Lukar Jam does it again

In 2016 Lukar Jam ran for the office of Sikyong as a candidate in favour of Independence as opposed to the Middle-Way Approach. He argued in several interviews that anyone, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who did not support independence was a traitor (gyal-tsongpa). This, as we all remember, gave way to a lot of displeasure in the Tibetan community and many, including myself, expressed anger at his irresponsible remarks. He said in one of his interviews to RFA. “Anyone, even if he is Gyalwa Rinpoche, who does not support independence is a gyal-tsongpa.”

Lukar Jam does it again in his eulogy of Professor Elliot Sperling, saying that Sperling is the one who should have lived for 113 years. The intent here is pretty obvious ,and I am glad that the Sikyong was quick enough to condemn this openly during his address on the occasion of the 10th March uprising this year.

What is striking is not just the audacity of the remarks, but even more so the deliberate intent to explicitly mean that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the one who should have died and not Sperling! Incidently, this makes Lukar Jam the second person who wishes the Dalai Lama dead. The first one as we all know was the spirit of Dorje Shugden who also wished the Dalai Lama dead and who was more than happy, in fact very much excited, to announce the death of the 13th Dalai Lama on the day after the 29th day of the ninth month (Gu zok namgang) of the Lunar Tibetan calendar.

Why is Lukar Jam hell-bent on attacking His Holiness the Dalai Lama? What is his agenda and what does he hope to achieve? These are disturbing questions. The more I think about them the more I am convinced of a sinister scheme that is under way between the Chinese and Lukar Jam to tarnish the name of His Holiness and to spread dissension and division among our people.

Lukar Jam escaped to India in 1989 after spending five of an 18-year term of prison. He then landed himself a job in the Security department, and later headed the Gu-Chu-Sum organisation. These all seem to have fallen in place too easily to give him the needed platform to begin his planned goals. And then, let us not forget his shot at running for the office of Sikyong in 2016 with super grand ideas to “drain the swamp” in Gangchen Kyishong, from changing CTA’s name to calling out for independence. It all seems like an ambitious and evil scheme designed to disable CTA’s way of governing and cause all-round frustration in the community.

It is no secret that there are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who sincerely wish His Holiness well and would love to see him live for as long as he can. Each one of them has embraced him not only as a caring and a fun-loving man, but also as a source of spiritual inspiration in their personal lives. The list of leaders around the world who share words of admiration and praise for His Holiness is long and innumerable. But the words of the former Prime Minister of India, Mr Manmohan Singh, during an event celebrating His Holiness’ 80th birthday in New Delhi are precious and not very often spoken of a person. He said among other kind words that “His Holiness is a gift from god!” Such words coming from a wise old man of 84 are indeed deeply touching to the heart!

Truly a man of peace, and an unquestionably towering figure in this contemporary world, His Holiness is not only a precious gift but also a walking saint spreading the message of love and peace from one corner of the world to the other. His compassion for all sentient beings and his commitment to “dispel the misery of the world for as long as living beings remain” is a powerful prayer only a true Bodhisattava like His Holiness can make. As Tibetans we should all be proud of him and extend to him our deepest love and respect that he deserves.

We pray that His Holiness lives long, and let us all stand united behind him come whatever may. Let us remember that His Holiness the Dalai Lama does not owe us anything, but we owe him everything. I mean everything.

Senge Rabten
New York, US

19 April 2017

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