In Tibet, politics and religion have always been inseparable. At the beginning, the justification for this dangerous mix was that Buddhism would ‘cleanse’ and protect politics from abuse but this would only hold true if the principles of Buddhism are sincerely brought into play, to influence political decision-making. Instead it is much more common to see the religion being abused to explain away certain actions and decisions by the Tibetan government which seem to be devoid of logic and common sense.


1. A History of Oppression

For the Tibetan people, Buddhism has always been more than a belief and a system of worship. Buddhism, as it turns out, is also the instrument of social control that the Tibetan government uses to keep the people under its thumb. The Tibet before a young 14th Dalai Lama was catapulted into the world was a feudal theocracy and the vast majority (over 95%) of the Tibetan people were slaves and serfs who had to accept their fate ‘happily’ as they were told that this was their karma and it was wrong to resist their feudal lords.

By invoking distorted religious principles, the Tibetan leadership made the people believe that it was virtuous to accept their forced servitude, and with that, the populace was molded into an obedient workforce for the Tibetan lords. Every aspect of the Tibetan slave’s life was controlled from birth to death and everything was taxed including marriage, planting crops and owning an animal. Whatever of these taxes could not be paid were passed to the next generation, thus enslaving them as well.

Cangued serfs were a typical sight in feudal Tibet

When the Dalai Lama escaped Tibet in 1959 and formed the Tibetan government in exile, this culture of subjugation and the use of religion as a political tool continued. But this time, the Tibetan government disguised itself as a libertarian leadership, a government of the people, a constitutional democracy and celebrated September 2nd each year since going into exile as ‘Democracy Day’. The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), which Gaden Phodrang was now called, even declared that its Constitution was built upon the foundations of Dharma or the Buddha’s teachings. People the world over cheered the triumph of classless equality and the enfranchisement of every single Tibetan man, woman and child and suddenly the Sino-Tibetan conflict became a struggle between a reformist David against the intolerant and oppressive Goliath, the red peril known as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party).

Millions poured in from Tibet sympathizers around the world and even more in the form of subsidies and grants from Western liberal governments anxious to keep communism at bay. The Dalai Lama was given a Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful and non-violent struggle against China even as Tibetan mothers mourned the loss of family who fell in a secret and vicious CIA-sponsored guerilla war that the Dalai Lama waged against China. In truth, little had changed for the Tibetan people who now lived in exile under a more well-practiced theocracy. The ‘law’ was still what the Dalai Lama and CTA deemed it to be. The CTA disbursed aid according to pledges of loyalty and those who did not toe the line were excluded from participation in financial and social welfare programs, denied political and legal processes and have been set upon by vigilante groups, resulting in greater hardships and isolation.

H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy for a peaceful solution to the issue of Tibet

That the Tibetan government would deceive the people of the world, many of whom sympathized with the Tibetan plight, is something to be alarmed at and demands closer inspection of who this government really is. And when we actually look into their acts and recent history, we see an insidious government who has extorted the Tibetan people endlessly and wreaked untold damage unto the credibility, integrity and reputation of Tibetan Buddhism. Whereas the administration of the 5th and 13th Dalai Lamas were known to be ruthless politicians, it would be the government of the 14th Dalai Lama who would treat the ancient religion with such callousness whilst simultaneously drawing authority from it.


2. Religion at the Brunt of Politics: Some Evidence

(i) Going into exile provided the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan establishment with an unprecedented opportunity to seize absolute power. In old Tibet, the people’s allegiance to their respective Tibetan Buddhist schools stood in the way of Gaden Phodrang claiming totalitarian power. The Tibetan leadership, namely the Dalai Lama’s brother Gyalo Thondup (who is a significant figure in the Dalai Lama’s government), saw that as a great inconvenience. He sought to demolish all the different Tibetan Buddhist schools and merge them into a new one under the Dalai Lama and his government in exile.

This was in effect an attempted religious coup d’état not because those in power sincerely believed in the doctrinal superiority of their religious tradition but because they wanted absolute authority. All the four major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism – Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug – represent the entire composite of the Buddhist path, and comprise the essence of both sutra and tantra. Each one is precious and bears rich religious heritage, and together they weave a sacred and mystical tapestry that has come to characterize Tibet since the 2nd century CE. And this was what the government of the 14th Dalai Lama wanted to forcibly lay by the wayside to pave the way for them to enjoy absolute power.

There are two ironies here – first, the Dalai Lama and his government present themselves as great protectors of the Buddhadharma and indeed this is the spiritual leader’s appeal to the world. And yet, we see how they were going to unravel the rich fabric of Tibetan Buddhism that countless enlightened masters over the centuries had woven together. The second is that this happened merely one year after the Dalai Lama himself declared the Tibetan government-in-exile to be a democracy and had the year before (1964) promulgated a draft Tibetan Constitution to govern the Tibetans in exile that, amongst other rights, guaranteed the free worship of any religion a Tibetan chooses.

The plot for the Tibetan establishment to seize absolute power failed but not before Gungthang Tsultrim was found brutally murdered. He was the head of a group known as The Fourteen Settlements which had been formed to resist Gyalo Thondup’s attempted coup. When the murderer Rekhang Tenzin was caught, he admitted that he was paid by the Tibetan government-in-exile to assassinate Gungthang Tsultrim. In addition, he confessed that the CTA had also offered him a bounty to kill the 16th Karmapa, Ranjung Rigpe Dorje, the head of the Karma Kagyu school who were historically the greatest rivals to the Dalai Lamas. News such as this would have brought down any government where laws are upheld, but as this case revealed, the Tibetan leadership is a law unto itself. And so nothing happened although they had been shown to have had a direct hand in someone’s murder.

(ii) The 16th Karmapa was a prime target of the CTA due to his stature and high regard in the eyes of the Tibetan people. When The Fourteen Settlements group wanted a prominent religious figure to represent their collective ideals, they chose the 16th Karmapa who became the symbol of spiritual correctness and the heart of The Fourteen Settlements’ resistance. The Karma Kagyus were also the second largest Tibetan Buddhist school after the Gelugpas, the Dalai Lama’s own religious tradition, and therefore were perceived as a constant threat by the CTA. And true to the Machiavellian minds in the Tibetan government, this threat had to be dealt with.

H.H. the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje and H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

The opportunity came after the 16th Karmapa passed away and there were two rival contenders to the highest seat of the Karma Kagyu. In 1992, the Dalai Lama used his unrestrained authority to force his endorsement of a candidate in a process that has historically been a private Karma Kagyu affair. The CTA then carried out what some have described as a medieval dictatorial command – over and over again, the Dalai Lama appeared in photographs and at events with his chosen Karmapa candidate, thereby signaling clearly to the Tibetan people who they should direct their allegiances to. As these repeated appearances reinforced that one candidate was favored over another, the Tibetan leadership forced a wedge into an internal split that may well have found its own solution, and hammered into place with brutal force an intractable divide. The Tibetan leadership had succeeded in its plot to essentially undermine a sacred and ancient religious order which it regarded to be its spiritual and political rival and in the process held the new head of the Karma Kagyu beholden to its authority. And so forever, the holy lineage of the Mahasiddhas Tilopa and Milarepa, which has held its integrity for almost 1000 years, was compromised and even today violent clashes break out between the two rival groups from what was formerly a united school.

Karmapa Ogyen Trinley has long enjoyed a close relationship with H.H the 14th Dalai Lama

Had the interest of the Tibetan leadership been on the preservation of the sanctity of this precious lineage, it would have acted differently. It could have stayed out of an internal quarrel – after all, when did it become the policy of a democratic government to interfere in religious matters? Or it could have arbitrated the disagreement and brokered a solution. So again, it is evident that the CTA will not hesitate to destroy religion to stay in power.

(iii) For a self-professed democratic government upholding Buddhist principles, the attitude of the Tibetan government is more that of a war chieftain than a fair and equitable administration of the people. In such an environment, high lamas, scholars, politicians, monks, the people and religious institutions of the various traditions are merely pawns to be mobilized in a power game. If you toe the government’s line and even avail yourself to bolster its power base, then the Tibetan leadership will turn a blind eye when its allies engage in immoral activities, much like how an army general might allow his soldiers to plunder and loot a conquered town.

In September 2014, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, the head of the Drukpa lineage, issued a statement informing the public that Drukpa temples were being forcibly taken over and converted into Karma Kagyu monasteries allegedly under the instructions of the Dalai Lama’s Karmapa candidate, Ogyen Trinley. However, the plot was revealed to be more sinister than meets the eye. In his statement, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa further said,

I did not believe then that His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee would have given such an instruction because he was just a child at that time. Even today the name “His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee” is being used to forcibly take over and convert the Drukpa Lineage monasteries to the Karma Kagyu. Historic pictures, images and art of Drukpa Lineage Lamas are being defaced and removed by the Karma Kagyu in an attempt to rewrite history. Despite what I have been informed, I still do not believe that His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee would give instructions to forcibly take over Drukpa Lineage monasteries and convert them to Karma Kagyu.

The Gyalwang Drukpa’s open letter regarding the forced conversions of Drukpa Monasteries and holy sites (Click to enlarge)

And yet, Dharamsala remains silent on this ongoing transgression by a member of its own coterie. Firstly, we see that abuse of power is rife amongst those close to the Dalai Lama. In addition, not only is this forced conversion a breach of the law but also a serious infraction of the vows that Kagyu monks are bound by. And yet, the Dalai Lama and CTA allow this. By remaining silent to such obvious acts of aggression, the Tibetan government in fact encourages more such activities to happen when people know they will not face consequences for such behavior carried out in the leadership’s name.

In the meantime, practices such as Dorje Shugden are unilaterally banned without recourse and without the CTA having to provide sound reasons for declaring a 400-year old practice to be a criminal activity. It is clear therefore that whether a spiritual activity, prayer, ritual, religious school, lineage, monk or an ordinary person is good or bad is purely based on the whims of Dharamsala and not based on any code of conduct or the law.

(iv) But the forced conversion of Drukpa monasteries is not an isolated case. In an open letter to the Dalai Lama dated May 1, 2016, Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche, the General Secretary to the Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, the rival to the Dalai Lama’s Karmapa candidate Ogyen Trinley, described very troubling developments. The open letter spoke of how the Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje was continually being harassed and prevented from performing his official spiritual duties by groups of people apparently “acting according to the Dalai Lama’s instructions”. Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche went on to ask in his open letter,

…You [Dalai Lama] travel the world complaining about others not respecting the religious freedom of the Tibetan people, why do you not respect them yourself?

And in one sentence, Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche addressed the crux of the Tibetan paradox – why is the CTA committing the same crimes that it wants the world to sanction China for?

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Again, there was no response from the CTA or the Dalai Lama’s office. Before that, Dharamsala had made sure the Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje was marginalized by spreading the rumor that he worships the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, whom the CTA had banned and criminalized by alleging rather irrationally that everyone associated with this practice is on the payroll of their enemy, China.

(v) The Dorje Shugden conflict is by far the clearest and most irrefutable example of how the Tibetan government uses religion as a political instrument that they wield ruthlessly. It is also a blatantly obvious illustration of the CTA’s disregard for its own Constitution and the Tibetan people’s rights.

For reasons that have never been made clear, the highly regarded Dharma Protector of the Gelugpas, Dorje Shugden, was suddenly outlawed in 1996 after the Tibetan leadership began to speak against it in the late 1980s. Dorje Shugden had been central to the Gelugpas’ spiritual life for centuries and prior to the ban on the practice, over 90% of Gelugpas including the Dalai Lama worshipped this deity.

Even though the most senior lamas in the Sakya and Gelug traditions worshipped Dorje Shugden as a Buddha over the centuries, none of that stopped the Dalai Lama from suddenly declaring this deity to be an evil spirit that should be forbidden. In this, the Tibetan leadership showed complete disregard for the beliefs of others and afforded even less respect for their rights which are supposedly guaranteed by law. Later on, when the claim of Dorje Shugden being a demon could not be sustained because it was easily debunked, the justification to criminalize the religion suddenly shifted to Dorje Shugden being a Chinese ghost and all of its practitioners (including the Dalai Lama at one time) being agents of Communist China working to destabilize the Tibetan government. The magnitude of this idiocy is difficult to articulate in words; it is like a world leader banning Catholicism and declaring that if you are a Catholic priest, then you must be a pedophile.

As can be seen in this case, whatever the Tibetan leadership says automatically becomes a law that all Tibetans are obliged to obey lest they are accused of being anti-Dalai Lama or pro-China. All they have to do is say “The Dalai Lama said so” and their diktats are automatically enshrined as law. Even so, the Tibetan leadership’s Cabinet and Parliament went so far as to pass various official resolutions making it mandatory for all Tibetans to hate worshippers of Dorje Shugden. Thus in the years after 1996, the CTA successfully spawned a vicious hate campaign against core members of the Gelugpa monastic community and drove a wedge deep into the heart of the Tibetan populace both in Tibet and in exile.


3. Conclusion

Dharamsala’s war against Dorje Shugden is in fact a war against its own monastic establishments because virtually all the highest and most senior monks of the tradition practiced the deity Dorje Shugden. And if the Tibetan people were to believe in the CTA’s version of the story, they must absolve their allegiance to their respective lineage masters who regard Dorje Shugden as a benevolent Buddha. In the same manner that the Karma Kagyu school was divided irreparably over the Karmapa issue, the Gelugpa tradition was torn asunder and the lay and monastic community scattered. The main Gelugpa monasteries – Ganden Monastery and Sera Monastery – were split, old and established bonds were severed, and monks were expelled or disrobed in disgust, because they could not withstand the hate campaigns the Tibetan government had initiated.

The CTA have broken the backs of the Gelugpa and Karma Kagyu schools of Buddhism. Together, these two spiritual lineages account for the bulk of the Tibetan population inside and outside Tibet. As a result, the majority of Tibetans are now confused and dislodged from old loyalties, precisely the result the CTA had originally intended from the time Gyalo Thondup sought to weaken the influence of the various schools to strengthen the secular leadership’s power. But the damage stretches far beyond sectarian lines as many around the world have lost confidence in the religion after witnessing the vicious infighting and endless barrage of propaganda and disinformation.

How is anyone to know what is true and can be believed and what is false? If the government of Avalokiteshvara can commit such heinous crimes, then there is nothing sacred about this religion. And so, in the wake of the Tibetan government’s political scheming, Tibetan Buddhism lies broken, uprooted and defamed. Never has Tibetan Buddhism been so weak as it is today and finally the Tibetan government-in-exile seems to be succeeding where the evil king Langdharma failed. The Tibetans may have lost their country to an external challenger but the spiritual tradition of the people, which is the heart and soul of Tibet, has been lost to the greed and corruption of their own leadership. What took attained masters centuries to build and assemble has been dismantled in just a few decades, and this will be the legacy of the 14th Dalai Lama’s Central Tibetan Administration.

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  1. Chopel

    August 17, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Oh my gawd… this article is the bomb — TRUTH be told and is told here. Thank you to whoever who wrote this lightning and thundering words on who this Tibetan exile government really is.

    How can Tibetans live in such a state and without question? When Buddhism is about questioning until one is satisfied. It seems like the Tibetan leadership has truly taken the world on a huge ride. Could have fooled me if I did not stumble upon this website with so much information on what is truly happening.

    This is bad and sad news for the Tibetans. Their only glimmer of hope is when, sorry to say, His Holiness passes away and there is a demand change by the people. Only the people can solve this themselves if they really want a change in their corrupt system.

    This article should be sent all over the media agencies to publish to warn and stop the silly western sympathizers from fueling a government that is equally brutal to the one they point their fingers at!

  2. Elibuchen

    August 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Never has Tibetan Buddhism faced such challenges than currently. There is disharmony at so many levels within Tibetan spiritual traditions. The Gaden Phodrang was established during the time of the Great 5th Dalai Lama, and it was supposed to be a strong government that will prevent the conflicts between the Gelug and Kagyu factions from happening again.

    Yet today that very institution is at the heart of bringing confusion and disharmony within spiritual traditions and with one another. I think the happiness levels of tibetans in exile is no where near the Bhutanese at all, in fact it has gone down the past 20 years or so dramatically.

    CTA if it is not solving problems within Tibetan community, then it must be the cause for it and perpetuates the problem ever more so.

  3. SabrinaS

    August 26, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    It is such a shame and sin that the sacred lineages of Tibetan Buddhism have been brought down to such disunity and segregation. If I remember correctly, the Dalai Lama had planned to position himself to be the head of all the schools within Tibetan Buddhism and to combine all the schools together as one. However the schools had objected to this as each school had their individual lineages and practices as well as rightful leaders. As such creating the split within the individual schools would bring control. As in the case of Protector Dorje Shugden’s ban…this is an authentic protector practice that had existed for 400 years and widely practice especially within the Shakya and Gelugpa’s lineages. In banning this practice, the Tibetan Leadership has an excuse to create the division to exert their control. Buddhism is taught to reduce the sufferings of people and yet it is being used to segregate for secular power control. No matter how one tries, no justification can be given for the right to debase the precious teachings and practices by the Buddha. May the Lamas and practitioners who hold and practise the pure lineage teachings rise above, to spread with continuity Buddha’s teachings in all direction of the world.

  4. Daniel B

    August 28, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    There are more examples of how the CTA is destroying Tibetan Buddhism.

    You sow the seed of cancer that destroys the religion when you erode confidence in the foundations of the religion. In this case, the CTA has used the religion as a political tool. We see this in the way they award high spiritual posts to those who are willing to toe and enforce the CTA’s politics, not those who actually qualify.

    Look at the candidates selected to be abbots in what is supposed to the great pillars of the Gelug lineage. They are not known for any spiritual feats but for their roles in enforcing the CTA’s policies. See how they select the Ganden Tripas today. Clearly the most important criteria is that the candidate must be willing to speak ill of Dorje Shugden. Everything else is a side issue.

    What is even more damaging is the way the CTA destroys the institution and foundation of the Guru. At the CTA’s whim, they can declare a holy Guru to be wrong and in error. No longer is the standing of a high lama determined by his great deeds, his scholarship and his training and attainments. You are a great lama if the CTA says so. Similarly you are a bad lama who allegedly got everything wrong, again, if the CTA says so. Recall how Penpa Tsering, then merely an ordinary speaker of an imaginary “parliament” went to Tibetan schools to tell young Tibetans that Pabongka Rinpoche was wrong. If Pabongka Rinpoche is to be found to be wrong, it has be via extensive debates and examination by equally high and qualified masters, not by the declaration of a idiot politician. And yet, such a thing happens with ease when it comes to the CTA.

    The Tibetan government destroys the religion when it bans the finding, recognition and and enthroning of certain tulkus the government finds to be in its way. The 9th Panchen Lama was banned, as was the Shamarpa lineage at one time. Then you have the Tibetan leadership flip-flopping on the recognition of the 10th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Trinley Lhündrub Chökyi Gyaltsen. The great lama was initially not accepted by the Tibetan government. The Dalai Lama in fact had another candidate to be the 10th Panchen who was conveniently ‘demoted’ when the Panchen Lobsang Cokyi Gyaltsen was eventually recognised by the Tibetan government.

    Then you have the CTA’s Department of Information and International Relations launching so-called dharma books with distorted facts because they were needed to support the CTA’s attempts at destroying a religious practice. Again it is clear that to the CTA, Dharma books are nothing more than propaganda material.The CTA has supported so much false and distorted information that without a qualified and honest Guru it is difficult to know whether what you read on the internet is correct or not.

    It is truly obscene how the CTA has corrupted Tibetan Buddhism and subjected it to politics. How is anyone to have any confidence in what they commit to and develop faith in? Today its Dorje Shugden. Tomorrow it can easily be any deity or another practice.

  5. We Love Tibet

    September 14, 2017 at 6:35 am

    We love Tibet and we want her free. But the Tibetan government in exile is segregating our people due to religion. Here in Germany today September 13, 2017 Tibetans are protesting against the Dalai Lama. Quite a few videos here:

  6. Pema Norbu

    September 15, 2017 at 8:14 am

    This video is a clear video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama asking the monasteries to expel monks that practice Dorje Shugden. Click here to watch:

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  11. Doreen Park

    September 28, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Tibetan Buddhism had been painstakingly established and developed into what it is today with the complete 84000 teachings of Lord Buddha woven into its fabric. Its authenticity has been assured by the unbroken lineage of transmission via the four schools or traditions of Tibetan Buddhism -the Nyingma, the Kagyu, the Sakya and the Gelug. Sad to say, today, through the machinations of the Tibetan Leadership, in a wilful determination to control the religion, for political ends, forced schisms like the ban on Dorje Shugden practice dividing the Gelug school, and forced conversions like the Drukpa being forcibly converted into the Karma Kagyu school, are destroying the very fabric and authenticity of Tibetan Buddhism!

  12. Dolma in Toronto

    September 29, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Everywhere I look Tibetans are dividing and have so many problems. Sikyong has been in office for six years but these problems are still continuing. I thought it is his job to solve the problems of our community. Sikyong has not done any of that, our kalons are nowhere to be seen and our chithues spend all their time arguing in parliament about accusations made to each other. Really this is so embarrassing and painful for me to watch our society fall apart like this and I know it is all Dharamsala’s responsible

  13. Kunsang from Switzerland

    September 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Very sad the only REAL leader the Tibetans produced in the last 60 years is Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama is 82 and how many more years can he ‘lead’ his people in exile and never getting his country back?

    Dalai Lama’s policy for Tibet in making friends with western powers and criticising China is not working out. How do we know?! It has been 60 years since Tibetans have been refugees and they still remain “refugees” depending on handouts and free aid and free money. Pathetic.

    Losang Sangye is a big degree holder and his degree is not worth the paper it’s printed on. He can do nothing and has done nothing except become ‘close’ friend with Sharling Dhardon. Their ‘closeness’ is the talk of all Dharamshala.

    Losang Sangye and any ‘leader’ will not have real power but simply the puppets of the all powerful god king Dalai Lama who is the real power behind the throne.

  14. Tokyo Dalai Lama watcher

    September 30, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    If it was not for Buddhism, no one would listen to the Dalai Lama!! The Dalai Lama gives the Kalacakra, gives self help speeches, sermons, prayers, rituals and wears the maroon dress to vast crowds. The maroon dress he wears is really a good marketing method although it is not meant to be. All these Buddhist events is what gathers the crowd to Dalai Lama. If you look at the Dalai Lama himself, besides being a smiley, shrewd and intelligent person, what does he have to attract people? Removing all from him that is Buddhist, what does the Dalai Lama have that is different than any other groups or deposed leaders that the world does not listen to. Dalai Lama owes all this to Buddhism. Therefore he should make harmony within the Buddhist community. How he is segregating certain sects with his rhetoric is dangerous. He is expelling people here clearly due to only a difference in religion: I was personally shocked to see this. I have met some Tibetan government leaders in Tokyo and privately they told me, they were also shocked that the Dalai Lama would say this and none of them dare advise him otherwise. They felt after Dalai Lama’s expulsion of people and in such a angry manner, it will not bode well in the future within Tibetan Buddhism which is the basis of his power. You can see in the video how angry the Dalai Lama seems to be. The Tibetan government persons in Japan also mentioned that the Dalai Lama listened to his oracle Nechung’s advice to ban this sect within Buddhism. Dalai Lama relies heavily on this Nechung god taking trance (oracle) for all his moves. Nechung is even summoned in the Dalai Lama’s private quarters to give prophecies:-

    It bewilders his followers why Dalai Lama relies so heavily on Nechung when he is suppose to be an avatar of a god Avalokita himself. Nechung is invited to most of his public events to do his dance and prophecies. Many Tibetans such as MP Tenpa Yarphel are not happy and speaking up finally: and . The over-reliance on Nechung demeans the Dalai Lama they feel and makes their government backwards. No modern governments consult gods and oracles for every move and if they do, they should not show this publicly. This is not a case of transparency but the Dalai Lama has not trained good advisers skilled in world politics by his side obviously to advise him and uses a god instead. Till now Nechung after 60 years has not proven correct. Nechung has not secured Tibet back. It was in fact in 2012 that Nechung told his monk Dorje Dalai Lama will go back to Tibet very soon, but it has not happened. Dorje is so ecstatic of this Nechung prophecy: . The prophecy proved to be wrong again by Nechung unfortunately for Dorje and the rest of the hopefuls.

    Losang Sangay is too busy with Sharling Dhardon and this is well known among the Tibetans. Without the Dalai Lama backing him up or promoting him, he is nothing and no one will listen to him. That is why everyone in the ‘Tibetan government’ are careful not to offend or displease the Dalai Lama who is the real power behind the throne. If you displease the king, you will be removed from the limelight and that means no more access to money, perks and foreigners who will give you money. Losang Sangay has made zero progress with talks with China since he ‘took office’. Whatever office that is. This shows his priority is not the Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet but to fill his own pockets before the King passes. Basically milk the cow while he can. Sad but that is the situation.

    I posted this ‘pictograph’ here of Sharling and Lobsang floating on the internet when you google. Interesting. I guess the Tibetans are not happy with Lobsang Sangay and Sharling who is really outspoken to her own detriment!

  15. Tsering Gonkatsang

    September 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Member of Parliament Tenpa Yarphel is a hero. He is speaking up for free speech and freedom of expression. He is exercising his rights, he is standing up for logical democracy which is the only way forward and not having to contact spirits like Nechung via oracles to make decisions that impact people’s lives. But look how people speak about him in the comments, so rude and nasty. It really represents the Dalai Lama badly as they are supporting Dalai Lama beings so rude:

    They say we need to believe in Nechung and follow what he says. But in 2009 Nechung said the Dalai Lama would go back to Tibet and that everyone would be happy. A monk from Nechung Monastery is the one that told everyone about this: But Nechung was wrong. It has been eight years and this has not happened. The Dalai Lama did not return to Tibet. Nechung being consulted by Tibetan government in exile is backwards. No governments do this in the civilized world.

    When people like Tenpa Yarphel speak up and are real patriots of the Tibetan people, they are attacked by other people. In fact people even protest like this man who shaves his hair: People like these are actually protesting against Tenpa Yarphel’s democratic rights and freedom of speech. Tibetans by criticizing Tenpa Yarphel shows they are far from democracy. Besides many of the other Kagyu leaders such as Drigung Chetsang Rinpoche, Drukchen Rinpoche, Karmapa Thaye Dorje all did not say anything against Tenpa Yarphel that represents the Kagyus.

    Dalai Lama had said that is his minister of cabinet in the government. Even though it is clear that Nechung is unreliable and a spirit, the Dalai Lama continues to rely heavily on Nechung and other oracles who take trance of spirits. He invites Nechung to all his events and allow him to take trance in centre stage always. In fact the Dalai Lama even calls the oracles to his own private bedroom:

    These practices show how Tibetan government is run.

  16. Andrea

    October 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    This is shocking to me… Tibetan Buddhism is highly regarded by the world for the Buddhist tradition, principles and practices. One would assume some integrity among the people there. Guess I was wrong coz nothing of such when it comes to politic. But using religion to control and segregate the people in this way? Collecting donations from the world but do nothing to care for their peoples’ future but keep them as refugees? Wake up people!!

  17. Sharling Tara

    October 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    The Dalai Lama is so old and he can pass anytime. Beijing is waiting for that. Beijing has full control of Tibet and nothing to fear. Dalai Lama and his government negotiates with Beijing or not does not matter. It’s a small matter in fact. Tibet will never have another King so powerful like Dalai Lama and so influential.

    Actually if Lobsang Sangye was smart, he would do his best to negotiate with China for a better deal for autonomy for Tibet while Dalai Lama is alive. With Dalai Lama alive, he will have more weight and backing. So why doesn’t Lobsang Sangye do so? The reason why Lobsang Sangye does not work hard to negotiate with China is because he does not care about the people. If the Dalai Lama dies, he is rich with big houses and he just moves on. He is in his position for the perks and wealth and US Passport which he has now. So why should he worry?


  18. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Sharling Dhardon and Lobsang Sangay are always together. Very close. They launched the book against Dorje Shugden practice together. Together they can authorized the spending of thousands of US dollars for commissioning a book against Dorje Shugden to further isolate and segregate the Tibetans who continue with their faith in Dorje Shugden. They do this to please the Dalai Lama so their money-making posts will be secure. They only want money.

    After the launching of the book against Dorje Shugden practitioners, they went down to Delhi to be at an expensive hotel and delicious five star dinner to enjoy their victory together.😘

  19. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Sharling Dhardon is rich and carries expensive hand bags while her ‘refugee’ Tibetans sell sweaters on the hot Indian streets.

  20. Phayul commentator

    October 2, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is an MP of the CTA and she should immediatly resign and give honor to the disonorable CTA or Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala. She is an elected official. She should not fight with the tourists and spectators. If she is going to post things about Tibet, she has accept there will be people who do not accept what she is posting and be ready for opposition but not using violence. If the spectator gets violent, then Ms. Lhagyari should immediately go to the police and run from the scene. The police station is very nearby. Do not stand around and have violent interaction with people walking by. It does not look good as an MP of the Tibetan government in exile under the Dalai Lama. MP Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is a disgrace and should resign.👎


  21. Jamyang Delhi

    October 11, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Dalai Lama does not want independence for Tibet and Rangzen-fighting Tibetans are going against the Dalai Lama. Rangzen-fighting Tibetans are hardcore separatists, most likely taking Chinese money to create schism.

    The attached Times of India article is very clear what the Dalai Lama wants. Rangzen Tibetans and activists are 100% against Dalai Lama and Tibetan nation.

  22. Tashi Delhi

    October 11, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Dalai Lama does not want independence for Tibet but autonomy. All Rangzen-fighting Tibetans are going against the Dalai Lama. They are hardcore separatists and most likely taking Chinese money to create schism. See the attached Times of India article, it’s very clear what the Dalai Lama wants. Rangzen Tibetans and activists are 100% against Dalai Lama and Tibetan nation.

  23. Bylakuppe C

    October 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    You can see attached the comment on this Youtube video, Tibetans are really ungrateful, greedy and nasty. The Indians are angry and they have a right to be angry after hosting the Tibetans for 60 years. Yet instead of being grateful, the Tibetans lash back. Even calling the Indian students “COMMUNIST CHINA PAID DOGS” and other vulgarities. Very racist. Anything Tibetans don’t like, they call you a China spy or China money-eating agent. Even the Indian nationals now are berated as China dogs. No wonder Indians are protesting for Tibetans to go back! This is happening while the Dalai Lama is alive for after he passes, it will completely degenerate and the Indians will take action and expel the ungrateful refugees.

  24. Tenzin Peljor

    October 12, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Tibetans are now being rejected by Indians. Tibetans use India. Everyone can see clearly the Tibetans don’t respect India and are very racist. Indians are tired of this and want them out. Now big protests in the hundreds are happening in Arunachal Pradesh state of India demanding Tibetans go back to Tibet. The people there are tired of the Tibetans and do not welcome them anymore. After 60 years, why are the Tibetans still refugees? If they can go western country, they will go because India is NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE USERS. They put India down. They only stay in India if they cannot go to another country. They never get Indian citizenship because they want foreign citizenship. Shame. In India, they never pay taxes. They never join army to defend India. They never build hospitals, half way houses, orphanages or get money from foreign aid to help India. They never build anything for Indians and we have so many poor Indians in India. Look at the foreigner Mother Teresa how much she did for India and she did so much for Indians in Calcutta but Tibetans do nothing. Not a charitable race. Their Dalai Lama never set up orphanages, schools, soup kitchens for the poor or set up scholarship for Indians. He lived in India for 60 years and give nothing back but take and use Indian land. The Tibetans lived in India for 60 years but they contribute nothing to India. Only complain and Indians are now going to speak up. The SUMAA students said the protests against Tibetans are only beginning and there will be more.

    After 60 years in India, the Tibetans still want to be refugees. They are not genuine refugees. Why? They call themselves refugees and not get Indian passport so their Tibetan ‘government’ in Dharamsala can continue to market them to western countries and Japan to give them money. To get free money. Tibetan leaders love free money. Tibetans have big houses, nice cars and can travel to other countries. The Dalai Lama temples in Dharamsala have gold idols and gold paintings and live in very high luxury. Tibetan leaders already get money in the US billions in aid and yet they never improve. The Tibetans always say they have no opportunities in India. Why they say that? Because they are saying they are too good for India.

    They say they want autonomy with China but they fly the Tibetan flag on Indian soil. If they want autonomy, they should fly the Chinese flag and show China government they are serious to sit and talk. They are always lying. They protest against China on Indian soil making problems between India and China. India is not responsible for Tibetans. Tibetans should not make China India’s enemy. Don’t be selfish. China is not India’s problem. Tibetans should solve the problems themselves.

    Tibetan leaders only want money, money and more free things. They always make segregation among their people due to regional differences and religion. Look how they supress the Dorje Shugden religion and their own Dorje Shugden Tibetans cannot join in their schools or Dalai Lama’s talks and ceremonies. They treat the Dorje Shugden people like the low castes in India. Their Tibetan people cannot stand up on their own become something because their leaders want everything for free. When they go to western countries, they lose their culture, religion and language and pay a heavy price. Their children become more like the adopted country’s culture and people. Their ‘government’ in Dharamsala block them from getting Indian citizenship so they can continue using their fake refugee status to get money from the west. When India is so generous to give them citizenship, their own Tibetan minister in Dharamsala block this.

    Now Indians had enough and want Tibetans to get out and go home!

    SUMAA students heavily protest Part 1

    SUMAA students heavily protest Part 2

    Indians and Indian tribal people want Tibetans to go back to Tibet:

    Hundreds of Indians want Tibetans out of India. Protests are vowed to continue:

    Indian SUMAA leaders demanding state government to revoke refugee privileges for Tibetans

    And alternative videos:

    SUMAA students heavily protest

    Indians and Indian tribal people want Tibetans to go back to Tibet:

    Hundreds want Tibetans out of India. Protests are vowed to continue:

    Heavy protest in the hundreds by Indians for Tibetans to get out of India

  25. Lovett

    October 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Within the Tibetan communities in India, there is no free speech and how Tibetans insult each other and would even insult foreigners by calling them Chinese agents just because you speak up and this is suppose to silence you. All of this began with the Tibetan CTA. Nonetheless, there are a handful of Tibetans who had enough and they dare to speak the truth and in this case, Tenpa Yarphel speaks against Nechung and veiled statements about the Shugden ban –
    And then there are people who would oppose his view by shaving his head. Very silly.

  26. Michaela Smith

    October 17, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Real refugees vs. Tibetan ‘refugees’. Should India and other countries continue to help Tibetans, the most prosperous ‘refugees’ on earth?

  27. Lhakpa

    October 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Chokyong Nechung is wrong! Nechung in this video said that Dalai Lama is going back to China and that was five years ago? What happened? Why are we even listening to him ever again. He always make mistakes. 😱


  28. Lobsang Sangay

    October 17, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Let’s face it… there is NO REAL FREEDOM of SPEECH for us Tibetans living under the ruling of the CTA and Dalai Lama. The Tibetan communities in India all sufer this fate and we live in lies and deception of a FAKE DEMOCRACY.

    Just watch how Tibetans insult and backstab each other and would even dare insult people they do not know, calling them Chinese dogs/Chinese spies is the only thing they can say and the label they give you the moment you dare to speak up. This is done to shut you up and to indicate to other Tibetans to attack you because they make you sound like you are a traitor and this is how they get all to turn against you. This is how the Tibetan CTA deals with people they feel threatened. All because of power and position.

    However, there are a few brave Tibetans who basically had enough of their deception and begin to speak up, to tell the truth. A good example is Tenpa Yarphel who bravely stood up and talked about Nechung and the inconsistency and FAILED prophesies… also the ridiculous heavy reliance on him for everything. Where on earth do you ever see any government relying on “mystical Gods” to help them make state decisions? Even if they did, they would not dare tell anyone because this is 2017 not the medieval times. Just watch –

    Then you have the small-minded, sheep like followers, shaving their hair – like WOW big deal, to protest against Tenpa Yarphel. Lololol

  29. Jamyang

    October 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Question to Tibetan exile government, Central Tibetan Administration – CTA: Hey this Geshe Dorje interprets Nechung’s prophecy saying the Dalai Lama will go back to Tibet five years ago, but look, Dalai Lama still cannot go back. Watch…

    Not only that, there is still NO sign of even creating a good relationship for a chance to go back! So we are all stuck and still nowhere near going back to Tibet. So why on earth are we still listening to this spirit Nechung who always makes mistakes and give wrong prophecies? Nechung even killed the 13th Dalai Lama by giving him the wrong medicine. So WHY are we still listening to him for? Why are we Buddhist following what a spirit says? If we can follow Nechung spirit so why condemn Dogyal? This is weird and wrong!

  30. Pema Schneider

    October 19, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Lobsang Sangay at Golden Jubilee Celebration of Tibetan Settlement Office, Dharamsala:

    Losang Sangay said recently (October, 2017) in Dharamsala that Tibetans have two enemies: the outer and inner enemy. The outer enemies are the Chinese government and Dorje Shugden people. The inner enemy is the people who speak against about our Tibetan affairs like regional differences and religious differences. (He didn’t say this directly but he means people like Tenpa Yarphel who spoke up in the Parliament) He said out of the two enemies, the worse one is the inner enemy.

    Now the Tibetans have started a new Facebook page specifically against Tenpa Yarphel. Tibetans are protesting against him:

    And there is a video of Tibetans with Tenpa Yarphel’s name on paper against him and asking him to resign:

  31. Matteo

    October 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a a dedicated advocate for the principles of democracy. In September this year, Tibetans in India celebrates the 57th anniversary of the establishment of the democratic path in the running of the Tibetan people’s political system. Sadly, it’s all lip service.

    Look at the recent incident of MP Tenpa Yarphel speaking up. Tenpa Yarphel has the right to speak and express his opinion, especially because he is a representative of the people, a Member of Parliament. He was criticized for issuing irresponsible statements, watch this video here:

    What is absurd is that there are even people protesting against his opinion, and shaving their hair in protest:

    Tenpa Yarphel was accused of being sectarian, but the reality is that because of Nechung’s advice, Dorje Shugden practitioners were segregated, discriminated and ostracized from the Tibetan community in general all around the world. This MP is sick of seeing the separation and found the courage to speak up for the unity of the Tibetan people in exile. Do you agree?

  32. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Nechung oracle is not reliable. Many times his predictions wrong.

    He didn’t help when british invaded tibet in 1904. he gave wrong medicine to 13th dalai lama which caused His holiness’s death. he said in the past Tibetans going back to Tibet. In 2009, this Geshe Dorje read out what Nechung oracle said. How many years passed, negotiation talk never resume after Lobsang Sangay become Sikyong.

    Why we still want to believe Nechung? Watch this short clip, see how confident this Geshe was explaining, but it never came true:

  33. Tashi, Delhi

    October 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    What is the CTA for a club? Going around pretending to be a democracy and only because of HH Dalai Lama they can make some foreign people believe it but it seems that karma is coming back.

    The CTA is suppressing their own people and they are having a good life with the money originally meant for the Tibetan people. On top, their elections are a farce!

    Listen here to Tenpa Yarphel who questions about the reliance of the Tibetan Government to Nechung, an oracle, which is understandable already but on top Nechung’s predictions seem to create more problems than anything else.

    What happens to Tenpa Yarphel now that he speaks up? Tibetans have started a Facebook page against Tenpa Yarphel and protest against him: They even ask Tenpa Yarphel to resign:

    So much for the “Democracy” in the Tibetan Government!!

  34. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Unfortunately, the dream of Tibetan democracy is nothing but that. Look at this brave Tenpa Yarphel speaking up against the spirit Nechung ( He brings up a good point, the Tibetans rely more on a spirit than they do on democratic principles and their own intelligence and care for their own people.

    But these Tibetans themselves are so enamored with the spirit that they protest against Tenpa Yarphel, lame protests, but protests nonetheless, like this man who cut off his hair ( I really don’t understand how this is a protest, but each to their own I guess.

    Personally, I don’t really think much of the Tibetans who follow their lame government. I’ve seen first-hand just how much the average Tibetan suffers under their current leadership and this just goes to show that their government is ineffective and schismatic. But one thing about this whole situation is somewhat promising, there is a silver lining, and that is the point was raised by a Tibetan MP within their parliament. He wouldn’t have done so if other people in the Tibetan community did not feel the same way. It is time for Tibetan to free themselves of a superstitious, money-grabbing, self-serving, and impotent government.

  35. Dawa Lhamo

    October 29, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Tibetan government are useless, they rely on Nechung

    Any you know what, their supporters even cut their hair off because they don’t agree with MP. This guy funny.

    What this going to change?

  36. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    The Tibetan government keep relying on Nechung for everything, though all his predictions and advice cause more damage than harm. Is it even wise to follow his advice, I mean he was wrong about His Holiness the Dalai Lama returning to Tibet in five years

    That was in 2009, we are now in 2017, which was 8 years ago. Is his advice really trust worthy? I wonder why the Tibetan government even continue to listen to him. Perhaps they get something out of it?

  37. Tashi Gonkatsang

    October 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    This ashrao posted this video:

    What he said is true. I couldn’t believe it at first, because I never heard my parents or relatives tell much such things before. But when I asked my uncle who is a monk, he told me it is true. He said that Nechung gave bad advice and has continued to give bad advice. My uncle said that even many of the monks and high lamas don’t even believe in anything Nechung says. Better to say no rather than listening to his advice from now on. My parents were shocked. They used to go and see Nechung oracle when they were in India, but luckily I was able to move them to the USA. Now we better off. I can’t believe that the government still listen to the Nechung.

  38. Hi I'm Lobsang Sangye I'm a liar

    October 29, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    It’s quite refreshing to have someone from the parliament speaking up and raising questions about the unjustness that’s been happening within its own “government”. Tenpa Yarphel is extremely brave to speak up like that, Tibetans HAVE TO WATCH IT! 👍

    1. Tibetan shaves off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel 2017 Sept

    2. Tibetan Parliament member representing Kagyu School Ven. Tenpa Yarphel speaks against Nechung

    Then of course, we have some intelligent individuals such as Geshe Dorje himself, who just wants attention, talks big but does nothing else 🙄 :

  39. TseringD, Delhi

    October 29, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I m think Nechung is one of d best when I m watch dis video By Geshe Dorjee la but now I m think is not d truth n he is lie to Tibet people we r not back to Tibet yt Chithue Tenpa Yarphel la tq for talk about truth of Nechung . I m watch to this video many time la n after I hear you talk I m not belief to Nechung

    ZUMA 👎

  40. Why CTA Why

    October 30, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Watch when Geshe Dorje interprets Nechung’s prophecies!

    After the Nechung oracle takes trance, his answers are interpreted and explained by Geshe Dorje, Buddhist master from Nechung Monastery.

    The video from 2009 proves that Nechung is wrong again! Why rely on Nechung when all his prophecies are wrong?? Someone with a hidden agenda maybe?!!

  41. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Only the CTA relies on the Nechung and made the spirit who gave so many false advice so much privileges

  42. Namdrol

    October 30, 2017 at 7:57 am

    MP Tenpa Yarphel is very brave to questioned the validity and accuracy of the spirit Nechung who the Dalai Lama always consulted, apparently Nechung has been giving highly inaccurate prophecies, but people still keep using him because Dalai Lama keeps using him and nobody dare to say otherwise, although Nechung is full of mistake, no wonder Tibetans did not get back their country even after 60 years:

    Look at this guy’s way of protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel and you know why the Tibetans will never get back their country:

  43. Amber Sonam

    October 30, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Bravo to MP Tenpa Yarphel for speaking up bravely! CTA has a lot of dodgy business going on even it’s own MP cannot keep quiet anymore. Watch what is being said here

    Yet, those in denial continue to support the corruptions within the CTA by shaving off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel

    He is also supported by Geshe Dorje himself who is riding on the Nechung issue giving no concrete proof as usual

  44. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I would like to share with you about this courageous Tibetan parliament MP who is speaking up against Nechung. He received a lot of backlash due to his bravery, but I hope it won’t deter him to speak up in the future. There are many people who actually agree with him

    1. Tibetan Parliament member representing Kagyu School, speak up about Nechung

    2. Tibetan shaves off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel 2017 Sept

  45. Anonymous

    November 17, 2017 at 10:43 am

    The difference between China and Dharamsala


    – please refer to the attached meme

  46. Ngodup Tsering

    November 18, 2017 at 4:19 pm


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