My Administration Made Me Do It

Written by Rob Hogendoorn

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The latest speculation about the Dalai Lama’s withdrawal of his signature on the open letter he co-wrote in 1993, is that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) made him do it, to preserve unity.

As if that would exculpate his conduct—how ludicrous.

On his own view, the Dalai Lama was the acting head of state of Tibet from 1950 through 2011. He’s a very experienced realpolitiker.

Whenever he wants to put his foot down, he does, no matter how divisive the consequences are. Think: Dorje Shugden (also known as Dolgyal).

Also, the Dalai Lama forgot to share this crucial piece of information with the Western teachers who believed he took sexual abuse seriously.

He could have put out a statement: ‘Sorry guys, I led you up the garden path. I’d be with you all the way, but the CTA won’t let me.’

Instead, he touted the 1993 meeting for decades as if it was a real accomplishment of his.

What kind of unity was preserved by withdrawing his signature anyway? The unity of preserving the culture of silence, because curbing abuse is ‘not the Tibetan way‘?

Next, apologists will speculate that the Dalai Lama broke his promise to stop meeting Tibetan Buddhist Lamas and communities he knew to be abusive because CTA made him do that too.

The Great 14th,’ reduced to a party stooge. A King who can do wrong.

Originally posted as a long-Tweet on September 26, 2022 (with slight edits and added links).

About the author

Rob Hogendoorn

Investigative reporter and academic researcher Rob Hogendoorn (b. 1964) began researching the reception of Buddhism in Western society and culture in the early 1990s. His modus operandi remained the same ever since: independent, inquisitive and provocative.