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FTR #547 Hell-o Dalai

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This pro­gram begins a lengthy exam­i­na­tion of the Dalai Lama’s asso­ci­a­tion with a covert-action milieu, much of it fas­cist and asso­ci­ated with the Under­ground Reich. This mate­r­ial is to be viewed in the con­text of author and polit­i­cal sci­en­tist Philip Bob­bitt’s con­cept of “the vir­tual state”—a state with­out for­mal geo­graph­i­cal bor­ders. In addi­tion to the Dalai Lama’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Islamist and sec­u­lar Pan-Turkist sep­a­ratist ele­ments in Xin­jiang province of China, the Nobel Peace Prize win­ner has main­tained close con­nec­tions over a period of decades with SS offi­cers, some of them war criminals.

Indeed, the Dalai Lama’s brand of Tantric Bud­dhism con­tains philo­soph­i­cal ele­ments that can be read­ily adapted to a fas­cist and war­like ide­o­log­i­cal con­struc­tion. It was this fea­ture of the Tibetan reli­gious phi­los­o­phy that attracted the Nazi SS to Tibetan soci­ety, an attrac­tion that resulted in SS expe­di­tions to that coun­try. Those expe­di­tions led to the gen­e­sis of the Dalai Lama’s asso­ci­a­tion with SS men over the years. (The Dalai Lama is twice pic­tured here with his asso­ciate, SS war crim­i­nal Dr. Bruno Beger, dis­cussed below. The pic­ture to the left shows Breger to the imme­di­ate left of “His Holi­ness” in 1994, dis­played by the Tibetan Gov­ern­ment in Exile on their website.)

A major ele­ment of this pro­gram and ones to fol­low cen­ters on the Dalai Lama’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Unrep­re­sented Nations and Peo­ples Orga­ni­za­tion, headed up by Karl von Hab­s­burg, the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We are a long way from just “Bud­dhists” here, a fact that should be borne in mind when con­sid­er­ing the Dalai Lama’s sit­u­a­tion. Be sure to take note of the cor­rec­tion in para­graph num­ber 8!

Pro­gram High­lights Include: The Tibetan Gov­ern­ment in Exile’s selec­tion of SS offi­cers (includ­ing war crim­i­nals) to state their case to the world; the Dalai Lama’s close rela­tion­ship with Shoko Asa­hara—the head of the Aum Shin­rikyo cult (influ­enced by Hitler, the cult per­pe­trated a sarin gas attack in Tokyo); the Dalai Lama’s asso­ci­a­tion with Jean Marques-Riviere (in his absence con­victed and given the death sen­tence for turn­ing Jews over to the Gestapo in France); the Dalai Lama’s asso­ci­a­tion with Chilean occult fas­cist Miguel Ser­rano; the apoc­a­lyp­tic, war­like phi­los­o­phy con­tained in the brand of Bud­dhism prac­ticed by the Dalai Lama; the sig­nif­i­cance of the Kalachakra Sand Man­dala and the cre­ation and destruc­tion of such a man­dala at the World Trade Cen­ter in the 1990’s; the Dalai Lama’s close asso­ci­a­tion with Erkin Alptekin, a for­mer employee of Radio Free Europe/Radio Lib­erty and an appar­ent asset of ele­ments of U.S. intel­li­gence; the Dalai Lama’s con­nec­tions to the CIA; the Dalai Lama’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Al Qaeda-related Islamist ele­ments in Xin­jiang province.

1. Address­ing a cog­ni­tive con­sid­er­a­tion cen­tral to grasp­ing the enor­mous gap between the pub­lic per­cep­tion of the Dalai Lama and the unsa­vory real­ity of his polit­i­cal con­nec­tions and reli­gious prac­tices, the broad­cast opens with a telling, rel­e­vant quote from Christo­pher Hitchens. Indeed, the Dalai Lama has his words and actions judged by his rep­u­ta­tion, not the other way around. This broad­cast should afford the dis­crim­i­nat­ing lis­tener an oppor­tu­nity to do oth­er­wise. “ . . . The great­est tri­umph that mod­ern PR can offer is the tran­scen­dent suc­cess of hav­ing your words and actions judged by your rep­u­ta­tion, rather than the other way about. The ‘spir­i­tual leader’ of Tibet has enjoyed this unas­sail­able sta­tus for some time now, becom­ing a byword and syn­onym for saintly and ethe­real val­ues. Why this doesn’t put peo­ple on their guard I’ll never know. . . .”
(“His Mate­r­ial High­ness” by Christo­pher Hitchens; Salon.com; 7/13/1998.)

2. Intro­duc­ing the sub­ject of the Nazi SS’s fas­ci­na­tion with Tibet and its explo­ration of that coun­try, the pro­gram presents an account of the 1938 SS expe­di­tion to Lhasa. It is essen­tial to under­stand the fas­ci­na­tion that Tibetan soci­ety and the Tibetan per­ver­sion of Bud­dhism had for SS chief Hein­rich Himm­ler, a man pro­foundly influ­enced by occultist the­ory. As noted by Christo­pher Hale, author of Himmler’s Cru­sade, the occultist views of Himm­ler and the SS were inex­tri­ca­bly linked with Nazi racism and mur­der. “One of the many baf­fling things about the Nazis is how they man­aged to com­bine faith in ludi­crous mythol­ogy and pseudo-science with run­ning an effi­cient state machine. The mild– look­ing Reichs­fuhrer, Hein­rich Himm­ler, head of the Ger­man police and the SS, was the most promi­nent expo­nent of this mys­ti­cism. He believed in the lost king­dom of Atlantis, in pagan rit­u­als involv­ing fir sprigs and holly, in the mar­tial virtues of Hin­duism and in ‘World Ice The­ory’ (the early ances­tors of the Aryans had been frozen in ice until their release by divine thun­der­bolts). Christo­pher Hale makes the point in this book that, ‘His­to­ri­ans have often viewed Himmler’s occult obses­sions as exotic mar­gin­a­lia in a life oth­er­wise ded­i­cated to effi­cient polic­ing and ruth­less geno­cide. The truth is that Himmler’s enthu­si­asms about lost civ­i­liza­tions, pre­his­toric archae­ol­ogy, the Holy Grail and, espe­cially, the ori­gins of the ‘Indo-Germanic’ races were intri­cately inter­wo­ven with the racial ‘the­o­ries’ that demanded the elim­i­na­tion of the unfit.’”
(“Patrick French Reviews Himmler’s Cru­sade by Christo­pher Hale; Daily Tele­graph; 91/2003.)

3. The phys­i­cal appear­ance (high cheek­bones) and impe­ri­ous behav­ior of the Tibetan nobil­ity led some SS the­o­reti­cians to posit an anthro­po­log­i­cal link between the Tibetans and the so-called “Aryans.” One of the prin­ci­pal expo­nents of this the­ory was Bruno Beger, an SS anthro­pol­o­gist and, as we shall see, a mur­der­ous war crim­i­nal and close per­sonal asso­ciate of the Dalai Lama. “In 1938 an expe­di­tion set off for Lhasa under Himmler’s patron­age, funded by Ger­man busi­ness groups. It was led by Ernst Schafer, a bril­liant marks­man and nat­u­ral­ist who had been on two expe­di­tions to China and Tibet. He was an odd choice for such a mis­sion, being prone to vio­lent rages, but was a favorite of Himm­ler. A British diplo­mat described Schafer as ‘volatile, schol­arly, vain to the point of child­ish­ness, dis­re­gard­ful of social con­ven­tion or the feel­ings of oth­ers, and first and fore­most always a Nazi’. The other prin­ci­pal fig­ure was Bruno Beger, a ris­ing young anthro­pol­o­gist and SS mem­ber who believed that ‘Europids’ or ‘Aryans’ might have orig­i­nated in cen­tral Asia, and that the Tibetan nobil­ity with their ‘impe­ri­ous, self-confident behav­ior’ and sharp cheek­bones might pro­vide a miss­ing link. Beger intended to mea­sure a sam­ple of Tibetans and take moulds of their faces. By the end of the trip, the team had accu­mu­lated over 60,000 pho­tographs and shot more than 120,000 feet of film. The Ger­man expe­di­tion left Tibet with 50 new vari­eties of bar­ley and wheat seeds, some ethno­graphic ephemera and plenty of dubi­ous data. Schafer tried with­out suc­cess to take home a favored Sikkimese helper, say­ing, ‘I have lost my wife, I also have nobody, I might even adopt him as my son.’ (In fact he had shot his wife dead two years ear­lier in a bizarre hunt­ing acci­dent.) Back in Berlin, Schafer was treated as a hero and given an SS death’s-head ring by Himm­ler, although the mis­sion had brought Ger­many lit­tle sub­stan­tive sci­en­tific or polit­i­cal gain. . . .” (Idem.)

4. In order to test some of his anthro­po­log­i­cal the­o­ries, Beger had over 100 inmates at Auschwitz mur­dered so their corpses and skele­tal remains could be stud­ied. Again, Beger was a close asso­ciate of the Dalai Lama. “ . . . Although Schafer remained part of Himmler’s cir­cle, he was unnerved by the Holo­caust and pre­ferred to con­coct a hare-brained scheme to recruit Himalayan irreg­u­lars for an inva­sion of India. Beger, how­ever, selected over 100 inmates of Auschwitz, some of whom looked like ‘Asi­at­ics,’ for anthro­po­log­i­cal inves­ti­ga­tion. After they had been stud­ied and pho­tographed, the vic­tims were gassed and their bod­ies pre­served in vats of ethanol. Beger was impris­oned after the war as an accom­plice to mur­der, Himmler’s Cru­sade suf­fers from too many diver­sions, but is a wide-ranging book which offers a warn­ing about the dan­gers of alter­na­tive his­tory. The author might, how­ever, have observed that the Dalai Lama’s offi­cial web­site fea­tures a state­ment of sup­port from Bruno Beger and oth­ers, together with a 1994 pho­to­graph show­ing the old Waffen-SS man stand­ing at the Dalai Lama’s right hand. . . .” (Idem.)

5. More about the war crimes of the Dalai Lama’s pal Bruno Beger: “...In 1942, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Prof. Dr. August Hirt, chair­man of the anatomy depart­ment at the Reich Uni­ver­sity in Stras­bourg, set about assem­bling a col­lec­tion of Jew­ish skele­tons under the aus­pices of the Ahnenerbe Foun­da­tion. To this end, he received per­mis­sion from Himm­ler to select the required num­ber of pris­on­ers at Auschwitz. The selec­tion of 115 per­sons (79 Jew­ish men, 30 Jew­ish women, 2 Poles, and 4 ‘Asians’ — prob­a­bly Soviet POWs) and the pre­lim­i­nary prepa­ra­tion, con­sist­ing of bio­met­ri­cal mea­sure­ments and the col­lec­tion of per­sonal data, were car­ried out by Hirt’s col­lab­o­ra­tor, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Dr. Bruno Beger, who arrived in Auschwitz in the first half of 1943. Beger fin­ished his work by June 15, 1943. After going through quar­an­tine, some of the pris­on­ers whom Beger selected were sent in July and early August to Natzweiler-Struthof, where they were killed in the gas cham­ber. The vic­tims’ corpses were sent to Hirt as mate­r­ial for his skele­ton col­lec­tion, which was intended for use in anthro­po­log­i­cal stud­ies that would demon­strate the supe­ri­or­ity of the Nordic race. Hirt selected thirty-nine women for their racial char­ac­ter­is­tics: [They] were given a sham phys­i­cal exam­i­na­tion for reas­sur­ance, then gassed. The corpses were imme­di­ately trans­ported to the anatomy pavil­ion of the Stras­bourg Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal. A French inmate, who had to assist the project’s director...told how ‘preser­va­tion began imme­di­ately,’ with the arrival of bod­ies that were ‘still warm, the eyes...wide open and shin­ing.’ There were two sub­se­quent ship­ments of men, from each of whom the left tes­ti­cle had been removed and sent to Hirt’s anatomy lab.”
(Biog­ra­phy of Dr. August Hirt.)

6. Another close asso­ciate of the Dalai Lama had an SS pedi­gree—Hein­rich Har­rer, played by Brad Pitt in the movie “Seven Years in Tibet.” The Tri­mondis [Her­bert and Mar­i­ana Röttgen]—for­mer close reli­gious, polit­i­cal and pro­fes­sional asso­ciates of the Dalai Lama—note that he has main­tained con­tin­u­ous con­tact with the likes of Har­rer and Beger. Later on in the broad­cast, we will exam­ine other Nazi and war crim­i­nal asso­ciates of the Dalai Lama. “As depress­ing as it may be for the Nobel peace prize winner’s fol­low­ers, there has been con­tin­u­ous con­tact between the Dalai Lama and the far right wing and for­mer national social­ists (Nazis). His close friend­ship with his Ger­man men­tor, Hein­rich Har­rer has become the most well– known of these. It caused a small scan­dal in 1997–1998 when, after years of research, the Aus­trian jour­nal­ist, Ger­ald Lehner, suc­ceeded in mak­ing pub­lic Harrer’s ‘brown-shirt’ (i.e., Ger­man fas­cist) past, which the lat­ter had been able to keep secret for many years. Har­rer is not just any­body. He is one of the best-known inter­na­tional authors and has sold over four mil­lion books in 57 lan­guages (mostly about Tibet and the Four­teenth Dalai Lama).”
(The Shadow of the Dalai Lama: Sex­u­al­ity, Magic and Pol­i­tics in Tibetan Bud­dhism; online book by Vic­tor and Vic­to­ria Tri­mondi [Her­bert and Mar­i­ana Röttgen].)

7. More about Hein­rich Har­rer, the Dalai Lama’s SS tutor and his rela­tion­ship to the SS Tibet research: “The Aus­trian moun­tain climber and com­pe­ti­tion skier joined the SS on April 1, 1938 and in the same year received instruc­tions to climb Nanga Par­bat in the Himalayas after an offi­cial meet­ing with Adolf Hitler. Hein­rich Himm­ler, him­self most inter­ested in occult phe­nom­ena is said by Har­rer to have offered him a Tibet expe­di­tion. In 1942, the Reichs­fuhrer of the SS (Himm­ler) ordered the cre­ation of the Sven Hedin Insti­tute for Cen­tral Asian Research]. This edu­ca­tional estab­lish­ment had com­bined eso­teric, sci­en­tific, and racial stud­ies goals. It was com­pletely in this vein that Himm­ler was inter­ested in occult doc­trines from ‘mys­te­ri­ous Tibet’, and assumed — prob­a­bly under the influ­ence of theo­soph­i­cal ideas — that a ‘race with Nordic blood’ existed there, oppressed by the Eng­lish and Chi­nese, and wait­ing for their lib­er­a­tion by the Ger­mans. Himmler’s ‘advi­sor’, reports the Ger­man mag­a­zine Spiegel, ‘... and sci­en­tist Ernst Schafer believed that Tibet was the cra­dle of human­ity, the refuge of an ‘Aryan root race’, where a priestly caste had cre­ated a mys­te­ri­ous king­dom of Shamb­hala — dec­o­rated with the Bud­dhist sym­bol of the wheel of teach­ing, a swastika. In 1934 Schafer set out on the first of two expe­di­tions financed by the SS to track down rem­nants of the ‘Nordic intel­lec­tual’ nobil­ity’ (Spiegel, 16/1998, p. 111).” (Idem.)

8. Both Har­rer and Beger were among the seven indi­vid­u­als assem­bled by the Tibetan “Gov­ern­ment in Exile” (headed by the Dalai Lama) in order to give tes­ti­mony about how splen­did Tibet was before the Chi­nese inva­sion.
CORRECTION: THE TWO SS MEN WERE NOT ACTUALLY OFFICIALS OF THE TIBETAN GOVERNMENT IN EXILE, AS STATED IN THE BROADCAST. THE GATHERING WAS UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE TIBETAN GOVERNMENT IN EXILE, WHICH ACTIVELY SOUGHT THE INPUT AND COLLABORATION OF THE DALAI’S SS PALS. BUT, AGAIN, THEY WERE NOT ACTUAL OFFICIALS OF THAT ORGANIZATION. THE CONFUSION AROSE, IN PART, BECAUSE OF REFERENCES ON THE GOVERNMENT’S WEBSITE TO PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED THE TIBETAN GOVERNMENT IN EXILE AS “TIBETAN GOVERNMENT IN EXILE.” THE TERM APPEARS TO BE SORT OF A “NEW AGEY,” PHILOSOPHICAL CONCEPT—KIND OF A “WE ARE THE WORLD” IDEA. NONETHELESS, THE SELECTION OF TWO SS ASSOCIATES OF THE DALAI LAMA—ONE OF THEM AN AUSCHWITZ WAR CRIMINAL—AS WITNESSES TO THE BYGONE CHARMS OF THE TIBET OF OLD IS ALTOGETHER SIGNIFICANT. HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN LISTENERS THINK OF WHO HUNG OUT WITH SS OFFICERS IN THE 1990’S? WHY WERE SS MEN SELECTED FOR THIS ROLE?

“In Sep­tem­ber 1994, a his­toric meet­ing took place in Lon­don. Seven indi­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent parts of the world gath­ered there to meet His Holi­ness the Dalai Lama, who was on a visit to the United King­dom, and to talk about one com­mon issue: their rec­ol­lec­tion of the days spent in inde­pen­dent Tibet. These indi­vid­u­als had spent some time in Tibet in dif­fer­ent parts of this cen­tury. They were: Mrs. Joan Mary Jehu (who vis­ited Tibet in Sep­tem­ber 1932 accom­pa­ny­ing her father, Colonel Weir, the Polit­i­cal Offi­cer in Sikkim, on an offi­cial mis­sion to Tibet.); Mr. Robert Ford (who was radio offi­cer with the British Mis­sion in Lhasa in 1945 and radio offi­cer to the Tibetan Gov­ern­ment from 1948 to 1950.); Mr Hein­rich Har­rer (who spent seven years in Tibet from 1943 to 1950); Mr Archibald Jack (who vis­ited the British Army gar­ri­son at Gyantse in 1938); Dr Bruno Beger (anthro­pol­o­gist, eth­nol­o­gist, geo­g­ra­pher and physi­cian of the 1939 Ger­man Schae­fer expe­di­tion to Tibet.); Prof. Fosco Maraini (who vis­ited Tibet in 1937 and 1948 with Prof. Giuseppe Tucci of Rome Uni­ver­sity.); and Kazi Sonam Top­gyal (offi­cial inter­preter and trans­la­tor to the Indian Mis­sion in Lhasa from 1949 for the next seven years. [He] vis­ited Tibet again in 1957–58 as a mem­ber of an Indian del­e­ga­tion to explore the pos­si­ble visit of Indian Prime Min­is­ter Nehru.). Mr. Hugh Richard­son, the head of the British mis­sion in Lhasa, could not attend on account of indis­po­si­tion, but he nev­er­the­less issued a state­ment. . . .”
(Post­ing on the site of the Tibetan Gov­ern­ment in Exile.)

9. Much of the bal­ance of the pro­gram draws upon the research of Vic­tor and Vic­to­ria Tri­mondi, who were very closely asso­ci­ated with the Dalai Lama. (The names are pseu­do­nyms [for Her­bert and Mar­i­ana Röttgen]—the Tri­mondis fear ret­ri­bu­tion for their crit­i­cal dis­cus­sion of the Dalai Lama and his many fas­cist con­tacts.) The pas­sage that fol­lows relates the Tri­mondis’ rela­tion­ship to the Dalai Lama, as well as dis­cussing how he presents two faces to the world at large. “ . . . STEPHENS: . . . How did you first come to know the Dalai Lama? TRIMONDI: We first met the XIV Dalai Lama in the eight­ies and became friends while pub­lish­ing his writ­ings in our pub­lish­ing house, Trikont-Dianus-Verlag. While orga­niz­ing inter­na­tional con­fer­ences with him and other famous speak­ers on inter­re­li­gious and inter­cul­tural top­ics and specif­i­cally secur­ing gov­ern­men­tal level invi­ta­tions to Ger­many and Aus­tria for him, we began to seri­ously explore Tibetan Bud­dhism. How­ever, after many years of exten­sive study and reflec­tion, we seri­ously ques­tioned some of the fun­da­men­tal tenets of the Tantric Bud­dhism the Dalai Lama pro­fessed and even­tu­ally became one of his sharpest crit­ics. . . Frankly speak­ing, the Dalai Lama has two faces. He makes his offi­cial con­tact with the West under the maxim of Mahayana Bud­dhism and then deftly assim­i­lates the high­est val­ues and ideals of west­ern cul­ture (Chris­t­ian, Jew­ish and human­ist). On his present trip to Amer­ica he has met with Mus­lims like Mohammed Ali, Jesuits at the Uni­ver­sity of San Fran­cisco, polit­i­cal lead­ers from Repub­li­can and Demo­c­ra­tic per­sua­sions, and then will com­fort­ably meet with ethi­cists and sci­en­tists at MIT and Har­vard. Through diplo­matic tol­er­ance he wins agnos­tics as well as the hearts of unsus­pect­ing Jews and Chris­tians, to whom he preaches in the tongue of ‘a man of peace’ and as a human rights activist relates pas­sages of ‘com­pas­sion, love, and non-violence’ from the ‘Ser­mon on the Mount.’ Nearly all of the speeches the Dalai Lama deliv­ers in pub­lic are extremely tol­er­ant, human and com­pas­sion­ate. You can only agree. And yet, there is another face that peeks out from behind the mask of good­ness, char­ity and kind­ness, which gives one pause to think more deeply about the shadow of this ‘man of peace’. . . .”
(An inter­view with Vic­tor and Vic­to­ria Tri­mondi by James C. Stephens; 9/11/2003)

10. Next, the Tri­mondis high­light some of the fea­tures of the Tantric Bud­dhism prac­ticed by the Dalai Lama. In addi­tion to a belief in demons and a reliance on magic rit­u­als (some of them sex­ual in nature), the Dalai Lama’s brand of Tantric Bud­dhism espouses a mil­i­tant, war­like and intol­er­ant nature toward other reli­gions. As noted by the Tri­mondis, there are some sim­i­lar­i­ties between this per­verted man­i­fes­ta­tion of Bud­dhism and the Wahhabi/Muslim Brotherhood’s per­verted man­i­fes­ta­tion of Islam. (For more about the Mus­lim Brotherhood’s per­ver­sion of the con­cept of jihad, see FTR#540.) The Dalai Lama’s brand of Tantric Bud­dhism con­tains what might be a viewed as “Bud­dhist jihadism.” In addi­tion, the Tri­mondis take note of the sig­nif­i­cance of the Kalachakra Tantra cer­e­mony per­formed by the Dalai Lama, a sub­ject to which we will return later in the broad­cast. In addi­tion, Tantric Buddhism’s apoc­a­lyp­tic vision of a cli­mac­tic war of the reli­gions (“Sham­bala War”) bears some sim­i­lar­i­ties to the fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­t­ian vision of Armaged­don. “TRIMONDI: The XTV Dalai Lama, the God-King of Tibet is the high­est rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Tantric Bud­dhism, estab­lished in Tibet in the 8th cen­tury, A.D. Tantrism, the last stage in the his­tory of Bud­dhism (since the 5th cen­tury A.D. in India) is based on rit­ual and magic for­mu­las. Not unlike other reli­gions it also has ‘skele­tons in its closet’ which it care­fully con­ceals as a guest in the West­ern world. Tibetan Tantrism is a belief in spir­its and demons, secret sex­ual prac­tices, occultism, mind con­trol, and an obses­sion with power. In con­trary to every demo­c­ra­tic cus­tom, the present Dalai Lama con­sults with the Nechung Ora­cle, a monk who is pos­sessed by a Mon­go­lian war God, on all-important state deci­sions. What pri­mar­ily con­cerns us about the inter­re­li­gious cer­e­mony in the National Cathe­dral in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. is the level of naivety in the West. For the past 25 years, the Dalai Lama has qui­etly per­formed the Kalachakra Tantra (‘The Wheel of Time’), the high­est of all ancient Tantric ini­ti­a­tions for tens of thou­sands of spir­i­tual novices in the West; intro­duc­ing Tantric ide­ol­ogy, secret sex­ual prac­tices, and magic rit­u­als inte­grated into the con­text of his religious-political world view. Crit­i­cal voices have been raised, while he con­tin­ues to secretly trans­mit the Kalachakra’s prophetic vision of the estab­lish­ment of a uni­ver­sal Bud­dhoc­racy (Shamb­hala) in which spir­i­tual and worldly power are united in one per­son, the ‘world emperor’(Chakravartin), wherein other reli­gions will no longer exist. . . . . In the Kalachakra Tantra is proph­e­sized the estab­lish­ment of a Bud­dho­cratic Empire, a clash of civ­i­liza­tions will arise as the mil­i­tary forces of Bud­dhism wage war against the armies of non-Buddhist reli­gions. Mur­der­ous super-weapons pos­sessed by the Bud­dhist Shamb­hala Army are described at length and in enthu­si­as­tic detail in the Kalachakra Tantra Text (Shri Kalachakra I. 128 –142) and employed against ‘ene­mies of the Dharma (Buddha’s teach­ings).’ Over the last five years in the Ger­man speak­ing coun­tries, these shadow-aspects of Lamaism have lead to a vast, steady and increas­ing stream of crit­i­cism in the media. Dur­ing the Kalachakra-Initiation of the Dalai Lama last year in Aus­tria there were very con­tro­ver­sial debates on TV and radio sta­tions and press media. The inter­na­tion­ally well known news­pa­per Der Stan­dard pub­lished an arti­cle enti­tled ‘A War­rior Rit­ual with the Dalai Lama: The Kalachakra’. The Ger­man Weekly of Chris­t­ian intel­lec­tu­als ‘Der Rheinis­che Merkur enti­tled an arti­cle: ‘What is hid­den behind the Kalachakra Tantra? Supremely fero­cious war­riors!’ STEPHENS: Who are these non-Buddhist ene­mies spo­ken of in the Kalachakra Teach­ings? I’ve seen arti­cles in the Bud­dhist mag­a­zines the Shamb­hala Sun and Tri­cy­cle about Lamas dress­ing up in mil­i­tary uni­forms. I thought Bud­dhism was a peace­ful faith? TRIMONDI: The secret text of the Kalachakra explic­itly names the ‘lead­ers’ of Judaism, Chris­tian­ity and Islam as the oppo­nents of Bud­dhism: ‘Adam, Enoch, Abra­ham, Moses, Jesus, Mani, Muham­mad and the Mahdi’ describ­ing them as ‘the fam­ily of the demonic snakes’ (Shri Kalachakra I. 154). The final, Armageddon-like bat­tle (Shamb­hala war) ends in the total vic­tory of the Bud­dhists. The offi­cial Kalachakra-Interpreter Alexan­der Berzin openly com­pares the prin­ci­ples of the Islamic ‘Jihad’ with that of the Shamb­hala war. As in the Islamic martyr-ideology Shambhala-Warriors, who will be killed in the last bat­tle have earned pas­sage into the [Bud­dhist] par­adise. The mil­i­tary sce­nar­ios in some Bud­dhist Cen­ters such as the Shamb­hala train­ing camps of the deceased Lama Chö­gyum Trungpa, have until now only a sym­bolic mean­ing, and yet they are inter­preted as a spir­i­tual prepa­ra­tion of the proph­e­sized great Shamb­hala War. In the imag­i­na­tion of some Lamas all par­tic­i­pants in a Kalachakra ini­ti­a­tion have the ques­tion­able priv­i­lege of being reborn as ‘Shamb­hala War­riors’ in order to be able to par­tic­i­pate in the com­ing apoc­a­lyp­tic bat­tle either as infantry or offi­cers, depen­dant on rank. High lamas of par­tic­u­lar lin­eages have already been assigned to com­mand­ing posi­tions in the future. . . .” (Idem.)

11. Next, the Tri­mondis note the influ­ence of Tantric Bud­dhism (and other East­ern reli­gions) on the phi­los­o­phy of SS chief Hein­rich Himm­ler. They also note that well-known Ger­man Bud­dhist teach­ers Dur­ck­heim and Her­rigel have been doc­tri­naire Nazis. In addi­tion, the Tri­mondis note that the Dalai Lama has main­tained close con­nec­tions with other Nazis and fas­cists over the years, includ­ing “the French SS– col­lab­o­ra­tor, con­vinced anti-Semite, rec­og­nized Ori­en­tal­ist and Kalachakra Tantra expert Jean Marques-Riviere (in his absence con­victed and given the death sen­tence for turn­ing Jews over to the Gestapo in France).” The Aum Shin­rikyo guru Shoko Asa­hara was also a friend of the Dalai Lama and was influ­enced by the ide­ol­ogy of the Kalachakra Tantra. (For more about the Aum Shin­rikyo cult, includ­ing the influ­ence of Hitler on the Dalai Lama’s friend Shoko Asa­hara, see FTRs 35 and 69.) “TRIMONDI: In our his­tor­i­cal essay Hitler — Bud­dha — Krishna — an Unholy Alliance from the Third Reich to Today, we show that the war­like and racist ideas of Hein­rich Himm­ler of the SS and of other well known Neo-fascists have been fun­da­men­tally inspired by ele­ments of dif­fer­ent Asian reli­gions, such as Vedism, Bud­dhism, Lamaism and that promi­nent Ger­man Zen Teachers-Durckheim & Her­rigel have been con­vinced Nazis. It’s really shock­ing, in the ‘SS-Ahnenerbe’, which was the aca­d­e­mic brain trust of the SS, that its Chief Hein­rich Himm­ler, was openly engaged in ongo­ing dis­cus­sions with the most dis­tin­guished Ger­man Ori­en­tal­ists of his time in the con­struc­tion of a new Indo– Arian Nazi-Religion. After WW II, this dis­cus­sion was con­tin­ued by promi­nent neo– fas­cist ide­o­logues. Both of our books have stim­u­lated a great dis­cus­sion about the ide­o­log­i­cal sources of reli­gious fun­da­men­tal­ism and about the clash of civ­i­liza­tions. . . . TRIMONDI: It is a fact that the Shamb­hala War Ide­ol­ogy of the Kalachakra-Tantra has led to aggres­sive behav­ior, mega­lo­ma­ni­a­cal visions and con­spir­acy the­o­ries both in the his­tory of the Asia as well as in that of reli­gious fas­cism and neo-fascism. Already in the SS-Ahnenerbe, where Hein­rich Himmler’s Nazi-Religion was born, there was an inter­est in the con­tents of the Kalachakra-Tantra. The influ­en­tial fas­cist and cul­tural philoso­pher Julius Evola saw in the mythic world of Shamb­hala an eso­teric cen­ter of a sacred war­rior race. This vision is today still firmly anchored in the reli­gious ideas of the inter­na­tional far-right move­ment. That alone makes it nec­es­sary for the Dalai Lama to dis­tance him­self clearly from the war-mongering Shamb­hala Myth. Instead of this he has cul­ti­vated friendly con­tacts with peo­ple such as the ex-SS men Bruno Beger (con­victed as help­ing to mur­der more than 86 Jews) and Hein­rich Har­rer, author of Seven Years in Tibet (a chron­i­cle of his expe­ri­ence with the Dalai Lama over seven years prior to his exile to India). The Home­page of the Gov­ern­ment of Tibet in Exile shows the XIV Dalai Lama between Bruno Beger on his right and Hein­rich Har­rer on his left. Beger has been a mem­ber of the famous SS-Tibet Expe­di­tion orga­nized by the SS in 1938/1939 whose pri­mary goal was to find traces of an ancient, lost indo-Arian reli­gion in the Himalayas. Some occult lead­ers in the SS were con­vinced that Tibetan Lamas are the key hold­ers of these Indo– Arian Mys­ter­ies. Beger is highly respected by the Gov­ern­ment of Tibet in Exile as a chief wit­ness for the polit­i­cal inde­pen­dence of the coun­try in the 30’s and 40’s of the last cen­tury. [Empha­sis added.] Nearly unknown until now are the con­tacts of the Dalai Lama with the French SS– col­lab­o­ra­tor, con­vinced anti-Semite, rec­og­nized Ori­en­tal­ist and Kalachakra Tantra expert Jean Marques-Riviere (in his absence con­victed and given the death sen­tence for turn­ing Jews over to the Gestapo in France). The founder of an eso­teric Hitler move­ment, the ex-Chilean diplo­mat Miguel Ser­rano (pro­moter of an extremely racist SS-mysticism, which is based on Tantric prac­tices and on the idea of the Shamb­hala War­riors) met the Dalai Lama four times. Well known became his rela­tion­ship with the Japan­ese ter­ror­ist, Shoko Asa­hara, whom he described, even after the Tokyo sarin gas attacks, as his ‘friend, albeit an imper­fect one’. Only later he did dis­tance him­self from the Guru. Asahara’s Dooms­day Phi­los­o­phy was mainly influ­enced by the Shamb­hala Ide­ol­ogy and by Tibetan Tantrism.” (Idem.)

12. Next, the pro­gram sets forth the sig­nif­i­cance of the Kalachakra Sand Man­dala, the con­struc­tion and destruc­tion of which is believed by Tantric Bud­dhists to have tan­gi­ble meta­phys­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. Specif­i­cally, the rit­ual is believed to call into play the pan­theon of spir­its and demons of this brand of Bud­dhism, and to embody the even­tual destruc­tion of all things phys­i­cal. Inter­est­ingly (and per­haps sig­nif­i­cantly), the Dalai Lama and his dis­ci­ples per­formed such a rit­ual at the World Trade Cen­ter in the wake of the first World Trade Cen­ter bomb­ing. While this may have no polit­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance what­so­ever, it may be very sig­nif­i­cant, indeed!! Were occult fas­cists within the Dalai Lama’s milieu invok­ing a mys­ti­cal ele­ment they believed would aid (or be aided by) the destruc­tion of the World Trade Cen­ter? For more about fas­cist and Nazi con­nec­tions to 9/11, see—among other programs—FTR#456. “TRIMONDI: A Man­dala is a sacred pic­togram; one also can call it a ‘magic cir­cle’. It is an instru­ment to evoke the gods, god­desses and demons of the Tantric pan­theon. For a modem West­ern approach, in which reli­gion and arts are not yet uni­fied, the Man­dala is a work of art. How­ever, in the Lamaist tra­di­tion where there is no dif­fer­ence between the aes­thetic and the sacred and where art is always sacred art, the Man­dala is a spir­i­tual power vor­tex, an assem­bly point of gods and demons, a palace of the divine, a spir­i­tual bat­tery from where pow­er­ful ener­gies are radi­at­ing. It is also con­nected with the Lamaist idea that the place where the Man­dala is erected, stands under the absolute con­trol of its divine or, we would say, demonic ‘inhab­i­tants’. The intri­cate Man­dala, con­structed dur­ing the Kalachakra Cer­e­mony, is made with col­ored sand and sym­bol­izes the whole uni­verse. At the end of the rit­u­al­is­tic per­for­mance the sand con­struc­tion will be destroyed by the Tibetan monks. The so called ‘dis­man­tling’ of the sand Man­dala sym­bol­izes the destruc­tion of the world and of the uni­verse. This is part of the apoc­a­lyp­tic Dooms­day Sce­nar­ios in the Kalachakra prophe­cies, which cul­mi­nate in a final bat­tle and the End of our planet. Nev­er­the­less the con­struc­tion and destruc­tion of the Man­dala is pre­sented by the Dalai Lama as a con­tri­bu­tion to world peace. Although one would desire to believe in its peace pro­duc­ing energy, real­is­ti­cally one has to accept, that the con­struc­tion of this magic cir­cle after more than 25 years in the West has brought no more appease­ment to the peo­ple than it did in Tibet, which has suf­fered much. The aggres­sive and ter­ror­ist ener­gies have become more and stronger in our world and the clash of reli­gions has become an everyday-problem in pol­i­tics. Is it not evi­dent that the con­struc­tion of 300 sand Man­dalas through­out the U.S. you are speak­ing of has not con­tributed peace to this coun­try? His­tory, on the con­trary, has pro­ceeded in the oppo­site direc­tion and is on the way of destruc­tion and war. In our stud­ies it was alarm­ing to find that fol­low­ing the first World Trade Cen­ter bomb­ing in 1993 a Wheel of Time (Kalachakra) Sand Man­dala was built in the lobby of Tower One. For over thirty days, many of the World Trade Cen­ter work­ers and vis­i­tors were invited by the Tibetan Monks to par­tic­i­pate in the con­struc­tion of this Man­dala. When the Dalai Lama vis­its New York in the next days, we would ask: Why the ter­ri­ble event of 9/11 could hap­pen at the World Trade Cen­ter that was con­se­crated by the so called ‘Cir­cle of Peace,’ the Kalachakra Sand Man­dala, the same man­dalas that were unable to pre­vent the destruc­tion of 7500 monas­ter­ies of Tibet? In this con­text a sen­tence of the Tantra expert and Indian scholar Shashi Bhu­san Das­gupta may be remark­able: ‘The word Kala means time, death and destruc­tion. Kala-Chakra is the Wheel of Destruc­tion.’ We just did find in the Inter­net a state­ment of a par­tic­i­pant of the WTC Kalachakra Cer­e­mony, which seems really reveal­ing espe­cially because it is made by an ini­tiand of the Tantra: ‘The topic shifted to the Kalachakra Man­dala that was made at One World Trade Cen­ter. I was at the dis­so­lu­tion cer­e­mony there, may be around ’96. The monks gath­ered up all the sand from the Man­dala at 1WTC, put it in a vase, then car­ried it across the bridge into World Finan­cial Cen­ter through the Win­ter Gar­den, then dumped the sand cer­e­mo­ni­ously into the Hud­son River for the sake of World Peace. The sur­face of the river glit­tered with the after­noon sun, and I cried. 5 years later, the whole build­ing is gone, just like the sand Man­dala’ . . .” (Idem.)

13. Again, it should be noted here that the Tri­mondis were among the Dalai Lama’s most devoted pro­fes­sional, polit­i­cal and spir­i­tual asso­ciates. What they have to say is not to be taken lightly. The Tri­mondis edi­to­ri­al­ize about their fears con­cern­ing the prop­a­ga­tion of the Dalai Lama’s spiritual/political phi­los­o­phy: “TRIMONDI: We are really uneasy, if you ask us, as to what may poten­tially hap­pen if this ‘Buddhist-Jihad-Ideology’ of the Kalachakra Tantra will become a new vision of the Chi­nese polit­i­cal self-understanding. Will the much more peace­ful and softer phi­los­o­phy of Dao­ism and Con­fu­cian­ism be replaced by the ‘Shamb­hala War­rior Doc­trine’, which was once prop­a­gated in thir­ties by the Japan­ese Shinto-Fascists to mobi­lize the Mon­go­lian minori­ties of Manchuria and West China? If the present sit­u­a­tion in Europe is any indi­ca­tor, we must say that we are alarmed as we wit­ness the ris­ing inter­est in Ger­many [on the part] of Fas­cist, Neo-fascist and Nazi-intellectuals and in Asia of a ter­ror­ist like the Japan­ese Dooms­day Guru Shoko Asa­hara in the ide­o­log­i­cal con­cepts of the Shamb­hala War of the Kalachakra Tantra. This should be a Menetekel, that the ‘writ­ing is on the wall’ as a major wake-up call for the West.” (Idem.)

14. Gain­ing a broader view of the polit­i­cal milieu of which the Dalai Lama is a part, the broad­cast notes that the Dalai Lama has col­lab­o­rated with Islamists from among the Uighur pop­u­la­tion of Xin­jiang province of China. The Uighurs–a largely Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion who speak a Tur­kic language—have been agi­tat­ing for inde­pen­dence from China. (The Uighurs refer to Xin­jiang as East or East­ern Turkestan.) With Xin­jiang province being rich in petro­leum, the Uighurs have had lit­tle trou­ble obtain­ing sup­port from for­eign intel­li­gence ser­vices. For addi­tional infor­ma­tion about Uighur involve­ment with the Mus­lim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda milieu, see FTR#348. It should be noted that we are a long way from deal­ing with “Bud­dhists” here!! The Dalai Lama’s milieu is part of a larger Under­ground Reich vir­tual state. “India should have rea­sons to be con­cerned over the Dalai Lama’s hob­nob­bing with the pan– Islamic ele­ments in Xin­jiang. One can­not avoid sus­pect­ing that the influ­ence of these ele­ments must have been behind his par­tic­i­pa­tion in a con­fer­ence orga­nized in Chen­nai last year by some ele­ments, which have been act­ing as apol­o­gists for Gen. Per­vez Mushar­raf, the Pak­istani mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor, which was attended by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Huryiat of J&K and a large num­ber of Pak­ista­nis, some of them retired Pak­istani mil­i­tary offi­cers. The Dalai Lama’s set-up sub­se­quently denied or played down some of the con­tro­ver­sial remarks attrib­uted to him at the con­fer­ence. The Gov­ern­ment of India should con­sider con­vey­ing to the Dalai Lama its unhap­pi­ness and con­cern over his asso­ci­a­tion with pan-Islamic ele­ments in Xin­jiang.”
(“US & Ter­ror­ism in Xin­jiang” by B. Raman; From the web­site of the South Asia Analy­sis Group [an Indian intelligence/national secu­rity think tank]; 7/02.)

15. More on the Uighur involve­ment with Al Qaeda: “10. The Islamic Move­ment of Uzbek­istan and the Abu Sayyaf of the south­ern Philip­pines have been des­ig­nated as For­eign Ter­ror­ist Orga­ni­za­tions under the US law of 1996, but not the East­ern Turkestan Islamic Party, though all the three are mem­bers of Osama bin Laden’s Inter­na­tional Islamic Front For Jehad Against the USA and Israel. In ini­ti­at­ing action, either for des­ig­na­tion as a For­eign Ter­ror­ist Orga­ni­za­tion, or for action under the UN Secu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion No, 1373 in respect of bank accounts, the US and the Euro­pean Union have focused essen­tially on ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions, which are per­ceived by them as inter­na­tional in nature or which are seen as pos­ing a threat to their nation­als and inter­ests. Ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions viewed by them as purely indige­nous have been excluded. These mul­ti­ple yard­sticks have been used vis– a-vis China as well as India.” (Idem.)

16. Note that both the Islamist ele­ment of the Uighur inde­pen­dence move­ment and its sec­u­lar allies have col­lab­o­rated with the Dalai Lama. “7. Uighurs were found fight­ing with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. We are aware of cred­i­ble reports that some Uighurs who were trained by al-Qaeda have returned to China. . . .24. The sec­ond sim­i­lar­ity relates to the exter­nal causes of aggra­va­tion of the ter­ror­ist vio­lence in Xin­jiang. Just as in J & K, in Xin­jiang too, there are two dis­tinct terrorist/extremist move­ments– –one resort­ing to vio­lence on eth­nic grounds to assert the Uighur eth­nic iden­tity against the per­ceived Han Chi­nese dom­i­na­tion and the other using reli­gious and pan-Islamic argu­ments to jus­tify vio­lence for the estab­lish­ment of an inde­pen­dent Islamic State. While the eth­nic sep­a­ratist ele­ments have been the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of sym­pa­thy and sup­port from the Dalai Lama’s set-up and the Tibetan dias­pora abroad, and the US, Tai­wanese and Turk­ish intel­li­gence agen­cies, the reli­gious fun­da­men­tal­ist ele­ments have been in receipt of sup­port from the Inter-Services Intel­li­gence (ISI)-backed jehadi orga­ni­za­tions in Pak­istan, the Tal­iban and bin Laden’s Inter­na­tional Islamic Front For Jehad Against the USA and Israel.” (Idem.)

17. Accord­ing to the Raman paper, the CIA had close con­nec­tions to Erkin Alptekin, a mem­ber of the board of the Dalai Lama Foun­da­tion and a func­tionary of the move­ment to estab­lish Xin­jiang province of China as an inde­pen­dent (Mus­lim) Uighur state—East Turkestan. It should be noted that Alptekin is an oper­a­tive of the Pan-Turkist move­ment, which is dis­tinct from the Islamist ele­ment in the Uighur inde­pen­dence move­ment. The Pan-Turkist move­ment is dis­cussed at length in FTR#549, as well as RFA#’s 14 and 21, avail­able from Spit­fire. “25. In the 1970s and the 1980s, the Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Agency (CIA) of the USA had built up a net­work of con­tacts with the Uighur sep­a­ratist ele­ments and some of those, who had in the past worked for the Munich-based Radio Lib­erty of the CIA such as Erkin Alptekin, chair­man of the Europe-based East­ern Turkestani Union and a close Uighur asso­ciate of the Dalai Lama, are now in the fore­front of the eth­nic sep­a­ratist move­ment. . . .” (Idem.)

18. The Dalai Lama him­self is no stranger to ele­ments of U.S. intel­li­gence, specif­i­cally the CIA. “ . . .How­ever, through­out the 1960’s, the Tibetan exile com­mu­nity was secretly pock­et­ing $1.7 mil­lion from the CIA, accord­ing to doc­u­ments released by the State Depart­ment in 1998. Once this fact was pub­li­cized, the Dalai Lama’s orga­ni­za­tion itself issued a state­ment admit­ting that it had received mil­lions of dol­lars from the CIA dur­ing the 1960’s to send armed squads of exiles into Tibet to under­mine the Maoist rev­o­lu­tion. The Dalai Llama’s annual pay­ment from the CIA was $186,000. Indian intel­li­gence also financed both him and other Tibetan exiles. He has refused to say whether he or his broth­ers worked for the CIA. The agency has also declined to com­ment. . . .”
(“Friendly Feu­dal­ism: The Tibet Myth” by Michael Par­enti; 7/04.)

19. In addi­tion to his back­ground with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty—both closely con­nected to U.S. intelligence—Erkin Alptekin is a founder and key mem­ber of the UNPO, about which we will have more to say in weeks to come. “ERKIN ALPTEKIN is one of the fore­most human rights advo­cates for the Uighur peo­ple of East­ern Turkestan, also known as the Xin­jiang Autonomous Region of the People’s Repub­lic of China. Mr. Alptekin was employed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Lib­erty from 1971 to 1994. He is one of the founders of the Unrep­re­sented Nations and Peo­ples Orga­ni­za­tion (UNPO), and cur­rently serves as its gen­eral sec­re­tary.”
(Excerpt from the list of the board of the Dalai Lama Foundation.)

20. Look­ing ahead to future dis­cus­sions of the milieu to which the Dalai Lama belongs, the pro­gram high­lights the head of the UNPO—Karl von Hab­s­burg, the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (For more about the Hab­s­burgs and their fas­cist con­nec­tions, see—among other programs—FTR#536.) Again, we are a long, long way from deal­ing with “Bud­dhists” here! With the Dalai Lama and his milieu, we appear to be look­ing at man­i­fes­ta­tions of the Under­ground Reich as a “vir­tual state”—a state with­out for­mal geo­graph­i­cal bor­ders. “The eldest son and heir of the dynasty is Karl (Karl’s web­site), who lives in Aus­tria and has served in the Aus­trian army and was a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, like his father, from 1996–1999. [Empha­sis added.] He has worked hard to keep the fam­ily in the pub­lic lime­light, even host­ing a pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion game show. He works qui­etly to change the Aus­trian laws of 1919 that for­bid the Hab­s­burgs from hold­ing any polit­i­cal office and has often been men­tioned as a pos­si­ble Chan­cel­lor of the Aus­trian Repub­lic. At this time he is the Gen­eraldirek­tor of the UNPO (United Nations and Peo­ples orga­ni­za­tion). In 1993 Karl mar­ried Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza who is well known in Euro­pean high soci­ety.”
(Entry for Karl von Habsburg.)

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  4. Here’s an inter­est­ing twist; “The Burmese Bin Laden”...(somewhat mis­named)
    And it looks like some Gen­er­als might be pulling the strings:

    “Rumours abound that those incit­ing the fight­ing, like Wirathu, are pawns for being used by Burma’s mil­i­tary gen­er­als to stir up trou­ble in the nascent democracy.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/18/burmese-buddhist-monk-wirathu-uses-youtube-to-spread-anti-muslim-hatred-to-thousands/

    Burmese Bud­dhist monk Wirathu uses YouTube to spread anti-Muslim hatred to thou­sands
    By Kate Hodal, The Guardian
    Thurs­day, April 18, 2013 11:39 EDT

    Thou­sands watch YouTube videos of 45-year-old ‘Burmese Bin Laden’ who is incit­ing vio­lence against country’s Mus­lim minority

    His name is Wirathu, he calls him­self the “Burmese Bin Laden” and he is a Bud­dhist monk who is stok­ing reli­gious hatred across Burma.

    The saffron-robed 45-year-old reg­u­larly shares his hate-filled rants through DVD and social media, in which he warns against Mus­lims who “tar­get inno­cent young Burmese girls and rape them”, and “indulge in cronyism”.

    To ears untrained in the Burmese lan­guage, his ser­mons seem steady and calm – almost trance-like – with Wirathu rock­ing back and forth, eyes down­cast. Trans­late his softly spo­ken words, how­ever, and it becomes clear how his para­noia and fear, mud­dled with racist stereo­types and unfounded rumours, have helped to incite vio­lence and spread mis­in­for­ma­tion in a nation still stum­bling towards democracy.

    “We are being raped in every town, being sex­u­ally harassed in every town, being ganged up on and bul­lied in every town,” Wirathu recently told the Guardian, speak­ing from the Masoeyein monastery in Man­dalay where he is based.

    “In every town, there is a crude and sav­age Mus­lim majority.”

    It would be easy to dis­re­gard Wirathu as a mis­in­formed monk with mil­i­tant views, were it not for his pop­u­lar­ity. Pre­sid­ing over some 2,500 monks at this respected monastery, Wirathu has thou­sands of fol­low­ers on Face­book and his YouTube videos have been watched tens of thou­sands of times.

    The increas­ing open­ness of Burma, which was once tightly con­trolled under a mil­i­tary junta, has seen a wave of anti-Muslim sen­ti­ment spread across the 60 million-strong Bud­dhist major­ity – and Wirathu is behind much of it.

    Ris­ing to promi­nence in 2001, when he cre­ated a nation­al­ist cam­paign to boy­cott Mus­lim busi­nesses, Wirathu was jailed for 25 years in 2003 for incit­ing anti-Muslim hatred but freed in 2010 under a gen­eral amnesty.

    Since his release, Wirathu has gone back to preach­ing hate. Many believe him to be behind the fight­ing last June between Bud­dhists and eth­nic Rohingya Mus­lims in Rakhine state, where 200 peo­ple were killed and more than 100,000 displaced.

    It was Wirathu who led a rally of monks in Man­dalay in Sep­tem­ber to defend Pres­i­dent Thein Sein’s con­tro­ver­sial plan to send the Rohingya to a third coun­try. One month later, more vio­lence broke out in Rakhine state.

    Wirathu says the vio­lence in Rakhine was the spark for the most recent fight­ing in Burma’s cen­tral city of Meik­tila, where a dis­pute in a gold shop quickly spi­ralled into a looting-and-arson spree. More than 40 peo­ple were killed and 13,000 forced to flee, most of them Mus­lims, after mosques, shops and houses were burned down across the city.

    Wirathu says part of his con­cern with Islam is that Bud­dhist women have been con­verted by force and then killed for fail­ing to fol­low Islamic rules. He also believes the halal way of killing cat­tle “allows famil­iar­ity with blood and could esca­late to the level where it threat­ens world peace”.

    So he is back to lead­ing a nation­al­ist “969″ cam­paign, encour­ag­ing Bud­dhists to “buy Bud­dhist and shop Bud­dhist” and demar­cate their homes and busi­nesses using num­bers related to the Bud­dha (the num­ber refers to his nine attrib­utes, the six attrib­utes of his teach­ing and the nine attrib­utes of the Bud­dhist order), seem­ingly with the inten­tion of cre­at­ing an apartheid state.

    Wirathu openly blames Mus­lims for insti­gat­ing the recent vio­lence. A minor­ity pop­u­la­tion that makes up just 5% of the nation’s total, Wirathu says Burma’s Mus­lims are being financed by Mid­dle East­ern forces: “The local Mus­lims are crude and sav­age because the extrem­ists are pulling the strings, pro­vid­ing them with finan­cial, mil­i­tary and tech­ni­cal power,” he said.

    Not every­one agrees with Wirathu’s teach­ings, includ­ing those of his own faith. “He sides a lit­tle towards hate,” said Abbot Arriya Wut­tha Bewun­tha of Mandalay’s Myawaddy Sayadaw monastery. “This is not the way Bud­dha taught. What the Bud­dha taught is that hatred is not good, because Bud­dha sees every­one as an equal being. The Bud­dha doesn’t see peo­ple through religion.”

    Crit­ics point to Wirathu’s lack of edu­ca­tion to explain his extrem­ism as lit­tle more than igno­rance, but his views do have clout in a nation where many busi­nesses are run suc­cess­fully by Muslims.

    The sec­ond son of eight chil­dren, Wirathu was born in 1968 in a town near Man­dalay and only attended school until 14, after which he became a monk. Eager to leave “civil­ian life rife with its greed and spite”, he said he had no inten­tion of mar­ry­ing: “I didn’t want to be with a woman.”

    Wirathu claims he has read the Qur’an and counts Mus­lims among his friends, but said: “We’re not so close because my Mus­lim friends don’t know how to talk to Bud­dhist monks … I can accept [being friends] if they con­sider me an impor­tant and respected reli­gious figure.”

    Despite spend­ing seven years in prison for stok­ing reli­gious vio­lence, Wirathu won a “free­dom of reli­gion” award in Feb­ru­ary from the UK’s fore­most Burmese monastery, Sasana Ramsi in Lon­don, in the same week that he spread rumours that a Ran­goon school would be devel­oped into a mosque.

    Ana­lysts warn that Wirathu’s seem­ing free­dom to preach as he pleases – in addi­tion to his influ­ence over other monks, who have also started preach­ing against Islam – should be taken as a wake-up call to the rest of the world. “If a sim­i­lar hate move­ment like Burma’s ’969′ move­ment – which spreads hate speech and hate sym­bols – [existed] specif­i­cally against, say, the Jews in Europe, no Euro­pean gov­ern­ment would tol­er­ate it,” Burmese activist and Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics vis­it­ing fel­low Maung Zarni said.

    “Why should the EU not take it seri­ously, in a major EU-aid recip­i­ent country?”

    Both Thein Sein and oppo­si­tion leader Aung San Suu Kyi have been crit­i­cised for not tak­ing a greater stand against the vio­lence that has racked Burma in recent months. Some have pointed to the seem­ingly planned nature of many of the attacks; UN spe­cial envoy Vijay Nam­biar said the vio­lence had a “bru­tal effi­ciency” and cited “incen­di­ary pro­pa­ganda” as stir­ring up trouble.

    Mul­ti­faith activists in Burma recently took to the streets to counter the vio­lence, dis­trib­ut­ing T-shirts and stick­ers with the mes­sage: “There shall be no racial or reli­gious con­flicts because of me.” But the Buddhist-Muslim ten­sion has already spread far and wide.

    In Ran­goon, a recent mosque fire that killed 13 chil­dren was widely believed to be a case of arson. And in Indone­sia, eight Bud­dhists were beaten to death by Rohingya Mus­lims at a deten­tion cen­tre, in appar­ent ret­ri­bu­tion for inci­dents of sex­ual assault by Bud­dhist inmates against Rohingya women.

    Rumours abound that those incit­ing the fight­ing, like Wirathu, are pawns for being used by Burma’s mil­i­tary gen­er­als to stir up trou­ble in the nascent democ­racy. But Wirathu insists he is work­ing alone: “These are my own beliefs,” he said. “I want the world to know this.”

    In a chill­ing ser­mon last month, Wirathu warned that the “pop­u­la­tion explo­sion” of Burma’s Mus­lims could mean only one thing: “They will cap­ture our coun­try in the end.”

    And just like his name­sake, this “Burmese Bin Laden” made a brazen call to arms: “Once we [have] won this bat­tle, we will move on to other Mus­lim targets.”

    Preacher of hate

    1968 Wirathu is born in Kyaukse, near Mandalay

    1984 Joins the monkhood

    2001 Starts pro­mot­ing his nation­al­ist “969″ cam­paign, which includes boy­cotting Mus­lim businesses

    2003 Jailed for 25 years for incit­ing reli­gious vio­lence after dis­trib­ut­ing anti-Muslim leaflets, lead­ing to 10 Mus­lims being killed in Kyaukse

    2010 Freed under a gen­eral amnesty

    June 2012 Vio­lence breaks out between eth­nic Rohingya Mus­lims and Rakhine Bud­dhists in Rakhine state

    Sep­tem­ber 2012 Wirathu leads a rally of monks in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Thein Sein’s pro­posal to send the Rohingya to a third country

    Octo­ber 2012 More vio­lence breaks out in Rakhine state

    March 2013 Inter-religious fight­ing in Meik­tila sees 40 killed and nearly 13,000 dis­placed; “969″ stick­ers and plaques dis­trib­uted through­out Burma

    © Guardian News and Media 2013

    Posted by Swamp | April 20, 2013, 9:03 am
  5. This was so incred­i­bly sad for me. To be per­fectly hon­est I was depressed for a few days after lis­ten­ing to this pro­gram and if I hadn’t already watched Werner Herzog’s doc­u­men­tary: “Wheel of Time”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlRWFY_RtnA

    I might not have believed you. In this film the Dalai Lama showed his true col­ors. You must watch doc­u­men­tary to under­stand the full impact of what the Dalai Lama did but suf­fice it to say he denied the Kalachakra empow­er­ment to thou­sands of poor peo­ple in Bodh Gaya, India, many of whom had been mak­ing the pil­grim­age for sev­eral months on their hands and knees, cit­ing “ill health” only to per­form the cer­e­mony a few months later at a 5 star con­ven­tion cen­ter in Graz, Austria.

    This doc­u­men­tary broke my heart but now I under­stand why in Aus­tria and why in such an afflu­ent venue.

    You might not believe what I am about to say but I swear it is true. Yes­ter­day on Drudge Report there was a link to a Reuters arti­cle that said: “Dalai Lama’s Web­site attack­ing vis­i­tors”. I clicked on the link and it took me to a page that said the arti­cle didn’t exist. I left it on screen and in a new tab searched for the same arti­cle through Starpage. I found it!…. but it had been changed. This is the link to the article:

    http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/08/12/tibet-cyber-attack-dalai-lama-idINDEE97B0I120130812

    It says the Dalai Lama’s web site had been “hacked” and was infected with mali­cious soft­ware that could be used to spy on peo­ple. This is a pure, unadul­ter­ated LIE! His web site had a spy tracker just as many other sites like Infowars or Med­scape. I know because I have an inte­grated soft­ware that detects these track­ers. Some­body at Reuters got wind of this and pub­lished the arti­cle only to be imme­di­ately pulled and sub­sti­tuted with the cur­rent arti­cle which makes the Dalai Lama appear as a “vic­tim” instead of a perpetrator.

    Now, what fol­lowed next is what shocked me the most. When I went back to the orig­i­nal link so I could post it here prov­ing how it said “the arti­cle does not exist”….. It was gone! Instead the Reuters home­page was on screen and when I checked my his­tory folder the link had dis­ap­peared from this folder as well! How?!? I have taken great pains and pre­cau­tions to keep my com­puter free from any intru­sion so…. what does this mean? If you Dave, or any of your lis­ten­ers know how this was done I would really appre­ci­ate the information.

    Posted by Shibusa | August 13, 2013, 10:35 am
  6. @Shibusa–

    With regard to hav­ing one’s heart bro­ken by the material–I can cer­tainly relate.

    It is an emo­tion I have been expe­ri­enc­ing for decades.

    Graz, Aus­tria, by the way, was one of Hitler’s favorite cities, called by him “The City of the Elevation.”

    Schwarzenegger’s father was chief of police in an imme­di­ately adja­cent town.

    Graz was also a way-station on the Vat­i­can “Rat Line” that helped escaped Nazis.

    With regard to destroy­ing the Marine Corps and U.S. military–this is what Von Clause­witz termed “the con­tin­u­a­tion of war by other means.”

    The GOP is a Nazi “deep fifth col­umn” in the United States.

    They are using eco­nom­ics to do what for­eign ene­mies have been unable to do.

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | August 13, 2013, 3:38 pm
  7. http://www.worldbulletin.net/haber/141178/sri-lankan-hardline-buddhist-links-dalai-lama-to-islam

    Update: 09:27, 23 July 2014 Wednesday

    Sri Lankan hard­line Bud­dhist links Dalai Lama to Islam
    Tibetan spir­i­tual leader called on monks in Myan­mar and Sri Lanka to end vio­lence towards Mus­lims in their countries.

    World Bulletin/News Desk

    A hard­line Sri Lankan Bud­dhist monk lead­ing an anti-Muslim cam­paign accused the Dalai Lama on Tues­day of being influ­enced by Islam and said the Tibetan could not be accepted as a world Bud­dhist leader.

    Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Sri Lanka’s hard­line group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or “Bud­dhist Power Force”, spoke out after the exiled Tibetan spir­i­tual leader called on monks in Myan­mar and Sri Lanka to end vio­lence towards Mus­lims in their countries.

    Clashes broke out in two Sri Lankan towns with large Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions in June dur­ing a BBS-led protest. Early this month, hun­dreds of Myan­mar Bud­dhists threat­ened to kill Mus­lims in the country’s second-largest city of Mandalay.

    React­ing to the Dalai Lama’s com­ments made in India, Gnanasara told reporters: “Like Pope for Chris­tians, he is con­sid­ered as the leader for all Bud­dhists by the West. But we don’t accept him as the leader of the Buddhists.”

    Gnanasara said the exiled Tibetan leader, who won the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, was unlikely to visit Sri Lanka because Colombo did not want to upset its close rela­tions with Beijing.

    “We see Dalai Lama is also a vic­tim of the Mus­lim extrem­ism,” the BBS leader said. “They have fed mis­in­for­ma­tion and he has got wrong information.”

    Sec­tar­ian ten­sions erupted on June 15 in the south­ern coastal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwela dur­ing a protest march led by the BBS.

    Many res­i­dents of the towns, pop­u­lar with tourists, said BBS activists had made inflam­ma­tory state­ments against Mus­lims at a rally before the vio­lence that killed at least three. Much of the coast is dom­i­nated by major­ity Bud­dhist Sin­halese community.

    Two peo­ple died in the unrest in Man­dalay early this month that the Dalai Lama men­tioned, rais­ing the prospect of fur­ther com­mu­nal vio­lence there.

    Posted by Vanfield | August 3, 2014, 2:27 pm
  8. So long Dalai?

    AFP
    Dalai Lama says no need for successor

    Sep­tem­ber 7, 2014 5:55 PM

    The Dalai Lama has told a Ger­man news­pa­per that he should be the last Tibetan spir­i­tual leader, end­ing a centuries-old reli­gious tra­di­tion from his Himalayan homeland.

    His com­ments to the Welt am Son­ntag news­pa­per echo his pre­vi­ous state­ment that “the insti­tu­tion of the Dalai Lama has served its pur­pose”, but were even more explicit.

    “We had a Dalai Lama for almost five cen­turies. The 14th Dalai Lama now is very pop­u­lar. Let us then fin­ish with a pop­u­lar Dalai Lama,” he said.

    “If a weak Dalai Lama comes along, then it will just dis­grace the Dalai Lama,” he added with a laugh, accord­ing to a tran­script of the Eng­lish lan­guage interview.

    He also said: “Tibetan Bud­dhism is not depen­dent on one indi­vid­ual. We have a very good organ­i­sa­tional struc­ture with highly trained monks and scholars.”

    ...

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | September 9, 2014, 6:15 pm

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