The religious and political freedom of Shugden monks

If you read the propaganda of International Shugden Community and pro Shugden groups, people who do not know the situation in India might start to believe that they are heavily oppressed and cannot move from here to there. The pro Shugden protesters even abused the holocaust to portray themselves as the poor victims of a ruthless and evil Dalai Lama. Dr Nathan W. Hill, Lecturer in Tibetan and Linguistics at London University SOAS’ (School of Oriental and African Studies) has rejected claims by the pro-Shugden side as suppressing freedom of religion as illogical and Tibetologist Thierry Dodin commented on the Shugden conflict “Religious freedom is not at issue here. No one, and most definitely not the Dalai Lama, is repressing religious freedom. The issue here is power and influence.”

As a matter of fact in India, Nepal as well as in Tibet and the West, there are many Shugden monasteries, NONE of these have been attacked, burned or in any way been destroyed. Of course, as Dodin says “It is true that the cult is shunned by the community.” But Shugden groups don’t consider what their contribution is that a society is looking down on them (arrogant people or arrogant elite groups are not well received among people and the murdering of Shugden critics, the collaboration with China and the scathing slandering statements against the Dalai Lama don’t  increase the love and respect of others for the Shugden groups.) Ignoring the facts, portraying themselves as the poor victim of an almighty perpetrator (the DalaI Lama) Pro-Shugden groups want Westerners make to believe in a conspiracy that aims to destroy them. All of these claims do not correspondent with reality.

The CTA also made clear that Shugden people can travel freely (Shugden Followers’ Baseless Allegations – A Rejoinder from the Central Tibetan Administration).

The Shugden monks from the Nyanag Phelgyeling monastery in Swayambhu, Kathmandu as so many others have their own places and they have also the freedom to politically engage by joining the 60th Anniversary of the “Peaceful Liberation of Tibet” of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu (2011). You might wonder where the army and persecutors are that stop Shugden monks to use their monasteries and to meet the Chinese officials.