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Tibet: A Personal Story

November 12, 2007

Emory Wheel
By Thupten Tendar Posted: 11/09/2007
First of all, thanks to Ryan Seals for reading the wonderful article on
Tibet and Paige Wilson for being a peaceful messenger and supporter for
the truth. As a Tibetan refugee, I’d like to give my perspective on our
dying nation.

Historically speaking, Tibet was led by kings, lamas and others based on
the law of “Ten Virtues” and the 16 human principles, introduced by King
Songtsan Gampo in the seventh century. I am not claiming that Tibet,
prior to 1950s, was free of any conflict. No part of our world was.

However, the ruling communist party has afflicted the brain of many
non-Tibetans with its baseless propaganda by teaching fabricated history
classes. So I, being a refugee with a parent who survived our genocide
and diaspora, have a personal responsibility to make people understand
Tibet properly.

Upon the Chinese takeover, thousands of monks, including my own uncle in
Kham, were dragged off their meditation cushions and beheaded for
nothing else than being a monk.

The only allegation Mao Tse-Tung and his army made against these men was
that they were monks practicing their religion, which the communists
believe is poison to a society.

The lay communities in Tibet pay their highest respect to the ordained
people. They consider it a great honor for their son or daughter to join
a monastery or nunnery because of their own faith. They rejoice in the
spiritual community.

Anybody who tries to break this relationship doesn’t understand Tibet
and the Tibetan spirit properly.

My mother ran into exile with her mother and two sisters. She barely
made it to India. She was separated from her mother and sisters, and to
this day has never heard from them again.

They might have been killed by the so-called liberators, buried under
snow or dead of hunger. More than one million Tibetans were heartlessly
killed by those who some people still claim were bringing liberation and
prosperity to Tibet.

If the real purpose of their invasion is for development of Tibet, then
why did they divide it into many new parts and rename them in Chinese?
Why did they destroy the Tibetan ecology, which caused deadly floods in
China? Why do they choose their own version of the Panchen Lama and
claim the right to select the future reincarnations of Tibetan lamas —
even as they decry religion? Why do they build prisons and military
bases rather than hospitals and schools?

How can the words “freedom and democracy” appearing on Google, Yahoo and
other websites hamper their mission development? Why are they afraid of
dialogue with a figure of peace? Is the free media really harmful to
growth and modernization?

I don’t hate China. I appreciate most of my Chinese brothers and sisters
for being nothing but warmhearted, courageous and compassionate toward
me. But the Chinese occupation of Tibet was the first time in more than
2,000 years of Tibetan history that so many people were massacred in the
region.

Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans had to flee their homeland to become
refugees. Our basic human rights were snatched away.

They say communism brought peace and prosperity to Tibet. Sorry, we
don’t need any such blessings!

Thupten Tendar is from Berkeley, Calif. He is currently traveling with
the Drepung Loseling Monastery’s Mystical Arts of Tibet tour.

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