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A historical region of central Asia between the Himalaya and Kunlun mountains. A center of Lamaist Buddhism, Tibet first flourished as an independent kingdom in the seventh century. It fell under Mongol influence from the 13th to the 18th century and later came under Chinese control (1720).
Tibet (tî-bèt´), Mandarin Xizang, autonomous region (1990 pop. 2,196,000), c.471,700 sq mi (1,221,700 sq km), SW China, bordered by Myanmar (SE); India, Bhutan, and Nepal (S); India and Kashmir (W); and Chinese provinces (N, E). Major cities are LHASA (the capital), Xigazê, and Gyangzê. Tibet is largely a high arid plateau surrounded by mountain ranges, including the HIMALAYAS in the south and the Kunlun in the north. The CHANG (Yangtze), MEKONG, and BRAHMAPUTRA rivers rise in Tibet. The economy is predominantly pastoral, based on raising livestock, particularly yaks; the leading crop is barley. The inhabitants are of Mongolic stock and speak a Tibeto-Burman language. They follow a form of Buddhism known as Lamaism, the chief figures of which are the DALAI LAMA and the Panchen Lama; until the Chinese suppressed the monasteries in the 1960s, as much as one sixth of the male population were Lamaist monks.
An independent kingdom flourished in Tibet by the 7th cent. A.D. It was under Mongol influence from the 13th to the 18th cent., when it came under nominal Chinese control. With the overthrow of the Ch'ing dynasty in China in 1911, Tibet reasserted its independence, which it maintained until 1950. In that year China invaded; Tibet was made an autonomous region of China in 1951. An anti-Chinese uprising in 1959 was crushed and repressive measures introduced. The Dalai Lama and many priests fled to India; but by the 1980s some Buddhist temples had resumed operation. In the late 1980s there were violent anti-Chinese demonstrations in Tibet, and martial law was imposed (1989). Despite government repression, demonstrations against Chinese rule have continued.
An Explanation of the Symbolism of the National Flag of Tibet
In the centre stands a magnificent thickly snow clad mountain, which represents the great nation of Tibet, widely known as the Land Surrounded by Snow Mountains. Across the dark blue sky six red bands spread representing the original ancestors of the Tibetan people: the six tribes called Se, Mu, Dong, Tong, Dru and Ra which in turn gave the [twelve] descendants. The combination of six red bands (for the tribes) and six dark blue bands for the sky represents the incessant enactment of the virtuous deeds of protection of the spiritual teachings and secular life by the black and red guardian protector deities with which Tibet has had connection for a very long time.
At the tip of the snow mountain, the sun with its rays brilliantly shining in all directions represents the equal enjoyment of freedom, spiritual and material happiness and prosperity by all beings in the land of Tibet.
On the slopes of the mountain there proudly stand a pair of snow lions blazing with the manes of fearlessness, which represent the country's victorious accomplishment of a unified spiritual and secular life.
The beautiful and radiant three coloured jewel held aloft represents the ever-present reverence respectfully held by the Tibetan people towards the Three Supreme Jewels (the Buddhist objects of refuge: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha). The two coloured swirling jewel held between the two lions represents the peoples' guarding and cherishing the self discipline of correct ethical behaviour, principally represented by the practices of the ten exalted virtues and the 16 humane modes of conduct.
Lastly, the surrounding border of yellow adorning the perimeter represents the spread and flourishing in all directions and times of the purified gold like teachings of the Buddha.
If you went straight through the Hopi Reservation to the other side of the world, you would come out in Tibet. The Tibetan word for sun is the Hopi word for moon, and the Hopi word for sun is the Tibetan word for moon.
"When the iron eagle flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered over the earth and the dharma will go to the land of the red man." --- Padmasambhava, 8th c.
"When the iron bird flies, the red-robed people of the East who have lost their land will appear, and the two brothers from across the great ocean will be reunited." -- Hopi Prophecy
In 1950 China invaded Tibet, a country the size of western Europe. The Tibetans have calculated that 1.2 million died as a result of the Chinese take-over. In 1959 theDalai Lama was forced to flee his home and now travels the world gathering support for his people. The Chinense government announced that it intends to build a railway across Tibet to ease the way for even more settlers. The Tibetans believe in a non-violent struggle for freedom.
The most advanced shamanic
techniques - such as Tibetan Tantra or Crowley's
system in the west - work by alternating faith and skepticism until you get
beyond the ordinary limits of both. With such systems, one learns how
arbitrary are the reality maps that can be coded into laryngeal grunts by hominids
or visualized by a mammalian nervous system. We can't even visualize the
size of the local galaxy except in special high states. Most people are
trapped in one static reality map imprinted on their neurons when they were
naive children, as Dr.
Leary keeps reminding us. Alas, most so-called "adepts" or "gurus"
are similarly trapped in the first postrapture reality map imprinted after their
initial Illumination, as Leary also realizes. The point of systems like
Tantra, Crowleyanity, and Leary's Neurologic is to detach from all maps - which
gives you the freedom to use any map where it works and drop it where it doesn't
work. As Dogen Zenji said, "Time
is three eyes and eight
-Robert Anton Wilson - _The Illuminati Papers_
"The spiritual ecology of the Tibetans describes a matrix of power beings associated with the various naturally existing features found between earth and sky. We begin with the energies of the inner earth. Nothing is more earthly than the meeting place of soil, rock, and water: springs, lakes, and rivers all bear the life's blood of the world. These are natural abodes of the lu ('naga' in Sanskrit). They are envisioned as serpent- bodied mermaids and mermasters. Physically, they are embodied by snakes, frogs, and scorpions - powerful organisms associated with the realm of the inner earth. Such inner-earth powers possess energies and natural tendencies of conserving, collecting, and congealing. These qualities manifest in the extensive caches of 'norbu', wish-fulfilling jewels, which they jealously guard at the bottom of their watery domains."
- Peter Gold, "Navajo and Tibetan Sacred Wisdom: The Circle of the Spirit"