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.

Lies, Damned Lies

**Update**

Since publishing this article Kieran Atkins has now deactivated the fake Facebook account he created using the false identity,"Kevin Mason". Not only is this an admission of guilt on his behalf it's also nice to know he still reads my work.

This is undeniable proof that Kieran along with the other anti-Shugden protesters lied, manipulated, cheated, and falsified data to support their position. The veracity of all their claims are now highly suspect. If they have to create fake identities to support their accusations they have no remaining credibility whatsoever.

 

21st June 2017

A crucial part of my work into the Dalai Lama's religious segregation of the Tibetan exile community has been separating fact from fiction. This is made all the more challenging since the group that actively supports him use multiple aliases and falsified accounts of their experiences.

kieran atkinsIn Europe this group consists of just 6 core members: Tenzin Peljor, Carol McQuire, Rory Tasker, Linda Ciardiello, Andrea Ballance, and Kieran Atkins.

Yet through fake online identities they have created the appearance that they number many more.

So far Tenzin Peljor has been shown to use over 5 false identities, Rory Tasker over 3, Linda Ciardiello at least 2, and now another of their core team has also been shown to use false identities.

When someone is using a fake online identity it's incredibly difficult to prove and when you can show that they are, it's often just the tip of the iceberg. They could easily be using well over 10 different identities each and if two-thirds of their core group is caught doing this it's safe to conclude that they probably all do it.

 

Kevin Mason

On 27th February 2016 a Facebook account was created under the alias of Kevin Mason.

He began targeting people who had been involved with protests against the Dalai Lama's discrimination, trying to befriend them. To aid with his cover he posted comments praising the protests and sharing some of the protesters posts. Very soon he was friends with many people who had been involved with the International Shugden Community (ISC).

The problem was that Kevin wasn't his real name and his profile picture was just plucked from someone else's page. Kevin Mason was actually Kieran Atkins, one of the core members of the group trying to discredit the protests.

Kieran Atkins had participated in several counter-protests aimed at stopping the ISC. He was, and still is, an active participant in trying to discredit any form of protest against the Dalai Lama.

When Kieran created the Kevin Mason account the ISC had already stopped protesting the Dalai Lama, so his intention was most likely to try and keep tabs on the social media accounts of protesters to see if they were planning to re-start.

 

Happy Birthday Kieran & Kevin

On 4th March 2017 "Kevin" received several congratulatory birthday messages from his friends that were all very generic. One in particular stood out though, it was far more specific and personal than the others.

Richard Clarke said, "Hope you have a terrible birthday after you ruined my last one."

 

As it turns out Richard Clarke doesn't know Kevin Mason at all, however he is a friend of Kieran Atkins.

 

You can see Kieran pictured sitting next to Richard on one of the photos from Richard's Facebook page below.

 

kieran atkins

 

Kevin Reverts Back

"Kevin" has now given up the pretence and the Facebook account is under his real name, Kieran Atkins. This is just one fake account created by Kieran, but how many more are there out there?

This issue goes far beyond a bit of subterfuge and online spying. It's proof that Carol and Tenzin's associates will lie and deceive without a moment's hesitation to help achieve their goals.

Kieran was one of the 'survivors' who met with the Dalai Lama in Cambridge as organised by Carol McQuire. He has written a 'survivors testimony' which is used by INFORM as part of their research.

He also claims to have worked in the Police force which helps bolster his credibility. Yet if he's willing to lie and deceive people so that he can spy on ISC protesters how credible is he? Can you, or should you, still rely on his testimony after such obvious dishonesty?

 

INFORM's Collusion

I've previously covered in great depth how the Information Network Focus on Religious Movements (INFORM) has been lied to and manipulated by people working directly for the Dalai Lama. I've also discussed this issue at some length with both INFORM and departments of the Government who fund them.

My overriding concern is that INFORM seem to continue to disregard evidence that demonstrates their data has been corrupted. In most scientific research when a participant has been shown to be lying they are removed from the data pool, but INFORM continue not just to use evidence supplied by discredited individuals they go one step further and promote those discredited people as reliable sources to the media.

One example that demonstrates this point relates to information I received from someone who was intimately involved in the Dalai Lama's visit to the UK in 2015. I interviewed the person, checked their credentials and established that they were reliable.

They gave evidence to me that proved both Carol McQuire and Tenzin Peljor were working directly for the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and that their roles were to organise people and information to undermine the ISC protests. On written condition of anonymity I shared this information with the head of INFORM along with a means for them to be able to independently verify it.

The evidence was so overwhelming and categorical that it was impossible for INFORM to continue to turn a blind eye to Carol and Tenzin's real intentions. As such INFORM's 2014-2015 annual report listed them as, "Members of the Central Tibetan Administration".

To this day however INFORM continue to promote Tenzin Peljor's websites as independent sources of information to enquirers despite the fact they know he isn't independent. They no longer have the luxury of plausible deniability, they are knowingly misrepresenting his work to enquirers.

 

Fake People and Fake Accounts

The main approach Carol and Tenzin took with INFORM was to feed them information about the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). This was because the majority of ISC protesters were also members of the NKT. Their strategy was to create the belief with INFORM that the NKT was a harmful cult. Then the CTA could direct media enquiries about the protesters to INFORM who would help to discredit them.

From 2007 onwards the vast majority of information INFORM received about the NKT was through Carol and Tenzin, both directly and indirectly. Carol and Tenzin not only encouraged people to write their experiences within the NKT, but they also coached them in what phrases to use and what themes to highlight.

This very effective strategy meant that INFORM built a data pool that was gradually more and more self-corroborating. As Carol and Tenzin were able to shape the information INFORM received from ex-NKT members they shaped the narrative of INFORM's work and influenced its outcomes.

Now that INFORM knew their data had been manipulated by the CTA there was a problem, but they continued to turn a blind eye. They consoled themselves with the thought that although Carol and Tenzin worked for the CTA, maybe the information from everyone else was still valid.

The problem today for INFORM is that out of the 6 core members of the movement against the ISC, 4 of them have been shown to lie and use false identities to deceive people. They have no way of knowing if their entire data set is corrupted.

How many of the accounts in INFORM's data come from real people? Of those real people how many have been influenced by Carol, Tenzin, Kieran, Linda, Rory, or Andrea? Their data about this subject from 2007 onwards has been shown to be of dubious origin and unreliable, yet they still say it's valid.

 

Stripped and Discredited

In 2014-15 INFORM received £130,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), and a further £40,000 from the Department for Education (DfE). However when serious concerns about the safety of INFORM's methodology were highlighted the Government began to worry.

Soon after, both the DCLG and the DfE started to take a closer look at the workings of INFORM. They were concerned that INFORM ignored any advice or criticism of their methodology and that they, "refused to conduct an internal investigation" into possible manipulation of data and researchers.

On the insistence of the DCLG in 2015 they began to have regular monthly meetings to review, amongst other things, the activities of INFORM staff. Officials from the DfE also joined in these meetings to enable them to assess the approach INFORM was taking.

At the end of this series of monthly meetings INFORM was stripped of all its funding from the UK Government. In their 2015-16 accounts their main sources of unrestricted funding had dropped from £178,911 in the previous year to just £8,296. This shows just how little confidence the UK Government had in their researchers and methods.

INFORM continue to apply to various UK Government departments trying to secure future funding, however the refusal to accept their negligent handling of this situation will no doubt cast a long shadow over their applications.

They need to accept that all of their data from 2007 onwards relating to this subject is corrupted and start afresh. They need to stop promoting Tenzin Peljor's views and websites as independent sources of information. They need to have a new lead researcher for this subject who is impartial and free from bias and undue influence.

In reality I strongly doubt whether INFORM have the capacity to achieve even one of these changes. As such I question whether any civil servant will take their approaches for funding seriously, certainly the ones I've spoken with don't.

They look likely to continue to limp on like a fatally wounded animal until their reserves can no longer carry them. The only winners from this situation are the Dalai Lama's people such as Carol McQuire and Tenzin Peljor. It is they who have cost INFORM their reputation, their income, and potentially their whole future existence.

 

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