman implies that the “Shugden cult” was responsible for the deaths of three non-Shugden Buddhists, though the supposed murderers were not even tried in court, so I am not sure how we can be sure if they murdered anyone or were really doing the Shugden practice; it is common in India and Nepal to hire a third party to do dirty work, and also to bribe the police.  The implication is that Shugden people did something very bad, because there is a lot of nonsense being put out about Shugden people.  Whoever did kill someone, I am truly sorry that anyone was murdered, and I have never personally met a Buddhist, Shugden or otherwise, that would intentionally harm a being by taking its life.  The Dalai Lama, who sometimes does not act very Buddhist, did say, in an interview with the same Mr. Thurman some years back, that

“… if the situation was such that there was only one learned lama or genuine practitioner alive, a person whose death would cause the whole of Tibet to lose all hope of keeping its Buddhist way of life, then it is conceivable that in order to protect that one person it might be justified for one or ten enemies to be eliminated—if there was no other way.”

(’34 1  from Mother Jones, Nov 1997http://www.westernshugdensociety.org/our-cause/public-announcement/).

A few days after the article was published there were signs posted in Tibetan Communities asking for the death of 10 Buddhist teachers who practice Dorje Shugden; (Dorje Shugden practioners are supposed to be siding with China, according to the Dalai Lama).  One of my lamas, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, headed that list of 10 lamas to be eliminated.  He now has to be protected from death threats from confused followers of the Dalai Lama.   I have been to teachings with Buddhist lamas, including Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and have only ever seen them help others; they do not ever even imply that “eliminating one or ten enemies” would be okay, as it would directly contradict the Buddha’s teachings, and lead other beings into great confusion.  The Buddha never condoned violence.

In addition to implying that “the cult of Dorje Shugden” killed people, though the non-Shugden Dalai Lama is the only ‘Buddhist’ that has ever suggested elimination of enemies, Robert Thurman’s Huffington Post Article has a number of overtly stated inaccuracies concerning the history of the practice of Buddha Dorje Shugden. First of all, the Gelugpa were not the only people to say Shugden prayers, so it is not right to call people who do these prayers sectarian; the Sakya lamas used to rely on Dorje Shugden, as did the Drugkpa Kagyu.  There has never been anything sectarian about the practice of Dorje Shugden, but there has been a new definition of what is sectarian by the Dalai Lama.  The Dalai Lama, who wished to merge all 4 schools of Tibetan Buddhism under his own command, was met with opposition from the other schools (www.karmapa-issue.org/arguments.htm) and from pure lamas within his own school.  The Dalai Lama’s version of ‘non-sectarian’ seems to be that all Tibetan Buddhists do anything, including whatever prayers, the Dalai Lama himself would like.  If anyone disagrees, then this person is causing disharmony and is therefore sectarian.  By analogy, this would be like if all of Christianity were forced under one man, for example, the U.S. President, who decided we were now sectarian if we did not keep to his new edicts on Christianity, including, for instance, if he were to disallow the recitation of the Apostle’s Creed for anyone wishing to enter a shop, hospital, or send their children to primary school.

I am also concerned that Mr. Thurman claims there is no ban on Shugden amongst Tibetans in exile.  That is in contrast to several accounts, including high Rinpoches (Buddhist teachers) like Kundeling Rinpoche, and pictures that depict Tibetan shops, clinics, etc., where Shugden people are expressly forbidden, much like segregation in the South in the U.S. prior to the civil rights movement. (Please see the following websites for pictures and videos directly showing evidence of the ban Mr. Thurman claims doesn’t exist:  http://www.westernshugdensociety.org/chronicle/evidence-of-the-ban/; http://truedalailama.com/?page_id=9).  In the case of the Shugden followers, they are expressly kept from government positions by order of the Central Tibetan Authority.  (Please note, the ban went into effect at the time the Dalai Lama was in official control of the government; at this point it would be safe to say he directs from behind the scenes.)  If the Dalai Lama, whom a lot of Tibetans listen to, would in fact tell people to be tolerant of one another and allow people medical care, to work in government, and also for their children to attend primary schools, without making them give up their Shugden practice, then that would help matters tremendously.  A lot of Tibetans do follow the Dalai Lama, though I am not sure I would agree with Mr. Thurman that the Dalai Lama is as adored as Thurman claims, as I have never myself studied in a school that took him as their main lama.  In fact the Mongoose-Canine letter demonstrates that the Dalai Lama might not be as adored as Mr. Thurman would have us think. (Link to Mongoose-Canine Letter: http://truedalailama.com/?page_id=185).

I will agree with Mr. Thurman on one point; that it isn’t Buddhist to ban or excommunicate people; however, the Dalai Lama and the CTA, without actually calling it a ban, have, in effect, banned people who do the practice of Dorje Shugden from shops, Tibetan medical clinics, and their children from Tibetan primary schools.  So, I do agree that it wasn’t Buddhist of the Dalai Lama to do this, but rather political, which wouldn’t be shocking to any of us that are at all familiar with the concept that sometimes politicians, even the Dalai Lama, are capable of lying.

That Mr. Thurman refers to Shugden practioners as a cult is unfortunate in a professor of religion.  After all, a cult is supposed to be when we follow someone who is a person, rather than a deity, or are strictly adhering to rigid or cult beliefs.  Obviously, in religion, one useful topic is historiography and philosophy of religion; Mr. Thurman downgrades what is an aspect of Buddha (in my opinion) to a worldly deity by referring to us as a cult.  He says this as though it is a fact, when in reality, it is simply his opinion.  It is also not a fact that we are sectarian; as stated previously at least 3 of the 4 traditions did prayers to Dorje Shugden; I consider myself a Shugden practioner, as it is my daily practice, but keep pictures of Kagyu lamas on my shrine as well; sometimes I have attended the Kagyu teachings, which hasn’t bothered anyone from either tradition, though Mr. Thurman mistakenly thinks I am in a sectarian cult, which won’t tolerate other Buddhist schools.

So, how does exactly someone of Mr. Thurman’s level of education decide to side every time with the Dalai Lama, and give no credence to any other side of the story, claiming that we are funded by China?  The sad truth is that it would appear that Mr. Thurman was mistaught about the Buddhist faith at some point; while lamaist Buddhists do follow their lama’s advice, this advice is generally about Buddhist practice; there are a lot of practices, and a lot of aspects of Buddha.  So, for instance, a Buddhist might go to their lama to ask which practices to do; following every wish of their lama, even in the political arena, is very dangerous, unnecessary, and I have never seen any legitimate teacher of Buddhism ask this sort of nonsense of their students.  It is also against what Buddha Shakyamuni taught, as he taught us to examine even his teachings as though we were shopping for gold in the market.  Mr. Thurman, I understand your guru devotion, as I have lamas of my own, but please consider that from my perspective, you have fallen for pyrite while shopping in the market, rather than gold.

Concerning Columbia University, I am simply asking that you suggest that Mr. Thurman might allow for more than one side of the story, rather than simply being a ‘yes-man’ to the Dalai Lama.  A lot of what the Dalai Lama teaches, is, at least when he quotes Buddha or Shantideva, as he did while praying on the floor of the Senate, good.  This is similar to how a pastor might say something good when quoting Christ; we always look for religious leadership with follow-through on what they say, so please understand that the Dalai Lama does not give the appearance of follow through with what the Buddha taught in many of his actions, particularly concerning Dorje Shugden and his interference in the Karmapa recognition.

I think, as a person with only a Bachelor’s degree from a mid-size state school, that I am concerned when I see an “expert” on Buddhism such as Mr. Thurman, giving such a biased account of things that affect so many people.  It is understandable, and is similar to the court of medieval kings agreeing with all the religiously oppressive policies of their contemporary monarchs.  I was taught, both in the secular world, and by all my Buddhist teachers, to examine ideas for myself; Mr. Thurman, I would be concerned for anyone entering your department of religion in Buddhist studies, since if they ever disagree with the Dalai Lama, then it would obviously be problematic to have you on a committee.  Please be more willing to look for sources other than those provided by the Dalai Lama and his followers; this is like if the Protestants outlaw the Catholics for being idolatrous, and only rely on only Protestants to report on what is going on with the Catholics.

In closing, though Mr. Thurman claims that Shugden people are being funded by China, I would like to tell all of you that I know no one who is funded by China among the Shugden groups.  I am simply expressing some concerns on my own, for instance, and have not been contacted by any Chinese, or paid in anyway.  I find it very ridiculous that you would accuse people of being funded by China who are trying to ask for human rights.  I would also like to remind Mr. Thurman that the Pilgrims got on boats to escape various forms of religious persecution; eventually, when the U.S. formed a democracy, freedom of religion was one of the main tenants; I do not want communism, but I do not think, for instance, that if I disagree with the Dalai Lama, George Bush, or Barak Obama, that I would necessarily be following China.  In a democracy, we need the ability to think for ourselves; as a professor it would be good to set an example of sincere open-mindedness, otherwise you simply inadvertently aide in potential oppression; if we cannot think and analyze in a democracy, then we would more easily fall prey to oppressive regimes like communism, simply because we lost the ability to think for ourselves, while listening to people like Mr. Thurman dictate our morality .

Regards,

Kelly Inman, Buddhist of 14 years

San Diego, California

We are having an anti-Shugden coup in parts of the NKT, which affects the ISC

There are two links below, which though they worked a few days ago, appear to be broken and the articles removed, I am currently contacting DS.com who were taking down their site, which will now be back up.  Someone really doesn’t want this information out.

I am a Kadampa practitioner who started off as a Kagyu, in 2000; I became a Kadampa in 2009, and I live in San Diego California.  I have seen almost all of the people in positions of power in most California centers be replaced with what appear to be an anti-Shugden element.  I began writing the NKT office (including General Spiritual Director, National Spiritual Director , and Ed.council reps among others) in October 2012, but never received any reply, except for the National Spiritual Director (NSD) telling me to write the ED. Council.  I have written, for 2 years, requesting email receipt confimation, replies, etc., and never received any.

This is a concern, because what I wrote about involves what is obviously an attempted take-over of our school by anti-Shugden, pro-DL people.  I wrote about mixed transmissions, and mention in class that we might be changing Dharma Protectors.  I am beginning to put some of these on the web, as the NKT has not been polite enough to respond for 2 years.  I have also asked for the General Spiritual Director (Dekyong’s) removal over the fact that she is putting anti-Shugdens in postions of power all over the NKT.  Her 2nd (the Deputy Spiritual Director) has not responded or done anything, so I would prefer a real Shugden to be our GSD, rather than an under cover anti-Shugden Dalai Lama person. These staffings, and refusal to speak about this for so many years, has made it easy for people in the ISC, who might be very much more inclined to a different camp (Dalai Lama/anti-Shugden) one, to start stepping into postions of power, and “represent” us.  I find it absurd not to do something when people are insincere.  So that you understand, I have no problem with Dalai Lama people in general, as long as they don’t happen to know I am with Shugden; they tend not to be able to stand me once they find out that I am with Shugden.  I would like very much if their lama could bring down this ban, so that we could all be friendly again, rather than them hating me.  I do not follow the Dalai Lama; I was Kagyupa, and Kagyupas have historically ignored the Dalai Lama, because he was never in charge of their school either.  Just because I do not want someone else’s lama to be my lama, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be friends.  Feel free to follow who you like, but please, if you are being taught hate in the name of “compassion” then please use your wisdom and at least don’t hate us and try to destroy our school.

For my opinion of the Dalai Lama, please read my only two published articles on the subject:

http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/guest-writers/tantric-guru-or-cult-leader-can-your-lama-give-samaya/

http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/the-controversy/the-legacy-of-the-not-so-great-5th/

Open Letter to Gen-la Dekyong, and NKT Shugdens

Protecting our tradition: an open letter to Gen-la Dekyong and also to NKT Shugdens,

It has come to my attention, in the last 3 years, that the GSD of the NKT, Kelsang Dekyong, has made several dubious choices for teachers, many of whom have no discernible long term history (or even give much appearance) of being followers of Dorje Shugden. It is fairly normal, I understand, for the anti-Shugden people (who follow the Dalai Lama) to come to Shugden groups, pretend they are following Shugden, and then really be trying to end this practice, because the Dalai Lama says it threatens Tibet and his long life. They come in, cause problems, divide the group, and then if anyone says anything, accuse us of disharmony. This is very intense harassment, and also very unkind. I feel that it is apparent by Gen-la Dekyong’s dubious choices, that she does not sincerely want Geshe Kelsang’s tradition to flourish. At my local center, Gen-la made the mistake of replacing a (long term Geshe-la disciple) Shugden RT with a woman who came in, in 2011 and told us in the Kids’ class, that we might be changing Dharma Protectors. This same woman let in a lot of people to teach, some of whom had directly tried to convert me personally, in my own home, from going to the NKT Center. Many others (who started teaching around that time) simply avoided our Protector practice. One man, who supposedly helped start the Center, and who had been an alleged Geshe-la disciple for over 10 years, immediately read zen in the Kids class, after saying he only wanted to stay with Geshe-la’s books. If he is a Geshe Kelsang disciple then he would know that he has every right to follow his own path or to read what he likes and go where he likes outside of the Center, but inside the Center, we are supposed to be learning what Geshe-la taught, as it came from his root guru, Venerable Trijang Rinpoche. I have noticed that though I wrote the NKT for 2 years on this, I received no response from the education council and no response from the DSD or GSD, despite having written all of them, and ccing to the NSDs. I asked for confirmation of email receipts (18 documents or so after 6 months) and never received a reply. I asked again a few more times, and have never received a reply, though I have now written about 200 pages over 2 years (the first letter is from October 2012). I also eventually, around April of this year, sent them some interpersonal emails, in case they ever need them to determine what is going on. No matter what they say, not responding for the first year, even about what documents have been received, to me is indicative not only of wrongdoing, but also that they wish for me to be verbally and physically erased.
I am very concerned that during Dekong (I cannot use the title Gen-la with someone who so clearly disregards the heart commitment) we have replaced many Shugden people with anti-Shugdens. One terrible thing she did was the 6 month teacher training program, where people who claim to have studied Kadam Buddhism for 2 years, can go and train to teach for only 6 months, to be placed as a resident teacher. I know our local center sent someone who wouldn’t chant Geshe-la’s long life prayers or even seemed to know that we had arrived at the point in the sadana when we sang them; this indicates that maybe not everyone was practicing the way they say; furthermore, we always get people who show up at practices to see what we are doing, and they may or may not really be with us, even if they have been around for years. It is from their heart that the commitment doesn’t appear to come, as many seem very insincere, and also tend to lack logic, which is something that generally accompanies the Dalai Lama school, rather than ours. Furthermore they misuse the lojong and tantra (especially Dekyong) in a very similar manner to Gen-la Dekyong and the Dalai Lama.
For people that Gen-la Dekyong allowed in, includes people who teach, people who run events, and it includes ostracizing and excluding those of us who want the actual Je Tsongkahpa tradition, as brought by Geshe-la to flourish in the west. I have noticed some very insincere people running our Shugden empowerment(2013), that I had requested personally 3 times be given; the issues that the sound in our section never worked properly, that my family (my then 4 year old and myself) were harassed at the teachings, and forced to leave (though we got the empowerment) was never really addressed. This was a big, and important empowerment, and given by Gen Jampa who I thank sincerely for giving this empowerment, and who also embodies the heart commitment; I am sure that many of the people who teach in California secretly disagree that it is important, because it seems from their actions that most of them have not got a sincere bone in their bodies regarding Dorje Shugden.
I do think we have many sincere instructors, such as Gen Rigpa and Gen Jampa, but most of the people that Dekyong has allowed in, or put in place while she was National Spiritual Director in California and later as GSD, seem to literally hate Shugden practitioners. I am very concerned that the NKT has never responded to anything about the lineage mixing, the disregard of Shugden, and the general harassment and discouragement of Shugdenpas in the centers in California, and perhaps elsewhere. I submit that if Dekyong had done anything about it, that she wouldn’t have so many of them available to pretend to be Shugdens to join the ISC; I am very concerned that the deck is stacked for a big staged sangha schism coming from people loyal to the Dalai Lama, not to mention some debacles in the ISC.
In closing, I have written a lot to the NKT, though at first it wasn’t a lot, but they would not reply except for my subsequent resident teacher at San Diego, Kelsang Chokyi, who ordered me not to continue to write others in the NKT— that it was just between her and me, and she also implied I had never come to her about this, which was untrue, as I talked to her for a year before writing. I sent a copy of this email to the NKT, but they did not respond, and they do not seem to care if people are being ostracized; my family was basically cast out from our Sangha for this; I have been taking correspondence FP classes from one of the two RTs I had studied under before, Gen Rigpa. I believe he is very much with Shugden, just like Jampa.
In April or May, I asked for the GSD’s removal, and honestly, having had no response from the DSD, I also am dubious that she is a sincere practitioner of Dorje Shugden. I am asking please, for help in getting the school restored to the correct teachings, to always rely on Shugden in the school, and to please vote out the GSD, and elect someone like Gen Jampa, Gen Rigpa, Kelsang Dornying, who is really with Shugden. I have a lot of papers; the NKT should have read many things such as a paper about how an RT ignored talking about Dorje Shugden for over an hour of teaching, mentioning him only in the very last minute of the talk, in the intro to his empowerment. She discussed anything but Shugden, made a few backhanded insults at Geshe-la, and then proceeded, a year later during Shugden protests, while I was being ignored by the NKT, ISC, and WSS, to make a statement about how a lot of her relatives flew across the country to be at Shugden protests. Seems odd from someone who won’t talk about the Protector when giving the intro to the celebration featuring his empowerment, but then bother to go to a Protest. It’s also strange to me that the protests were suddenly run by the ISC, with no warning, rather than the WSS, and also that they only managed to have a hundred something people at the first California empowerments. I for one, was not informed, though I happen to have requested the empowerment for Shugden that the RT, who disregarded Shugden spoke at. She and her relatives went, but I did not find out until about 48 hours prior; a confusion arose, involving some of the SAME people who also got confused and ran the Dorje Shugden empowerment with the bad sound, anti-Shugden ushers, etc…. and our overnight housing was yanked about 5 hours before we needed to be there. Odd, how that happens, when the GSD won’t respond that her people aren’t sincerely with Shugden, following our tradition, are mixing dharma, and saying in class we might switch protectors.
Please understand, I am completely devoted to Dorje Shugden and am devoted also to Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche; I want the NKT to survive as he intended; he did say at festival this is a democracy, not a dictatorship, so please, exercise your democratic rights and get rid of this charlatan Dekyong, who is replacing our pure dharma with Dalai Lama style mixing, logical lapses, misuses of Dharma, and anti-Shugden attitude. Geshe-la did ask for a democracy, because he once asked a resident teacher what they should do if a crazy person is leading us. Such a time has clearly come with Dekyong in charge.
Happy Dorje Shugden Day. May all obstacles to pure Kadam Dharma as brought to the west by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso be removed.
Thank you.

Suggestions on how to charge for classes in the NKT

 

March 7, 2016

Dear Venerable Geshe-la, and Gen-la Jampa,

I am writing to you to make some suggestions on the way we charge for classes in the NKT: first of all I want to say that I thank both of you very much for time, because I know you are busy, and also for your teachings, which are really priceless, and worth all the gold (or green papers with Presidents, in the case of the U.S.) that we have. I would like to say at the outset, that I am uncomfortable with the idea that we are charging for Dharma, though I know we do not actually use the money for any worldly purposes, but I am afraid it is not that skillful, because others who are new, may not understand, and may leave before they try us out.  That said, of course we must get money to pay for the Centers to run, so here are some issues and some suggestions for helping it work better, at least for places like the U.S. where the wealth is very unevenly distributed.

Here are the current issues we have with the way we ask for money:

  1. We ask the same price of everyone regardless of the person’s income, and it is at the discretion of the Center in question whether to even respond to the person’s request; this puts at a great disadvantage for receiving teachings, anyone who is low income.  I did not receive, for instance, any communication regarding either CADC’s Shakyamuni empowerment nor the TTP at Rigpa’s Center; I nearly missed the CADC because of it, being saved by a non-Buddhist sponsor at the last second; as for TTP, I have never heard a word in months; I can’t enroll in anything when I don’t have money and also don’t hear back.  This can affect others the same exact way—but only the poor subset.
  2. We require no proof on the person’s part that they are actually in dire straits financially so we have the issue that some people may assume we are asking for a discount we don’t need. Non-profits ask for proof of income all the time— people who are on low income should not be discriminated against on that basis; asking for proof of income or hardship would be fine with me.
  3. There is an intense wealth gap forming in the U.S. with the classes being delineated into the uber wealthy, a shrinking middle class, moderate income, and poor people.  Our current practices in the NKT of demanding money for a seat at teachings discriminates against the latter two groups.  I am in the last group, according to the U.S. government (under poverty level for Americans— which of course does not mean that I do not have a place to live or access to food and clothing.  Our poverty level though, does mean I do not have 70 or 40 dollars a month to give to Buddhist Centers; for a middle class person giving 40-70 dollars is like my giving only 1 or something dollars, though I am willing to pay more relative to my income, like as much as possible).
  4. You have made the Dharma very accessible to the west in converting its essence to be applied to our culture; one thing you will please understand is that our families etc. are mostly Christians.  Christian churches NEVER charge for teachings, though they ask members to give 10 percent of their income— we do not have to be just like the churches! But I will say, for people in the west, when a religious organization demands money a person doesn’t have to be a member of the group that is one of the hallmark signs of and red flags for that organization’s being a cult.  They may misunderstand us as one, if we do not change our policies.
  5. Some people, if unpopular for other reasons, such as myself for writing to you about lineage mixings, may never get a response if we have to keep asking for reduced fees for teachings.  This is currently what is happening to me in regards to TTP at Gen Rigpa’s center, KMC CA, because if his AD or EPC will not, or are not allowed to write, then I am not allowed to even know if I can be part of the class.  This helps get rid of people, but only works if the person is poor.  Thus, this policy allows for politics against people but at the same time, it discriminates against only poor people.
  6. Daycourses, empowerments, etc.: I have only been to I believe 2 daycourses in 7 years of NKT Buddhism, and a lot of classes by correspondence.  I have not been able to afford a babysitter and pay the daycourse fee, and there is no correspondence for daycourses.  I do not leave my child with a sitter generally, as I cannot afford one; the only times I have happened to leave her with a sitter have been to go to occasional dayclasses (the two I mentioned) and a Nyune and a few FP/GP classes.  I don’t go to the movies or out to dinner and leave my kid with a sitter; I can’t afford a sitter is the main reason, but I also can’t usually afford the dinner or movies either.  So you see for me, going to a daycourse already requires expense, so that becomes an obstacle; other single parents are most likely affected similarly.  When I think of it, the only time I have ever paid for sitting for my child has been to go to Buddha’s teachings.  They are the most important thing in the world to me, but I just can’t get to them often because the course fees are so high, combined with the other expenses.

I think a reasonable solution would be to ask for suggested donations above the amount you need, and try to make it so that people understand to give; if that doesn’t work then membership fees etc. are fine, but we must have an easier way for people to automatically qualify for reasonable reduced rates, showing income like paystubs or letters stating what they get, and signing a form saying that we aren’t withholding information might be helpful. This is normal for non-profits in our society, so might be helpful to try.

I hope this was useful information, and maybe we can fix it so people can come to teachings and things even if we do not have the exact amount of green papers with Presidents available to give at the door.  I very much understand that neither of you care about money, but I am only writing because the class fees have gotten out of hand for a lot of us.

Thank you for your consideration.

Please remove the Wealth Requirements for Teachings and Empowerments

 

Dear Gen-la Jampa,                                                                       March 2, 2016

I want to address to you a concern I have regarding wealth requirements to receive teachings and empowerments.  I understand it costs money to run Centers and we want people to come who are interested enough to pay in.  However, I do not have the money, at the moment, to be part of any program at any NKT Center, nor do I have the money to attend empowerments and teachings when the cost is quite high— like at Rigpa’s Center for California Dharma— the cost is 85 dollars; combined with getting to the empowerment, this is too much for me, yet when I asked for waived fees I received no reply at all.

I also have not received a reply on whether or not I can take a class by correspondence TTP, from Rigpa’s Center, which would also have to be at reduced fees.  I am uncomfortable with the Kadam Morten style of mixed teachings which do not seem to follow Geshe-la’s books; Angie Kane teaches in the same style, so I am concerned that I cannot receive teachings at my local center.  Regardless, I cannot pay you full price for teachings, and something must be done for those of us who cannot pay; I have never been to an away retreat, because I cannot afford one; I have skipped most classes taught by valid teachers when available, just because I cannot pay for them.

Sometimes, I might come if I could have waived fees or pay something nominal; for instance, I pay 18 dollars a month to ride the trolley and bus, for a disability pass, but the normal price per month is about 75 dollars.  I would pay 50 dollars a month for internet but since my daughter qualifies for free lunch at the national school lunch program, I pay only 10.  Some method where it is almost nothing according to most people but still significant to me might be fair.  What is not good is to say that I would pay the full amount or not be responded to, or pay the full amount in other words, or not come.  To me, this is a clear case of making bad rules, and it entails the result of bad karma from lives past that I am on the receiving end of this, but I think that there is bad karma being created by those who do not want me to attend for a rate that I can actually pay, even if that rate is so close to nothing that they can’t see the point of it (for instance how much I pay for bus with a disability pass vs how much I would pay without it— if it were not for the disability pass, I would not go anywhere).

This is a problem that affects not only me, but might affect others.  I know my psychiatrist is very disturbed that they are asking for money, and can’t understand, much like some of the teachers at the temple, why I won’t just go to the Thich Nhat Hanh Center, which is free.  Because the Thict Nhat Hanh Center, while I am sure is lovely and full of Buddha merits for those on the zen path, does not have our path, and does not have Dorje Shugden, which is a requirement for me; I have the Dorje Shugden heart commitment from you, and I am asking please, as DSD will you help us form a policy that people of lesser incomes can pay less or have fees waived if necessary; we have a long-term low money issue in that I am on disability and my daughter on welfare.  I am sure it would help others receive teachings if these requirements were less stringent and if people would at least acknowledge one another’s financial issues, rather than acting like is just a lack of merit on part; according to you, the Buddha and yogi Milarepa would be turned away at the door if he didn’t find enough green pieces of paper with dead Presidents to make the requirement; I don’t think Milarepa lacked merit by the time he was a Buddha— obviously not— he might have sung you a song instead of coming inside and given you up as a bad job.

At any rate, my daughter and I are to miss this year’s CADC due to lack of communication about the possibility of waiving our fees; that is very sad as it is our spiritual equivalent of Christmas every year; we cannot receive the blessings of Buddha Shakyamuni because I do not have enough green pieces of paper with dead Presidents on them to give at the door.  That is very bad karma for the people who are blocking us, but it is also a waste of time that people like my daughter and me, who are obviously quite interested in the Dharma and have been practicing for years (and I must have written you at least 250 pages by now—almost a dissertation length amount of paper) so please understand us as interested parties in the Kadam Dharma, but we do not have very much money at all.  Please change the rules so we no longer have wealth requirements to get into empowerments, retreats, and teachings.

Thank you for your consideration.

Retaliation for writing the NKT about their DL people

Dear Ven. Geshe-la,                                                                        Feb. 29, 2016

 
  I sincerely hope this letter finds you in good health and living for a very long time.  I am writing in regards to the retaliation I have received for mentioning the lineage mixing that we have in California and mentioning to you specific people who have done this mixing and the people who may well be from other schools.  
  My family is being kept out of this year’s California Dharma Celebration, because we cannot pay the fees, and despite repeated emailing, they simply will not respond.     
We have received no information regarding waived fees for California Dharma nor for the TTP which I asked to join at the same temple by correspondence.  No one, it appears, is allowed to advocate on my behalf, and our estrangement from most of the Sangha has resulted in our not having friends to ask for help.  I do not even know if our sponsor from the Portugal trip is even alive, as she quit speaking to me one day before the trip and I have only seen her at a few pujas since.
  I cannot even get a response whether it is possible or not; for us, it is not possible to get up there AND pay the entry fee, so at this point, we will not be able to go.  I am writing you, with much sadness in my heart and tears in my eyes, because not only did they take over your temples, but now if anyone says anything, that person is kept out using any excuse: in mine they use my lack of wealth as my disqualification.
  I did long protector last night, and thought to go again to the temple, but it is like why am I practicing with people who all hate me?  They hate me for doing your practice, Ven. Geshe-la, and for calling them out on their lies.  Their lies harm all living beings, so please help us.  We want very much to receive blessings and be part of your school, but this is not possible with the current wealth requirements.
  Thank you,
 Kelly Inman

Why is an NKT National Spiritual Director mixing teachings?

Dear Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso,
   I am confused right now, where are many of the teachers getting teachings from, because they do not seem to be the same teachings that I got from your books or the monks that followed your books.  I want to start out by saying I think Kadam Morten has good qualities like humour, and I can see he is a good teacher.  However, I am not sure if he is really teaching your lineage, but rather mixing, which has been all too common.
    The video in question is the first in a series from Kadampa Center New York called “Practical Advice: The Mediation Break,” in which Kadam Morten touches on the topic of anger.  He mentions that if anger arises in our mind to breathe— to go back to the breath.  THis is Thich Nhat Hanh’s advice, and while Buddhist, I am not sure I can find this very same advice in your books, which are a pure lineage of Buddhism we are supposed to be studying rather than mixing.  Kadam Morten says not to debate with our anger— because we are deluded at that moment.  He doesn’t mention applying a lojong remedy— which is what I get from your books.  Instead he says to go back to the breath all day long (which again sounds like Thich Nhat Hanh—not wrong for Thich Nhat Hanh’s lineage but we are a different lineage than that); Morten also says that when we go back to the breath we have just gone for refuge; to me my breath is not refuge.  He also says we should be going back to the breath all day.
  My experience with combating anger is quite different than Morten’s; as I apply your teachings as antidotes— so I say— okay anger I am not putting up with you— then I watch the anger and start applying remedies or firing Dorje Shugden mantras at my anger.  I will not put up with you is not repression (which Morten mentions) as long as we are watching the anger— we can apply loving kindness to combat the anger— which is supposed to keep it from arising later, is my understanding.  My personal method is to tell it is has to go— it is harming my praticing of helping living beings and is just a seed arising in my mind.  I go to refuge to Dorje Shugden and ask he help me combat anger— I notice he is very helpful for lojong.
  Though I have this experience were I teaching (which I have never done though people who mix teach a lot right now in your school), I would try to stay more to the official line, because I don’t know what different people may experience and in a general class, some people haven’t got much experience with Dorje Shugden.  However, this does not mean I wouldn’t mention him as helpful.
  I am not sure where the mixing with the follow the breath stuff is coming from, but I was just wondering why a National Spiritual Director is teaching in a way that seems mixed.
 Can you please help us to restore the teachings.
  Sincerely,
 Kelly Inman

Does the NKT plan to stay with Dorje Shugden?

Dear Ven. Geshe-la,                                                                 12-10-15

  I hope this OSG you are in good health; I have a question for you: I just watched a segment on the 4 Kadampa deities: I believe the monk(?), who sounded British, who talked mentioned that Wisdom Buddha (which he did refer to as Dorje Shugden) is the fourth Deity, and he mentioned that we had two other Buddhas before Dorje shugden that were Wisdom Buddha.
  Wisdom Buddha is the 4th Deity— this leads me to wonder if you think we have to give up Dorje Shugden in this school?  Because it sounds like they will just rename him something else perhaps—
  I wrote you before that there was talk in the children’s class from the then resident teacher about how we might change from Dorje Shugden to another Dharma Protector.  I ask only because I must stay with Dorje Shugden; if I had some assurance from you that we will remain with Shugden then I could probably take HYT more easily– I believe it would benefit beings on all kinds of levels to hear you assure us of this;  it’ will be fine if he would rather be Pema or Karma or Ratna Shugden, Vairochana Shugden, but he and I need him to Dorje Shugden 5 lineages— not change to whatever the popular lamas like so we can rejoin with other schools that are scared of Dorje Shugden– and be assimilated by the politicians.  Dorje Shugden protects me from political -lamas so could you please assure us if you intend our school to stay with Dorje Shugden?
  So I ask you, may I have your assurance that your school intends to stay with Dorje Shugden?  May we call him that, rather than Wisdom Buddha?  I think “Wisdom Buddha” is a childish sounding name rendered into English, like calling Mahakala “Compassion Buddha” or something— to me there is no need to fear the name of Shugden.
  Please may we have your assurance that we intend for Dorje Shugden to be our Wisdom Buddha protector.  Please Geshe-la, will you clarify this, before it is too late.
  May you live long, though our merit is lacking.
  Best regards,
  Kelly Inman