Book Review: The Ignorace of the ‘P’Howa Commentary’ – by Chagdud Khadro

Padwa Publishing (1998)

This book receives it spiritual authority through the lineage of the Tibetan Lama known as ‘Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche’ – even though the text is provided by his Western wife now known as ‘Chagdud Khadro’. During the 1930s and 1940s, the 14th Dalai Lama was happy to invite (and live with) a number of key Nazi German military and scientific and military personnel – some of whom, whilst wanted as Nazi War Criminals, stayed in Tibet well into the 1950s. These odious individuals were exonerated by the CIA in Tibet providing they ‘played along’ with the fiction of a brutal Chinese Communist invasion of the region. This US (anti-Communist) government script portrayed the Chinese as ‘Nazi Germans’, and fabricated an invasion of Tibet similar in brutality to the Hitlerite invasion of the USSR! Tibet has been part of China since the war-like Tibetans invaded and annexed Southwestern China during the 8th and 9th centuries, and this explains why millions of ethnic Tibetans now live spread throughout Sichuan and Yunnan, etc. When the ethnic Chinese eventually reasserted control of their own country (during the Ming Dynasty – 1368–1644), Tibet and China had been politically united for centuries. When feudal China controlled Tibet the capitalist US said nothing. When the capitalist-friendly ‘Nationalist’ regime of China controlled Tibet, the capitalist US said nothing – but as soon as a ‘Socialist’ regime took control of China and Tibet – the capitalist US had plenty to say, and has never stopped saying it through its anti-China vitriol. When the US arranged for the 14th Dalai Lama to leave Tibet in 1959, he was allowed to be accompanied by a carefully chosen retinue paid for by the CIA. This was intended to form a political and cultural government in exile that would return to Tibet in victory following a US military invasion of China, using Vietnam as a springboard. Obviously, these plans did not unfold as intended, and today the 14th Dalai Lama now lives in luxury hotels in the US – but I digress. Lama Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche – the co-author of this book – was one of the Dalai Lama’s retinue, but he seems to have only got as far as Nepal at the time of his leaving Tibet – although since, like the Dalai Lama, he has received US financial support to live an unproductive life in the West at the taxpayers’ expense. His ‘Western’ wife – who has never visited Tibet (and has no knowledge of China) – has learned the anti-China rhetoric perfectly, as she expresses her anti-Chinese racism with a refined ‘ease’. As a Westerner born in a modern country, she delights in spreading the superstitious and feudalistic teachings of a politically and culturally backward Tibet to other unsuspecting Westerners. This process of ‘brain-washing’ is akin to a Christian Church in modern New York reverting to Medieval modes of expressing Christian culture – such is the mythic ignorance contained in this book – from a Tibet whose idea of judicial punishment involved eyeballs being ‘scooped-out’ with a spoon! My concern is that people dying of terrible diseases (such as cancer), are asked to ‘breathe deeply’ and ‘imagine’ an image of a Buddha when they should be seeking-out proper, modern medical care!  

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