TibetInfoNet Update: Shugden in Kham

TibetInfoNet has released an update on 30. May 2009 stating:

“There is hardly any better evidence for the increasing influence of the Dalai Lama in Tibet, despite five decades of exile, than the impact of his stance on the Shugden cult in eastern Tibet, a region known to Tibetans as Kham, and the largest part of which spreads today over the western Sichuan province and the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The Shugden cult, which the Dalai Lama has linked to conservative and sectarian attitudes, has virtually disappeared from this area where it once flourished like no where else in Tibet, except Lhasa. A declining, though aggressive group of Shugden supporters, however, continue a bitter struggle against local religious leaders who follow the Dalai Lama’s line on Shugden, share his views about promoting the unity of Buddhism, and, typically, are active in running social projects. The most prominent case is that of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche; the most recent that of Phurbu Rinpoche. Features common to the Shugden leaders in the region are their links to former regional elites, the influence of returned exiles in their midst, their linkages within international networks, close association with Tibetan members of the Chinese authorities and direct or indirect affiliation to Trijang Rinpoche, the cult’s most influential propagator in the late 20th century.”

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