The Secret Life of The Dalai Lama


What comes to mind when you hear the words “Dalai Lama”?

a) Harmless, affable, caring, worldly, Nobel Peace Prize-winning sage who would not hurt a fly.

b) Some old dude in an orange robe, probably smokes too much pot.

c) Meat-eating, child-abuse-advocating, nepotistic CIA super-spy, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars for his efforts at reclaiming power in Tibet, who had asked for weapons to be flown into the region causing massive loss of (Tibetan) life.


If you answered “a” for “altruistic”, you’re a naïve idealist who wishes that someone out there is capable of true self-sacrifice. If you answered “b” for “bum”, you probably don’t give a sh**. If you answered “c” for conspiracy, you’re probably a conspiracy theorist. But you’d also be the only person who is correct.


Child Abuse

As the patron deity of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is also a representative of the occurrences at his temples. It would be like the Pope trying to tell you that pedophile priests were a part and parcel of Catholicism and that there was really nothing he could do or say about it. speaks of the experiences of a boy….

Last September, after a teaching session in Vancouver, someone in the audience asked Kalu about sexual abuse in the monasteries. He replied that he was sensitive to it because he had been molested. 

The boy’s name is Kalu Rinpoche, a reincarnated thingie of some long-dead person (aka randomly selected baby). He created a video titled “Confessions of Kalu Rinpoche,” he says that he was molested by elder monks…”sexually abused by elder monks,” and when he was 18 his tutor in the monastery threatened him at knifepoint. “It’s all about money, power, controlling. . . . And then I became a drug addict because of all this misunderstanding and I went crazy.”

A gang of older monks who would visit his room each week…..This was hard-core sex, he says, including penetration. “Most of the time, they just came alone,” he says. “They just banged the door harder, and I had to open. I knew what was going to happen, and after that you become more used to it.” It wasn’t until Kalu returned to the monastery after his three-year retreat that he realized how wrong this practice was. By then the cycle had begun again on a younger generation of victims, he says. Kalu’s claims of sexual abuse mirror those of Lodoe Senge, an ex-monk and 23-year-old tulku who now lives in Queens, New York. “When I saw the video,” Senge says of Kalu’s confessions, “I thought, ‘Shit, this guy has the balls to talk about it when I didn’t even have the courage to tell my girlfriend.'” Senge was abused, he says, as a 5-year-old by his own tutor, a man in his late twenties, at a monastery in India.

Another interesting post was written by the Huffington Post. It is particularly notable because only the cached version is available.

It speaks of the experiences of a young girl, she too had been raped by monks. More surprising was the reaction of the authorities of the Tibetan community:

As shocking as the alleged crime was the revelation that the Mundgod camp officer and settlement officer had encouraged the father of the child not to pursue criminal charges against the men. Why? Out of fear of shaming HH the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people.

Widespread child abuse and even rape at his temples, yet he has very little to say on the matter…. Yet another case of See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.

CIA Links, Nepotism and Meat-eating

Australian paper The Age wrote a telling article that details the Dalai Lama’s secret life, long admitted by the CIA itself.

The government set up in exile in India and, at least until the 1970s, received $US1.7 million a year from the CIA.

The money was to pay for guerilla operations against the Chinese, notwithstanding the Dalai Lama’s public stance in support of non-violence, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

The Dalai Lama himself was on the CIA’s payroll from the late 1950s until 1974, reportedly receiving $US15,000 a month ($US180,000 a year).

Yet another Nobel Peace Prize winner who advocates violence? A drone-striking president and a weapon-buying monk, clearly the Nobel committee isn’t just picking candidates based on how much pressure the political establishment was applying to it….

the Dalai Lama has been remarkably nepotistic, appointing members of his family to many positions of prominence. In recent years, three of the six members of the Kashag, or cabinet, the highest executive branch of the Tibetan government-in-exile, have been close relatives of the Dalai Lama. An older brother served as chairman of the Kashag and as the minister of security. He also headed the CIA-backed Tibetan contra movement in the 1960s.

A sister-in-law served as head of the government-in-exile’s planning council and its Department of Health.

A younger sister served as health and education minister and her husband served as head of the government-in-exile’s Department of Information and International Relations.

Their daughter was made a member of the Tibetan parliament in exile. A younger brother has served as a senior member of the private office of the Dalai Lama and his wife has served as education minister.

The second wife of a brother-in-law serves as the representative of the Tibetan government-in-exile for northern Europe and head of international relations for the government-in-exile. All these positions give the Dalai Lama’s family access to millions of dollars collected on behalf of the government-in-exile.

So, his “government in exile” is basically his immediate family? Sounds real legitimate, Mr Lama. It gets better:

Contrary to widespread belief, he is not a vegetarian. He eats meat. He has done so (he claims) on a doctor’s advice following liver complications from hepatitis. I have checked with several doctors but none agrees that meat consumption is necessary or even desirable for a damaged liver.

You want to know his real reason for eating meat? It tastes good. Who cares if, according to Buddhism, this piece of roast beef was the reincarnated remains of one’s own grandpa? Does he even believe in the practices he is espousing?

The CIA wasn’t just his chief financier, it had trained the few men willing to fight for him as well according to a Newsweek article:

Help was on the way. In 1958 more than 30 Tibetans began training secretly at Camp Hale, not far from Leadville, Colorado. Here about 300 Tibetans in all–assigned names like “Jack,” “Rocky” and “Martin”–were schooled in the black arts of covert warfare, from spy photography and sabotage to Morse code and mine-laying. “We had great expectations when we went to America; we thought perhaps they would even give us an atom bomb to take back with us,” said one trainee, Tenzin Tsultrim.

The final nail in the coffin is a letter penned by either his “Holiness” or his entourage, sent to the CIA and revealed by a FOIA request.

It states that “Chinese Communists are firing about 2000 artillery shells per day. They have fired big guns and done very bad damage… Please send us weapons for 30,000 men by airplane”

To be fair, Mr Lama claims to be unaware of any of the CIA shenanigans until much later. Alas, words are wind and facts remain facts. After all, it is the easiest thing in the world to be a vegetarian pacifist… As long as you get to eat meat and wage war that is.

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  1. What a lot of uneducated bs.
    Dl has written about his CIA connections decades ago. Also meat eating tibetans is probably a norm. Nowadays we have a lot of vegans and vegetarians though.
    Kalu rinpoche has not much to do with Dl.

  2. I am really sick of seeing posts like this.

    It makes Anonymous seem too ignorant to fact check.

    We preach about lies in the media and government and yet you are sitting here spreading your own.

    If you are hellbent on attacking anyone and everyone to push your own agenda it makes you no better than the types of people we are against.

    Here is some much needed help for this article.

    1.”As the patron deity of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is also a representative of the occurrences at his temples.” WRONG

    FACT – He is not the patron deity of Buddhism he is the head of one of many Sects of TIBETAN BUDDHISM and the leader of the Tibetan Government in Exile.

    2. The child abuse happened. Yes. It does. There are corrupt people even in Buddhist temples. But to try and tie the Dalai Lama’s name to an incident that happened in a Kagyu Temple is WRONG.

    So is using the example of Catholic Priests when those Priests were in a position of extreme power where as fellow monks have none except that they were older.

    3. The government in exile received $US1.7 million a year from the CIA. WRONG

    FACT – By February 1964, the projected annual cost for all CIA Tibetan operations had exceeded US$1.7 million. The money was used by the CIA for operations there and it was not paid to the government.

    The 14th Dalai Lama criticized the CIA for supporting the Tibetan independence movement “not because they (the CIA) cared about Tibetan independence, but as part of their worldwide efforts to destabilize all communist governments

    4. Contrary to widespread belief, he is not a vegetarian. He eats meat. He has done so (he claims) on a doctor’s advice following liver complications from hepatitis. I have checked with several doctors but none agrees that meat consumption is necessary or even desirable for a damaged liver. WRONG

    FACT – It is not a widespread belief that he is a vegetarian. Tibetan Buddhists do not ban eating meat. The doctor’s advice was to eat meat back then.
    Doctors used to recommend a high-calorie, protein-rich diet to people who have hepatitis. So his compromise was to eat vegetarian in Dharamsala and meat dishes when he’s on the road and it’s offered by his hosts. Which is a practice used in Buddhism for over 2000 years.

    It would have taken you less than an hour to get your facts straight before posting this. Please be more mindful in the future as there are people out there that will believe anything. This is the exact thing Anonymous is trying to combat.

    We are Anonymous.
    We are Legion.
    We do not Forgive.
    We do not Forget.


  3. Facts about the Dalai Lama:

    He is not a simple monk, he is a multi millionaire:

    He had a personal treasury in Tibet and prior to the Chinese invasion was the modern day equivalent of a multi billionaire. When he took a small fraction of his personal wealth to India it took 1,000 pack animals carrying 120lbs of treasures each. According to John Avedon, “Forty mules bore gold, six hundred carried silver, and the remaining animals sacks of centuries-old coins”

    The CIA:

    US Congress granted covert support for the Dalai Lama personally on 20th May 1959 via the CIA. He received funding directly from them to support himself and his household. This funding continued until 1974 when it was stopped as a result of a change in US foreign policy towards China.

    In the late 1980’s US funding was re-established after the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, this was due to a change in US foreign policy towards communism in China. That funding continues to the present day through a CIA surrogate, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). NED is described by it’s founding president as doing what the CIA used to do previously. The majority of Tibetan NGO’s receive funding through NED to promote an anti-Chinese message. The Tibet Information Network ceased to function after NED funding was withdrawn.

    The Dalai Lama knew of CIA funding before leaving Tibet, he gave interviews denying CIA involvement when he knew at the time he was lying. This is revealed in John Kenneth Knaus’s book about the CIA and Tibet, “Orphans of the cold war”.

    The Dalai Lama’s responsibility for Tibetan temples:

    The Dalai Lama is referred to as “the supreme leader” of all Tibetans in the Charter of the Tibetans in Exile. This was published at the same time as his claim to have retired from politics. He also maintains control over the selection and promotion of senior civil servants within the Tibetan exile government (CTA), as explained by Stephanie Roemer in her examination of the CTA. She states, “Such empowerment emphasizes the already superior power of the 14th Dalai Lama, as he is able to control, at least theoretically, all political and religious processes.”

    All temples, monasteries and Buddhist colleges, with the exception of those that propitiate Dorje Shugden, come under the administrative control of the Dalai Lama’s government, the CTA. It is the CTA Department of Religion that funds the monasteries and temples and has the authority to investigate abuse. They also have the ability to financially restrict any religious organisations accused of sexual abuse.

    The Dalai Lama therefore has the ability to enforce financial punishments and control over all religious organisations under the administrative control of the CTA. It does not matter whether the monastery is Kagyu, Gelug, or any other sect of Tibetan Buddhism. His inaction in the case of Kalu Rinpoche is therefore correctly described by the author of the article above.

    Yantis is wrong to assert that the Dalai Lama is the head of the CTA since he resigned from this post officially. He is however the de facto leader of the exile Tibetans and is classed as their “supreme leader” according to their constitution.

    In addition to the allegations in the article above the Dalai Lama is also responsible for the creation of a religious apartheid within the exile Tibetan community. Buddhists who practice Dorje Shugden prayers are discriminated against as is anyone associated with them. They are banned from working for the CTA and there are instances where they are openly denied service in shops and restaurants.

    The Dalai Lama is aware of such segregation and does nothing to prevent it, which is in violation of his obligation to protect the human rights of exile Tibetans. The fact he then rakes in millions of dollars throughout the world on a ticket of teaching about religious harmony is absurd.

    Unfortunately the Dalai Lama is another media myth, the reality of which is far more unpleasant than you would initially suspect. If Yantis is interested in the truth I would suggest researching some accurate information about the Dalai Lama rather than the usual rhetoric.

    • I totally agree. The Dalai Lama is a media myth. People so desperately want to believe that someone with a pure good heart exists. And because Buddha’s teachings are so beautiful when the Dalai Lama is on his lucrative entertainment circuit and utters anything remotely like Buddha’s teachings, even just the word ‘love’, people lap it up. Thanks for the detail about the Dalai Lama and his government. The deception is mind blowing. When the truth pervades and the media myth is smashed I wonder part of this trail of destruction will be this man’s legacy?

    • There are many Tibetan monks who behave as they should, but few if any have ever been able to continue purely when involved in politics. One notable 20th century exception was Phabongkhapa Rinpoche, the great teacher of the Lam Rim and proponent of Dorje Shugden, who refused the job of Regent to the young Dalai Lama. In exchange for his purity and lack of compromise with political power he is now called a demon worshipper who died vomiting blood by Penpa Tsering, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament – although only a Buddha would know what business it is of his.

  4. Though I am a Hindu (not a Buddhist) and a strict vegetarian, I respect Dalai Lama immensely… I have read some of his teaching and I find them pertinent and useful. Most of the allegation made in this article are unfounded. Just like Israel, Tibet too is fighting a battle of existence, but unlike Israel Tibetans are subdued, untrained perpetually suppressed by Chinese army.
    Women, wine, wealth and yearn for power are human weakness since ages…. been source of many crimes.. should be dealt legally and firmly.. Your article reports crimes (which happens everywhere) and gives no proof that they were committed on behest of shrine’s governing body or had backing of Dalai Lama.
    Anyone committing rape or sodomy should be punished, why give a religious colour to such crimes to defame someone?

    • Rajeev some of the Buddhist advice you have read from the Dalai Lama is from his teachers, his Spiritual Guides who he has publicly denounced. For any Buddhist, the foundation of their practice is reliance on their Spiritual Guide. This is a massive indicator that there is something gravely wrong with the Dalai Lama. Buddha’s teachings are pertinent and useful. I wonder if it is Buddha’s teaching that you respect immensely rather than the Dalai Lama. If you check for yourself you will find his actions are very different to what he preaches (sometimes what he preaches is in line with his actions but people don’t hear it!). The Dalai Lama, as Indy Hack reveals above, has full control over all political and religious processes and any issue brought to the attention of the CTA would be brought to the attention of the Dalai Lama. He is the CTA. I don’t think anyone of sound mind could deny he has a responsibility to ensure his government investigate sexual abuse claims. To shirk responsibility or squash the issue to protect his reputation is vile. It’s not about defamation. It’s about revealing the truth. The truth is disturbing to say the least and maybe that’s what people are repulsed by.

  5. Yantis… that you, Justin?
    ppl here – calling themselves Anons – should be the last ppl falling for propaganda and bs like the Dalai fucking Lama. speak to anyone who actually knows about the situation in Tibet and about Buddhism (except for his fanbois like the 160k rich minority of Tibetans who escaped into the west, and Robert too-much-acid Thurman) and they’ll tell you: he is no peace-loving sage, ffs! there are much darker skeletons in his closet than the fairly tenuous stuff here: research the Karmapa controversy. or the Dorje Shugden ban. he’s a medieval-style god-king dictator.
    wake up. stop being goddamn sheep.

    • Regardless of your somewhat coarse delivery, I support what you are conveying. Mr Lama is a ruthless dictator. His harm and destructive influence extends to the global Buddhist community. I have first hand experience of that discrimination. As for Robert-too-much-acid Thurman, who promotes Mr Lama’s hateful campaign, it is a great shame I cannot post a picture here that I have of him! I suggest trying to find it on Twitter #RobertThurman.

  6. Actually this article is not a bad attempt at presenting the truth about the Dalai Lama – beyond the Hollywood myth and hype. He’s human, he makes mistakes, he’s a politician. The CIA links include a PERSONAL allowance of approx $1.8M – this is BEYOND any money set aside for military training camps for the Tibetans. The DL may well have criticised the CIA but that kind of hypocrisy is common if you actually listen to what he says and then take a look at what he actually does. He’s single handedly destroyed harmony in the Tibetan community (research Karmapa/Panchen Lama/Dorje Shugden and Trijang Rinpoche) and ABANDONED the cause of Tibetan Independence (research Rangzen) he supports vivisection and then there’s the close friendship with mass murderer Shoko Asahara. Wonder why these days there is a protest at EVERY thing the Dalai Lama does these days? And no, it has nothing to do with the Chinese. The guy persecutes his own people, check out Serpom and the harrassment those monks get from Dalai Lama’s ardent fans. Also check out the crazy rhetoric of Bob Thurman (see #lamagate). Talk about tolerance/compassion? I don’t see any from DL and his supporters, let alone intelligent dialogue about issues that would be a piece of cake to remedy. DL and his hard line supporters seem to be in complete denial of ANY of the above issues. Would be great if this all came out into the open more and we could have an adult conversation about this kind of thing. Namaste.

  7. Orly,

    Thankyou for some basic rationality!

    Why do recorded facts suddenly get discredited (swept under the carpet) when it comes to the Dalia Lama? – even the media and supposedly serious journalists are unwilling, or too scared, to do their investigate research properly.

    They are worried about their reputation.

    I was going to write some basic facts about the DL here but Indy Hack (above) seems to have done a good job covering the majority!

    Dr. F

  8. Totally agree with facts stated in the above article. There is a large collection of WikiLeaks Cables that refer the the Dalai Lama’s CIA connection, and to him playing the KGB off against the CIA to get more money! Establishment 22 – Tibetan orphans being forced into joining the Indian army. The fake Tibetan orphan programme, removing Tibetan children from their parents to rich families in Switzerland. Accepting money from the Japanese AUM Doomsday Cult and acting as their guarantor for tax-exemption while AUM used tax-exempt funds to produce lethal gases, sarin gas to be exact, released in the Tokyo subway in 1995 killing 13.
    The tip of the iceberg, but worth investigating further.

  9. New article just out yesterday is worth reading – Corruption and Cronyism explores the corruption within the exile Tibetan parliament, the CTA; the dreadful conditions within Tibetan orpanages; the DLs links to two Cults one in the US, and AUM in Japan:
    There is also the terrible story from 2013 of the rape of the 5 year-old Tibetan girl, but the story was covered-up as not to bring bad publicity to the Dalai Lama!

  10. I’ve always had niggling doubts about the Dalai Lama not coz he’s Buddhist coz he’s sus. He looks sus. Friends have been to some of his shows and what they’ve relayed sounds like jibberish. But surely someone in robes who is a monk is legit?! This article is intriguing. I’m gonna look into this. I just came across this too ‘Dalai Lama history – Leader of Tibet Lordy. The man is a fraud. I shit thee not.

  11. DL is a Illuminati puppet for sure! He might not be the worst person but he sure as hell doesnt seem like a honest person, and that says a lot about a person in his position…

  12. You run for your life, and you have a camera crew deep inside of mountain with the best equipment with you document you run for your life….

  13. Beggars see the Buddha’s pockets. Assholes see his shit. Buddhists see Compassion embodied in a man. What you see, is what you get.

  14. There is nothing wrong to fight against the chinese beast. American should have nuked China, now the world is in big danger because of Chinese Imperialism. I fully support tibetan terrorism against chinese interests. The CIA should finance it. Tibetan are the wisdom of humanity like the jews. Lobotomized Chinese will destroy humanity (real chinese culture is in taiwan, thanks to Mao, 10x worse than hitler).


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