DHARMSALA, India (AP) – The Dalai Lama threatened Tuesday to step down as leader of Tibet’s government-in-exile if violence committed by Tibetans in his homeland spirals out of control.
Demonstrations in Tibet turned increasingly violent last week, and the Dalai Lama, speaking to reporters, urged his countrymen to show restraint.
He said that “if things become out of control” his “only option is to completely resign.”
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Lhasa Faces a Deadline
|The Dalai Lama Responds
Holiness the Dalai Lama will not instruct his followers in Tibet to
stop the protests or to surrender to Chinese authorities.
|Behind the Turmoil in Tibet
may know the basic story — that Mao Zedong’s China invaded Tibet in
1950 and annexed it as part of China, and that the young Dalai Lama
fled Tibet in 1959 and has lived in exile since. After all this time,
why do the Tibetans continue to resist Chinese rule?
Imagine a committee of the Left parties … secretly meeting in Kolkata to select the reincarnation of the CPI-M leader.
After a couple of days, white smoke may appear above the building where they are meeting and a Vatican-style announcement made, Habemus Pappam (‘We have a new pope’ or, in this case, a new general secretary).
You may politely tell me: ‘Do not play an April fool joke on me.’
Unfortunately, it is not a joke. It has happened in China. The stage was set for the tragicomedy when, on July 13, the Communist government in Beijing decided to implement the ‘Measures on the Management of the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism.’ … The battle over the new Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th and current Dalai Lama, said: “If a woman reveals herself as more useful the lama could very well be reincarnated in this form.” The comment follows his surprising remarks last week that he might choose his successor before his death, or even hold a referendum on whether he should be reborn at all. …could be a woman…
In calling for a vote among traditional Tibetan Buddhist communities from the Himalayas to Mongolia, the Dalai Lama is challenging the dominance of communist governance over tens of millions of people and thousands of square miles of land within China. As well as Tibet, huge numbers of his followers are found in the provinces of Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Inner Mongolia.
The signs were everywhere. A regent saw three Tibetan alphabets floating in a turquoise lake; a small house with blue-tiled roof near a mountain with a monastery on top appeared in the dreams of a senior abbot; a huge star-shaped fungus began to grow on a pillar in the eastern side of the hall in the Potala Palace where the 13th Dalai Lama’s embalmed body was kept in lotus position; and one day the deceased monk’s head turned towards the east. All signs and dreams pointed towards a hamlet in the east.
Chasing the signs, cracking the dreams and rejecting potential candidates, when a party of Tibetan monks and officials, traveling in the disguise of traders, reached a door in a cluster of houses in eastern Tibet, a toddler welcomed them with a warm smile, identified the prayer beads, walking stick and reading glasses of the 13th, and pleaded with the group to take him to his palace in Lhasa.
…the Dalai Lama Foundation has listed the 1966 Land Rover once used as transportation for the holy figure on eBay. The sale of the completely restored vehicle will go 100% towards the organization and its cause.
Chris Megerian, The Emory Wheel: Your role as Dalai Lama has been very unique from all previous Dalai Lamas in your political nature. I was wondering how you saw the role of the Dalai Lama evolving in future generations.
DL: Future generations? Nobody knows. *laughs*
CM: Do you think it will remains as political a role as it has been recently?
DL: No, no, no. As early as 1969, I publicly made statement to whether the very institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not for the Tibetan people. Some people, you see, get the impression that the Dalai Lama institution is so important for Tibetan nation or Tibetan Buddhism. It’s wrong. Some occasions the Dalai Lama institution very strong. Some occasions, the Dalai Lama institution, it has ceased. But Tibetan spirituality, Buddhism, Tibetan nation will remain. So for my own case, ’til my death, I am fully committed to promotion of human value and promotion of religious harmony. After me, after my death, my responsibility now finished. *laughter*
So as a Buddhist, I believe, you see, the next sort of rebirth. I don’t know where rebirth comes, whether this planet, or some other planet more peaceful. More happier. *laughs* Next question. …
Washington – The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, political irritant to Beijing, is being honored in Washington this week as never before.
It’s not unusual that he will talk with President Bush in the White House residence. After all, he’s visited with Mr. Bush three times.
But on Oct. 18 congressional leaders will present him with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor lawmakers can award. And Bush will attend the ceremony – subtly raising the Dalai Lama’s status in terms of diplomatic protocol.
The importance of the move can be seen by the reaction of Chinese officials, who see Tibet as a renegade province. They’re furious.
After a 1995 visit, the Dalai Lama and actor Richard Gere, America’s celebrity Buddhist, stopped in [at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, in Atlanta, for soul food].
Mims recognized Gere. The Dalai Lama? Nope.
His crimson and saffron robes confused her when she saw him getting out of the car.
“I thought he was a lady Dalai Lama at first. Because somebody said the name Dolly, you know?”
“I didn’t know he was a big-time church man,” Mims said.
Gere and the bespectacled Dalai Lama strolled in, ate corn bread, vegetables, rolls and cheese grits.
“He loved it,” Mims remembered. “He blessed us and everything.”
Good thing, too. Because that same day, a Mary Mac’s employee wrecked his motorcycle. “He didn’t have a scratch on him,” said the suitably impressed Mims.
The Buddha preached: “Even if thieves carve you limb from limb with a double-handed saw, if you make your mind hostile you are not following my teaching.” The Dalai Lama says: “Hatred will not cease by hatred, but by love alone. This is the ancient law.”
Impossibly naive words. The only thing more naive is the assumption that the shock-and-awe business of high-strung 21st century reality (nukes, car bombs, arms sales, torture cells, spouse abuse, dog-fighting) is a worthy, practical solution for future human security.
Last weekend, the spiritual advisor to the Dalai Lama visited Florida, a state that does not lack for religious affiliations. It’s all here: from Promise Keepers in the Panhandle to voodoo in Little Haiti.
Ven Thupten Ngodup, considered to be an oracle, brought an environmental message with a certain urgency regarding climate change, according to Miami TV reporter Michele Guillen on the local CBS affiliate website.
The Dalai Lama’s Tibetan oracle advises us that humanity is at the verge: “It is what we call in our philosophy the time of the five degenerations. Outwardly you see that manifest in greed.”
“Tibetans rely on oracles for various reasons. The purpose of the oracles is not just to foretell the future. They are called upon as protectors and sometimes used as healers.”
The last bit spurred me to imagine what would happen if Ven Thupten Ngodup met with Florida’s protectors and healers of nature: the state bureaucrats who preside over the commodity essential to life: water.
Tibet’s living Buddhas have been banned from reincarnation without permission
from China’s atheist leaders. The ban is included in new rules intended to
assert Beijing’s authority over Tibet’s restive and deeply Buddhist people.
“The so-called reincarnated living Buddha without government approval is
illegal and invalid,” according to the order, which comes into effect on
The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious
Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the
Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the 72-year-old monk
without approval from Beijing. …
This is just too bizarre for bizarre…we need another word to cover it. Don’t those fools realize that the whole world is laughing at them?