Buddhists here in Syracuse have been sharing anxieties over stories of continued oppression of Buddhists in Chinese occupied Tibet. Recent reports that Tibet is under virtual martial law has caused a crisis of conscience among Buddhists here who feel a spiritual drive to try to help their fellow Buddhists in Tibet. And so Buddhists here can be seen praying more than usual for the well being of the Tibetans.
Sherab Woeser has reported for Phayul.com “CTA says Tibet under virtual martial law as Xi Jinping celebrates in Lhasa”, http://bit.ly/pq1NIO. The Buddhist community here in Syracuse fears this will result in more arrests and torture of fellow Buddhists in Tibet. Meanwhile a large delegation of leading Chinese leaders lead by vice-president Xi Jinping recently arrived in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa in order to attend a series of celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the “liberation” of Tibet.
From the exiled base in Dharamshala, India where the Dalai Lama lives the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has criticized China for not ruling Tibet properly and said “large parts of Tibet are still under martial law”. CTA spokesperson Mr Thubten Samphel has said “The grim situation in Karze and Ngaba in eastern and northeastern Tibet is a clear judgement made by the Tibetan people of China’s sixty years rule of Tibet”. Mr. Samphel has also called China’s most recent white paper on Tibet released by China’s Information Office “another whitewash” and was part of “an attempt to cover up the darkest period experienced by the Tibetan people after China’s invasion of Tibet”.
Mr. Samphel has said to reporters “Every vestige of the Tibetan identity is annihilated and more that 1.2 million Tibetans died as a direct result of China’s rule of Tibet”. Meanwhile Xinhua, China’s state media agency, has said grand celebrations are occuring in Lhasa to celebrate the liberation of Tibet. Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, whom it has been rumored will succeed Chinese President Hu Jintao next year, along with Du Qinglin, the director of the United Front Works Department and others, are attending these celebrations.
Nevertheless, the CTA insists China’s white paper is just an attempt to fool the international community about the true state of affairs in Tibet. A statement read “no amount of cycled and recycled white papers can silence those brave Chinese voices that demand democracy in China and Tibetan voices that call for greater freedom for the Tibetan people”. The CTA is planning a detailed response to the distortion of historical facts and other propaganda on Tibet which were presented in the latest white paper which was released by China .
And so a war of words continues between China and the Tibetans in exile about what is really going on in Tibet. It appears this war of words has been breaking down into more and more confrontations between Chinese forces in Tibet and Buddhist monks. The Buddhist monks are relatively defenseless against the power of China. And so the future of Tibet remains very uncertain with sadness in the hearts and minds of fellow Buddhists worldwide over this grim situation.
Mandel News Service: http://www.mandelnews.com