Monday, April 28, 2008

Talks between China - HH Dalai Lama most welcomed

In recent days, we have heard about China's willigness to have dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representatives. This is very much welcomed and hopefully it will not be something put up just for show. This is welcome development because we have so much protests from both sides and even unnecessary violence. Even in our local newspapers, we even have people criticising His Holiness the Dalai Lama for being a charade or puppet of the West. But is he? When I read these criticisms, to me it only shows their ignorance of Tibetan Buddhism. These critics have no knowledge of the Tibetan people , their culture, their religion and their psyche. And yet, they have the cheek to write long letters to the press calling the Dalai Lama a liar, a charade. These people forget that in Malaysia, the chinese are the most loyal to preserving their chinese education, religion and culture. Everyone wants to preserve their own religion and culture. Who doesn't? Today is also Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima's 19th birthday. Please see attached photo. He was still 6years old kid when he was identified by the Dalaï Lama as the 11th reincarnation of The Panchen Lama. But where is he now? Nobody knows.

He disappeared in 1995 under the supervision of the Chineses authorities. So, for people in the know ofTibetan Budddhism, we know of all these happenings that are proof of China's irresponsible behaviour towards Tibetan religion and culture. It is not so much the national freedom from China that Tibet wants.Tibet just wants a China that leaves Tibet and Tibetan Budddhism and culture to those who knows best about it. Of course, there are irresponsible Tibetans too who burnt and riot in the streets. But we should understand their bottled-up feelings all thru the years. Nevertheless it is not right to confuse this issue by messing up the Olympic games. After all, His Holiness the Dalai Lama does support the game 100%.

So, that leads us back to the hope that genuine dialogue will happen between the two parties.

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