Saturday, September 01, 2007

It's not about the Dalai Lama

I see headlines proclaiming that China's new reincarnation law is aimed at the Dalai Lama.

It isn't.

China's new regulations--and China's entire policy--is aimed squarely at Buddhism.

You cannot view each one of China's moves in isolation: you have to examine them as a whole.

Tibet is not the whole of the issue. Take out a map, and note the predominantly Buddhist countries. Next, examine the nature of China's relations with those countries.

It is not a pretty picture.

Buddhism feels threatened by Communist China, but why does Communist China feel itself so threatened by Buddhism?

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