Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    34 / 23 ℃  City Forecast

Home>>China Politics

Dalai Lama's way out requires compassion

By Cheng Yunjie (Xinhua)

08:16, July 19, 2012

BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Describing self-immolation as "very, very delicate political issue," the 14th Dalai Lama has said he will "remain neutral" on the topic in order to avoid offending the relatives of the self-immolators.

The remark demonstrates that politics remains a vital factor in the Buddhist's decision-making process, despite the fact that he has claimed to have relinquished his political and administrative role in the so-called "Tibetan government-in-exile.".

If he has devoted his mind to religion, he would explain why he hasn't explicitly forbidden self-immolation based on Buddhist doctrine. Questions like "is it right or wrong to commit suicide for Buddhism?" should not be avoided.

"If I say something negative, then the family members of those people will feel very sad. They sacrificed their It is not easy. So I do not want to create some kind of impression that this is wrong," he was quoted as saying by the Hindu, an Indian English-language newspaper.

This inner struggle revealed by the Dalai Lama might be able to dampen some discontent over his dodging of core questions. But it is sad to see that his justification is below where it should be.

It might be better if he could temporarily put aside his worries about the deepening sorrow of those family members to concentrate on the simple questions: what benefits do the self-immolators receive? If they've done something wrong, nobody else can suffer for their faults during their endless life cycle. If there are some merits in their self-destruction, are these merits worthy?

【1】 【2】 【3】


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. APF servicemen in training of pursuing prisoners

  2. Daily life in Pyongyang, DPRK

  3. WTO ruling to prompt opening

  4. Qipao chic

  5. Classic UFO photos in 30 years

  6. Edison Chen, Kelly Hu and More Lend Voice to Sleeping Dogs

Most Popular


  1. Commentary: Health of stock market
  2. S. China Sea tensions stirred up with outside help
  3. Elites threaten favorable Sino-US attitudes
  4. Europe's chances of economic recovery lie in unity
  5. Fragile peace barely holds in tense Kashmir
  6. Tokyo's islands stance harmful to ties
  7. Experts doubt legality of online auction
  8. Searching for the right professionals
  9. Clinton’s Asia trip takes economic turn
  10. Vatican needs to adapt to local systems

What's happening in China

2-year-old wild panda found in Sichuan

  1. China issues rules to curb misconducts in hospitals
  2. New details disprove Tianjin mall death toll rumors
  3. Man devotes 'whole life' to caring for street dogs
  4. 100 potholes appear in newly fixed bridge
  5. University lets men in with lower test scores

China Features

  1. Famous instant noodle hit by quality scandal
  2. No abnormalities found in Roche investigations
  3. Auchan blacklisted for selling unqualified foods
  4. Robust water contains excessive level of bacteria
  5. Why is TCM worth of commendation?

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai