I read this article about a recent declaration from the Dalai Lama, about tweaking a few things with succession:
The Chinese are apparently upset.
…has already been rejected by them in turn as an abuse of “historical conventions as well as laws and regulations”, adding that “there is no such practice of a living Dalai designating his own successor” and accusing him of “political brainwashing”, a “political scheme and vicious motives”.
I like how the author of the article immediately smacks down the Chinese statements with:
However, there are no known Tibetan laws or regulations about succession systems. Instead, Tibetan Buddhist tradition has always relied on the skills of its lamas in their ability to adapt customary practices. The September 24 initiative is an example of such an adaptation, involving important but neglected elements of Tibetan Buddhist tradition, framed pragmatically to address the key weakness of the reincarnation system.
Han-Chinese history with its minorities, and especially with the Tibetans are much more complicated, and go back historically more intertwined than between the America’s Union States and the short-lived Confederate States of America. Some people think that this is a horrible analogy, because Han-Chinese and Tibetans aren’t one in the same group of people. Well, many people in America would argue the same thing between Southerners and Northerners, yet the north still believed in “preserving the Union”. China honestly believes that there is a union among all of its ethnic groups. After Abraham Lincoln. Just as Lincoln thought it was illegal for the Southern States to secede, China would be hardpressed to allow any of its minorities to do the same.
Lincoln wanted more than anything else to preserve the union, and these are his words:
My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union…
However, this statement is often downplayed by most American history textbooks, and often, the aspects of abolition and slavery emancipation are played up. The Chinese have also taken the same liberty, by villifying the Dalai Lama, and drawing up connections between him with the fact of slavery existed within Tibet. The guy was barely 15, and was taken away from his parents to an isolated temple/palace to live in. Do you think he had a full understanding of every nook and cranny that actually went on within his own country? The connections don’t stand up to much merit.
Whats’ frustrating about the Tibetan situation, is hearing Americans constantly yelling for its indpendence from China without fully understanding anything about Tibet itself.
I think whatever happens to Tibet, should be decided by the Tibetans, not for Americans or Chinese to dictate. Offended by that statement?