If you consider the Dalai Lama your teacher, then this article may not be for you. But if you value the truth above all, then I invite you to read on.
It is not hard to see that delusion is everywhere on planet earth: the religious all think their religion is the only path to God, greed is a delusion that it is creating huge poverty, racism is a widespread collective delusion, and so is the objectification of women.
Delusion is the atmosphere we live in today. The truth is we are just beginning to wake up - we don’t yet have clear, discerning minds that can easily tell truth from lies.
So with all that delusion going on, we can safely assume that we aren’t yet able to easily discern a real spiritual teacher from one who just wears the clothes and talks the talk.
Now enter The Dalai Lama. He says nice things, even wise things. He was awarded the Nobel prize. And he even has the support of comedian-actor Russell Brand. But how much do any of those things really mean? Because even a cursory tour of the i-net reveals a lot of questionable things about the Dalai Lama and his actions. But could that all just be propaganda, or jealous people making things up?
So here’s where I speak up. As a guy who has had 2 different spiritual teachers over the last 20 years, I am in a bit of an unusual place. Plus my present teacher (for the last 15 years) is Buddha Maitreya, the actual reincarnated Medicine Buddha and world leader of Tibetan Buddhism, enthroned in every major lineage - and there are at least 15 hours of video on the web documenting those enthronement ceremonies, in the monasteries of Tibet, India, and Nepal.
What? But isn’t the Dalai Lama the leader of Tibetan Buddhism??
No. The Dalai Lama is actually the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. He is actually a politician. He has said many times himself, “I am just a monk”. He admits that and has many times.
"But Tenzin Gyatso isn’t just anyone!" You might say, "He is the Dalai Lama! He is the leader of a the most peaceful place on earth, that produces meditation masters!"
Now I gotta stop you. And I gotta ask you a question: how much time have you actually spent researching the actual state of Tibet, present or past? I mean your own independant research? Or does all your knowledge of Tibet come from popular media images?
Because mine did, for a long time. Then I made friends who have been to Tibet. And here’s what I can tell you: The media image of Tibet as a place of peace, is a media image, of Tibet as a place of peace.
The reality in Tibet is shocking. Tibet’s reality in the 50’s and before was shocking poverty, an oligarchy, a small rich elite class ruling over a massive poor underclass. And punishments for crimes were severe, cutting off of hands for example. And in the monasteries of Tibet, sexual abuse was and still is epidemic. Most if not all young monks are raped, and beaten. Often for years. That is a widely acknowledged fact, but the DL isn't telling people about this.
More: What We Don't Hear About Tibet - The Guardian
Doesn’t exactly jive with the media portrayal, does it? That’s because idealism is one of our most widespread delusions. We want to think that a peaceful, perfect place exists. So when it was presented to us, we bought it. Even when we had no real evidence to back it up.
Now let's get back to the Dalai Lama, head of the Tibetan-government in exile:
In truth, Tibet in the early 50’s was an oligarchy. Meaning a small wealthy class living in opulence, ruling over a vast poor working class. And the Dalai Lama was the king-god at the time, and Tibet had slavery. In fact, slavery only ended in Tibet in 1957. And the Dalai Lama, who lived in opulence there, left in 1959 because he was pushed out by the Chinese.
But don't take my word for it! Check out what the Guardian had to say about Tibet in the 50's: What We Don't Hear About Tibet -The Guardian,
Now, if you're still with me, I invite you to look at the other things I found about him, and each one of these are very serious...
1. He has outlawed the worship of a deity, Dorje Shugden, resulting in the biggest conflict Tibet has seen in modern times.
2. He was paid over $1M a year by the CIA to train an army.
3. He wears a $30 000 watch
4. He has said this is his last life
5. He said if his successor is a woman, 'she should be pretty'
There are more, but let's start with those...
The Dalai Lama outlawed Shugden practice - recently many Rinpoches (the senior teachers who run the monasteries), are denouncing the Dalai Lama, because they can make no sense of his ban on Shugden practice, and they see the harm it is creating. (links below). For many years Dorje Shugden was considered the Protector of Tibet. Shugden was a great Master who lived centuries ago in Tibet, and is still revered by millions of Tibetans today. But now over 1 Million Tibetans who pray to this deity can not find jobs and are being ostracized by their communities. There has even been violence towards Shugden practitioners, all because of the zealous devotion that flows towards the Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama is stepping on Tibetans' rights to religious freedom, creating great harm, and the best appraisal is that it's due to jealousy.
link: The Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden
The $30 000 watch - No compassionate being, in the world as it is today, keeps a $30 000 dollar watch. If you disagree, you should really stop reading right here, and think on that for a while.
Even better, Google, "Brazil, favelas", to get a look at abject poverty. A spiritual teacher models compassion and generosity, or they are by definition not a spiritual teacher. We are looking at actions here, not words. Spiritual teachers in the spotlight don't get to apply their values to some choices and not others, and they certainly must not exhibit vanity or an attachment to ego symbols.
Link: "What Kind of Man Wears a Rolex?"
The Dalai Lama has been paid over a million a year by the CIA. Ummm...what about non-violence? This not the Buddhist way. This has been covered by many TV stations in the US, and again this is easy to find on You Tube. This is not money for peaceful activities (link below), but for training an army in Tibet in guerrilla warfare.
“This is my last life” - As a Buddhist practitioner myself, I find this one totally shocking. Every Buddhist knows that reincarnation is reality, not a choice. We are on the Wheel and we do get to leave. And especially if you are compassionate, you come back and help! Starvation, disease, delusion are all still here. The Bodhisattva vow says, “I will reincarnate until all beings are saved.”
To say “this is my last life” is something a big ego would say. As if only the Dalai Lama gets to go on to some other heavenly place. And there IS no such place. Samsara and Nirvana are one. They are states of being, experienced right here. Waking up puts us more in service, not less.
"She should be pretty" - The DL created a major uproar when he said in an interview, "If the next DL is a woman, she should be pretty, or it is no use".
Link: Huffington Post Article.
Tibetans Suffering Due to the Dalai Lama's Actions
The truth is the Dalai Lama is a politician, not the Buddha. And he is preying on the West’s idealism and innocence about spiritual teachers. But maybe this has some kind of higher purpose: The revealing of idealism, and the West’s initiation into the reality of true spiritual teachers, and the end of a kind of naiveté about the whole process of spirituality and awakening - just like the coming to light of corruption in the Catholic Church.
And now for the real shocker: The Buddha, the actual Buddha, is now incarnated as Buddha Maitreya, and one of his past lives was Dorje Shugden. And the Dalai Lama knows this. But instead of telling everyone that the Buddha is here, he has instead banned Shugden practice and Shugden images.
The real reason for the ban is jealousy. And I can't express how harmful this is.
This is a very serious obstruction of planetary healing.
Pictured below: Tulku Buddha Maitreya, the present incarnation of the Medicine Buddha. Buddha Maitreya is the present enthroned head teacher of every major lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. And the DL knows he is here, but the DL tells no one - plus he calls Dorje Shugden a demon. This is why many of the top Rinpoches of Tibet have turned away from the DL.
I have been learning from Buddha Maitreya for 20 years, and his work is life changing. Born in Oregon in 1951, Tibetans came to his house at the age of 9, to take him back to Tibet and begin his relationship as their teacher. The movie Little Buddha is based on his life.
Buddha Maitreya makes the awesome Shambhala Healing Tools for self-healing and meditation - they are sold worldwide but they are given to the Tibetans in their monasteries for their meditation and Puja.