Subject: [CASonline] Truth and an errata.
 

 
 
Dearest Friends @ CAS,
 
CASonline has dedicated more than a few messages to you all on the Tibet situation. We do not wish to turn our precious Buddhist online board into a political one ( !! ). Our main wish is to provide a viable-truthful alternative to loopsided broadcasting.
 
I am now watching TCS 8, our country's main Chinese language TV station, while typing this and we are again abhorred to hear of the "First Person Speaking" as reported in the news slot: 
- The Chinese Government rejected to talk with the Dalai Lama ....
- The official China news agency,Xin Hua reported that ....
- The Chinese government said that .....
- They reported that .....
 
Any snippets on the Dalai Lama's side are reduced to short ( embarrassing ) quotes.
 
All the above being broadcasted while showing repeats of enraged monks ( probably hence infringing on their vows ) and Tibetan civilians overturning vehicles, banging on shop doors with hard objects, marching and shoutingn with banners.
 
We really wonder if they do not have footage and pictures ( of Tibetan school children shot / of monks being bashed over the head / of monks being trampled underfoot by soliders** ) we have obtained so easily available in the internet or they have been deliberately edited. 
 
To be fair, the Singapore based Asia News Channel too showed the above**, at yesterday's late night slot.  
 
Being discerninng individuals, we all see more ( hopefully !! ) than maybe the innocent public who are probably buying into the revolt being instigated by His Holiness and that the Tibetans all asked for it by being the villians and hooligans.  
 
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We really do not wish to continue harping on the issue.
 
We want to move on and to continue to slog hard ( with your blessings and suppport !! ) for the good of all beings via the holy Dharma.
 
In the end, we all try to develop the greatest loving compassion we can muster to all beings, all having been our dearest mothers for countless times in our infinite past lives:
- we practise Dharma for all mother beings,
- we organise programmes for all mother beings,
- we raise funds for all mother beings,
- the Buddha Himself taught for all mother beings. 
 
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We will like to round-up the series of very sad events with a "fantastic" exchange with one nice lady from a big Tibetan Buddhist centre in Singapore.  
 
This, we are afraid, is the sad result of prolonged misinformation and inability or unwillingness to be sufficiently discerning-informed.  
 
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An important correction from Mr Jinpa for Sunday's ( 23 March 2008 ) Light Prayer Session for Peace in Tibet is the venue:
 
Geylang Lorong 19, #321A.
[ not #221 I]    
 
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With our sincere wishes to all always,
 
bb & all friends @ CAS of Thousand Arm Chenrezig
 
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 From CO: 
          
Lord Buddha happily gave up His rightful throne after He has obtained Enlightenment!
 
When the Sakya Clan of His clan were being attacked, He tried to stop by giving His Teachings, but He never take any revenge to the attackers!
 
Why?
 
Lord Buddha knew that it was all the collective karma of all those people at that time! A tit for tat only caused further commitment of negative karma!
 
Please try to find out the true truth about what had happened in Lhasa and the spilt over to other provinces! Do not be a BLIND FOLLOWERS! For blind followers only encourage more such brutal acts!
 
At first I was also on sympathy with the Tibetans, but after reading and understanding more honest news and evidences given by the western tourists who have no grudges to either party proved what our misconception; thinking that it is again the Tibetans are the poor victims!
 
But the true truth is the reverse! Believe it! It was aired and telecasted in Australia media(which has always took sympathy on the Tibetans)! The westerners were shocked and disbelieve at first either, but its the TRUTH - THE TIBETAN MONKS HAD ATTACKED BRUTALLY ON THE HANS! The one who wore the sacred robes of Buddha's disciples; were those whose hands stained with the blood of the innocent Hans, by killing them(children were not spared), torched the shops and houses of the Hans, killing those who were working in the shops(1 Tibetan girl was burnt to death together with the Chinese)! All are the Hans except 1 Tibetans were the victims!
 
For whatever reasons, the one who have renounced and wore the sacred robes, recite the Sadhana, took refuge in the triple gem, took the precepts and have studied the Teachings of Lord Buddha should understand and know that whatever happened in the past, and Tibet being ruled by the Chinese is all the collective karma of the Tibetans, the Chinese and the Disciples of Lord Buddha in the whole world! If not for this collective karma, we could not learn the Vajrayana Teachings as they re the only beholders now in the world!
 
Why don't they recognize this and accept it and rejoice that Buddhism has been spread so widely to the whole world so fast!?
 
They have tarnished and stained the PURE,SACRED AND FLAWLESS TEACHINGS OF LORD BUDDHA now with their egos, their hatred and their attachment that they cannot abandoned!
 
What a contradictory and what a Hippocrates that as renounced Buddhists, the one who preached "compassion" ," emptiness", "equanimity", the one who taught their students that all sentient beings has been once or more times been our mothers which we can never repay their kindness; the one who taught us to give up attachments, to forgive and forget, to never behold hatred and jealousy; to rejoice on other's good deeds etc, etc, etc...........today they have stained their hands and the sacred robes with THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT HANS! There is no excuse for anyone, esp its the one who wore the sacred robes, and the one who teach Lord Buddha's Holy TEACHINGS; for they understand what is the Law of Karma, and they knew it whatever that happened in the past or even present, its all the collective karma of all the Tibetans, the Chinese and the Buddhists in the whole world!!!
 
This is the first time such a heinous crime committed by the Vajrayana monks! I felt ashamed of their acts! They can't even compare to the Burmese( Threvada practitioners) who only went for peaceful walking demonstration on the streets and then they sacrificed their own bodies for the sake of fighting for peace and democracy for the people of Burma! They have never lay a hand at anyone! The Tibetan monks have plenty to learn from the Burmese monks!
 
By doing such prayers and acts is just as good as being the accomplish of the one who have stained their hands and robes with the blood of the innocents!
 
Please respect the Holy Dharma and the sacred robes! Also, please have justice and behold the justice for the true victims of such crimes!
 
The TRUE VICTIMS THIS TIME ARE THE HANS/CHINESE, NOT THE TIBETANS! THE MONKS ARE THE ONE WHO STARTED THE VIOLENCE AND KILLINGS; NOT THE HANS! If this is committed by the lay person is forgivable, but not the one who wore the sacred robes!

Have compassion and justice for the true victims, not the criminals and the liars!!
 
If not the tourists from the west, i would have think that the Chinese are brutal, but I am very disappointed and very saddened by this cruel truth which I really wish its the reverse!
 
If you are a true disciples of Lord Buddha and one who truly practice compassion, please do not support such heinous crime of the beholder of the sacred robes and the Holy Teachings of Lord Buddha!
 
Their brutal acts has tarnished Buddha's image. Dharma, and the devotees in all over the world! Don't cordon liars and don't encourage and support such crimes! Justice must be given to the true victims, not the liars!
 
As a Buddhist, there cannot be any excuse for such crimes no matter what is the course! If Lord Buddha can give up His rightful throne, why can't the Tibetan monks do so? After all, most of the Tibetans' life has been improve if compared to the past! There can never have equality in this samsara because all of our karma is different! There is no government in this world has ever been fair to every citizen or every people in their own nation! No matter how, even the best government can only please and benefits the majority! There is bound to have unhappy people!
 
Thus there is no excuse for such crimes at all!
 
Please do not make use of our faith to Lord Buddha to cordon and encourage such crimes! Or your hands is equally stained by the blood of those innocent victims!

In one of the 14 Bodhisattva's Vows said that: " If you see someone who is about to commit a killing, and you do not stop him from doing it, it will cause you the root downfall!"
 
I wonder do you know or understand this vow?
 
Btw, please do not make use of our faiths to support and cordon such crimes! I remember my Bodhisattva vows and I will follow it strictly! I can't stop them as I am not there to stop; but I am not supporting such crimes! I am a disciple of Lord Buddha, not a Tibetan! Sorry! My faith is with Lord Buddha, the Dharma and the Sanggas( those who behold their precepts and Their Bodhisattva's Vows and practice what they preached and live the way of life like that of Buddha or Bodhisattvas); but when the one who wore the robes and committed crimes like this is no longer a sangga! How can they preach detachment when they have such strong attachment? How can they preach compassion when they have so much hatred?
 
Why don't they rejoice that the Chinese ruling of Tibet has made the Vajrayana Teachings spread to the whole world; and that benefit more people? Why blame the Chinese instead of their own karma?
 
If he is your friend, please kindly remind him to follow what Lord Buddha practice when he was in this world!
 
I am sure this happening would make the potential Buddhists to have second thought of becoming a Buddhist! Now I can understand why there is a prophecy by Lord Buddha that Buddhism will degenerate and eventually gone!
 
Do not listen and support lies too!
 
Thank you!
 
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Dear CO,
 
We received documented evidences from established sources on brutality and violence against the Tibetans, both those peacefully demonstrating and those resorting to violent actions, armed with sticks, sticks and such. 
 
We will be equally concerned of violence if any is inflcied upon people anywhere and definitely including your alleged "blood" of Han Chinese. Do forward to us if you do possess of any sunstantiated news.
 
We are concerned that you may probably have been seriously misinformed and hence harbour serious misinformation. 
 
The issue involved is straight-forward as presented in the following "format":
 
- The Communist Chinese army invaded Tibet and committed atrocities causing the Dalai Lama, the Sakya Trizin, the Karmapa and all the highest Masters of Tibetan Buddhism to flee Tibet by 1959.
 
- The Communist launched the Cultural Revolution amongst other campaigns many of which seriously amounting to genocide in Tibet since.
 
- In exile since 1959, the Dalai Lama with general unanimous support of all the respective heads have attempted negotiation with the Communist Chinese to no avail as the Communist Chinese demanded pre-conditions, amongst which, the Dalai Lama and the respective heads' rights to renounce their "authority" in recognising and enthroning "tulkus".
 
- The Dalai Lama's exiled government, with representatives from the respective traditions and the elected delegates, are not asking for independence but genuine autonomy and have forcefully banned use of violence to achieve their objectives.
 
- Communist China has spurned all attempts at sincere talks and hence resulted in the popular uprising the last two weeks.
 
- To date, we have received from reliable sources gunshots and torture being inflicted on Tibetan civilians, both involved or not in the protests.
 
- The Dalai Lama has bestowed many of the Highest Yoga Tantra cycles upon almost every living Masters alive today ( some of whom the Dalai Lama's own Teachers as well ): the present Sakya Trizin, the 16 and 17 Karmapas, Penor Rinpoche, the late Dilgo Khyentse, Drikung Kyabgon and the like. There is not a single major lineage Mater alive today who is not a direct or indirect disciple of the present Dalai Lama. The very integrity, "blessings" and authenticity of Tibetan Buddhism hinges upon the integrity, "blessings" and authenticity of the present Dalai Lama.
 
- All the precious vows and practices we are maintaining have all passed via His Holiness's blessings indeed, whether directly or indirectly. Are we turning against our Teachers for having taken their vows from His Holiness ??   
 
Our committee and friends in CAS have always had the good fortune to learn widely from Masters of all lineages and of course, we have nothing to gain from supporting Tibet politically, if anything, to place ourselves unfavourably with misinformed friends.
 
Our sincere wishes are only for all beings to have peace and happiness,
 
"Amituofo."
 
bb & friends in CAS   
 
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Please create awareness of the violence being perpetuated on the peaceful demonstrators of Tibet for their nation's freedom & justice.
Middle school student shot dead in Ngaba County

TCHRD[Thursday, March 20, 2008 19:32]
Lhundup Tso
Lhundrup Tso, aged 16 died from a single bullet through the back of her skull on 16th March 2008.
She is from Ngoshu village
in Amdo Ngaba



The body of a girl shot dead in the Ngaba County protest on 16 March was identified as Lhundup Tso, 16 years-old girl and a student of Ngaba County Tibetan School, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

On 16 March 2008, around few thousands Tibetans erupted into a spontaneous protest following the morning prayer session at Amdo Ngaba Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County by shouting slogans calling for "Tibet Independence", "Return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet", and "Freedom for Tibet". The demonstration was later joined by common citizens of Ngaba County and headed towards Ngaba County government headquarters. At least 23 people including as young as 16 years old student, Lhundup Tso, were confirmed dead following Chinese Armed police shot many rounds of live ammunitions into the protestors at Ngaba County (Ch: Aba Xian), Ngaba "TAP", Sichuan Province on 16 March. The names of those identified are, Tashi Wangchuk, Ghegyam, Norbu, Lotse, Ghepan Thalo, Ngudrup Tso, Atisha, Sangye, Tsezin and identities of others were not yet known.

Lhundup Tso, a 16 years-old was born to Mr. Jigshe (father) and Mrs. Sherab Tsomo a.k.a Shetse(Mother). She was a brilliant student of Ngaba County Tibetan School, Ngaba County, Ngaba "TAP", Sichuan Province.

The present situation in Ngaba County, in particular, is known to be very tense following mass protests in the past few days which saw deaths and injuries of scores of Tibetan in the peaceful demonstration. More reinforcement from the Mainland China is sent into the area to check the further spread of protest into neighboring counties and bring situation under tight control.

According to TCHRD, at least 70 Tibetans were known to have been killed since the 14th March protest in Lhasa led by the monks of Ramoche Temple. And the number of dead and injured are likely to go up as more incidents of protests and armed police violent crackdown on protesters are surfacing from various parts of Tibet. The Centre will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update as and when more information surface from the region.

TCHRD condemns in strongest terms the Chinese security forces' brutal use of force on the peaceful Tibetan demonstrators and is deeply disturbed by the imposition of intense and severe restriction on the movements of the Tibetan people, severely affecting their daily lives, denying immediate access to food, fresh drinking water and other basic and essential necessities to sustain life. TCHRD conceives that the ongoing severe restriction inside Tibet has all the elements of 'Martial Law in Disguise'.
 
 
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The atrocities committed to control the protests are a reminder of China's record of human rights abuses.
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The violence against protesters, monks and civilians in Tibet is quickly escalating as the deadly crackdown continues. This week, overwhelmed by the violence affecting innocent civilians, the Dalai Lama said he would resign as leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile "if things become out of control." We can't remain silent while these abuses are taking place. Take action to stand with the people of Tibet.
The Beijing Summer Olympics are only a few months away, but that hasn't stopped China from cracking down on Tibetan protesters, causing the death of around 100 people, while hundreds continue to be shot at, beaten up and detained by China's security forces.
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Dear Friend,
In the past 20 years, I have never had such an exhausting, heartbreaking, and exciting week. Exciting because the Tibet issue is exactly where it should be -- on the front pages of our newspapers and high on the agendas of politicians and human rights organizations everywhere. Heartbreaking because Tibetans have taken huge risks to make their voices heard and are experiencing the worst repression and crackdown since the earliest days of the Chinese occupation.
I am sure you have followed events in Tibet this week and have been equally affected.
Protestors march in Machu
Tibetans hold a demonstration in the town of Machu in the Gansu (Amdo) region of Tibet. The death toll in Tibet continues to rise as protests have spread throughout the country.
Since my last update, new demonstrations continue to happen daily in towns and villages across eastern Tibet. Please visit http://www.savetibet.org/ to see a map showing where demonstrations have occurred. You will also find in-depth updates that we are posting daily. 
As of today, all tourists have been pressured to leave Lhasa and the only Western journalist there had to leave. Many journalists in Eastern Tibet were forced to leave as well. CNN has video of their reporters being forced to turn back on their way to the site of a Tibetan demonstration.
China now has an even freer hand to conduct house-to-house searches and arrests without witnesses.

Despite all of this, Tibetans continue to send out images, call relatives, and even talk to reporters. Even these small communications are extremely dangerous and punishable by years in prison.
ICT is known by Tibetans as an organization they know will hear them and make their voice heard. We have received important calls from people in Tibet putting their faith in us and we have not let them down. We have been working overtime to expose the reality of this situation to the international media.
And we also received calls filled with anguish. A Tibetan friend of mine received a call from a relative in Tibet so he could say ?°„goodbye?as he expected to be arrested soon.

ICT?°•s staff have been working around the clock and around the world since last week to maximize this opportunity for the Tibetan people. Already this week, our work with your support has resulted in several extraordinary international efforts:

  • U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is visiting Dharamsala today with a delegation of 10 members of Congress to meet with the Dalai Lama in a great show of support from the US government. Accompanied by ICT staff, she has spoken out, harshly condemning China?°•s recent actions and saying, "We insist the world know what the truth is inside Tibet."
  • Two ICT staff traveled to Beijing for three days at the beginning of the week to meet with officials and diplomats at embassies there, and to brief them on the unrest and demonstrations in Tibet.
House Speaker Pelosi with the Dalai Lama
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with His Holiness the Dalai Lama today in Dharamsala, India, calling for investigations and global attention to the situation in Tibet.
In previous emails, I asked you to connect us with tourists and others with first hand information of the demonstrations in Tibet. Thank you for helping us.
As a result of your efforts, ICT received dozens of important reports from westerners and Tibetans. I also want to thank you for your generous donations over the past week which we are putting to immediate use as we rapidly step up our activities.
Soon we will send you detailed information about our upcoming rally in San Francisco on April 8, the day before the Olympic Torch passes through city. In the meantime, please visit http://www.racefortibet.org/ to learn more. In the weeks and months ahead, it is essential we continue to stand together and do everything we can for those inside Tibet risking their lives by peacefully demonstrating.
I hope I can also call on you to take more targeted actions as events unfold in the weeks ahead. We are now gathering names of those arrested in Tibet. Once we have confirmed names, we will begin doing action alerts to demand humane treatment and releases. We know that these actions can often improve conditions and reduce torture.
If you live in the United States, there are two actions you can take today:
1.  Call on President Bush not to attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in August. From Steven Spielberg to parlimentarians, many leaders are rethinking their involvement. We call on our leaders to stay away from the opening ceremonies in the wake of the bloody and continuing crackdown in Tibet.  You may reach the U.S. President at 202-456-1111 or by email at comments@whitehouse.gov.
2. Urge your Congressional representatives to insist China not take the Olympic torch through Tibet in mid-June. ICT fears on humanitarian grounds that taking the torch through Lhasa will be seen as a provocation to Tibetans and lead to more unrest, arrests and repression. Please click here to find your legislators.
If you can, please make a donation to support ICT's response during this critical time so we will continue to have the emergency resources we need to react quickly and effectively.  
Thank you for your unwavering support,
 
John Ackerly
President
P.S. Please forward this e-mail to others -- we need as many people with us as possible now.
 
 
 
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After nearly 50 years of Chinese rule, the Tibetans are sending out a global cry for change. But violence is spreading across Tibet and neighbouring regions, and the Chinese regime is right now considering a choice between increasing brutality or dialogue, that could determine the future of Tibet and China.

We can affect this historic choice. China does care about its international reputation. Its economy is totally dependent on "Made in China" exports that we all buy, and it is keen to make the Olympics in Beijing this summer a celebration of a new China that is a respected world power.

President Hu needs to hear that 'Brand China' and the Olympics can succeed only if he makes the right choice. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get his attention.  Click below to join me and sign a petition to President Hu calling for restraint in Tibet and dialogue with the Dalai Lama -- and tell absolutely everyone you can right away. The petition is organized by Avaaz, and they are urgently aiming to reach 1 million signatures to deliver directly to Chinese officials:

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