Tibet Today

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Joshua Eaton, a journalist who has been covering Tibet from the U.S., explains the reasons behind the recent uptick in self-immolation incidents there and the goals of these protests.


Joshua Eaton

Comments [6]

April from Manhattan

Brian seemed unusually unbriefed on the situation in Tibet. Only a few show monasteries. Tibetans will be thrown in jail, sometimes disappear permanently for the crime of having a picture of HH the Dalai Lama or for practicing their religion. Tibetan children are forced to learn Chinese, not Tibetan. There is fierce, if repressed, resistance, but self immolation is not a good idea, and the Dalai Lama has condemned it, while acknowledging the courage of those who do it. I fear that when the Dalai Lama dies, many young Tibetans will leave India particularly Dharamsala, where HH lives, to fight China in what will inevitably be a losing massacre. My ex husband and I were students of Geshe Wangyal, a Kalmyk mongol from Russia, who settled in NJ. He worked with the CIA to support Tibetan freedom fighters. The CIA didn't inform them when they pulled their support, and many Tibetan fighters died as a consequence. Once Geshe Wangyal told my husband to shave his beard. When he did and came upstairs, Geshe La said "My senator!" He had built a wing on his house for HH. We all thought he was enlightened but crazy. My ex was in Carter's White House. Carter let the Dalai Lama into the US for the first time. My friend Elsie Walker talked George W Bush into giving HH the congressional medal of freedom. I like Obama overall but didn't appreciate his having HH exit the WH by garbage bags. Geshe la was a fan of America, and had an American flag in the mandalas he created each morning. On China, where he lived for a while, as he did in Russia, Tibet before the Chinese invasion, and England, he said, "Chinese VERY tricky!" Brian, read John Avedon's (Richard's son), "In Exile from the Land of the Snows". A brilliant and fascinating book! And "The Jew in the Lotus", about HH meeting with Jews about their experiences in exile. I learned a lot of Judaism from that book, not much Buddhism. There are many American Jewdist teachers. Or Jews who are Buddhist teachers. "From Sadhana to Sabbath" is in the Judaica store on Broadway in the lower 90s upper 80s.

Jan. 09 2013 11:17 AM
jay from NYC

What is going on in Tibet is the fruit of over 50 yrs of Chinese Govt's repressive and hell on earth policy on Tibet. What is happening in Tibet is solely responsiblity of the Chinese Govt and no one else

Jan. 09 2013 11:04 AM
Anita McNamara from Fanwood, NJ

BRAVO, Brian, doing a segment on Tibet and mentioning the Dalai Lama. Too often discussions - even on WNYC - on religious and cultural matters throughout the world only focus on Islam, Christianity and Judaism. You recently spent a lot of time on your show on India and Hindu culture in regard to that rape case, and now some time today on Tibet and I appreciate this. There ARE other faiths and cultures in the world and a lot can be learned about them and from them. Thank you.

Jan. 09 2013 11:00 AM

The Dali Lama has a responsibility to speak out against this kind of protest.

Jan. 09 2013 10:57 AM

Mostly young people, mostly monks and nuns, mostly nutty people with little regard for their own lives do this self immolation.

This whole cult of personality around the Dali Lama is creepy.

Jan. 09 2013 10:54 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

This guy sounds so raspy and boring already.

Of coursee Tibetans want an independent state, DUH! But unlike the Palestinians, they are not calling for the destruction of the Chinese state, but only want independence for their own. Already, Han Chinese settlers in Tibet outnumber Tibetans themselves, but you don't hear any major calls for Chinese withdrawal from Tibet or demands for an independent Tibetan state. This shows the incredible hypocrisy of the UN and the world community, in how it treats a small country like Israel versus a major one like CHina.

Jan. 09 2013 10:53 AM

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