TIBET: A CINDERELLA STORY WITH AN UNHAPPY ENDING

4 Replies to “TIBET: A CINDERELLA STORY WITH AN UNHAPPY ENDING”

  1. Tibet has a somewhat complex history. There is (or was) a stone monument with the remarks of the Tan Dynasty (619 -circa 915 A.D.) and the Tibetan leaders of the time that talks of mutual understanding and peaceful wishes for both countries, both peoples. (I would have to look this up, but the point is that China and Tibet recognized each other’s independent status as 2 separate peoples and nations more than a thousand years ago.)

    The Communist Chinese assert that Tibet has always been an “integral part” of China, but history does not bear that out. Only together under Mongol rule in the 13th century, Tibet was conquered separately and at a different time than China was. As well, Tibet (re)gained its independence from the Mongols earlier and separately from the Chinese overthrow of the Mongols in 1368 (establishing the new Ming Dynasty).

    While the world’s and the UN’s attention was focused on the Korean peninsula in late 1950, Chinese forces, as you note above, invaded and occupied Tibet.

  2. http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Annex.htm
    Over the past few years, increasing criticism has been leveled at Tibetan
    Buddhism, the history of Lamaism, conditions among the Tibetans in exile and
    the XIV Dalai Lama himself, criticism which is not from the Chinese quarter.
    Historians from the USA have begun questioning the widespread glorifying
    whitewash of Tibetan history (Melvin C. Goldstein, A. Tom Grundfeld).
    Critical Tibetologists have raised accusations of deliberate manipulation by
    official Tibetology (Donald S. Lopez Jr.). Tibet researchers have
    investigated the “dreams of power” that are activated and exacerbated by the
    “Tibet myth” nurtured by Lamaists (Peter Bishop). Prominent politicians have
    had to admit the evidence of their own eyes that the Chinese are not
    committing “genocide” in Tibet, as the Tibetans in exile continue to claim
    (Antje Vollmar, Mary Robinson). Former female Buddhists have condemned, on
    the basis of personal experience and with great expertise, the systematic
    and sophisticated oppression and abuse of women in Tibetan Buddhism (June
    Campbell). Psychologists and psychoanalysts have investigated the aggressive
    and morbid character of Lamaist culture (Robert A. Paul, Fokke Sierksma,
    Colin Goldner). From within the Dalai Lama’s own ranks, overwhelming
    evidence of his intolerant, superstitious and autocratic nature has been
    amassed since 1997 (Shugden Affair).

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