Monday, March 26, 2012

Tibet: Sinking Deeper into Samsara

China likes to tell the world that it gives modern development and modern education to Tibetan people. While that can be appreciated from a normal worldly person, little do they know that modern living is regarded as more samsara to the mostly Tibetan Buddhists. Even without the Chinese government, I am confident Tibet can develop too just as well... only maybe in their own development pace. But China does not care about religion. No, it never did since being taken over by the Communist Party of China. Without religion, spirituality takes a back seat and they chase after material living and wealth. Nowadays they are more interested in creating Guinness world of records or always competing with the USA for sporting world records glory. In the process, they sink deeper and deeper into samsara. They also commit more and more negative karma for the nation as the Chinese people forgets about the holy life. The peak of their negative karma happened during the Cultural Revolution when many Buddhist monasteries were destroyed and monks killed or tortured. Buddhist sacred texts were also burned. Karma does not just disappear. Such heavy negative karma will manifest one day in the form of terrible natural disasters. But I do not know when that "one day" will come. However it will surely come.... especially when people are devoid of any virtues. Disasters will come as long as they do not repent and become more sincere in the treatment of Buddhism and other religions. Already in the past several years, some major earthquakes and floods had happened in China. I am really concerned that more lives may perish. And this is true not only for China. Any nation that does not respect religions and the virtue of the holy, will definitely suffer some consequences. Therefore China needs to respect and recognise religions and religious practices in the country. Stop worrying that religions may erode the communist ideas. Also, China needs to engage in talks with the Tibetan government-in-exile and stop regarding His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an enemy of China. No matter how long ago China has received gifts from Tibetan kings from the time of ancient kingdoms, that is not a prove that Tibet belongs to China. And even if it does, cannot China practice some benevolence to let it go and give independence to Tibet? I suppose that will not happen as China is so attached to its territories. Okay, forget independence. But China cannot even consider giving autonomy to Tibet just as His Holiness the Dalai Lama had proposed. They keep on finding fault with the Dalai Lama, no matter how sincere he is. If China suffers any major disasters in the future, it will be due to their huge negative national karma. And the only way to relieve such suffering is for China to infuse spirituality and religion back into the Chinese lives.  I do not normally comment on what is happening in Tibet and China's policy on Tibet. But I will do this much for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to repay back the kindness of so many Tibetan masters who have taught the holy dharma to so many lives in the rest of the world. I also think of the many Tibetan lives who have been sacrificed for the Tibetan cause. I write this blog post with the sincere hope that China will engage positively with the Tibetans without a pre-conceived notion on His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I cannot influence anyone. These are just my thoughts on Tibet and the Dalai Lama. That's all I can do as a small, little Buddhist.

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