World News – CA – China preaches material rather than spiritual in Tibet


Nestled in the mountains of Tibet, villagers dressed in traditional robes and jackets spin prayer wheels covered in Buddhist mantras and gold plated

It is customary to tap into the good karma and purify the bad, which is part of the rhythm of life in a deeply religious region that has so long been stricken by poverty

Foreign tourists and journalists are only allowed on organized tours, such as the one to which Reuters was recently invited

The tour aimed to showcase Beijing’s efforts to eradicate poverty across the country by the end of this year

For centuries, Tibetans have lived in a feudal society dedicated to their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama

China seized Tibet after troops entered the region in 1950, in what Beijing calls « peaceful liberation »

« I needed to work to give my family a better life, that’s why I don’t have time to practice my faith I can’t say that I have completely quit Buddhism, I l ‘forgot when I was busy working, but I can’t say I completely forgot about it As a Tibetan, I can’t totally quit Tibetan Buddhism, otherwise people will say I left my faith behind « 

Sonam, father of two, was transferred by the government 40 kilometers from his high-altitude hometown

According to government officials, the project aimed to move people away from areas considered unsuitable for life, to lower lands

Before moving, Sonam says he was an ordinary villager with no cattle and no land Now he and his family make over $ 12,000 a year working at various jobs

« I have the portrait of the chief bigger than my politeness family portraits, we don’t have the same rights as the rulers So I wouldn’t dare sit with them That’s why I am sit here, and they sit up there In my heart we live well now because of their favor That’s why I didn’t hang my family pictures on the wall « 

Among other stops on the tour: vocational schools and business projects like an air-conditioned mushroom farm that employs Tibetans

But critics say that while this poverty reduction can increase incomes, the Chinese definition of a successful life is being forced upon a population that is ethnically and religiously different

« Let’s be clear, the anti-poverty campaign shouldn’t have anything to do with people’s right to their religious freedom I think it’s very clear that the Chinese authorities saw the religion, the language, the culture , Tibetan traditions and ways of life as a threat mainly to the kind of political loyalty the party expects from people And so, eradicating these ideas has become a central part of the Chinese Communist Party regime in this region « 

Officials claim that once Tibetans see the benefits of a more materially advanced life, they are won over

Lin Bei, poverty alleviation official in local government, says they must thank the Party

« Tibetans need to know to thank the party, which means we need to let them know what the benefits are and where they’re from. After all, they need to know who treats you well »

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China preaches material rather than spiritual in Tibet
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