Are Buddhsist Racist

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What is Racism?


Race can be defined as:

"A classification system used to categorise humans into distinct populations or groups by anatomical, cultural, ethnic, genetic, geographical, historical, linguistic, religious, and/or social affiliation.”


Racism can be defined as:

“The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”


When a group of people are labeled according to a certain religious belief or affiliation and their access to public services, jobs, livelihoods and social freedoms are denied or restricted on the basis of this belief or affiliation this is racism.

The Dalai Lama and the CTA


The Tibetan Government in Exile

Once called the Tibetan Government in Exile it has now renamed itself the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). The CTA is based in Dharamsala where it oversees the welfare of Tibetans in exile.

Who Governs the Tibetans?

Much of the discussion into the ban of Dorje Shugden practice revolves around the central principle of governance. Understanding this issue and how a ban would be implemented is essential.

Dalai Lama - Politician or Monk?

Although the Dalai Lama does not exercise 'direct political and administrative leadership' the question remains whether he exercises that same control indirectly.

Millionaire Monk

In 1950 a "relatively small share", of the Dalai Lama's personal wealth took 1,000 pack animals, each loaded with 120lbs of treasures, several months to carry out of Tibet.

Illusion of Independence

The Dalai Lama pleads with the West to broker some kind of a deal that will return him to his palace in Lhasa as the ruler of Tibet. Just how independent has Tibet been in its history?

Seeds of Discontent

There are two camps within the exile leadership, those who are committed to the Dalai Lama's stance towards Shugden Buddhists, and those who fear it will cause them to lose all credibility.

The Terrorist and the Dalai Lama

On 7th April 1995, just 18 days after the sarin gas attack, the Dalai Lama described Shoko Asahara as his, "friend, though not necessarily a perfect one".


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