Switzerland is on China’s Side

By: Ashok Rao

It is high time that the Tibetan leadership stop advertising how bad they think China is. They drone on about how China steps on human rights, how unfair they are, and how China does not give its citizens the religious freedom they deserve.

Whether any of this is true or false is no longer the point. What should be their main concern is how the six million people in Tibet can continue their unique cultural identity, and also somehow connect with and repatriate themselves with the Tibetans around the world, creating a unified culture and people. This is the only logical way that all things ‘Tibetan’ will continue to exist amidst the turbulent seas of the modern world.

More than ever, such efforts are important for the Tibetan leaders, given that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is now in his 80s. Rather than antagonise China, they should be doing their utmost to negotiate and make friends, before they no longer have the worldwide prestige of the Dalai Lama to rely upon. It is clearly obvious in the world of politics that the Tibetan leadership’s legitimacy derives strictly from the very same prestige and fame, and if they had any sense of forethought and care for their people, they would be making full use of it while they have the time.

The 400-year-old institution of the Dalai Lama, god king of Tibet, has always been based on reincarnated succession. So with the current 14th Dalai Lama in his 80s, it is imperative for the Tibetan leadership to make friends with China, lest the worst occurs before the god king returns in his next holy form.

However, one does not become friends with someone by hitting them on the head, or spitting on them at the turn of every corner. If the Tibetan leadership keeps running around, telling people, “Hey, Tibetans are not being treated well in Tibet,” while at the same time screaming for autonomy, does that make sense? Why would you want to be autonomous in a place where you are not treated well? To advocate autonomy yet on the same breath protest being mistreated in Tibet, does not make an ounce of sense.

So, for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his ‘ministers’ to ask for autonomy, which necessarily involves being a part of China, but at the same time gang bashing China at every turn, at every meeting, at every political gathering with every leader of the free world, and in the media, it does not make logical sense.

However, if you are seeking complete independence, it is a different kettle of fish, a completely different story. The reason you would seek independence is because your people are not being treated correctly and you do not foresee them being treated correctly in the future. But then, why does His Holiness advocate meaningful autonomy?

This article therefore, part of a trend, portrays that a county famed for their neutrality when it comes to international politics, war, banks and political views, are now shifting towards the One China policy and enforcing it. A nation such as Switzerland which is considered wealthy, sovereign and developed is now in alignment with China’s new world order.

A simple question to ask would be: what benefit does Switzerland or any other country receive to side with the Tibetans besides a moral feel-good factor, kind of like an instant adrenaline rush? Besides that, there is absolutely no political, financial and economic benefit to side with the Tibetan diaspora. But it would make perfect sense to side with China, from whom they would receive such benefit. So, this is more bad news for the Tibetan government in exile, headquartered in Dharamsala (affectionately called Dhasa).

Switzerland is now enforcing all Tibetans residing in their country to identify themselves as Chinese or originating from China. Previously they were allowed to be identify themselves as citizens of ‘Tibet’ or ‘Stateless’. This is a huge blow to Tibetans who are always declaring that they are the people from a sovereign Tibetan nation. Switzerland’s ‘simple’ act of enforcing Tibetans to identify with originating from China says it all. Clearly the Swiss government does not or will not recognize that Tibet is sovereign but always has been and continues to be a part of China. This should rankle many Tibetan supporters and freedom fighting ‘rangzen’ advocates.

It is a huge blow to the ‘Tibetan government in exile’ or more commonly known as the CTA. This should bring them backwards considerable after years of advocating their stance against China. We can see more and more nations siding with China and not with Tibet’s claim of sovereignty. Switzerland, which houses the largest settlement of Tibetan refugees in Europe is inadvertently setting a trend for the rest of the countries that house Tibetans as well as for the rest of the world. It is very important Tibetan leaders stop antagonizing China, not from a lack of free speech but for practical reasons. Tibetan leaders must stop irritating China and become friends. It is their only hope. They should be humble and reach out before it is too late.

The Tibetan Autonomous Region’s future, the Dalai Lama visiting his homeland again, and the preservation of the Tibetan culture and religion will be factored in by the behavior of the waning reputation of the Tibetan government in exile. If governments can be compared to the cycle of the moon, it is clear, given the current state of affairs, that the Tibetan government in exile is a moon which will never wax again.

Click on image to read the full report. Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/switzerland-revised-tibet-policy-to-boost-tieschinese-media/1/886711.html


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  1. The Dalai Lama should never say Dorje Shugden is wrong. This is his personal opinion and he should give religious freedom. The Dalai Lama does not agree with the tenants of Christianity, Islam, Jews, Hinduism, Satanists and Voodooists either. But he is smart enough to keep silent and not say so about them or risk huge international problems. So the same, he should not criticize any religious faith whether he likes it or not. This is the 21st century and no leader should demonize or degrade other religions. They should keep silent and be democratic and let people follow what they want. Do you hear the pope these days criticizing other religions? No, of course not because it would be very politically wrong of him to do so. All the conflicts that come from the middle east with Arabs, Jews, Christians all arise because they criticize eachother’s religion. If they all kept quiet about who is right and who is wrong on the path to God, there would be no conflict. The Dalai Lama should remain silent. He is wrong to criticize any religion or faith or path. Nobody can prove which religion actually brings you to heaven or hell.

  2. I couldn’t agree more with Ashok Rao that it’s imperative the Tibetan leadership stop criticising how bad they think China is. Their complaints and protests on the many issues such as human rights, lack of religious freedom (at least Dorje Shugden practitioners can do their practice in China!), the destructions of Tibetan culture and so on must stop if they really want change in Tibet. As the political status and system of Tibet is stipulated by the Chinese Constitution and laws, it is better to get on China’s good side, and then find ways to mutually solve the problems.

    Money speaks louder than ideals. When countries around the world are trying to befriend China, why don’t the Tibetans make the same effort to do so as the Tibetans (in China) are under Chinese rules and if those outside China do want to return to Tibet, realise that this is the leadership that they have to work with? The injustice of the past can never be right again because no one dares to go against China, so why not make the best out of the current situation, since His Holiness the Dalai Lama too has pointed that autonomy is the way to go?

    As for Switzerland, investments by Chinese companies in Switzerland last year was $4.8 billion and the mega-deal of the $43 billion takeover of Syngenta by ChemChina still awaits final regulatory approval. Last year, China’s HNA Aviation Group bought Swiss air transport support companies Gategroup and ST Technics. There are also other deals in recent years such as the takeover of iconic aluminium bottle maker Sigg by Haers Vacuum Containers, Swissport and so on.

    When Switzerland revised its immigration policy and asked those Tibetans to change their nationality to Chinese in July 2016, this is a clear sign of how things will be for Tibetans. Unless their relationship with China improves, it will just be more and more bad news.

  3. To add to what Pemachen commented above, having been in the financial industry for more than two decades, I can tell you that money makes the Swiss go round, wealth or money management specifically.

    In the Swiss financial sector, there has been a steady push toward attracting and managing more and more Chinese wealth. After all, China is now the world’s largest economy by some measures. China now also ranks second to the USA for the number of billionaires with 251 in 2016, increasing by 38 while the USA dropped by 4 in 2016 to 536.

    A search of headlines in the 12 monthsregarding the Swiss financial sector and China yields the importance China is for the Swiss.

    “Mission accomplished, RMB hub established — Swiss Bankers”
    “China-Swiss Talks Deepen Financial Ties, Lobby Head Says”
    “Credit Suisse Expands China Presence as Foreign Banks Retrench”
    “Tech Millionaires Keep China’s Wealth Machine Humming for Banks”
    “Credit Suisse hires banker in China onshore private banking push”
    “Switzerland Joins Chinese Alternative to World Bank | Economy Watch”
    “Financial dialogue between Switzerland and China in Geneva”
    “NEO – Switzerland Paving Way to Europe for China | Veterans Today”

  4. China has a long history with wisdom and should know of the benifit of wisdom, becaus wisdom is wisdom of non-duality and reality is non-duality. So wisdom is about reality, so it is about freedom and wellbeing for everyone. And to stay with reality or to adapt to reality step by step is to go a wise way or evolution and makes sure that a nation can survive instead of destroying themself because of ignoring that reality is non-duality by itself.

    China has appreciation for wisdom because it benifits china and it’s future. Here China and Tibet have the same appreciation regarding wisdom as well as cultivating wisdom within the family for the benifit of the family and the nation.

    Communism/Socialism is duality/illusion/harmful but not the non-dual awareness/identity of chinese people/human beings that by nature is not harmful at all but wisdom and compassion/intelligence, so duality is in contradiction with reality and is in contradiction not only with tibetan culture but also with chinese culture and identity itself. So it makes no sense for china to destroy themself with the drug duality/illusion/communism/socialism that only harms and destroys china.

    HHDL and CTA and tibetan people are only interested to keep up cultivating wisdom and compassion for the benifit of tibet, china and all nations (mankind) because illusion/duality is the worst drug that harms and destroys families and nations. Wisdom and compassion does not harm at all it just liberates for freedom and wellbeing.

    Tibet only wants to prevent nations from harming and destroying themself by cultivating wisdom and compassion. This is not in contradiction with china or any other nation!

    Because we have conciousness and conciousness is free of lastingness and non-existence, we have to accept that our conciousness is non-duality/wisdom and compassion/non-violence/intelligence and that we only can cause and effect freedom and wellbeing by cultivating our wisdom and compassion/non-violence.

    Reality is non-duality/non-violence or life, regeneration and healing so it is healing activity or free of eternalism and nihilism (duality) that is the basis for dualism/extremism, criminality, terror and war.

    To avoid many problems like extremism, criminality, terror and war, we need to cultivate wisdom and compassion. We need wise and compassionate education systems! So we need tibetan culture!

    So why going against tibet or tibetan people who cultivate wisdom and compassion because of they want freedom and wellbeing for themself and others? So why violence/war against tibet/tibetan people?

    By impermanence we are all forced to realise that reality is non-duality as well as to cultivate our wisdom and compassion to cause and effect freedom and wellbeing for ourself and others. For all of us there is no other option than cultivating our wisdom and compassion, because by reality/non-duality we are all forced to effect freedom and wellbeing because reality/non-duality is regeneration and healing/freedom and wellbeing.

    What happend in the past, it happend, but now china should become aware of that the compassionate interest of HHDL and CTA/tibetan people is the same interest that china has, to cultivate wisdom and compassion in order to cause and effect freedom and wellbeing for tibet and china and mankind. Communism/socialism is not china but intelligence/wisdom and compassion is china!

    Mankind only can avoid many problems by cultivating wisdom and compassion, so to go against tibet and tibetan culture, that is cultivating wisdom and compassion in order to avoid and overcome many problems, is not in contradiction with china and not against china at all.

    So please just let tibetan region within china be a wise and compassionate tibetan region within china for the benifit of china and mankind.

    Just let tibetan people cultivate their wisdom and compassion for their benifit and the benifit of china and mankind. Just let tibetan people do this, there is no problem for china or any other nation but it is very benificial for china and support for china in short and long term.

    Basicly for any nation it is not wise to keep investing in their dualistic betray systems that are in contradiction with reality and cause and effect many problems.

    Here the dualstic cultures that are based on ignorance and illusion of duality are in conflict with a non-duality culture that is based on reality, but look how long a culture of non-duality can survive while all other cultures that where based on illusions/duality failed.

    To go against tibet and tibetan culture of non-duality that is based on reality, is to go against mankind and will not help mankind. But because evolution is that only those survive who adapt themself to reality, reality rather looks like that all nations that have cultivated a lifestyle that is in contradiction with reality sooner or later will fail but the cultures of wisdom and compassion only can survive. About 18.000 bön/dharma or cultivating wisdom and compassion, well dharma/wisdom and compassion must work because it must have something to do with reality.

    I would say that only dharma/wisdom and compassion societies will make it because impermanence/reality is regeneration and healing and illusions(eternalism and nihilism/god and devil/good and bad etc. dualism)/violence are/is impermanent and only can/will fail.

    Dharma/reality will be victorious, as allways!

    Trust on the non-dual cycle of elements and nature, it’s perfect by nature, it’s regeneration and healing by nature, it is healing cause and effect by nature, it’s freedom and wellbeing by nature. It’s dharma, it works! So nations/economy that are/is based on reality/non-duality, are/is wise and compassionate, will work much better! Dharma/wisdom and compassion means less problems and much more fun!

  5. China is sure very powerful on global influences. I felt that overall China’s economy has pickup so much, it has almost became the number 1 nation. There are lots of high rise bulding, very good infrastructure, vast coverage of the bullet trains in whole of china etc. This is what Tibet unable to do if stay the same their old way. China has also open up the religious practice and has gave lots of freedom fo his people, as long as it did not contradict and harm the national interest. On the other hand, there were lots of freedom and financial aid given to CTA in Dharamsala, sadly we did not see much development nor progress for their people over the years. Much of the financial resources was use for personal purpose other than for their people’s interest. A lot of time was placed in targeting and discriminating Dorje Shugden practitioners. This has increased the splitting of their people and economy. USA has been supporting CTA, as a tool to go against China in humanity ground. With the new president Donald Trump in placed, he might cut all this bullshit away and placed AMERICA FIRST! It just matter of time for CTA to fall flat on their face.

  6. Because HHDL and CTA understand conciousness they understand that also all chinese people are buddhas/wise and compassionate human beings. HHDL and CTA as well as all other dharma practitioners also look at all chinese people as wise and compassionate beings (buddhas).

    Only thing is that HHDL and CTA want to cultivate wisdom and compassion for freedom and wellbeing, that’s all. So just let them do that.

    International law advises to aknowlegde once inherent dignity and cultivate dignity to avoid creating causes of suffering and suffering and to overcome causes of suffering and suffering with dignity because it works. Well Tibet and Bhutan are the only one who are really doing this and the rest of mankind is just betraying themself with creating illusions and impermanent luck and pain because of they don’t want to cultivate dignity but illusions.

    Is this globalisation that is going on to cultivate illusions world wide, in order to harm nature, animals and mankind? It looks like that because of all the harmful influences to nature, animals and human beings. Well that does not make any sense at all because impermanence/reality is regeneration and healing for freedom and wellbeing. So worldwide we need to cultivate our wisdom and compassion that we have by nature that is our inherent dignity for freedom and wellbeing of ourself and mankind.

    Problem also for china is the drug dualism/socialism/capitalism but not wisdom and compassion that is their true identity. There have been drug wars in the past, today it is the drug illusion that is just fake like fake news. So we also need to protect china from illusions. OM AH RAPA TSANA DHI, for the freedom and wellbeing also of china. So HHDL and CTA is not the problem of china or any other nation, illusion/communism/socialism/capitalism is the only enemy that also harms china from within.

    And this is also the wish of HHDL and CTA, tibetan people and all who practice dharma around the world, to help all beings with wisdom and compassion to live in freedom and wellbeing, to be happy. Dharma is only support for any nation and each being.

    Because reality is that also chinese people are wisdom and compassion, and we all stay with that reality. So communism/socialism/capitalism is only the problem of those who betray themself with it (dualism) and not the problem of others who don’t.

    We can’ espace reality/non-duality. Regenerating and healing cycle of elements/dharma will be victorious! HHDL and CTA as well as all others who study and pratice dharma only can be victorious with dharma, capitalism/socialism only can fail because reality is a non-dual continuum, illusions/duality are/is in contradiction with reality/non-duality and of course impermanent.

    There is luck and pain, that is impermanent. So luck and pain must have causes that are impermanent as well. This means that we can avoid creating and overcome cuases of luck and pain. So then there also must be a way to avoid creating causes of luck and pain. Yes, there is dharma/wisdom and compassion/reality, and it works very well!

    It’s just a matter of time but sooner or later dharma/wisdom and compassion only can be victorious. So liberation will happen anyway because reality/dharma happens anyway.

    Enlightnend buddhas appear again and again anyway, refresh the dharma transmissions, teach dharma for the benifit of all beings in order to enable them to cultivate their wisdom and compassion for their freedom and wellbeing and of mankind.

    May all dharma teachings, the wisdom of non-duality and mother of compassion, the healing activity of mind, speech and body spread within mankind in present and future and may it cause and effect freedom and wellbeing for mankind and all beings in the present and future.

    May all beings be free of luck and pain and all causes of luck and pain (illusion of duality/lastingness and non-existence, subject and object, god and devil, good and evil, friend and enemy etc.).

    Precious sublime liberating non-dual awareness, victorious wisdom and compassion, non-dual perception and exprience of reality, may it arise in all beings in whom it has not arisen yet and may it never decline in beings in whom it already has arised.

    May you become aware, understand and live in freedom and wellbeing for eternity.

    Namo Buddha, Namo Dharma, Namo Sangha.

    Namo TIbet, Namo Bhutan.

  7. It is clear to everybody – except the Tibetan Leadership! The facts are on the hand since so long, there is no way out of this situation other than befriend China and make the best of the situation.

    Nobody wants to loose his country but this has happened all over the history and it has happened to Tibet. Make the best for your people and find ways to get along with the Chinese government as there is no other solution. There has to be a get along and make it a win win situation for both.

    I wish all the best for the Tibetans.

    May the Dorje Shugden ban come down as soon as possible!

  8. @Pema

    ” … there is no way out of this situation other than befriend China and make the best of the situation.” …

    Only way out of suffering and causes of suffering, because reality is non-duality/non-violence is the way of non-violence/wisdom and compassion/non-duality, that is the way HHDL and CTA are on by the way.

    Thing is that HHDL and CTA are not the enemy of China/Chinese people (ignorance/duality within Chinese Gov. is the only enemy of Chinese Gov.), HHDL/CTA never stoped to love China/all Chinese people.

    Unfortuneately Chinese Gov./some Chinese people do not realize this and still is/are hostile towards HHDL/CTA who are only support for china because of they practice wisdom and compassion. Because Chinese Gov. practices violence and actions cause and effect conciousness, the problem is caused and effected within the Chinese Gov. that is not the problem of HHDL and CTA. Means HHDL and CTA already have conquered Chinese Gov. long time ago, so they can lay back and relax.

    In India Ghandi caused and effected freedom for India by applying non-violence, Chinese Gov. fears non-violence within tibetan region because then it will not be a part of violent cummunist/socialist china. That’s why they fear HHDL and CTA coming back to Tibet, because if so then Tibet would not subdue themself to violonce by non-violence and be victorious. Chinese Gov. has fear, but violence is impermanent, the causes of violence are impermenent, so Chinese Gov has a problem now because of their violence in the past and present, they are going to fail, they are conquered already. Just wait and see for yourself!

    So HHDL and CTA already make the best of the situation. Unfortuneately Chinese Gov. does not, because they don’t practice wisdom and compassion but violence against HHDL/CTA who practice wisdom and compassion. To do so is in contradiction with reality and once identity that is called personal disorder/narcissism. Communism/Socialism/Capitalism/Eternalism and Nihilism/Dualism is narcissism/personal dissorder.

    Reality is free of lastingness and non-existence, non-duality, non-violence, protection, regeneration and healing, so it is healing activity. Our conciousness is wisdom and compassion or non-violence, protection, regeneration and healing, so it is healing activity. That’s why our identity is non-violence/healing activity (6 Paramitas/Dharma study and practice due to our conciousness is free of lastingness and non-existence (wisdom and compassion – shitro) because of spacecontinuum).

    To ignore this and to create the illsion of lastingness and non-existence/duality/subject and object duality and to practice violence of mind, speech and body, like being hostile against wisdom and compassion and people who teach, study and practice wisdom and compassion, is what is called personal dissorder/narcissism.

    Buddha teached non-duality/wisdom and compassion for mankind in order to come out of narcissism/personal dissorder that mankind as well as animals are suffering from so much (because of ignorance) in order to avoid/prevent causing and effecting many problems like illusions/duality/narcissism, conflict, criminality, extremism/terror and war. Ghandi walked this way of non-duality/non-violence and it was very successfull because reality is non-duality. Violence has no chance at all because it is in contradiction with realilty/non-duality that is healing activity, protection, regeneration and healing. It#s just the way it is and we can’t escape reality. So all states/repoublics sooner or later will have to learn their lesson. Look into archeology, with dualism they all failed but dharma is still here, never failed since 18.000 years. Guess why. Guess why Ghandi was successful. Because of Sangha (cultivating wisdom and compassion), dharma (teaching of non-duality/reality) and buddhas (beings who realized reality/non-duality and turned the wheel of dharma). So now, guess why HHDL and CTA only can be successful, i give you one try.


    This is what Tibet and Bhutan, all dharma lineages/schools/centres around the world are standing for by the way and people with personal dissorder (public hand and economy around the world) have a problem with and even fight against as well as want that all people are like hamsters that have to run in a treadmill of a dualstic betray system in order to keep it up by this duality/violence. The harmful influences for nature, animals and human beings are obvious, it’s against humanity/mankind it’s narcissism because of ignoring non-duality/dignity. Human beings grew up in dualistic betray systems and think that this is normal/reality, but it simply can’t be normal/reality at all because of it is in contradiction with reality/non-duality.

    So why should we wise and compassionate human beings (buddhas) practice or continue to practice personal dissordern/narcissism? Just because of people of public hand and economy have impermanent personal dissorder and want us to do so as well? Really? Why? We don’t need to subdue ourself to narcissism by the way because hey there is reality/non-duality. We are not hamsters, we are buddhas!

    Now guess why there is no education regarding non-duality within the education systems around the world. Right, because the dualstic betray systems want people to be like hamsters that are running in the treadmill of a dualistic betray system to keep it up. This is escaping from reality/non-duality into illusons/duality (eternalism and nihilism) and effecting many problems by the way.

    Remeber, there was no education about non-duality/dignity before nazi germany in europe, nor during nazi/socialism regime in germany, until today in germany this is the way it is in europe as well as violence against wisdom and compassion within europe, guess why. There was and is no education about non-duality in all states/republics beside Tibet/Bhutan/India and some other asian nations. Look into the national law of all states/republics, it’s dualism/eternalism and nihilism, dualistic betray system treadmills for the people who are forced to be the hamstesr that are running in them to keep this up. Violence to keep the violence up and to fight against wisdom and compassion, that is narcissism/personal dissorder and law of any state/republic/economy with the harmful cause and effect of harming environment/nature, animals and human beings. This is hostile against mankind itself because of ignoring non-duality/reality, because of escaping from reality that dharma teachings are talking about by the way.

    Guess why, i give you one try …

    Right, states/republics are based on duality/personal dissorder/narcissism. Just read the national law and become aware of the eternalism and nihilism that is in contradiction with reality/conciousness that is free of lastingness and non-existence! How to come out of it? By Dharma study and practice and that’s what they fight against dharma to keep up the narcissism/violence with narcisissm/violence and to continue to be hostile against mankind.



    Don’t try to be a hamster you are a buddha/wise and compassionate human being!

    Maby now you understand why HHDL and CTA as well as all other students of dharma are not a hamster that run in a treadmill of these dualstic betray system and only want Tibet to be Tibet for the freedom and wellbeing of mankind! We all want mankind to be free, to live in freedom and wellbeing. That is my wish and of many others out there. So let’s do it.

    Here we talk about the present and future of mankind and the danger of many problems like ww3 because of the narcissism of public hand and economy world wide. Here we talk about reality that effects all of us, here we talk about freedom and wellbeing of mankind, here we talk about dignity and about our choice in the present for dignity and for freedom and wellbeing for ourself and mankind in the present and future. Here we talk about all other human beings like Shakyamuni, Ghandi and many other beings who teached, studied and practiced dharma for our freedom and wellbeing and now because they gave us anything we need to know and understand, we can use this to continue their enlightnend activity for the freedom and wellbeing of mankind. This is why i am here and many of you out there are here as well.

    Please wake up, please get up and study and practice dharma/non-duality/wisdom and compassion for your freedom and wellbeing. Public hand and economy will not do it for you but stay in their treadmill like hamsters untill they are exhausted/crash.

    Does mankind need to accumulate karma to cause and effect illusions/duality, conflict, crime, terror and war/ww3? No, we can accumulate merrit, freedom and wellbeing by dharma study and practice, what about that? Hey there is reality/non-duality/non-violence, what about that?

    So please dont take refuge into the treadmill of dualistic betray systems that sooner or later will fail/crash anyway. So what about taking refuge into the light within yourself (as buddhas teach) that is free of narcissism/duality/lastingness and non-existence, what about devotion to the light within yourself by dharma study and practice? Please don’t make a hamster out of yourself that is running in a treadmill of a dualistic betray system just to cause and effect problems for yourself and others, that makes no sense at all. Only vote the light within yourself!

    Hamsters that are running very fast in a treadmill and go out it, they fly around, that looks funny but for the hamster itself it isn’t funny at all. So when this is happening to you, because you are stepping out of the treadmill of duality and start to fly around like a hamster, you are on the right way … so don’t be scared just go on with dharma …

    Let all states/republics fail and crash themself, just accept it, they have decidet to do so and they are going to do so anyway. Don’t expect it will become better, no, how with all the violence within non-violance/reality? If they don’t stop themself, they are lost in space. It’s sad, but that’s samsara, so what do you expect.

    I think not only Chinese Gov. can and has to learn, we are all impermanent, we all have to learn.

    May all Dharmapalas protect all teachers and students of dharma with their wisdom of non-duality and compassion. May Vajrakilaya destroy all obstacles and harmful powers that are hostile against wisdom and compassion.

  9. Switzerland ranks highly for protection of human rights. This is one of the reasons why they have the largest Tibetan-in exile group in Europe, welcoming the Tibetans. For the Swiss to make this recent move to put in a new policy to register all Tibetans as Chinese, they must have considered all possible angles before concluding that this is a realistic and practical move for the future. This is a reasonable conclusion given all the factors we have today.
    Tibetans who are upset with this move should contemplate deeper. There is no need for complicated philosophies or explanations. Life goes on daily and everyone got to adapt to it and learn to move on peacefully. The BuddhaDharma remains the same that we have to put the teachings into practice.

  10. Thank you Ashok Rao for this interesting piece that states all the obvious. China is now the powerful darling of most countries in terms of trade agreements and ludicrous investments. Tibet is in China and has been for the past 50 years. So really, CTA should be facing the reality and start making proper overtures to China while they still hold some advantages.

    Ashok wrote “His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his ‘ministers’ to ask for autonomy, which necessarily involves being a part of China, but at the same time gang bashing China at every turn, at every meeting, at every political gathering with every leader of the free world, and in the media, it doesn’t make logical sense.” is interesting and so true. Why ask for autonomy from the enemy and not independence?

    Personally I think they can’t ask for independence as Tibet in China is now enjoying more freedom than what CTA lets on. They enjoy religious freedom (China has even taken on protecting Dorje Shugden practitioners and will not tolerate harm on them), possibility of owning properties (which previously would be almost impossible under the feudal system of CTA), preservation of Tibetan cultures and heritage buildings (millions had been pumped into restoration works), improved living conditions and economic opportunities. Recently China had even approved an infrastructure and transportation project worth billions in order for Tibetans to have better access to the rest of China and onwards to world trade.

    In view of all the positive changes, the cries of abuses by China are really not as effective should CTA push for independence. CTA themselves are perpetrators of abuse and harm toward Dorje Shugden practitioners when they ban this protector’s practice. With lies and deceptions, CTA had ruled their people in exile in dictatorial style. They employ everything they can to snuff out this authentic protector practice and violations of human rights as well as religious freedom had gone on with impunity. It would make more sense to turn their energy towards a positive negotiation with China for the return of their people to their homes.

    CTA need to learn to put their people first or the people need to stand up for their rights to a benevolent government that holds their interests as their principle consideration. All those voters who have rights to vote but had settled in foreign countries should reconsider…wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go in and out of Tibet China as the ancestral homeland without obstacles if negotiations went well?

  11. The Tibetan sovereignty card is out-dated because for decades, the leadership of Tibetans in exile had proven to the world how weak they are in being a government and administer for growth and development. The West who used to held high hopes on these leaders should realise by now that it had been all talk and no action. All the money poured into the pockets of the CTA (short for leaderships of Tibetans in exile) had ended up just where they are, the pockets of the CTA. None had gotten channeled to the people who deserved them. In fact, monies were used to fund hatred and fan disharmony. Hence it is no surprise that Switzerland, a country famous for being nonpartisan and shrewd take such measure, because it is impossible to reconcile the war cry by CTA and the actions they do. On the other hand, China, for the last many decades had been focused and single-minded in socio-economy development and growth to benefit her people, which include the Tibetans who reside in China. Tibetans in China enjoy human rights and religious freedom as well as receive opportunity to be part of the economy growth bandwagon. Why would any level-headed leaders be condoning act to fight against stability and harmony. Unless they have bias agenda. Kudos to Switzerland for taking this step to show CTA that it is high time to think about the future and do what is right for the people.

  12. The Tibetan leaderships (CTA) is fighting a lost cause, one of the reasons is that they are not garnering full support from their Tibetan people. In fact, CTA have split the Tibetan community because of the ban on Dorje Shugden practice that had nothing to do with the loss of Tibet nor the effort to have autonomy. The younger and able bodied Tibetans are settling down into other countries, in search of much needed job opportunities. And after settling down they brought their families over thus reducing the population of Tibetans in India. This also results in an ageing Tibetan population in India that the CTA does not provide much for these people. Instead of wisely working with China for the betterment of their people, the CTA embarked on the witch hunt to destroy Dorje Shugden and his roots. A witch hunt that is not logical and that which brings no benefit to Tibetans.

  13. Switzerland is setting an example to all of us around the world that at the end of the day, we will still need to depend, liaise or have connections with China because China is so huge, advance and also progressing in the economic sector. If the Tibetans want peace, freedom and also the country to grow then they have to stop making fuss and start creating good relationships with China. China is the one who can help them as they have the capability and the capacity. Tibetans have to stop blaming others and even blaming Dorje Shugden for their condition and for what happen to them. They have to start thinking out of the box and a bigger picture whereby it benefits the people of Tibet. Complaining and not doing anything to resolve the matter is not going to help either.

  14. Its true! Why do CTA and HHDL supporters always talk bad about China? Before one talk about how bad others are, they should check themselves first. What about the religious freedom of Dorje Shugden practitioners? What about the Tibetan families, relatives, friends that are separated because of this?

    Why can’t the CTA for once not be filled with their ego and think of others? What do you really want actually?
    Most of the countries in the world are making friends with China for greater purposes but the CTA is going the opposite direction? Isn’t it weird? Therefore I truly agree with this question “Why would you want to be autonomous in a place where you aren’t treated well?”

    I agree with what Switzerland did. Tibet is still ‘Tibet’ BUT it is under the ruling of China hence they must follow the rules. So CTA, again and again, people around the world are telling you to reconsider your approaching ways and be nice. Not be a bull and go head on. Definitely no benefits there.

  15. The fact that Tibet is within China can’t be denied. Whether Tibetan leadership or any other Tibetan agree it is the reality that must face. Keep bashing China to claim their freedom is definitely not working as we can see the result after so many years. China is growing stronger and we can see many other countries are befriending China for greater benefits. I totally agree with what has been shared by Ashok Rao.

    After so long of seeking for freedom what had Tibetan leader achieve or even convince the world what they have done to protect or to provide better welfare for their people? The fund that they have gotten from the west how have it been properly used to support their own people? How after so many year the Tibetan leaders still unable to be self-sustain?

    Switzerland moves to enforce all Tibetan resident in their country to identify as Chinese is just the mater of time and I believe other country will do the same in very soon of time. How long more to wait for Tibetan to gain what they dream for after so long of fight and it doesn’t seem to work by banging the hard way.

    Looking at how the Tibetan leaders separate and ostracised their own people using religious practice such as Dorje Shugden already good enough to tell the world how can they be success in managing their country and people. Instead of uniting their people they spend more time and money to create so much materials to ban the practice and uses religious practice as the reason for the fall of Tibet. How ridiculous it can be but this is the truth. Who will support Tibet now when they took away the religious freedom from their people and at the same time shouting for freedom for their country.

    I really hope the Tibetan leaders can really wake up and realise that time is no longer at their side and more and more countries leaders will join China. If the Tibetan leaders do not play smart now it will be too late.

  16. From the politic point of view, there are more cons than pro if a country go against China. Not to say every country must flatter China, but befriending with a strong country like China will definitely help the country growth. On the other hand, Tibetan Leadership not only against China, but they drag Dorje Shugden into the scenario, and imposed rules to stop people from practicing Dorje Shugden. That directly break their own people into groups, categories. I wanted to ask them, like that how are they going to unite all the Tibetan? And yet, they want to talk about independence? Actually from an outsiders point of view, people will funny is that, even other countries like Switzerland is befriending China, but why Tibet, all the while people around the world know that it is part of China, but they don’t appreciate to be part of China? With this kind of politic among themselves, can they even survive if they really independent? I hope, the Tibetan government in exile (CTA) realize this soon and stop all these nonsense.

  17. I’ve read 2 of the articles from web :



    The world is changing everyday, i still catch no point why CTA ( the leadership of Tibetans ) wanted banned this and that? CTA wanted to use religion to control the world?

    For me : religion and Politic should not mix together.

  18. This is wake-up call to Tibetan leadership (CTA) to stop advocate against China. China is currently a huge, rich and powerful country. There were many other countries seek support from China financially and economically. Tibet should be proud of being part of China. They should cultivate kindness and be friends with China in order to have peace, freedom and democracy for the sick of their people. Criticizing, condemning, bashing on supporting country will not bring any beneficial, in fact security and economic of the country will be affected tremendously.

  19. I can’t stop laughing when reading the part where it says Tibetan leadership is droning on How China steps on human rights, how unfair they are, and how China doesn’t give its citizens the religious freedom they deserve. I really feel like telling CTA: hey, look at the mirror, that’s who you are talking to.

    When CTA talk bad about China, it seems that they have forgotten what they have done to their own citizen, creating division, destroying harmony, breaking their family apart, send people out to hunt down Dorje Shugden Practitioners, hire people to attack Dorje Shugden practitioners online, does all these actions call being fair to their citizen? Is this call respecting human rights? Respecting the Religious freedom policy?

    Now is already 2017, CTA’s previous action has brought them to this mess today, I really wish they notice their action of bringing no benefit to anyone and change their current attitude and treat their citizen well, focus on their welfare and develop the land well, stop doing the unnecessary things that bring down their own people.

    China is very strong, they have just took over USA as the world leader in economy, many huge and strong countries are taking side with China, CTA should also put down their hatred towards China and get close, work close with China for the benefit of their citizen.

  20. More and more nations siding with China and have “partnership” with China. Why? I think It is just because this is in the fundamental interest of those countries and their peoples to have long-term strategic for their development and prosperity.

    As for Switzerland for the benefit of both country’s people, Switzerland has to reaffirm and will continue to pursue the one China policy as one of the agreement between both country and this resulted Switzerland is now enforcing all Tibetans resident in their country to identify themselves as Chinese or originating from China”

    If this is the case that is more nations now siding with china, it doesn’t make sense that Tibet is against China. Tibet leadership should do whatever to bring benefit to its people instead of benefits the leaders. They should also think long term strategic to bring prosperity to Tibetan , it has been proving that by blaming dorje shugden and China doesn’t bring development to Tibet but has divided their own peoples and bring suffering to their peoples. Lift the ban of Dorje Shugden and unite Tibet for a better future.

  21. Everyday, there are tons and tons of hate been produced and spreaded throughout world without hesitation, it’s unbelievable. People are suffering because their leaders have make illogical and selfish calls on behalf of their countries.

    To serve and benefit his or her people is a leader’s primary job. If one could not get it done and even make things worst. People should stand up, gather and fight for their freedom.

  22. What Switzerland government enforcement toward Tibetan resident at their country has set good example to others in the world. It send the good message to Tibetan leadership have to stop bashing China , accusing China no have religion practice freedom. Look at over 20 years of put down Dorje Shugden ban. CTA has done more harm to their own Tibetan people and Shugden practitioners around the world. Which against human right and religion freedom. Switzerland sure is one of the country to protect human right at their country. Therefore all the actions to put down Shugden practitioners have to stop.

    China has becoming more powerful and influence in economic at international . Many people wanting become partnership doing business together with China and their powerful political support background. Perhap CTA should stop basing China and make friendship connection to bring peace for Tibetan around the world who resident at different countries.

  23. Another western country Switzerland on China side. I think let’s face the reality as what buddhsim always taught. Seriously, What benefit that CTA gain for being against China. The strategies of gaining support from the western countries, so that CTA can continue to receive funds and donation due to political matters, is not working anymore. People used to against China due to political issue but today the world is looking forward to work with China due to China’s powerful influence on the world economy. China is now the world’s largest economy by some measures. China now also ranks second to the USA for the number of billionaires with 251 in 2016, increasing by 38 while the USA dropped by 4 in 2016 to 536.

    CTA should stop going against China because it will not bring any benefit for anyone. The funds will be reduced or cut off because those western countries who supported CTA before will withdrawn themselves because they do not want to be China’s enemy. Everyone wants to be friend with China.

    There are lots of benefits to be China’s friend. CTA should really consider about the benefits for their people.

  24. Switzerland was kind enough to allow Tibetans to identify themselves as the citizens of Tibet / stateless over the past years. Now, Switzerland has changed their immigration policy for Tibetan refugees and asked those Tibetans to change nationality to Chinese. If Tibet is an independent country, their citizens may not need to go through all this and instead they will feel proud to record their nationality. However, they are not. This is time for the Tibetan leadership to think about the benefits of their people.
    In reality, governments in all countries have an important role in economic progress and overall developments of a country for their people. A huge number of China population of approximately 1.4 billion or 18% of the total world population, I personally believe that not only Switzerland but many other countries may not want to lose their opportunity to have any form in dealing with China. We must know, this is the reality world.

  25. It is so important that CTA heeds the message that Dorje Shugden.com has been talking about. And that is while the Dalai Lama is still around and has much influence, the CTA should start making overtures good ones to China.

    As once the Dalai Lama is gone, CTA has got nothing to negotiate with the Chinese anymore, at that time, the Chinese would have mastered all they need to know to deal with the Tibetan. The single most thing that could worry the Chinese is still the Dalai Lama, without the Dalai Lama, CTA is just paper tiger.

  26. It’s no doubt that the Tibetan leadership is losing its grounds, all these happened due to their lack of ability to make decisions. How can one rules a nation when all they ever consider about is how they can benefit themselves but not the people? Truth to be told, Tibet can never win under this kind of leadership.

    More and more countries are siding with China now, China’s economy is growing rapidly and it’s something we have to understand. Not one single country is willing to take the risks of agitating China because we are talking about losing millions to even billions of business deals with China. This point alone is enough to prove why Tibet will never win.

    As time goes by, we hear a lot more news of how other countries are making things difficult for Tibetans. For example, Sweden has stopped accepting India’s Tibetan travel document or what they call ‘IC’, Mongolia has refused visits by the Dalai Lama; The United States being one of the main sponsors of Tibet has recently befriended China under the leadership of President Trump, this would mean that America values China cause that’s their largest trading partner there. So do you think they will continue to support Tibet and upset China? I don’t think so…

  27. Take a look at this clear video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama telling the monasteries to expel monks that practice Dorje Shugden. Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTgYWidYw3U

  28. Nechung is ZUMA 👎 before I m think he is one of d best when I m watch dis video By Geshe Dorjee la but now I m think is not d truth n he is lie to Tibet people we r not back to Tibet yt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8 Chithue Tenpa Yarphel la tq for talk about truth of Nechung . I m watch to this video many time la https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if2dFMKIr_8 n after I hear you talk I m not belief to Nechung

  29. What will the all the people around the world and in Tibet do now? Dalai Lama says he is happy that Tibet is a part of China and should remain a part of China. So many Tibetans self-immolated for Tibet to be independent and now Dalai Lama did a 360 degree turn and says he wants to go back to Tibet and China and Tibet should be a part of China. So unbelievable. So many are angry and disappointed.

    Tibetans ready to be part of China: Dalai Lama
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    Indo-Asian News Service
    Tibetans are ready to be a part of China if guaranteed full rights to preserve their culture, the Dalai Lama said on Friday.
    “Tibetans are not asking for independence. We are okay with remaining with the People’s Republic of China, provided we have full rights to preserve our culture,” the 83-year-old spiritual leader said at “Thank You Karnataka” event here in the city.
    Organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the event was a part of “Thank You India – 2018″ held by the Tibetan community across India to mark 60 years of its exile in the country.
    “Several of Chinese citizens practicing Buddhism are keen on Tibetan Buddhism as it is considered scientific,” the Nobel laureate said.
    Born in Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. He fled to India from Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959.
    China annexed Tibet in 1950, forcing thousands of Tibetans, including monks, to flee the mountain country and settle in India as refugees.
    Since then, India has been home to over 100,000 Tibetans majorly settled in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh among other states.


  30. Dear Dalai Lama,

    Since you started the cruel ban against the 350 year Dorje Shugden practice, how has it benefit your Tibetan society and Buddhism in the world? Things have become worse and most educated Tibetans can see this. They don’t speak out not because they don’t see your ban as wrong, but you instill fear in them and not respect. It is like fear of a dictator. I am sorry to say so. Everyone is divided. There is no harmony. Before your ban there was more harmony and unity.

    By enacting the ban, you split the monasteries, split so many families, split regions in Tibet apart, split your disciples from you, split your own gurus from you, split Tibetan Buddhism apart. You have created so much disharmony.

    It is not democratic what you have done to ban a religion within your community. You always talk of tolerance and acceptance and democracy and yet you do not accept and tolerate something different from your beliefs. When people practice Dorje Shugden you ostracize them, ban them from seeing you, ban them from using Tibetan facilities. You know you have done that. There are videos that capture your speech and prove this point. You even had people expelled from monasteries just because they practice Dorje Shugden. Some of the monks you expelled have been in the monastery for over 40 years. Many older monks shed tears because of this.

    Many young educated Tibetans lost confidence in you as they saw the damage the Dorje Shugden ban created and they lose hope. Many have become free thinkers. They reject what you have done. So many people in the west left Buddhism because of the confusion you created with this ban against Dorje Shugden which is immoral.

    You could of had millions of people who practice Dorje Shugden to support, love and follow you, but you scared them away. They are hurt and very disappointed. They loved you and respected you deeply before the ban. It has been 60 years and you have failed to get Tibet back. Your biggest failure is not getting Tibet back after 57 years in exile. Now you are begging China to allow you to return to Tibet to the disappointment of thousands of people who fought for a free Tibet believing in you. So many self-immolated for a free Tibet and now you want Tibet to be a part of China with no referendum from Tibetans. Just like a dictator, you decide on your own. It was your government and you that lost Tibet in the first place. Your policies and style of doing things do not benefit Tibet and Buddhism. You have been the sole ruler of Tibet your whole life and you still have not gotten our country of Tibet back for us. Our families and us are separated. Yet you create more pain by creating a ban to further divide people. Please have compassion.

    No other Buddhist leader has banned or condemned any religion except for you. It looks very bad. You are a Nobel laureate and this is not fitting of a laureate. You should unite people and not separate them by religious differences.

    You said Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi did not do right to the Rohingya people in Myanmar due to religious differences, but you are doing the same thing to the Shugden Buddhists within your own society. There is a parallel in this. You separate the Shugden Buddhists from the others in Tibetan society.

    You have lost so many people who would have loved and supported you. You have lost so much support around the world. The Shugden Buddhists who love you number in the millions. When you are fast losing support from governments and private people, it will not do you well to lose more.

    After you are passed away in the future, the rift you created between the Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people will remain for a while and that will be your legacy. Disharmony. You will be remembered for this. Not as a hero but a disharmony creator.

    Dorje Shugden will spread and further grow, but you will be no more as you are a human. No one wishes you bad and in fact we hope you have a long and healthy life, but we have lost so much hope and have so much despair because of you. All the hundreds of Dorje Shugden lamas, tulkus and geshes are maturing and there are hundreds of Dorje Shugden monasteries in Tibet who will not give up Dorje Shugden. You have made a mistake. These hundreds of teachers and teachers to be will spread Dorje Shugden further in the future.

    The gurus that gave us Dorje Shugden as a spiritual practice and you have called these holy gurus wrong and they are mistaken in giving us Dorje Shugden. How can you insult our gurus whom we respect so much? If they can be wrong, then you can be wrong. Then all gurus can be wrong. So no one needs to listen to any guru? You have created this trend. It is not healthy. Your own gurus practiced Dorje Shugden their whole lives. Your own gurus were exemplary and highly learned.

    Dalai Lama you have created so much pain with this ban against so many people due to religion. You are ageing fast. Are you going to do anything about it or stay stubborn, hard and un-moving. You show a smile and preach peace and harmony wherever you go. But will you do the same to your own people? Please rectify the wrong you have done. Please before it is too late. You can create harmony again or you can pass away in the future with this legacy of peace. May you live long and think carefully and admit what was a mistake in having this unethical ban against Dorje Shugden religion.

  31. Why doesn’t the United States and its allies end Refugee Status for the useless Tibetans? They have been refugees for 60 years now and don’t tell me they still cannot get their lives back in order?

    Tibetans really know how to put on a good show and use people, take their money and do nothing in return.

    Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians
    In internal emails, Jared Kushner advocated a “sincere effort to disrupt” the U.N.’s relief agency for Palestinians.
    Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, has quietly been trying to do away with the U.N. relief agency that has provided food and essential services to millions of Palestinian refugees for decades, according to internal emails obtained by Foreign Policy.
    His initiative is part of a broader push by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to strip these Palestinians of their refugee status in the region and take their issue off the table in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to both American and Palestinian officials. At least two bills now making their way through Congress address the issue.
    Kushner, whom Trump has charged with solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been reluctant to speak publicly about any aspect of his Middle East diplomacy. A peace plan he’s been working on with other U.S. officials for some 18 months has been one of Washington’s most closely held documents.
    But his position on the refugee issue and his animus toward the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is evident in internal emails written by Kushner and others earlier this year.
    “It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA,” Kushner wrote about the agency in one of those emails, dated Jan. 11 and addressed to several other senior officials, including Trump’s Middle East peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt.
    “This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help peace,” he wrote.
    The United States has helped fund UNRWA since it was formed in 1949 to provide relief for Palestinians displaced from their homes following the establishment of the State of Israel and ensuing international war. Previous administrations have viewed the agency as a critical contributor to stability in the region.
    But many Israel supporters in the United States today see UNRWA as part of an international infrastructure that has artificially kept the refugee issue alive and kindled hopes among the exiled Palestinians that they might someday return home—a possibility Israel flatly rules out.
    Critics of the agency point in particular to its policy of granting refugee status not just to those who fled Mandatory Palestine 70 years ago but to their descendants as well—accounting that puts the refugee population at around 5 million, nearly one-third of whom live in camps across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza.
    By trying to unwind UNRWA, the Trump administration appears ready to reset the terms of the Palestinian refugee issue in Israel’s favor—as it did on another key issue in December, when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
    In the same January email, Kushner wrote: “Our goal can’t be to keep things stable and as they are. … Sometimes you have to strategically risk breaking things in order to get there.”
    Kushner raised the refugee issue with officials in Jordan during a visit to the region in June, along with Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. According to Palestinian officials, he pressed the Jordan to strip its more than 2 million registered Palestinians of their refugee status so that UNRWA would no longer need to operate there.
    “[Kushner said] the resettlement has to take place in the host countries and these governments can do the job that UNRWA was doing,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a member of Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
    She said the Trump administration wanted rich Arab Gulf states to cover the costs Jordan might incur in the process.
    “They want to take a really irresponsible, dangerous decision and the whole region will suffer,” Ashrawi said.
    Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator, told reporters in June that Kushner’s delegation had said it was ready to stop funding UNRWA altogether and instead direct the money—$300 million annually—to Jordan and other countries that host Palestinian refugees.
    “All this is actually aimed at liquidating the issue of the Palestinian refugees,” hesaid.
    The White House declined to comment on the record for this story. A senior executive branch official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.S. policy regarding the U.N.’s Palestinian refugee program “has been under frequent evaluation and internal discussion. The administration will announce its policy in due course.”
    Jordanian officials in New York and Washington did not respond to queries about the initiative.
    Kushner and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, both proposed ending funding for UNRWA back in January. But the State Department, the Pentagon, and the U.S. intelligence community all opposed the idea, fearing in part that it could fuel violence in the region.
    The following week, the State Department announced that that United States would cut the first $125 million installment of its annual payment to UNRWA by more than half, to $60 million.
    “UNRWA has been threatening us for six months that if they don’t get a check they will close schools. Nothing has happened,” Kushner wrote in the same email.
    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at the time that the U.S. had no intention of eliminating funding for Palestinian refugees, and that it was taking time to explore ways to reform UNRWA and to convince other countries to help Washington shoulder the financial burden of aiding the Palestinians.
    But the following day, Victoria Coates, a senior advisor to Greenblatt, sent an email to the White House’s national security staff indicating that the White House was mulling a way to eliminate the U.N.’s agency for Palestinian refugees.
    “UNRWA should come up with a plan to unwind itself and become part of the UNHCR by the time its charter comes up again in 2019,” Coates wrote.
    She noted that the proposal was one of a number of “spitball ideas that I’ve had that are also informed by some thoughts I’ve picked up from Jared, Jason and Nikki.”
    Other ideas included a suggestion that the U.N. relief agency be asked to operate on a month-to-month budget and devise “a plan to remove all anti-Semitism from educational materials.”
    The ideas seemed to track closely with proposals Israel has been making for some time.
    “We believe that UNRWA needs to pass from the world as it is an organization that advocates politically against Israel and perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem,” said Elad Strohmayer, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
    Strohmayer said that Palestinians are the only population that is able to transfer its refugee status down through generations.
    The claim, though long advanced by Israel, is not entirely true.
    In an internal report from 2015, the State Department noted that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees “recognizes descendants of refugees as refugees for purposes of their operations.” The report, which was recently declassified, said the descendants of Afghan, Bhutanese, Burmese, Somali, and Tibetan refugees are all recognized by the U.N. as refugees themselves.
    Of the roughly 700,000 original Palestinian refugees, only a few tens of thousands are still alive, according to estimates.
    The push to deny the status to most Palestinians refugees is also gaining traction in Congress.
    Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado, introduced a bill that would limit the United States to assisting only the original refugees. Most savings in U.N. contributions would be directed to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United States’ principal international development agency. But USAID is currently constrained by the Taylor Force Act, which restricts the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends a policy of providing aid to families of fallen terrorists.
    “Instead of resettling Palestinian refugees displaced as a result of the Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1948, UNRWA provides aid to those they define as Palestinian refugees until there is a solution they deem acceptable to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Lamborn’s bill states.
    “This policy does not help resettle the refugees from 1948 but instead maintains a refugee population in perpetuity.”
    A congressional aide familiar with the legislation said its intent isn’t to gut UNRWA funding, but redirect assistance to descendants through USAID.
    “The people that are suffering should still get assistance, but through appropriately defined humanitarian channels and aid programs,” the aide said.
    Similarly, Sen. James Lankford, (R-Okla.), has drafted legislation that would redirect U.S. funding away from UNRWA and to other local and international agencies.
    The bill, which has not yet officially been introduced, would require the U.S. secretary of state certify by 2020 that the United Nations has ended its recognition of Palestinian descendants as refugees.
    “The United Nations should provide assistance to the Palestinians in a way that makes clear that the United Nations does not recognize the vast majority of Palestinians currently registered by UNRWA as refugees deserving refugee status,” reads a draft obtained by Foreign Policy.
    Previous U.S. administrations have maintained that the vast majority of Palestinian refugees will ultimately have to be absorbed in a new Palestinian state or naturalized in the countries that have hosted them for generations.
    But the fate of the refugee issue was expected to be agreed to as part of a comprehensive peace pact that resulted in the establishment of a Palestinian state.
    “It’s very clear that the overarching goal here is to eliminate the Palestinian refugees as an issue by defining them out of existence,” said Lara Friedman, the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
    “This isn’t going to make peace any easier. It’s going to make it harder.”

    DS.com Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians (1)

  32. Supreme Court of India JUSTICE Mr. MARKANDEY KATJU (RETD) writes that Tibet is much better under the Chinese than it was under the lamas who only wanted to make the populace slaves. It was feudal and it will never return to the backwardness again.

    Time has come to acknowledge that Tibet has vastly improved under Chinese rule
    JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU (RETD) | 12 August, 2018
    From a terribly poor state hinged on a feudal system, Tibet has modernised and grows faster than the rest of China
    This article has been prompted by Jyoti Malhotra’s article in ThePrint ‘Tibetan government quietly changed its PM’s designation. India won’t be unhappy about it‘.
    China’s annexation of Tibet in 1959, ousting the Dalai Lama, had attracted it worldwide criticism. The Dalai Lama fled and was granted asylum in India, where he set up a government-in-exile with its headquarters in Dharamshala.
    The Chinese claim Tibet on the grounds that it has been part of the country since the Yuan dynasty of the 13th century, which is disputed by the government-in-exile. But let us leave this that matter aside.
    The more important question is whether Chinese rule has benefited Tibet.
    The answer is that it undoubtedly has. As the Reuters’ Ben Blanchard writes: “Today Tibet is richer and more developed than it has ever been, its people healthier, more literate, better dressed and fed”.
    Although Ben goes on to argue that this development masks “a deep sense of unhappiness among many Tibetans”, I will disagree. How can anyone be unhappy if s/he is healthier, better fed and better clothed?
    Under the rule of the Dalai Lamas (Buddhist priests), the people of Tibet were terribly poor, almost entirely illiterate, and lived like feudal serfs.
    Today, Tibet presents a totally different picture. The illiteracy rate in Tibet has gone down from 95 per cent in the 1950s to 42 per cent in 2000. It has modern schools, universities, engineering and medical colleges, modern hospitals, freeways, supermarkets, fast food restaurants, mobile stores and apartment buildings. The capital Lhasa is like any other modern city.
    While the economic growth in the rest of China has slowed down to about 7 per cent, Tibet has had a 10 per cent growth rate in the last two decades.
    Tibet has huge mineral wealth, which was only awaiting Chinese technology to be tapped. Nowadays, it has numerous hydro and solar power plants and industries running with Chinese help.
    Tibetan literature is flourishing, contrary to claims that the Chinese want to crush Tibetan culture.
    Of course, now the lamas cannot treat their people as slaves.
    The so-called ‘government-in-exile’, of which Lobsang Sangay claims to be the President, is a fake organisation, funded by foreign countries. They only want to restore the feudal Tibet, ruled by the reactionary lamas, something which will never happen.
    The writer is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India

  33. While the government of Nepal has framed a policy to tighten the noose around non-governmental organisations, they have welcomed 30 Chinese NGOs to enter the country. These NGOs will penetrate the country’s social sector at the grassroots level. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese NGOs have entered Nepal at one time. Nepal is increasingly open to Chinese influence, a sign that ties between both countries are strengthening, while India’s influence is being reduced. The time has passed for India’s monopoly to remain uninterrupted in Nepal as opportunities to engage with China are being welcomed.

    30 Chinese NGOs all set to work in Nepal
    Kathmandu, July 30
    At a time when the government has framed a policy to tighten the noose around non-governmental organisations, 30 Chinese NGOs have entered Nepal to penetrate the country’s social sector and the grassroots.
    The Social Welfare Council Nepal and China NGO Network for International Exchanges, an umbrella body of Chinese NGOs, have signed a memorandum of understanding to enable Chinese NGOs to work in Nepal. The agreement was signed yesterday between SWCN Member Secretary Dilli Prasad Bhatt and CNIE General Secretary Zhu Rui in the presence of Minister of Women, Children and Senior Citizen Tham Maya Thapa and Chinese Deputy Minister of External Affairs Wang Yajun.
    The agreement has paved the way for the first batch of 30 Chinese NGOs to work in Nepal for a period of three years. Their contract will be extended based on the consent of SWCN and CNIE. Representatives of these 30 Chinese NGOs were also present during yesterday’s signing ceremony. They have agreed to work in partnership with local NGOs to implement their programmes and projects.
    The Chinese NGOs are eyeing areas such as livelihood, healthcare, education, skill-based training, community development and disaster management. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese NGOs has entered Nepal at one time. The Chinese assistance so far in Nepal has largely been limited to development of infrastructure projects. But the entry of these NGOs indicates China is keen on making its presence felt in Nepal’s social sector and the grassroots, which, till date, have remained domains of the West and countries such as Japan and India.
    The MoU signed between SWCN and CNIE states that Chinese NGOs will be mobilised for ‘the benefit of needy Nepalis and to enhance ties between China and Nepal through people-to-people support programmes’.
    “The Chinese NGOs will abide by the law of Nepal in its entirety while carrying out development cooperation in Nepal,” says the MoU, adding, “Chinese NGOs will submit programmes to the SWCN to carry out development activities in partnership with Nepali NGOs and SWCN in line with plans and policies of the government of Nepal.”
    The MoU was signed at a time when the government has drafted the National Integrity Policy to limit activities of NGOs and INGOs, as some of them were found ‘trying to break communal harmony and proselytising Nepalis’. There were also concerns that high administrative cost of many NGOs and INGOs was preventing money from reaching the real beneficiaries. The policy clearly states that NGOs and INGOs cannot spend more than specified amount under administrative and consultant headings. They will also be barred from working against Nepal’s interests, culture and communal harmony and conducting activities to promote their religious, social or other agenda, adds the policy.
    Around 48,000 NGOs are currently registered in Nepal, of which only 1,600 have been receiving funds from INGOs, as per SWCN. The SWCN has directed INGOs and NGOs to spend 60 per cent of the budget to generate tangible results, while the remaining can be used to cover administrative costs and organise training, meetings and seminars.

  34. The cracks in Tibetan society are starting to show, and it is now coming to the attention of local Indians who have all but identified the Tibetan leadership as the source of the divisions. According to this author, disunity amongst the Tibetans is now creating problems for Indian law enforcement agencies, and this disunity may culminate in young Tibetans holding silent grudges against their host country. It is incredible that after six decades of generosity from India, Indians are now facing the very real possibility Tibetans can be ungrateful towards India. The Tibetan leadership totally failed to impart positive values upon their exiled community, like gratitude for those kindest to them and the need to repay these kindnesses with real, tangible results. It’s also very unlikely that the Tibetan leadership will now start to do this, after six decades of failing to do so. Indians need to realise this, and see that there is no benefit for their nation to align themselves with the Tibetan leadership, and there never will be.
    Tibetan disunity not in India’s interest
    John S. Shilshi
    Updated: August 7, 2018, 11:00 AM
    India is home to the Dalai Lama and an estimated 120,000 Tibetan refugees. Though this humanitarian gesture on India’s part comes at the cost of risking New Delhi’s relations with China, India has never wavered in ensuring that Tibetans live with dignity and respect. Notified settlements across the country were made available so that they can live as independently as possible and practice Tibetan religion and culture. They are also allowed to establish centres of higher learning in Tibetan Buddhism. As a result, several reputed Buddhist institutes came up in Karnataka, and in the Indian Himalayan belt. In what may be termed as a gesture well reciprocated, and because of the respect and influence His Holiness the Dalai Lama commands, the Tibetan diaspora also lived as a peaceful community, rarely creating problems for India’s law enforcement agencies.
    The situation, however, changed from 2000 onwards when unity amongst Tibetans suffered some setback due to developments like the Karmapa succession controversy and the controversy over worshiping of Dorje Shugden. In a unique case of politics getting the better of religion, two senior monks of the Karma kargyue sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Tai Situ Rinpoche and late Shamar Rinpoche, developed serious differences after the demise of Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Karmapa, in 1981. This animosity ultimately led to emergence of two 17th Karmapa candidates in the early nineties. While Tai Situ Rinpoche identified and recognised UghyanThinley Dorje, late Shamar Rinpoche anointed Thinley Thaye Dorje as his Karmapa candidate. Enthronement of their respective protégés at the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the supreme seat of the Karma Kargue linage, being their primary objective, both started indulging in activities monks normally are expected to, and bitterness spewed against each other.
    The bitter rivalry assumed a new dimension when UghyenThinley Dorje suddenly appeared in India in January 2000. The competition became fiercer and hectic political lobbying, never known in the history of Tibetan Buddhism on Indian soil, became common place. Apart from pulling strings at their disposal in Sikkim as well as in the power corridors of New Delhi, these senior monks spat against each other with allegations and counter allegations, widening the gaps between their supporters. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, choosing to favour one of the candidates—a decision many Tibet watchers felt was ill-timed—had also limited possible scope of rapprochement. Hence, the Karma Kargyue followers are now vertically divided, while the camps are dragged into a long drawn legal battle.
    Another development that unfortunately split the Tibetans is the controversy over Shugden worshipping, which again is an internal matter of the Gelugpa sect, to which the Dalai Lama belongs. It erupted as a result of the Dalai Lama urging Tibetans to refrain from worshiping Dorje Shugden, a deity believed to be a protector, according to Tibetan legend. Shugden practitioners, who felt offended by the call, describe it as an attack on freedom of religion, a right, which Dalai Lama himself tirelessly fought for. On the other hand, die hard Dalai Lama followers perceived the questioning of the decision as one challenging the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and mounted massive pressure on Dorje Shugden practitioners to relent, with some even demolishing the statues of the deity. The rivalry ultimately led to split in two Gelug monasteries in Karnataka, and Serpom and Shar Garden monasteries in Bylakupe and Mundgod respectively came under the control of Shugden followers. The bitterness associated with the split is exemplified by the fact that till today, members of these monasteries are treated as some sort of outcasts by the others. Thus, for the first time, the Tibetan diaspora in India gave birth to sections opposed to the Dalai Lama, with spillover effects in Tibet and elsewhere.
    For India, with a fragile internal security profile, a divided Tibetan population on its soil is not good news. It has several long-term implications. It is common knowledge that China considers Dalai Lama as a secessionist, one plotting to divide their country. The latter’s claim of “all that Tibetans were asking for, was a status of genuine autonomy within the Constitution of the Peoples’ Republic of China”, had fallen into deaf ears. China also considers him as someone who plays to the Indian tune to tickle China. Therefore, at a time when China has successfully shrunk the Dalai Lama’s space internationally, India continuing to extend the usual space for him is viewed as complicity. Sharp reaction from China when he was allowed to visit Arunachal Pradesh in April 2017, is a recent example. Such being the delicate nature of India-China relations on matters and issues concerning Tibetans, India can hardly afford to ignore the division within the diaspora. Past experience of dubious elements from Tibet having succeeded in infiltrating the Central Tibetan Administration, including the security wing, should be a warning.
    It is also time India understands the reason behind Tibetans seeking Indian passports, despite an existing arrangement for issue of Identity Certificates, which is passport equivalent. Some had even successfully taken recourse to legal remedy on the issue, and left the government of India red-faced. These changing moods should not be viewed as desires by Tibetans to become Indian citizens. They are triggered by the pathetic state of affairs associated with issuing of Identity Certificates, where delays in most cases are anything between six months to one year. Early streamlining of the process will drastically reduce their desire to hold Indian passport. It will also remove the wrongly perceived notion among some educated Tibetan youth, that the cumbersome process was a ploy by India to confine them in this country. While India should not shy from requesting the Dalai Lama to use his good offices to end all differences within the community in the interest of India’s internal security, it will also be necessary to ensure that young Tibetans do not nurse a silent grudge against the very country they called their second home.

  35. Although the Dalai Lama has offered an apology, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) still expressed their disappointment over his controversial comment on Nehru, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC). Dalai Lama called Nehru self-centred.

    The Congress said Dalai Lama being a foreigner should shun and refrain from interfering in the internal as well as external affairs of India.

    Dalai Lama should abstain from imparting controversial information to students: Arunachal Congress
    Dalai Lama should know that a spiritual leader like him is shouldering great expectation: APCC
    | DAMIEN LEPCHA | ITANAGAR | August 12, 2018 9:58 pm
    disappointment over the recent statement made by Tibetan Spiritual Leader the 14th Dalai Lama in which he called Jawaharlal Nehru, the former Prime Minister of India as “self-centered” and the one responsible for parting India and Pakistan.
    “Although Dalai Lama expressed regret over his controversial comment, the APCC is extremely thwarted by it. A Tibetan spiritual leader calling names to an Indian leader who sweated most to keep him and his followers safe from Chinese aggression is simply not acceptable. Today, India is home to lakhs of Tibetan refugees who are living in 37 settlements and 70 scattered communities across different states of India,” APCC vice-president Minkir Lollen said in a statement on Sunday.
    “Dalai Lama may have forgotten that India provided a beam of light and hope to Tibetans remaining in Chinese-dominated Tibet and in the neighbouring Chinese provinces politically cut off from the Tibetan heart land. All these happened only because India has great leaders like Gandhi and Nehru who took the responsibility of social burden to shelter thousands of persecuted Tibetans then in 1959,” Lollen added.
    Minkir said Dalai Lama should know that a spiritual leader like him is shouldering great expectation, hope and trust of millions on record and the same are watching his contribution towards the mankind.
    “In such circumstances, Dalai Lama should abstain from imparting partial and controversial information to the students who are the torch bearer of the nation,” the Congress said.
    Further stating that the statement of the spiritual leader could be a politically motivated one and made with an effort to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi for survival of his continuation in the country, the Congress said Dalai Lama being a foreigner should shun and refrain from interfering in the internal as well as external affairs of India.

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.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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