Tibetans inciting self-immolation to be charged with homicide
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The self immolations and Dalai Lama were strongly denounced by the state-run China Daily in an editorial today.
"True Buddhists do no lie..That is why when Dharmsala and the 14th Dalai Lama portray the present-day Tibetan inhabited areas as 'hell on Earth', where 'ethnic genocide' is the norm, their Western sympathisers, thinking they speak as true Buddhists", it said.
"That is why, when Dharmsala and the 14th Dalai Lama deny any connection with the self-immolations, they point fingers at the Chinese authorities, or simply the Han Chinese, citing the deaths as evidence of Tibetan 'desperation' against 'Chinese rule'", the editorial said.
"True Buddhists do not kill any living things, themselves included. Nor do they instigate others to kill. It is the No 1 sin in all forms and versions of the Buddhist commandments. In Vajrayana Buddhism, suicide is the most serious sin, equal to killing Buddha," it said.
"That is why Buddhist masters and believers alike never tire of persuading people not to commit suicide. That is why, when Dharmsala and Dalai Lama, instead of condemning self-immolation, praise it as an act of "bravery", even some of their devout sympathisers and believers feel confused", it said.
Citing the arrest of the Buddhist monk from Sichuan province, the editorial said "some of the intended victims had to flee home to escape an arranged self-immolation", which puts a heavy question mark against how "voluntary" such "suicides" are.
"That constitutes murder under the Chinese criminal code".
"Since Dharmsala and Dalai Lama have been crying for 'human rights' for fellow Tibetans, they may want to share their thoughts on the human rights of those who have been taught and helped to kill themselves," it said.