The statement of the Tibetan American Community Concerned with Shugden
Group’s Security Threat to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
March 2, 2014
We the elected members of Tibetan Parliament in Exile from North
America and Tibetan Associations of North America are gravely
concerned by recent events that took place during the current visit of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama to the United States. While thousands of fellow Americans
celebrated the Dalai Lama’s visit to California, we Tibetan Americans
have been shocked to see our respected leader, His Holiness,
personally slandered by a group of religious extremists calling
themselves the “International Shugden Community.” Approaching His
Holiness at close quarters and slandering him, the Shugden group has
caused security concerns to the person of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Judging by their appearance we suspect that the majority of these
people are members of a sect called New Kadampa Tradition (NKT).
We recall that it is some members of the Shugden group that have been
charged by the Indian police of having murdered a prominent Tibetan
Buddhist scholar and his students in India in 1997. Interpol has also
issued warrants for their extradition from Tibet where they are
hiding. Some members of this group have a history of violence and
As the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama feels it to be his moral responsibility to advise his Buddhist
followers on what is in the best interest of the Tibetan tradition.
It’s in connection with this, drawing from his wisdom and years of
critical examination, His Holiness has spoken about the negative
aspects of the historically divisive and controversial Shugden
practice. At the same time, His Holiness has clearly stated that, in
the end, it’s up to the individual to choose what they wish to do. So
why are the Shugden group bothering His Holiness when they do not want
to heed his advice?
The Tibetan people rose up as one in 1959 when the Chinese Communists
were posing threat to the person of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We
cannot tolerate another threat emanating from people who should know
better. What pains us deeply is how the Shugden group’s activity makes
mockery of the daily struggle that our fellow Tibetans undergo inside
Tibet for whom His Holiness represents the sole source of hope and
The American people, particularly the Tibetan American community, is
very fortunate to have His Holiness the Dalai Lama with us in the
United States during this Tibetan New Year period. He is scheduled to
have programs in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. before he returns to
his temporary headquarters in India. We, therefore, ask our Government
in Washington, D.C. to strengthen the security arrangements for His
Holiness the Dalai Lama in the light of this threat from the Shugden
We the Tibetan community in the United States offer our heartfelt
prayer for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. May all his
aspirations be fulfilled.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the Tibetan people’s undisputed
spiritual master and guiding force. The Dalai Lamas and the Tibetan
people have a special bond going for centuries. The action of the
Shugden group has deeply hurt the feelings of the Tibetan people and
is a threat to the person of the 14th Dalai Lama.
In the United States, the Tibetan Americans are in the state of
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico,
New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah,
Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C, Washington state and Wisconsin..
In Canada, Canadian Tibetans are located in the provinces of Alberta,
British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario.