Don’t harass the Dalai Lama’s critics

In 2017, approximately 100 Tibetans gathered in Dharamsala to protest against the Tibetan leadership and to call for integrity in the Tibetan leadership. Scenes like this are becoming increasingly common; even the idea that the Dalai Lama might be disturbed to hear about their protest no longer makes these frustrated Tibetans hesitate. However, because they called for greater accountability in their government, these Tibetans were denounced as traitors. But will this soon be a thing of the past? When will Tibetans brave enough to protest against the leadership no longer be harassed and called “anti-Tibetan” or “anti-Dalai Lama”?

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By: Sil Klose

As His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s reputation is increasingly lying in tatters, Tibetans are growing emboldened when it comes to voicing their opinions against him.

Contextually-speaking, it is not easy for Tibetans to speak up against the Dalai Lama. Centuries of indoctrination to worship the Dalai Lama as a god-king has developed a culture of unquestioned obedience to everything he says. Backing this up is the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala) who enforce his diktats, under the guise of supporting his work but usually using his instructions as a cover to settle personal scores and vendettas, and fulfill private agendas.

So while to Westerners the Dalai Lama appears to be a smiling, giggly, charming old monk (and by nature, he truly is), Tibetans know differently. They know that the Dalai Lama should be obeyed without question, and that to displease him or to displease those who claim to represent him, can invite swift and oftentimes violent retribution in the name of “protecting the Dalai Lama”. They know that to hint, let alone speak, against the Dalai Lama’s policies can result in segregation and discrimination, as has been the experience of Dorje Shugden practitioners who have refused to abide by his ban against this centuries-old Buddhist deity.

Dorje Shugden practitioners have been kicked out of their homes and monasteries and rendered homeless, and refused service in shops, restaurants and even hospitals. The children are bullied in school, the parents are refused employment and the lamas are detained and questioned without basis, to prevent them from being able to teach. In the worst of cases, they are attacked and stabbed, or murdered whether it is by poison or being driven off the road. So to speak up against the Dalai Lama, Tibetan leadership and their policies can be fatal and the fact Tibetans are overcoming centuries of Dalai Lama-worship to join the chorus speaking up against him is a surprise indeed.

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It started with a Tibetan teenager, Tenzin Sherab, making fun of Samdhong Rinpoche, the ex-Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) and current personal emissary of the Dalai Lama. At a public celebration in New York, the young man bravely took to the stage and mocked Samdhong Rinpoche’s manner of speaking, mimicking the inflections and cadence of his voice. The only reason he probably felt brave enough to do so is because he was in America and not India, and therefore away from the oppressive hand of the CTA.

Nevertheless, it was unprecedented that anyone might conceive of publicly mocking a monk who is the Dalai Lama’s right-hand man in this manner. Even more damning for the CTA’s reputation is that the audience laughed uproariously and gleefully circulated the video on social media. In years gone past, Samdhong Rinpoche would have been untouchable and beyond reproach; as the Kalon Tripa and the Dalai Lama’s emissary, the same courtesy extended to the Dalai Lama would have been extended to him. It now seems to be no longer the case, thanks to the CTA’s actions and how they have destroyed people’s faith in and respect for the monastic community.

The public mocking of Samdhong Rinpoche was followed by Tibetan students questioning Lobsang Sangay when he visited the Tibetan Children’s Village school in Dharamsala. The youths asked about the CTA’s role in the Dorje Shugden controversy and the “President” of the CTA reacted by showing his displeasure, his face instantly darkening and a snarl forming on his lips. Instead of answering their questions, he skirted around the subject and attempted to change topic. There are a few issues with this:

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  1. Why even hold a public forum if some questions cannot be asked? And how can the CTA’s top leader, albeit a mere figurehead, be so uncouth as to refuse to answer the electorate’s questions? As future voters of the Tibetan community, the students had every right to ask their leader whatever they want. Is the CTA really a democracy when its leader tries to dictate what topics are appropriate for discussion and what are not?
  2. Is this Harvard-educated lawyer so easily shaken? If the equilibrium of the CTA’s top leader can be thrown off balance due to a couple of questions from a few youths far younger than him, is he really fit to be the President of an entire diaspora of Tibetan people? Is he qualified to lead the people in the Dalai Lama’s absence?
  3. True to form, the teenagers were summarily detained and questioned, and asked about their affiliations, allegiances and personal beliefs. It is worrisome that a few simple questions can result in the draconian treatment of children and it is insulting that the CTA thinks their own people are not smart enough to think and form their own opinions, but need to be fed the questions and put up to asking them.

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Unfortunately for the CTA, the difficult questions are not going away. In more recent times, members of Parliament have been questioning the accuracy of the Nechung Oracle in official parliamentary sessions which are recorded and broadcasted. It is well-known that the Dalai Lama heavily relies on the Nechung Oracle and the forthcoming proclamations during the trance. His predictions however, have been shown to be unreliable and because people cannot question the Dalai Lama without being attacked for it, they are instead choosing to question the people he relies on. The logic is as such – if you cannot question the man who is making the decisions, then question the decisions he is making and the people who are helping him to make them.

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That is to say, why does the Dalai Lama rely on Nechung if he has been proven over decades to be unreliable? Surely that is a reflection of other potentially-poor choices and decisions the Dalai Lama has made, including the ban on Dorje Shugden and his involvement in the recognition of the Karmapas. As seen in this video below, these members of Parliament (MPs) have even been trying to dissociate themselves from the Nechung Oracle, ashamed and embarrassed that a so-called democracy is relying on spirits and gods for their policy-making.

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After MP Tenpa Yarphel questioned Nechung, it opened a floodgate of uncomfortable questions to be raised in the Tibetan Parliament. This latest series of videos contains the most overt criticism of the Dalai Lama yet to be made public. Some MPs are now openly saying there is no need to listen to everything the Dalai Lama says. Others are now saying that people who question or criticize the Dalai Lama should be left alone and not be harassed for their opinions, nor labelled a “Dalai Lama hater” just because they do not share the same views as him.

This is big, big news as the people now protecting critics of the Dalai Lama are not ordinary Tibetans, but those who are supposed to be the leaders of their community. First, MP Khenpo Kada Ngedup Sonam is actively discouraging Tibetans from following the Dalai Lama’s advice on universal ethics, saying that the advice applies only to the Dalai Lama’s Western audiences. Then the MP Andruk Tseten tells the listening MPs that people who dislike the Dalai Lama, like Dorje Shugden practitioners, do not affect the Dalai Lama’s life. That in fact, it is people who claim to be devoted to the Dalai Lama but disregard his instructions who actually harm the Dalai Lama’s life. In saying this, he backtracks on what the Dalai Lama has claimed all along (that China and Dorje Shugden practitioners are anti-Dalai Lama and anti-Tibetan).

What all of this does is allow Tibetans to feel it is possible to speak up against the Dalai Lama, because now they know their words will not have an effect on his life. In the past, it was always claimed that people who criticize the Dalai Lama will harm his life; now, Andruk Tseten says that this is not the case. On the one hand, cynics might think Khenpo Kada Ngedup Sonam and Andruk Tseten are posturing, saying things that will never happen just to look democratic and open-minded to the outside world. But even if it is posturing, there is always the risk that their posturing will backfire and Tibetans will take their words as encouragement, and it will embolden them to talk.

Instead of things improving for the CTA, they are becoming decidedly worse. The Dalai Lama’s reputation in the Western world is on the decline, amongst both governments who refuse to meet with him as well as the general public, given the exposé of his refusal to act on the sexual abuse cases. When the Dalai Lama is no longer the unquestioned leader he used to be, the CTA will need all the friends they can get for on their own, the CTA has not achieved much and without the reputation of the Dalai Lama backing them, they have no standing of their own.

So rather than continuing down this path, before they reach the point of no return, it would be prudent for them to extend a hand of reconciliation and create as many alliances as possible, even with those whose friendship they have previously rejected such as Dorje Shugden practitioners. Loyalty takes a long time to build up, but is easily destroyed overnight. Case in point – 60 years of goodwill is now in danger due to the Tibetan leadership’s silence over the abuse of women. If the CTA has any hope of enjoying the fruits of loyalty in the future, they had best start protecting and forming it now before it is too late.


Members of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile
speak against the Dalai Lama


“Don’t act on everything just because Dalai Lama says so,” says Khenpo Kada Ngedup Sonam

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Khenpo Kada Ngedup Sonam, a member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile (MP), reminds his fellow MPs that it is not necessary for them to listen to the Dalai Lama’s instructions.

He announces to all of them that whenever the Dalai Lama speaks about universal ethics, that is for his Western audience and the instructions are not for them (the Tibetans). As such, they do not need to follow it.

If people want to follow the Dalai Lama’s teachings on universal ethics, Khenpo Sonam says that it is enough for them to follow the 16 Pure Human Laws (མི་ཆོས་གཙང་མ་བཅུ་དྲུག).

Khenpo Sonam then reminds the listening MPs that the Dalai Lama recently gave the same instruction, saying that, “We Tibetans do not need to follow, I have already said that the universal ethics are not for us.”

How come Tibetans are exempt from practicing universal ethics?

Why is the Dalai Lama telling Western audiences one thing, and Tibetan audiences another?


“Leave Dalai Lama’s critics alone,”
says Tibetan MP Andruk Tseten

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Member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Andruk Tseten, reminds Tibetans of the importance of following the Dalai Lama’s instructions and not disappointing him.

He said that considering the Dalai Lama’s advancing age (84 years old), it will be good for him to lessen his public programs if they are not important. Andruk Tseten says that it is important to make the Dalai Lama’s body and mind be relaxed and at peace, and the way to do this is by not disappointing the Dalai Lama.

Andruk Tseten says that if people like Dorje Shugden practitioners dislike the Dalai Lama, that is due to their ignorance. And if those ignorant people choose to disregard the Dalai Lama’s instructions, it is not a big deal. Andruk Tseten says that their choice will not affect the Dalai Lama’s life and activities. That is good Andruk Tseten says that because in a democratic society, people do not have to agree with everything the leader says and this does not make them ignorant. They do not need to be penalized for thinking different from their leaders. It just shows they have their own way which might be just as good. 

But if people who call the Dalai Lama their precious lama do not follow his instructions, then it will harm his life and activities. Those people who follow the Dalai Lama, but disregard his instructions, are the ones who disappoint and harm him. They are the people who do not bring peace to the Dalai Lama.

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  1. I’m sick and tired of the Tibetan attitude of regionalism. Why should we follow leaders just because they are Khampas or Utsangpas or whatever? I’ve never been to Lhasa or Chamdo or Chatreng and I don’t see myself going there anytime soon. I left Dehradun when I was a kid and my home is now NYC. So what do I care about where this and that wannabe Tibetan politician comes from? I’m more interested in what you have to say about your policies, your strategies, your plans etc … anything that involves a rational strategic approach. Don’t tell me about nechung and all that and about how we have to follow prophecy and blah blah.. If tibet is a democracy then why do we need to listen to deities and lamas? Keep spirituality out of politics already!

    So I’m all for debates, arguments, disagreements, and calling things for what they are. Let’s stop pussyfooting around. If we can’t criticize the Tibetan leaders, they are not fit to lead us. More Tibetans should think with their brains and not be blind sheep.

  2. Why is that now those protecting the critics of His Holiness Dalai Lama are not ordinary Tibetan? Very simple, just because they they have no idea of what’s happening in the Tibetan community. The simply do not know the truth behind the scene. HHDL has been promoted and projected as a very to the world even for the last 60 years. Well, Tibetan Buddhism has been spread through out the world due to his fame but unfortunately the truth is he is more than just a spiritual head. He created lot’s of sufferings to Tibetan and also abusing his power towards his people.

  3. Whatever you want to say, democracy is never going to practiced in Tibetans in exile in the near future. Though by name, Tibetan in exile is a democratic administration, but in fact, it is still very much a feudal system. The issue is not about the people, but the government refused to teach their people about democracy, and the reason is very simple: to control them easily.

    If people can think for themselves, they will start questioning the administration: Why did you fail to get us back to Tibet for the past 60 years?

    This is an embarrassing question for the CTA which they have no solution, because the ministers are selfish and only care for their own benefits.

    If CTA really wants to practice democracy, they must stop harassing the critics. 👎🏽

  4. In a real democratic country (in this case the community…), people are encouraged to ask or demand an answer if there is a need to. Even though the CTA claims they are democratic, they are actually not. For those who speak up, the CTA will arrange people to give them a “lesson”.

    It is only until recently a few Tibetans started to question the CTA. Looked at how Lobsang Sangay reacted when he was questioned in the forum with the students. He was not happy at all. The normal Tibetans have every right to question the leadership because it was the Tibetans who voted them to become their leaders.

    So actually the CTA is a dictator, people can only listen to them but they cannot express their opinion or question them. This is the reason why the Tibetans are still in such a less favourable position. When the next election come, the Tibetans should choose someone else, someone who can give them a better future.

  5. Pathetic is how I view the Leadership of CTA. They are unable to answer questions by students who are schooled and have learnt the system of democracy in this 21st century.

    The primitive and feudalistic way that Lobsang Sangay dealt with the questions is way out of modern thinking. When applicable he would throw in demanding obedience by his subjects (as though he is a ruling king) as he had given them green books, RC and ID. Wow that is way off, all citizens are entitled to such basics and it is not favour from the CTA.

    But what I do think pretty admirable is how Lobsang Sangay is so very artful in circumventing answer directly to simple questions as stated in this article. This is evidence of someone who constant practises deceit and cheating and of course lying.

    The Dorje Shugden issue will never be resolved by CTA as it is a great scapegoat for CTA’s inability to govern and also a great excuse to distract the people of Tibetan from all the scandalous and self serving actions and policies of the CTA’s leaders.

    It is a horrid scene to see how CTA has devalued the Dalai Lama’s international prestige. CTA should always engaged in dialogue for amicable settlement instead of ignoring disagreements by imposing bans and discrimination. CTA could have and should have the diplomatic skills to stop the protests against the Dalai Lama, if CTA had served the Dalai Lama well.

    More horrible to see is how CTA has degraded Tibetan Buddhism.

  6. There is no hope for Tibetan leadership in exiled with years of greed and corruption. At this juncture I could only pray for the Tibetans men and women on the street.

  7. CTA can never practice democracy. Such immature government will not able to nurture new leader but will see more and more people leaving them. For the past 60 year, Tibetan leadership had brought their people in India for a joy right. CTA has not provided any improvement towards their people but instead create schism to cover their ineffectiveness. Dorje Shugden practice has been there for the past 400 years ago. If Shugden can be wrong, all the lineage lama that practice Dorje Shugden can be wrong and which means Dalai Lama also wrong and the list goes on….

    Tibetan leadership need to make a change in order to make a stronger government. They should respect all religious and encourage them to practice in their own belief.

  8. It is good news that more and more Tibetan people are standing up for themselves and not manipulated by the CTA. It is also good news that those who speak up will not be harm like it used to be before. Good luck to the CTA as they are getting less and less support and also trust.

  9. First of all, I’m really impressed by the Tibetan youths in the second video. They are obviously capable of thinking for themselves and equally expressing their thoughts so well. The questions they have brought up are all pertinent.

    Sikyong Lobsang Sangay’s answers to them miss the point of most of the questions, almost as if he was sidelining them.

    As an Asian Studies researcher on the politics of refugees and communities-in-exile, it’s pretty obvious that this Shugden subject is a tactical ploy to splinter the Tibetans-in-exile and ensure that the status quo of those who wield political power remain to do so, meaning the ones in the upper echelons of the Central Tibetan Administration.

    It does also appear that the same ruling clans of Tibet, the Tibetan deep state, still retain their power base through the Central Tibetan Administration.

    The Tibetan Exile Government’s push for their 5-50 strategy is wool over the eyes of the Tibetan people, it is obvious that the 5 part of the 5-50 strategy to make headway with China is only to gain a PR advantage for the sake of appearing to the Tibetans and to the world at large that they are taking diplomatic efforts to come to an agreement with the Chinese authorities. The truth however is that there have been no discussion since 2008 and if one takes into consideration all the anti-Chinese rhetoric and accusations from the Central Tibetan Administration, it is clear that all their talk about accepting China is just that, all talk.

    Taking also into consideration, the amount of funding the Central Tibetan Administration receives from governments and interest groups around the world, it is fair to say that the heads within the Central Tibetan Administration are financially well-secure and therefore, any actualisation of the Umaylam plan would be detrimental to the health of the personal economy of these heads within the Central Tibetan Administration.

    As such, it would not be hard to look at the 50 part of the 5-50 strategy as a means to secure long term funding to keep their pockets full for a long while. Perhaps, even a retirement fund for the present heads of the Central Tibetan Administration.

    If I can summarise the entire 5-50 strategy in one word, it would be: sneaky.

    It gives me comfort that watching the videos in this article and seeing how, especially the Tibetan youths, are in their clear and balanced critique of the issues, mayl be able to prevent the present Central Tibetan Administration from causing more harm to the Tibetan people and the Tibet cause.

  10. The CTA declare themselves as a democratic government-in-exile. If so then voices of their people should be heard, whether pleasant or unpleasant to the ears of the CTA. But it does not seem so. For example, the controversial issue on Dorje Shugden. If CTA claim Dorje Shugden issue is not political but spiritual, then why does CTA interfere in spiritual affairs when they are a government and not a monastery? On one hand the CTA say they are democratic. On the other hand when Tibetans speak up against spiritual matters that CTA are against, for example on Dorje Shugden, the CTA go all out and brand these people as dissidents, spies, traitors. And they ensure these people’s lives become a living hell.

  11. In the first video [] Sikyong said that Dorje Shugden people are not stopped from practising and are given equal rights. My question is – then how come there is a whole section in CTA’s site about Dorje Shugden condemning this practice?

    CTA claims to be democratic government but I think they are practising selective democracy. What suits them, they will adopt and conveniently ignore the rest which doesn’t suit their agendas.

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  12. No democratic leader is above questioning at all. Lobsang Sangay has exhibited, the type of un-democratic government that the CTA is truly is. If they cannot stand up to students and teenagers, I do not know what kind of leadership is running the show now.

    Questions about the Nechung Oracle are valid, given that the Nechung Oracle incorrectly adviced the Dalai lama to stay in Tibet in 1959. Do not stop Tibetan people and MP’s from raising something that clearly does not work.

    “MP Andruk Tseten tells the listening MPs that people who dislike the Dalai Lama, like Dorje Shugden practitioners, do not affect the Dalai Lama’s life.” I quote, well why have the ban on Dorje Shugden people then, why isn’t there a representative of the Dorje Shugden people in the parliament then?

    “Khenpo Kada Ngedup Sonam,a member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile (MP), reminds his fellow MPs that it is not necessary for them to listen to the Dalai Lama’s instructions.” If then this can be true, then all that the Dalai Lama have mentioned in the past 20 years about Dorje Shugden can be reversed once and for all.

  13. CTA need to realise that this is no longer what it was back in the 60s. People are more aware what is happening and they do look at the wrongdoings and misleading actions of influential people. This so called ‘government’ is going fast into extinction.

  14. I think the precedent had been set for the people to be more vocal against the Dalai Lama. As they see no repercussion against the speakers, then more will be embolden to voice out their unhappy opinions. If taken as constructive, then the Tibetan leaders can learn of their people’s thought and complains but of course, why would they care when its their own pocket that concerns them the most. If not, then I guess black marks will be chalked up against the speakers and when the time is right, they will be hit for their voices. Freedom is not exactly the Tibetan Leaders’ practice. And by now I think the Dalai Lama is not as bothered as he prepares himself to return to Tibet. I did notice though that the speakers will tend to use the Dalai Lama’s name very often to seem as though they are speaking on behalf of the Dalai Lama and as such sanction to speak. Also then the blames fall on the Dalai Lama rather than themselves. What they say will also hold more clout from the Dalai Lama’s name. What is important will be for the people to really form a caring government through their votes and not let fear overrule their rights. But it is encouraging that the start of maybe freedom of speech??? I guess it depends on who was talk about.

  15. Tibet, a province in China well known for it’s Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism. A province that’s popular for it’s traditional medicine, a sacred place where full of harmony. Dalai Lama, well known for being an old kind monk, who has got Noble prize as a Peace Ambassador, his people worship him as a Dharma king. BUT, the so called government he leads, CENTRAL TIBETAN ADMINISTRATION, so dictate, claim that they are democracy “government” but it’s actually the other way. Discriminate people who doesn’t agree with them, segregate people who has different opinion on the “government” by always using “In protecting the name of The Dalai Lama”. CTA name is so smelly until people heard about CTA also feel irritated, the name is so smelly than rubbish that rot in the rubbish bin. This kind of government doesn’t even have the chance to rule if it’s in other country. This kind of leader has already got kicked out from the Parliament or got killed. Lobsang Sangay doesn’t even know how to lead a government, he should be put in jail. Tibetan can only obey to their leader because they have no rights to speak. There’s no human rights in the Tibetan community in exile, coz their brilliant “government” doesn’t allow human rights. CTA, i think u should bag up and leave India.

  16. There are getting more Tibetans who are brave to voice out their view toward CTA. Happy to see this because that means Tibetans are explored to the outside world and no longer just listen only to CTA. With all these years of Dorje Shugden controversy by CTA’s action, it is very sad because it has caused people losing faith and respect to the monastic community. It is good to hear Andruk Tseten says that in a democratic society, people do not have to agree with everything the leader says and this does not make them ignorant.

  17. The HH Dalai Lama’s government in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) proclaims itself to be a democratic system of government. But whatever mentioned in this article is true and how do you consider them as democratic. Lobsang Sangay displeasure when his own people ask question about Dorje Shugden. Can you accept a democratic system of government interfere your believe/religion. CTA Leadership ban the Dorje Shugden practice but they denied even there are so much proofs of the ban, how to trust them?

    Another leader, Khenpo Kada Ngedup Sonam, a member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile (MP), reminds his fellow MPs that it is not necessary for them to listen to the Dalai Lama’s instructions. He said “We Tibetans do not need to follow, I have already said that the universal ethics are not for us.” Why Tibetan can exempted from practicing “Universal ethic”. Again my question is “ how to trust this type of leadership”.

    The conclusion is 60 years gone, check the result, the current situation of the Tibetan in Exile in India, they are still stateless, still can’t go back to Tibet. At this stage, it should be no more taking religion as a politic tools to control the people, do something more logical to improve their life. Lift the ban of Dorje Shugden and unite all Tibetan and works together to a better tomorrow.

  18. Yes, it’s time for Tibetan people to stand up for rights just like the 100 Tibetans gathered to protest against the Tibetan leadership. It is very truth that people do not have to agree with everything the leader says in a democratic society as mentioned by Andruk Tseten. If every Tibetan people is responsible and working together toward a peaceful community instead of engaging in wrong actions and creating suffering for others, Tibetan today may achieve independence successfully.

    Unfortunately, they may never achieve it because CTA could no longer be trusted in protecting its people

  19. Young generation Tibetan has realising how bias CTA ready are. CTA can’t just using Dalai Lama name and politic power to control them how they feel and thinking. When CTA continue discriminate Dorje Shugden practitioner, tibetan felt no religion practice freedom and no have basic human right how they should think and react. Tibetan refugee has lose hope their leadership has fail them badly and no democracy and freedom for the tibetan.

  20. Till today, I cannot fathom the logic that harm can be done onto Dalai lama. What logic is that can someone please tell me? First they said that he is buddha then they said that he can be harmed if they practice Dorje shugden or disobey his instructions. Mind you, I am not a buddhist (although I learn as much as I can) but I find it rather interesting when I first came across this so called ‘Dorje shugden controversy’.
    Now, my question is, is he a buddha as claimed or not? Because if he is, then he shouldn’t be able to have harm fall onto him, right? Because how can buddha have the karma to be harmed? Now, if he is not a buddha, again, how does Dorje shugden harm him? Wish him short life? How preposterous!

  21. This is definitely tells CTA is totally out dated. New evolution arise, people are getting smarter and going more in advance of developing themselves. It pitiful CTA still stuck into the time back away 60 years ago. Like what had said, once the karma is open nothing can be done. How much lavish you are before and how much poverty you have become. 🤘

  22. To gain respect from people, we should respect the people first.
    Love & peace is possible only when we start loving & giving peace to others. 1 hand can never clap👏


  23. China and India are becoming closer and in a recent meeting have agreed on some points. One of these points is that the Dalai Lama will not be allowed to carry out any more political activities against China on Indian soil. Being a spiritual leader, why is he so political anyway? The Indian leaders are slowly silencing the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans in India. The Dalai Lama and his Tibetan government in-exile regime had better make friends with China already. They should either go back to Tibet/China or become Indian citizens and remain silent.

    China will review new inputs on Azhar

    Delhi says no anti-Chinese activity will be allowed in India

    China has assured India that it will, in future, consider any additional information that is provided on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar to designate him as an international terrorist.

    The assurance was given by Minister of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, Zhao Kezhi, to Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a high-level meeting held in New Delhi last week.

    Dalai Lama’s visit

    On its part, India said its territory would not be used for any political activity against China, when Beijing raised the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh in 2016.

    The Doklam stand-off between the armies of the two countries at the China-Sikkim-Bhutan tri-junction last year, which lasted for over two months, was not raised by either side.

    China had blocked India’s proposal to designate Azhar as an international terrorist at a UN sanctions committee. “The Chinese Minister also promised action on United Liberation Front of Assam leader Paresh Baruah, who is said to be hiding in China. He said they would consider any fresh information provided by India on both Azhar and Baruah,” said a senior government official.

    China considers Arunachal Pradesh a disputed territory and has referred to Tibetan leader Dalai Lama as a “separatist.” China was categorical that no protests or demonstrations should be organised by the Tibetans here.

    ‘A spiritual leader’

    “They wanted to raise the so-called disputed status of Arunachal Pradesh, but we did not agree to include it in the agenda. The Chinese delegation was assured that no political activity against the Chinese will be allowed from any Indian territory and as far as the Dalai Lama is concerned, he is a spiritual Tibetan leader who was given shelter in India,” said the official.

    Beijing also raised the unrest in Xinjiang province and sought India’s cooperation on the movement of Uighur militants.

    ‘No Uighur militants’

    “There is no evidence of the movement of Uighur militants in India, but the Chinese raised the subject as they have an apprehension that they may use India as a transit. They were assured that no such activity will be allowed,” said the official.

    On October 22, India and China signed an agreement to “strengthen and consolidate discussions and cooperation in the areas of counter-terrorism, organised crime, drug control and other such relevant areas.”

    A Memorandum of Understanding had been signed in 2005 with China, but that lapsed two years ago.


  24. It is clear and obvious that the CTA does not care for the Tibetans but they only care for themselves! Showing off as a democratic leadership but is it how a democratic leadership behaves? Not at all!

    It is such a pity for the Tibetans who have suffered so much to have such a leadership!! 😤

  25. A powerful article, a must-read! Makes people wonder, why are they so biased against China when all the other countries are doing exactly what China is doing but behind the facade of ‘democracy’? 👎

    Opinion: In Search Of Historical Parallels For China’s Rise
    October 15, 20182:55 PM ET
    Alexis Dudden teaches history at the University of Connecticut and is the author of Japan’s Colonization of Korea and Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States. Jeffrey Wasserstrom (@jwassers) teaches history at University of California, Irvine, and is the author of Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo and coauthor of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know.
    History can be helpful in making sense of what the Chinese Communist Party is doing within and beyond the borders of the People’s Republic of China. But when it comes to understanding today’s China, history is an imperfect guide. Neat parallels with the past aren’t possible. Certain aspects of China today are completely without historical precedent. And even when certain parallels do become possible, history isn’t helpful in quite the way that either Chinese President Xi Jinping or others promoting comparisons to the past may assume.
    Some have warned that as China threatens to displace the U.S. as a world power, war is inevitable — the so-called Thucydides Trap. While it may be tempting now to view the U.S. as Sparta to China’s Athens, this analogy does not stand up to scrutiny. There are more than just two major states locked in competition. Moves by Russia, the European Union, Japan and other powers will affect what does or does not happen next. The existence of international organizations and nuclear weapons alone makes it problematic to summon ancient Greek wars as templates for contemporary geopolitical tensions.
    Xi’s own ideas about the past are particularly significant, and similarly flawed. In promoting his outward-facing Belt and Road Initiative — an ambitious global infrastructure project — and his more domestically focused “Chinese dream” vision of national rejuvenation, he advances the idea that China should be seen as both rebooting and rejecting the past.
    In terms of rebooting, he presents the Belt and Road Initiative as putting a glorious new high-tech spin on the ancient Silk Road. In terms of rejecting, he presents China as breaking completely from the way two previous rising powers — the U.S. and Japan — behaved during the so-called “century of humiliation,” the period between 1839 and 1949 when they were part of an imperialist ganging-up on China.
    But there are no perfect historical analogies for the Belt and Road Initiative. It is not the modern version of the ancient Silk Road. That “road” was actually a set of roads, and they evolved organically, not via a top-down edict. In addition, Silk Roads also were defined by flows in different directions, with China being transformed by things moving into the country as much as by things heading out from it.
    Similarly, there are no perfect analogies to Beijing’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea or its creation of a vast network of indoctrination camps for Uighurs in Muslim-majority Xinjiang.
    As historians of China and Japan, what intrigues us, though, is that some of the most revealing imperfect analogies that come to mind lie precisely where Xi claims no precedents should be sought: in the actions and rhetoric of America and Japan between the first Opium War and the second world war — the period encompassing China’s century of humiliation.
    As America and Japan leapfrogged up the world’s geopolitical hierarchy, they each, as China does now, generated awe, anxiety and an admixture of the two. Much like China today, these two countries were associated with rapid economic development (facilitated by limits on the rights of laborers), technological advances (such as impressive new train lines) and territorial expansion (including, in each case, asserting control over islands in the Pacific Ocean).
    Leaders in Washington and Tokyo then, like those in Beijing now, often claimed to be breaking with the playbooks of previous empires. They asserted that their actions were motivated not by a naked desire for greater power but by a wish to improve the lot of people already under their control in borderlands or those being brought under their control farther away. When they used force, they claimed, they did so only to ensure stability and order.
    Beijing’s recent actions in Xinjiang and Tibet have echoes in Tokyo’s actions in Manchuria in the 1930s and Washington’s in the Philippines at the turn of the 19th century. Tokyo sent soldiers and settlers to Manchuria and exerted direct and indirect influence over the territory. Japanese official publications treated Manchuria’s people much in the same way as China’s Xinhua News Agency now treats those of Xinjiang and Tibet — as inhabitants of a backward and dangerous frontier that needed guidance from a government in a more advanced capital. In the Philippines, American proponents of expansion similarly celebrated the influx of new people and the importing of “modern” ideas, institutions and influences.
    History does suggest that Beijing’s leaders might consider doing things to make their actions less similar to the negative models of Japanese and U.S. expansion that loom large in China’s textbooks. They could grant greater agency to Uighurs and Tibetans in the path of their assimilationist development moves — allowing various languages to be taught in schools, for example — and reverse the trend in Xinjiang of disappearing people into camps, which conjures up other troubling historical analogies as well.
    In the South China Sea, Beijing is doing things that anyone steeped in the American and Japanese pasts will find familiar. But there are new twists.
    In the 1850s, the Japanese government built six Odaiba island fortresses in Tokyo Bay as a defensive strategy, primarily against the Americans. During an 1879 tour of China and Japan, former U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant boasted about his nation’s completion of the transcontinental railroad, which is notable in this context because it was a grand, “belt”-like project that, among other things, facilitated his successors’ annexations of Hawaii and the Philippines, as well as other islands.
    Beijing’s recent pressure on international airlines to shade Taiwan the same color as the mainland on their maps is a new turn. It does, though, recall schoolchildren’s maps in Japan being modified to include Taiwan in 1895, when Tokyo annexed the island into its growing empire. The same thing occurred again in 1910, when Japan subsumed Korea.
    One important difference between China’s expansionist moves and those of the United States and Japan is how they resonated at home. Until Japan took its dark turn in the late 1930s that resulted in the cataclysmic events of 1945, Japanese critics of Tokyo’s territorial ambitions could express their views in public.
    Mark Twain, a writer Xi admires, found it distasteful when the U.S. took control of the Philippines — when, as he put it, the “eagle put its talons” into new places with rapacious greed.
    Some Chinese citizens doubtlessly feel similarly about their government’s actions in the South China Sea, as well as its repressive moves in Xinjiang and Tibet. Unlike Twain or domestic critics of Japanese expansionism, though, it would be dangerous for China’s people to voice their concerns openly. That may be one of the most troubling comparisons from the past and present.


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