Did the Dalai Lama really say no to self-immolation?

2013-01-16 00:46:06 GMT2013-01-16 08:46:06(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The 14th Dalai Lama finally bowed to pressure to publicly express objection to self-immolation behavior for the first time during an interview with NDTV. Sadly, he used a game of word and his words seem not to match his deeds.

He said "This question is politically sensitive. Political leaders have expressed right from the beginning, very clearly we never encourage such acts, but at the same time if we have something to offer them then I can say you should not do this…"

Although the Dalai Lama used "I" to express the objection to self-immolation, the question here is that political leaders were deemed not to include "his holiness" who announced to "retire" from political positions in early 2011.

The meaning of the Dalai Lama is presumed that "political leaders" are against self-immolation, so is the so-called Tibet-in-exile government, while he himself is not part of them. Any self-immolation for political end is not encouraged, while for religious aspect, he keeps silent.

Several cases of plotted self-immolations have occurred in Tibetan-inhibited areas in China. Most of the self-immolators were cultivated Tibetan Buddhist monks, who held a hope that as long as they burned themselves and survive, they would be able to be received by the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. And if they were burned dead; their soul could be reincarnated to heaven and all their sin forgiven.

It is ironic that the "holiness" Dalai Lama who always mentioned "ahimsa" has given such a delusion to deprive so many young lives.

We could not help wondering, is the Dalai Lama really a qualified religious guru? Does he feel guilty towards the innocent lives that were sacrificed just for being received by him in another country?

In an interview with NDTV regarding to the recently gang rapes in India’s capital city, New Delhi, the Dalai Lama expressed clearly that he "respect others life; helping other people is actually the best way to fulfill your own happy life. Harming other people, bullying other including raping will destroy your own good future life."

But the Dalai Lama conducted a different approach towards lives lost in the 2008 Lhasa Riot. The whole Chinese nation was thrown in deep sorrow and anger across worldwide towards the brutal acts.

Nevertheless, as a Buddhist leader, he showed no empathy towards the victims, instead he degraded several killed victims of sales girls including one Tibetan girl named Tersing Drolkar in a cloth store as "prostitutes" who "deserved" such bitter ending.

The Buddha teaches that from birth, each of us has an instinctive gentleness towards others – a desire to protect those around us from harm. Cultivating and nurturing this love give meaning to our short lives.

Clearly, the Dalai Lama didn’t regard these killings including self-immolations in Tibet as violent and brutal behaviors. Living in a society ruled by law, killing or murder is judged with different standards between the Dalai Lama group and others.

The Dalai Lama owes the international community as well as the Tibetan people an explanation on this.

(China Tibet Online)

Editor: Mei Jingya
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