The Dalai Lama and the King Demon

The Dalai Lama and the King Demon

by Raimondo Bultrini

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A triple homicide committed a few hundred yards away from the residence in exile of the Dalai Lama opens the doors to an unknown universe for Superintendent Rajeev Kumar Singh of the Indian police. He goes over every step of the crime and identifies its perpetrators as members of an exclusive cult dedicated to a demonic spirit with fearsome earthly powers. The chief suspects include the leading figures of a society devoted to the cult of Gyalpo Shugden, whose headquarters are to be found in the heart of Delhi’s Tibetan exile neighborhood.

Raimondo Bultrini, an investigative journalist, decides to open a new trail by reconstructing the mystical aspect of the events. The Dalai Lama himself, determined to combat the sectarian outlook fostered in the name of the "king demon" by a group within the clergy of the Gelukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, reveals to Bultrini hitherto secret religious and historical details regarding the impact of the cult. Recent events and developments seem to bear out his perspective, since many Gyalpo Shugden followers have found common ground with the Chinese authorities. The links between these renegade lamas and the Communist regime are becoming stronger, creating an alliance aimed at removing all traces of the Dalai Lama’s lineage from Tibet’s future. This is the first major exposé of this intriguing struggle at the heart of the mysticism and politics surrounding the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan quest for freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401943554
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 06/07/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Raimondo Bultrini is an investigative journalist with more than 35 years of experience. He has worked for La Repubblica, the leading newspaper in Italy, as well as for magazines including L'Espresso, Il Venerdi, Limes, and Repubblica delle Donne. He also spent years traveling all over South and East Asia as correspondent for one of the bigger Italian editorial groups, La Repubblica/L'Espresso. After becoming interested in Asian philosophy, he became the director of Oriente and Merigar Letter, magazines focused on Asian politics and Buddhism.

Table of Contents

Synopsis ix

Foreword xi

Buddhism and Fundamentalism xvii

Main Characters xx

Introduction xxiii

Part 1

Three Murders in Dharamsala 3

The Superintendent Arrives 15

A Complex Investigation 26

The Special Unit 32

The Geshe's Enemies 35

A Conversation Regarding History 40

The Meeting with Ngodup 51

Operation Majnu Ka Tilla 59

The Raid 67

The Arsonist 77

The Return Home 80

Incontrovertible Proof 84

The Southern Monasteries 94

Part 2

A Journalist's Sources 103

The Law of Cause and Effect 107

The Great Master of the Lightning Bolt 118

A Private Meeting with the Dalai Lama on the Subject of Gyalchen Shugden 136

The Devil? 144

Part 3

The Shadow of the New Spirit 149

War Among the Lamas 170

The Bodhisattva's Secret 178

A Coalition of Lamas 184

To Dharamsala 196

A Conflict Centuries in the Making 204

An Ancient Monastery 208

Part 4

1656-The Life and Death of Drakpa Gyaltsen 211

A Spirit for Posterity 229

Part 5

The Crime Scene 241

The Old Togden 248

Phabongka in the Time of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama 263

The Demon and the Dalai Lama's Tutor 277

The Monk's Secrets 284

Dinner with a Former Superintendent 290

Part 6

The Return to Italy 299

The Chinese Octopus 306

Trijang Rinpoche's Tulku 309

The Secret Strategy 313

The Referendum in the Monasteries 321

The Revolt in Tibet 325

The Final Interviews with His Holiness 328

Part 7

The Western Shugden Society 351

Shugden and the Young Panchen Lama 356


Epilogue 365


Interpol on the Trail of Buddhist Killers 369

The Fourteen Dalai Lamas 370

Select Bibliography

Select Bibliography 377

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