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Since at least the beginning of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in much of the geography now known as China, Buddhism has been distorted to be a servant of politics.

From Wikipedia,

"Buddhism, originating in India around the time of Confucius, continued to flourish during the Tang period and was adopted by the imperial family, becoming thoroughly sinicized and a permanent part of Chinese traditional culture. Buddhist monasteries were also engaged in the economy, since their land property and serfs gave them enough revenues to set up mills, oil presses, and other enterprises. Although the monasteries retained 'serfs', these monastery dependents could actually own property and employ others to help them in their work, including their own slaves.

(NKT blames the Dalai Lama, born in 1936 and enthroned as the Dalai Lama in 1950, for this history)

The prominent status of Buddhism in Chinese culture began to decline as the dynasty and central government declined as well during the late 8th century to 9th century. Buddhist convents and temples that were exempt from state taxes beforehand were targeted by the state for taxation. In 845 Emperor Wuzong of Tang finally shut down 4,600 Buddhist monasteries along with 40,000 temples and shrines, forcing 260,000 Buddhist monks and nuns to return to secular life; this episode would later be dubbed one of the Four Buddhist Persecutions in China. Although the ban would be lifted just a few years after, Buddhism never regained its once dominant status in Chinese culture."

Fast forwarding to China since its overthrow by Mao Zedung's communist revolution in 1949, China destroyed many temples and monasteries in Tibet and is distorting Buddhism and touting Shugden for political purposes against the Dalai Lama. NKT endorses this, serving as China's surrogate in demonizing the Dalai Lama and Tibet.

Though NKT's (bogus?) claim that the Dalai Lama lost the lawsuit filed against him and India by Shugdenites on behalf of China politics has yet to appear in any media outlet, the Indian newspaper, The Times of India, has recently written about the battle in several reports.

"The Tibetan parliament known as Assembly of People Deputies has accused the Shugdens, a section of the Tibetan society that worships Shugden deity in spite of Dalai Lama’s directive, of colluding with China for indulging in malicious campaign against him.

The controversy sparked off after Shugden activist Nga Lama made a statement to the international media equating Dalai Lama with Osama Bin Laden and also leveled other disparaging allegations against the spiritual head of the Tibetan community.

The Tibetan parliament spokesman said that Nga Lama and handful of Shugden followers were harming the Buddhist teachings and creating disharmony within the community. He alleged that the Chinese government had exploited the situation by rendering financial assistance to them, who backed by Chinese money, unleashed a campaign of murder and intimidation in the Tibetan community.

(3 associates of the Dalai Lama were murdered April 1997, according to Indian police at the hands of Shugdenites)

The international Buddhist movement being cobbled by China has now been drawn into the competition. Here it is a dead serious struggle for leadership between China's communist leadership and the highest ranking personage of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama. The outcome will not only affect the Dalai Lama's future and that of the Tibetan refugee diaspora, but also usurp India's cultural space.

After decades of patient maneuvering, China has initiated the 'endgame' to finally resolve the Tibet issue and eliminate opposition by a Dalai Lama to its hold over Tibet. Systematic efforts to undermine the current Dalai Lama's pre-eminent position and prestige within the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, reduce his influence among Tibetans inside China and restrict his international support base have been expanded and given impetus.

The communist leadership also decided, though as part of efforts to assuage popular discontent in the wake of economic reforms, to loosen controls on religious worship and in 2006 cautiously began describing Buddhism as a non-aggressive and old Chinese religion. Official endorsement of Buddhism, it was calculated, would later afford legitimacy to Beijing's claim to recognise the next Dalai Lama.

The 50th anniversaries of the uprising in Lhasa and the Dalai Lama's flight from Tibet marked the launch of an intensified campaign against the Dalai Lama to show that his popularity was on the wane. The Chinese leadership crafted a multi-pronged propaganda and diplomatic offensive. China's wealth, at this time of international economic crisis, helped reinforce the campaign.

China also decided to expand and internationalise the campaign against the Dalai Lama so as to legitimise its claim to a leadership role in a Buddhist movement. The beginning was the first World Buddhist Forum in 2006. The Chinese-nominated Panchen Lama was given international profile. After three years, the second World Buddhist Forum convened in Wuxi, Jiangsu two months ago and was attended by over a thousand religious personages including heads of different Buddhist sects. The Dalai Lama was again excluded, but this time labeled a 'disruptive element'. Representatives of Shugden Deity worshippers, opposed to the Dalai Lama, were invited. The Chinese-appointed 11th Panchen Lama's stature as second-highest ranking Tibetan Buddhist Lama was sought to be reinforced by his valedictory address to the forum.

A senior Chinese official Thursday described the Dalai Lama as a "political monk" while criticizing "certain foreign leaders" for meeting the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Xinhua news agency quoted Li Zhaoxing as saying: "Some foreign politicians said the Dalai Lama is a religious figure, but in fact he is a political exile. A very close friend ... who served an important post in the US government said the Dalai Lama was a political monk."

NKT's pride swells with China's collaboration against the Dalai Lama. NKT's books about the Dalai Lama disparage the Dalai Lama in ways almost identical to that from China's government.

NKT's politics against the Dalai Lama, Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism helps no one. NKT's worship of the ghost named Shugden, regardless of its embrace by the communist Chinese government against the Dalai Lama, is counterproductive.

NKT's purported religion....ridiculing the Dalai Lama. NKT is a political religion of hate. What a waste.

And, ironic. In April, NKT will once again pretend to celebrate Avalokiteshvara as NKT spreads hate against the human representative of Avalokiteshvara....the Dalai Lama. NKT mixes fake piety with hate, a cocktail boastfully deployed by NKT to hurt and torment as many as possible at taxpayer expense.