Tibetan Conflict Paper

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Bourbina 1 Arika Bourbina Hist/Phil 215 Paper #2 4/8/2008 The Tibetan Conflict Tibet has been under strict Chinese Rule since 1949. For ten years, China maintained a relatively loose hold on Tibet until rebellions in the capital city of Lhasa took place in 1959. What caused these rebellions? Communist China has a large uncontrollable fear of Tibet, resulting in violence and the genocide of an entire culture. With China’s long going history of violence and human rights violations, surely the Chinese capital is the ideal place to hold a global event like the Olympics? I for one don’t think so. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of Tibet. It is said that the Dalai Lama is actually the same person, a reincarnation of an aspect of the Buddha, reborn over and over again. The Dalai Lama is chosen shortly after the prior Dalai Lama has died among children who were born on the same day the Dalai Lama died. The child is then put trough a series of tests to see which child responds most to the things the past leader held as favorites, and through a series of other things the new reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is discovered. The Dalai Lama assumes power around the age of 18, and maintains an aspect of divinity because of the fact it is believed he is a Buddha reborn (Richardson 18). The Dalai Lama is one who by nature practices a theory of non- violence; as is part of the Buddhist religion. So, why is it that China would grow to fear a non violent leader such as the Dalai Lama to the point where the leader of a country was forced to flee and never return? The answer is that China, a communist country, fears all organized religion. Under communist rule, a citizen must worship the state, and religion
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Bourbina 2 offers the potential for groups of people to not only put their faith in something other than the government, but also allows the potential for a large scale rebellion which could threaten the very sate of how people view their rulers. Tibet is largely organized around religion. In fact, until recently more than one in five males was a monk in one of the 2,000 monasteries around Tibet (The Hidden Kingdom: Tibet after 50 years of Chinese
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