Thousands of supporters of the Dalai Lama shouted and spit at a group of demonstrators belonging to a Buddhist sect which claims the Tibetan spiritual leader is persecuting its members. The incident happened outside Radio City Hall as thousands of Tibetans and Nepalese Americans were coming out of a lecture conducted by the Dalai Lama. The situation is confusing at this point because some of the demonstrators were waving money in the air as though to offer the view they had been paid by Chinese agents to stage a protest against the Dalai Lama. However, leaders of the Western Sugden Society(WSS) insisted they were angry at the ban placed by the Dalai Lama against certain forms of prayer which he termed “just spirit worship.” The Tibetan leader insisted “99 percent of Tibetans follow my practice. A small portion worship this spirit.”
The WSS insists the Dalai Lama end the ban on their form of worship since it is causing “spiritual, emotional and physical harm” to its adherents. They point out the Dalai Lama for years was engaged in this form of prayer but then claimed it was wrong.
Frankly, we of this blog are unable to sort our way through the complexities of this religious dispute. Readers who are interested can access the WSS website as well as that of the Dalai Lama.