The following article from the International Shugden Community website “dorjeshugden.com” was posted in early 2013. Though celebratory in its tone, it is reproduced here rather for its revelatory nature.
The article confirms beyond all reasonable doubt that, in granting Shugden lama Jampa Ngodrup permission to travel West, the Chinese Government is now adopting a policy of “openly encouraging the proliferation of Buddhism, China’s ancient heritage and Dorje Shugden’s practice” across the West. Not content with forcefully determining the shape of Buddhism within Tibet via the destruction of images of the land’s patron saint, Guru Rinpoche, and granting disproportionate funding to Shugden temples across the plateau, the Chinese Government is now officially sanctioning the the promotion of Shugden worship across the world. On his arrival before teaching, Jampa Ngodup was publically and unashamedly received by the Chinese Consulate General to Switzerland, Liang Jianquan
If ever evidence was required that the Chinese are intent on imposing their own, State controlled Buddhism on the world, this is it. If ever anyone was in any doubt that the CPC has formulated its own State sponsored form of the Buddhist religion for international consumption, a religion without a Dalai Lama but rather with worship of the demon Dolgyal Shugden at its heart, they need look no further than this brazen statement of intent.
The First Lama That China Sent Abroad
January 25, 2013
In December 2012, Lama Jampa Ngodup Wangchuk Rinpoche became the first Tibetan lama to be appointed by the Chinese Government to travel on an official trip abroad to give Dharma teachings in Switzerland. He was even received by officials of the Chinese consulate in Zurich upon his arrival.
Lama Jampa Ngodup is a highly respected lama and is instrumental in the resurgence of Buddhism as the whole and promotion of Dorje Shugden’s practice in China through his large-scale teachings and initiations, such as the Dorje Shugden sogtae to thousands of monastic and lay practitioners there. By officially nominating him to travel abroad to teach, this would mean that the Chinese government is openly encouraging the proliferation of Buddhism, China’s ancient heritage and Dorje Shugden’s practice. This claim is further supported by Chinese blogger Ji Xiang who claims that the practice of Dorje Shugden in particular is growing rapidly in China.
In Switzerland, Lama Jampa Ngodup was accorded such great respect that H.E. Gonsar Rinpoche personally received him at the airport and also escorted him in the traditional way with a golden parasol and incense into his center, Rabten Choeling. Lama Jampa Ngodup was then seated respectfully on a throne and the traditional offerings of body, speech and mind were offered to him before the teachings.
During his visit at the center, Lama Jampa Ngodup met with many practitioners – lay and ordained – including many esteemed scholars and masters like H.E. Rabgyä Rinpoche (Geshe Rabten’s unmistaken incarnation) and the great scholar and prolific debate master Gyumed Kensur Sonam Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Even world-famous healing lama H.E. Gangchen Rinpoche and Lama Michel Rinpoche flew to Switzerland to join when they heard that Lama Jampa Ngodup was giving teachings there.
This event marks a significant shift in China’s strict policing of Tibetan monks. They are allowing Lama Jampa Ngodup to revitalise the teachings in China and also to travel because he has no affiliations with the Dalai Lama or the CTA (Central Tibetan Administration) due to his Dorje Shugden practice. Thus, it appears that the Dalai Lama’s ban on Dorje Shugden has actually opened the doors for Tibetan lamas to promote Buddhism and Dorje Shugden’s practice within China and abroad.
Putting politics and bans aside, isn’t this precisely what the Tibetan government and people want for their lamas? To protect the Sangha and spread the Dharma in Tibet, China and beyond? If it is, then the Tibetan government must consider a different approach to their Chinese counterparts so that their own lamas can benefit not just Tibet’s 6 million but also China’s 1.2 billion population and the rest of the world. Wouldn’t that be something incredibly beneficial to rejoice in?
What the CTA do not realize is that while they have expended so much energy on suppressing Dorje Shugden practitioners and curbing their Dharma activity, these Shugden lamas are flourishing strongly everywhere else in the world. Instead of shying away from the Chinese, these Shugden lamas have taken the bull by the horns and strived instead to develop much friendlier relationships with China. Because of this, they are now being allowed to practice and teach broadly throughout China, bring Dharma to the millions of people there, and even begin to spread it to the rest of the world too.
It remains to be seen what else in 2013 these great Shugden lamas will accomplish as Dorje Shugden takes to the stage as the world’s rising Protector. With the firm and established existence of large Dorje Shugden monasteries in China like Gonsa Monastery in Kham, we can only expect that more and more lamas from these monasteries will soon be traveling abroad to spread the teachings.