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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Western Shugden Society; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095639180X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956391803
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,241,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Western Shugden Society is the English language division of the International Shugden Community, a coalition of spiritual practitioners of the enlightened Deity Dorje Shugden.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Varan (da man) Komodsky on 23 Dec. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Downloaded for free - initially quite interesting and prompted me to follow up with a little more research about this minority spiritual practice and why it was 'banned' (it isn't banned, practitioners are advised not to follow this rare form of worship in Tibet, although admittedly monks who persist in practicing it in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries can be expelled.

It becomes clear rather quickly that this is a personal attack on the 'ruling' (what?) Lama, supported by the Chinese government.

It is of interest to a student of black political propaganda I suppose. Not factual evidence supplied that can be supported by further evidence available in the Western World.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on 4 Jan. 2010
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THIS IS THE WORST BOOK EVER WRITTEN.

This horrid title is the kitchen sink of name-calling... a rabidly virulent anti-Dalai Lama book. It is an expansion of the Western Shugden Society's previous volume, The Tibetan Situation Today, as if that wasn't already sickening enough. Like its predecessor, it is packed with polytheistic deity worshipping nonsense and has nothing to do with real Tibetan situation or authentic Dharma. I am not a Dalai Lama follower, nor do I care about the Dorje Shugden non-issue, but this sort of unrelenting jealous rage and hatred gives genuine Buddhism a black eye.

According to the authors of this monstrous lunacy, the Dalai Lama is a Fascist, an evil Capitalist, and a Communist (all of which are mutually-exclusive)! One of the many deranged distortions claimed here is the Dalai Lama has ties to Nazis. The so-called Nazis are one Heinrich Harrer of Seven Years in Tibet fame ...talk about a stretch! Many more conspiracy theories abound within, to include having 'shady ties to the C.I.A.'! The authors even claim the Dalai Lama is pro-Communist Chinese! If anyone is caught with an image of the Dalai Lama in Communist China, they are subject to arrest and long-term imprisonment. Meanwhile, the Western Shugden Society operates openly in that country. You do the math.

In China recently, a woman's arm, tattooed with the image of the Dalai Lama, was cut off before she was jailed. Meanwhile, the WSS (and sister organization, the New Kadampa Tradition) operate in the open. Yet somehow, in the down is up and up is down world of the WSS, the Dalai Lama is the Communist when in fact, it is the WSS which has the blessings of the Chinese government.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Foxfire on 1 July 2013
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Do not read this book as it is written with a personal vendetta against the Dalai Lama, rather than an intellectual argument. Every sentence, paragraph and page is filled with almost hatred of the Dalai Lama.

I was hoping of reading a book that was written with absolute equanimity to the arguments of the Dalai Lama and the denouncement of the Dharma Protector by him. I myself questioned if he worshipped Dorje Shugden for most part of his life, quite publicly and privately. He is not just replacing one Dharma Protector with another, but is denouncing the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa which he allegedly follows and by that action he is denouncing the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa.

Also I was shocked that the Dalai Lama never openly, loudly and clearly denounced that the harming of Dorje Shugden practitioners in way is totally unacceptable to him and to the Buddhist traditions and believes.

Do not read this book, if you just want to read a hate book of the Dalai Lama, rather then bringing clarity to all buddhist practitioners about this Dorje Shugden debate and a debate it should be not a book written with a venomous pen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By arthazaed on 16 May 2014
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There are legitimate arguments that can be levied against Dalai Lama from a nationalist, feminist, liberation theological or gay/lesbian perspective. These have been levied against him publicly and he has responded in a way that usually humbles the plaintiffs - and from my reading of his responses they aren't mere words. He radically shifts policy, refocuses, contemplates and responds in a way that is consistent with his Buddhist beliefs including stating that many of the traditional beliefs should be abandoned in the light of modern science, psychology and sociology. But 'The Great Deception' lives up to it's title. It is a rant, a rabid foam mouthed polemic - not a balanced, researched, considered critique of the exiled stateless Tibetan people's leadership. The title of the book deceived me. It has less to do with Dalai Lama and more to do with people that somehow think they are being persecuted by a stateless horde of Buddhist refugees living thousands of miles from them and with whom they want nothing to do with anyway. The mind boggles. What next for the author - perhaps 'The Vicious Vatican - how the pope made a tiny minority animistic cult in Burkina Faso tut-tut in dismay.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By PRS on 31 Mar. 2010
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This book seems to have polarised opinion. It is written in a fairly readable style and the information presented within it is potentially world changing. The Dalai Lama - loved and worshipped in the west - is presented here in an altogether different light and the evidence included (if believed) shows a politically motivated man who presents one image to the west and another to his own people.

It's always good to question leadership - especially within the spiritual field. The Dalai Lama's political role means that this, perhaps, should be questioned more deeply and with greater scrutiny than the norm. This book does have a clear agenda (and there is no attempt to hide it) - but when accusations of persecution are involved this is clearly to be expected. Whatever the truth of the matter, if The Dalai Lama is innocent of these allegations then he and his followers clearly have nothing to worry about at all. If true, then the Dala Lama clearly has many problems and is not the man many want to believe him to be.

The book itself does contain a lot of accounts, photographic evidence and historical information that undeniably throw up some real questions that the Tibetan Government and The Dalai Lama need to attempt to defend or accept as mistakes and try to revert the damage done. It's hard to imagine what the positive outcomes of this book may be - a revoking of the seemingly prejudicial decrees against some Buddhist Sects? - an admittance from the Dalai Lama that he has made some serious mistakes? Who knows? Whatever the outcome, clearly some deep healing needs to occur within the Buddhist community and Tibetan cause.

As the holder of a degree in Politics and History I found the book to be fascinating and well substantiated.
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