Annihilate any traces of them, even their names 2

Here’s what the 5th Dalai Lama ordered his commanders to do when putting down a rebellion in 1660:

Make the male lines like trees that have had their roots cut; make the female lines like brooks that have dried up in winter; make the children and grandchildren like eggs smashed against rocks; make the servants and followers like heaps of grass consumed by fire; make their dominion like a lamp whose oil has been exhausted; in short, annihilate any traces of them, even their names.

This from a leader of that ‘nonviolent religion’ par excellence, Tibetan Buddhism? Yes, verily. They didn’t mess about, those guys, when they’d had had it up to here.

The quotation comes from an illuminating article in this month’s issue of Commentary magazine, Inventing Tibet, by Lydia Aran, in which she reveals that Tibetan Buddhism never had a tradition of nonviolence at all until the present Dalai Lama took over the idea from Ghandi, Tolstoy (from whom Ghandi got it), and Martin Luther King, Jr (who probably got it from Ghandi), and preached it along with other fashionable notions, such as concern with the environment, human rights, feminism, and ‘the rest of the amorphous agenda that informs the liberal Western conscience’.

Well worth reading, the whole thing.

Posted under Commentary by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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  • Jillian Becker.

    Yes. I was glad to see that I have your endorsement of my view of the Israeli/Arab confrontation, r in f!

    The Spengler article is interesting. I hope other readers use the link to read it too.

  • roger in florida

    Ms Becker, The 5th Dalai Lama sounds a lot like the first Curtis Lemay; someone who knows how to win a war. Thank you for the link to Commentary magazine, it reminded me to get a subscription. The influence of Ghandhi in our culture was explored in that magazine in a March 1983 issue “the Ghandi Nobody Knows”. I reccomend it.

    I don’t want to sound like a spengler bore but I highly reccommend this:

    reshufflex takes you to task (slightly) for your interest in the Israeli/Arab confrontation, I believe this situation is crucial to the survival of Western civilisation, it is playing out now before our eyes: Do we live or do we die?