Black Magic Indeed!

“Later, on another occasion, we were performing a ritual of Hayagriva. It was not particularly aimed at Dholgyal. The aim was to destroy anything, be it human,non-human, a lama, a deity or a ghost, that harms the Dharma and the just cause of Tibet. Whatever it is, it should be eliminated. It can’t be helped. “

the Dalai Lama
“Concerning Dholgyal with reference to the views of past masters and other related matters,” Dharamsala, October 1997 (, emphasis mine)

Dalai Lama, New Kadampa, Dorje Shugden

Wrathful Hayagriva

So the Dalai Lama uses religious rituals to destroy anything, including other people, that harms the cause of Tibet? They should be “eliminated?” Are these the words of Avalokiteshvara, Buddha of Compassion? And meanwhile he accuses Dorje Shugden pracitioners, with no proof and no basis whatsoever, of using “black magic?” (see Not Afraid of Spirits, below).

If mixing politics and religion in this macabre way, and using your prayers to kill others is not black magic, what in the world could black magic be?

Scholars and yogis, please check!


2 thoughts on “Black Magic Indeed!

  1. Lee Dhi

    Thank you for the writing above.

    I would like to add: if the Hayagriva ritual would inevitably destroy ALL beings that would harm the Dharma and just cause of Tibet, then we can justly conclude that Dorje Shugden is not such a being because he has not been destroyed.

    In fact, Dorje Shugden’s practice is flourishing all over the world as new monasteries are being built to continue this lineage. Based on this result, it would be fair to conclude that Dorje Shugden actually contributes to the growth of Dharma!

    Although I am a Dorje Shugden practitioner I would like to add that I understand that there are clear controversies caused by the Dalai Lama. However, as Dharma practioners, we must remember one thing: he brought Tibetan Buddhism mainstream. Therefore, I think the focus for us, Dharma practitioners, should be to ensure the spread of Dharma and not get too side-tracked by the politics of it.

  2. Kate Walker

    Lee – I was just about to say that… if Hayagriva destroys all who harms the Dharma and Dorje Shugden is not destroyed, it speaks volumes.

    As for the controversies caused by the Dalai Lama, i have tremendous respect for him because my Guru has respect for him. I am a Dorje Shugden practitioner but I think respect for each other is what Buddhism is all about. if we judge and criticise the Dalai Lama or his camp, are we not as bad as they are?

    Mutual respect must prevail!

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