i know i've been posting a lot lately on China & Tibet. Suffice it to say I am deeply disturbed and saddened. I take some refuge in the fact that, at long last, the world seems to be paying a bit of attention to a horrifying situation that has been ignored for more than a half century.
last night i meditated, and ended my meditiation with this Buddhist prayer for peace:
May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
May those who find themselves in trackless,
the children, the aged, the unprotected--
be guarded by beneficent celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.
Before I fell asleep, I thought of a documentary I watched years ago, called "Compassion in Exile, The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama." I was thinking of a moment near the end of the film when the interviewer asks the Dalai Lama, "your Holiness, do you hate the Chinese?" It is a profound moment, particularly after watching, in photos, newsclips, and personal recollections, the atrocities and human rights violations perpetuated by China on the Tibetan People.
Tibetan children forced to shoot their parents. Monks forced to rape nuns. torture..."When they were torturing us it was literally as if they were trying to kill us. Prison guards would hit and beat with all their strength. Once after we all shouted 'Long live the Dalai Lama' they started to kick and beat us so much that the ground was covered in blood."
"Your Holiness, do you hate the Chinese?"
The Dalai Lama says quietly, "no." then a slight pause. and a quantification. "almost not."
I remember watching that and feeling my heart break.
Here's the trailer from that film...opening with that very moment.