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What has the 14th Dalai Lama done for Tibet's development?
    Date:11-22-2013 Source:eng.tibet.cn Author:    

Nov. 22, 2013 -- Upon the recently concluded Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, the overseas Tibetan separation clique following the 14th Dalai Lama has fired rounds of monotonous attacks, accusing the "Development and Progress in Tibet" issued on Oct. 22, 2013 by the Chinese government of "lying" and that "China has been oppressing the Tibetan culture". Then a question may be worthy of asking: what has the 14th Dalai Lama contributed to the preservation and development of Tibetan culture and Buddhism himself?

Conspirator of "children dealing"

In history and Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is regarded as a manifestation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion who gives up nirvana and chooses to help people in the human world to get spiritual happiness. However, the 14th Dalai Lama doesn't seem to have fulfilled this religious role in society, especially as in the scandal of "children dealing" reflected in the Swiss documentary "Tibi and His Mothers" reported on the Neue Zuercher Zeitung, a Swiss newspaper, on Sept. 11, 2013.

According to the documentary, Tibi and another 199 so-called "Tibetan orphans" were taken from the Nursery for Tibetan Refugee Children in Dharamsala headed by Tsering Dolma, the elder sister of the Dalai Lama, and brought to Switzerland through a program privately run by Swiss entrepreneur Charles Aeschimann and approved by the Dalai Lama in the 1960s.

However, in fact only 19 of these children were orphans while the vast majority had at least one parent in Tibet, often both, said Ueli Meier, the documentary maker during an interview with the Neue Zuercher Zeitung. He said the 14th Dalai Lama wanted to train these children to serve the Tibetan society as elites and change Tibet from the Middle Ages to a modern society, but the children's mental stress because of being taken away from their parents was never mentioned and instead the term "children dealing" was talked about many times in his letters to Aeschmann.

It is easy to see the callousness of the 14th Dalai Lama towards the pathetic children, who grew up in Switzerland and are the only Tibetans committing suicide according to a study conducted by the University of Zurich in 1982.

"Living God" valid only for political agenda

The Neue reported that "no victim claimed compensation" on the "children dealing" since the 14th Dalai Lama was the living God for the Tibetans so his followers would do anything for him as long as he wished them to.

In an interview with the Financial Times on Nov. 7, Tenzin Gayatso said that "I have some moral authority among Tibetans. I can use it to persuade those Tibetans who want to separate" and therefore he suggested that the Chinese leaders have greater demand from him than what he needs from them.

Knowing his influence over Tibetans including the separatists, the 14th Dalai Lama chooses not to apologize to the victims in the "children dealing" or to stop the separation activities such as self-immolations, but rather takes his "authority among Tibetans" as a political leverage to bargain with China's government while watching the Tibetans in exile suffering from a rootless mental and physical condition and covertly instigating the doom-to-fail separatist activities full of violence as in the self-immolations.

In what way is this act apolitical? In what way does Tenzin Gyatso look more like a Buddhist than a politician?

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