Fujisan's Kyareng

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Four Nobel Truth and the Eight Fold Path

ཆོས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོའི་མདོ་དང་སཱ་ལུའི་ལྗང་པའི་མདོ།
 The Stura of the Wheel of Dharma & The Rice Seedling Sutra


སྡུག་ཀུན་འགོག་ལམ་བདེན་པ་བཞི། ལྟ་རྟོགས་ངག་ལས་འཚོ་རྩོལ་དང་།
དྲན་ཏིང་ཡང་དག་འཕགས་ལམ་བརྒྱད། ཤེས་སྒོམ་ལ་བརྩོན་རིགས་ཀྱི་བུ།

ཆོས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོའི་མདོ་ལས། དགེ་སློང་དག །ང་སྔོན་མ་ཐོས་པའི་ཆོས་རྣམས་ལ། འདི་ནི་སྡུག་བསྔལ་འཕགས་པའི་བདེན་པའོ་ཞེས་ཚུལ་བཞིན་ཡིད་ལ་བྱེད་པ་ན་མིག་སྐྱེས་སོ། །ཤེས་པ་དང་། རིག་པ་དང་། བློ་དང་། རྟོགས་པ་སྐྱེས་སོ།

དགེ་སློང་དག །ང་སྔོན་མ་ཐོས་པའི་ཆོས་རྣམས་ལ། འདི་ནི་སྡུག་བསྔལ་ལོ། འདི་ནི་སྡུག་བསྔལ་ཀུན་འབྱུང་བའོ། འདི་ནི་སྡུག་བསྔལ་འགོག་པའོ། འདི་ནི་སྡུག་བསྔལ་འགོག་པར་འགྲོ་བའི་ལམ་མོ་ཞེས་ཚུལ་བཞིན་ཡིད་ལ་བྱེད་པ་ན། མིག་སྐྱེས་སོ། །ཤེས་པ་དང་། རིག་པ་དང་། བློ་དང་། རྟོགས་པ་སྐྱེས་སོ།

དགེ་སློང་དག །ང་སྔོན་མ་ཐོས་པའི་ཆོས་རྣམས་ལ། སྡུག་བསྔལ་འཕགས་པའི་བདེན་པ་དེ་ངས་མངོན་པར་ཤེས་པས་ཡོངས་སུ་ཤེས་པར་བྱའོ་ཞེས་ཚུལ། སྡུག་བསྔལ་ཀུན་འབྱུང་བ་འཕགས་པའི་བདེན་པ་དེ་ངས་མངོན་པར་ཤེས་པས་སྤང་བར་བྱའོ་ཞེས་ཚུལ། སྡུག་བསྔལ་འགོག་པ་ཤེས་པ་འཕགས་པའི་བདེན་པ་དེ་ངས་མངོན་པར་ཤེས་པས་མངོན་སུམ་དུ་བྱའོ་ཞེས་ཚུལ། སྡུག་བསྔལ་འགོག་པར་འགྲོ་བའི་ལམ་འཕགས་པའི་བདེན་པ་དེ་ངས་མངོན་པར་ཤེས་པས་བསྒོམ་པར་བྱའོ་ཞེས་ཚུལ་བཞིན་ཡིད་ལ་བྱེད་པ་ན། མིག་སྐྱེས་སོ། །ཤེས་པ་དང་། རིག་པ་དང་། བློ་དང་། རྟོགས་པ་སྐྱེས་སོ།

དགེ་སློང་དག །ང་སྔོན་མ་ཐོས་པའི་ཆོས་རྣམས་ལ། སྡུག་བསྔལ་འཕགས་པའི་བདེན་པ་དེ་ངས་མངོན་པར་ཤེས་པས་ཡོངས་སུ་ཤེས་སོ་ཞེས་ཚུལ། སྡུག་བསྔལ་ཀུན་འབྱུང་བ་འཕགས་པའི་བདེན་པ་དེ་ངས་མངོན་པར་ཤེས་པས་སྤངས་སོ་ཞེས་ཚུལ། སྡུག་བསྔལ་ལ་འགོག་པ་ཤེས་པའི་འཕགས་པའི་བདེན་པ་དེ་ངས་མངོན་པར་ཤེས་པས་མངོན་སུམ་དུ་བྱས་སོ་ཞེས་ཚུལ། སྡུག་བསྔལ་འགོག་པར་འགྲོ་བའི་ལམ་འཕགས་པའི་བདེན་པ་དེ་ངས་མངོན་པར་ཤེས་པས་བསྒོམས་སོ་ཞེས་ཚུལ་བཞིན་ཡིད་པ་བྱེད་པ་ན། མིག་སྐྱེས་སོ། །ཤེས་པ་དང་། རིག་པ་དང་། བློ་དང་། རྟོགས་པ་སྐྱེས་སོ།
འཕགས་པ་སཱ་ལུའི་ལྗང་པའི་མདོ་ལས། ཆོས་གང་ཞེ་ན། འཕགས་པའི་ལམ་ཡན་ལག་བརྒྱད་པ་སྟེ། འདི་ལྟ་སྟེ། ༡༽ ཡང་དག་པའི་ལྟ་བ་དང་། ༢༽ ཡང་དག་པའི་རྟོགས་པ་དང་། ༣༽ ཡང་དག་པའི་ངག་དང་། ༤༽ ཡང་དག་པའི་ལས་ཀྱི་མཐའ་དང་། ༥༽ ཡང་དག་པའི་འཚོ་བ་དང་། ༦༽ ཡང་དག་པའི་རྩོལ་བ་དང་། ༧༽ ཡང་དག་པའི་དྲན་པ་དང་། ༨༽ ཡང་དག་པའི་ཏིང་ངེ་འཛིན་ཏོ།
འདི་ནི་འཕགས་པའི་ལམ་ཡན་ལག་བརྒྱད་པ་ཞེས་བྱ་སྟེ། འབྲས་བུ་ཐོབ་པ་དང་། མྱ་ངན་ལས་འདས་པ་གཅིག་ཏུ་བསྡུས་ཏེ། བཅོམ་ལྡན་འདས་ཀྱི་ཆོས་སོ་ཞེས་བཀའ་སྩལ་ཏོ།

From the Sutra of the Wheel of Dharma: Monks, as I correctly paid attention to the things that I had not hitherto heard, thinking, 'This is suffering, a truth of noble beings' vision arose; knowledge, awareness, understanding, and realization arose.

Monks, as I correctly paid attention to the things that I had not hitherto heard, thinking, 'This suffering, this is the origin of suffering, this is the cessation , and this is the path that leads to the cessation of suffering,' vision arose; knowledge, awareness, understanding, and realization arose.

Monks, as I correctly paid attention to the things that I had not hitherto heard, thinking, 'With higher knowledge I should comprehend suffering, that truth of noble beings'; 'I should get rid of the origin of suffering, that truth of noble beings'; 'I should actualize the knowledge of the cessation of suffering, that truth of noble beings'; and 'I should cultivate the path that leads to the cessation of suffering, that truth of noble beings' vision arose; knowledge, awareness, understanding, and realization arose.

Monks, as I correctly paid attention to the things that I had not hitherto heard, thinking, 'With higher knowledge I have comprehended suffering, that truth of noble beings'; 'I have relinquished the origin of suffering, that truth of noble beings'; 'I have actualized the cessation of suffering, that truth of noble beings' and 'I have cultivated the path that leads to the cessation of suffering, that truth of noble beings' vision arose; knowledge, awareness, understanding, and realization arose. 

From the Rice Seedling Sutra: What is Dharma? The Dharma is the eight fold path of the noble ones: 1) right view, 2) right thought, 3) right speech, 4) right end of action, 5) right livelihood, 6) right effort, 7) right mindfulness, and 8) right concentration. This eight fold path of the noble ones, combined with the attainment of its results and nirvana, is what the Bhagavan has called the Dharma.

[Note: compiled and reproduced from the notes and the texts during His Holiness  the Dalai Lama's teaching in Bodhgaya in January 2017]

Phunchok Stobdan’s televised attack is misleading, divisive and dangerous

June 5, 2020

Screengrab image of P Stobdan, a former Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic’s interview on Aaj Tak on 29 May 2020.

On 29 May 2020, during a nationally televised debate on the Indo-China border face-off, Phunchok Stobdan, a former Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, made an unnecessary and crudely-worded assault on His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The nature of the attack and the manner in which it was made has shocked diplomats and scholars and has hurt the sentiments not just of Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, but also Ladakhis and Buddhists around the world.

Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), issued a statement saying that P. Stobdan’s comment on His Holiness the Dalai Lama was deplorable and out of context. “President Dr Sangay further added that those sharing the views of P Stobdan are marginal and the majority of the people in Ladakh deeply revere His Holiness as their most beloved spiritual and moral leader.”1

Many Ladakhis came out in a strong protest against P. Stobdan, for his disrespectful remarks and blasphemy against Tsawai Lama, the spiritual guru. “Major associations in Ladakh such as Ladakh Buddhist Association, All Ladakh Gompa Association, LBA Youth Wing and Women Wing, The Thiksey and Diskit monasteries, Muslim association in Leh as well as the Anjuman Jamiat-ul-Ulama Isna Ashriya Muslim association in Kargil, Likir Monastery Gaden Dhargyas Ling, the Merchant Association of Leh, Office of the Nambardar Spituk, President Kunfan Deytsogs Tsgospa Spituk and ‘Leh Phung Do’ Nambardars and Lower Leh Nambardars (village leaders) in Leh, D.L. Pethub Khangtsen Education Society in Leh, Galdan Targaisling Cultural & Welfare Society Pethup Gonpa in Leh, Dre-Lukhil Khangtsen Education Society and Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics have issued statements in contempt of the remarks.”2

The associations and the monasteries had also demanded an “unconditional apology” from Stobdan3. Feeling great pressure from all corners, P. Stobdan gave an apology through a video message and a short note as follows:
“In the wake of Chinese intrusion in Eastern Ladakh from early this month, I have been requested by several national and international media channels to give my expert comments. As an authority on national security issues, I have been making several geopolitical comments on the defense of Ladakh land and the nation. These are my personal views on the issue and do not reflect the opinion of any organisation or society. H.H the Dalai Lama is our supreme religious head who I deeply revere. I have attended several teachings, including Kalachakra initiations by him. Therefore, there is no question of profaning him from the spiritual angle. These are purely expert geopolitical comments pertaining to the border-standoff with China. However, if the sentiments of some people are hurt by my comments, I deeply extend apology.”4

Although the manner of the speech on national television, the anger, and the facial contortion are all scarcely befitting of any scholar or security expert’s demeanour, Buddhism has taught us to forgive and forget. After all, the point of contention is Chinese border incursion, and India and Tibetans have a common interest in this fight against Chinese aggression.

However, P. Stobdan has later given an interview to The Print, an Indian online newspaper. This interview betrays the reason behind the hateful speech against His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The reason cited reveals P. Stobdan’s anti-Dalai Lama and anti-Tibetan refugee stance, which he has elaborated in detail in his book, The Great Game in the Buddhist Himalayas.

He said, “Ladakh is not Tibetan or Chinese land, this is India’s land. If Tibetan government is in exile, then what are they doing in Ladakh? Ladakh belongs to the Ladakhis and India, and there can be no compromise.”5

Such statements are deplorable, divisive and dangerous. It is like playing into the hands of the Chinese Communist regime, i.e. creating misinformation, confusion and division, and finally attacking when the internal discord is at the peak. It is the Chinese who invaded Tibet, now they are after Ladakh and other border areas of India. It is preposterous to think that Tibetans are claiming Ladakh. It is the Chinese Communist regime that we should be wary of, not the Tibetan Administration in exile! What genuine security expert could think of such a false notion!

At this difficult time of the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic and the aggressive border intrusions, we all need to unite and fight together for our common cause. Instead of attacking the big bully China, P. Stobdan blames His Holiness the Dalai Lama for bringing the Chinese at the border, that too in very coarse and defamatory language. Such unfounded views and accusations from a former diplomat and a scholar are bound to create misunderstanding and division, and it will adversely affect our joint capacity to ward off the Chinese aggression. This is against the national interest of India and the Tibetans. Should there be any infighting, it will only make China happy and render India’s border more vulnerable.

His article, “Ladakh concern overrides LAC dispute” in The Tribune, drags the Fifth Dalai Lama [1617-1682 CE] into the dispute and smears him6. In his book, he writes, “The Tibetan presence in the Himalayan region cannot be dismissed as a mere political incident. It is the result of a brilliant strategy and flawless execution of China’s strategy.”7

Rather than challenge the enemy at the border, P. Stobdan wants to divert India’s attention to a falsified history and prove who has brought the Chinese at the borders! Let me briefly dwell on history and see if it is anyone’s brilliant strategy.

Tibet has been an independent nation since ancient times. India and Tibet shared a long historical, religious and cultural relationship. The long borders between the two nations have been among the most peaceful borders in the world. According to the ancient Indian Rigveda and Atharvaveda, Tibet is Trivistapa8 [the heavenly abode], with the Mount Kailash as the center or navel of the earth, the abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Tibetans look at India as Aryabhumi, a holy land, blessed by Lord Buddha and many renowned masters. This sacred bond is the background of Indo-Tibet’s relationship since ancient times.

In 1949, the Chinese Communist Party took over China, established the People’s Republic of China and it began to assert its claim on Tibet. When Tibet refused to join the Republic, China sent 40,000 armed troops to Eastern Tibet, invaded the region and threatened to enter Lhasa forcefully. Being a Buddhist and peaceful nation, Tibet had no arms and ammunitions to confront the Chinese machine guns and artillery. The young Dalai Lama and his cabinet members fervently sought help from India and the international community, to intervene and stop the Chinese occupation. But no help came. China forced Tibet to sign the 17-point agreement and took over Tibet. Continued silence from the international community further emboldened China to violate the agreement and commit genocide in Tibet. This culminated in the 10 March 1959 Tibetans’ national uprising, which was brutally crushed and resulted in the loss of many lives. His Holiness the Dalai Lama escaped Tibet to India, followed by some 80,000 Tibetans. This is Tibetan’s refugee story. Does anyone see any conspiracy in this by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with China against India?

Mao had said the occupation of Tibet is a must; Tibet is like a palm of a hand, a very strategic place. From there, through the five fingers of Nepal, Ladakh, Arunachal, Bhutan and Sikkim, China can control other regions. An attempt to realize this is what we are seeing now.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama always says, “India is our guru and Tibetans are the chela, that too a very reliable chela.” On countless occasions, on numerous domestic and global platforms, he has appreciated and thanked India for all the help extended to the Tibetan community, and said he considers himself “a son of India”. One of his four major commitments is to promote and preserve the teachings of the ancient Indian Nalanda masters. To question His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s integrity and loyalty, in such a twisted fashion, is like profaning the sacred bond that Indians and Tibetans have shared since ancient times.

If any doubt still persists, please refer to the CTA’s President Dr. Lobsang Sangay’s statement where he has made clear that Ladakh, Arunachal and Sikkim are part of India.9

With due respect to P. Stobdan for his expertise in geopolitics and national security, I request him not to attempt to severe this ancient sacred bond between India and Tibet, for reasons known best only to him. We should instead unite and fight the aggressor at the borders. If he still wants to go back to history, let me conclude with what Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, has said:

          “Instead of according recognition to China in 1949, had India accorded this recognition to Tibet, there would have been no Sino-Indian border conflict. By letting China take control over Lhasa, we have in a way helped the Chinese to bring their armies on the Indian borders.”10

https://tibet.net/phunchok-stobdans-televised-attack-is-misleading-divisive-and-dangerous/

Reference:
1 https://tibet.net/152359-2/
2 https://tibet.net/152359-2/
3 https://theprint.in/diplomacy/stobdan-sorry-for-remarks-on-dalai-lama-but-says-spiritual-leader-also-a-geopolitical-entity/433499/
4 https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/j-k/leh-shuts-over-p-stobdans-statement-on-the-dalai-lama-92920
5 https://theprint.in/diplomacy/stobdan-sorry-for-remarks-on-dalai-lama-but-says-spiritual-leader-also-a-geopolitical-entity/433499/
6 https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/ladakh-concern-overrides-lac-dispute-90880
7 Phunchok Stodan, The Great Game in the Buddhist Himalayas, p-xii
 Mathan, Journal of Social & Academic Activism, Jan-Mar 2020 issue, p-20
9 https://www.ibtimes.co.in/ladakh-belongs-india-tibet-sides-india-exposes-chinas-expansionist-tactics-821586
10 Indian Leaders on Tibet, India Tibet Coordination Office, p-25-26

China’s Global Times article false, incorrect and misleading – a rebuttal

April 29, 2020


China’s Global Times has on April 27, 2020, published an article “Exiled Tibetans eye return to China for fear of virus” by Shan Jie and Hu Yuwei[1]. The article has shown the situation of Tibetans living in India, especially those in Dharamshala, in a very poor light. It said because of the Covid-19 pandemic and poor medical facilities in India, Tibetans are longing to return to Tibet.

It said that Dharamshala lacks proper medical facilities and that there is a limited hospital with small clinics only. It quoted some medical scholar Liu Yinghua saying that the Tibetans living across north and south India are in unstable regions and the local government often neglects their welfare.
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) would like to clarify and state that the contents of the above article by the two reporters and the statement by Liu Yinghua are false, incorrect and misleading.

The Coronavirus pandemic which originated in China has caused the global disaster and it has affected India also. The international community holds China responsible for the spread of the virus and for its deliberate suppression of information[2] and for sending faulty medical kits around the world.[3]

India is working hard to fight and contain this pandemic. As far as the situation in Dharamshala is concerned, till date, there have been 40 positive cases and one death in the whole of Himachal Pradesh. Lockdown is observed strictly as a precautionary measure and the situation is fully under control.

The Central Tibetan Administration has been working closely with the local authorities to control the spread of the virus and observe lockdown in the region. CTA has thanked and appreciated the efforts made by the local authorities: DC, SDM and SP offices for all the help and guidance during this difficult time[4].

The local authorities: DC, SDM and SP offices have also appreciated the contribution and efforts made by the Administration and the Tibetan community in fighting this Chinese Coronavirus.
Dharamshala is located in Kangra district. The region has good medical facilities with major hospitals like Delek hospital, Civil hospital, Zonal hospital, Tanda hospital, Fortis etc. and traditional Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute. The allegation that the region lacks proper medical facilities is not true.

There is no question of Tibetans wanting to return to Tibet or to China because of the virus fear. Tibetans are well looked after by the Central and State government here in India. The statement that “the local government often neglects the exiles” is wrong and misleading.

The Department of Home, Education and Health of the Central Tibetan Administration too have well defined welfare and poverty alleviation programs to look after the livelihood, education and health of the needy Tibetans. The Settlement officers coordinate with the respective local authorities and the Administration to monitor and answer the needs of the Tibetans in the settlements. Therefore, the inference that the Tibetans are in a poor situation in India is false and a deliberate fabrication on the part of Chinese official media.

The report says Tibetans want to go back to Tibet, but this report is based on a statement of one lady Yangzom in Nepal. We don’t know how much of this is true. Even if it is true, it has nothing to do with India. Also, we cannot generalize the issue because of one person’s statement.

The report quotes medical scholar Liu Yinghua, who is said to have studied Tibetan medicine in India. But the records in Tibetan Medical Astrology Institute in Dharamshala do not show the attendance of any Liu Yinghua having studied in the Institute.

We request the Chinese government to stop spreading false information and fake news, and strongly refute the article and the statement in the Global Times. The world is passing through a difficult time because of this Chinese Coronavirus. The Chinese leadership should actually be taking moral responsibility to contain this global pandemic and apologize to India and the international community for the devastation it has created around the world.

https://tibet.net/chinas-global-times-article-false-incorrect-and-misleading-a-rebuttal/

*T.G. Arya is the Secretary of the Department of Information and International and spokesperson of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamshala.

[1] https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1186932.shtml
[2] http://www.westphsea.com/articles/world-leaders-in-unity-to-investigate-china-we-demand-answers/
[3] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52092395
[4] https://tibet.net/cta-contributes-rs-3-lakh-to-district-covid-19-fund/

Coronavirus pandemic; a Chinese trojan horse to global hegemony

April 27, 2020

Add captionChinese President Xi Jinping/ Xie Huanchi Xinhua / eyevine / Redux
The Coronavirus pandemic, which originated from the Wuhan city of China last year, has affected and disturbed the world greatly. It has created a war-like situation in public health, economy, and politics and in international relations around the world. Many theories came up as to the cause of the Coronavirus, a spurt from the Wuhan wet market to an accident in a bio-warfare laboratory to Chinese conspiracy to disrupt the world order. Whatever the theories, one undeniable fact is that the virus originated from Wuhan, and China deliberately suppressed the information at the cost of global pandemic. 

The international community is unanimous in the deduction that the Chinese leadership mishandled the outbreak and is accountable to the devastation it wrecked around the world.[1] The pandemic has exposed the ruthless nature of Xi Jinping’s leadership and the insidious conspiracy of China to take the helm of world power at whatever cost. The world leaders are not happy with what China has done and how it is still bullying around with impunity.[2]

Had China taken action and attended to the warning the Chinese doctor Li Wenliang[3] and others[4] gave at the early stages of the virus outbreak, this pandemic could have been contained and so many lives in China and around the world could have been saved. Unfortunately, the leadership silenced the voice of these sincere doctors and citizens who tried to warn the people of the incubating epidemic in the region.[5] 

This makes us ponder on the theory that the virus spread from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, one of the top most Chinese centers to study bio-warfare pathogens[6]. The visit of the top Chinese expert in biological warfare, Major General Chen Wei, to the institute at the end of January with a team of scientists, and the proximity of the wet-market, the scapegoat as the origin of the virus, are all explicable. Outspoken intellectuals like Prof Xu Zhangrun were arrested and their whereabouts are still unknown.[7] Ms Fang Fang, the author of book ‘Wuhan Dairy’, is facing death threats.[8]   
As of now, more than two hundred thousand people have died and more than three million positive cases are reported, and the figures are still moving uphill. But what has China done, instead of apologizing and taking moral responsibility for the chaos it has created around the world, China tried to put the blame first on the US army,[9] then on Italy[10] and Kazakhstan, lately on the black people.[11] Both the US and Italy are undergoing great difficulty and sufferings due to this Chinese virus, casualty and unemployment rate is the highest in these two countries. Yet, China has the guts to say that the virus originated from the US and Italy. Taking the opportunity of this pandemic state, China claimed Kazakhstan as historically part of China, and to further confuse the situation, it said the Coronavirus originated from the land.[12]  

The black people from the African countries, who helped sustain Chinese economy in various sectors, and whose countries welcomed Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Chinese people to Africa, are now made a scapegoat to fit China’s narrative that the virus was of foreign origin. How black people are discriminated against and treated in Guangzhou city is something that will make humanity cry.[13] Here in this internet world, we are able to see these atrocities, but Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongolians have gone through this kind of discrimination and torture for decades and are still suffering under the repressive communist regime.[14]    

When the Olympic Committee conferred China the honour to host the 2008 Olympic, China promised to relax and amend its notorious human rights, press and religious freedom records. The international community expected China to open up and subscribe to the international norms and democratic values after the Olympics. But China took the 2008 Olympic more as an acknowledgement by the world of its growing military and economic power, and endorsement of its human rights policies. In Tibet, human rights and religious freedom deteriorated greatly after the Olympic, restriction and surveillance became so severe that Tibetan refugees crossing the border came to nil since then. Today, the Tibetan plateau which His Holiness the Dalai Lama has once dreamt of making it as a Zone of Peace[15] has become one of the highly militarized zones in the world today.

Even after all the chaos and pandemic it has created, China is trying to come out as a winner and take advantage of the devastation it has engineered. China continues to suppress information and its total Covid-19 cases remained stagnant at 82,000+ and the death at 4000+ since March, whereas actual casualty and death is said to be much higher.[16] What is shocking here is, China supplied medical kits worth million dollars to combat Coronavirus disease in the US, Canada, Italy, India, Nepal and some other countries. But these kits were found faulty and were returned.[17] They first send diseases and then sell medical kits which are faulty, and there is no sense of remorse and not a word of apology! Trade and economy, and stock markets have plummeted, but China is on buying spree![18] What does all these say about China?  

Now, when the world is limping and struggling hard to recover from the pandemic, China has the audacity to send naval warships to Japan, South China seas,[19] and the Indian Ocean.[20] It arrested Martin Lee along with some 14 prominent democratic advocates[21] in Hong Kong and has threatened to bomb Taiwan into submission.[22] Yet, its White Paper on Defense says “China will never seek hegemony and sphere of influence”,[23] and the Chinese Ambassador to India is seen harping on the same[24] while Chinese cartographers are busy altering the map of Indian frontiers.[25]

China is known for its violation of human rights, press and religious freedom, yet it has found its way to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) through dubious means.[26] China has through its Belt and Road Initiative trapped many developing countries in debt trap. The lands and assets of these countries are held for ransom.[27] The World Health Organization (WHO)’s Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has become a Chinese propaganda flute.[28] Just recently, China pressured the European Union (EU) to soften its report on Covid-19 disinformation.[29] These aggressive and heavy-handed tactics used by China are indicative of a dangerous and corrosive trend gnawing the future world order.  

The international community should wake up to this Coronavirus alarm and bring the Chinese communist party to the International Court of Justice. More than 154 Tibetans have committed self-immolation since 2009 to protest the Chinese atrocities and to draw the attention of the international community to the injustice and human rights abuses that Tibetans are subjected to. This Coronavirus pandemic has revealed how dangerous the Chinese dictatorial regime could be if left unchallenged. It exposed the true nature of the Chinese communist party and how it is a threat to global peace, stability and democracy. 

The world leaders have decided to investigate and make China accountable for the chaos and the pandemic caused by the Coronavirus.[30] The international lawsuits[31] for more than twenty trillion US dollars against China for the economic loss is one thing, more importantly, the international community must take this opportunity and rise up together to free the world from the tyranny and the shackles of the communist dictatorship, and usher in a new global order of peace, justice and democracy.  Whatever the cause of the virus, China used it as its Trojan horse to global hegemony. We all must work in unity to make China accountable for this grave conspiracy and crime against humanity.

https://tibet.net/coronavirus-pandemic-a-chinese-trojan-horse-to-global-hegemony/
  
* T.G. Arya is the Director of Tibet Policy Institute and Secretary of the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Disclaimer: Views expressed above are the author’s own.

[1] http://www.westphsea.com/articles/world-leaders-in-unity-to-investigate-china-we-demand-answers/
[2] http://www.westphsea.com/articles/world-leaders-in-unity-to-investigate-china-we-demand-answers/
[3] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51403795
[4] https://theconversation.com/chinas-coronavirus-cover-up-how-censorship-and-propaganda-obstructed-the-truth-133095
[5] https://www.jpost.com/international/chinese-dissident-journalist-disappears-after-reporting-on-coronavirus-617014
[6] https://nypost.com/2020/02/22/dont-buy-chinas-story-the-coronavirus-may-have-leaked-from-a-lab/
[7] https://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/viewpoint/viral-alarm-when-fury-overcomes-fear
[8] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/10/chinese-writer-fang-fang-faces-online-backlash-wuhan-lockdown-diary
[9] https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/chinese-officials-blame-us-army-for-coronavirus-67267
[10] https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-coronavirus-propaganda-campaign-italy
[11] https://www.okayafrica.com/africans-in-china-guangzhou-evicted-left-homeless-blamed-for-coronavirus/
[12] https://bitterwinter.org/coronavirus-the-ccps-accusation-that-it-was-created-in-kazakhstan/
[13] https://hongkongfp.com/2020/04/12/coronavirus-africans-in-china-subjected-to-forced-evictions-arbitrary-quarantines-and-mass-testing/
[14] “Chinese brutality in Tibet exposed” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdTlIP5qsCw&has_verified=1
[15] https://www.dalailama.com/messages/tibet/five-point-peace-plan
[16] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/17/china-denies-cover-up-as-wuhan-coronavirus-deaths-revised-up-50
[17] https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/chinese-testing-kits-now-hamper-india-fight-against-covid-19-1669786-2020-04-22
[18] https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2020/04/18/watch-out-for-china-buying-spree-nato-warns/#33ba87311758
[19] https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3079546/taiwan-scrambles-warships-pla-navy-aircraft-carrier-strike
[20] https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1268940/india-china-war-conflict-navy-indian-ocean
[21] https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/21/i-was-arrested-hong-kong-its-part-chinas-larger-plan/
[22] https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/china-threatening-bomb-taiwan-submission-132432
[23] https://tibet.net/chinas-white-paper-on-national-defense-a-sugar-coated-sabre/
[24] https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/peaceful-development-is-chinas-strategic-choice-6240073/
[25] https://www.businessinsider.in/india/news/china-includes-parts-of-arunachal-pradesh-in-its-updated-map/articleshow/75268415.cms
[26] https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/07/united-nations-discredits-itself-by-awarding-china-a-seat-on-its-human-rights-council/
[27] https://qz.com/1223768/china-debt-trap-these-eight-countries-are-in-danger-of-debt-overloads-from-chinas-belt-and-road-plans/
[28] https://www.cfr.org/blog/who-and-china-dereliction-duty
[29] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/24/world/europe/disinformation-china-eu-coronavirus.html?smid=fb-share
[30] http://www.westphsea.com/articles/world-leaders-in-unity-to-investigate-china-we-demand-answers/
[31] https://www.indiatoday.in/programme/newstrack-with-rahul-kanwal/video/should-china-pay-for-coronavirus-crisis-1670784-2020-04-24

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Serfs' Emancipation Day; a Chinese drama to mislead the International community




China, in its attempt to legitimize its occupation of Tibet, has invented myriads of days and events to congratulate itself and to create a platform to dole out its propaganda. “Serfs’ Emancipation Day” on March 28 is one of those days. It was invented in January 2009, more specifically to counter the March 10th Tibetan uprising day. Despite the chaos and pandemic it has created around the world with the Wuhan-Coronavirus, China observed the day in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. 

Che Dalha [Pinyin: Qi Zhala], Chairman of Tibetan Autonomous Region, in his speech telecasted on the day, elaborated on how the Chinese communist party liberated Tibet from the serfdoms and how democratic reform and economic prosperity came to Tibet. He also spoke on religious freedom that Tibet has enjoyed all these 61 years under the communist party. All these are old Chinese fabricated claims to misinform and mislead the international community.

For Tibetans, these 61 years under the Chinese Communist regime have been a sixty long years of brutal occupation, repression and hardship. China speaks of democratic reform, but the world knows that there is no democracy in China itself. So what democracy is Che Dalha talking about in Tibet?

Usual Chinese propaganda on economic development and the rise in GDP are all repeated. The fact is that Tibet was never a poor country, people had enough to eat and good wisdom to explore spiritualism. As far as poverty alleviation is concerned, Tibet has never suffered famine, but with Chinese occupation, it suffered famine where many people died of starvation. 

GDP of 160 billion yuan that China is talking about may look impressive. But where has all these money gone? Close scrutiny of Tibet’s economic data will show that it has all gone to five sectors: 1) Militarization of Tibetan plateau, 2) Maintenance of huge Chinese army, security personals and staff in Tibet, 3) Construction of roads, railways and airports to exploit Tibetan mineral resources and transport the same to China, 4) Construction of dams to exploits Tibet’s water resources, and 5) Large scale migration of Chinese in Tibetan areas.
  
Coming to religious freedom, more than 6000 monasteries saw destruction under the CCP regime. Even now, Tibetan monasteries like Larung Gar and Yachen Gar are facing severe restrictions. CCP is interfering in the administration of the monasteries and the selection of reincarnation of high Tibetan Lamas, including H.H. the Dalai Lama.

Information has just come out that last year in December, a father [Jampa Dorjee], 75 and his son in Chamdo have been detained just for listening to religious teaching of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. People are arrested and imprisoned for having a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Just recently, on March 16, a close aide of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Ven Tashi Phuntsok, died of torture. So where is religious freedom?

China says “Serfs’ emancipation and liberation”, this is wrong. There was no emancipation and no liberation. You don’t emancipate anyone with army and guns1. You don’t liberate anyone with forced agreement2. The fact is, China invaded Tibet, and it was a brutal and illegal occupation. China also did not keep the promises it made in the agreement it forced upon Tibet. All these talks of liberation, democratic reform and economic development are a farce and pure propaganda to mislead the international community and to justify its illegal occupation of Tibet.  

1 On October 1, 1950, 40,000 PLA army stormed Chamdo and stared the occupation
2 On May 23, 1951, 17-point agreement was forced upon the Tibetan delegation on the threat of violence

https://tibet.net/serfs-emancipation-day-a-chinese-drama-to-mislead-the-international-community/
     

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Prem Sanyas: The Light of Asia

སངས་རྒྱས་བཅོམ་ལྡན་འདས་སྐོར་གློག་བརྙན་དང་པོ།

 




Prem Sagar: This may be the first film on Buddha made in India in 1925. The film is based on Edwin Arnold's book on Buddha, The Light of Asia. The book was published in 1879 and was said to be the first book which introduced Buddha and his life to the Western world. It is an hour and half silent film in black and white.

The story line is almost same as what is widely known about Buddha these days. Some points to be noted are that the King Suddhodana had only Maya as his queen. When she could not bear a son, at the request of public, the King sent a sacred elephant to select a boy as his crown prince. The elephant did select one boy, but returned him back to the mother. However, Queen Maya later gives birth to Prince Siddhartha.

Yashodhara's name was Gopa. When the King's effort to tie the prince to worldly life was failing, he took the prince to one of the neighboring kings' place. That king's daughter, Gopa, was renowned for her beauty. The trick worked, both Siddharth and Gopa fell in love with each other. But to win a Kashtriya's daughter, it was a norm to challenge other suitors. Devadatta, Siddhartha's cousin, was also one of the suitors. Three contests were done:

First, it was to cut or pick up the cactus leaf at the ground from a galloping horse. Second, to shoot a drum on hearing the drum's sound blind folded. Lastly, it was to unsaddle the opponent from his horse without harming him. Buddha wins the contest.

After having witness the three sorrowful aspect of life, Siddhartha renounces the home and his wife. The son Rahula was not there. Gopa goes in search of Siddhartha here and there. Siddhartha's six years of struggle and asceticism are covered briefly only. Finally, she finds Siddhartha teaching a large number of people. She joins the teaching and says inwardly:

"In finding you I have found something which I never sought."

The film ends with the union of Siddhartha and Gopa, and the subtitle reads:

"And thus, with the passage of years the Prince, in tattered robe - with Gopa as his first convert - becomes one of the greatest teachers the world has ever known."

The film was directed by Himansu Rai and Franz Osten. The film gives us a good idea of how films were made and enjoyed in the early 1900s.

The movie's link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1JJW7nLGqA