The Attempts to Unify the Different Schools of Tibetan Buddhism


Light of Fearless

Indestructible Wisdom

The Life and Legacy of

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche


Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

Samye Translation Group

Snow Lion Publications

Ithaca, New York

p. 129/130

“A few high Tibetan officials had a different idea about
how to maintain and strengthen Tibetan culture and political autonomy.
They said “Due to a lack of unity, we lost our country. Now is the perfect
opportunity for change. Let us call ourselves Tibetans rather than identify
with our local region. Let’s have a single school of Tibetan Buddhism rather
than the excess of traditions that exist currently.” That message made many
people nervous, particularly devotees of the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Sakya
schools. On the street they began saying, “If we make one school, which
will it be?” “This is only a plan to destroy the schools of Nyingma, Kagyu,
and Sakya.” “Look how the Tibetan settlement schools are running these
days. Morning and evening prayers are Gelugpa prayers, and the religious
teacher in each school is Gelugpa.” Rumors spread among the refugees, and
people began saying, “In Tibet the Communist party gathered all the chil-
dren, giving them a Communist education and way of life. In exile, the
children are gathered and given Gelugpa teachings.” The official statements
and actions, therefore, didn’t promote unity; rather, the strategy created
deep dissension in the hearts of many Tibetans. and strengthen Tibetan culture and political autonomy.”

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