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.

Yet More Lies

7th March 2015

It comes with the territory of investigative journalism that people will lie both to you and about you. As I explained in a previous article, When Buddhists Lie, some of the Dalai Lama's western supporters will happily lie if it helps to suppress the truth about issues in the Tibetan exile community.

One such example, Tenzin Peljor, has responded to some of the accusations against him with a post on one of his blogs accusing me of being an, "ill-informed conspiracy theorist". Now I know that Tenzin isn't my greatest fan, but this is going a little far.

It's a cheap shot simply to try and dismiss these accusations as a conspiracy theory. Also, one of the burdens on someone making such a claim is to show some weakness in the evidence against them. Tenzin's approach to this is simply to deny everything in an affronted tone.

In itself this is nothing new, I've encountered it time and again when exposing lies. To try and defend themselves people simply tell more lies, which is exactly what Tenzin did.

One of the lies I exposed is that Tenzin claimed he was offline whilst being in India. He specified that from 5th January 2015, "I am totally offline as I said already."

I refuted this lie by stating that Tenzin had been online almost every day since his arrival in India as he was working for the CTA in countering the protests against the Dalai Lama's ban. I provided evidence for this by showing that Tenzin had been actively updating one of his websites, publishing articles, and approving comments on it on 15 separate dates between 6th January and 3rd March.

Ironically Tenzin's defence of himself relied in part on his ability to read my article and write a response, which he published on 4th March, again proving that he was lying about being offline in India.

Interestingly Tenzin's main concern is about "Inform", a religious research charity he stands accused of manipulating, and their comments about his websites. The particular comment from Inform he spends much of the time trying to refute is, "it is clear from his many public websites that Tenzin Peljor works actively in ways that support the agenda of the CTA."

He seems to take great exception to this comment, yet he shows no interest in explaining why he lied by using a false name to register two of his websites to an address in Gotha, his childhood home town, as shown below:

 

 

It is the same address in Gotha he used to register another domain (info-buddhism.com) using his legal name, Michael Jaeckel.

Inform, who now appear to be floundering between criticising and defending Tenzin's online activities, claimed in his post that:

"The opinions voiced on these website [sic] are his as an individual. In particular, on http://info-buddhism.com/ Tenzin Peljor promotes a range of independent academic opinions, some of which are critical of the CTA, and Tibetan Buddhism more generally."

I don't know why Inform believe they can state as fact that the opinions voiced on his websites, "are his as an individual". It seems a very strange comment for an independent researcher to make. What facts or evidence does Inform use to make this assertion? Just Tenzin's claim that they are his independent opinions.

By now I'm starting to see a pattern with Inform, but I'll come back to that in a future article.

For the time being it is worth bearing in mind that the info-buddhism.com website is the same as the info-buddhismus.de website, one is English and one is German. So why did Tenzin lie when he registered info-buddhismus.de?

 

Another assertion Tenzin makes is:

"I am not working for the CTA nor did I set up or run the website http://www.dalailamaprotesters.com. However, I gave them permission to use articles from http://www.info-buddhism.com and after their request I gave them also the domain http://www.shugden.info which I bought for another purpose."

 

Dalailamaprotesters.com began life as shugdeninfo.com, which shares a close resemblance to Tenzin's domain name shugden.info. It also contains content almost exclusively from Tenzin's websites.

On 12th December 2014 Tenzin published an interview he had organised with Dr Robert Barnett on his info-buddhism.com website. What Tenzin doesn't know is that on 10th December, Dr Barnett revealed to an International Shugden Community (ISC) member that he had just been contacted by the organisers of the dalailamaprotesters.com website.

Dr Barnett stated that prior to that contact he had no knowledge of the website, nor the person who contacted him on behalf of it. Clearly that person can't have been Robert Thurman as Dr Barnett knows Thurman very well.

It's a somewhat unusual coincidence that days after the organiser of the dalailamaprotesters.com website contacted Dr Barnett, Tenzin published an interview with him on his info-buddhism.com website. Of course this isn't definitive proof of any direct link between Tenzin and the dalailamaprotesters.com website, but there are a lot of coincidences surrounding it.

For instance they initially used a domain name very similar to the one Tenzin had registered under his own name. Why not use the one Tenzin had already? Because this would tie Tenzin directly to the site.

So a similar name was used which was registered under an anonymous domain registration service. Tenzin's own domain name was later re-registered under the same anonymous service.

The reason that Tenzin's shugden.info domain name couldn't be used to host the site is because no matter how many times it was re-registered it would always have the original registration details on its record, so it would always lead back to him.

When the dalailamaprotesters.com website was launched (under the name shugdeninfo.com) it contained content exclusively from Tenzin's websites. Over time it has added an occasional article from other sources, but initially it was only his content.

To summarise, the website Tenzin claims not to have set up or run contained content exclusively from his own websites, was on an almost identical domain name to one he had registered under his own name, and he also redirected shugden.info to the new site.

Add to that Dr Barnett's revelation that he was contacted by the operators of the website days before Tenzin published an interview with him and the probability of Tenzin lying about his involvement with dalailamaprotesters.com is extremely high.

 

Conclusions

Perhaps this is all just an elaborate ill-informed conspiracy theory as Tenzin would have us believe? If so, why have Tenzin and his friends been caught lying so often?

  • Why did Tenzin lie about being offline in India?
  • Why did he lie about his name when registering his websites?
  • Why did he lie when he pretended to be York Johns?
  • Why did an expert question his East German military and Stasi background, and why did Tenzin refuse to explain the inaccuracies?
  • If he isn't working for the CTA then why did Tenzin only begin his activism against the NKT after he had taken ordination from the Dalai Lama in India? Why didn't he begin it in any of the 6 years prior to that?
  • Why did Tenzin lie and claim Lobsang Jangchub wrote an article about Sera Monastery when he knew it was written by his friend Jamyang Khedrup?
  • Why did Carol lie about Inform asking her to be on the SOAS discussion panel?
  • Why did she lie about deleting the comment showing this on Facebook and then claim I had forged it?
  • Why did Carol sit so closely to the Dalai Lama in Basel if she doesn't have contacts in senior positions within the CTA?
  • Why did she lie about the CTA's involvement in drafting the "survivors declaration" and when it was published on their official website?
  • Why did Linda Ciardiello lie about an ISC member to their employer accusing them of creating a meme and seeking to, "destroy the Dalai Lama" ?
  • Why did she delete a comment exposing her as the operator of the @laughingdaquini Twitter account and then lie about me forging the comment?

 

I don't expect them to have the courage to be truthful in these matters, rather I fully expect them to continue to lie and deceive people. Sadly for them I will continue to expose their lies and take away their most useful tool, as Stephen King once said:

 

"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."

 

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