"Self-murder" (suicide) is murder. How many more killings will the world outside or Tibet tolerate? Some prefer a horrific sudden death to life enslaved, degraded, with identity being slowly erased. Help save Tibet as we would save the remnants of Native American culture, the two of which are related. Such is the work of empire. So must our work be to counter it. How many more lives? HELP the US, help Tibet, help the one human race.
|I failed. Let's see what Sangay does.|
Killing in the name of
Wisdom Quarterly (COMMENTARY)
|Map charting Tibetan self-immolations (protest-suicides) in capitalist China|
Killing anyone is not what the Buddha taught. And one has to think it's not what Jesus (St. Issa), Mohammed, Krishna, or Moses had in mind -- but certainly followers of these sages have so twisted their faiths as to say this is exactly what the God and its prophets wanted.
As Christian soldiers we obediently pass ammunition and set off on crusades for the emperors; as militant Muslims we engage in the jihad of others rather than conquering ourselves, which is what jihad really means; as Hindus we fight and kill family members because we are taught that this is what Krishna told Arjuna his dharma (duty) was; and along with Moses we follow orders from a maniacal tribal war Lord who authored the Book of Judges and other accounts of Holy War.
Is Buddhism to become the same thing, a "religion" of followers killing to get justice, to get a point a cross, to get mercy from an empire? It's one thing to be murdered or "martyred" for a cause. It's an entirely different thing to lead oneself to slaughter. Killing is a (karmic) crime; killing oneself is a crime. Desperation and nationalism are no kind of excuse.
Yes, one Vietnamese monk set in motion a terrible legacy of self-immolation. Some desperate individual set in motion the Arab Spring (or so we are told, but no successful uprising would have been possible or allowed without CIA and MIC complicity).
How long can Tibet burn?
(AJE, Nov. 2012) At least 60 Tibetans have self-immolated [that is to say, committed protest-suicide] since March 2011. And in this week alone, seven have set themselves on fire to protest repressive policies by the Chinese government. This is happening just as Beijing prepares for a once-a-decade leadership transition in November. What can be done to end [Chinese crimes against humanity and] social unrest in Tibet? We speak to Lobsang Sangay, [the post Dalai Lama] head of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. More