Le Tibet et la voie du milieu :
Published on November 5, 2013 By: Tsering Wangchuk, CIRID
We call emptiness
What appears in addiction.
This is a dependent designation.
This is the middle way.
-Nāgārjuna, Mūlamadhyamakakārikā Treaty (middle)
In early 2011, I had the opportunity to attend a school of the Dalai Lama when he commented on a text Nagarjuna: Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (text on the foundations of the middle lane). This teaching has allowed me to become aware of my roots and what the Tibetan identity. disorder concept for all young Tibetans in exile worldwide. For this introspection, I have gained a clear view of the time when Buddhism was guiding daily life in Tibet. What today is threatened.
Madhyamaka as speech founder of the Mahayana tradition and Buddhist philosophy was adopted by the 7th century Tibetan. From that time, Tibet has continued to transform and feed this wonderful culture in the Eastern world radiating its values around the world.
The culture of non-violence, compassion and vision of a sustainable world are the core of the ideology known as Mahayana Madhyamaka, (Sanskrit, middle lane). These values now are those of the Central Tibetan Administration has established in exile, its government democratically in the late 20 th century.
Shortly before, a different philosophy with strong religious connotations developed in India under the great Mahatma Gandhi, apostle of Shanti (peace in Sanskrit). At that time, pacifism has gone from personal religious ethics, real politics. One of the oldest example of this is Greek philosophy. Applied in practice, it has spawned the current democracies widely recognized as panacea of Western philosophy.
Although history has witnessed conflicts between different values, belief systems and interests around the globe, pleas for nonviolence and in that oriented policies have made considerable peace. However, for efficiency, it would be useless to add secular ethics concepts and logical explanations on the concrete benefit of individuals to apply.
The middle lane through the concept of interdependence it implies has the potential to justify peace theory.
This philosophy introduced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama may allow us to find a political solution to the Tibet issue. The Madhyamaka method does not speak of duality to try to find a compromise between two parties or to formulate a position that is between the two. It is rather an attempt to replace the conceptual thoughts and dualistic mode.
During the past 40 years, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan have actively sought political solutions for Tibet under Chinese occupation since 1949, by the middle lane. By institutionalizing this approach, Tibetans were able to focus on Tibetan Culture China, taking into account an already weakened by the devastating Cultural Revolution countries.
Instead of calling the historic sovereignty of Tibet, which directly conflicted with the interests of China, Tibetans have proposed a solution that benefited everyone: The creation of a single autonomous region for all Tibetans. Which safeguarded their cultural values and individual freedom.
This is why Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan government in exile says that “Tibet is a litmus test for China and the world.” This approach has highlighted the Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism worldwide. The last forty years, many exchanges took place between the Tibetans and the international community and discovering these young Tibetans who oppose the harsh policies of the Chines inside Tibet and in exile. In addition, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was invited to speak to a growing audience in many countries as governments were retissants to receive it before 1979.
Tibetan culture rooted in the Buddhist teachings of interdependence and compassion was last big test to maintain the policy of the path of China’s overlooked middle to find a lasting peace. Tibet, guided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama can be a beacon and an appeal to the world littered with wars and suffering and usher in a new era of dialogue and peace for the future. Nancy Pelosi as the finally said “Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world”
Disclaimer: The view expressed here is that of the author and do not undertake any obligation the Central Tibetan Administration.