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Ringo Starr

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What the Panchen Lama says rings so true. Tibet was no Shangri-la, no Garden of Eden. It was a bunch of families who fought, jostled for power, inter-married and ruled over a serfdom, all for their economic interest. Today, according to a recent report, the size of of Tibet's economy has grown 197-times since the Dalai Lama and his cronies left in 1959. There is no comparison as to which society is better off.


Panchen Lama: democratic reform an important turning point for Tibetan Buddhism

2019-04-09 China Tibet Online

Panchen Lama Erdeni Choskyi Gyalpo, a vice chairman of the Buddhist Association of China, said in Beijing recently that the democratic reform in Tibet was not only a great revolution that liberated more than one million of serfs, but also an important turning point in the development and progress of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Panchen Lama said that before democratic reforms were implemented in Tibet, laws in the feudal serfdom at the time, in which politics and religion were combined, divided people into three classes and nine levels. More than one million of serfs and other people suffered cruel political oppression, economic exploitation, and spiritual control from the "three ruling classes" (the then government officials, aristocrats and high-level monks). Tibetan Buddhism was no longer a religious belief but a political tool for serf-owners. They violated the Buddhist doctrines of "compassion from the heart and equality for all living beings".

The Panchen Lama believes that the separation of politics and religion after the democratic reform abolished religious privilege and feudal exploitation and eradicated the shackles restricting the development of productivity. Democratic reforms restored the original appearance of Tibetan Buddhism and promoted it into a "re-expansion period" that is compatible with the socialist society.

The Panchen Lama says he will carry on the Buddhist philosophies of equality for all living beings and compassion from the heart. He will pass on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of patriotism and love for religion, promote the adaptation of Tibetan Buddhism to the socialist society, unswervingly uphold the unification of the motherland and ethnic unity, and promote people's happiness and well-being.

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Drolma

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What the Panchen Lama said is very wise. It is true that the Chinese have liberated the Tibetans from serfdom and they abolished the "caste" system in the Tibetan society. Everyone now is equal, people will get what they want if they work hard, it does not depend on social status anymore.

In 2018, the Chinese government has successfully reduced the poverty rate in Tibet from 37%-8% in 5 years. It is not something the Tibetan government is capable of doing. Life is so much better now in Tibet compared to before the Dalai Lama and his cronies' escape from Tibet.

Religion and politic can never be mixed, feudalism is not a workable ruling system. They are an obstacle to the development and progress of a society. If it is a good system,  it would have survived and make Tibet stronger but it didn't happen. The CTA should learn from their mistakes and be clever to move on with the right strategy.

Rowntree

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This is the reason why Tibet lost their country. Ordained people, aka monks, do not know about politics and have no management skills in managing a country. They keep themselves secluded and isolated with no knowledge of what was happening in the world. They were so arrogant to think that they were on top of the world and there was nothing wrong to continue to practise feudalism.

When the English and the Chinese invaded, the Tibetans basically handed Tibet over to them. Neither did they have trained soldiers, nor weapons that are strong enough to defend Tibet. It was rather ridiculous to see monks in robes holding their guns. The robes and killing represented by the gun just don't match.

I am sure that the Dalai Lamas were the emanation of the Buddha of Compassion, Chenresig. I am sure he had the compassion and wisdom to rule Tibet. Unfortunately, within his group, there were more corrupted government officials, aristocrats and high-level monks.

There is nothing much a person can do. No matter how great he was, when he is surrounded by corrupted people, that's the result we see today. Om Mani Padme Hum!

Alex

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Before the invasion, Tibet is a closed country, and they kept everything to themselves. 90% of the population are serfs, and 10% are the lords and owners. I bet 10% of the population who are the one that decided to keep Tibet remain as a neighbouring country because they are the one that is enjoying all the power over the rest of the population.

Since China's invasion, the situation in Tibet is so much better. The serfdom system has been demolished, and all the slaves are granted freedom as well as aids to help them to get back on their feet in society. Many of them are given free lands and financial subsidies. Since then, the poverty rate in Tibet improved much better.

China has said that they will be able to eradicate poverty in a few years totally. It is such a significant improvement compared to last time when the Tibetan government is in control.

Tenzin K

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Strongly agree. Democracy is important and should be implemented to provide respect, preserve the individual culture, tradition and also spiritual belief. Democracy is the key to unity to let every individual have their words and share their thought. All decisions made transparent to the people and the voting system in place for everyone to exercise their right. It’s time for Tibetan to be responsible for their country with the right leadership to guide through them.