The Stone Hearted Mother Revealed by Solomon

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admin 发表于 2013-01-30, 6:20 PM. 发表在: TrueHeartNews
The Stone Hearted Mother Revealed by Solomon-Profiles of the consecutive self-immolation incidents in Tibet (Part 2)(Reproduced)
Published:2013/1/30 13:50
(By the True Heart News interviewing team in Taipei)In recent years, self-immolation incidents of the Tibetans who hold blind faith in His Holiness the dalai lama add up to a death toll of at least 47 people, with no signs of ending. According to the Broadcasting Corporation of China’s radio news report, five Tibetans set themselves on fire within one single week August 6 to 13. If we exclude the weekend, this means one incident per day. Despite this alarming statistic, people seem to have become disinterested in these incidents of self-immolation which have occurred frequently in the last twenty years. There appears to be some kind of external force that instigates them. This year, as an attempt to grab the attention of Western countries and force the Chinese government to make concessions to the Dalai Lama's political demands, the instigators stepped up their efforts and self-immolations occurred every day within a week. So far the payoff for their efforts has obviously not been as good as the Dalai Lama’s group has hoped; even the media mouthpieces of Taiwan’s two major political parties KMT and DDP, only blandly brushed over these suicidal events in their reports.
Chairman Zhang Gongpu of The True Enlightenment Education Foundation remarks that the development so far indicates, there has been no loss of control by the object of protest, the Chinese government, nor in the social order of Tibet, but rather, the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile have responded in a cold-blooded manner as their plans have failed to generate the outcome they anticipated. In light of the self-immolation incidents, the media point out that people still remember the Dalai Lama’s comment that “violence, even violence against the self, creates more violence” after Thupten Ngodup set himself on fire following Tibetan refugees’ hunger strike in New Delhi, India, in 1998. This time, however, Dalai has repeatedly shunned the issue when his compatriots in Tibet one after one torched themselves in protest. Not only so, he has been fanning the flames from aboard, as if he were desperate to "create more violence." Chairman Zhang questions why the Dalai Lama has taken on an entirely different set of values and standards for the same act by a different group at a different time? Is it because one can hold double standards even on such universal values as respecting human life and protecting human rights when one is pursuing his own political agenda?
Chairman Zhang then brings up the “Three Carts” parable in The Lotus Sutra, which many people are familiar with, to further his point. This parable tells the story of a wealthy elder who sees his young sons playing inside totally unaware of a disastrous fire that is about to engulf their house. The sons are playing and enjoying themselves without any fear or intention to flee. In order to save them, the wealthy elder entices them with goat-drawn carts, deer-drawn carts, and big white oxen-drawn carts to get them out of the burning house.
At the end, he even offers all his wealth to them. Chairman Zhang says this parable exemplifies how a wise and respectable elder of a family should treat his family. Unfortunately, while the Dalai Lama has amassed countless wealth, assets and temples, and is receiving endless financial support from around the world, he chose to sit on the sideline and watch his fellow Tibetans being engulfed by fire, one after another. Not only has he not tried to dissuade them from continuing such extreme behavior, he even commended them as “brave warriors.” Treating these innocent lives as chess pieces in his political scheme, Dalai has revealed his heartlessness and has flagrantly insulted and disgraced the Noble Peace prize he received.
Chairman Zhang continues that there is a Taiwanese idiom that says: “Others’ children will not die (as there are too many of them),” which satirize how some people treat the lives of others with apathy. Dalai Lama’s indifference toward the premature deaths of Tibetans is a perfect illustration of the essence of this idiom. What makes it hard to understand about his attitude though, is the fact that he is regarded worldwide as the epitome of compassion.
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