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,