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Monday, March 24, 2008

Chinese Crackdown in Tibet: A Historical Note

In 845 C.E., Wuzong the Tang Dynasty Emperor ordered the destruction of Buddhist monasteries and 40,000 temples. 250,000 Buddhist monks and nuns had to give up their Buddhist lives. Wuzong cited that Buddhism was an alien religion and that men and women should devote themselves to family.

Sure enough, Buddhists back then did not have Richard Gere as their media representative in the West, and Chinese Buddhism was never the same again.

But years passed by and during Mongol Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368 C.E.) and Manchu Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912), all foreign rulers in China, adopted Lamaism, or Tibetan Buddhism as their official religion.

But religion in China was not for establishing who the almighty God is, for the Emperor himself was God on earth. The Yuan Dynasty needed as many religious people to heal miraculously their keen, and those who could save prayers that could make them win wars, a kind of institutionalized Voodoo practice with flesh sacrifices and all.

These sacrifices and rituals cost a lot of money for the Chinese Dynasties, which were to be paid in gold. Tons of gold went from the Chinese treasury to Tibetan monasteries, while the farmer and the people of China were starving. So for the average Chinese person back then, Tibetan Buddhism was seen as an evil.

Then comes the Communist Party of Mao Zedong. That means, all the people oppressed by the Qing dynasty (helped by the Tibetan Lamas) have their revenge. The Communist Party declares religions to be illegal, and for the purpose of making Lamaism pay for their crimes in history, they slash down on Tibetan Buddhism.

Then comes Hollywood actor Richard Gere, ignorant of all these historical facts, becomes a puppet of Dalai Lama’s cries. The whole West sides with the Tibetans.

Brief and to the Point:
As the law of Buddhist Karma dictates: What goes around, Comes around.

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