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Shugdenites are ecstatic over the news that their icon, Shugden, has been alive for decades. They look forward to Shugden settling many scores against the Dalai Lama and other disbelievers and invigorating Shugdenite egos and quest for superiority.

The reason given for why Shugden has yet to present himself in public is that he is afraid of being killed (again). According to Shugdenites, Shugden was murdered once before, about 400 years ago.

The reincarnated Trijang Rinpoche (Kelsang Gyatso's guru and Shugden advocate) is also concerned about what Shugdenites would do against his life. (While Kelsang Gyatso rebelled against the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism over Shugdenism, Trijang Rinpoche and his reincarnation did not, but instead supported them.)

Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche (Trijang Rinpoche's reincarnation, born 1981, perhaps after Shugden reincarnated) gave a radio interview about Shugden in Dharamsala, India, stating...

“I could not decide against him [the Dalai Lama] but nor could I stop propitiating Shugden with whom my relationship dates back to previous incarnations. I find myself in an immensely difficult situation. The followers of the Protector would not have listened to me...and no one seems to care about the difficulties I am facing...

I also don't want the people of Chatreng, who have great expectations of me, to be disheartened. But if I continue to propitiate the Protector publicly, I would be compelled to become a sort of head of his worshippers, and this would be an offence to the Dalai Lama from whom I received my Bhikshu ordination, and has always treated me with extraordinary benevolence.

I cannot even hope to keep a low profile as they [the Shugdenpas] would not let me.

I have reason to believe that my return to India may possibly result in internal chaos, attempts on lives and other immoral activities bringing disgrace to His Holiness...

I cannot sleep and I have had health problems. I am worried about thinking what will happen next. It is quite terrifying to think that I might be a cause of disgrace instead of serving the Tibetan people and His Holiness...

Some have told me, 'If you abandon the Protector [Shugden], there is no knowing what will happen. We will not consider you a lama [as guru]. The people of Chatreng are strange, very wild and unruly. We do not know what they may do.'

It is very clear my life might be in danger. So I have decided to leave my Labrang and disrobe, so that none of the Shugden worshippers can ask me to be their leader. I hope that this way I can respect the wishes of the Dalai Lama and still revere the protector, practicing in private and far from everyone. I intend to follow a middle way, neither for nor against Shugden. I appeal to both parties not to contact me."

In my own Labrang I have recently witnessed a kind of factionalism and I have discovered that one person in particular was planning an evil conspiracy. This plan was to murder my assistant, Tharchin, and to implicate His Holiness's government in exile with this odious crime. The conspirator aimed to become chakzoe [manager] of my estate. Tharchin has been very kind to me, more so than my own parents, and has taken care of me since I was three years old. As well as managing the affairs of my Labrang.

With my own ears I heard this person discussing on the telephone a plan to assassinate Tharchin. It is really a matter of great sadness and surprise, especially since the person involved in this ploy has been very close to me as well. If he succeeds in his plan, it would be a cause of great trouble for the Labrang, as well as a cause of disgrace to the Tibetan government and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

These are not lies, but true facts which I want everyone to know. That is why I made this statement."

When Shugden decides to enter the public arena, he may find himself giving a similar radio interview, especially if Shugden like Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche supports the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism.


Editors Note:
We would be glad to offer the reincarnated Shugden a venue to discuss his mission and his views about Kelsang Gyatso's campaign to protect Shugden's unborn status safely.

The living Shugden's view of what Shugdenites, most notably Kelsang Gyatso and NKT, did through their protest rallies, litigation threats and Internet posts would be very interesting.

Kelsang Gyatso prefers Shugden's unborn status. Kelsang Gyatso has yet to acknowledge Shugden's reincarnation, which occurred several years prior to Kelsang Gyatso's beginning his campaign to protect Shugden's unborn status. A living Shugden is probably a perceived threat to Kelsang Gyatso, self proclaimed lead Shugden protector.

"The Shugden movement is organized around Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a Gelugpa monk who founded The New Kadampa Tradition in 1991 and set himself up as head of it in London...Kelsang is challenging the Dalai Lama's moral authority on the international stage." (Mike Wilson, Schisms, murder, and hungry ghosts in Shangra-La. (internal conflicts in Tibetan Buddhist sect), Spring 1999, Association for Religion and Intellectual Life)

In 1997, Newsweek explored the ritualistic murders that police believe were committed by Shugden worshipers, and spoke with Kelsang Gyatso, founder of NKT - the international Shugden organization leading attacks against the Dalai Lama.

"Three members of the Dalai Lama's inner circle were brutally slain on the night of Feb 4 in a bedroom just a few hundred yards from His Holiness's exile residence in the northern Indian city of Dharmsala. The next morning monks found the Dalai Lama's close friend and confidant 70-year-old Lobsang Gyatso, dead on his bed. Two young monks, Nagawang Lodoe and the Dalai Lama's Chinese-language interpreter, Lobsang Nagwang, died within hours of the attack. Each victim had been stabbed 15 to 20 times, leaving the walls of the small monk's chamber splattered with blood. Police believe it was the work of five to eight attackers...The savagery of the attack immediately steered police to search for fanatics of some kind. So did the death threats that followed against 14 more members of the Dalai Lama's entourage. Now Indian police believe the murders were committed by an obscure Buddhist sect that takes its name and inspiration from a minor but ferocious Tibetan deity: the Dorje Shugden...The Shugdens worship a god who is often depicted wearing necklaces of human heads - symbols of conquered vices and transgressions. He is a sword-wielding warrior figure, riding a snow lion through a sea of boiling blood...Dorje Shugden has had an underground following among Tibetans obsessed with doctrinal purity for centuries. "It would not be unfair to call Shugdens the Taliban of Tibetan Buddhism," says Thurman (Robert Thurman, Ph.D., Columbia University)...in 1991, a senior monk named Kelsang Gyatso established a new Dorje Shugden order based in England and called the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). The NKT soon flourished by promising spiritual rewards for cash - an unholy sales pitch that helped trigger confrontation with the Dalai Lama's circle. Through a spokesman, Kelsang insisted to NEWSWEEK that his followers had nothing to do with the grisly murders in Dharmsala and that their idol's "wrathful aspect" is only symbolic: "Even if my best friend did the murders, I would condemn it," he said...Nonetheless, the followers of the NKT have painted a hostile portrait of the Dalai Lama that is unrecognizable to mainstream Buddhists-indeed, to millions around the world who revere the Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion of Tibet...Above all, the Shugdens are angry that the Dalai Lama is promoting dialogue between the Yellow Hats and another major branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Nyingma, or the Red Hats. The Shugdens consider it a sin even to talk to Red Hats, or to touch Nyingma religious works. The police believe that one of the reasons the men were killed was that the old sage, Lobsang Gyatso, was a particularly active intermediary between the Dalai Lama and the Red Hats. His obituary describes him as an outspoken critic of Yellow Hat conservatives. And in an interview with NEWSWEEK earlier this month, the Dalai Lama expressed his worries about the Dorje Shugden. "That cult is actually destroying the freedom of religious thought," he said..."Shugden appeals to crazies by offering instant gratification," says Thurman. "Once you get involved, you're told you have to devote your lives to the cult, because the god gets very angry if you don't attend to him every day. It's really bad stuff, the way they're draining money out of people."


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