…as M found when, despite his having been brought up in Shanghai on the official Chinese line, he actually experienced the man personally over Christmas-New Year 1999-2000. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying became one of M’s landmark books; he has read it now both in Chinese and English. Similarly Master Fu back in 2000 at The Mine; he lived his early adolescence in Gansu Province, where his family had been “transferred” from Beijing after Tiananmen. In the course of that Master Fu, though Manchu/Han himself, became a Tibetan Buddhist. All kinds of accommodations are possible, a faith the Dalai Lama has adhered to for fifty years and more, but unfortunately 1) for a time, very early in the piece, the CIA apparently kept a listening post in Lhasa, which has not been forgotten and 2) China has always striven to secure its western outlands and 3) the current Chinese government is just as ruthless, if considerably less Communist in any real sense, as ever. The idea that the Dalai Lama is some kind of Buddhist Osama bin Laden is grotesque; the Chinese should have been persuaded to listen to his voice of moderation years ago. All would have benefited.
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