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Buddhist faction protests Dalai Lama as he visits Washington

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 - 00:50

March 7 - Members of the Shugden community protest the Dalai Lama in Washington, holding signs like ''Dalai Lama stop lying,'' while followers of the spiritual leader welcomed him. Gavino Garay reports.

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Dalai Lama protesters along the streets of Washington are saying "Dalai Lama stop lying." They gathered during the spiritual leader's visit to the U.S. capital. Members of the Shugden community, a form of Buddhism that the Dalai Lama himself reportedly calls a "cult," are making their voices heard. They say he has persecuted followers of an ancient deity that the Tibetan spiritual leader denounced decades ago. (SOUNDBITE) REBECCA FOLEY SAYING: "Dorje Shugden is a prayer about wisdom, and it's illogical and obscured to say that this prayer is harmful to him, Tibetans, or the cause in any way." The Shugden community includes around 4 million people around the world. Students of the Dalai Lama also gathered on the opposite side of the street, welcoming the presence of their spiritual leader.

Buddhist faction protests Dalai Lama as he visits Washington

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 - 00:50

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