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Lowlifes imitating art

The Dalai Lama has in the last month, been making some serious allegations about China. He said that CCP agents posed as devotees and tried to kill him by putting poison in their hair so that when he blesses (see here and here, e.g.) them, he is smeared with the poison. The Dalai Lama also claimed that China has stolen samples of his urine.

Of course, nothing is beneath him nor his government of goons. No defamation is too sordid, too false for them to use in misleading the the world to achieve their political purposes. You name it, they have accused the Chinese of it. Tibetan “Holocaust”? You bet. Roving bands of infanticide vans in Tibet? Yep. Cultural genocide? Uh huh.

Let me just say first that I speculate the reason for this propensity for lying to achieve political ends has deep roots within the Buddhist outlook. Many Buddhist have little value for truthfulness and dignity because much of Buddhist philosophy views the self (atman) as a fleeting bundle of emotions and thoughts. When you have such a self-conception, it is hard to have any notion of dignity and integrity of principles and character; so many Buddhist and perhaps especially Tibetan Buddhist do not hesitate in using people, Tibetan, Chinese, western, as a means toward an end. They justify harming people if they think that will bring a “better good”. And the means here may be defaming people without any evidence such as in this case or indirectly encouraging people to burn themselves alive by lionizing “martyrs” willing to commit the ultimate political sacrifice for your cause.

I also can’t help but think that whatever happens, when the Dalai Lama dies his Government in Exile will find some way to exploit his death by furthering some kind of defamation against China whether it be claiming China had him killed or whatever. He may even go along with the plot before he dies. Inventing and exploiting poisoning rumors of former Dalai Lama’s has been used to defame the Chinese in the past (such as the 6th Dalai Lama, one of the most popular in Tibetan history). Could it be that we are seeing the TGIE trying to revive this old canard perhaps because it has so much history in Tibetan hearts? If so this would go some ways in showing their desperation.

Getting back to the Dalai’s latest shenanigans, it first surfaced in the reporting of the Telegraph.

The interesting thing is that the Telegraph reported this plot five days after novelist Christopher Buckley released his satirical novel “They Eat Puppies Don’t They?”  It is about US defense contractors hatching a plot to increase US defense military spending by killing the Dalai Lama through, yep, you guessed it, by poisoning him and then blaming it on the Chinese and thus drumming up fear and anger against China and the Chinese. WWIII nearly breaks out. The book also details how China infiltrates a hospital where the Dalai Lama stayed to steal his urine samples in order to assess his health before anyone else knows about his health condition.

I can’t help but think the events in the novel and these latest allegations aren’t a coincidence.

Even Buckley has remarked that this incident seems so weird that it seems now harder to write satire because satire commonly requires a degree of exaggeration and sarcasm while political events now are simply too bizarre but end up true.

Maybe  the Dalai’s people have come across a description of the book or has even read it and this has given them some ideas. Maybe someone told someone who then told someone about the book and somewhere in that chain, the fact that it was a scenario from a novel had gotten lost conversation. But one thing is for sure, this is the latest example of how the Chinese people and nation are constantly defamed by the western media, the Dalai regime and other enemies of truth. It is, like almost all their other claims about China and Tibet, a work of fiction.

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  1. JJ
    June 10th, 2012 at 19:57 | #1

    Woah, hey, let’s not insult all of Buddhism just because of the actions of a single man. This would be like discounting Christianity simply because of the actions of a few priests, or Islam simply because of a few terrorists.

    They each have valuable teachings and similarities towards compassion and the necessity to help others. How those actions are interpreted however are often clouded by their followers.

  2. June 11th, 2012 at 01:39 | #2

    I think we should separate the politics from religion here. Even if the current Dalai Lama cannot, we can conceptually do so.

    The current Dalai Lama is foremost a political being. His religion is used as a platform to promote his politics. That does not mean, however, ego, that the platform must be intrinsically political … and that principles do not matter and that the platform (Buddhism) is corrupt.

    Many Buddhists I know are not political (though many are, we are all human…). Buddhist beliefs aim above all to rise above the garbage of life – which includes most (if not all) human conflicts, which by default means most (if not all) politics. So let’s note let the corruption of one soul confuse us all…

    This aside, it is uncanny, isn’t it the parallel between what is meant to be satire and Dalai Lama’s version of truth…

  3. June 11th, 2012 at 14:54 | #3

    Politics cannot often be separated from religion. We are not talking about the US but a theocratic influenced regime (TGIE). Even in the US, you can’t totally separate politics from religion. Just take a look at the influence of Christian fundies in the US, Islamic thought in the Islamic world, and Orthodox Jewish in Israel. Politics should not be separated from religion if one cannot do so in terms of explanatory power. I really do think Buddhism (not all forms of Buddhism but especially Tibetan Buddhism and much of Theravada Buddhism) lack value for life and do not have the conceptual resources for a robust conception of dignity. That is why they rely so much of end-justifying-the-means thinking. Of course, I criticize Buddhism on philosophical grounds.

  4. tc
    June 11th, 2012 at 15:42 | #4

    It is so amazing that every time this idiotic political clown farts, all British tabloids rush in to smell and spread it.
    As if by doing so it will help them retake and reoccupy Hong Kong.

  5. June 11th, 2012 at 15:52 | #5

    @JJ

    i never said that Buddhism is totally worthless, In fact, I admire much of it. I’m simply giving a criticism of one aspect of the religion’s philosophical perspectives.

  6. June 11th, 2012 at 17:11 | #6

    The Dalai Lama knows he has to win the hearts and minds of the Chinese population in order to advance his TGIE politics. His dilemma though is catering to his sponsors in the West. That was precisely the point made by former director to International Campaign for Tibet (a Tibetan separatist NGO based in the U.K.), Patrick French, that Western ‘Tibet’ NGO’s are not within his control. There are two separate agendas. French thought the Dalai Lama should abandon the Western ‘Tibet’ NGO’s.

    His recent ‘departure’ from TGIE politics is a symbolic gesture to prop up his ‘holiness’ image concocted in the West these last few decades – that’s the best legacy he is hoping to leave behind once he is gone.

    The thing that must be bothering him will be the fact that the West won’t remember him after a while. Neither will the Chinese. Anyone heard of Liu Xiaobo recently? He’d be swept into the dustbin of history all the same once he is of no use.

  7. denk
    June 14th, 2012 at 02:53 | #7

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