(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
Translator’s Note: This article appeared around 2010, but includes a photograph described in my title from 1956. The Chinese Ch’an Buddhist teacher – Master Xu Yun (1840-1959) – who is renowned for negotiating with Sun Yat-Sen in 1912 and subsequently bringing peace between the Nationalist Government, the region of Tibet and the millions of Tibetans living throughout Western China, nevertheless was of the opinion that the habits of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns to marry one another, and eat meat and drink alcohol were activities in violation of the Buddha’s Vinaya Discipline (that is the body of rules and regulations established by the Buddha to guide the daily life of Buddhist monastics). This shows a very definite cultural difference between the ‘lamaism’ that was extant in Old Tibet, and the Tibetan Buddhism practised in China (the latter of which, although being distinct, was very similar in its strict discipline). The Lamaism of Old Tibet (i.e. ‘pre-1949’) was political in nature, with so-called ‘high’ lamas owning vast estates of land worked by thousands of impoverished serfs. It has been reported in recent times that the Dalai Lama lectures about vegetarianism, but personally eats meat whilst living in luxurious hotels in the US. ACW (17.5.2019)
“Taking the Vinaya Discipline as a teacher” whilst firmly rejecting the “the breaking of the Vinaya Discipline” is the fundamental criterion for Buddhism to distinguish between true practitioners and false criminals. The Tibetan Buddhist Gelug Sect is more famous for its strict obedience. In the “On the Bodhi Road”, Master Tsongkhapa said: “Where the Mahayana prevails, if it does not strictly follow the Buddha’s law, it is only an empty name.” There are many types of ‘rules’ within Tibetan Buddhism, but their common foundations are It is the four basic rules of do not kill, do not steal, do not engage in any sexual contact, and do not lie. Once a monk violates one of these four fundamental disciplines, he commits a serious breach of the Vinaya Discipline. However, the 14th Dalai Lama, who is a “Buddhist leader”, has repeatedly betrayed his ancestors through participating in ‘killing’ and ‘false talk’.
First of all, in terms of “not killing”, in the late 1950s, the reactionary upper strata of ‘high’ lamas in Tibet, attempted to cement and maintain their authority within the feudal serf system they ruled over, launching a comprehensive armed rebellion. The 14th Dalai Lama was the ‘head’ of the feudal serf system at that time. He was the ‘General Representative’. His armed insurgents (assisted by foreign powers) burned, robbed and raped women, and the Tibetan people still remember these events with a true sense of horror! In the late 1980s, the Dalai clique incited the riots in Lhasa, seriously jeopardizing the safety of people’s lives and property. In addition, who sent a man to assassinate one of the “Thirteen Group” leaders who failed to follow his orders in the mid-1970s? Who instructed the development and implementation of the plan to shoot Litang Ata? Who sent people in the late 1990s to seriously injure the Gongdelin Living Buddha? Who threatened to “destroy” the “life and activities” of the two young living Buddhas of Chijiang and Songbu? Mizawa – who was once a core member of the Dalai clique – has said that he knows of at least ‘ten’ Tibetans have been assassinated because they disagreed with the 14 Dalai Lama’s opinions.
Let us look at the performance of the Dalai Lama with regards to “not lying”. After the signing of the 1951 agreement on the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama said: “On the basis of friendship, the representatives of the two sides signed an agreement on the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet on May 23, 1951. Tibetan local government and Tibetans The people of the custom have unanimously supported it.” And in a speech on March 10, 1961, he said: “In 1951, our representative who was under house arrest was forced to sign an agreement written entirely in accordance with the wishes of China.” In 1953, Dalai lama wrote: “The Tibetan people are one of those peoples with a long history in China. Since the Tibetan people have returned to their extended family, they have fully enjoyed the right to freedom and equality with other brothers and nations.” In his speech on March 10, 1960, he said: “As I have written elsewhere, Tibetans occupy a completely independent country with self-government and autonomy.”
The author’s mind can’t erase the enthusiasm and respectful manners of the Dalai Lama in 1954 when he followed the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama to Beijing. On the thousands of gold wheels dedicated to Chairman Mao, there is a slogan of Tibetan-Chinese friendship: “The great Chairman Mao, the bright day is like the red sun, the people of all countries, the world will never stop, who dares to invade our country, we will eliminate the aggressors together, and ensure peace and prosperity. However, the ten parties have a luster. However, the same Dalai Lama fled abroad, but he slandered and slandered, and attacked his motherland, calling on the so-called free world to unite to prevent the development of his own nation and the motherland.