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Self-immolation disgraces Tibetan Buddhism

By Zhang Yun (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

08:43, December 09, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Recently, several incidents of self-immolation successively occurred in the Tibetan-inhabited region of Sichuan province and attracted much social attention. While reflecting on these incidents, we cannot help feeling sad and sorry for the losses of innocent young lives and also cannot help being angry and disgusted with the manipulators, supporters and advocators of such incidents.

Buddhism cherishes the principle of "having mercy" and takes "not killing" as one of its fundamental precepts. Tibetan Buddhism especially has a very good tradition in this aspect. However, the incidents of the monks burning themselves have ruined common people's good impression on Tibetan Buddhism. After the incidents, the thing that must be examined is not that whether the temple followed the discipline, but that whether the bottom moral line of the human was held.

Western media reported that, in these incidents, the young monks and unfrocked monks shouted slogans like "Free Tibet" and "Tibetan independence" before they committed self-immolations. The report not only indicates that the incidents were premeditated political incidents but also reflects how ignorant the Western media are.

Anyone with common sense knows Sichuan province is not in Tibet. The "Tibetan independence" adverse current, which was born due to the imperialistic invasion in the period of the modern times when China was weakest, has ended up failing many times.

Today, being against the historical current and advocating "Tibetan independence" once again means regarding the whole Chinese nation as enemies and definitely will end up failing once again.

Splitting the motherland goes against Tibetan people's excellent anti-imperialist and patriotic traditions that have developed in modern times.

The Tibetan "government-in-exile" has failed to succeed in its schemes to split China and destabilizeTibet and other regions where Tibetan minorities live, and therefore, the leaders of the "government" must feel very anxious and depressed. However, they should not take the lives of young monks or damage the reputation and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism that have lasted more than 1000 years.

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