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The Dorje Shugden Debate, Part II

letters image summer 1998Thank you for the article on the Shugden controversy. You have once again proved your commitment to open dialogue and fearlessness and have raised the controversy to the level of an honest debate—a time-honored tradition of settling disputes in Tibetan Buddhism.

Within the debate, we must ask the question: Are Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan political cause inseparable? As Buddhists in the Tibetan tradition, are we automatically conscripts, willing or otherwise, in the Dalai Lama’s political battle? Where is the line drawn between our loyalty to Buddha and our loyalty to the worldly political goals of the Tibetan government-in-exile?

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