Daily Topic for May 25, 2012
One of the most politically incorrect things one can do in today’s world is to say that Tibetan Buddhism is not based on wisdom. Part of this could be because of the fact that the Tibetans are indeed victims of aggression, and we rightly pity their circumstances. Yet we must not forget that though the Tibetans are victims of aggression, it does not mean that their spiritual beliefs are enlightened or wise. The world may naively view Tibetan Buddhism as a form of wise philosophy, but they are neglecting to note Tibetan occult practices that honor spirits that are in rebellion against the Lord.
Pray for discernment among believers today so that we may boldly pray for and go to the Tibetan Buddhists.
We will now read yet another headline, as we had done the previous two days; this one from a September 9, 2010, article appearing in The Times of India, “Nepal is detaining Tibetan refugees and handing them over to China.”
China’s Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is a mountainous region located in southwestern China. It was an independent Tibetan nation until the Chinese invaded it in 1950. In 1959, a revolt broke out in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, and the Chinese military crushed it. Thousands of Tibetans fled, including their leader, the Dalai Lama. Today over 100,000 exiled Tibetans remain in northern India and surrounding countries. Tibetans continue to dream about re-establishing their independence.
Most of India’s Tibetan refugees are either poor farmers or nomadic shepherds. Others are lamas (monks) who live in monasteries and spend their time in prayer and meditation. Still others are private landowners or craftsmen.
Tibetans in India practice a form of Buddhism called lamaism, or Tibetan Buddhism. It is intertwined with bon, an ancient form of shamanism that includes occult practices. But they share with other Buddhists the belief that worldly attachments are the root of suffering. Many Tibetans try to rid themselves of such attachments by disciplining their minds through meditation which they believe will give them peace.
Pray that Tibetan refugees in India will find true peace through knowing Christ. Ask God to send Indian believers to reach out to their Tibetan neighbors.