According to reports January 16, 2010, during the opening ceremony of the International Buddhist Conference in Gujarat State, India, the Dalai Lama remarked that due to the fact that he was from purely Tibetan parents, he was Tibetan in appearance, but an Indian in spirituality. Thus, his comments and ideas originate from Indian traditions.
Last year, The 14th Dalai Lama kissed the ground to win the heart of India in addition to his intensive lobbying around the world, pleading to visit various national leaders.
He referred to himself as a "son of India" as early as last March. The Dalai Lama expressed that he would call himself a "son of India" on a news conference in New Delhi March 31, 2009. When it was published by various newspapers, his secretary hurried to interpret it. However, based on the reports from VOA April 15, Indian Bhupendra Kumar Modi told reporters that the Dalai Lama mentioned before that he was by nature an Indian, and would try to obtain Indian nationality if the conditions were right. Later, the Dalai Lama's remarks and actions bore out Modi's words.
The Dalai Lama pleases his Indian masters not only by showing his willingness to be a "son of India," but also by effacing the originality of the Tibetan culture. The Dalai Lama uses such words to dwarf the rich Tibetan culture with distinctive local characteristics. He could not be more subservient.
In fact, another reason why the Dalai Lama calls himself a "son of India" is that he intends to deny his Chinese citizenship.
The Dalai Lama might have forgotten many historical facts when saying so. For example, Chinese Buddhism played a very important role in the formation and development of Tibetan Buddhism, and the Sakyamuni statue in the Jokhang Temple was taken to Tibet by Princess Wencheng in Tang Dynasty. In addition, during the Yuan Dynasty, the Chinese government established a special department to handle Tibet-related military and political affairs and put Tibet under the control of the central government. Of course, he also forgot that in the Qing Dynasty, the Dalai Lama's reincarnation and enthronement had to be confirmed by the central government. For instance, the 7th Dalai Lama was conferred the title by Emperor Kangxi in 1719 and the 8th Dalai Lama was confirmed by an official dispatched by Emperor Qianlong in 1762.
The more absurd thing is that the Dalai Lama often considers himself a "son of India" and India's cultural guru, but he also keeps on claiming that he represents "the interests of all Tibetans." People cannot help but ask that since the Dalai Lama deems himself an Indian rather than Chinese, then why is he entitled to represent the voice of the Tibetan people? Furthermore, will a guy who betrayed southern Tibet to India really care about the well-being of the Tibetan people? As a Living Buddha of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism who calls for "protecting Tibetan culture" all the time, the Dalai Lama claims that "Tibetan Buddhism originated from India." He also claims that the Tibetan language derived from India and he is a "son of India," will such a guy really want to protect Tibetan culture?
Source: China Tibet Information Center/ People's Daily Online
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