CASE 44-2018: International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)
Dear Prosecutor, Public Defender, Ambassador, Secretary and Jury Members of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee (IBEC) and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights (BTHR), with regards to Case 44-2018 against “International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)”, on May 27, 2018, it is hereby recorded that the trial has been concluded to analyze the violation of Human Rights and of Buddhist Ethics carried out by the accused party. This Case has been carried out as a consequence of the previous Cases of Ashin Wirathu, Myanmar, State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, Lama Lobzang, Sogyal Rinpoche & Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
After the analysis of the presentation of the Case and the validation of the evidence, it has proceeded with the votes of 7 members of the Jury, confirming that the “International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)” received 7 votes which consider it as Responsible for the serious crimes of Violation of International Human Rights Law and Violation of International Buddhist Law.
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights has been able to prove that the “International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)” has provided impunity and has not punished its criminal members, such as Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, Lama Lobzang, Sogyal Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. In the first place, because of his direct participation in social segregation and the Myanmar‘s extermination against the Rohingya People, Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa of the IBC has been found Responsible for Complicity with Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing, Crimes against Humanity and Peace, Violation of the Rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, Violation of Freedom of Expression, Violation of the rights of women and children, Complicity with Discrimination, Oppression and illegal Detentions against the Buddhist Sangha, and Violation of the Buddhist Legal Code. In the second place, for disobeying the order to expel Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa as Spiritual Patron, Lama Lobzang of the IBC was declared Responsible for Violation of Buddhist Law. In the third place, for committing sexual abuse and forced labor, Sogyal Rinpoche of the IBC was declared Responsible for Torture and Slavery, Organized Crime and Fraud, Violation of Women’s Rights, Violation of Buddhist Law and Crimes against humanity. Fourth, for supporting the criminal actions of Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche was declared Responsible for Complicity with Crimes against humanity, Violation of Buddhist Law and Supreme Offense against international morality and the Sanctity of the Precepts.
Because the “International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)” is a Global Spiritual Community (Maha-Sangha), this organization must be regulated not only by the International Human Rights Law but also by the principles of International Buddhist Law established by the International Buddhist Ethics Committee & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights. This means that the “International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)” has no valid excuse to ignore the Judgments and legal proceedings of the Buddhist Tribunal, granting impunity to international criminals. In this sense, even if the IBC is not a member of the Buddhist Tribunal, it has a duty to comply with the precepts of the Ethics and the rules of International Law, not having to revalidate and grant impunity to genocidal criminals and sexual abusers who violate the most essential rules of Buddhist Law.
At the same time, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights confirms the fact that the corruption of the “International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)” is structural, reaching the main spheres of power within the organization, as evidenced by the fact that the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, Spiritual Patron of the IBC, has had full knowledge and has done absolutely nothing in the face of the crimes committed by Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, Lama Lobzang, Sogyal Rinpoche & Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights confirms once again that the dictatorial State of Myanmar is carrying out a plan of human rights violation against the defenseless civilian population, committing acts of torture, sexual abuse, forced disappearances and illegal executions of children and babies in a systematic and widespread way. These genocidal crimes against humanity and peace are part of a plan of Myanmar to carry out the persecution, stigmatization, discrimination, dehumanization, segregation and extermination of the Rohingya People, these being crimes even worse than those committed by Nazism during the Jewish Holocaust. However, these crimes have had the direct support of Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee and Spiritual Patron of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), and he has also been supported and covered up by Secretary General Lama Lobzang of the IBC. The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights confirms once again that the sexual, physical and psychological abuses that Sogyal Rinpoche of the “International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)” has committed with impunity for 40 years constitute crimes against humanity that have been supported and revalidated by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche of the IBC.
The Maitriyana transcends the visions of both nationalism and imperialism, criticizing State-sponsored Buddhism when it revalidates human rights violations. The International Buddhist Law is developed as an ethical center and spiritual leader to counteract the influence of the materialistic powers of East and West that are destroying the world. This strategy in the face of war, injustice, ignorance and pollution will be known as the Great Social Commitment of Super-Integral Buddhism (Maha-Purna) of Maitriyana. In this context, the International Buddhist Law plays a crucial role by audaciously assuming the Purpose (Dharma) of spreading Spirituality and making it critical against ideologies and State crimes. The internationalist orientation of Maitriyana positions it as a Transnational Social Activism, building multicultural and plurinational connections that allow giving shape and rectify any social scheme. Thus, the International Buddhist Law has a global orientation, avoiding falling into the illusory labels of Eastern Buddhism or Western Buddhism. To understand the practical-conceptual framework of this Transnational Buddhism of Maitriyana, it should be appreciated the fact that its International Social Activism teaches an adequate way of resolving the conflicts of the world, showing a direct access to world peace, social justice, advanced knowledge and environmental health in the here and now. The International Buddhist Law is developed without attachment to the powerful and influential Buddhist schools, being organized around the principle of transmission of active contemplation, compassionate wisdom and humanitarian ethics, which constitutes the Dynamic Ground of all the lineages and spiritual masters of history. Even though there are tenuous doctrinal differences, the knowledge of the Awakened Beings (Buddhas) is always the same: the Path of Truth, Reconciliation and Love. In this way, the Maitriyana denounces the falsehood of the State-Way Buddhism (Kodo Bukkyo), demonstrating that the Awakening (Bodhi), the Purpose (Dharma) and the Commune (Sangha) should never be associated with criminal and genocidal States, as Japan was during the early twentieth century and as Myanmar was at the beginning of the 21st century. While the International Buddhist Law is deeply ecumenical and detached from any particular tradition, it denounces the falsehoods and corruptions of those Buddhists conservatives of the regime that are linked to oppressive States that violate human rights. Therefore, the new spiritual movement of Maitriyana is socially reformist, radically opposing the complicity and cohabitation of false and rightist Buddhism with the oppressive and criminal States. In short, the true Buddhist Spirituality has a global vision and a transnational work, never having attachment to a specific place and never corrupting itself through relationships with the political and economic Power, since all societies must be ethically supervised through the International Buddhist Law.
The Maitriyana can be considered as a New Buddhism (Shin Bukkyo) of the Liberation that is opposed to the Old Buddhism (Kyu Bukkyo) of the State, criticizing the devotional cults and corrupt organizations, as is the case of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee and the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC). However, the International Buddhist Law is not really a modern creation, but rather is the postmodern update of the ancient legal system of the Buddhist Civilization, which had a profound ethical effect on politics, economics, culture and environment of tens of States. The Maitriyana revitalizes the ancient system of the Legal Code (Vinaya) of the spiritual communities (sanghas) through a dialectical synthesis between ethics and human rights, which is nothing more than the respect for the Buddhic nature latent in all sentient beings, guiding people and leading societies toward a better world or Pure Earth. This International Buddhist Law can then fight against the contemporary era of the Decline of the Buddhist Law or Dharma (Mappo), working for the spiritual evolution and Salvation of humanity and Mother Earth.
In conclusion, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights has the Purpose (Dharma) to protect the spiritual legacy of the Great Master Gautama Samyaksambuddha, by developing an ethical practice and theory that makes the Legal Code (Vinaya) to evolve through the International Buddhist Law. The Purpose (Dharma) of the spiritual movement of Maitriyana is to protect the Supreme Buddhism of all the Buddhas of the past through active contemplation, compassionate wisdom and humanitarian ethics, judging and sentencing those individuals and organizations that betray the Ethics and Global Justice, as is the case of the “International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)”, which has committed Violations against the International Buddhist Law and against the International Human Rights Law.
Following Master Gautama, who developed the most important International Spiritual Community in the history of the world, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights supervises that the Buddhist Sanghas do not attempt against ethics and human rights, never providing impunity to international criminals, which is why the “International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)” has been sentenced as Responsible for Violation of International Buddhist Law and Violation of the International Law of Human Rights.
With spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President and Spiritual Judge of the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights