Sunday, February 21, 2010

US is a sick country with mentally sick leaders

Dalai Lama awarded in US despite China anger

The Dalai Lama was bestowed with a US award for his commitment to democracy, the latest honor for the Tibetan spiritual leader despite China's angry protests over his White House welcome.

One day after President Barack Obama met the exiled monk at the White House in defiance of Chinese warnings, the National Endowment for Democracy on Friday gave the Dalai Lama a medallion before a packed crowd at the Library of Congress.

The Endowment, which is funded by the US Congress, hailed the Dalai Lama for supporting a democratic government in exile and his willingness to even abolish a centuries-old spiritual position if Tibetans so choose.

"By demonstrating moral courage and self-assurance in the face of brute force and abusive insults, he has given hope against hope not just to his own people but also to oppressed people everywhere," Endowment president Carl Gershman said before placing the Democracy Service Medal around the monk's neck.

I have no respect for monks going round to world leaders collecting metal garbage for hanging around their necks and becoming a subservient poodle serving these evil masters in the name of human rights when the first thing you become a monk is to submit yourself to the teachings of the Buddha and to rid yourself of all material possessions . I have known of many a great monks in Thailand who hardly leave their monastery while enriching their magical powers and knowledge .

The Dalai Lama, who fled his Chinese-ruled homeland for India in 1959, voiced admiration for US and Indian democracy and said China's authoritarian system was unsustainable.

"The Chinese Communist Party, I think, did many wrong things. But at the same time, they also made a lot of contribution for a stronger China," he said.

The Dalai Lama pointed to the growing interest of many Chinese in getting rich. Calling himself a Marxist in his support for a strong social safety net, the Dalai Lama joked: "Sometimes I feel my brain is more red than those Chinese leaders."

"Sometimes I express now the time has come for the Communist Party should retire with grace," he said in English, laughing that Chinese leaders would be "furious" at his comments.

Basic international norms 'grossly violated'

China earlier protested Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying the United States had "grossly violated basic norms of international relations" and summoning the US ambassador, Jon Huntsman.

"The US action seriously interfered in Chinese internal affairs, seriously hurt the feelings of China's people and seriously harmed China-US relations," foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said the Dalai Lama's meetings with Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were part of a longstanding US dialogue with the Tibetan leader.

"I think on this issue, obviously we just agree to disagree," Crowley told reporters.

The International Campaign for Tibet, which works closely with the Dalai Lama, quoted witnesses as saying that residents in Tibet and historically Tibetan areas of China's Sichuan province chanted prayers and set off firecrackers to celebrate the White House meeting, despite tight security.

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of trying to split China, although the exiled leader has repeatedly said he accepts Chinese rule.

In a nod to Chinese sensitivities, the Obama White House prohibited cameras from entering the meeting, which took place in the Map Room, not the seat of presidential power in the Oval Office.

But the White House later issued a statement voicing support for the Dalai Lama and his nonviolent quest for greater rights for Tibetans.

With Obama, the Dalai Lama has now met every sitting US president since George H.W. Bush in 1991.

Obama memento to Dalai Lama

Offering one tidbit from Thursday's meeting, the Dalai Lama revealed that Obama gave him a memento from a much earlier interaction with a US president - a copy of a letter Franklin Roosevelt sent him in 1942.

Roosevelt mailed the Dalai Lama, who was then seven, the letter and a golden Rolex watch as a gesture to seek relations with the remote Himalayan land.

"At that time, my only interest is the gift of the watch, not the letter," the Dalai Lama said with a laugh.

"I actually don't know where that letter goes. Now after 68 years, just yesterday, President Obama gave me a copy of that letter."

The monk frequently tells the story of the watch, saying that fiddling with it helped spur his lifelong interest in science.

In 2007, he carried the gold watch in his pocket when George W. Bush presented him with the Congressional Gold Medal, the only time a sitting US president has appeared with him in public.


  1. Hi Tan Cheng Liang

    Do you know what is the next life penalty for MUSAVADA ? Don't you think it is wrong to slander the SANGHA ?

    Penang Buddhist

  2. Right thoughts
    Right speeches
    Right actions
    Buddha taught us to have wisdom and not to believe in everything we see or hear.

    Misusing Buddhism for selfish political causes should be frowned upon.

  3. If US is a sick country, what makes Malaysia?

    A terminal case?

  4. To that Penang Buddhist idiot,

    Tan Cheng Liang is a Christian. Who the fuck care about your musavada or sangha shit when she already got her Jesus Christ?

    Jesus pwns all !

  5. MUSAVADA= MUSA HITAM's brother
    SANGHA = SANGCHAI's sister

  6. Hi Anom 01:49:00

    TQ for disclosing that TCL is a Christian !
    This explains her closet campaign against buddhism and pro-Christianity approach !

    Penang Buddhist

  7. That is why that "Penang Buddhist" is an idiot.

    Everybody in Penang knows that Tan Cheng Liang is a Christian.

    Why is MCA filled with idiots like that "Penang Buddhist" shithead?

    By the way, unlike you, Tan Cheng Liang has nothing against the Buddhist. It's YOU that is against everybody.


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