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Don't Lose Faith in His Holiness - Response to J. Norbu's Article

posted Mar 23, 2011, 5:47 PM by The Tibetan Political Review
By Norbu Samphell

Sept. 18, 2010 - Jamyang Norbu’s article, “Dangerous Liaison (1)” is a dangerous piece of writing for Tibetan Unity and a gift to Chinese leadership. They could use it again against His Holiness.

JN misunderstood, misconstrued and misinterpreted Prof. S. Rinpoche’s May 23, 2010 statement in New York. Fortunately, a video excerpt of the statement is given. Without this video clipping, people will make it that JN is instigating a revolt against our Kalon Tripa Rinpoche for lying about Rangzen advocates to His Holiness. By writing such a piece JN is making himself a “rabble-rouser” among Tibetan community. It is unfortunate and a loathsome affair for a man, who we look up as knowledgeable writer for Tibet.


Rinpoche was simply stating his fear, which is a fact that there is a waning (decreasing) trend of faith, devotion, and confident in His Holiness the Dalai Lama among our youth in Tibetan Community. And that is a dangerous trend, even more dangerous than Shugden propitiators and communist Chinese. Losing faith and confidence in a leadership is a dangerous thing politically. This is what Rinpoche was talking about.

He was neither denouncing Rangzen advocates nor denigrating them. It was simply a warning that we should not loose faith in His Holiness. Rangzen advocates, who are emotionally passionate for Rangzen, and those who in the name of implementing modern, more secular democracy at times, seem to over look the importance of His Holiness’s role in our democracy. The talks they talk, actions they perform and questions they ask make it easy for any one to assume their intention, even if it may be otherwise in reality. Therefore, S. Rinpoche was sort of warning Rangzen advocates and others, that they should be careful and not loose their faith and confidence in His Holiness.

However democratic we may become, we can not do any thing without His Holiness. Every democratic country has its own way to pursue democracy influenced by its cultural and traditional background. We can not and should not copy any one of those democracies, be it American, England or Indian. If we do, that would be disastrous for us. Our Democracy is and should be ‘Unique Tibetan Democracy’ with special status and regards to His Holiness.

We all know that Rangzen people ‘do seem’ to suspect His Holiness’s political and secular judgment for Tibet and Tibetans. There are questions and concerns raised including about middle way approach for Tibet. The recent incident of a TYC member posing an embarrassing question to His Holiness is one such instance.

As a TYC member myself since its inception, and having worked as General Secretary of RTYC, Bylakuppe, Mysore for two consecutive terms from 1986-1992, I have noticed a shift in TYC’s way of doing things in relation to His Holiness. We used to be proud of ourselves for being the Right Hand of His Holiness in serving the cause of Tibet and welfare of Tibetans. But these days they seem to take pride in differing from His Holiness in the name of Modern Democracy and this right and that right, instead of working to force the Chinese Leadership to accept the Middle Way Approach. TYC could launch programs and actions to promote His Holiness’s Middle Way, instead of doing things that Chinese want the world to see to discredit the genuineness of His Holiness’s Middle Approach.


The writer is a journalist working for the Voice of America's Tibetan service. 

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Originally published on Phayul.com on September 18, 2010
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