Sad to see Sera monks succumb to Chinese controls

by Visakha Kawasaki, Kandy, Sri Lanka, The Buddhist Channel, July 17, 2008

Thanks for the rare update on the situation inside Tibet ("Army cordons seal off rebel monsteries in Tibet") which describes the Chinese authorities’ attempts to brainwash the Tibetans and where that isn’t possible to isolate them entirely.

How saddening to read that the Sera monks have succumbed to Chinese control so that they are now mere automatons that “study the Chinese constitution, the law against separatism, the law against demonstrations, the criminal law and other documents requiring us to love the motherland, love the government, support stability and understand the real intentions of the Dalai Lama.”

If the Sera monks continue to follow this Chinese reeducation routine they will soon be real Chinese, unlike their Tibetan ancestors, who, as the Han shopkeeper observed, “‘... are a very strange nation. They do not care about material things but only about the spirit.”