Most Recent Buddhist Self-Immolation: A Mother of Four

Undated photo of Kal Kyi   Thirty-three year-old Kalkyi





     Most of us, if we have any recall of horrific Buddhist self-immolation, associate that so-final, next-to-hopeless protest against abiding social injustice with South Vietnamese monks. In the 1960s, this exquisitely painful act of defiance was directed at us, a flame-and-flesh wrapped message to us, the invaders. Now, in Tibet, the pace of self-immolation-as-protest has quickened, 120 or so over the past half-decade, directed against a six-decades old invader, China.



     Kalkyi was among 110 Tibetans who have died at their own hands through self-immolation in the past few years protesting Peking's autocratic rule of Tibet and its lead-footed  --  the Chinese call it 'oversight'  --  suppression of Buddhist religious activity. While it's clear-as-a-bell that any enormous global power  --  and the People's Republic is that  -- believing it must monitor-to-extinction people as peaceful and insular as Tibet's Buddhists is, at its core, insecure, the real horror here is that this goes on with only sporadic, passive notice in the world press and in other powerful international capitals.


     What do Buddhists want? Only that China leave Tibet sixty years after its invasion....Tibet:  hardly a strategic outpost for the People's Liberation Army  --  and that the Dalai Lama return to his homeland.





            June, 1963, South Vietnam







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Comment by alsoknownas on March 26, 2013 at 5:46am

Horrific statement, difficult to understand out of context.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 26, 2013 at 5:49am

AKA   My sense if that they have little else, by way of protest routes, that can possibily raise the interest of the world press. Mass protests would result in hundreds dead and not one-at-a-time, as w self-immolation.

Comment by koshersalaami on March 26, 2013 at 6:28am
The Chinese won't care. They hold but won't. They think this act of imperialism might as well be their birthright.
Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 26, 2013 at 6:30am

they do, kosh  yet the Buddhists hope, almost hopelessly, that some gvts will start to pressure Pekine

Comment by Lyle Elmgren on March 26, 2013 at 7:29am

Suppression  by Communists is not liberation. They don't have any humanity.

Comment by Claudia Darling on March 26, 2013 at 7:30am
I have to agree with kosher salami - the Chinese won't care. I don't think I've seen any change in their policies from world opinion. Thinking about this devout lady and her children, I wonder about Tibet culture. It must be close to absolute immolation as well. It's a huge loss for the world.
Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 26, 2013 at 7:32am

lyle  i met some very good people who were party mbrs when i taught there

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 26, 2013 at 7:32am

claudia     it's very sad; yes

Comment by Rosigami on March 26, 2013 at 7:58am

What is truly awful about suicide-through-self-immolation-as-protest is that it takes the violence and hopeless anger towards their oppressors and directs it inward toward the self. China couldn't care less. That woman's poor children will now have to grow up without her. What did she teach them with this act? 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 26, 2013 at 8:01am

steel   to me it speaks to hopelessness


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