Mad Max and The Panchen Lama

But first – my readers are revolting!

Yes, I have heard from several of you angry souls out there demanding to know what happened to the “mid-week musing”. Well the mid week was NOT amusing! This from my “server” explains everything(?)  “We’re currently experiencing problems with the blingy cluster affecting web, mysql and mail services. The file server is being worked on, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing you.” The “blingy cluster” sounds like something Mad Max would wear to a “Pimps and Ho’s” party!

Mad Max, the Whirling Dervish was born just shy of my 33rd birthday. In a pattern that was to become entrenched he arrived 10 days late, letting us know right from the beginning who was boss. He emerged reluctantly from the comfort of the womb with his hair sticking up in spikes all gelled up with amniotic fluid. “Max” said his dad immediately and unequivocally, “like someone out of the Mad Max movie, that’s who he is.” Beware the self-fulfilling prophesy…….little did we know that was exactly who he was and Mad Max he is to this day! Physically strong from an early age he would pull himself up into a standing position, hold onto the “bars” of his crib, lock his legs rigid and demand to be released from confinement babymax.jpgas if yelling “get me outta here. I have stuff to do”. Crawling took way too long and he couldn’t be bothered with that, so at the end of his 8th month he just got up and walked. He looked pretty hilarious, such a tiny baby bull-dozing his way around like a truck driver. People told us he was an “old soul”, that he’d been here before. With his wiry bod, little pot belly and slightly oriental eyes, he would sit cross-legged on the floor like a Buddha and we used to joke that one day he’d be “discovered” as the reincarnation of a Lama and whisked off to Kathmandu to spend the rest of his days in Buddhist contemplation.

Well, it was just as well he wasn’t. Not only would he have tested the patience of even the most mindful monk, he would also have met an uncomfortable fate at the hands of the Chinese government.

panchenthangka.jpgThe second in command to the Dalai Lama is the Panchen Lama. Over the years there have been 14 Dalai’s and 10 Panchen’s but really there has been only one of each as they keep reincarnating. When a Panchen or a Dalai Lama die, the other is resonsible for finding his reincarnation. When the last Panchen died in 1989, the Dalai Lama recognised a 5 year old boy, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as his reincarnation. Soon after, the boy along with his family, was “disappeared” by the Chinese who placed their own “Puppet Panchen” in his place. Gedhun, who would now be 19, has not been seen since and is generally believed to be living under house arrest, somewhere in China probably being “re-educated” at a “private” school. He is now referred to as “Tibet’s stolen child” and is the subject of a massive campaign to free him.

Tibet, situated between China and India, has been occupied by the Chinese ever since they overran the peaceful Buddhist enclave in 1950. With a gun pointed firmly at their head, the Chinese have been playing a game of Russian roulette with the Tibetans ever since, smiling occasionally as they pull the trigger. It is estimated that since the Chinese invasion 1.2 million Tibetans have died as a result of mass slaughter, imprisonment, or starvation; over six thousand Buddhist monasteries have been systematically vandalized and their cultural properties destroyed or plundered and religious leaders as well as thousands of monks and nuns, have been forced into exile, imprisoned, executed, or “disappeared”. During the Lhasa uprising in 1959 and subsequent Chinese repression, the Dalai Lama himself, along with 80,000 refugees, fled to Dharamshala in Northern India where he has remained as the leader in exile of the Tibetan people ever since. For those Tibetans who remain, the Chinese seem to have in mind a slow death by suffocation, drowning them in a sea of over 5 million Han Chinese settlers who have been “relocated” to Tibet.Over the years various uprisings have been brutally suppressed, but it doesn’t seem to have permanently dulled the irrepressible spirit of the Tibetan people as last week’s demonstrations will attest. Nor has the response from China changed; more killings, more beatings, more arrests, more imprisonment. In fact in fit of peevishness the Chinese are blaming the Dalai Lama for the latest round of violence –

In the meantime, the Dalai Lama has become a “rock-star” of Peace, winning the Noble Peace Prize in 1989 for his unswerving commitment to peaceful protest against the Chinese occupation.

Watching video footage of the Chinese paramilitary beating monks and crushing the latest uprising is like watching a back-yard bully pistol whip an old lady.

2 Responses

  1. Jennifer Lancey Says:

    Hello there. I was sent a link to your blog by a friend a while ago. I have been reading a long for a while now. Just wanted to say HI. Thanks for putting in all the hard work.

    Jennifer Lancey

  2. Virginia Leeming Says:

    It is my opnion that all athletes should boycott the Olympics. Because of China’s repression of Tibet.

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