John Oliver explains how China is trying to subvert the Dalai Lama

Mar 08, 2017, 00:27
John Oliver explains how China is trying to subvert the Dalai Lama

The Chinese government branded the current Dalai Lama, 79, as a unsafe separatist who wants an independent Tibet.

Oliver dedicated his main segment of the show to the current state of Tibet, where Buddhists have faced persecution by the Chinese government for decades. Oliver half-declared, half-asked.

"You can't reincarnate the demon into me!" Oliver asked in no uncertain terms why the Dalai Lama won't condemn the practice of self-immolation among his acolytes, and the Dalai Lama replied that he didn't want to make the families left behind feel ashamed of how their children died because it went against his will. I just feel love. I practice, you see, taking others' anger, suspicion, distrust and give them patience, tolerance and compassion. The Dalai Lama had fled to India from Tibet in 1959 through Arunachal Pradesh, and has been running the Tibetan government-in-exile from Himachal Pradesh.

This move by Beijing is seen as a way of controlling the Tibet monks when the Dalai Lama dies. Lady Gaga met with him previous year to pressure USA mayors to adopt policies of kindness and humanity, while, at the 1993 Oscars, presenter Richard Gere famously railed against Chinese occupation in support of Tibetan causes. He added common sense was missing from the brains of Chinese officials. "The Chinese hardliners, in their brains, that part of the brain is missing". The comedian pressed the Dalai Lama on refusing to denounce the act, but the spiritual leader maintained that doing so would scar the legacy of the deceased.

"Firstly, I express my sorrow and sadness", he said. "I don't know how you get it out of a horse", Oliver said.

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"I want another demon", he told Oliver. But then, certainly, I can not support that... from a Buddhist viewpoint... killing is not good... the best thing is to remain silent.

The Dalai Lama's comments "appear to be amusing and humourous but they are all lies", Geng said.

"You cured Mongolia of alcoholism with horse milk?" enquired Oliver.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang hit back: 'The Dalai Lama's comments in the interview perhaps appeared humorous and amusing, but these words are all lies that do not accord with the facts.