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Chinese propaganda about a 'Son of India'

July 29, 2010

Claude Arpi
Claude Arpi Blog
July 27, 2010

The Chinese authorities seem highly disturbed by
the fact that the Dalai Lama calls himself a 'Son
of India'. Articles after articles are published
in the official Chinese Communist press
denouncing what they perceive as an heresy.

What is so difficult to understand?

The Dalai Lama is a Tibetan, born in Tibet, an
Amdowa, born near Kumbum in the Eastern Province
of Amdo, but culturally his tradition is born and
flourished in India. During a recent encounter
with the Dalai Lama, he explained: "I always
describe Tibetan Buddhism as pure Buddhism from
the Nalanda tradition. In Mahayana Buddhism,
whether it is from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam
or Tibetan, also Mongolia, we all recite the same
Saddharma Pundarika Sutra or Lotus Sutra.

We recite the same texts, all translated from
Sanskrit. We all practice Mahayana.The Buddhist
tradition of Nalanda uses Sanskrit language;
Nalanda is the true promoter of the Mahayana
tradition. Nalanda had great masters like Nagarjuna and Arya Asanga.

The important point is that during the 8th
century, the Tibetan emperor invited a great
master of Nalanda. His name was Shantarakshita.
He was a famous, well-known scholar and master of
Nalanda. He went to Tibet and spent the rest of
his life there. He introduced Buddhism in Tibet.
That is why I consider that Tibetan Buddhism is
the authentic tradition of Nalanda.

I myself studied the Nalanda tradition of
Buddhism; first I learned by heart and memorised
what we call the Root Texts. All these Root Texts
have been written by Nalanda masters. Then, I
continued the study and learned word by word with
the help of commentaries, mainly written by
Indian Masters from Nalanda. Of course, we have also some Tibetan commentaries.

Therefore the Tibetan Buddhist tradition is the
Nalanda tradition which combines the Sanskrit and
the Pali traditions as well as Buddhist
Tantrayana. Masters like Nagarjuna, Aryadeva and
Chandrakirti wrote tantric treatises (in Sanskrit)."

He can be therefore considered as a cultural
ambassador of India, at least as far the Nalanda
tradition is concerned. He never said that he
represents the MEA, that is a Chinese invention.

The fact is that there is today no better
ambassador than the Dalai Lama to represent this
tradition which has disappeared from the Land of
the Buddha but belongs to the Indian cultural and religious heritage.

The Tibetan leader said: "Sometimes, it irritates
the Chinese officials. What to do?"

* * * * * *
14th Dalai Lama lashed out for his self claim of "100% Indian"
China Tibet Information Center (People's Republic of China)
July 27, 2010


Days ago, the Dalai Lama clique was quite engaged
in celebrating the 75th birthday of the 14th
Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama's "merits and virtues"
were unscrupulously honored through statements,
congratulations and congregations bombarded by
the bogus government, the bogus parliament,
"Tibet independence" gangs as well as some
western nosy parkers. In the meanwhile, the
attack against the Chinese government was launched as usual.

It seems that the Dalai Lama has lost his
bearings by the lauds lashed by himself, he was
especially impudent during an interview with
India's New Delhi Television in Dharamsala on
July 6. And only then, we could glimpse at some
of his true thoughts. Now, I will make a brief introduction.

A signed article released here Monday has
criticized the Dalai Lama for his claim of "100%
Indian", which has before bought him a bad name worldwide.

At an Indian TV show "In conversation with the
Dalai Lama" by the National Deli Television
(NDTV) on July 6, 2010, the Dalai Lama went
beyond his previous claim as “son of India” and made such remarks as above.

I. Considers himself as a "100%" Indian

Firstly, the Dalai Lama considers himself as a "100%" Indian.

An ordinary person usually thinks of his hometown
on his birthday. The Dalai Lama's own profile
reveals that he was originally born in
Qijiachuan, Huangzhong County of northwest
China's Qinghai Province, with a folk name as
Lhamo Thondup. His father Chocho Tsering and his
mother Dekyi Tsering were both purely local peasants.

In 1939, Lhamo Thondup was escorted by a troop
sent by the Chinese central government to Lhasa,
as one of the candidates of the reincarnation
boys of the 13th Dalai Lama. In 1940, the then
National Government of China announced the
approval of his succession to be the 14th Dalai
Lama. From that time till his escape to India
after he failed in his armed rebellion launched
in 1959, the Dalai Lama was fed by the Tibetan people for at least 24 years.

It is understandable that the Dalai Lama was
reluctant or too ashamed to talk about his
hometown in China, but facing the Indian
reporters, he appeared extraordinarily
enthusiastic and passionate when ignorantly
claiming that "I refer to India as my country ...
If you open my brain I am 100% Indian."

What's more, the Dalai Lama shamelessly proclaims
himself an "Indian envoy" for international
affairs even without any of the approval by anyone from the Indian side.

I always believe that it is the Dalai Lama's own
business to choose his citizenship, for which in fact, nobody cares.

However, now that the Dalai Lama decides to be an
Indian, he then has no reason to make any
indiscreet remarks towards issues related to
China's Tibet about to give more concern over
India's internal affairs. Obviously neither does
the Dalai Lama seem to be interested in nor dare to do so.

As "wise" as he is, the Dalai Lama clearly
understands his position: Living in India and
only by abusing China occasionally could he show
his "courage and insight" and thus flatter a
certain group of people in the world, but he is
absolutely in no position to talk about India’s
affairs in case his Indian daddy gets annoyed.

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