This letter from the Department of Health of the Tibetan Exile Government is a clear abuse of Human rights. It requires all its employees to abandon their faith in Dorje Shugden or resign.
Everyone should be free to follow the faith of their choice without interference from others (especially their government)
If you are unfamiliar with the principles of Human Rights and Religious Freedom, please read the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief
(The first three articles are quoted below):
1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have a religion or whatever belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
2. No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have a religion or belief of his choice.
3. Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.
1. No one shall be subject to discrimination by any State, institution, group of persons, or person on grounds of religion or other beliefs.
2. For the purposes of the present Declaration, the expression “intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief” means any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on religion or belief and having as its purpose or as its effect nullification or impairment of the recognition, enjoyment or exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis.
Discrimination between human beings on grounds of religion or belief constitutes an affront to human dignity and a disavowal of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and shall be condemned as a violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and enunciated in detail in the International Covenants on Human Rights, and as an obstacle to friendly and peaceful relations between nations.
To the honorable aristocrat, the leader of the people,
Those who affiliated here have been voluntarily taking up the words and intention of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and they have no connection with Dholgyal (Dorje Shugden). As this is the fact, we appreciate if you could kindly extend support to felicitate his wishes.
The signature that he has no connection with Dholgyal……….
The signature of Geshe Dakpa Samdup, the abbot of Gashar Norling monastery
Date Month, Year,
With the abbot’s signature and his letter head.
When the Dalai Lama was due to give teachings throughout Southeast Asia, the organizers saw it fit to discriminate against Dorje Shugden practitioners using the event registration form.
A sign at a temple in Singapore stating “In accordance with the wishes of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, we in ………. under the guidance of ………. DO NOT ENGAGE IN THE WORSHIP AND PRACTICE OF DORJE SHUGDEN. We do not support the propitiation of this spirit and also encourage all practitioners to abide by this instruction.” The temple is very clear about who issued the instructions for the ban.
Dorje Shugden practitioners are excluded from a Gelug monastery in Sarnath, North India.
A poster in Sera Monastery clearly bans Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering their premises.
This sign reads: Do not enter this shop if you practice Dholgyal (derogatory term for Dorje Shugden) It doesn’t matter if you are lay or monk. This sign is located in a Tibetan Settlement in South India.
This reads: Anyone who practices Dorje Shugden do not enter this shop. This is also located in South India.
This reads: Do not enter this restaurant anyone who practices Dorje Shugden. This is found in a Tibetan settlement in Bylakuppe, South India.
This reads: Do not enter this shop anyone who practices Dorje Shugden. This shop has recently been built in Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, South India.
This sign reads: We disassociate religiously and materially with anyone who practices Dorje Shugden. Do not enter this library anyone who practices Shugden. It is located at Dripung Gomang Library in Mundgod, South India.
This is at the Drepung Monastery Offering Head Office. It reads: Anyone who has any association with Shugden never enter this office for any reason. Signed by Drepung Headquarters. This monastery is in Mundgod, South India.
This reads: VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT This monastery does not allow entrance to or receive any offerings from Shugden people. It is signed with the seal of Ganden Jangtse Monastery and dated January 14, 2008. This monastery is also in Mundgod.
Notice to everyone we a strong pledge to our precious deity Mahakala that we will disassociate ourselves from any individual or organization practicing Dorje Shugden or any having any association with Shugden worshippers. If anyone has anything to do with Shugden do not enter we are not going to allow your offerings or even a donation. This is at Goman Monastery, Mundgod, South India
Drepung Monastery, South India
Loseling Monastery, South India
IMPORTANT NOTICE. The devotees of Shugden and those who have contact with Shugden worshipers, whoever you are, please remember not to come here in Loseling dispensary. The Administrative office of Loseling Dispensary
Sera Thekchenling Lachi Cultural Society. I, voluntarily took Oath and promised NOT to propitiate Dorjee Shugden and NOT to have any associate with the followers of Shugden. We do here by certify the holder of this identity card is bonafide monk of this Monastic University, all assistance and every consideration offered to the bearer would be most appreciated.
Approved by Jey Abbot
Issued by Administrator
Approved by Mey Abbot
Before issuing the Identity Card the resident monk has to fill up the necessary forms and to sign stating that I am Not a Practitioner of Dorjee Shugden. If the resident monk does not agree to sign the form, the Monastery will not issue anIdentity Card to him.
To the head of Tibetan settlement, Tibetan government in exile,
The name of the student ……….
Freedom Book No……….
Refugee Certificate No……….
For the preliminary certificate which enable him to travel abroad, he has the Yellow Book and refugee certificate, and he has no connection with Dholgyal (Shugden). As such, we humbly request Regional Tibetan office, Kashag (Tibetan Cabinet) and Delhi bureau office to kindly issue the supporting letters in order to get the certificates relating to traveling abroad as soon as possible.
Gashar Norling Monastery
From the Institute of Buddhist Mahayana Sutra and Tantra: I swear on the name of His Holiness and glorious Maxor Gyalmo (Protectress Palden Lhamo) to never venerate and worship Dolgyal and to never have any relation on material and other levels with those who worship Dolgyal.
I, who is called …(name)…, vow that from now on, forever, at any time, that I will never venerate and worship Dolgyal. And regarding the type of people who venerate and worship Dolgyal, I vow never to share or experience any religious or material goods with them. In the name of the three jewels I express the clean oath of promising to do that.
All the people of Mundgod Tibetan Village No 5 never practice Dogyal and have taken the oath. My name ………. from now, from my side, never worship Dogyal, am taking this oath generally in front of the Three Jewels and especially Mahakali.
Wednesday afternoon 19 March 2008
At 3 o’clock