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Tibet, the right and the left

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Tibet is caught in an acute difficulty, a theatre of rightist and leftist collision. The previous post cites a leftist expose routine, but its point is nonetheless essential to consider: Behind the anti-anti-China Olympics campaign. The left, witness the action of the Marxist cadres, a truly braindead faction of, yes, the bourgeoisie at its most sadistic, is clearly at a dead end, culturally if not politically.
But the real threat from the right springs from lamaism itself whose history is ambiguous, and almost unknown, and never properly told (almost impossible to do).
Tibet risks the unique danger of rightist forces not visible to public deliberation and armed with a truly ferocious occult armament invisible to secular action meddling in a genuine freedom movement, and trying to hijack its aspiration to freedom. Beside the Dalai Lama with his nonviolence we have the clear indications from a figure (still relatively benign) such as Chogyam Trungpa with his ‘warrior path’ nonsense and monarchic impulses. Trungpa is practically progressive compared to what he represents.
Tibet is unique, almost the only case where an ashram constituted the nexus of state apparatus, made worse by the medieval context of decay in which the experiment occurred. This authoritarian milieu is not going to be a source of democratic breakthrough.
So any democratic movement needs at once to be a ‘Buddhist Reformation’ almost, a most delicate transition likely to fritter away the real bite in Buddhism, unique among religions in preserving some semblance of its primordial Axial integrity for over two millennia. By comparison the monotheims of the Occident are little more than eclectic state propaganda junk sold over to the state apparatus as conditioning instruments.
The right-wing lamas out there have to bite the bullet and allow the democratic future to happen, or the exterminators on the communist left will do it for them, and it won’t be freedom. This sentiment seems to apply to the situation thirty years ago! Is it too late for anything except the destruction of a situation of tremendous potential by marxist cadres to the further ignominy of the Stalinist left. But the latter is actually unstable and the reversion to a new opportunity, under peril of rightist tamperings, just might emerge.
It is important not to let the authoritarianism of the gurus dominate the outcome here, and destroy the chance. No other culture/state is under such a threat from such insidious forces. But it may be that such figures have moved away from the Tibetan refuge that so long served them, and may write off their involvement.

I cited this link for no particular reason except its reference to religious change

Tags: 1848+ · religion · The Axial Age

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