This is how the former director of Students for a Free Tibet
describes (on Facebook and here ) white guys who’ve gotten caught up in
the Tibetan exile community’s intra-religious squabbles:
The Ultimate Insult: After 300 years of colonizing, plundering
and devastating the East, the White man in the West now claims they're the
victims of a homeless refugee monk who has no army nor police nor an inch of
territory on which to set up a tent? If these
people feel oppressed by the Dalai Lama, all they have to do is take off their
robes and walk away, back to their edifice of European privilege built largely
from the bricks of former colonies.
As if the problem with groups like the Hare Krishnas was always "white men forgetting to check their privilege"(!).
While I have no more love for
the so-called “New Kadampa Tradition” than I do for Soka Gakkai International,
this particular rant spits in the faces of people of European descent (including
folks like Richard Gere and Robert Thurman) who’ve devoted much of their time,
energy, and resources to the Tibetan exile community and human rights within
the modern-day Peoples Republic of China.
And I really have to wonder now how folks like the Karma Gagyu monk (and former
French translator for the Dalai Lama) Matthieu Ricard are truly thought of by their “adopted
community” . . .