For most non-Buddhists, this topic is not that big of a deal. But for some, within the Buddhist community, it is a red hot topic. I don’t want to go into specifics about the “controversy”, you can Google the info and read it yourself. What I simply would like to do is question each and every one of you, regardless of your thoughts on this. My question(s) is very plain and to the point.
Alot of this stuff began when a few of the Dalai Lama’s confidants were found murdered. It was believed that the Shugden worshipers were to blame, reason being is that the Dalai Lama had banned all Shugden worship, angering those that believed this deity was a protector for them. As a Buddhist, I cannot condone any violence, especially murdering another being. But I say this, with every culture, religion or whatever, there are always a few bad apples. How can all Shugden worshipers be bad?
They aren’t! As a matter of fact, after reading quite a bit about the subject, I attended an NKT (New Kadampa Tradition) Center to see for myself what the whole hubbub was about. The Nun that I met there was nothing but cordial. I was there to take a precept ceremony. This was my first time entering a Buddhist meditation center, so I was a bit nervous, at first. But that all went away when I introduced myself to the Nun, and she spoke back to me. It was no big mystical experience, it was a simple human experience. I took the precepts and afterward she took us out for a coffee. It felt like I had always known this woman. Nothing whatsoever was brought up about Shugden, neither in the ceremony or afterward at coffee. We talked about music, art and how great life really was. There was no bullshit, just straight love and compassion emanating from every pore of this woman.
I am not a card carrying member of the New Kadampa Tradition but I do enjoy attending their events. I enjoy the company and conversation I’ve had with other members. The core of the Dharma is present in most traditions. I read alot of books from various schools, traditions and sects of Buddhism. I respect teachings of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kelsang Gyatso, Noah Levine, Pema Chodron, Thubten Chodron and tons more. At the core of everything they have all written about is compassion for all beings. Why can’t it really be like that?
When Buddha (Siddhartha Guatama) started teaching do you think this is what he would have wanted? Was this his intention to claw us apart from each other?
I think not! The Buddha taught that we are ALL interconnected. We are all in this world together. One way Buddhists like to describe this interconnectedness is, think of every being as your mother. Buddhists believe in rebirth. And if this, rebirth, is something you as a Buddhist believe in, than this disdain you feel is disdain for your own mother. How would she feel about that?