Losar: Tibetan New Year, and "mandatory celebrations"

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7 Responses to “Losar: Tibetan New Year, and "mandatory celebrations"”

  1. Mitchell Glaser says:

    “Beijing is forcing mourning Tibetans to party.”

    How ironic: the flip side of the North Koreans, who were forcing their probably secretly celebrating people to mourn.

  2. Viktor says:

    I saw the title and instantly the Lothar of the Hill People song went into my head, I had to comment on the image and title and then I proceeded to read the article… Sad, so sad.

  3. yri says:

    Like the Rivers of Babylon, except that the Tibetans are captive in their own land.

  4. Waltb555 says:

    Does the government of China really care that these monks are self immolating. I just don’t understand how this kind of protest works.  If I were the Chinese government my reaction would be, “Great, one less monk to pester us about freedom for Tibet.”

    • Wreckrob8 says:

      No. We’ll keep on buying their exports anyway. But what do the protesters gain in terms of Tibetan Buddhism for themselves or others? Is there any spiritual gain over and above any supposed political advantage to be had? Religion and self-sacrifice always makes me suspect a pretext however poorly understood. The one thing the CCP is not forcing people to do is set themselves alight – they can always claim their hands are clean.

  5. slayer1 says:

    Fuck China. I cannot believe we allow americans to manufacture there. Fuck China.

  6. http://vimeo.com/34536791

    “It is a tragic and yet heroic thing that so many young and older Tibetan monks and nuns are offering their bodies to the flames to appeal to the world’s heart to have compassion for the plight of the spiritual people of Tibet, under the harsh boots of the Chinese dictatorship. No one tells them to do it – in fact their mentors tell them not to even think of it, since they should bear whatever suffering inflicted on them with patience and use their precious human lives to develop their wisdom and compassion and attain buddhahood for the sake of all living beings. Yet their is a tradition within the spiritual heroes and heroines of Buddhism to offer the body out of altruism, love, and the joy of freedom, never motivated by hatred or anger. They do believe that dying in that positively motivated way leads to a better rebirth where they can continue to serve all beings, so they grit their teeth and bear the agony to teach others that material possessions and dominance and force are not the be all and end all. Their act is the absolute opposite of the suicide bomber who self-destructs with the agenda of hatred in order to kill others. These give away their body out of love, not to harm, to offer others, even if the message is subliminal to those obsessed with power, a vision of freedom from bondage to anything. If you watch this, be reverent and open your heart and pray that all oppressors everywhere are moved to relent and relax their grip – let free and be free themselves!” -Robert Thurman

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