Editor’s note: Reporters from China Tibet Online had a survey on Chinese netizens concerning the 14th Dalai Lama in 2011. A finding is that many of them have many questions about the Dalai Lama. Here are the followings.
No. 1 Dalai Lama: a pure religious figure or a political figure in a religious mask?
Netizens: If the Dalai Lama, as he claims, is purely a religious figure, how come there are political responsibilities to give up? How would the so-called "retirement" come about? If he has political responsibilities, he must be a political figure.
A bylined article by Yi Duo (when?)pointed out that the 14th Dalai Lama's "retirement" rhetoric was merely a political farce and a contemptible show.
The article notes that the quitting from the "political or administrative functions" of the 76-year-old Dalai Lama is a "slap on the face" toward the politicians of the U.S. and other western countries.
French writer and journalist Maxime Vivas discussed the paradox in his book Not So 'Zen’: The Hidden Side Of The Dalai Lama, the first book of its kind published in the West, refuting the long-time self-beatification of the Dalai Lama.
The book on the "hidden" side of the Dalai Lama was released a year after the journalist made a trip to the China's Tibet Autonomous Region, according to Youtube. Not So 'Zen’: The Hidden Side Of The Dalai Lama was based on the author’s own experiences and researches.
Due to curiosity, Vivas traveled to China's Tibet in the summer of 2010 with a number of other French journalists. He then did independent researches on Tibet and the Dalai Lama and gathered views from all sides, trying to paint a true picture of the mystic region.
Vista says his visit made it obvious that the culture in the plateau land is not being destroyed and there is freedom of religion.
So it is not difficult to draw the conclusion now: Dalai Lama is a political figure in a religious mask.
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