The Dalai Lama was quoted as saying, “I was performing my early morning meditations as usual and sitting in the lotus position. I had just achieved a complete level of relaxation when I felt something drop. Naturally, I assumed it was my holy excrement, so I summoned my attendant to collect it for sale in Hollywood, again as usual. Imagine my surprise when I looked down and the little shit was looking back up at me.
Followers of the Tibetan Buddhist leader were jubilant upon hearing the news that there was now an heir to the ailing Dalai Lama. Incense, firecrackers, prayer wheels and flags, chanting and colourful demonstrations quickly spread around the world. However, celebrations have now been dampened by the further announcement that the baby lama is Chinese.
A spokesman for the Dalai Lama has issued a strongly worded statement blaming the Chinese government for the birth. “We have inside information that it was definitely the Chinese. Except for His Holiness’ non-political trips to America, France, Britain, Mexico, Guatemala, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Canada, Morocco, Singapore, Japan, Norway, Peru, Cuba, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Nigeria, Jamaica, Taiwan did I include America?, in the past year, the Dalai Lama has been right here in the lamasery with the other monks. And believe me, Tibetan monks know how to have safe sex without conception.”
In an unusually swift reaction, the Chinese government in Beijing has also claimed that the baby lama is indeed Chinese. Lin Hung, the young, handsome and popular Chinese appointed governor of Tibet has claimed he is the father and that he and the Dalai Lama have been having a clandestine affair for the past two years. Hung claims that the Dalai Lama has made numerous visits to their secret love nest in Lhasa disguised as a Buddhist monk.
The Dalai Lama’s attendant who was present at the birth has confirmed that Lin Hung is the likely father. “The baby lama has His Holiness’ ears, but everything else looked well Hung”, according to the attendant.
The Chinese authorities, and Tibetan Governor Lin Hung have invited the Dalai Lama and baby lama to return immediately to Tibet, and Potala Palace is being readied for their arrival. “The Chinese baby lama is a wonderful gift from the entire Chinese people to the Dalai Lama and all Tibetans. This baby will bring the peace and harmony we all so desperately want to restore”, said Chinese President Hu Jintao. Governor Lin Hong made a more emotional appeal directly to the Dalai Lama. “This was not just a dalaiance on my part. I love you and our baby lama. Please come home. If you don’t return, I will put a photo of our missing baby lama on every milk carton in China.”
In a move to ensure the return of the Dalai Lama and baby lama, the Chinese government in Beijing today issued an immediate order legalizing same sex marriage and granting partners and children of same sex relationships full and equal rights. To engender world support, the Chinese have also put in a bid for the 2012 Gay Olympics to be held in Lhasa with Governor Hung, the Dalai Lama and baby lama as official hosts. To protect the health and safety of baby lama, the Chinese government has also immediately banned the illegal melamine contamination of yak milk within 500 yards of Potala Palace and urged the Dalai Lama to breast feed.
A poll taken in Tibet by Chinese authorities immediately after the birth announcement shows that 117% of Tibetans want the Dalai Lama and baby lama to return. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3%. “It’s up to the Dalai Lama now to prove what kind of man he really is”, quipped a street vender outside Potala Palace hawking baby lama souvenirs.
Potala Palace is a museum, located in Lhasa, which comes under Tibet Autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China.
We bring to you some very interesting facts about it.
Read on to find out.
-The highest palace in the world, Potala Palace stands on top of Red Hill, at over an amazing 3,500 meters above sea level.
-The palace was recently named one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” by the American television show Good Morning America and the newspaper USA Today.
-Potala Palace was named after Mount Potala, the abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara.
-The site was used as a meditation retreat by King Songtsen Gampo, prior to his marriage.
-It was in 637 that King Songtsen Gampo built the first palace there, in order to greet his bride Princess Wen Cheng, of Tang Dynasty of China.
Last year Tibet’s revered “spiritual leader” the Dalai Lama visited Toulouse in France for a festival celebrating Tibetan culture, while the Chinese government celebrated 60 years of communist rule in Tibet. The Tibetan spiritual leader gave lectures on the principles of Tibetan Buddhism; tolerance among religions and international peace. As a mark of respect for the Dalai Lama, the city of Toulouse was draped in the colours of the Tibet separatist movement.
But who exactly is the Dalai Lama? Why does the Buddhist leader have such a following in Western countries and why do the same Western countries support the Tibetan separatist movement? More importantly, what is the political significance of the annual Tibetan Buddhist festival in France, a country which claims to champion secular, republican values?
In order to answer these questions, we will have to look at some interesting facts about the Dalai Lama and the particular form of Buddhism he promotes in the context of the current geo-political game North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries are playing with China.
Tibet: From Serfdom to People’s Democracy
Although universally presented as a paragon of human rights, tolerance, democratic values and peace, the true story of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan separatists is rarely discussed in the mainstream media.
Buddhism was introduced into Tibet in 640 AD when Srongstan Gampo married a Chinese Buddhist wife. In the 13th century the Mongol Emperor Kubla Khan created the title of Grand Lama for the puppet ruler of Tibet.1
The title “Dalai Lama” was first given to Soman Gyatso, a monk of the Gelugpa (yellow hat) school of Tibet, by the ruler of Mongolia, Altan Khan, in 1578. The word “dalai” is a Mongolian translation of Soman Gyatso’s name which in Tibetan means ‘ocean of merit’.
Although recent Hollywood films and popular culture in general tend to present Lamaist Tibet as an idyllic Shangri-la, the reality was rather different.2 The Tibetan Lama theocracy was arguably one of the cruelest, most despotic kingdoms in the history of humanity. The monastic Lama class ruled over a majority of serfs whose living conditions were often worse than those of animals.
The Tibetan monasteries were extremely hierarchical. The upper Lamas lived in opulent palaces, took children as sex slaves and lived off the labour of the lower lamas who, in turn, lived off the labour of the starving serfs. The punishment meted out to disobedient serfs included gouging out of eyes; evisceration; the severing of hands and legs and other more hideous forms of torture.
Professor Micheal Parenti writes:
In 1959, Anna Louise Strong visited an exhibition of torture equipment that had been used by the Tibetan overlords. There were handcuffs of all sizes, including small ones for children, and instruments for cutting off noses and ears, gouging out eyes, breaking off hands, and hamstringing legs. There were hot brands, whips, and special implements for disemboweling. The exhibition presented photographs and testimonies of victims who had been blinded or crippled or suffered amputations for thievery. There was the shepherd whose master owed him a reimbursement in yuan and wheat but refused to pay. So he took one of the master’s cows; for this he had his hands severed. Another herdsman, who opposed having his wife taken from him by his lord, had his hands broken off. There were pictures of Communist activists with noses and upper lips cut off, and a woman who was raped and then had her nose sliced away. 3
This is not quite the idyllic paradise of Hollywood lore! Serfs often had to carry their owners on their backs. As a result, a large number of serfs were stooped and crippled. It would not be incorrect to say that before the arrival of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Tibet in 1951, the land of the Lamas was hell on earth. Over 70 percent of the population was comprised of poor illiterate serfs and nomads; they had absolutely no rights and no value.
The ruling government, (Kashag), the monastic class, and the manorial lords constituted a tiny minority of the country who arrogated all the wealth to themselves. Religious doctrine determined that the suffering of the serfs was in accordance with divine law.
Among the thousands of articles and news reports about the Dalai Lama, Tibetan independence, “democracy”, “human rights”, and “Chinese communist repression”, one will search in vain for the actual facts about the tyrannical dictatorship of the Lamas when they had “soley sovereign sway and masterdom” in Tibet.
Nor will one ever learn about what the Chinese People’s Liberation Army actually did when they entered Tibet in 1951. When the PLA arrived in Tibet, the upper lamas tried to portray them as cannibals and vandals who were intent on destroying Tibetan culture.
But the lower level lamas soon realized that the PLA’s purpose was to implement democratic reform, and that this was also in their own interest as they had themselves suffered much from the upper Lamas and the cruel autocratic Dalai Lama. Education in the monasteries was reserved for the top lamas such as the gesi. Most of the lower-level lamas could neither read nor write and were the sons of serfs.4
Pedophilia and sexual abuse was also rampant throughout Tibet’s monasteries. It was not until 1959 when a tiny minority of Tibetan lamas, backed by the CIA, rose up against the communist government that the Tibetan people finally freed themselves from the yoke of tyranny. The Lamas were forced by Tibet’s liberated serfs to go into exile in India.
Once the Dalai Lama and his cohorts had been exiled, celebrations followed in Lhassa as the title deeds of the manorial lords were burned in bonfires. The freed Tibetan serfs received title deeds to land, cattle and tools for farming.5
The liberation of Tibet permitted other minority ethnic groups such as Loba, Monba and Deng to play an active role in society for the first time. Over half the secretaries in the Tibet Autonomous Region’s Party Committee were Tibetan. The people of Tibet had never known so much autonomy and freedom in their history.6
For the first time in the history of Tibet, the majority of the people were taught how to read their own language. The communists constructed thousands of schools and hospitals throughout the country providing free health and free education for the Tibetan people. Tibetan Women were given equal rights to men. Quoting from his field research notebooks, historian Mobo Gao writes:
A former serf declares that without the CCP there would not have been a life for serfs like him. Another interviewee, the son of a well-known living Buddha and the most outstanding Tibetan photographer, states he really believed in Mao and thought everything said by Mao was the universal truth. In the 1980s when he was received by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (outside China) he told his Holiness that it was the truth that the majority of the Tibetans supported the CCP because the CCP really liberated the serfs. The first interviewee, an ordinary Tibetan woman in Lhasa, states that Mao helped a lot of people, that the world cannot do without people like Mao, that Tibet used to be unfair when some were rich while some did not have enough to eat and that Mao’s revolution changed everything.7
Rapid industrialization followed the liberation of Tibet. The communists built roads and infrastructure and local industries were developed. By 1974 Tibet had, for the first time in its history, grown enough grain to feed its people.
Under the despotic feudalism of the Lamas where famine was common, Tibet’s population declined by over 1 million in the 200 years preceding the liberation. By the mid 70s, however, Tibet’s population had grown by 400,000 and minority ethnic groups of Loba, Deng and Monbas, who had been the most oppressed under the Lamas, were also growing in numbers.8
When the Chinese People’s Liberation Army arrived in Tibet in 1950, thousands of serfs rose up against the tyranny of the nobility and the lama monks. Many monasteries were attacked and vandalized. Exactions and retribution by liberated serfs against their former oppressors were common.
However, the Chinese Communist Party discouraged such actions and concrete measures were implemented to protect temples and monasteries from vandalism. Article 3 of “The Resolution on Carrying Out Democratic Reform in Tibet Adopted by the Second Plenary Session of the Preparatory Committee for the Autonomous Region of Tibet” on July 17, 1959, reads:
The policy of protecting the freedom of religious belief, protecting the patriotic and law-abiding temples and monasteries and protecting the historical cultural relics must be strictly adhered to in the democratic reform as in the past. A campaign must be launched in the temples and monasteries against rebellion, feudal prerogatives and exploitation.
The policy of “buying out” is to be followed in dealing with the land and other means of production of patriotic and law-abiding temples and monasteries. The livelihood of the lamas is to be arranged for by the government. Subsidies will be given where the income of the temples and monasteries is not sufficient to meet their proper spending.9
Not only did the CPC outlaw vandalism against Tibetan monasteries and culture, they actually restored many monasteries that had been neglected during the reign of the Dalai Lama.
Although pro-Tibetan separatist propaganda in the West claims that it is a separate country, Tibet has been part of China for centuries. Since the publication of Halliday and Chang’s book, Mao, the Unknown Story, in 2005, a concerted attempt has been made to demonise the Chinese communists and Mao Tse Tung, in particular.
However, in his book The Struggle For China’s Past, Chinese scholar, Mobo Gao, identifies hundreds of unsubstantiated claims, inconsistencies, lies and distortions in Chang’s book. According to Professor Gao, the book ignores the most basic procedures of academic writing. Needless to say, Chang’s Mao, the Unknown Story, has become a best seller in the West and has had a phalange of reactionary historians praising its merits. “Mao is the greatest monster of them all,” declares Simon Sebag Montifiore.10
Referring to a detailed academic critique of Chang and Halliday’s book, Gao writes:
to demonise Mao is the right politics of course. When someone pasted some criticism of the Chang and Halliday book on the Amazon sales website, it was immediately attacked as ‘ugly Chinese propaganda’(Jin Xiaoding 2005). On the other hand, Jin’s critique of the book was met with absolute silence by the Western media (no Western media outlet was ready to publish the 17 questions raised by Jin). WQhen the Chinese version of Jin’s critique appeared on the Chinese language website duowei, there was a lively debate. Jung Change had to admit, when asked, that Jin’s 17 questions are good questions but refused to provide convincing replies to them.
For Western media it does not matter as long as the politics is right, and the right politics is that Mao must be discredited.11
The Dalai Lama, Nazi War Criminals and Historical Falsification
The French press has been devoting considerable attention to China over the last year. The Edward de Rothshild owned Libérationnewspaper has published articles promoting the French translation of the Chang and Halliday book.12
The editor of Le Monde newspaper and this years’ Bilderberg conference attendee, Eric Israelowitcz, is no friend of China. He recently wrote a much-publicized book entitled l’Arrogance Chinoise which advocates a more aggressive stance from the West against China.
According to Israelowicz, China has become too powerful and arrogant and needs to be taught a lesson by the West. This extremely hostile, belligerent and biased view of China is reflected in the editorials and news reports throughout the Western media complex.
In this context Tibet is routinely depicted as a country that has been colonized and oppressed by China. We are never told the facts about pre-communist Tibet. Although Libération has published articles in the past which reveal some uncomfortable truths about the Dalai Lama, these facts are subsequently ignored when dealing with the Tibetan leader’s quarrels with Beijing.
For example, on 25th of April 2008, Libération journalist, Laurent Dispo, published an article on the story of an Austrian mountain climber and Nazi SS man, Heinrich Harrer, and his relationship with the Dalai Lama. Harrer was a famous mountain climber in the Third Reich. A close friend of Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi SS official was sent to Tibet in order to establish links there with the ruling class so as to prepare the terrain for possible Nazi collaboration. Harrer wrote about his experiences in the Chinese province in a book entitled Seven Years in Tibet. The book was adapted into to a film by French director Jean Jacques Annaud in 2006.
Dispo concluded his Libération article by stating that the Dalai Lama’s connections with Nazism were sufficient reason for Western leaders to withdraw their support for his nationalist cause.
The controversial article did not go unnoticed by the supercilious academes of the Dalai Lama’s French fan club. On May 6th, 2008, a response to the allegations of the Dalai Lama’s Nazi connections was published in Libération by the crème de la crème of French academia: Anne-Marie Blondeau, director of studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études; Katia Boutrille, anthropologist at the École Pratique des Hautes Études; Heather Stoddard, a professor at INALCO’s Tibet section; and Francoise Robbin, a teacher at the same institute.
To the general reader, the formidable qualifications of these people should put one in no doubt about the weight and import of their argument. The group-authored article argued that there was no evidence to suggest the Dalai Lama or Tibetan authorities ever met with top Nazi officials.
The notion that Harrer was sent to Tibet by the Nazi government, the professors pointed out, is not supported by any documentation. Rather, they averred, it was Ernst Schaefer, a German zoologist, who was sent by the German government to do some scientific research.
They went on to argue that Schaefer met with some Tibetan officials but the meeting was of little consequence. Harrer, they claimed, only met the 14th Dalai Lama in 1949. The distinguished professors concluded that the Nazi interest in Tibet was minimal and that there were no real connection between the Lamaist theocracy and Nazi Germany.
Dispo’s article was therefore an egregious example of, as they put it, “conspiracy theory” and had no basis in rigorous historical research. The authors went on to suggest that it was no surprise to see a pro-Chinese article in the Western press given the lies and propaganda being spread by the Chinese government to distract from the human rights allegations being leveled against them before the Olympic Games. 13
It would therefore appear, following the logic of the Dalai Lama’s defenders, that any criticism of his holiness amounts to a Chinese conspiracy of demonization against their bête noir. But, of course, there is no documentary evidence of such as Chinese conspiracy.
However, there is strong and irrefutable evidence of the Dalai Lama’s connections with Nazi war criminals and terrorist groups. These have been well documented and do not need any help from “conspiracy theorists” nor from the Chinese government.
Speaking on radio France Culture on September 10th, 2006, French historian George André Morin revealed that contacts between Nazi Germany and Tibet were quite extensive and profound.
According to Morin, Schaefer and Harrer participated in a German expedition to Tibet as part of the Ahnenerbe SS project to research the origins of the Aryan race. The solar symbol of the swastika on the Nazi flag was inspired by the swastikas of Tibetan monasteries. The thirteenth Dalai Lama, even personally undertook the translation of Hitler’s Mein Kampf into Tibetan.
The British attempted to conquer Tibet in 1904. This prompted the thirteenth Dalai Lama to flee to China. Tibet subsequently became internationally recognized as part of China. It was not until the Japanese occupation of Manchuria in the 1930s that Tibet claimed some independence. But it was only the fascist dictatorships of Europe and the Vatican which officially recognized the Tibetan state. 14
Apart from Tibet’s cultural value, the Nazis were hoping to explore Tibet as a strategic base from which to conquer British India and parts of China.
As Mobo Gao has argued, Tibet was recognized by the international community as part of China before the Chinese revolution of 1948. It was only when land was being redistributed to the poor peasantry by the Chinese communists that the capitalist ‘international community’; that is to say, the United States and its allies, began to talk about Tibetan “independence”, “Tibetan freedom” and, of course, the all-important meme of imperialist discourse, “human rights”.
In 1994, the current Dalai Lama attempted to organize a meeting with some of his closest friends in London. Among the sweet and cuddly Dalai Lama’s closest friends were ex Waffen SS man Heinrich Harrer, Bruno Beger, a former Nazi ethnologist who worked in Auschwitz, and the Chilean neo-Nazi Miguel Serrano. Serrano happens to believe that Adolf Hitler was a god. 15
Neo-Nazi dictator of Chile, Augusto Pinochet, was also a close friend of the Dalai Lama, who personally intervened in Spain to get the Butcher of Chile off the hook when he was about to be tried for crimes against humanity in 1998.
Another important friend of the Dalai Lama is the Japanese Shoko Asahara, a religious cult leader who was convicted of terrorism in Japan in 1995 after having organized a poison Sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway.
Asahara has been a close associate of the Dalai Lama since meeting him at a ceremony of the Ashun-Su sect in Tokyo. Since then, Asahara met with the Dalai Lama several times and was deeply influenced by the Tibetan leader.
Sarin gas was first developed in Nazi Germany. Asahara’s insane cult hoped to seize power in Japan by spraying the poison gas into the Japanese parliament from a helicopter. The first part of the terrorist attack involved murdering people in the Tokyo metro with the Sarin gas. The following is apparently the hymn Asahara’s followers sung:
It came from Nazi Germany, a dangerous little chemical weapon,
If you inhale the mysterious vapor, you will fall with bloody vomit
from your mouth,
Sarin! Sarin! Sarin — the chemical weapon.
Song of Sarin, the brave.
In the peaceful night of Matsumoto City
People can be killed, even with our own hands,
Everywhere there are dead bodies,
There! Inhale Sarin, Sarin,
Prepare Sarin! Prepare Sarin! Immediately poisonous gas weapons
Will fill the place.
Spray! Spray! Sarin, the brave Sarin.16
On February 10th, 1999, Julie Campbell, a Scottish Buddhist nun, revealed that she had been a sex-slave for years to the Buddhist guru Kalu Rinpoche, the teacher of the 14th Dalai Lama.17 Sexual abuse figures prominently in the legacy of Lamaist Buddhism.
The more one considers the Dalai Lama’s friends and followers, the more the connections with neo-Nazism become apparent. One is tempted here to resurrect the cliché which states that one can judge someone by the friendship he keeps.
The Dalai Lama: Religious Tolerance, Human Values
According to the Toulouse Tibetan festival website, the purpose of the Dalai Lama’s visit to the French town was to engage in dialogue on the promotion of human values, the promotion of tolerance among religions and the well-being of the Tibetan people.
The official press reports of the Toulouse Tibetan festival were relayed by the French media without any discussion as to their validity or veracity. It is well known, for example, that the Dalai Lama has outlawed the Dorje Shugden sect of Buddhism in Dharamsala, India, the city which is home to the separatist Tibetan government in exile.
In 2008, France 24 broadcast a report from Dharamsala where they filmed Dorje Shugden monks being shunned by the local community on the Dalai Lama’s orders. The report showed how signs are regularly put on many shops in the region forbidding the entry of Dorje Shugden worshipers. According to the report, whole families have been ostracized due to their belief in the traditional Buddhist god Dorje Shugden.
Although the Dalai Lama claims that Dorje Shugden is a demon and that the cult is a deviation, the worship of the Dorje Shugden is widespread throughout traditional Tibetan Buddhism. Since the Dalai Lama’s decision to outlaw this practice, thousands of monks have been excluded from visiting temples. In fact, the Dalai Lama’s dictatorial campaign against the Dorje Shugden religion threatens to exclude over 4 million Tibetans from practicing their religion.
According to the Dalai Lama, the Dorje Shugden are traitors to the cause of Tibetan independence. Such is the Tibetan leader’s “tolerance”. The Dalai Lama’s violations of human rights are rarely, if ever, mentioned among the cacophony of hysterical “free Tibet” sloganeering in the mass media.
Death threats and the ostracism of whole families who practice this traditional form of Buddhism are common in Dharamsala. Thousands of people have had to flee Dharamsala due to the “tolerant” Dalai Lama’s commands. Many people have been murdered.
The French documentary made it abundantly clear that the Dalai Lama functions as an absolute dictator in Dharamsala. The French film crew was even prevented by Tibetan officials from recording a dispute between a Dorje Shugden monk and his pro-Dalai Lama opponent.
Breaking with official orthodoxy, the France 24 report admitted that the Dalai Lama and his independence movement has no popular support in Tibet and that many Tibetans actually fear a return to the days of Lama autocracy. One of the thousands of Doje Shugden practitioners who fled from Dalai Lama worshipers told France 24 reporters:
If he’s really Buddha, if he’s really god, you know, he won’t create so many problems, you know, he won’t give us such trouble. I believe if he is a Buddha, he won’t create any problem for one human being, so we have changed our mind now, we don’t see him as we saw him earlier.
The Dalai Lama’s problem with these Buddhists is simply that they worship the symbolic god Dorje Shugden and not “his holiness, the Dalai Lama”. The exiled leader is persecuting Buddhists for not worshiping himself and his insatiable desire to become the puppet dictator of a ‘free Tibet’ under NATO hegemony. Any worshiper of Dorje Shugden is, then, automatically dismissed as an ‘agent’ of China.
The France 24 report also admitted that the Dorje Shugden community constitutes the majority in Tibet and that they were almost all pro-Chinese government.
In France we tend to associate Tibet with the Dalai Lama but there are many Tibetans who are Buddhists, who think that China actually contributed something to Tibet.
The reporter adroitly omitted the “quelque chose” which Tibetans thank the CPC for; namely, the liberation from serfdom!
After the reportage, the France 24 presenter asked one of the correspondents Capucine Henry:
So just how taboo is it to criticize the Dalai Lama?
To which Madame Henry replied:
It’s completely taboo. Actually our shooting of the reportage was very difficult because we had our camera smashed in. The Dalai Lama is considered as a living god. He has achieved a level of clairvoyance that means that every decision he takes is the rule of law. If you criticize the Dalai Lama, you are judged to be a Chinese spy.
In spite of the fact that such revelations have been made by the mainstream French press in the past, it is astonishing that none of this was mentioned during last year’s Tibetan Festival in Toulouse, as the Tibetan dictator was presented to the French public as a benign philanthropist who supports “human rights”, “tolerance”, peace, and “Tibetan freedom”, while politely spreading the word about “Chinese cultural genocide”. Nothing could be further from the truth.18
Yet Stéphane Hessel, grand old man of France’s bourgeois intelligentsia, and one of the drafters of the UN declaration of human rights, debated ‘human values’ with the Dalai Lama in Toulouse last year, where he praised the Tibetan tyrant as a paragon of humanity and pacifism. Could Hessel really be that ignorant? The Tibetan dictator’s conference in Toulouse was attended by 7,000 people, with big screens for those who could not find seats in the packed Zenith auditorium.
Is it possible that Stéphane Hessel, who was himself deported by the Nazis to Buchanwald during World War Two, could be unaware of the Dalai Lama’s links with Nazi war criminals, neo-Nazis and terrorists? How could one of the drafters of the UN declaration of human rights not know that Tibetan serfs of the Lamaist theocracy were treated worse than animals and that the Dalai Lama denies this well-documented history?
Among the dignitaries present at last year’s Toulouse festival were Corrine Lepage, president of France’s Ecological Party. During the 1980s, Europe’s ecological hippies tended to see Lamaist Tibet as an ecological paradise under the rule of the Dalai Lama. The historical reality was, unfortunately, quite the opposite. As one historian remarks:
The Lhasa of tradition, for instance, capital of the Lamaist world, could hardly be described as an exemplary ecological site but rather, as a number of world travelers have reported, was until the mid-twentieth century one of the dirtiest cities on the planet. As a rule, refuse was tipped unto the street. The houses had no toilets. Everywhere, wherever they were, the inhabitants unburdened themselves. Dead animals were left to rot in public places. For such reasons the stench was so penetrating and nauseating that the XIII Dalai Lama felt sick every time he had to traverse the city. Nobles who stepped out usually held a handkerchief over their nose. 19
Vegetarians, ecologists and bourgeois feminists have all been seduced by the Dalai Lama’ specious demeanour and saccharine rhetoric. None of them seem to realize that the Lamas treated women no better than Afghanistan’s Taliban, that they regularly ate meat and had nothing but contempt for the environment; nor that the Dalai Lama is himself an avid meat eater, yet he proscribes the eating of meat among his subjects in Dharamsala. The Western power-elite’s marketing of the Dalai Lama must surely count among one of the most impressive frauds of modern history.
In 1997, Tibetan Buddhists in exile published the following letter to the Dalai Lama:
The cause [of the despotism] is the invisible disease which is still there and which develops immediately if met with various conditions. And what is this disease? It is your clinging to your own power. It is a fact that even at that time if someone would have used democracy on you, you would not have been able to accept it. … Your Holiness, you wish to be a great leader, but you do not know that in order to fulfill the wish, a ‘political Bodhisattva vow’ is required. So you entered instead the wrong ‘political path of accumulation’ (tsog lam) and that has lead you on a continuously wrong path. You believed that in order to be a greater leader you had to secure your own position first of all, and whenever any opposition against you arose you had to defend yourself, and this has become contagious. … Moreover, to challenge lamas you have used religion for your own aim. To that purpose you had to develop the Tibetan people’s blind faith. … For instance, you started the politics of public Kalachakra initiations.
Normally the Kalachakra initiation is not given in public. Then you started to use it continuously in a big way for your politics. The result is that now the Tibetan people have returned to exactly the same muddy and dirty mixing of politics and religion of lamas which you yourself had so precisely criticized in earlier times. … You have made the Tibetans into donkeys. You can force them to go here and there as you like. In your words you always say that you want to be Ghandi but in your action you are like a religious fundamentalist who uses religious faith for political purposes. Your image is the Dalai Lama, your mouth is Mahatma Ghandi and your heart is like that of a religious dictator. You are a deceiver and it is very sad that on the top of the suffering that they already have the Tibetan people have a leader like you. Tibetans have become fanatics. They say that the Dalai Lama is more important than the principle of Tibet. … Please, if you feel like being like Gandhi, do not turn the Tibetan situation in the church dominated style of 17th century Europe.20
In Dharamsala, no one is allowed to question or criticize the god-king and those who do not worship him are threatened, harassed and sometimes killed. Names of Dorje Shogdun practitioners appear on the doors of shops, warning people not to talk or serve them. Articles have appeared in the local media in India encouraging violence against practitioners of Dorje Shugden. When the Dalai Lama was confronted with written proof of this by a Swiss documentary maker, he haughtily dismissed it as “idle rumour.21
Yet, none of this seems to bother the French intelligentsia who bow down before this fraudulent Tibetan tyrant like feudal subjects. How could such intellectual imbecility reign in the land of Diderot, Condorcet, Voltaire and Sartre? How could a symbol of ruthless theocracy find favour in a culture that promotes rationalism, science and philosophy? What we are now witnessing in France and throughout Europe is the promotion of a post-modern, neo-feudalist ideology, an all-pervasive “pensée unique”, a closing of the European mind. The triumph of globalised hyper-capitalism has pushed humanity back into pre-republican modes of thought. We have entered a new dark age.
Pacifism Equals Covert Terrorism Against China
In Stéphane Hessel’s dialogue with the Dalai Lama, the retired French career diplomat praised the Dalai Lama for his insistence on pacifism and non-violent resistance. “la non-violence’ is a favourite catchphrase of Hessel, who, last year, gave full support to NATO’s “humanitarian” Blitzkrieg on the Great People’s Socialist Libyan Arab Jamahirya, a brutal bombing campaign that murdered thousands of innocent civilians and reduced Africa’s richest state to rubble and internecine civil war.
When the rebellion of the Tibetan aristocracy against the Communist Chinese administration failed in 1959, the CIA helped the Dalai Lama and his cronies to escape to India where he set up a ‘government-in-exile’. In 1998, the Los Angeles Times reported that declassified US government documents prove that the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Independence movement was a CIA operation. The article stated:
The budget figures for the CIA’s Tibetan program are contained in a memo dated Jan. 9, 1964. It was evidently written to help justify continued funding for the clandestine intelligence operation.
Support of 2,100 Tibetan guerrillas based in Nepal: $500,000,” the document says. “Subsidy to the Dalai Lama: $180,000.” After listing several other costs, it concludes: “Total: $1,735,000.” The files show that this budget request was approved soon afterward.22
The US government wanted to use Tibet to weaken China and the same concerns are driving the ‘Free Tibet’ scam today. Europe and the United States are promoting the Dalai Lama in order to demonise China, whose development the West fears. According to the Los Angeles Times article, the Tibetan separatist guerillas were trained in Colorado USA and in Nepal with the help of Indian intelligence. The Dalai Lama is a militant not a pacifist, a religious fanatic not a moderate, a tyrant not a democrat. The covert war being waged by the US against China has erupted intermittently over the years.
On March 18th, 2008 rioters took to the streets of Tibet’s capital Lhasa looting shops, burning schools and attacking innocent civilians throughout the city. Chinese state television showed horrific pictures of Tibetan rioters stoning people to death on the streets. Smashing peoples’ skulls was the Tibetan “protestors” preferred form of execution. The Tibetan hooligans set fire to over 200 residential houses and shops and more than 80 vehicles. Even Chinese fire fighters were the object of aggression with fire engines being set on fire.
Meanwhile, our so called “free press” presented the Tibetan aggression as a violent “crackdown” by the big bad Chinese government on the “peaceful” Tibetan protestors. The BBC and CNN manipulated images to portray the Chinese police as the aggressors.
The German newspaper Die Berliner Morganpost published pictures of police officers rescuing Han Chinese from Tibetan aggression as more evidence of a “brutal” Chinese “crackdown” on the “peaceful protestors”. In a reductio ad absurdum worthy of Monty Python, German RTL television published pictures of police aggression in Nepal to accompany their reports of the Chinese “crackdown”!
The Free Tibet scam also receives funding from the Frederich Neumann Foundation in Germany and various NGOs linked to American intelligence.
A Canadian-Tibetan by the name of Lladon Tethong is the director of the international Tibet student movement, which has chapters all over the world. The 2008 riots apparently marked Tethong’s first ever visit to her beloved country.
Human rights groups funded by US government agencies claim that the Tibetan people are being repressed by the Han Chinese. They regularly cite such examples as the Chinese law that states that students can only enter the monasteries if they are over 18 years of age. This, according to Tibet Watch, is a violation of human rights.
What Tibet Watch fails to tell the public, however, is the fact that atrocious child sexual abuse was widespread in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries for centuries. That is why the Chinese government will not allow children to enter Tibetan monasteries before the age of 18. This is one of the typical omissions one regularly encounters when dealing with spurious “human rights” discourse on Tibet.23
Tibet Watch also believes that China is committing a human rights violation by encouraging Tibetans to respect the authority of the Chinese state rather than the Dalai Lama. In that case, all the modern secular democracies of the world are also guilty of human rights abuses by encouraging their citizens to respect the laws of the state rather than the laws of their respective religions!24
The jihadist violence that Western imperialism is now spreading throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia is also spreading across the Pakistani and Afghanistan borders into China.25 This aspect of imperialist destabilization of China, focusing on Uighur Islamism, merits a separate article.
But China is likely to face more problems from Tibetan fundamentalist separatists in the coming months, with full intelligence, logistics and media backing from the West.
On August Monday 15th, 2011 a Buddhist monk poured petrol on himself in Sichuan in West China which has a large Tibetan population, in an apparent protest against Chinese rule.26 Many self-immolations have followed and extremist journalists in respectable Western news outlets have encouraged such acts of terrorism with the Guardian’sPatrick Barkham claiming that “self-immolation inspires in others a belief that individual suffering can set in motion changes far greater than one horrifying death.27
Self-immolations are acts of violence and terrorism. The promotion of these barbarous acts is another worrying indication of the moral degeneracy of the Western press.
One should not forget that self-immolations were said to have caused the US backed regime-change uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. There is reason to believe that covert warfare on China will be the next objective on NATO’s bellicose agenda
American ambassador to China John Huntsman was caught on camera last year attending a protest as North Africa was erupting in chaos during the US-fomented “Arab Spring”. When a netizen asked him what he was doing there, Huntsman replied:
“Just having fun’’
To which the Chinese netizen retorted.
“You’d like to see chaos in China wouldn’t you?”28
Huntsman furtively departed the scene, followed by his security henchmen.
Chaos is precisely what the US government and NATO would like to see in China, chaos and civil war, in order to drive China back to the semi-colonial status it had in the nineteenth century or the radical disunity of the Warring States Period in the 5th century BCE.
But what the Western neophytes in global imperialism fail to understand is that the Chinese civilization-state has existed for millennia and will continue to flourish long after the West consumes itself in hubris, war and moral corruption.
A. Tom Grunfeld, The Making of Modern Tibet rev. ed. (Armonk, N.Y. and London: 1996). [↩]
A. Tom Grunfeld, The Making of Modern Tibet rev. ed. Armonk, N.Y. and London: 1996 [↩]
Michael Parenti, Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth, Updated and Expanded Version, January 2007 [↩]
Anna Louise Strong Reference Archive, When serfs stood up in Tibet, Appendix II [↩]
Anna Louise Strong Reference Archive. When serfs stood up in Tibet, Appendix II [↩]
Mobo Gao, The Battle for China’s Past-Mao and the Cultural Revolution, London, Pluto Press, 2008, pp. 27 [↩]
Anna Louise Strong Reference Archive. When serfs stood up in Tibet, Appendix II. [↩]
Mobo Gao, The Battle for China’s Past-Mao and the Cultural Revolution, London, Pluto Press, 2008, p. 65 [↩]
Mobo Gao, The Battle for China’s Past-Mao and the Cultural Revolution, London, Pluto Press, 2008, p. 80 [↩]
Pascale Nivelle, “La clique maléfique“, Libération, August 2011 [↩]
Anne-Marie Blondeau et al, “Réponse sur les liens entre le dalaï-lama et les Nazis“, Libération, 6 May 2008 [↩]
Laurent Dispot “Le Dalaï Lama et les Nazis”, Libération, 25 April 2008 [↩]
© Victor & Victoria Trimondi The Shadow of the Dalai Lama – Part II – 13. The doomsday guru Shoko Asahara and the XIV. Dalai Lama [↩]
Paul Vallely, “I was a Tantric sex slave”, The Independent, February 10, 1999 [↩]
france 24 Dalai lama versus Dorje Shugden (second part). [↩]
© Victor & Victoria Trimondi, The Shadow of the Dalai Lama – Part II – 16. Tactics, Strategies, Forgeries, Illusions [↩]
© Victor & Victoria Trimondi, The Shadow of the Dalai Lama – Introduction [↩]
3/3. from SwissTV. The Dark Side of Dalai Lama [↩]
Jim Mann, “CIA Gave Aid to Tibetan Exiles in ’60s, Files Show”, Los Angeles Times, September 15, 1998 [↩]
Broken promises, Human rights violations in Tibet since China was awarded the 2008 Olympic Games, Tibet Watch 2008 [↩]
Broken promises, Human rights violations in Tibet since China was awarded the 2008 Olympic Games, Tibet Watch, 2008 [↩]
Chris Buckley, “China blames Muslim extremists for attack in Xinjiang”, Reuters, August 1, 2011 [↩]
“Tibetan monk dies in self-immolation protest, group says“, Reuters, August 15, 2011 [↩]
Patrick Barkham, “Self-immolation: the ultimate symbol of protest?” The Guardian, 7 March 2012 [↩]
‘Jasmine Revolution in China’? Epic Fail! American Ambassador got owned (02.20.2011, Beijing). [↩]
Gearóid Ó Colmáin is a political analyst based in Paris.