JKhedrup wrote:'d be curious to know what your involvement and support of the CTFA is? Have you posted here calling on people to support them or other similar organizations? Have you worked to extend their reach? It's interesting, I do see lots of overseas TB lamas, etc. who do go back to Tibet (which the Chinese allow), to restore their former monasteries and the like. Start with positives and move from there. Find the positive expression of a situation, and move to expand on that, rather than finding the negative in a situation, and trying stamp it out.
Uan you don't know me or what I do- I may not call on people here to support such initiatives but I am very involved. As I said, I spent long periods in monasteries of the Chinese tradition and very much enjoyed my experience in one of them. My decision to work within the Tibetan tradition is due primarily to the fact that I have good connections with many of its teachers and can use my Tibetan language ability to serve the dharma. If my Chinese had been better than my Tibetan, things could have been quite different.
JKhedrup, you're correct, I don't know you. However, I wasn't calling you out or challenging you. There should be some smilies icon that could be used to indicate that (that misconception seems to happen quite a bit around here).
Nor did I think you were calling me out when you suggested "Rather than defend SARA and the BAC, why not think about supporting organizations like the Chinese-Tibetan Friendship Association". My question was out of genuine curiosity, as I didn't didn't want to assume anything.
My impression, gathered by this thread and a few others I've seen you make, is that while you are indicating wanting to make positive changes, that your public position on DW is focused more on the negative aspects of things, and your calls to actions are primarily negative in approach, i.e., be against something, rather than be for something.
The general purpose of this thread, as I see it, is you putting forth what you think is beneficial for the Dharma in China. Which is definitely a worthwhile objective. However, I think your specific approach in this case is not beneficial, as the means you advocate aren't dharmic, imho. I'm aware we will disagree on this, and that's okay with me. I'm not trying to change your mind. I just wanted to contribute another viewpoint to this thread that I thought was missing.