El·e·na [el-uh-nuh, uh-ley-nuh; It. e-le-nah] /ˈɛlənə, əˈleɪnə; It. ɛˈlɛnɑ/ –noun a female given name, form of Helen // A proud student of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche // Personal assistant with a BSc (Hons) Psych from Uni of Warwick // These are snapshots of my life, in words and pictures

#1 of Ummm...no: Abandon your lama because he practises Shugden

January 24, 2016 1

Anti-Shugden remark:You won’t be served because you practise Dorje Shugden? The hospitals won’t treat you? Then you should give up Dorje Shugden. Your lama is wrong and he’s teaching you the wrong things. Listen to me, I am telling you this out of compassion. Om Mani Padme Hum.

Ummm, how about…no?

A message sent to me by someone I used to know. Normally, flattery will get you anywhere with me hehehe but when it comes to my teacher, my 18 years of being with him trumps whatever opinions you may have. So thanks but no thanks :)

A message sent to me by someone I used to know. Normally, flattery will get you anywhere with me hehehe but when it comes to my teacher, my 18 years of being with him trumps whatever opinions you may have. So thanks but no thanks :)

Any Dorje Shugden practitioner with an active online profile will know that we are often faced with vitriolic and abusive comments online. These range from how Dorje Shugden practitioners receive Chinese government funding, to our supposed inferiority as Buddhists because we are not Tibetan, to how we worship spirits.

Another frequent comment runs along the lines of:

Don’t believe your guru, he’s not a real Lama. He’s trying to trick you so stop listening to him. I’m telling you this out of compassion.

During one particular online conversation just a few weeks ago, this comment was directed at me over and over again. It was not the first time I had heard this – “friends” have written to me asking me to consider a different Lama who is “clean” and politically correct because my root Guru is teaching me how to rely on a spirit.

When told this, Shugden practitioners usually ask the speaker to show compassion and to focus on their own Buddhist practice instead. That Dharma is about mind transformation – our own mind transformation – and not about looking at others and blaming them. That if they are so compassionate, why not include Dorje Shugden practitioners in their compassion too?

But during that online conversation, as this person repeated over and over again how my Lama was somehow not genuine or real, I was given pause to think. What irked me was their repeated assertion that their harassment is somehow compassionate. If compassion is one of the key practices of a Buddhist, what kind of Dharma practitioner tells people to break their samaya with their teachers, on the basis of something that they, a random stranger on the Internet, said?

To read the rest of this post, go to Go On, Break Your Samaya on Rinpoche’s blog.

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One Comment → “#1 of Ummm…no: Abandon your lama because he practises Shugden”

  1. Josh Monroe Akers 8 months ago   Reply

    Off topic but I really love this blog and I want it to grow. I love your writing style, pastor. There are so many people for me to make connections with nowadays in Kechara. I’m so happy weird strange yet passionate Dharma people like me have a place to grow.
    I’ll tell you, can you find one single anti-Dorje Shugden person with a strong practice? They are just loudmouths who are covering. I think jealousy is a big factor. They see how successful and beautiful Tsem Rinpoche’s students are. It makes us a target! hehehe.

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