A German film, made in 1997, when ‘Tibetophile Romanticism’ and the Shangri-lai view of Tibet and their Lamas by western supporters was about to reach peak levels. There was a danger that the true economic conditions of Tibet created by the Lamas would be ‘hidden from view’ or totally neutralized.
“The Salt Men of Tibet”
Part 1 of 4:
Part 2 of 4:
Part 3 of 4:
Part 4 of 4:
Commentary is provided by Chris Chandler a former Tibetan Buddhist = Lamaist.
Before one romanticizes Tibet when watching this film of the Tibetan Salt Men, their harsh and bleak existence which they accepted for centuries. This was thanks to their Lama’s physical and mental tyranny over their own people. One needs to remember that the Lamas themselves lived in luxury and opulence, keeping these Tibetans spinning their prayer wheels and reciting ‘mind-numbing chanting mantras and songs to accompany each and every ‘mundane activity.’ So that there is no life beyond the Lamas and their gods and demons. They ‘propitiate and pray’ to the Lamas who come always ‘first’ and foremost’ in their pantheon of deities. They are credited for their ‘good fortune to eke out another subsistence level for the year. That is if and only if they ‘follow the rules” without any deviation the Lamas have laid down to make sure that not a moment’s gap of critical intelligence or insight peeks through regarding who might be the ‘real cause’ of all their suffering. Instead the Lamas ensure that seamlessly and with every action and activity performed, these destitute Tibetan people will credit the Lamas if things go well, and blame themselves and their bad karma for past deeds if things go badly for them. For over a hundred centuries this has ensured a complete and total control over the minds and actions of their people. They kept them illiterate, ignorant, unaware of the realities around them, as they remain locked in ‘time’ somewhere around the fourth to the eighth century.
And be aware that this is the same formula, that is being perpetrated by these Lamas inside the western Sanghas in the U.S., across Western Europe and even in Russia today. Eventually crediting the lamas with all their good fortune, (particularly to have the good fortune to have met the Lamas in this life,) these divine beings , only here to help us, and learning to blame oneself for everything that goes bad in life, and all around one, which is just an ‘illusion anyway.
A critical mass of people are under undue influence inside these Tibetan Buddhist Sanghas. These are educated people, and a lot of them are young people who never have had a chance to develop their own critical reasoning and discriminating intelligence. They try and get to people ‘early in life’ in the west, or later in life when the fear of death starts becoming palpable. There is always the hope of an ‘endowment’ from rich westerners who are scared to death of mortality.
So watch the “Salt Men of Tibet” in four parts and realize that this is what life would be like and was actually like when the religious tyrants of a society were in charge. These Tibetan Lamas now here in the west preaching their ‘peace and love’ prattle and who have complete and utter control over a whole people, their own people, and there is no longer any separation between the church and the state. Let us put it another way there is no state that is separate from the Church of Lamaism, and not the slightest gap anywhere as it merges into all activities, so literally it kept the Tibetan people in the Lamas’ thrall and stuck in time.
Their influence will catapult the west ‘back in time’ if we let them continue, without exposing their very real and very dark shadow strategy. So before we as westerners continue to ‘romanticize’ this version of Tibetan life, as so many ‘outwardly bound , idealistic world trekkers’ and wealthy, western, ’trust fund’ adventurers continue to do. This is thanks, in part, to the neutral non-judgmental academics and psychologists in our midst.
Let us start reading the real history of Tibet not the Lama fairy tales anymore. Let’s take the blinders off, ’snap out of this dream’ of Shangri-lai and let’s use our human ’good sense’ again. We actually need to use our imagination in a helpful way imagining that this IS YOUR LIFE, your whole life, and your children, and great grand children’s lives going back in an endless stream of living out a life of misery and poverty stretching back over more than a 100 centuries and still existing in pockets in Tibet today. Some of these Tibetans like the Salt Men still under the Lamas’ spell have even set themselves on fire for their Lamas.
Don’t be ‘seduced by the beauty of this harsh, desolate climate’ that one might fantasize would be an adventure for a month. Try to imagine what it would be like for a lifetime. This world the Lamas created and perpetuated was a struggling seamless, subsistence level of existence for 95% which the people eked out. Year after year barely enough to survive by barter so that they could have barley tea, butter and occasional meat and dumplings. They are sometimes on the verge of starvation or over the edge only to again face another year chanting and singing and doing it all again, in this harsh climate, struggling to exist. They did this while having no idea that the Lamas and their wealthy twenty or so Local Lords with their servants enjoy the best things of life while these Tibetan Salt men continue to propitiate for ‘good fortune these deities. These Lords owned all the wealth in Tibet and while most of the people were either in serfdom or slavery or kept in the kind of nomadic poverty while they literally hoarded enough wealth over the centuries that could have fed all their people for centuries.
Instead, these Lamas and their wealthy twenty families, perpetuated the longest lasting superstitious cult of mind control ever superimposed on a group of people in the history of the world and with not a scintilla of compassion ‘arising’ about what they had created all around them.
This version of Tibetan Lama Happiness that these Lamas imposed on their own people for centuries, keeping them in misery and poverty, and ignorant of any alternative, is actually the reality the west are “buying into” now, as we throw away our own hard-earned money, our physical and unpaid slave labor. We even handed over our sexual and gender integrity. We have ‘traded in’ our western, liberal, democratic values for a totalitarian religious, political, social and cultural tyranny that only the Khans could appreciate.
The western enablers, academics, psychologists, neurologists, and even parts of the medical profession, are enabling and encouraging these lamas to duplicate their ‘monasteries and centers” all over the world, to infiltrate our western institutions of higher learning ’dumbing- down’ and recruiting a critical mass in the west, particularly young people, who are being caught up in the Lamas ’nets of deception’, believing that these religious tyrants could actually contribute to modern society.
I wish to thank “David” a commenter on DI, for sending these links of the “Salt Men of Tibet” to DI, under another thread entitled: “ Is the Line between Cults and Non Cults in Buddhism Drawn Clearly” written by the author, Buddhanon.
Buddhanon, however, turns out to be another Apologist for Lama Abuse, embedding his/her critique in the usual excuse making for Tibetan Buddhism continuing as a cult, letting the majority of Lamas, the Buddhist Brahmanism cadre of religious tyrants, ’off the hook’.
At the time of that previous thread, DI, not being aware of the cultic aspects of Lamaism that supports and sustains all the Lama abuses, and simultaneously being confused by the ‘double speak’ of the Lama Apologists, who seemed to be ‘critiquing” one abuse, only to be simultaneously apologizing for the legion of abusers and their cadre of “aides and abettors,” including “the wagon circling Lama Brigade Mafia,” the ‘silent and cowardly’ lamas, the female Khandro Lama spreading her ‘Blame the Victim” ‘feminism’ throughout the Lama Sanghas, and not knowing of the seamless mind-control these Lamas exert in all their western Sanghas, even and particularly with so-called educated western Lamaist/Buddhists, who under their “hollow facades” of reasonableness have been cult-controlled for so long, that they can no longer actually ‘see clearly’ what is in front of their faces, while prattling on about dzogchen transmissions and ‘clarity’ of mind and compassion. Such that within the ‘controlled milieu’ of the cult of Lamaism these enablers have managed to actually perpetuate the abuse and keep it obscured from going mainstream.
For going mainstream is the last thing even most of the victims of the abuses want for they are still in the cult of Lamaism and and under the influence of the Lamas. So, without seeing the totality of mind control criteria and conditions, that exist within all of Tibetan Lamaism, and all its various sects, and the hegemony that Tibetan Lamaism has become. It is an institution that might occasionally ‘point the finger’ at another sect, or may agree to call out a ‘western’ lama. but never a Tibetan Lama for his transgressions, and never the patriarchal and abusing edifice of Tibetan Lamaism itself- it would have been impossible to see how and why one was ‘getting no where’ in confronting the abuse of Sogyal from Lakar.
Watch the “Salt Men of Tibet” , and without romanticizing the life and the sweeping vast beauty of the landscape, or the accompanying soft music interwoven with Gelugpa chanting. See how deeply they controlled the minds of Tibetans, whose every activity was determined by the Lamas and their gods and demons. They believe that they are capable of equally controlling western minds almost to the same extent, no matter how educated who come under their “enthrallment” as well. Western mind-controlled ‘devotees’ of the Lamas who soon become become their greatest “public supporters” proselytizers and public relations voice, now in our western school systems, our institutes of higher academic learning, our hospitals, and our therapy clinics, where now the Lamas can, thanks to their mind-controlled western Sangha recruiters, enablers and apologists have someone like Sogyal of Lakar welcomed, with his Lama empire, and twenty years of sexual abuse cases against him, including two, multi-million dollar lawsuits. Western academics and its administration facilitating ‘meditation retreats’ at Connecticut College, only one example, where Sogyal can have his pick of hundreds of young naive women, while the college has ‘student body’ seminars simultaneously to ‘raise ‘ sexual abuse and rape awareness and ‘protecting oneself on campus” .
That’s how confused and confusing everything becomes when the Lamas and their doublespeak and mind control infiltrates into a society.
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