The "Free Tibet" Question - A New Approach
In the previous article, I suggested
that the Chinese atrocity inflicted upon the Tibetans over the last more than
50 years, is helping the development of the rest of the world. Due to the
Tibetan diaspora the Dalai Lama is known everywhere, and invited to speak
across the globe. Tibetan Buddhism, today, is no longer found only in the
remote areas around the Himalayas, but in every country. And although Buddhism
is not the final answer, some aspects of it appears to be one step further
than the Abrahamic religions - especially, when looking at the behaviors that
result from their core-messages. So it now being available to much of the
world is clearly a better state than before.
While the Christians still ask how God can allow these bad things happening to
these good people, and while Buddhists just accept that it is happening, the
Tool of the Universe idea provides a simple,
plausible explanation, an important purpose: it was an effective way of
spreading the light!
In this article, I would like to look at the response to the Tibet crisis from
these three core perspectives:
The Christians don't find an answer to their question, and assume it was a
mistake of God, which they now try to fix. Interestingly, they try to fix it
by applying pressure to and fighting with China. That doesn't sound to be an
expression of love - which Jesus always recommended. And - as quite common
with forceful approaches - it hasn't work at all.
The Buddhists just accept the situation and do nothing but continue their
life. (Well, some of them follow the Christian approach, too - abandoning
their own core recommendation). That seems a better approach than to fight, as
it doesn't create additional pain and suffering. However, it doesn't alleviate
the ongoing pain and suffering of the Tibetans still stuck in the situation
When it rains it doesn't make sense to fight the fact that it is raining, nor
is it necessary to just stand there. Walking to a shelter until it stops might
In alignment with that analogy, the Tool of the
Universe idea, does not encourage to fight, nor just to leave it as is.
Instead, it asks to look for the purpose of the situation and for a shelter
for those impacted. When there is a purpose for a situation, we can determine
a direction for our course of action: Enlightenment is needed in the world,
and was brought closer to everybody through the Tibetan diaspora.
The Tool of the Universe approach suggests to make
the next step in this apparent direction: Let's make sure we maximize the
positive benefits of the situation!
One action in alignment with this idea would be to work towards establishing
Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in every country of the world. These monasteries
could also function as cultural centers for both the population of the host
country and the displaced Tibetans, who could resettle in the vicinities of
these monasteries. That way, Tibetans are not left cutoff from their roots,
and at the same time, it would be possible for them to live a fulfilled and
dignified life. Also, it would take a lot of pressure off the Nepalese
community, who is currently carrying the heaviest load, by hosting a
disproportionately large number of refugees.
So instead of trying to fight the Chinese to retreat from Tibet, it might make
more sense to try to work with them to allow those Tibetans who want to leave,
to leave in peace. At the same time, supporters of the Tibetan cause in every
country around the world could work with their government and fellow citizens
to find a way to enable a Tibetan community in their midst.
The lessons that we all could learn from this are very, very important and
relevant for today's political landscape:
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