This paper examines the legal, political and spiritual consistency of the Dalai Lama’s ban on Dorje Shugden practice. The premise is very simple: the Dalai Lama’s ban is in direct contradiction with everything he is known to stand for, legally, politically and spiritually. The contradiction within his own thinking is giving rise to completely unnecessary conflict and tensions within the broader Buddhist community and leading to great suffering within his own people. The solution to all of this lies in the Dalai Lama lifting his ban. Doing so will heal the divisions within the global Sangha, relieve the suffering of his people, help advance the Tibetan cause and enable the Dalai Lama to be wholly consistent in defense of the values he so effectively espouses on the world stage. In other words, lifting the ban helps everyone; keeping it harms everyone. The choice is his. In particular, this paper outlines what the Dalai Lama has said about Dorje Shugden practice, what the Tibetan Government in Exile and others are doing about what the Dalai Lama has said, examines the accusations made against Dorje Shugden practitioners, and finally explains why what the Dalai Lama has said in defense of this ban is inconsistent with his own ideals. In particular, nearly half of this paper is an extensive explanation of how this ban violates the very international human rights legal instruments the Dalai Lama has principally relied upon in his case against the Chinese. The purpose of this paper is simple: by exposing the contradictions in the Dalai Lama’s position, it is hoped he will lift the ban, his supporters will stop defending it, and the victims of the ban will find strength in knowing the truth is on their side. It is also hoped that this document will help those in the press following this story to examine this issue objectively and not pre-suppose the Dalai Lama is right about this ban simply due to his well-crafted international reputation.
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