Looking Behind the Dalai Lama’s Holy Cloak

Michael Backman


Michael Backman has been one of the few mainstream journalists who have revealed the true face of the Dalai Lama. Backman received death threats for his article Behind the Dalai Lama’s Holy Cloak from a follower of the Dalai Lama. “My correspondent informed me that the next time I visit India I will be killed (eaten, he said) and my family will never find my body” Backman writes. Below are some excerpts from two of his articles published in The Age.

Behind the Dalai Lama’s Holy Cloak

Rarely do journalists challenge the Dalai Lama.

Partly it is because he is so charming and engaging. Most published accounts of him breeze on as airily as the subject, for whom a good giggle and a quaint parable are substitutes for hard answers. But this is the man who advocates greater autonomy for millions of people who are currently Chinese citizens, presumably with him as head of their government. So, why not hold him accountable as a political figure?

No mere spiritual leader, he was the head of Tibet’s government when he went into exile in 1959. It was a state apparatus run by aristocratic, nepotistic monks that collected taxes, jailed and tortured dissenters and engaged in all the usual political intrigues. (The Dalai Lama’s own father was almost certainly murdered in 1946, the consequence of a coup plot.)

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).

The funds were paid to him personally, but he used all or most of them for Tibetan government-in-exile activities, principally to fund offices in New York and Geneva, and to lobby internationally.

Details of the government-in-exile’s funding today are far from clear. Structurally, it comprises seven departments and several other special offices. There have also been charitable trusts, a publishing company, hotels in India and Nepal, and a handicrafts distribution company in the US and in Australia, all grouped under the government-in-exile’s Department of Finance.

The government was involved in running 24 businesses in all, but decided in 2003 that it would withdraw from these because such commercial involvement was not appropriate.

Several years ago, I asked the Dalai Lama’s Department of Finance for details of its budget. In response, it claimed then to have annual revenue of about $US22 million, which it spent on various health, education, religious and cultural programs.

The biggest item was for politically related expenditure, at $US7 million. The next biggest was administration, which ran to $US4.5 million. Almost $US2 million was allocated to running the government-in-exile’s overseas offices.

For all that the government-in-exile claims to do, these sums seemed remarkably low.

It is not clear how donations enter its budgeting. These are likely to run to many millions annually, but the Dalai Lama’s Department of Finance provided no explicit acknowledgment of them or of their sources.

Certainly, there are plenty of rumours among expatriate Tibetans of endemic corruption and misuse of monies collected in the name of the Dalai Lama.

Many donations are channelled through the New York-based Tibet Fund, set up in 1981 by Tibetan refugees and US citizens. It has grown into a multimillion-dollar organisation that disburses $US3 million each year to its various programs.

Part of its funding comes from the US State Department’s Bureau for Refugee Programs.

Like many Asian politicians, 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. …

What has the Dalai Lama actually achieved for Tibetans inside Tibet?

If his goal has been independence for Tibet or, more recently, greater autonomy, then he has been a miserable failure.

He has kept Tibet on the front pages around the world, but to what end? The main achievement seems to have been to become a celebrity. Possibly, had he stayed quiet, fewer Tibetans might have been tortured, killed and generally suppressed by China.

Michael Backman on the Dorje Shugden Controversy

Why is the Dalai Lama so hell-bent on moving against Shugden supporters? A reason might be that he genuinely believes Shugden worship is wrong. Another seems to derive from his desire to unite the four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism – the Nyngma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelugpa. This has always been one of the Dalai Lama’s problems. He is not the head of Buddhism; he is not even the head of Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally, the Dalai Lamas are from the Gelugpa sect. But since leaving Tibet, the current Dalai Lama has sought to speak for all Tibetans and particularly all overseas Tibetans.

To enhance his authority, he has sought to merge the four traditions into one and place himself at its head. But Dorje Shugden presents a roadblock. One aspect of Shugden worship is to protect the Gelugpa tradition from adulteration, particularly by the Nyngma tradition. Nyngma followers respond by not wanting anything to do with Gelugpa followers sympathetic to Dorje Shugden. So to allow a proper merger of the four traditions, the Dalai Lama needs to get rid of the Shugden movement. If the Dalai Lama can claim to represent all Tibetans, it will increase his political prestige and clout with overseas Tibetans and with governments.

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20 responses to “Looking Behind the Dalai Lama’s Holy Cloak

  • Thomas Canada

    Why we fight!

    Declaration of Universal Human Rights

    PREAMBLE
    Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

    Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

    Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

    Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

    Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

    Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

    Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

    Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

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    Article 1.
    All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
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    Article 2.
    Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
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    Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
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    Article 4.
    No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
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    Article 5.
    No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
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    Article 6.
    Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
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    Article 7.
    All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
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    Article 8.
    Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
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    Article 9.
    No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
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    Article 10.
    Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
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    Article 11.
    (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
    (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
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    Article 12.
    No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
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    Article 13.
    (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
    (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
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    Article 14.
    (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
    (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
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    Article 15.
    (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
    (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
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    Article 16.
    (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
    (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
    (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
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    (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
    (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
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    Article 18.
    Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
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    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
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    (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
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    (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
    (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
    (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
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    Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
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    Article 23.
    (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
    (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
    (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
    (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
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    Article 24.
    Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
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    Article 25.
    (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
    (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
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    Article 26.
    (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
    (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
    (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
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    Article 27.
    (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
    (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
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    Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
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    Article 29.
    (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
    (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
    (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
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    Article 30.
    Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

  • Thomas Canada

    Shri Dorje Shugden says the same with his mission as best I can tell they are one in the same altruistic motivation compassion based activities.

    All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

    Article 2.
    Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

    Article 3.
    Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

  • Thomas Canada

    (Sent by the Charitable Society, Translated by them from Tibetan text)

    Not allowed to share religious and material relation with Dholgyal worshippers!

    To the public, ordained and laity, of Tibetan and Himalayan regions;

    I will give brief explanation on the reason why [you] are not allowed to share religious and material relation with Dholgyal or Shugden worshippers.

    …With regard to the political advises and important instructions on the worship of Dholgyal since 1970 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Bikshu who is the emanation of Avalokiteshvara, all Tibetans outside and inside Tibet who recognize Buddha as undeceivable savior, have recanted worship of Dholgya and taken oath not to worship in future, without frittering their wisdom of distinguishing savior and non-savior. They are worthy of praise because they did great virtuous for this and next life… Yet, without being satisfied to such extend, all the ordained and laity, the followers of our protector [Dalai lama], should initiate campaign widely…

    …In 2008, in the compassionate speech given by His Holiness during the inaugural ceremony of Assembly Hall of Drepung Monastery, he instructed not to share religious and material relation with Dholgyal worshippers. As such, all Gelug monasteries including three ‘Great Seats’ complied with his word; and immediately 99 % did Samantabatra, picking up the yellow vote-stick. The worshippers of evil spirit Dholgya launched defamation against His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They fed propaganda that this was forced by His Holiness and Tibetan Government in exile. Nevertheless, no result is possible than merely pleasing China Communist Country. The instructions given by His Holiness at date are consistent with democracy and truth. There is no word of order by force…

    …In the wake of oath campaign conducted in the respective monasteries, you the unreligious have already expelled from your monastery. Therefore, that the religious monks would not share religious and material relation with you is consistent with Vinaya…

    …Whether you are an ordained or laity, regardless of four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, it is the intention of Tantra that you are not allowed to share religious and material relation with Dholgyal followers who blame, condemn and annoy Vajra Guru. As such, you should aware that Gelugpa is not only one who ought to fulfill this. If you don’t do so, you will face root downfall of Secret Mantra vow, which is “ Relying upon malevolent friends”.

    …You, the leaders and followers of Dholgyal, if you examine these texts with respect for few days, you are possible to create imprint in order to release from this non-religious.

    … without falling into the trap of deception and finance, and in keeping with freedom and Buddha’s intention, all Tibetans and Himalayans who have respect and faith in His Holiness the Dalai Lama must decide to cut the religious and material relation with them.. In this regard you must endeavor since it is a superior source of benefit and happiness.

    In the end I request holy beings of all Traditions, Gaden Tri Rinpoche, Shartse Choeje, Jangtse Choeje, abbots of monasteries, Geshes and Tulkus, and administrators, to provide clear instructions to monk community from time to time.

    I appreciate if you photocopy and distribute.

    Geshe Tashi Tsethar,

    Drati Khamtsen, Sera-Jey

    November 18, 2009

  • Thomas Canada

    “To the public, ordained and laity, of Tibetan and Himalayan regions;

    I will give brief explanation on the reason why [you] are not allowed to share religious and material relation with Dholgyal or Shugden worshippers. “tgie

    Recent statements issued from TGIE clearly violate and insult the integrity of the Indian High Courts wish to deal lightly with HHDL. It is clear that counsel will be filing ammendments to our claim that Dalia Lama has and continues to flaunt his illusory sense of being a God King puts him above the laws of ordinary folk. As exhibited in yet another childish threat from a sanctimonious bitter man.
    His response to the celebration of the the new monastery was not happiness nor joy. Instead he swallows the pill of the Three Poisons and issues threats that directly affect the people living under the Indian Government as their Protectorate from abuse.
    He reminds me yet of again of another man caught in his web of deceit and quest for power and his desperation that he suffered once he realized it was over.
    Why else would he flip off the Courts publically and insinutate Obama was premature for the Nobel Prize? His nose is out of joint and he is going to be snitty.
    He was raised a spoiled brat and with old age his upbringing becomes more apparent.
    To circulate another mandate to treat the Shugden Refugees inside the Colonies and elsewhere as the Nazis treated the Jews is no coincidence.
    Amazing how fame and fortune can even unhinge a Tibetan Muslim dressed in the robes of a Holy Buddhist Lama to break every vow taken, makes him like Tiger Woods. A Big Dissapointment ! Only he is messing with millions of people and attempting to destroy the dharma.
    On second thought, he is not like Tiger at all. Sorry about that Tiger, It was thoughtless to compare you with him.

  • Thomas Canada

    Another curious book shoved out by Dharmasala. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves could not have lied better if they had written this book themselves. Oh! I see they did write this bag of lies. No one does it better, Nobody lies quite the same as the boys from Dharmasala. What a bunch of Jokers!

    Claude Arpi’s judgement of the dialogue process between Dharamsala and Beijing is clear from the title of his latest book. Despite its loud doubts, The Negotiations that Never Were will serve as an essential reference book for researchers and third parties interested in the intermittent Sino-Tibetan dialogue, which, according to the author, began as far aback as 1973 when some Xinhua (official news agency of China) reporters based in Hong Kong used George Patterson, a Scottish missionary- turned writer, as a conduit to establish ties with Dharamsala.

    The book is enriched by the author’s deep access to all those Tibetan principals involved in the dialogue process and the actual negotiations. It is also enriched by the author’s own extensive research on a subject much commented but little researched on. The Negotiations that Never Were will form the basis of future Sino-Tibetan negotiations literature because the book’s enduring contribution to this literature is the blow-by-blow accounts it gives of all the contacts and discussions between Dharamsala and Beijing.

    In reviewing this book one marvels at the fact that these negotiations took place at all. In international politics, diplomacy is always backed by military force. In conducting such relations among sovereign nations, the unstated message always is, negotiate, or else. The option of war is used as a compelling argument for concerned parties to choose negotiations as a less expensive way to settle outstanding disputes. Tibetans, committed to non-violence, do not have the military option. Despite this, why did the negotiations take place at all? That these negotiations took place is a reflection of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s hold on his people and the quality of leadership he has provided. They also reflect the diplomatic skills of the Tibetan leadership and those Tibetans involved in the negotiations in persuading China, a fast rising power in the world and a firm believer in the power of the gun, to talk to people committed to non-violence.

    That nothing came out of the negotiations till now is not at all surprising. What will rack the brains of future scholars will be the reasons why China decided to hold these extensive discussions in the first place. They will explore the reasons why China, while spewing abuse on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was conducting discussions with his representatives. Zhang Qingli, Beijing’s viceroy in Lhasa, once famously demonized His Holiness the Dalai Lama as someone with “a human face and a heart of a beast.” What domestic and international compulsions were at work to force Beijing to talk with representatives of a “beast”?

    The Negotiations that Never Were examines all these issues. It starts by giving a succinct background of the Chinese invasion of Tibet, the signing of the 17-Point Agreement and the mis-steps that provoked the widespread resistance, which culminated in the 1959 uprising that led to the flight of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans to India, Nepal and Bhutan. The author picks up the story of the contacts between Dharamsala and Beijing from 1973 and follows it through to the Tibetans handing over the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for All Tibetans to the Chinese side in 2008 and what came of the Special Meeting held in Dharamsala.

    A welcome addition in the book is the author’s examination of the attitude of individual Chinese to the Tibet question. Although official China says there is no problem in Tibet, un-official China, that vast interlocking network of human rights and environmental activists, writers and scholars who form the country’s nascent but growing civil society, sees that there is a big problem in Tibet and the government is mishandling it. Claude Arpi quotes extensively from Zhang Boshu’s article, The Way to Resolve the Tibet Issue, (available on http://www.chinadigitaltimes.net) to make his point that, though the majority of the Chinese public’s thinking on Tibet is shaped by official propaganda, there is a growing public opinion in China that strongly and bitterly disagrees with the government’s handling of the issue.

    In his article, Zhang Boshu of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, says, “The Tibet issue is first of all a human rights issue. Although the authorities are not willing to admit it, I want to say it plainly. This problem that plagues the leadership of the Communist Party, if we look at its origin, was created by the Chinese Communist Party itself as the ruler of China.” Zhang Boshu recommends that “Solving the Tibet issue will take courage and great wisdom. Petty scheming could ruin Tibet and ruin China.”

    There are other Chinese who are dismayed that China’s current hardline policy on Tibet, rather than solving, is exacerbating China’s Tibet crisis. Claude Arpi quotes from Wang Lixiong, well-known Chinese writer, and married to an equally well-known Tibetan author and blogger. Wang Lixiong puts the failure of the talks at the doorstep of that vast anti-splittist bureaucracy that operates in the party, government and army. He points out that the officials who operate this cumbersome bureaucracy are the ones who formulate China’s Tibet policy. They are also the ones who shift blame on His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other “splittists” for any unrest provoked by the hardline policies they implement.

    During the spring 2008 unrest in Tibet, “the highest authorities took no action; all was executed alone by the ever growing (lower) bureaucracy,” Wang Lixiong says. During the Tibet unrest, Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao went on a state visit to Laos and before the international media expressed his hope that the Dalai Lama could use his influence to calm things down in Tibet. Wang Lixiong says, “This was unheard of and aroused international attention, seeing it as the highest authorities’ new pattern of thinking. However, nothing followed, and no change in the handling was made by the ‘anti-secession’ institutions.” The “anti-splittist” bureaucracy prevented the leadership from taking any flexible steps to resolve the vexed issue.

    The inclusion of a whole chapter, China’s Voices of Dissent in The Negotiations that Never Were is, perhaps, the author’s way of saying Tibetans can take comfort in these voices of reason in any just settlement of a protracted issue. Perhaps the author might prove to be right. As China undergoes astonishing changes, there might come a day when Chinese civil society would have a say in shaping Beijing’s Tibet policy.

  • Thomas Canada

    “You will face root downfall of Secret Mantra vow, which is “ Relying upon malevolent friends”.

    ..”.You, the leaders and followers of Dholgyal, if you examine these texts with respect for few days, you are possible to create imprint in order to release from this non-religious. ”

    I gave it a think DL, and I can tell you to go to hell”. Who do you think you are to create such seeds of hatred amongst peace loving people’
    You threatened those within your slimy reach with medievalist idiocy, you assault the rest of us with your outlandish stupidity only being surpassed by your complete stupidity, and total unadulterated insensitivity to the needs of others.

    You belong in a museum.
    Why not try the Potala?
    They have an immediate opening for an Amusement Park Carny hawking their scams to steal a little here and a little there.
    However, in clearer light of day and considering your mandate, it is clear that you are feeling quite threatened to publish such a notice in the midst of your Court proceedings. A moving ball on the game court is really going to seal your fate. We will Demonstrate again and in the right place. You can count on another public spanking. So lift your robes, you’r about to get whacked on the backside. Confess and recant, while you can, Old Man!

    We have a few depositions ourselves yet to file, oops! I should not have said that.
    Oh Boy! 2010, finally will see you out on your ear.
    Look at Tiger Wood and he only screwed 13 people. Imagine what you’ll get, now that you’ve been found out to have screwed millions for hundreds of years. Not even counting the last 13_ now 14 years. The mistakes you’ve made. Bullying young Tulkus and poisoning my Master. Not including that nasty little knife job you did on your own lamas and then tried to have Bob Thurman blame it on us.What a low blow, especially from a Columbia man. Old Bob Thurman gave a great forensic on the victim. Like he knew the ritual in which it was done. By none other than the TGIE to shift some blame the old fashion way, on Dorje Shugden.
    Well those days are gone and we have powerful friends that could make mince meat of you anytime.
    Better behave yourself, they put any aged person on trial these days for breaking the law and even killing.

    We Accept your Challenge and you Will Be Bested by the Best. So long!

    … without falling into the trap of deception and finance, and in keeping with freedom and Buddha’s intention” and don’t forget to include your bank account numbers.

  • Thomas Canada

    We must forgive this Geshe Tashi Tsethar. He is unexposed and uneducated beyond his buddhist training. Being educated does not mean you have a wide, open, exposed view of the world. At the same time he desperately wants to get into the Dalai Lama’s good books. His attempt to 5 mins of claim to fame within the Tibetan exile communities. May Geshe have happiness, correct view and peace. May he put his buddhist learning into solitary retreats ending in realizations.

    1. Can such a letter take weight in any democratic country such as US, UK, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, France, etc?

    2. What democratic country in the world TODAY would tolerate ostracizing a group because of their religious beliefs?

    3. What leader in the democratic countries today can openly say to avoid and not have any spiritual/material connections with a group of people because of their relgious beliefs?

    4. What democratic govt or it’s ppl would OFFICIALLY ban a type of worship of any god, deity or divine being?

    5. In democratic countries, if you wish, you may worship satan. The govt must provide satan worshippers with full rights as with any other citizens of their country.

    6. In Majority Catholic Italy, there are jews, muslims, buddhists, sikhs, hindus also. But the minorities religions have not federal or state bans/rules/ostracization against them. The pope and the prime minister of Italy couldn’t speak against other minority religions or practices.

    7. The many Tibetans go along with what the Dalai lama says because they are not exposed to the outside world, democracy or freedom. If you don’t fall in line with the Dalai Lama, you are a traitor

    and branded a Chinese spy instantly. That would mean further ostracization from the Tibetan Communities and it would be taboo or traitorous to associate with you.

    8. The Dalai Lama should not ostracize or speak out against any religious practice within Tibet and outside. Muslims, jews, christians, hindus, satanists all can join in his talks, ceremonies, initiations

    if they wish. They are not in alignment with his thought at all. I would say that Dorje Shugden ppl are not in alignment with his thought on one issue only. So Why are they not given the same rights as other exiled Tibetans.

    9. If the Dalai Lama wants to bring peace, closure and autonomy for Tibet, he must go to Beijing, and make friends with the Chinese Govt before it is too late. After all, he is in his seventies already. Branding Tibetans to be on Chinese payroll, but at the same time calling the chinese his sisters/brothers does not make sense.

    10. Dorje shugden worshippers just like any other citizens of this planet do not deserve to be biased or sidelined due to their religious beliefs in today’s 21st century modern world of science and
    ‘enlightenment’

  • Thomas Canada

    It’s amazing! He really does sound like someone who brutalized and monopolized Tibetan Serfs for hundreds of years. A brief explanation for stomping all over others people rights as though he thought he was a God King or something! Who does he think he is to issue these proclamation as though they are suppose to mean something. How many real Tibetans laugh from China at this santimonious fool. By what right does he victimize other people as though he was a Mafioso strong arming store clerks for protection against the police or another ethnic neighborhood bully.

    Even Gere is reverting back to the begining of his career, playing the tough guy, who beats up perverts as a professional obligation. A Vigilante-Cop,or a scruffty beaten down free lance reporter who has see to much and justifies doing anything that comes into that little gerbel tiffany mind of his.
    Just smile and look blissed while you betray your country’ principles by supporting this Old Institutional Theocratic Serf Master.
    Poor Richard and he a German Jew, One would invoke compassion, instead of turning a blind eye. Next he’ll be playing a Tibetan Insurgent lost somewhere between 1938 ‘Lost Horizons’ of the Highlands in Tibet and 1959 fighting the PRC. Indiana Jones move over.

    “I will give brief explanation on the reason ‘WHY [YOU] ARE NOT ALLOWED’ to share religious and material relation with Dholgyal or Shugden worshippers.”

  • Thomas Canada

    But since leaving Tibet, the current Dalai Lama has sought to speak for all Tibetans and particularly all overseas Tibetans.
    Because that’s where the money is,in the West, for him anyway!
    Of course his money machine is dwarfed by the Pool the Panchen Lama can call upon anytime he divines is the right time to reclarify the actual relationship between the Superior Spiritual Heiarchal Masters being the Panchen Lama is the Dalia Master and Tomo Geshe is above both of them in this triad of traditional Masters.
    As I understand it and viewed the explanation given by Bob Thurman,Tibet House,1991 Sacred Treasures of Tibet,page 201?. Wherein Bob describes a deep blood red Lama Robe upon which is painted in an untraditional asymetrical fashion that depicts three lama, poised in position, with whom we now know as the Panchen Lama, who sits above the soon to be assasinated Lama,Dragpa Gyaltshen. Sitting below him, is the soon to be Dalia Lama, after he removed his perceived competition, Dragpa Gyaltshen and we now know as Dorje Shugden.
    Radiant truth will fill in the gap and soon in the Master’s Manifestation will leave no room for doubt as to the Immensity Of Love Within Each One Of Us Will Shine With The Intensity of a Billion Lazer Lights

  • Thomas Canada

    Dharmakara
    I’m posting the most recent orders from the Delhi High Court at Thom’s request, with the original database files available here:

    http://courtnic.nic.in/dhcor der/dhccontent.asp

    Although the order cites the issuance of ID cards, it appears that the court has applied the legal precedent of “corporate sole” in regard to the use of monastic property. This is not unusual, especially considering the influence of British law on India’s judicial process and application. You can read more about corporate sole here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /Corporation_sole

    As for the claim that respondents do not follow the policy of discrimination and all facilities are being extended to the Dorje Shugden sect and only monastic reference is denied, there is enough documentation showing that this is not the case.

    In January of 1998, Tashi Wangdu, president of the Tibetan Regional Council, stated “There are governmental and non-governmental gods. To worship gods that are not recognized by our government is against the law” — this is contrary to the constituion of India, which guarantees the right of religious freedom.

    Later, in August of 1998, the resolutions passed by the United Cholsum Organization (UCO) included the following, again contrary to the constitution of India:

    “To make it impossible for those who are engaged in undermining the prestige of H.H. the Dalai Lama and our government to get access to ‘Clearance for Foreign Travel’, admission into schools, old-age benefits, child support system and aid for the destitute, we will urge that these people are not put on a par with other Tibetans. They should be subjected to scrutiny in the local Tibetan enclaves. It should also be checked whether these people have membership card of their respective provinces. In short, we will urge [the exile Tibetan Government] not to disappoint the general Tibetan public [by treating those who worship Dorjee Shugden against the ban imposed by H.H. the Dalai Lama on a par with other Tibetans]. Likewise, the local Tibetan Freedom Movement offices should check whether or not any Tibetan applying for or updating the green book [without which no Tibetan is eligible for any Tibetan exile government benefit programs or foreign aid channelled through the Tibetan exile government] has a valid membership card of his on her local [birth] province issued by the local UCO branch.”

    By no means a legal expert, it appears that they have quite a bit of explaining to do in regard to this because the court doesn’t need to rely on statements by Shugden devotees… the above citations actually come from the Phayul site itself.

  • Thomas Canada

    Shar Gaden Monastery (India)
    Advice bestowed on short and long term welfare all the assembled Sangha members and quests at the inauguration ceremony by Dharmapala Shugden in both his peaceful and fierce forms, October 2009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=GqZUoiJvNrI

    ཕྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༠༩ ཕྱི་ཟླ་ ༡༠ ཚེས་ ༣༠ ཉིན་འབྲེལ་ཡོད་ཁག་ཡོངས་འཛོགས་ ཐོག་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་ཆེན་པོ་རྡོ་རྗེ ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་སྐུ་ཞི་དྲག་གི་སྐུ་ གསོལ་སྤྱིན་འདྲེན་གྱིས་སྤྱི་ས ྒེར་ཡོངས་ལ་འདི་ཕྱིའི་བླང་དོར ་བཀའ་སློབ་བསྩལ་བའི་སྐོར།

  • Thomas Canada

    There are many well-known examples of the Founders urging toleration about religious diversity. They argued for government restraint so that religion may thrive, particularly James Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments and Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia and letter to the Danbury Baptist Association. These are worthy essays which we should contemplate and debate. Besides these luminaries, there are many other important voices in the chorus of early Americans calling for religious freedom.

    One influential member of this chorus is the New England preacher Elisha Williams. He is not nearly as well-known as he should be. Williams’ crucial sermon in 1744, called the Essential Rights and Liberties of Protestants, challenged a 1742 Connecticut statute that prohibited ministers from speaking outside of their own parishes. The statute was an attempt by the government to mute effects of the Great Awakening (by containing the rabble-rousing enthusiasts!) and to shore up the authority of the well-established Congregationalist churches.
    Williams committed powerful words to paper, eloquently framing John Locke’s theory of civil government and ideas of toleration and individual dignity for the American colonies, while arguing against any government encroachment into the human quest for religious meaning. The growing seeds of discontentment with English control over the colonies can be found in the sermon. Williams’ sermon is considered widely influential on his contemporaries and served as a model for later political writings and sermons that called directly for open rebellion against the tyrannical, arbitrary, and unjust actions of the British King.
    Williams’ most immediate concern was the unjust insertion of the civil government into the private religious affairs of citizens and their church communities. His argument assumed Locke’s theory of the natural and inalienable rights of the human, and put forth the idea that the human conscience is free and cannot be subjected to rule by another, especially in matters of religion:
    “Every man has an equal right to follow the dictates of his own conscience in the affairs of religion. Every one is under an indispensable obligation to search the scripture for himself (which contains the whole of it) and to make the best use of it he can for his own information in the will of God, the nature and duties of Christianity. And as every Christian is so bound; so he has an unalienable right to judge of the sense and meaning of it, and to follow his judgment wherever it leads him; even an equal right with any rulers be they civil or ecclesiastical. This I say, I take to be an original right of the humane nature, and so far from being given up by the individuals of a community that it cannot be given up by them if they should be so weak as to offer it.”
    For Williams, the free conscience, guided by one’s own reason and intuition, prayerfully searches the scriptures and encounters God in a manner unfettered by the rules imposed by external authorities. For Christians in early America, this meant that their individual encounter with the sacred scriptures was the sole “rule of faith and practice to a Christian.” For Williams, faith can only lead to salvation if “every Christian has a right of judging for himself what he is to believe and practice in religion according to that rule.”
    Practically, this means that the “the civil authority hath no power to make or ordain articles of faith, creeds, forms of worship or church government…[which] can have no power to decree any articles of faith.” If faith is the free movement of the will opening itself and being drawn back to God, through God’s love and mercy, then Williams thought the civil government cannot accomplish anything in this salvation process.
    The movement of faith–the conscience being reshaped by God’s love–is “perfectly inconsistent with any power in the civil magistrate to make any penal laws in matters of religion.” Williams argues that if faith is to work properly, it must be unfettered by the crude instruments of the civil law trying to force the conscience. If only God can save us, then only God can judge our religious lives. Individuals must have the civil right to make the wrong interpretations of scripture and lead the wrong kinds of religious lives. By Williams’ reasoning, illogical doctrines and bad interpretations may be a spiritual fault, but they should not make us legally liable.
    Williams believed there were great spiritual dangers for the civil ruler, and for the worshipper, if the government attempted to control the worship rituals and dictates of conscience: “if our consciences are under the direction of any humane authority as to religious matters; they cease to be under the direction of Christ.” Under this premise, a civil ruler would not only muck up religion if they attempted to control it but, worse, they would usurp the proper role filled exclusively by God. The civil ruler is arrogantly sinful to think that God needs their help in bringing about the soul’s salvation. And, to think that they know how to help increase the faithful flock by using the civil law is to stupidly misunderstand the process of faith.
    Thus for Williams, the separation between religious life and the civil government protects religion from the blunt instruments and arrogance by civil rulers, as well as creates a space for God to work salvation upon the people, unfettered by manipulation of political designs.
    That religion flourishes when left alone by governmental control is a widely-shared idea among the colonists, Founders, and by many others throughout our political and religious history. If religious freedom is to matter–and if we are to fulfill our religious aspirations and callings–then we must be able to do so without the interference of others.

  • Thomas Canada

    Maybe if the Dalia practiced what he preached, his bad karma for intentionally and knowingly enslaving millions of Tibetans as little more than chattel. More precisely he caused them to be backwards and ignorant of their actual Rights as Human Beings until the PRC liberated the Serfs and is making them feel human again,not speaking tools for this mAsadman’s delight. Ever wonder why he giggles and chortels to himself? Just counting up the Suckers to suck on their bank accounts. Just a taste and then a little more of his nonsensical advice and pretending to be some sort of Savior or Christ. As though he actually had the power to help anyone but himself is no mystery.As he post his own version of world events make it seem just like home in Germany in 1942. When he had the actual SS forming a Battalion of Nazis to attack the Allies in India.
    “Today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community in exile ask for the freedom to practice and preserve their culture. Governments of the region and of the world should press the government of China to have constructive dialogue with representatives of the Tibetan people. His Holiness proposes the most basic and essential of steps that do nothing more than demonstrate respect and compassion for Tibetans: Tibet should be a zone of peace, free of nuclear weapons, where fundamental human rights and democratic freedoms are honored and the natural environment is restored and protected. There is no reason that the governments of China and leaders all over the world who support the Tibetans should not work together to listen and respond to the voice of the Tibetan people by engaging in sincere negotiations on the future status of Tibet and of relations between the Tibetan and Chinese people.”
    Hypocrisy reigns in Dharmasala. Whatever will people do when there is no more news to create about his lies and deceits?

  • Thomas Canada

    Top official: statement stamps Dalai Lama a liar10:46, December 18, 2009

    Zhu Weiqun, vice minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the CPC Central Committee. (China Tibet Information Center Photo)

    In an exclusive interview with the China Tibet Information Center (eng.tibet.cn) on December 17, Zhu Weiqun, vice minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the CPC Central Committee, said the recent statement of Lodi Gyari, special envoy of the Dalai Lama on December 12 just stamped Dalai Lama a liar. The whole interview as follows:

    Reporter: When receiving our interview on December 8, you dismissed recent remarks by the Dalai Lama and claimed it was impossible for you to say something like “the Dalai Lama has stopped separatist activities.” That interview has drawn wide attention from home and abroad. According to reports of some foreign media, Lodi Gyari, special envoy of the Dalai Lama made a statement on December 10 to defend for Dalai Lama. What is your point?

    Zhu Weiqun: I had made perfect sense on the sequence of events in last interview on December 8 and did not want to say more at first. But the statement of Mr.Lodi Gyari made me feel I have to say something for Mr. Gyari’s endeavor.

    In that statement, Mr.Lodi Gyari expressed “the timing and content of this interview are perplexing” in the first stance followed by a censure of “cautioning us from negotiating through the media” which indicated it was me brought things up. Evidently, Mr. Lodi Gyari “forgot” one thing- that interview started from a speech of Dalai Lama delivered during his visit to Sydney on December 2, in which he declared, during the fifth-round of talks in 2006, ‘officials from the UFWD had told his representative, Lodi Gyari, that they knew the Dalai Lama hadn’t sought an independent Tibet.’ So, the discussion of Dalai Lama’s lie was provoked by Dalai Lama himself. In Mr. Gyari’s mind, Dalai Lama is entitled to start a rumor at will, while, other people have no right to clarify it. It is “perplexing”.

    Reporters: Mr. Gyari citied the Tibetan transcript from recording of the fifth-round of talks in his statement. Do you think this can provide grounds for the speech of Dalai Lama?

    Zhu Weiqun: As of this point, I would prefer to refer to some sentences of the original recordings of the talks “Dalai Lama should make further re-examination of his basic political position and give a credible explanation to the central government. Mr. Lodi Gyari said Dalai Lama had reiterated his position of not seeking Tibet independence and resolving the problem on the basis of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China. What he said was good, but still far from enough. What’s the meaning of it? That should be explicitly explained. Till now, Dalai Lama’s explanations of ‘middle way’ are still “Five Point Peace Plan” and “Seven New Proposals” and in the beginning of this year, Samdong Rinpoche told overseas Tibetans “‘Five Point Peace Plan’ raised by his Holiness Dalai Lama in 1987 and the ‘Seven New Proposals’ put forward in Strasbourg in 1988 are our programmatic political guide.” I summed up the meaning of ‘Middle Way’ from the “Five Point Peace Plan” and “Seven New Proposals” into five points. Firstly, sticking to Tibet is not a part of China, but an occupied country; Secondly, the existing social and political systems in Tibet shall be replaced with new ones according to Dalai Lama’s idea; Thirdly, in fact, persisting on the never-existed and will-never-happen ‘greater Tibetan areas’ aims to expand future regional power in Tibet, the designed power of your side to Tibetan-inhabited areas in Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu, Yunnan Provinces; Fourthly, demanding for the withdrawal of the military in “greater Tibet areas” and turn it into so-called ‘international peace zone’; Fifthly, remove all the Han people out of the ‘greater Tibetan areas’. These five points all oppose the Chinese constitution and the Law on Regional National Autonomy. So, it is not enough to say it is under the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and the basic issue is Dalai Lama shall thorough rethink the contents of ‘middle way’. While in the statement,Mr. Lodi Gyari only picked a sentence: “It is a welcome news that (the Dalai Lama) is showing a gesture by saying that he wanted to resolve the problem on the basis of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China.” Therefrom, we can make out: firstly, even from the Tibetan transcript of Mr. Gyari, we can not get my words “the Dalai Lama has stopped separatist activities” or words with that meaning. Secondly, I criticized ‘middle way’ for its five points against the Chinese constitution and the Law on Regional National Autonomy with long sentences after that and Mr. Gyari did not cite it purposely.

    Therefore, the statement of Mr. Lodi Gyari can not clarify ‘his holiness’, contrarily, it stamps Dalai Lama a liar and our criticism is well-founded.

    Reporter: I have taken note of in Mr. Gyari’s statement that he hasn’t mentioned the fact that you have face to face asked him for many times to clarify the facts.

    Zhu Weiqun: Yes. I have mentioned in last interview: Shortly after the Dalai Lama invented a story about my words last April 12 in Seattle, I asked Mr. Gyari to get the facts clear in our two dialogues respectively in Shenzhen last May 4 and Beijing on July 2, 2008. Especially on July 2, I was really severe and declared to reserve the rights for refuting slanders. Mr. Gyari also said for many times that there were some misunderstandings for their report to the Dalai Lama and he would clear the air to the Dalai and “the Dalai Lama wouldn’t say words like that in the future”. But this time, in his statement, Mr. Gyari held his tongue about what I have taken up with him and he talked as if nothing had happened! What does this tell us?—This tells us that Mr. Gyari admits in silence that what Zhu Weiqun said is the truth!

    But here comes another more serious problem: Whether Mr. Gyari has reported such important information to the Dalai Lama? After all, it is Mr. Gyari cutting off news to bring on Dalai Lama putting his foot in his mouth in public occasions or it is the Dalai Lama who obviously knew about the facts insisting bringing up a lie on purpose.

    Reporter: The statement by Lodi Gyari also mentioned that they once “stated the willingness of H.H. the Dalai Lama to address all these concerns in a statement” and they also “presented a Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People”, but outright rejected by the representative of the Central Government, is that true?

    Zhu Weiqun: Mr. Gyari just tries to steer the topic and distract people’s attention away from the embarrassing issue “whether the Dalai Lama lies or not”. Since we are on the subject, I want to show clearly that what Mr. Gyari mentioned in these two sentences has somewhat reflected the true fact. The Chinese government’s policy on the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent. And comparing with other people, Mr. Gyari is much clearer about the policy. If Mr. Gyari still wants to deceive the central government by those ideas such as “half-independence” or “covert independence”, the result will be no different.

  • Thomas Canada

    Now what? He’s threatened us all again and he has not been invited to the White House.
    I suspect DL is pouting. Of course he has never heard that Santa Claus takes notice of who has been naughty and nice? Well we have and I send a FEDEX package to them with a Bag Of Coal.Because I know he has been naughty,not nice.

  • Thomas Canada

    Sad Desperation To Keep the Refugees In The Dark By TYC/TGIE

    Panelists expect India to become more vocal on Tibet
    Phayul – December 20, 2009 20:53
    By Phurbu Thinley

    Dharamsala, December 20: Speakers on a panel discussion on “Future of Tibet in the Emerging World” here today suggested India to be diplomatically more vocal on the issue of Tibet, saying a free Tibet alone is in the best interest of India.

    Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, presided over as the Chief speaker of the panel discussion that was jointly organised by United Nations Policy-making and Management Institute, Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre (TPPRC) and Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch (BTSM), an Indian Tibet support group.

    Other key speakers included Dr Chaman Lal Gupta, Chairman of the Himachal Pradesh State Education Board; Dr Kuldip Chand Agnihotri, National President of BTSM; Dolma Gyari, Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile; Professor Swami Buddhanand and Dr Narindar Awasthi, Principal Government College, Dharamsala. The talk was attended by, among others, officials from the Tibetan exile government, local Indian dignitaries and representatives from Tibetan NGOs.

    Calling Tibet an occupied country under Chinese rule, Prof. Buddhanand, in his introductory talk, said China solely relies on force to suppress Tibetan people’s non-violent struggle for justice.

    “Tibet issue is not solved because one side (China) is using force and the other (Tibetan) side is seeking justice,” he said.

    “The only way to solve problem is to come to a negotiating table… But China is using force to suppress Tibetan people’s voice,” he adds.

    According to him, the use of force by China is not sufficient enough to decide the fate of Tibet and its people. “In the long run, the need for justice alone will decide and shape the destiny of Tibet,” he said.

    For Dr Gupta, also a BJP legislator, a free Tibet is in India’s national interest and the only way to provide genuine border security and stability in India. “Threat in Tibet is a threat to India,” he said.

    “When we talk about the future of Tibet, we are also talking about the future of India at the same time,” Gupta said.

    He insisted India should stop thinking about appeasing China and ignoring the Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama and Tibet issue will pave a way for a lasting peace in India.

    “Without freeing Tibet there never will be real peace in India. History is a witness that China has always been an aggressive imperialist nation,” he said.

    Dr Agnihotri, on the other hand, says Ahimsa is the biggest strength of Tibetan people in their struggle for truth and freedom, and cautions Tibetans from losing patience in the face of provocation from China. According to him, Tibetan people’s non-violent resistance is the biggest threat to China, despite all its power.

    “Even after 60 years China has no confidence about its rule over Tibet. This is one reason why China keeps asserting to the outside world saying ‘Tibet is a Part of China’ and wants world leaders to publicly state the same even after all these years,” he said.

    To India, Dr Agnihotri, a longtime advocate of Tibetan freedom, suggested to be diplomatically more vocal on Tibet.

    “India should also be able to tell Chinese leaders not to visit the disputed land of Tibet,” he said drawing attention to recent Chinese objections to Indian leaders on their visit to the Northeast Indian state of Arunchal Pradesh.

    “China forcefully claims its control over Tibet, but Tibetans know that it was an independent country. So to the outside world Tibet is still a deputed land,” he said. “When China can call Arunchal Pradesh a disputed territory and asks Indian leaders not to visit there, India must also be diplomatically ready to tell Chinese leaders not to visit the disputed land of Tibet until Tibet issue is resolved amicably,” Agnihotri said.

    In his key note address, Prof. Rinpoche said that India has maintained a consistent stance on Tibet over the years. “Government of India has never stated that Tibet is a part of China so far,” the Tibetan Prime Minister said.

    “In the past it said that Tibet is an autonomous region of China, in another term, it said Tibet is an autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China. The latest one, stated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee (former Indian prime minister) during his visit to China was that ‘Tibetan Autonomous Region is a territorial part of the People’s Republic of China’. And the Indian government still treads on the same stated position on Tibet,” Rinpoche said.

    So all these expressions, Rinpoche said, should be read in entirety, and not in parts.

    “Even President Obama during his visit to China last month said that US is recognizing ‘Tibet as a part of the People’s Republic of China’, but he did not say part of China,” Rinpoche said.

    Rinpoche said that in the present context it was wrong to construe “People’s Republic of China” and “China” as being one and the same thing, both from the political and diplomatic point of view.

  • Thomas Canada

    “Even President Obama during his visit to China last month said that US is recognizing ‘Tibet as a part of the People’s Republic of China’, but he did not say part of China,” Samdung said. ???

  • Thomas Canada

    “Even President Obama during his visit to China last month said that US is recognizing ‘Tibet as a part of the People’s Republic of China’, but he did not say part of China,” Samdung said”

    Really pathetic that Samdung cannot differentiate between nations known as USA or People’s Republic of China is somehow different than China or the United States Of America.Who is he really trying to deceive? No wonder the TGIE never get anywhere with anything, except stealing money for Buddha’s Teaching for which DL charges alot, alot more than anyone else in recorded history.

  • Thomas Canada

    I do not believe the title Dalia Lama was even invented during the time of the 3rd and 4th. As I recall it was a title bestowed by the Mongolians after they did the doubtful’s fifth’s dirty work and slaughted his competition.
    The God King came with the 5th ascension to complete and total control over the Tibetan War Lords.
    The installment of the fifth consolidated all power to himself, temporal and otherwise. Why else would so many Dalia have been assassinated during the 19th century. They were as much a pain then this one is now.
    I no longer have the book published by Tromo Geshe Rinpoche’s NY branch of the Tibet House, entitled ‘Sacred Treasures Of Tibet’. Where there is a painting on the robe of a monk depicting the soon to be Panchen Lama, the soon to assasinated Dragpa Gyalthshen and of course the 25 year old Onion man, the Fifth Dalia Lama, who plowed the fields until he was finally recognized, untrained and jealous of the Wisdom Buddha, Dragpa Gyaltshen, the fifth killed the Wisdom Buddha. The tangka is not symetrically represented, as the High Teacher, Panchen Lama sits above Tulku Dragpa Gyaltshen,who sits above the jealous fifth. Bob Thurman mentioned the Lama died under mysterious circumstances. It was this painting that rang the final bell and nailed the coffin for me that this Dalia Lama is no lama. I wept uncontrollably for 12 hours and here I am today with all intent and conviction to reveal this Charlatan for what is is, a reincarnate War Lord.
    I have no misconceptions that he holds a higher more altruistic motivation. Even if he represent the Lower realm Buddha in charge of police, sanitation, taxes and the like means nothing to me anyway.
    Take the King out of the equation and then I think Dalia is reasonable even if somewhat tarnished.
    It only took a act of the Mongolian Communist Party to make it illegal for the Bodgkhaan to reincarnate in 1927. His incarnation is there without the political entitlement. I believe they are attempting some sort of DNA trace to find any remmants of the Bod family having survived the purge of the Communist Party?
    If the TGIE had any sense they would do the same and sue the Dalia Lama for incarcerating millions of people over hundreds of years as mere Serfs. The Buck stop with the God King, no other allowed this terror to continue until they the Chinese threw his Holiness out the door.
    What was made largely by our Western guillibility can be unmade the same way. One photo opt at a time. His files with the CIA say it all and there is no better nation over another in any of this Cold War eara stuff. We cannot continue to be brainwashed about one political system being better or the methodology that brought them to their current status as Nations. It is what is and we have no time to pull our environment together. This to me means forget the past and anyone who is not part of the solution is part of the problem, as is this Dalia Lama. The West and China must become as one and deniers only cost valuable time. Obama did not meet the Lama and I doubt he will do so, if ever. This battle we face was not just started in 1996, we’ve been at this for a long, long time. As I see it, the Norbu boys just got back here a little sooner than most of us. So they had the advantage. Not an longer, we all wised up and try to keep our vows in an untenable situation. Anyone who denies the power of the Panchen Lama part yet to be played are not paying attention.
    All the Great Masters are lining up to empower beyond our imagining and I will be old by then, but who cares. We will have set the stage and defended Our Master’s Lineage.China will as they say embrace Mahayanna Buddhism and Protect the Lineage Masters, as they do now.
    There are no real political boundaries. Have you seen Ganchen Lama in Beijing, his photos show up everywhere in China. I wonder what he is doing over there in China?

  • Johnson

    Gangchen Lama is one of the greatest Lamas in recent time.
    Gangchen Lama and the monster monk studied under the same teacher, Gangchen Lama is strictly following his vows as a monk, the other one is not.
    Gangchen Lama teach and study what he received from his teacher, therefore the lineage continues with empowerment. Other one is only studying and teach whatever he wants, regardless what he received from his teacher; therefore the lineage from his teacher is broken and no lineage empowerment at all.
    Gangchen Lama neither hate the monster monk nor the Chinese government, his aim is to help all sentient beings in the world, he is a great monk, if I have a chance I want to meet him.
    Gangchen Lama is the real monk, politics has nothing to do with him; monster monk is doing exactly the opposite—Do you think the monster monk is a real monk?

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