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.

Background Information

 


90 Second Summary

As the name suggests, it's a brief overview of the main points surrounding the protests.


Dorje Shugden

The disagreement centres around a protector Deity called Dorje Shugden (referred to sometimes as Dolgyal or Shugden) which until recently formed an integral part of the Gelug tradition.


Conflict & Protests

Rather than being able to implement the ban smoothly Tibetans throughout the world have been joined by western Buddhists to protest against the Dalai Lama's persecution.


Who's Behind the Protests

The Dalai Lama wants the media to believe a dangerous, evil extremist sect are behind the protests, but what's the real story?


Proof of Chinese Involvement?

The International Campaign for Tibet have released a document that inadvertently proves the Chinese authorities are not in any way associated, aligned, nor involved with the protests.


What Does the Dalai Lama Say?

Is it a ban, is it just advice? What does the Dalai Lama say and do the facts support his claims that he never made any decision to ban the practice of Dorje Shugden worship?


Why would the Dalai Lama Lie?

Being caught lying is fairly standard for most politicians but why would the Dalai Lama lie? What does he stand to lose if people realise that his actions don't match his words?


Dorje Shugden Debate

In May 2014 there was a debate held at the SOAS University in London to discuss the controversy. This article reviews the main points of the debate.


What Chinese Links?

The Dalai Lama's government lied to several media outlets about having evidence the protests were funded by the Chinese. Now they've switched to saying they help the Chinese.


 

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