Description by London Ney (Tibetans in London):
Panel Discussion: “The Shugden Controversy & the 14th Dalai Lama”
Organised by Dr Nathan W. Hill of the School of Oriental and African Studies with LondonNey
Friday, 15th Aug 2014, from 6pm to 8pm at SOAS, University of LONDON, UK
This panel discussion will address the on-going ‘Shugden controversy’ in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, which is surrounded by confusion, misinformation, and disagreement. While the Dalai Lama and many Tibetans have ceased to honour ‘Shugden’ and regard the propitiation of Shugden as problematic, a vocal minority, especially the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) established in the West, believe the Shugden deity to be an essential component or Dharma protector of the Gelug School, and claim to be a minority discriminated against on religious grounds.
The community of Tibetan Buddhists has been agitated and are puzzled by the intensity of this dispute concerning the practice of the controversial deity – Shugden. Tibetans are generally bewildered by the actions of Western Buddhist organisations such as the NKT and their protests wherever the Dalai Lama travels, leading many Tibetans to become suspicious of Western Buddhist practitioners in general.
Then, many Tibetans accuse the Shugden protesters as “devil worshippers”, “Chinese agents” and “Taliban Buddhists” while the pro-Shugden protestors question the very authenticity of the 14th Dalai Lama, using slogans such as “fake Dalai Lama”, “Muslin Dalai Lama”, “lying Dalai Lama”, and so on.
The purpose of this unprecedented, moderated discussion among experts and representatives from different sides of the dispute is to openly address this issue. The event is open to the general public with the aim of providing a better understanding of this issue.
The event will be live-streamed in order to provide the opportunity for far greater audiences. Here is the link http://www.livestream.com/Tibetan
This discussion will be moderated by Dr Nathan W. Hill, Lecturer in Tibetan and Linguistics at SOAS and the speakers include:
Dr Martin A. Mills (University of Aberdeen), ‘Human rights and the Shugden ban amongst Himalayan communities’
Thierry Dodin (Tibetologist) ‘From Lhasa to Shigatse: History and function of Shugden worship”
Kelsang Rabten (Shugden Community), ‘Refuting the claim of Tenzin Gyatso as an authentic Dalai Lama’
Geshe Tashi Tsering (Jamyang Buddhist Centre), ‘Refuting the claim of Dolgyal (Shugden) as a protector in the Tsongkhapa tradition’
Carol McQuire (former member of New Kadampa Tradition) ‘Shugden practitioners or Shugden followers’
John McBretney (Shugden Community), ‘The suffering of Shugden Buddhists within the Tibetan exile community, and the Dalai Lama’s role in this’
Venue: Vernon Square Room V211
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University of London, WC1X 9EW
More Academic Material
- Academic Research regarding Shugden Controversy and New Kadampa Tradition-IKBU 2008/07/24
- Recently uploaded:
- This Turbulent Priest: Contesting Religious Rights and the State in the Tibetan Shugden Controversy by Prof. Martin A. Mills
- Charting the Shugden Interdiction in the Western Himalaya Prof. Martin A. Mills
- The Dorje Shugden Conflict – An Interview with Tibetologist Thierry Dodin
- ‘Shugden practitioners or Shugden followers’? Thoughts about my Shugden practice in the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). by Carol McQuire
- Contentious Tibetan Buddhist deity worship discussed in London panel by Buddhist blogger Justin Whitaker
- Thoughts & Observations: The SOAS Panel Discussion “The Shugden Controversy and the 14th Dalai Lama” – Part 1 by Tenpel
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