by Robert Wilkinson
From news sources we find that China is "tightening security" in Tibet to muzzle free speech and gatherings marking the 50th anniversary of the original resistance to the brutal Chinese invasion that forced the Dalai Lama to flee Tibet. His Holiness has made some very frank remarks lately, given his compassion and restraint over the decades. It seems that he really is annoyed, (even if it is an impermanent condition.)
By Matthias Williams of Reuters, via the UK Independent, comes the headline "Dalai Lama says Tibet 'hell on earth' under China." That's a pretty strong statement made in public to over 10,000 Tibetans around the world.
From the story:
Speaking before some 10,000 Tibetans from around the world, the 73-year-old slammed China for bringing 'untold suffering and destruction' during a series of repressive and violent campaigns in Tibet since 1959.
'These thrust Tibetans into such depths of suffering and hardship that they literally experienced hell on earth,' he said from the main Buddhist temple in Dharamsala...
'The immediate result of these campaigns was the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Tibetans.'
As could be expected at such a time, the riot police and surveillance crews are out in abundant force. And yet, in a curious turn it seems like there is more support for Tibet in China than we have considered up to now. Beijing may not be as monolithically nonspiritual as we believe.
The article continues with His Holiness stating:
'More and more Chinese (are) now starting to acknowledge there is problem there," he said. 'In fact, quite a number of Chinese high officials, (their) family members (are) showing interest in Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism.'
Which is great news, since the more that meditate on the cessation of suffering in the place where suffering is being generated, the more the tendency to diminish those violent sources of suffering is furthered. Still, His Holiness went on to assert what most of us already know:
The Dalai Lama mourned what he called the suffering and destruction wrought by Chinese Communist policies and campaigns.
Many were seen crying with folded hands as he said: 'Even today, Tibetans in Tibet live in constant fear.
'Today, the religion, culture, language and identity, which successive generations of Tibetans have considered more precious than their lives, are nearing extinction. In short, the Tibetan people are regarded like criminals deserving to be put to death.'
Shortly after the speech, thousands of Tibetans, many among them children, marched through the narrow streets of Dharamsala carrying 'Free Tibet' posters and protesting against a Chinese security clampdown in Tibet.
I believe that the global witnessing of the travesty of Beijing eroding Tibetan autonomy and culture will eventually yield results after all the present authoritarian models crash under their own weight in the years to come. May all Sentient Beings have happiness, may all Sentient Beings have blessings, and may all Sentient Beings have an end to suffering."There is one thing we can all agree on. More suffering is bad. Less suffering is good." -- H.H. Dalai Lama
If you want to read the entire piece, please go to the original story here.
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson