by OUTLOUD Staff
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games represent a new golden opportunity for change. Not since 1950, when China’s Communist troops invaded and took control of Tibet, has there been an opportunity for the Tibetan voice to be heard worldwide. Their protest to regain self autonomy, or perhaps even independence, from China is providing a daily media feast.
Here are a few basic facts to help you grasp some of the underlying issues that have a grip on the China//Tibet dilemma.
First is the crucial understanding that Tibet is a spiritual society, and the Dalai Lama (the living Buddha) is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the head of the Tibetan government in exile. However, China, which is a secular society that is ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has total authority over everyone, including all religions. Every religious devotion is therefore expected to be submissive to the CCP.
China, as host to the Olympic Summer Games, still plans to have the “Relay of the Torch” continue through the Tibet region and up to the top of Mount Everest. However, the torch relay has already encountered numerous incidents of protest along its journey to Paris, London and San Francisco.
According to AsiaTimes.com, most Tibetans believe the issue is not about achieving independence from China, but being able to freely worship Buddha/Dalai Lama.