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Originally posted by subz
But it's Tibet's choice, not ours or the Chinese. Let them have their country back, lets just hold back on the loving platitudes for a man who represents a theocracy more backward than Iran.
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
To say that Buddhist tenets are as oppressive as the tenets of Islam is rather repulsive to me. There is no comparison.
Originally posted by subz
To an atheist any religion is oppressive by it's very nature. Both Buddism and Islam have religious rules that govern your every day behaviour so to me they are both oppressive.
If that repulses you, so be it.
Tibet: The Gap Between Fact And Fabrication
The peasants, whom the Chinese white paper insists on calling “serfs”, had legal identity documents stating their rights, and also had access to courts of law. Peasants had the right to sue their masters and carry their case to higher authorities. Throughout Tibetan history, the maltreatment and suppression of peasants by estate-holders was forbidden by law as well as by social convention. From the time of the seventh century, Tibetan emperor Songtsen Gampo and many Tibetan rulers issued codes based on the Buddhist principle of “Ten Virtues of the Dharma”. The essence of this was that the rulers should act as parents to their subjects. In 1909, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama issued a regulation conferring on all peasants the right to appeal directly to him in case of maltreatment by estate holders. The Tibetan Buddhist belief in compassionate acts as a check on uncharitable deeds, not only against fellow human beings, but also against animals and the environment.
Was this a myth? Tibet's Buddhist monastic nobility controlled all land on behalf of the ``gods''. They monopolised the country's wealth by exacting tribute and labour services from peasants and herders. This system was similar to how the medieval Catholic Church exploited peasants in feudal Europe.
Originally posted by nextguyinline
To come to this conclusion IMO, only shows you do not know much at all about the
man. Nor Bhudism philosophy. For one, it is not a religion.
Originally posted by HowlrunnerIV
Better tell that to the Cambodians then, their national motto is :
Nation, Religion, King
Guess what that religion is? In a 96% Buddhist country, I don't guess they are calling Christianity the state religion.