Tulku Orgyen Tobgyal apologises to Dalai Lama for criticising online teachings

Tulku Orgyen Tobgyal in an undated file photo.

Tulku Orgyen Tobgyal in an undated file photo. Photographer unknown.

By Lobsang Wangyal

ON THE WEB, 31 May 2020

Tulku Orgyen Tobgyal on Saturday apologised to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, after Tobgyal had criticised him for giving online empowerments.

In an apology letter, Tobgyal wrote that his criticism was aimed towards protecting the practice of tantra, and didn’t have any other motive.

“At the advice of my root guru, and scoldings I got from Sakya Trichen Rinpoche and Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, they being my masters, I am withdrawing my recent words, and tendering my apology to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and appeal to him to live a long life.”

“Following the suggestions of my masters, I will never again in future criticise online teachings and empowerments.”

Tobgyal said that he received the “scoldings” in a letter from the Sakya Centre in Dehra Dun, (Sakya Trichen and Sakya Trizen are the heads of the Sakya order), and then received a call from his master Dzongsar Khyentse Jamyang Khyentse Thupten Chokyi Gyatso advising him to withdraw his statements.

In his statement on Monday, Tobgyal had said that empowerments online, without physical presence, cannot be received. He criticised such online practices, and said that such acts were tantamount to destroying the Dharma.

Without explicitly naming Tobgyal, the letter issued by the Sakya Centre on Saturday said that the criticism against the Dalai Lama was deeply regrettable, and it could never be forgotten.

“In these distressing times with the pandemic, preaching Dharma online is most appropriate to benefit all.”

A host of other Tibetan organisations and individuals had issued letters condemning Orgyen Tobgyal. The Internet is bustling with negative comments against him.

President of the Central Tibetan Administration Lobsang Sangay denounced Orgyen Tobgyal for his statements and demanded that he apologise to the Dalai Lama.

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