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.