Claire Smith P6590497
Part 1 THE DALAI LAMA
Identify two of the reputations of the Dalai Lama revealed in this newspaper extract and discuss them in relation to Book 1, Chapter 7.
This essay will discuss and consider two of the several reputations that surround the 14th Dalai Lama, as found in the newspaper extract and other sources. well done for giving your reader an idea of the discussion that will follow, however, try to avoid single-sentence paragraphs. Also, it would be a good idea to identify the newspaper extract and the two reputations you will discuss.
The first reputation to be explored will be that of the Chinese government’s opinion of the Dalai Lama. Now exiled by the Chinese, his home is in Dharamsala, India. Due to the Chinese intervention of Tibet in 1950 under the label of liberation, the Dalai Lama is regarded as an enemy of China because he passively refuses to accept Chinese rule in Tibet and has spoken out about this, particularly during his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. His desire to return to Tibet and continue with the traditional autonomous rule is, on the surface, the total opposite to the current Chinese political system of Communism. This is a good overview of the Chinese view, though as the question asks you to identify two reputations in the newspaper article, it would be a good idea to start with this before you bring in discussion in the Waterhouse chapter.
The Chinese, certainly within their country, present the Dalai Lama as one who is intolerant of all other religions and as a leader that who refuses to negotiate, despite the proposals he brought to the table in 1987, known as the Five Point Plan. The Chinese refused to consider or concede to this proposal in any way. In a statement released by the Chinese embassy in May, 2004, the Chinese government made it very clear that as far as they were concerned, the Dalai Lama is holding back progress, is preventing religious freedom and needs to ‘do something beneficial to the progress of China and the region of Tibet in his remaining years’ (Chinese embassy, 2004, in Waterhouse, 2008, pg.229). Due to the difficulties that the Dalai Lama presents to the Chinese, there is some doubt as to whether his office will continue after his death. Again, this is interesting discussion about the situation between China and Tibet/the Dalai Lama, but your answer needs to focus much more fully on identifying two reputations in the newspaper extract.
To say that the Tibetans feel ‘discontent under Chinese rule’ (Kazmin, 2013, AA100 Assignment Booklet, pg.25) is a very diplomatic stance taken by the journalist. The article then goes on to describe the fact that in the past 2 two years alone, at least 100 Tibetans had sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause of freedom and for the Dalai Lama, ‘many using their final moments to call for the Dalai Lama’s return ‘(Kazmin, 2013, AA100 Assignment Booklet, pg. 25). This martyrdom goes a long way in to expressing just how deeply the Tibetans revere their leader, which leads onto the second reputation to be discussed.
Amongst his own people,: the Buddhist monks, the refugees and those still living in Tibet, his reputation could not be further from the Chinese perception. To his people, he is a living Buddha, their spiritual leader and teacher and has the very highest religious status, ‘revered by many Tibetans as a living god’ (Kazmin, 2013, AA100 Assignment Booklet, pg. 25).√ Due to the way that Tibetan and Buddhist society has evolved,; he is also regarded as the head of the Tibetan state.√ good The Tibetan people believe that all Dalai Lamas are linked, that after death they are re-born into another‘s body in order to continue the role of spiritual leader and god-king, therefore, the people automatically grant the Dalai Lama total devotion.√ good The fact that the 14th one is ‘a wise and compassionate man ‘(Waterhouse, 2008, pg. 211)...