Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World
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The suppression of Tibet’s cultural heritage has the potential to set a precedent for all oppressed peoples of the world. Perched on the top of the world, changes in Tibet’s ecosystem affect the entire global climate. And, most importantly, Tibet is the spiritual and physical home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, though he can never return.
But why should Tibet matter to you? Tibet is more than its mountains, its monks, and its martyrs. Robert Thurman, renowned Tibetan scholar, teacher, and activist, presents his provocative, five-point plan that will enable China to win the respect of the entire world by allowing Tibet to regain its cultural, economic, and political autonomy. Thurman shows how the Dalai Lama’s tireless work is the harbinger of peace for the world and essential for human survival.
The book outlines several key factors that will educate and empower readers to take action: What is the history of Tibet, and how do the political, religious, ecological, and social factors affect each other?- Who is the Dalai Lama, and why does his work matter to the world? What does the China-Tibet relationship mean to the global community? What can individuals do to bring attention to this issue, and make a change where they are? How can the five-point plan be used as a model of peaceful change throughout the world?
and himself, and if they were allowed to freely manage it as an autonomous region within China, for the benefit of China and the entire world. My claims are grounded by the Dalai Lama’s own words. His speeches from various solemn settings can seem so simple and direct that people tend not to fully appreciate their weight. Elucidating them here will help to underscore their profound implications in ways that he is too humble to do himself. The Dalai Lama’s wish and vision for humanity are
years, founding the Buddhist movement with still over a billion followers today, if those under communism are counted. I have always acknowledged Shakyamuni Buddha and the Dalai Lama for their revolutionary leadership, at the two ends of the 2,600-year-old ongoing inner revolution. Shakyamuni the Buddha founded the inner revolution in our world around the middle of the first millennium BCE, with the great planetary energy of the Axial Age, the time of most of the world’s great teachers,
in South Asia. The military-industrial system can have its last fling in a bang-up World War III. Anything can go wrong. The world can be imperfect. But for the moment, in the dawn of the twenty-first century, this Great Tai Magnificent Peace event is too good to pass up. It is too beneficial for too many, at too little a monetary cost, not to move forward. But let’s dig deeper and think still more about the reasons why people think this great solution cannot be accomplished and will never
non-violent methods of birth control. Then there is the question of how to reduce military establishments. The groundwork we must do is to promote nonviolence. But this is not enough because we have so many conflicts in this world. So long as humanity remains, so will conflict. One way of promoting nonviolence against warfare and the production of weapons is to promote ideas of dialogue and compromise, and the spirit of reconciliation. I think we must promote these ideas at the family and
is laughing at the way the cloth-wrapped Tibetan book peeks out of the author’s jacket pocket. Photo courtesy of Nina Schroeder Figure 10. A Tibetan pilgrim from northern Tibet resting and turning his Om Mani Padme Hum prayer wheel, while the tea water boils over his dried yak-dung cooking fire. He is on his way to Mount Kailash in southwestern Tibet, a sacred place to the Chakrasamvara Superbliss form of Buddha and the great Tibetan yogin, Milarepa (1040–1123). © Galen Rowell / Mountain