September 16, 2008
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a lot of activity on this blog and elsewhere around the Buddhist web relating to the Dorje Shugden controversy. While we take no position on this rather arcane sectarian dispute, we have covered it in the past. In order to shed some light on the controversy, we reproduce here the opening two pages of a special section from the Spring 1998 issue with links to the section's contents, including interviews with Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, leader of the New Kadampa Tradition, and Thubten Jigme Norbu, the recently deceased brother of the Dalai Lama. Click on the images below to see larger versions of the opening spread, and the links below that to read the articles themselves. - The Editors
- Letting Daylight into Magic by Stephen Batchelor
- Two Sides of the Same God by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
- An Interview with Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
- An Interview with Thubten Jigme Norbu
[UPDATE: Thanks to Danny Fisher for pointing out the Wikipedia link on the controversy above.]