By: Harry Nephew
DorjeShugden.com was very happy to receive news that over 30 Lamas and 10 monks attended the Tibet Autonomous Region 10th government committee’s first conference on January 22-27, 2013 in Lhasa. This included Dorje Shugden high lamas, such as Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche, who was the first Tibetan lama to have been sent abroad by China to give Buddhist teachings in Switzerland in December 2012.
The Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee is an arm of the Central Government in Beijing, which is better well known as Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). It serves as an important administrative arm for the CPPCC to execute instructions and governs the entire Tibet Autonomous Region.
The conference focused on how to improve the current situation in Tibet. Pagbalha Geleg Namgyai, chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee, explained that there was a need to expose the people of Tibet towards science to help Tibetans move beyond their present status, which is a legacy of centuries of servitude under a theocracy, and be more prepared for a modern world. The Chinese Government promised to provide the Tibetan people with more education facilities and social infrastructure to achieve the above.
In concluding his speech, Pagbalha said that the Chinese government is employing various means to ensure a more progressive, affluent, and informed people, which are prerequisites for a happy, harmonious, law-upholding community of Tibetans.
The presence of the 30 Tibetan Lamas at this conference shows openness on the part of the Chinese to the participation of Tibetan lamas in matters pertaining to the improvement of the Tibetan people in the TAR and the advancement of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
The willingness of the lamas to cooperate with the Chinese Government indicates a maturity and acceptance of the political situation from the Tibetan point of view. It also shows that the Tibetan lamas hold the welfare of Tibetans and the growth of Buddhism as priorities which override political considerations. For far too long, the good of the Tibetan people and their spiritual progress have been sacrificed at the altar of Sino-Tibetan political maneuverings.
Clearly it is only via mutual cooperation that there can be progress both for the Tibetans as well as Sino-Tibetan relations, and this is precisely what DorjeShugden.com has advocated in its article, Operation Make Friends.
We are extremely happy to receive this piece of news and totally rejoice in the compassionate Sangha who have taken the initiative to lead in preserving the teachings of Lord Buddha and to uphold peace inside Tibet. This provides a bridge for China to mend relations with Tibetans. All these can only improve the chances of the Tibetan people returning to their homeland as has been their wish since going into exile in 1959. In fact, it seems that it is these lamas who are more proactive in helping the Tibetans rather than the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), who should be the ones representing the Tibetans yet are unable to even organize a dialogue with the Chinese government.
Indeed, this event proves that Dorje Shugden lamas are affirming their roles as peacemakers rather than the warmongers which they are being continuously wrongly accused of. The CTA should appreciate what the Dorje Shugden lamas are doing and rather than ostracize them, they should work with them in order to further the welfare of Tibetans.