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Is the 14th Dalai Lama really merciful?
    Date:01-21-2013 Source:tibet.cn Author:    

In the interview by Indian National Television, NDTV on Jan. 7, 2013, the 14th Dalai Lama tried to show his mercy for several hot issues. However, it is quite a pity that he expressed more sympathy to Indians than to his fellow Tibetans.

Maybe it is his careful choice, to show his intimacy with the south Asian nation since he has stated many times to be “the son of India”, who “mentally, physically belong to this country”.

But being a Tibetan Buddhist, the 14th Dalai Lama expressed that he was “really very sad, very sad” for the brutal rape incident of an Indian girl, as well as the prisoners sentenced to death since “life is precious”, and “death sentence means it’s the punishment physically” which “won’t help”.

How merciful the famous lama is!

Now let’s turn our focus on China’s Tibetan areas to launch an investigation of the over 90 self-immolation cases, which the 14th Dalai Lama keeps on calling for, and witness how he would react to the series of tragedies in which he also played a role.

When he was asked about the sad incidents,he stated that “if we have something to offer them then I can say you should not do this. We can do this way but nothing to offer them”. But why the 14th Dalai Lama did not cry out for an end of the sad acts which have hurt many people’s lives if even his prayer can be a kind of spiritual reward for those bewitched Tibetans, which incited them to burn their bodies?

In addition, the principles such as “respect others’ life” and “if you shorten life, it’s not good and also it's a form of violence” mentioned on the rape incident have been left behind when talking about self-immolations. And it seems that he pays much more attention to defending himself than trying to stop the ongoing tragedies of his fellows.

Is it what a merciful Buddha’s believer, a religious leader should do?

Moreover, the word he said as “deep inside I really feel like laughing” is a quite grim expression among Chinese people’s sadness, regret and anger, when he and his group faced the charge of inciting self-immolations. Tragedies- pains, blood and death- become laughing stocks in his eyes, which make us wonder whether he is really a merciful monk.

The 14th Dalai Lama should think twice what he has done, and check whether he is really “dedicated for the well-being of Tibetans” and “never created any enemy, any trouble for others”, as he claimed. Looking back on the huge improvements in Tibetans’ livelihood inside China during the past six decades, and compared with the disappointments, helplessness and pains the 14th Dalai Lama brought to his Tibetan followers, is it really merciful to cheat them and strip them of their happy life they should have enjoyed?

Last but not least, I will remind the 14th Dalai Lama that the place he called as “my own place Dharamshala” is the territory of India. Maybe he should remain cautious on the occupation of other country’s land, either actually or orally; after all, not everybody in the world would like to give up any territory, as what he plans to do.

Being one of the two major living Buddhas of the Gelug Sect (yellow sect) of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is considered as the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara (“the regarder of the world’s sounds or cries), a Bodhisattva of benevolence and kindness, a spirit running through the previous 13 Dalai Lamas since the title of the 5th Dalai Lama was conferred by Shunzhi Emperor in 1653 AD, the third emperor of China’s Qing Dynasty (1636-1912 AD).

The current 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso was approved by the then government of the Republic of China in 1940, and fled China in 1959 after China’s quelling the rebellion by Tibet. Since then millions of Tibetan serfs were emancipated and began to enjoy human rights.

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