Sunday, February 12, 2012















Tenzin Choedron






3 comments:

altadenahiker said...

And...what are your thoughts?

bandit said...

Boy . . . I first took notice in 2008, with a news story of the Dalai Lama relinquishing any national political leadership over Tibet. Of course, the Chinese claim his intent is to take control of politics and power. I tend to believe the Dalai Lama, especially in view of China's attempts to discredit the Buddhist "movement", at one point actually having hundreds of soldiers pose, disguised in saffron robes, as an extremist faction of monks so they might blame them of inciting riots and thus incur subsequent crackdowns and deprivations of freedom on the Tibetan populace, practices that have gone on since 1949 which include imprisonment, torture, and suspected "insurgents" literally disappearing in detention. All this, in order to proceed with a Chinese gentrification of the country so they might exploit Tibet's natural resources and geography, at the same time destroying Tibetan culture and religion so as to wipe out any honest dissent.

I don't know what made me focus on this subject so intently - I had an intuitive sense that something was going to happen. And now, that sense has revealed the current practice of protestors literally dying fot their cause, setting themselves on fire for what they believe in . . .

I look into this young girl's eyes, that sweetness and light, the innate strength that so many young people exude - for a time, I was simply left speechless. Some other blogs recently mentioned the arrest of a suspect Tibetan poet, taking up a cause, of sorts, at the same time entirely missing the point that the practice of self-immolation is on the rise. At the same time, people are dying, yet we almost never hear about it on the news. Are we that beholding to China that we dare not expose what is going on?

altadenahiker said...

"Ici repose un géant endormi, laissez le dormir, car quand il s'éveillera, il étonnera le monde." Napoleon, on China