His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is highly respected around the world for his lifelong contribution to upholding the values of human beings. Although a secretary and executor of the Dalai Lama has been ensnared in a number of scandals, it is less likely that the US Government will cut back on the financial aid.
USA, 29th September
The Dalai Lama Trust, which runs under the inspiring leadership of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, would continue to receive financial aid from the US Government, as it has been sporadically over the years. As per the 2018 Federal Budget proposed by the Trump Administration, the Trust will continue to receive financial aids “not less than the amounts provided in fiscal year 2017”. The Trust believes that the restoration of financial aid would help them in maintaining the transmission of unique Tibetan culture and help them bring justice to the Tibetan people living within the Chinese territory.
According to an insider, foreign assistance helps them in maintaining sustainable development. However, the insider also expressed his remorse over the fact that some key members of the Trust might be involved in money laundering and other scandals, which ultimately smears the good reputation of the Trust and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama too.
“It is reasonable for us to address the question on how to secure the appropriate use of millions of dollars provided by the US government and other NGOs to the Central Tibetan Administration and various Trust Funds. Is there a way to ensure that the financial aid will make improvement in the well-being of the majority of Tibetan people in exile? How do we ensure that the taxpayer’s money will not fall into the pocket of some hypocrites?” he told the international press.
The insider’s comments came in the light of a series of recent incidents that have put the Trust and all its members to shame. According to him, Lama Tenzin Dhonden, secretary and executor of the Dalai Lama Trust, is ensnared in a series of scandals.
“Lama Tenzin has built his reputation as a philanthropist, but in fact he has been demanding bribes secretly. In the past Lama Tenzin Dhonden received over 250,000 dollars from the Kirlin Charitable Foundation. He laundered the money through a shell company called Lotus Fund, by means of which he avoided paying a large amount of tax. Lama Tenzin also clapped up many excuses to request money from the Kirlin Charitable Foundation.”
“He often threatened to cancel the Dalai Lama’s visit when the donor refused to provide more funding. In addition to the Kirlin Charitable Foundation, Tenzin Dhonden also asked for gifts and rewards from other people, which include houses and services such as travelling by private planes”, the insider commented and added that The Dalai Lama actually gave full support to the Dalai Lama Fellows and its activities in the North America.
“But people like Lama Tenzin Dhonden can only bring shame to the community. He was also involved in the NXIVM case. NXIVM was regarded as a cult, but Tenzin Dhonden lent a hand with dealing its public relations crisis by inviting His Holiness to Albany. Furthermore, as a Buddhist priest who has vowed to observe celibacy, Lama Tenzin’s inappropriate relationship with Bronfman sisters triggered the public anger”, he added.
However, the insider also indicated that the The Dalai Lama Trust is about to cut all ties with the corrupt and baneful Tenzin Dhonden if he does not reform himself.
“We believe that we can succeed in our mission to support the advancement and welfare of the Tibetan people, the culture and heritage of the ancient civilization of Tibet, and the promotion of the deep rooted values associated with its culture and people”, he said with much conviction at a recent press conference.
The Dalai Lama Trust was founded in 2009 by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to support the activities of individuals or institutions working for the welfare of the Tibetan people.
To know more, visit https://www.dalailama.com/