The one thing that has always struck me about this modern situation, is that it has always struck me as a huge act of not accepting something.
Not accepting change, or that things do change, including one's country one lives in, or political situation.
I know that D.T. Suzuki wrote that since we must live in countries, we must help that country in which we live in, and part of that means that maintaining armies for defensive purposes is necessary. Traditionally, all Buddhist countries and governments have found it necessary to maintain armies. And defensive war is occasionally necessary.
The question I have to ask myself, is should the people in Tibet, just stop half-assing themselves and engage in active guerrilla warfare to repel the Chinese?
Or do they need to simply accept that they are no longer a Tibet as a country and are now a part of China?
Or, is there a middle path, where they can have greater autonomy, and have religious and cultural rights respected, and still be officially a territory of China?
From a Buddhist perspective, I would say some sortof middle path would be preferable, and would probably result in the least amount of lives lost, and harm done.
Part of this whole thing, is that the struggle in Tibet, reflects not just Tibet, but a country-wide struggle across China to get minority rights and religious and cultural rights respected across many traditions and minorities, and not-so-minorities.
China has a big problem respecting differing views other than those held by the party.
They also tend to view any and all culture outside of official party policy as a threat.
They need to find a way to be more secure with themselves, and realize that with that many people, a mono-culture is next to impossible, and they simply need to accept that, and embrace diversity and multi-culturalism.
The problem is, and the reason why they don't, is diversity and multiculturalism, if officially accepted or unofficially tolerated, leads to further official acceptance of different public opinions, which leads to the natural formation of different political parties.
Different political parties leads to the destruction of the one-party state which is China.
So therefor, all of these different cultural movements, and rights movements, is viewed as a direct threat to the sovereignty of the Communist Party.
I don't honestly know how long they can hold it together.
It's sortof become a de-facto aristocracy, with senior party members being the equivalent of aristocrats.
Historically, aristocracies tend to degrade over time into more stable parliamentary models.
It will be interesting to see if that happens in China.
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil
" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy