When, in 1950, the Chinese invader scaled the roof of the world, still miraculously white, to plant his red standard there, the very young Dalai Lama of Tibet refused to take his sling, and the fight of David and Goliath did not take place, because of non-violence, a Buddhist principle which he never violated, despite the suffering of his people who remained faithful after forty years of occupation.
Long alone, exiled, without support, the Dalai Lama sometimes looks like an idealist. He is, however, living proof that a good and wise man can stand up in a world too often governed by the implacable law of the strongest, the richest or the foolish.
Frederique Hatier, 1997
Late 1949: The Chinese People's Liberation Army enters Tibet. The invasion and occupation begin. Mao promises autonomy. The dismantling of Tibet begins.
1951: The Tibetan territory is reduced by half.
1959: the Tibetan people revolt but are defeated. The Dalai Lama must flee to India, more than a million Tibetans follow him in this exile.
1966-1976: the Cultural Revolution marks the beginning of a cultural and human genocide. Thousands of temples and monasteries are looted and destroyed, mass abortions imposed, women sterilized. The ban on practicing religion is proclaimed, massive deforestation undertaken, the roof of the world welcomes the deployment of missiles. Then begins the pollution of all the major Tibetan rivers.
1999: Major cities are now majority Chinese. Tibet has six million Tibetans and more than seven million Chinese.
Human rights are constantly violated in Tibet, and the international community is not mobilizing. In 2000, the Dalai Lama was banned from attending the Millennium Summit. The Beijing government having exerted pressure on the major powers.
Catherine Barry, journalist.
« Until Tibet is free, and as long as my people need me as Dalai Lama, I will continue to be reborn in this function, outside my native country.
When we Tibetans think of the Chinese people who commit acts as evil as genocide, instead of being angry, we try to cultivate a feeling of compassion for them because they are under the influence of the illusion . And sooner or later they will have to face the consequences of their actions.
Some are free to criticize me; For my part, I try to stay happy. If we want to work effectively for freedom and justice, it is best to do so without anger. My commitment, motivated by an authentic belief in human fraternity, is that of non-violence. »
Contributions of the Dalai Lama on the theme of:
Life, everyday life, suffering, despair
The way, the awakening, the meditation, the purpose of life
Love, relationship, children
Death, the afterlife, contacts, suicide...