Dalai Lama Hits Out
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Dalai Lama Hits Out

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The Dalai Lama has outlined a timeframe for deciding whether to continue the institution of the Dalai Lama, but has said that China should have no say in who succeeds him if it does continue.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, aged 76, said that he would make the decision when he is ‘about 90.’

‘When I am about ninety I will consult the high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not,’ he said in a statement posted on his website today.

‘(R)eincarnation is a phenomenon which should take place either through the voluntary choice of the concerned person or at least on the strength of his or her karma, merit and prayers. Therefore, the person who reincarnates has sole legitimate authority over where and how he or she takes rebirth and how that reincarnation is to be recognized. It is a reality that no one else can force the person concerned, or manipulate him or her. It is particularly inappropriate for Chinese communists, who explicitly reject even the idea of past and future lives, let alone the concept of reincarnate Tulkus, to meddle in the system of reincarnation and especially the reincarnations of the Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas.’

The Dalai Lama and his followers fled China in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese Communist rule in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. The movement is now based in Dharamsala in India, but has been a regular thorn in the side of China, which has consistently suggested he is a separatist troublemaker.

Indeed, China has frequently been keen to punish countries that are seen to be encouraging his movement. In 2008, for example, the annual China-EU talks shelved for the first time in 11 years after French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with him.

More specifically, there’s also a financial cost for meeting the Dalai Lama, at least according to a recent study published by the Social Science Research Network. According to the authors, both from the University of Goettingen in Germany, ‘Our empirical results support the idea that countries officially receiving the Dalai Lama at the highest political level are punished through a reduction of their exports to China.’

Using data from the United Nations and World Bank, the authors found ‘official’ meetings between the Dalai Lama and the leadership of a country resulted in a cut in exports to China from that country of an average of 8.1 percent. This effect, the authors said, lasts about two years.

In his statement, the Dalai Lama made abundantly clear he is unhappy with any such meddling by China.

‘Today, the authoritarian rulers of the People’s Republic of China, who as communists reject religion, but still involve themselves in religious affairs, have imposed a so-called re-education campaign and declared the so-called Order No. Five, concerning the control and recognition of reincarnations, which came into force on 1st September 2007, he said. ‘This is outrageous and disgraceful. The enforcement of various inappropriate methods for recognizing reincarnations to eradicate our unique Tibetan cultural traditions is doing damage that will be difficult to repair.’

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M.B. Crunch
October 17, 2011 at 00:49

Just like Hitler tried to “integrate” europe. Through force.

China is abusing it’s military power and this makes it no different from the colonialists. Just because the tibetians are also asian does not mean that it isnt colonialism.

a_canadian_observer
October 2, 2011 at 12:20

@Shafqat Salahuddin: Wow, you’ve amazed me with your insight to the highly secret intelligence information :)
Becareful what you wish for… look at how your Muslims are facing in Xinjiang.

Shafqat Salahuddin
October 2, 2011 at 05:26

Dalai Lama is now working for R.A.W & the U.S C.I.A It should be noted that Tibet Scouts a military outfit of the Indian Army 30,000 strong are Equipped & paid by the C.I.A from 1962 Americans have a very important listening base around Kargil in the 14Th/15 corps area . America has provided 145 light M-777 howitzer,s to india These Guns have a duel purpose to attack Pakistan & to defend itself Against the P.L.A.they are meant for the 14th corps against Pakistan Siachin sector in Vicinity of China.Indian built up in this area is against China but the offence role of these Corps is the Pakistani Kashmir sector.C.I.A & RAW are training North Turkamanastani terrorists in their camps in Afghanistan.Pakistan has tried to curb these out fits with some success but being in the N.A.T.O American Area they have secure basis .Until C.I.A is not controlled & Raw Purged from Afghanistan China has to face this threat.

John Chan
October 1, 2011 at 02:58

Protecting homeland even if a region is bad, it is a duty of its citizens, it is way more honourable than Canadian invaded a pristine place, destroyed its fragile tundra and poisoned the native’s ground drinking water with toxic sand oil tailing pond.

Cyrus
October 1, 2011 at 00:07

Surely you jest? Had you forgotten the Racial Riots in Malaysia and Singapore? That is one of the reason Singapore broke away from Malaysia.

a_canadian_observer
September 29, 2011 at 16:06

@MostJustWantPeace: I don’t want to comment on your first and second paragraphs as they don’t really address the Tibet nation per se.

There may be some truth to what you said about the Han migration to Tibet. However, if you cannot live in high altitude, do you think you can really last a few years there? Besides, china has a quiet cultural genocidal policy towards Tibet, and one of the way is to encourage/move Han people there, be it long or short term (I don’t even want to mention that Tibetan children being forced to learn chinese instead of Tibetan in school). I’m certain there a good/bad people everywhere, but citing 1 westerner’s site and judge the whole group is wrong. The same way, I’m not saying all china’s population is bad, but the CCP policy is unspeakable.

Finally, I just want to repeat my point: If the region is so bad, why did china invade and control it?

nirvana
September 29, 2011 at 14:57

@MostJustWantPeace,
Khmer Rouge is different. You can read the story here: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=45828

Here is a concise digest:
-During his 1975-1979 rule Pol Pot had sought to replicate Mao Zedong’s agrarian utopia
-Although aware of the atrocities committed, Beijing sided with the Khmer Rouge.
-As the trial of Khmer Rouge’s chief investigator Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, China sought to downplay its role in supporting Pol Pot’s regime.
-According to Philip Short, after the Vietnamese invasion, Duch found shelter in China, working for Radio China International in Beijing.
-According to Lao Monghay, China had donated one billion US dollars to Democratic Kampuchea before 1979 and another billion dollars after 1979 in order to fight the Vietnamese invasion.
-During Mao’s rule China armed and trained rebel groups in almost every South-east Asian country,

Duch was not sentenced death penalty. The strange “special” tribunal that sent him to jail is a Cambodian tribunal “assited by the UN”. China was the only external country opposing in the UN, the creation of a fully independent International Court when it was proposed in 1999 (yes, 12 years ago !). China threatened to use its veto.

Unfortunately for the Nazy criminal, Hitler was already dead and the country he lead was defeated and broke.

nirvana
September 29, 2011 at 10:26

@John Chan,
I know you have been provided a database full, from Dr José Rizal to the 30 thousands pairs of shoes of Lady Marcos, to “drag” ANY national figure here. Things that you have threatened to do several times. But don’t do it here, unless of course there is a relation with the Dalai Lama.

Interestingly, the Dalai Lama and Mao have met. They had shared mutual respects and good relationships as leaders of their respective followers. A “saint” versus a “quasi-god”, if you listen to their respective, unconditional believers. Curiously, this relationship broke-up.
Now that Mao has been recognized officially to be wrong 30% of the time, it would be nice to know, from this official assessment whether his treatment of Tibet, during the infamous Great Leap Forward, was part of the right or the wrong.

a_canadian_observer
September 29, 2011 at 01:49

Correction: “I’ve noticed below…” should be “I’ve noticed above..” instead.

a_canadian_observer
September 29, 2011 at 01:47

@Oro Invictus: Thanks for your superb and humble writing, which doesn’t lack of truth and reason. I’ve noticed below that John Chan still tried to discredit/take a punch at you. Please ignore him as he’s run out of things to say. That’s just his usual concession speech. :).

MostJustWantPeace
September 29, 2011 at 01:38

@Nirvana

Lol – KR leaders defending themselves by blaming China. Ever heard of Adolf Eichmann? Guy was put on trial in Israel for Holocaust crimes – defended self by saying he did those things under orders of Hitler, but got convicted and hanged anyways.

Anyways, back on topic. The Khmer Rouge did not kill because China told them to even – they killed because Pol Pot, a charismatic sociopath (to paraphrase Criminal Minds), had this eccentric idea of taking Cambodia back to “Year 0″. To cite criminal minds, a killer told FBI agent David Rossi that he kills because he is genetically predisposed to, as evinced by his brother being a serial killer. Rossi response is as follows: “Killing someone or not killing someone is a choice. If those people die, it’s because you chose to make it happen.” Enough said.

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