Despite the current Dalai Lama‘s officially illegitimate status within China, bloggers nonetheless took notice when American president George Bush awarded him with a Congressional Gold Medal last month.
Blogspot user Master Zhong has written a fairly typical criticism post—as typical as all the other posts which discuss the futility of Chinese diplomatic protestations over the Dalai's visits with other countries’ leaders—which views the Dalai's acceptance of the award as just the latest in a long series of mistakes, among which Master Zhong includes the Dalai's ‘fleeing’ of Tibet in 1959, leaving his people to ‘suffer,’ distorting of numbers regarding his support there today, of having left the country illegally, greedily seeking charitable support, and overplaying Han-ethnic Tibetan division to his advantage whilst standards of living have continued to improve:
The Free Media for China blogger FREENEWMAN provides a contrasting view in a post looking at the Dalai's recent meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and whether average Germans might find the potential Sino-German diplomatic fallout worth it:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite strong protests and threats from China, met on Sunday in Berlin with Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Germany's official stance is that this was a private meeting. This is the first time for a German head of state to meet with a Tibetan religious leader in Berlin hall of [state] power. Deutsche Welle's director its Chinese service, Feng Haiyin, in her piece on this, called Merkel a hero, but also raised the question of whether Germans hope this is how their own Chancellors become heroes.
Merkel can be called a hero. The warning and threats coming out of Beijing were unable to sway her determination. She did what she thought was right, and met with the Dalai Lama in the Chancellor's Hall in Berlin. But the question is: do the people want a hero for a Chancellor? Or an advocate for the interests of the German people?
Editor of Voice of Tibet radio Dekyi recounts on her blog [zh] the meetings the Dalai Lama has had with North American heads of state over the last few years, and how Chinese authorities responded to each.
Blogspot user Qiwei, currently studying in America, writes of having attended a talk given by the Dalai late last month:
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Public Talk: “Cultivating Happiness”
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Public Talk: “Cultivating Happiness”
Holiness, not many people get that title.
Tianya blogger Yao Feng has written a poem inspired, among other things, by American president George Bush, entitled Nightmare:
But it has nothing to do with Burmese juntas oppressing monks
Nothing to do with Bush meeting the Dalai Lama
Or stock market indices reaching new highs
Try to drink myself hypnotized, but I'm still stuck in the nightmare
The potatoes growing in the cellar
In my dream, are beef chunks in a pot
The poet and essayist Woeser (唯色), considered by many an ambassador for Tibetan culture, history and traditions, wrote a special feature for Radio Free Asia, which she reposted on her blog, wherein she describes through photos and text how news of the U.S.A.'s bestowing of the award was met in Lhasa:
The examples are too numerous to mention. Obviously, with news that the Dalai Lama had received the gold medal, the feelings of Tibetan people were not severely hurt; on the contrary, all Tibetans were elated and inspired by the award. Are Tibetan people not also Chinese people? Put another way, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson claiming “the feelings of the Chinese people have been severely hurt,” is the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry not recognizing the Tibetan people as part of the Chinese people? What is this if not “separatist” behavior?
Meanwhile, with the current Dalai Lama nearing retirement and his intended successor still in Communist Party captivity, discussion surrounding those who would take over Tibetan Buddhism worldwide remains as heated as ever [zh].
In the global geo-political chess game, there are players, and there are pawns. USA, Russia, China, India, EU, etc, Taiwan, Dalai Lama, Iraq, etc. etc. Dalai Lama is a pawn for the US. Taiwan is a pawn for the US. They are all expendable in the end game. The don’t really matter that much if the tide of history is to turn, the east way. It’s like market intervention by government agencies. They can twick the edges a bit but they can’t change the overall direction of the markets. China is to rise, unstoppable. China will improve, but not the way the wests want it.
There is a need for dialogue and discussions between the Tibetans and other ethnic groups, especially the Han Chinese in China, so that there is more mutual understanding. People who understand Tibet only from Chinese official media will have very narrow and one-sided viewpoints on Tibet. Global Voices is a good alternative for cross-cultural communication and understanding.
1. Any chance of a GOLD MEDAL (or even a Silver One) for any Leader, of the Navajos, or Apaches, or Seminoles, or ANY Native American groups? And why not?
2. Buddhism is NOT limited to Lama-ism.
3. Not so long ago, Christian missionaries used to label all Buddhists as “heathens”. Why the change of heart!?
Until we understand what happened in 1950 with the chinese invasion of Tibet, we will never understand what is happening today. There is so little history of the events surrounding the “take over” for lack of a better word. I have been to Tibet but have never understood the peoples undeniable devotion to this man. After all, he is merely a man.
Master Zong is a brain washed communi who works for the Chinese government. He is being paid to be critical of the Dalai Lama or anything that represents freedom. He is nothing more than another fricking communist barking crap out of his mouth. China claims Tibet belongs to them is bullshit and the whole world knows it.
Dr. Laurence J. MacDonald PhD is just plain ignorant. What MacDonald is saying is like he is saying Jesus Chisrt “fter all, he is merely a man.” “never understood the peoples undeniable devotion to this man.” First of all if you are a real Dr., you would be too busy to post anything to this site. Any real Dr. would be smart enough to understand the peaceful intention of the Dalai Lama. It would not doubt that you are another damn commi behind that fake name.
I’d say we boycot the Bejing Olympics and tell these commis they can stick it up there a$$$!
Mr. Zu: First of all what has my title got to do with my abilities to comment on this site? second, not once did I mention Jesus Christ in my posting. Third, I am entitled to my opinion, just as you are, although, yours is spurned by bias, anger, hate and over emotion. and finally, if you are going to challenge me and my educational background, at least have the decency to learn to spell Christ and rid your posting of the many syntax and grammatical errors displayed in it.
In conclusion, I am not a communist, however, with that being said, my political views should not come under your sanction nor scrutiny. You my friend, need to read and understand your first amendment. If you wish to boycott the Olympics, that is your right. I am assuming by your name that you are Chinese American perhaps its time you delved into your roots in order to seek the root of your anger
to Chinese Buddhist,
I think a person who espouses peace and whose job is to relieve suffering where possible is a very good role model. Why are you accusing modern Americans of the same intolerance of a century ago. One would think you are equally intolerant, like the Communist Chinese government.
“I think a person who espouses peace and whose job is to relieve suffering where possible is a very good role model.”
No, if the Dalai Lama is the true leader of Tibet, he should be encouraging its people to learn Science and Technology and to throw away its age old beliefs in reincarnation. He should encourage more Tibetans to become scientists, physicians, engineers and to use reasoning as tool to establish their belief systems.
To mahathir_fan — exactly what we don’t need – more scientists to babble on about nonsense or introduce to society the next best piece of technology! Already the thinking of the masses has become so dulled which is why we are experiencing so much violence on the planet. Thank goodness for people like the Dalai Lama who is received around the world as an example of what clear thinking and heart-felt compassion is all about.
I think the only thing needed to be said is hercules’ comment; right to the point and easy to understand.
There is no point in name calling or debate as the only thing that matters at the end of the day is who won the game.