China to deny Dalai Lama’s request to visit Tibet Quake.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 17, 2010
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Update: The China Tibet Quake

one big photo opp for the Chinese Communist Occupation.

Read our on the ground report here.

The official death tally is now at 1,400, but Tibetans widely report Chinese suppression of dead bodies. Also, there are widespread reports that Chinese are only rescuing bodies once they are discovered by the thousands of monks who, generally without the help of excavation equipment, have been digging through the rubble night and day for days now. The Chinese solders do, however, perform enthusiastically for the cameras:

NYTimes: The Buddhist monks stood atop the jagged remains of a vocational school, struggling to move concrete slabs with pickax shovels and bare hands. Suddenly a cry went out: An arm, clearly lifeless, was poking through the debris.

But before the monks could finish their task, a group of Chinese soldiers who had been relaxing on the school grounds sprang to action. They put on their army caps, waved the monks away, and with a video camera for their unit rolling, quickly extricated the body of a young girl.

The monks stifled their rage and stood below, mumbling a Tibetan prayer for the dead.

“You won’t see the cameras while we are working,” said one of the monks, Ga Tsai, who with 200 others, had driven from their lamasery in Sichuan Province as soon as they heard about the quake…

On Saturday at dusk, long after the rescue experts had called it quits, they could be still be seen working the rubble.“They are everything to us,” said Oh Zhu Tsai Jia, 57, opening the truck of his car so a group of young monks could pray over the body of his wife.

On Saturday morning, the monks ferried 1,400 bodies from the city’s main monastery to a dusty rise overlooking the city.

There, in two long trenches filled with salvaged wood, they dumped the dead and set cremation pyres ablaze.

As the fires burned for much of the day, hundreds of mourners sat mutely on a hillside next to the monks, who chanted aloud or quietly counted prayer beads of red coral and turquoise.

The police and Han officials were conspicuously absent.

The monastery’s leaders said no one from the local government had included their dead in the official tally although they were careful not to voice any criticism. Many of the younger monks, however, were not as reticent.

At the No. 3 Primary School, the monks said they had pulled 50 students from collapsed classrooms but when an official came by to ask how many had died, the police offered half that number. “I think they’re afraid to let the world know how bad this earthquake is,” said Gen Ga Ja Ba, a 23-year-old monk…read the whole story at New York Times—it’s infuriating.

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Re the Dalai Lama:

The Dalai Lama, “deeply saddened” by the devastation of the earthquake, said Saturday he would like to visit the site of the earthquake — in the province where he was born — to offer solace to the survivors.

“Because of the physical distance between us, at present I am unable to comfort those directly affected, but I would like them to know that I am praying for them,” the Dalai Lama said in a statement. “To fulfill the wishes of many of the people there, I am eager to go there myself to offer comfort.”

In his statement, the Dalai Lama also applauded the Chinese authorities for visiting the affected areas and allowing the media to report on the quake.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “China to deny Dalai Lama’s request to visit Tibet Quake.”

  1. Greg says:

    There is so much to learn from these events. Beyond the obvious personal tragedy. Beyond the suffering of individuals.

    That the Chinese government will not grant the Dalai Lama permission to visit his people on a humanitarian mission speaks volumes about the heart (lack of) that comes with a Communist government.

    When we have some in the Obama administration (Anita Dunn) coming out in front of school children praising Chairman Mao as someone to whom she turns for guidance — we should be afraid, very afraid. It all seems like "just politics" until we see the face of actual suffering and the coldness of heart that comes with such collective forms of government. It is then that we should be mindful of the consequences of our decisions, our actions, our thoughts. When we allow into power those who praise mass murderers such as Mao there are karmic consequences.

  2. Don't know about this Anita Dunn quote. Write something up for us about this, Greg? Thanks for the astute observations.

  3. Via

    well, wouldn't they have arrested him and hidden him, just like they've done to the panchen lama?

    Geoff Grant
    I wonder what China is really denying?

    Shawn Collins
    As if we are a bit surprised at China's usual action…eh? And one only has to look at how they treated their own people in the Sichuan earthquake!


    Valerie Holmes

    Faith Benson

    John Meyer
    Makes you wonder why President Obama bows to the Chinese leaders every time he meets with them.
    John, good point, but all our Presidents have observed basic protocol—it's respectful. We of course treat our own people without due respect, throughout our US history—Native Americans, blacks, GLBTQ. I don't blame our Presidents for bowing—I blame them for not holding ourselves, and our neighbors, to human rights standards (and Geneva Convention).
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  4. Greg says:

    Okay. Will get to that. Was a speech on east coast in front of students at high school. Will go into archives and get the dates and places and exact quotes….quite stunning and absolutely mind-numbingly stupid.

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  6. an ordinary Chinese says:

    This article totally distorts the fact that Chinese army, police, and government try their best to save people's lives. It wants to produce an image that China government and its people have been wrong, are always wrong, and will forever wrong, even though that they try every thing best to save people from the earthquake , because they are politically wrong. I just feel doubtful about the intention of the writer who always watches others with a color glasses.