Humour isn't a sin. You should be able to laugh at Hyecho and his silly remark.
Humor is not a sin; bringing up that citation in the context this discussion shows an appalling lack of proportion.
Jeff, you need to study the history of Central Asia a little more carefully: it is certain that this monk's view of Tibetans was
jaundiced by the fact that Tibetans (from Lhasa) held sovereignty over large swaths of Central Asia.
Sure, but the Tang history gives detailed observations of the Tibetan culture and habits at the time. Hyecho isn't my only source.
Consider the source: the Chinese have had nothing good to say about Tibetans since Minister Gar tricked the emperor out of his prized daughter.
Naw. I just counter the overzealous hype over Tibet.
No, Jeff -- your participation here was not countering any overzealous hype about Tibet. Anyone reading the thread can see this. What anyone can also see is that someone who claims to be Buddhist monk is casting racist aspersions about Tibetans, which they should not do, just as they should not invent and spread racist myths about Muslims -- which unfortunately happens in Tibet these days a lot. Tibetans happen to be very racist people in general. So when I hear racist things coming out of the mouths of Tibetans about westerners, or Muslims or Chinese people I become equally annoyed.