The Dalai Lama is a monk of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa. The title Dalai Lama was created by Altan Khan (Shunyi Wang of China) in 1578. The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso. Though Dalai Lama is followed across the world, China continues to hate him and the reasons are various. Well, through this article we would like to share some facts about why China hates Dalai Lama. The reasons may surprise you.
Dalai Lama’s escape to India
To start with, the political relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the Dalai Lama is fraught with controversy. There had been a great deal of violence and bloodshed. The history between them is really the history of China and Tibet. China hates the Dalai Lama and the first reason is due to the 1959 Tibet rebellion when the Dalai Lama escaped to India. Somehow it was considered a big insult to China which was completely isolated from the rest of the world on the Tibet issue (both US and USSR supported Tibet autonomy) after that, Dalai Lama has grown to be a respected leader in the world and has partly undermined China’s complete absorption of Tibet.
Dalai Lama with Suspicion
In 1959, when Dalai Lama escaped to India as Tibet and India had long historic connections, India welcomed Dalai Lama and Tibetan refugees as guests considering it a humanitarian move. China didn’t remain calm as they punished India with a war in 1962 and since then hasn’t forgotten the escape of 1959 and views Dalai Lama with suspicion since then.
From a Tibetan perspective, the communist party is interfering with the practice of Tibetan Buddhism and their culture and Dalai Lama being their leader is simply considered to be hated by the China as they think of him as an anachronistic and backward institution that still perpetuates serfdom. In short, the Communist party had little respect for the Tibetan way.
Dalai Lama and the Tibetian Government
The Dalai Lama heads a Tibetan government-in-exile not recognized by any country, his receptions and meetings with the world’s leaders prompt China’s stem condemnation.
Dalai Lama The Traitor
One of the other reasons to hate the 14th Dalai Lama is because he was viewed as a traitor to the state, an insurrectionary, an oath breaker and a political firebrand who went around getting the UN to adopt 3 anti-Chinese, pro-Tibetan resolutions all before the PRC was granted a representation in the body as 1971.
China has consdiered the Dalai Lama as a political threat. Their problem isn’t with Tibetan Buddhism, but Tibetan separatism. Many of us are aware that Dalai Lama has officially abandoned the idea of Tibetan independence however many of his supporters have not.
Wolf in Monk’s Clothing
Overseas, the Dalai Lama is a celebrated figure however in China, he is a despised troublemaker. Chinese officials have vilified him as a “wolf in monk’s clothing” who is assumed to destroy the country’s sovereignty by pushing for independence.
Through the eyes of China, the Dalai Lama might be a Traitor but from the World’s perspective, he is a leader and the epitome of humanity. I welcome your comments, thoughts and opinions on Why China Hates Dalai Lama.
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