Tuesday, March 10, 2009

there is no such thing as a compassionate revolution

There is no such thing as a compassionate revolution. 

If you read the Buddhist texts carefully, you realize that inaction can cause karmic repercussions as much as action. Anything you do or do not do will trigger an ineluctable chain of events. 

Instant karma is always going to get you.

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of China's immoral invasion of Tibet, think about this. Inaction against China's 50 years of brutal occupation incurs a karmic debt as profound as taking action against it. Not only does it condone China's inhuman repression of the Tibetan people--which includes incarceration, torture, murder--it also encourages China to sink deeper into its own negative karma, its karma of greed, pretension, hatred, cruelty and persecution. 

To not speak out against China's crime, to not take action, is to participate in this karmic cycle, to prod it along. To inhibit China from its negative actions, and their negative consequences, is therefore to save China and the Chinese people from the dreadful future that certainly awaits them.

If a revolution must be compassionate, it must resolutely overthrow the karmic debt that is accumulated in the act of oppressing the Tibetan people. With words, if words still matter. With action, if action is necessary. With violence, if no other options are left.

To save China, one must help establish a free and independent Tibet.

This to me is true compassion. 

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