Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Dalai Lama


During the 1930's the great thirteenth Dalai Lama predicted that Tibet was going to go through a great struggle, and says to his people that he is going to die soon. That way he can be younger and help his people. Buddhists believe that people go through a succession of reincarnations before they reach the state of nirvana. They believe that the Dalai Lama is Buddha reincarnated. Each time before the Dalia Lama dies, he leaves clues as to where his reincarnation may be. After the Dalai Lama dies, the monks search for years, asking questions, solving riddles, trying to find the reincarnation of their leader, the Dalai Lama. After years of hard work and determination, when they find the young Dalai Lama, he is taken back to Potala Palace where he spends all of his childhoood reading, studying scrolls, and practicing rituals. After years of being locked up in his own palace, studying, the Dalai Lama must take a very hard test from his loyal monks before he is crowned king of Tibet.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A little History


Before I may begin to inform you on the issues occuring in Tibet, I must first inform you on the history of the plight of the Tibetan people. During the 1950's Chairman Mao and the communist party conquered China. Shortly after, Chairman Mao and the PRC (Peoples Republic of China) invaded Tibet. They redistributed land and inforced their government on the people. Before immperalism in Tibet, the people had a very peaceful way of governing themselves. They had a system quite similar to the the one of the middle ages called fuedalism. This is when the serfs, who worked the land under the reign of their lord, who lived under the reign of their king the Dalai Lama. The serfs gave most of the crops to their lord, and kept some for their families. Tibet was a very happy and humble nation, that never took more than it needed. They harvested crops, raised heifers and goats. The majority of the people practiced Buddahism. They built buddhist monestaries and the monks took part in governing the land and educating the people. When chairman Mao and the communist party conquered China they claimed Tibet saying that they had one Tibet over during the fourteenth century during a war with the Mongols. Tibet rebuttled that yes china had helped them through many battles, but that China had never conqured Tibet. When Tibet began to revolt the chinese took away all that Tibet had. China took away Tibet's freedom of speach and freedom of religion. China shut down all Buddhist monestaries. Today Tibet still has no human rights." But that doesn't make any sense. China is not communist any longer it is socialist." True, China is considered a socialist economy. But Tibet is located on or near to Mount Everest. Tibet has vast natural resources;such as gold, silver, coal, oil, agriculture, exetera. I ask you this, why would China want to pole out of a county that provides them with a good majority of their natural resources? China can not get most of their resources from many other places. They can not get them from Beijing! Beijing is a rock! Where does Beijing get its resources from? I know Beijing is not all of China but it was just an example. China thrives on Tibet's resources. But this is only the start of the issues in Tibet.

Friday, February 03, 2006

What is my goal for this blog?

I could never dream of asking the U.S. 2008 Olympic athletes to give up a dream. I think that the Olympics is a great way for countries across the globe to get together as a community and get involved in something that all those countries have in common.I think that it is both a wonderfully peaceful and positive thing, and we should not boycott it. What I desire is that the U.S. 2008 Olympic athletes,as a representative of me, educate themselves so that they can be well informed on the issues of the Tibetan's freedom and the Chinese government. So that, while they are in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics they can be well prepared to discuss the issues, when addressed. I am here to supply those Olympic athletes, and anyone concerned with the issues in Tibet, the resources and information needed to discuss and understand these issues. I am not here to give you my opinions but give you the knowledge and statistics you need, so that you can be conscious of the issues taking place in Tibet and come up with your own conclusions.