Shugden and the New Kadampa Tradition: Fear of Ghosts

GUEST POST by Carol McQuire

Fear of ghosts

I’ve been thinking lately that the problem with ‘Shugden’ is that he makes people frightened. And people are frightened of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). In the UK people are frightened of ‘talking up’ about their experiences. People fear the ‘injustice’ and ‘lies’ of the NKT. But that’s the myth and that’s our main function – by ‘talking’ we can stop the fear. There is no need to fear the truth. And what is the truth? The truth is that the NKT ‘harass’ for their ‘Shugden’ with exaggeration and hype, with the deceptive techniques of a bad politician. And they are unkind. Institutionally unkind. We have the data.

And the reality? ‘Shugden’ will destroy the NKT! Catch 22 – they need him, they depend on him, but their need will destroy them.

I’ll explain.

In 2012 in Manchester, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was joking about the Chinese practising Shugden: it’s ‘their problem’, he said, as he’s ‘warned them’. And he laughed and laughed. We need to laugh and laugh. The NKT have been warned too!

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The NKT wears the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ of being ‘pure Dharma’ – it’s a hoax. A mirage. Their ‘Shugden’ has stopped them looking beyond their own noses …

In a superb twist, ‘Shugden’ will destroy the NKT because the NKT aren’t giving ‘pure Dharma’ at all – it’s all contaminated with the ‘business model’, the franchise, the ‘worldly success’ that Shugden is well known for in the Tibetan world. What is the ‘heart’ of Tibetan Buddhism and the ‘lineage’? It’s the warmth and wisdom of the teacher. But there is no teacher at the heart of the NKT. He left them years ago. This is why they scream so loudly, so that he might hear. The taboo. He can’t and won’t hear them. But His Holiness does. How ironic!

Their ‘Shugden’ will destroy them, all by himself, using precisely what attracted them to him – ‘worldly’ desires – the ‘quick’ path to ‘bliss’ – the grand and ‘special’ tradition that expands and expands, limitlessly. The more the Shugdens demon-strate (joyfully!), the more they ‘grasp’ at him. The more they ‘grasp’, the more their own ‘Shugden’ will eat them up. It’s the opposite to a ‘true path’. You can see them getting more and more extreme, and weakening – watch the last few ISC videos. All tangled up by Shugden. Lost logic.

We need to understand and remember this. The NKT Shugden followers who ‘protect’ him will be ruined by him.

I quote from Tenzin’s blog:

In Music Delighting an Ocean of Protectors,

‘About the violence Shugden brings to other sentient beings Trijang Rinpoche states’ (p. 121–122):

“Furthermore, whether they were lords of Tibet, great lamas who held the political power of the throne, lamas and tulkus, great or small, with illustrious lines of incarnation, holy beings rich in scriptural and realized qualities, high lords of vast lands and works, those haughty with pride of family lineage, dominion and wealth, any who hypocritically claimed to be followers of Protector Manjusri Tsongkhapa’s Teachings while remaining unsatisfied with Je Lama’s precious Teachings of Sutra and Tantra which, in terms of view, meditation, and action, need not crave more from any other tradition, and, instead, mixed, polluted, or confused them with other modes of view and practice, whether lay or ordained, regardless of status, there have been many who have met with unpleasant wrathful punishments, such as being punished by authorities, litigation and legal disputes, untimely death, and so forth. Such swift, decisive signs appear to direct perception. Here praise is offered to that manifestation as a great wrathful protector who raises the Yellow Hat Teachings to the heights of the heavens.”

Tenzin states: “This mundane harmful spirit is, according to Trijang Rinpoche, an emanation of Manjushri who emanated for the special purpose (p. 9) of protecting the purity of Tsongkhapa’s tradition” …

Let’s ‘translate’ this writing by Trijang Rinpoche, making it relevant to the current situation:

Furthermore, whether they were lords of the international world, great lamas who influenced the political power of governments, lamas and tulkus, great or small, with illustrious lines of incarnation, holy beings rich in scriptural and realized qualities, high lords of vast lands and works, those haughty with pride of family lineage, property and wealth, any who hypocritically claimed to be followers of Protector Manjusri Tsongkhapa’s Teachings while remaining unsatisfied with Je Lama’s precious Teachings of Sutra and Tantra which, in terms of view, meditation, and action, need not crave more from any other tradition, and, instead, edited, ignored or confused them with other modes of view and practice, such as business and real estate,  whether lay or ordained, regardless of status, there have been many who have met with unpleasant wrathful punishments, such as being punished by authorities, litigation and legal disputes, untimely death, and so forth. Such swift, decisive signs appear to direct perception. Here praise is offered to that manifestation as a great wrathful protector who raises the Yellow Hat Teachings to the heights of the heavens.

That’s what Trijang got wrong – ultimately it’s not the ‘others’ that get harmed – it’s the narrow minded Shugden fanatics that get destroyed by him. They ‘lose’ what they most crave – their teacher. Shugden blindness ignores Je Tsongkhapa’s non sectarian legacy, his intellectual breadth and ignores his kindness. NKT ‘Shugden’ practitioners aren’t actually allowed access to Je Tsongkhapa’s works – if they encountered the real magic of Je Tsongkhapa’s writings the NKT ‘illusion’ would start to unravel.

We need to ‘see’ this clearly – the NKT have done nothing except create problems for themselves; hundreds of ‘survivors’, hundreds of people who have suffered and suffer, while His Holiness the Dalai Lama is stronger than ever, solid in his practice and his wisdom, confident in his compassion. The weight of karma will fall upon the NKT in the guise of the ‘Shugden’ they follow; empty of compassion, a false prophet for the age of commerce, doomed to fail. It’s just a case of when – remember, he’s only a ghost. An annoying, noisy ghost!

Remember to laugh, they have been warned!

Carol McQuire, New Kadampa Survivors