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Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth by Michael Parenti

Posted by invizweb on June 23, 2008

This is one of the big issues I will touch on in the future and I hope to get Michael Parenti on the podcast at a future time to talk about Tibet and sinophobia.

Michael Parenti wrote:

As with any religion, squabbles between or within Buddhist sects are often fueled by the material corruption and personal deficiencies of the leadership. For example, in Nagano, Japan, at Zenkoji, the prestigious complex of temples that has hosted Buddhist sects for more than 1,400 years, “a nasty battle” arose between Komatsu the chief priest and the Tacchu, a group of temples nominally under the chief priest’s sway. The Tacchu monks accused Komatsu of selling writings and drawings under the temple’s name for his own gain. They also were appalled by the frequency with which he was seen in the company of women. Komatsu in turn sought to isolate and punish monks who were critical of his leadership. The conflict lasted some five years and made it into the courts.

But what of Tibetan Buddhism? Is it not an exception to this sort of strife? And what of the society it helped to create? Many Buddhists maintain that, before the Chinese crackdown in 1959, old Tibet was a spiritually oriented kingdom free from the egotistical lifestyles, empty materialism, and corrupting vices that beset modern industrialized society. Western news media, travel books, novels, and Hollywood films have portrayed the Tibetan theocracy as a veritable Shangri-La. The Dalai Lama himself stated that “the pervasive influence of Buddhism” in Tibet, “amid the wide open spaces of an unspoiled environment resulted in a society dedicated to peace and harmony. We enjoyed freedom and contentment.”

A reading of Tibet’s history suggests a somewhat different picture. “Religious conflict was commonplace in old Tibet,” writes one western Buddhist practitioner. “History belies the Shangri-La image of Tibetan lamas and their followers living together in mutual tolerance and nonviolent goodwill. Indeed, the situation was quite different. Old Tibet was much more like Europe during the religious wars of the Counterreformation.” In the thirteenth century, Emperor Kublai Khan created the first Grand Lama, who was to preside over all the other lamas as might a pope over his bishops. Several centuries later, the Emperor of China sent an army into Tibet to support the Grand Lama, an ambitious 25-year-old man, who then gave himself the title of Dalai (Ocean) Lama, ruler of all Tibet.

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And if you like it you can find this essay and similar ones in the Disinformation published book, Everything You Know About God is Wrong. Even though I disagree with Richard Dawkins’ views of the unseen world, some of the articles in the book, particularly this one, Neil Gaiman’s, and Nasrin Alavi’s about blogging by young progressive Muslims in Iran were very enjoyable.

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Bodies in WTC 7: Emergency Official Jennings Interview Demolishes Official Version (and BBC’s anti 9-11 truth stance)

Posted by invizweb on June 23, 2008

Thanks to pupaganda on Disinfo.

Preface: Although I usually do not agree with Alex Jones, (or Lyndon Larouche, Webster Tarpley, or David Icke), especially his homophobia, bigotry against Neo Pagans and Left Hand Pathers, and Christian Conservative worldview, I find this story on his website to be compelling.

Kurt Nimmo wrote for Infowars:

It is obvious watching the BBC’s trailer of its “The Conspiracy Files: 9/11 – The Third Tower,” set to air on Sunday, 6 July, that “Auntie Beeb” will attempt to make it appear Building 7 at the WTC complex came down as a result of fire (see trailer below). In other words, it appears the BBC will push — and defend — the government explanation hastily cooked up after attention was focused on the mysterious collapse by researchers, a collapse diligently ignored by the 9/11 Commission in its final report, or that is to say its final whitewash.

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Barry Jenning’s account.

BBC’s trailer here.

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New York Asian Film Festival going to July 3 at IFC (and from July 3 – 6 at the Japan Society)

Posted by invizweb on June 23, 2008

Subway Cinema News wrote:

Running June 20 – July 6 at the IFC Center and Japan Society, the NYAFF has grown. Last year we showed 29 films. This year? 43 movies (plus two short film programs) and a fistful of special guests we’ll announce later this week. We got fat! If you think New York City should remain the kind of place where every summer you can check out the latest and greatest pop masterpieces from Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and Korea then we need your support! Come on down and buy a ticket. We don’t have any fancy corporate sponsors. We’re not going to try to make you sign up for an American Express card. All we’ve got are you – our audience – who keep coming back and voting with your wallets that this is the kind of film festival the city needs. You are the pop movie army and you are invincible…

The full schedule is here including links to buy tickets:

Our trailer is here:

And there are discounts and special passes to all of our matinee shows. Check out our website for details:

Welcome back to the only film festival in New York City that loves you and wants to give you prizes. The New York Asian Film Festival (June 20 - July 6). It's a long, hot summer. Let us help you survive it.

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