Wednesday, August 06, 2008

In Honor of the 2008 Bejing Olympics: Tibet's Stolen Child - Lest We Forget.

I still want to projectile vomit (preferably onto the shoes of the Chinese Communist Government) when I think about the International Olympic Committee reaching the incomprehensible decision to award the 2008 Olympic Games to Bejing, China.

Um, Hello?... IOC... San Francisco was in the (alleged) competition... and we Don't have a long history of human rights abuses and violations... nor have we ever slaughtered thousands of non-violent student protestors in the town square... on or off camera.

Then there's Tibet. And the long suffering Tibetan People. And the Dalai Lama.

And the 11th Panchen Lama... he was only 6 years old when - just 3 days after being identified by the Dalai Lama - he and his family disappeared... were kidnapped by the Chinese Government.

Why would the Chinese Government kidnap this child and his family?

Well the atheist CCP doesn't recognize Tibet's right to exist independently.

And the CCP considers Tibetan Buddhism to be "backwards" and dangerous.
(Well... I can imagine (if I try really hard) that the sight of peaceful, unarmed, non-violent, chanting, smiling men and boys dressed in orange robes and creating intricate and colorful mandalas could be terrifying... if you're a complete idiot!)

And the Panchen Lama is recognized as the person who will be able to recognize the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama.

So, the CCP kidnaps the child and his parents. They deny knowing anything about their disappearance for a year. They picked and began to display and create photo op's for their own CCP-approved version of the Panchen Lama, the Panchen Zuma ("false Panchen") named Gyaltsen Norbu.

After a year of international pressure, the CCP finally admitted to holding the boy and his family in "protective custody".
(To protect him from what? Tibetan Buddhist Monks? The Dalai Lama? Are you serious?)

No one outside the CCP has been allowed to see the boy or his parents since their disappearance.

This is just one of many countless, unjust and often violent actions by the CCP to methodically assimilate and eradicate the ancient traditions, culture, language and religion of the Tibetan people.

Like The Blob... Communist-Style.

And it's a Tragedy that the World Must Prevent.

When a person breaks the law in this country... they don't recieve a medal... they go to jail...

... Well, unless they're Former CIA Chief George Tenet or someone like that

When a government practices systematic repression and ignores human rights with impunity...
The list of proper responses does NOT include awarding them with the Olympic Games!

Then there's the toxic sludge that is the air in Bejing...
If I was an Olympic athelete, I would not go to Beijing. If not to protest their human rights abuses and crimes against Tibet... then for health reasons... those little masks aren't gonna help much.



Tibet's Stolen Child, the 11th Panchen Lama

In May 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the six year-old boy, identified by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama, disappeared. Suspicions that he had been kidnapped were confirmed in May 1996, when the Chinese leadership admitted to holding him and his family in "protective custody." After repeated attempts to gain access to the boy, no international agencies or human rights organizations - including the United Nations -- has been allowed to visit Gedhun Choekyi Nyima or his family, and their condition remains uncertain.

In an attempt to establish their authority over all "internal affairs" of China - political or otherwise -- the Chinese leadership nominated and selected their own 11th Panchen Lama in November 1995. Their selection, a six year-old boy named Gyaltsen Norbu, is another young victim in China's plan to undermine and control the Tibetan people, their religion, and their nation.


In the 15th Century, the 1st Dalai Lama established a vibrant monastery called Tashi Lhunpo in the Tibetan city of Shigatse, just west of the capital city of Lhasa. Two hundred years later, when the 5th Dalai Lama was a young boy, the abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery guided his spiritual upbringing as a Buddhist monk and scholar. History says that when the abbot died, the Dalai Lama dedicated the Monastery to his late teacher declaring that he would reincarnate again and again, and that each successor would be known as the holder of the Panchen Lama - or "Great Scholar" -- lineage. For generations, the Panchen Lama and the Dalai Lama maintained their unique teacher-disciple relationship of the elder mentoring the younger.

The 10th Panchen Lama

The 10th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Trinley Lhundrup Choekyi Gyaltsen, was a key figure in the struggle to preserve Tibetan cultural and religious traditions and to promote Tibetan autonomy under Chinese occupation. At the age of 21, he remained in Tibet after the Chinese annexation in 1959, and was appointed by the Communist Party as the Acting Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Autonomous Region of Tibet and later as the vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference which effectively made him the most senior leader in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. The 10th Panchen Lama's dedication to fighting for religious freedom, improved education and acceptance of Tibetan as the official language through delicate negotiation and open confrontation with the Chinese leadership met with mixed success.

In his capacity as Vice Chairman, the 10th Panchen Lama traveled extensively between the Tibetan countryside and Beijing documenting the conditions of Tibetans living under Chinese rule. His observations during these tours formed the basis of his renowned 70,000 Character Petition -- a fierce criticism of Chinese policy in Tibet -- submitted to Mao Zedong in 1962. Mao and the Party reacted violently to the Petition and within two years the 10th Panchen Lama was condemned without trial and spent the following 14 years in prison or under house arrest.

Upon his release in October of 1977, the Panchen Lama returned to senior Party leadership and continued his efforts for reform and modernization. He also continued to openly challenge the Chinese leadership, though he often subtly veiled his public commentaries behind the political rhetoric of the times. In an extraordinary public speech made in 1989 in Shigatse, the Panchen Lama was less reserved. He called for the Dalai Lama to be allowed to collaborate with him in Tibetan policy making and openly challenged the Chinese leadership's policies in Tibet. Shortly after this address, the Chinese Daily printed another critical statement which vaulted the Panchen Lama's international image as a critic of the Chinese government: "Since liberation, there has certainly been development, but the price paid for this development has been greater than the gains." (As reported in the China Daily, January 25, 1989.)

The 10th Panchen Lama's sudden death at 50 years of age was a severe blow to the Tibetan nation. Though there is uncertainty as to the cause of his death, there has never been a public investigation. His 70,000 Character Petition, remained confidential for nearly 34 years and only recently became available outside of the inner most circles of the Communist Party. It has proven to be a vital piece of Sino-Tibetan political history and modern Tibetan thought.

The Search for the 11th Panchen Lama

Traditionally, His Holiness the Dalai Lama identifies the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama and guides his training through adulthood. But when the time came to begin the search for the 11th Panchen Lama, the Chinese Government was determined to exercise strict control of the selection process by any means necessary. They asserted that the identification of the 11th Panchen Lama was an internal affair of the Chinese government and that the Dalai Lama was forbidden to participate in the process. When the official search party was formed, headed by Chadrel Rinpoche the abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, His Holiness the Dalai Lama had to communicate with the party through secret channels.

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Panchen Lama identification team is made up of senior lamas from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Their methodology involves visions that prophetically direct their search to the true reincarnation. Following these mystical signs, the lamas' test the best candidates by asking them to identify personal objects owned by the previous Panchen Lama. Oracles are then consulted and divinations performed to reconfirm the final candidate. Traditionally, His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself normally carries out these final steps.

During the search for the 11th Panchen Lama, the search party compiled a list of numerous young boys who were potential successors to the 10th Panchen Lama. Clandestinely, His Holiness the Dalai Lama received information and photographs of the candidates. After numerous divinations, he identified and proclaimed Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama on May 14, 1995.

By May 17, 1995, the six year-old boy and his parents disappeared from their home, reportedly taken into Chinese police custody for their protection. Denouncing His Holiness the Dalai Lama's proclamation as illegitimate, the Chinese authorities drew lots from a golden urn to select their own Panchen Lama on November 29, 1995. Six year-old Gyaltsen Norbu was selected and subsequently enthroned on December 8, 1995 sparking massive protests across Tibet.

To validate their authority in choosing the Panchen Lama, the Communist government cites a recommendation made in 1792 by the Manchu rulers to the Tibetan Government. The Manchus (the monarchy government of China from 1644 - 1912 made up of non-ethnic Chinese rulers) suggested that in selecting high lamas the Tibetans should institute a lottery, which was referred to as the Golden Urn system. One name would be chosen and then forwarded to the Chinese Central Government for final approval.

The Tibetans have asserted that a lottery system should be used when there are two very good candidates - making it difficult to choose between them - and, that they have their own lottery system that predates the Manchu recommendation. But, more importantly, the Tibetans also assert that His Holiness the Dalai Lama should have a primary role in identifying the Panchen Lama.

Despite worldwide appeals, though, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his parents remain in detention. China has refused to provide information of their location or condition and will not allow any independent observer to see them. Tibetans and supporters of religious freedom around the world are concerned about his physical welfare and spiritual upbringing.


* Establishing religious freedom in Tibet requires deep structural and systematic reform of the Chinese political system. Initial steps must include:

* Immediate and unconditional release of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family.
He must be allowed to return to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, installed as the rightful holder of the Panchen Lama lineage and given the proper monastic education.

* Immediate and unconditional release of all religious prisoners of conscience;

* Allow Tibetans to identify and install religious leaders of their own choosing;

* Abolish minimum age requirements for entering a monastery or nunnery;

* Halt the use of Work Teams in monasteries and nunneries;

* Permit Tibetans to worship the Dalai Lama, and display his photo in accordance with tradition.

Further Reading:

Panchen Lama. A Poisoned Arrow: The Secret Report of the 10th Panchen Lama. London: Tibetan Information Network, 1997.

Tibet's Stolen Child, Gartwait & Griffin, 60 minute video, 1999.

1 comment:

  1. it is true that Chinese Government kidnaped the child and his family??

    where you read it? the source is relaible?

    I agree with you about that shit (the systematic commuist repression) against the tibetatian monks but remember some references aren´t relaible.

    by the way very radical blog



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