A group of Buddhists will protest the Dalai Lama’s visit to the Blue Mountains on Thursday.
The spiritual leader plans to give talks on the wisdom of forgiveness and compassion on his Ocean of Wisdom tour through the Blue Mountains, Perth and Brisbane in coming days.
But International Shugden Community spokesman Nicholas Pitts says the religious leader’s image of peace isn’t backed up by action.
The group will travel to the Fairmont Resort in Leura, where the Dalai Lama will attend a Buddhist retreat, to call on him to end what they say is a campaign of persecution against Shugden Buddhists.
They say their followers have been harassed and mistreated in Tibetan exile communities because the Dalai Lama has discourage their practice.
‘He has created an atmosphere of religious hatred within his own community,’ Mr Pitts said.
‘His community is now completely segregated.
‘The people who choose to keep their faith are banned from government positions, they are refused services in shops, restaurants and even in hospitals and medical facilities.’
The group has also called on the Dalai Lama to allow all Shugden monks and nuns who have been expelled to return to their monasteries and nunneries.
The Dalai Lama will hold a public talk at Katoomba Public School on Monday.