We do not ask that he likes our religion but that religious freedom should apply to all traditions whether he likes them or not. This is our only point.
Los Angeles (PRWEB) February 26, 2014
The Dalai Lama’s US tour this week has been trailed by hundreds of protestors, including Buddhist monks and nuns, from the International Shugden Community. Demonstrators want to bring attention to what they believe is a hidden, intensive persecution campaign by the Dalai Lama of thousands of Tibetan-exile citizens who practice a 400-year-old mainstream tradition of making prayers to the Buddhist Deity Dorje Shugden (Al Jazeera Reports, Dalai Lama: The Devil Within, April 13, 2009, http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2008/09/200893014344405483.html or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqa2DeOIEQM).
The group, which will be protesting outside his event in Los Angeles on Tuesday, have stated that they will continue to demonstrate at his events until he agrees to stop persecuting practitioners of their religious tradition Dorje Shugden. The demonstration at The Forum will be the fifth demonstration in four days.
Spokesperson for the International Shugden Community, Len Foley claims “His words and actions have and are causing millions of people to suffer by creating division between them and destroying their harmony and peaceful life. There have been many incidences where his followers have been incited to extreme anger with Shugden practitioners, resulting in public humiliation, provocation, intimidation and threats, including dismissing them from their jobs, refusing basic, and even medical services to them”.
Len Foley continued “We do not ask that he likes our religion but that religious freedom should apply to all traditions whether he likes them or not. This is our only point. Why is this so hard for him to agree with? As a powerful leader he must implement a policy of religious freedom and non-discrimination for all.”
Other news articles on the demonstrations include:
Before one demonstration in San Francisco a Shugden Buddhist nun hands the DL a leaflet and calmly asks for religious freedom for all religious traditions including the Shugden Buddhist tradition. the Dalai Lama returned to address the nun directly, while shaking his finger at her and saying that this was not a matter of religious freedom as her practice was not a religion.