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TYC has condemned assaults against Dalai Lama by followers of Dorje Shugden

The Dalai Lama speaks during a press conference while supporters of the International Shugden Community (ISC) protest outside against the visit of the Dalai Lama in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Dalai Lama speaks during a press conference while supporters of the International Shugden Community (ISC) protest outside against the visit of the Dalai Lama in Frankfurt, Germany.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is very well respected among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike worldwide. It therefore came as a shock to his supporters when followers of Dorje Shugden began attacking him. The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) has condemned Shugden cult’s campaign against the Dalai Lama reported The Tibet Sun on May 25, 2014.

Protesters from the International Shugden Community gather in front of the  Washington National Cathedral while the Dalai Lama was in Washington, DC.
Protesters from the International Shugden Community gather in front of the Washington National Cathedral while the Dalai Lama was in Washington, DC.
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The Tibetan Youth Congress is the largest Tibetan organization in exile. The TYC has said statements against the Buddhist spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama by followers of Dorje Shugden are baseless and fabricated assaults. Shugden followers claim the Dalai Lama is not allowing religious freedom and have called him a liar and a "false lama." In a press briefing by the President of the TYC Tenzing Jigme it was said there are no real grounds for these baseless assaults on the Dalai Lama.

Jigme has said that the Dalai Lama has not banned the following of Shugden. According to the Dalai Lama if one chooses to follow the spirit of Shugden then he or she is certainly free to do so. Clearly attacks against the Dalai Lama with unsubstantiated claims will only serve to provoke Tibetans and other Buddhists who really do revere and love their leader. Nevertheless, followers of Shugden have demonstrated against the Dalai Lama during his recent visits to the US and European countries. They have accused the Dalai Lama of persecuting the followers of Shugden.

The TYC is deeply concerned about protests against the Dalai Lama by international followers of what has been called the "Shugden deity," reports Phayul.com. The Tibetan Youth Congress has called upon the general Tibetan public to remain vigilant, attentive and cautious in dealing with Shugden followers. The group says attempts to defame the Dalai Lama will not be accepted and that Tibetans remain united behind their spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama appears to be a target of character assassination by the Shugden followers who may be working with the Chinese government to attempt to discredit the Dalai Lama.