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.

House of Cards

14th May 2015 (updated)

In the two months since publishing an article entitled, "The Holy Spy", which exposed Tenzin Peljor/Michael Jäckel as an Intelligence Officer, working for the Central Tibetan Authority (CTA), there have been some surprising developments.

In the weeks that followed, further revelations showed how far and wide reaching Tenzin's work for the CTA was. What had been intended as a single article turned into a series of pieces which demonstrated how he had manipulated vulnerable members of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and co-opted a UK religious research charity (Inform) to help fulfill his aims.

With every additional piece of evidence Tenzin's carefully crafted web of lies began to show signs of weakness. Eventually through the sheer weight of the truth his house of cards started to tumble down.

Sources close to both Tenzin and Carol have revealed that they are now struggling to maintain any significant degree of support beyond their die-hard core members, which number about 5-10 people. The illusion of a movement which boasted over 1,300 members appears to have evaporated, which raises questions about how many people were actually active behind the scenes in the first place.

The problem facing Carol and Tenzin is that they have no rational way to explain the accusations levelled against them, other than the obvious conclusions. Instead they have resorted to simply dismissing any claims as "conspiracy theories" and "false evidence".

One such example is Carol's private meeting with the Dalai Lama in Basel and her sharing the stage with him at one point. She sought to downplay this incident as somehow normal despite the fact it is anything but normal and serves to illustrate her close ties to the CTA.

At present Carol has been tasked with re-invigorating the "survivors" discussion group and trying to re-establish her relationship with Inform.

 

Tumbleweed and Ice

One of the biggest loses for Tenzin has been the almost deserted "survivors" discussion group which he established in 2007. Since the expose revealed exactly how he had established this group as a propaganda weapon against the NKT it has seen a massive drop in activity.

Perhaps its members, realising they had been lied to and deceived by Tenzin, chose to disengage from it. It was certainly no coincidence that the group was established and run in exact accordance with the training given to UK spies at GCHQ, as revealed by Edward Snowden.

In the 7 weeks since exposing this elaborate manipulation there have only been 12 messages posted in the group. Of those 7 were posted by Carol in a desperate attempt to re-ignite some semblance of activity.

Aside from Carol's input there were only 5 messages posted, 2 of which were in response to a question from Carol as she attempted to track down someone whom she hoped could restart a campaign against the NKT.

Without the "survivors" group Carol and Tenzin's main set-piece against the International Shugden Community (ISC) protests is worthless. This was a declaration against the protests signed by a handful of members seeking to represent the 1,300 "survivors".

What's now apparent is that there are nowhere near 1,300 "survivors" of the NKT. If the discussion group is in any way representative of them the true figure is dramatically smaller, much closer to 10 than 1,000.

The truth is that Tenzin followed the training he had previously received from the East German intelligence community and adapted it using modern day training from the CTA. The Central Tibetan Authority has been heavily trained and influenced by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), therefore in this context the parallels between Tenzin's activities and those revealed by Edward Snowden is not too surprising.

Another knock-on effect of their loss of credibility with the "survivors" group is that it has weakened their position with Inform. Following another expose showing how Tenzin and Carol had co-opted them into their work for the CTA, Inform have themselves faced closer scrutiny.

As well as already having had to answer questions from their main funding body, the UK government's Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), they also face serious questions from the UK Charities Commission over their independence in this issue. At the same time Inform have witnessed the "survivors" group almost vanishing before their very eyes. This has raised serious concerns about the validity of the group and just how genuine they were.

Whilst Carol faces an uphill struggle to try and resurrect the myth that the "survivors" group is real, rather than an elaborate ploy by Tenzin, she is also experiencing a cooling of her previously cosy relationship with Inform. Meanwhile Tenzin is also struggling to generate any new or continued interest in his propaganda websites against the ISC protest movement.

 

Hits vs Visitors

When Tenzin left Carol in charge of the "survivors" discussion group he focussed a large part of his efforts on developing supposedly "independent" websites about Tibetan Buddhism. As previously shown they were far from independent and simply served as a smokescreen to promote the CTA's own agenda against the protest movement.

Even Inform weren't entirely convinced by Tenzin's claims to be independent and when pressed on this point Dr Suzanne Newcombe conceded:

"We are aware that he works towards the [sic] promoting the Dalai Lama's position on various issues.", adding, "it is clear from his many public websites that Tenzin Peljor works actively in ways that support the agenda of the CTA."

Since he was exposed as an Intelligence Officer for the CTA, Tenzin's main website has dropped off a cliff in terms of visitor numbers. He has been desperately trying to garner support but seems to be lacking any new or compelling material.

His recent attempt to disprove claims of the Dalai Lama's connections to Shoko Asahara, the man behind the Tokyo subway sarin gas attack, were weak and poorly thought out. It did nothing to discredit the large volume of evidence that shows his relationship with Asahara was that of a teacher to his student.

In terms of Tenzin's attempts to discredit the protests against the Dalai Lama's ban on Dorje Shugden Buddhists they too have been weak and half-hearted. The latest of which was just re-publishing a 3 month old anti-protest editorial from a newspaper as if it was recent.

This weakness in his arguments and rhetoric hasn't gone unnoticed by his readers, who like members of the "survivors" group appear to have all but deserted him.

An analysis of his website has shown that on average he receives only 5 page views per day. If each visitor looked at just one page this would mean 5 people a day, if they looked at more than one page then obviously that number would fall.

The analysis showed that on average there are 500 'hits' per day on Tenzin's main CTA propaganda website, however a hit doesn't equate to a visitor. A hit is a record of every file request that's made when you visit a web-page. Every time you visit the homepage for Tenzin's main website it makes 109 separate file requests, so one visit will record 109 hits. When you compare that to 500 hits/day it shows how few people are actually visiting it.

 

Some of the People, Some of the Time

It would seem the elaborate plan Tenzin hatched with his superiors in the CTA back in 2006 is finally falling apart.

Perhaps the only reason his deception has lasted for so long is because no-one has properly researched it and challenged him. In addition to losing traction in the west his status within the CTA is similarly diminishing.

Due to a combination of arrogance on Tenzin's part, some well placed and helpful sources (albeit sometimes grudgingly), and a smattering of luck, his elaborate ruse has been very publicly unwoven.

The truth of the allegations revealed on this site is evident in his catastrophic failure to maintain any convincing level of support. Survivors he could once count on no longer want to play his game after realising they were pawns directed against the NKT at his will.

People have grown weary and tired of his unceasing rhetoric, so much so that they don't even bother to visit his website anymore.

As for the academics and researchers he could once count on to battle behind the scenes and off the record in his favour, they no longer want to be associated with him. The only ones who remain connected to Tenzin share his own ties to the CTA and the exile Tibetan leadership.

What becomes of his attacks on the protest movement now is uncertain. For the time being though, Tenzin's bubble has burst and re-inflating it will take more effort than ever before. Whereas previously he could fool some people with his claims to be independent and a "survivor", his true colours are now visible for all to see.

It appears that only his core followers are willing to battle to the bitter end to try and defend the Dalai Lama's "right" to discriminate and persecute Shugden Buddhists.

 

Update

30th May 2015

Immediately after publishing this article Carol and Tenzin denounced it as "lies" and sprang into action to try and enact a "spontaneous" flurry of activity on the "survivors" discussion group.

As explained above, in the 7 weeks following my initial expose of the "survivors" group there was practically no activity on it at all. Aside from Carol's increasingly desperate posts there were only 5 messages in those 7 weeks, 2 of which were in response to Carol. The last activity was on 4th May.

The day after I published this article the "survivors" group returned to life with activity from a number of users, including some who had never been active on there before.

Their ruse to try and create the illusion of an active and involved group soon dissipated and it became obvious that there was almost no-one active on the group. Kathleen, who by her own admission hadn't even been involved with the NKT, posted a message to the other 4 active members.

 

 

Carol has referred to the claims in this article as "nonsense" without offering any explanation to support her view. Both she and Tenzin have failed to refute any of the evidence against them, which is by now a sizeable amount.

Information from sources close to them revealed that there are just 5-10 core members of their group who remain active. The message from Kathleen above proves that this information is accurate.

Carol and Tenzin also attempted to feed me false information to give the impression that their campaign was gaining strength. Lots of "behind the scenes" activities were fabricated or just outright lies. The truth is that they have run out of ideas and now that their fraudulent behaviour has been exposed they have lost the support of people and organisations that can no longer trust them.

Tenzin's blog continues to fail to get any traction and he has resorted to being more active on Facebook in order to try and get his message out. From 12th May - 30th May his website had an average of 430 hits/day. As explained above this equates to just 4 visitors per day.

Even on Facebook though Tenzin seems unable to stop himself from being dishonest. He fails to use either his legal name or his "ordained" name, preferring instead to pretend to be "Mick Jackman". The reason for this is so that he can pretend to be someone else when he posts comments on media websites.

When contacting the media to brief them against the protest movement he uses his legal name (Michael Jackel) and his ordained name (Tenzin Peljor). When articles are published online he uses one of several false identities to comment on them such as, "Mick", "Tenpel", "York Johns", and "Mick Jackman" to name but a few.

In response to someone querying why he wasn't using his real name on Facebook he explained that it was primarily so that he could comment on articles on US media sites, as shown below (excuse the poor translation by Bing):

 

 

A more accurate translation would be: "Mark I prefer to remain anonymous. I had to create the account because you can only post comments on US media with a FB profile."

Given that he publishes numerous websites all aimed at undermining the protest movement and that he issues press releases against the protests in his official capacity as "media spokesperson" for the German Buddhist Association (DBO) it raises the question as to why he wishes to remain anonymous when posting comments on media websites.

Using multiple false identities is another aspect of the training given to spies working for the UK, as explained in the GCHQ document, "The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations." Tenzin has repeatedly refused to explain why his own online activities so closely resemble the training given to agents by the UK's GCHQ spy agency. Nor does he explain why it is acceptable for a supposedly fully ordained monk to lie and use false identities, acts which he has explained are against the vows of ordained Buddhist monks.

It's actions such as these that demonstrate how blatantly Tenzin and Carol both try to deceive and manipulate the media and other organisations. They seem to make up their own rules and realities as they go. It's as if they believe their mission to try and shield the Dalai Lama from public scrutiny place them beyond the rules and conventions of society.

The only "nonsense" and "lies" it would seem come from their own deceptive activities, not my exposing of them.

 

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