Who Are Your Friends – An Open Letter to All Oversea Tibetans

We, a group of ordinary Chinese students and scholars who have lived overseas for many years, befriended many westerners, and experienced first hand western cultures and values, call on all oversea Tibetans to give us five minutes and listen to what we have to say.  In return, we open our hearts to you, share with you our thoughts, and are willing to hear yours.

 

It’s a fact that many people are behind you and supporting your causes.  We cannot and will not deny that.  We simply ask you to sit down and examine who they really are and whether they are truly your friends.  From time to time, things get stirred up and you drop everything you do to appear on street corners to put on a show for the world to enjoy.  Suddenly, your friends show up as well and stand shoulder to should with you.

 

Who are they?  Ask yourself that before making friends with them, because a friend doesn’t just stand with you for a few hours.  A friend, a true friend, cares about you and is willing to help you every single day.

 

So who are they?  There are some Indians are with you. In a country that Buddhism used to flourish but only 1.5% of its population as of today, in a country that religious conflicts between Hindus and minority religious groups are frequent and many people have been killed, in a country that forced Dalai Lama to accept McMahon line and to concede many territories that traditionally have always been under Tibetan control, and in a country that has housed you but has limited you to the tiny remote mountainous region since day one, how much do you think they really truly support you?  Ask yourself, are they really your true friends?

 

There are the Germans are with you as well.  In a country that has never been known to be religiously tolerant, in a country that only 60 years ago a single mad man could cultivate the hatred of his people and killed 6 million Jews and tens of millions of other ethnic groups, and in a country that minorities are still frequently attacked for their darker skin and culture, how much do you think they really truly support you?  Ask yourself, are they really your true friends?

 

Then there are the British are with you.  In a country that has colonized and exploited almost every corners of the world with whatever means possible, and in a country that everywhere they have ever touched there are turmoil even long after their departure, in a country that had invaded Tibet and forced Dalai Lama to open Tibet to them, and in a country that followed the Americans blindly to invade a sovereign country, how much do you then they really truly support you?  Ask yourself, are they really your true friends?

 

Who can forget the Americans?  They are always with you.  In a country that almost wiped out the indigenous population in only few hundred years, in a country that only 30 years ago blacks and others alike were discriminated legally and the discrimination still exists today, in a country that had hands in every single hot spots in the world, in a country that supplied and trained most separatist groups and then turned around labeling them as terrorists, in a country that invades countries with lies and deception, in a country that wages war for religious reasons and the profits for the few, and in a country that even the their peers dislike and distrust, how much do you think they are really truly support you?  Ask yourself, are they really your true friends?

 

Yes, you have many friends, friends that don’t know your people, friends that don’t know or care about your culture, friends that you have nothing in common with, and friends that too often use their support to impose their own agenda on you.  Now ask yourself, are they truly your friends?

 

Yes, you have many friends, at the expense of turning against your brothers, brothers that have fought many battles with you, brothers that share long history and tradition with you, brothers that worship Buddha with you for thousands of years, and brothers that sincerely want the best for all of us.

 

It has been too long that you are away from your home.  It has been too long that you live among strangers.  It has been too long that you are away from the heavenly mountains and rivers of Tibet.  It has been too long that you haven’t prayed as your ancestors did.

 

Come back, even for a short visit.  With your mind open, your will receive hospitality and the warm hearts of your brothers.  With your mind open, you will realize what we can achieve when we join forces.

 

Sincere thanks for your attention and we are now here to listen.

 

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