One false allegation emerging from the New Kadampa/International Shugden Community (ISC) is that Shugden worshipers are dying because of their religious beliefs. “People are being killed, attacked and refused service…. They are in horrible, abusive situations” millionaire NKT teacher and ISC spokesman Mr Foley told AL.com in October 2014. Elsewhere, in this video produced by the ISC, it is alleged that Shugden worshipers are being “murdered” for the sake of their allegiances.
When asked to provide specific details of who, when and where anyone was killed however, the ISC have consistently failed to do so.
These types of allegations are similar to propaganda spread by Chinese State news agency Xinhua in 2008, which, in an attempt to draw attention away from the increasingly dire human rights situation in Tibet leading up to the Beijing Olympics, claimed that the Dalai Lama himself had “….started slaughtering members of the ‘New Kadampa Sect’ who dare accuse him” [link]. Xinhua similarly failed to produce any meaningful evidence to support their allegations.
These ISC allegations then, are entirely baseless.
Shugden devotees on the other hand, do seem to believe that the spirit they propitiate, does take the lives of its enemies. More importantly, there is at least one contemporary example of a murder that is alleged by Indian police to have been perpetrated by Shugden devotees that does have corroborating evidence, submitted to Interpol by the Indian authorities [link, link].
Regarding the Shugden followers’ faith in the vengeful nature of their deity, The Yellow Book (1973) includes a series of stories that Shugden devotee Zimey Rinpoche had heard informally from Trijang Rinpoche about the many Gelug lamas whose lives were terminated by the Shugden spirit because of its displeasure at their practicing “heretical” teachings. The text includes a list of lamas and Government officials going back to 1780 who Shugden devotees believe were killed by the Shugden spirit.
Regarding the more recent murders committed by Shugden devotees, on February 4th 1997, Geshe Lobsang Gyatso, a prominent critic of Shugden devotion, and his two young students were murdered in Dharamsala, India. As Raimondo Bultrini researched and outlined in detail in his book, The Dalai Lama and the King Demon, the perpetrators of these murders are unequivocally linked to the Shugden cult. The following is an extract of a statement from Kangra District’s then Chief of Police, Prithvi Raj, whose officers conducted the investigation:
“We have identified two of the murderers, and we have clear indications that the murderers are directly linked to the Shugden association and directly connecting these murderers with the case. But so far we have not been able to arrest them. One is called Tenzin Chozin, the other is called Lobsang Chodrak. Before the murder, the principal received threatening letters from the Shugden association…. We from the police are convinced that these murderers were engaged to assassinate the principal of the Dialectic School, Lobsang Gyatso. The principal was always opposing the Shugden worship and he was propagating the ideas and ideologies of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”