Buddha's Warriors: The Story of the CIA-Backed Tibetan Freedom Fighters, the Chinese Communist Invasion, and the Ultimate Fall of Tibet
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Buddha's Warriors is the first book that brings to life Tibet before the Chinese communist invasions and depicts the transition of peaceful monks to warriors with the help of the CIA.
Tibet in the last sixty years has been so much mystified and politicized that the world at large is confused about what really happened to the "Rooftop of the World" when Mao Tse-tung invaded its borders in 1950. There are dramatically conflicting accounts from Beijing and Dharamsala (home of the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile). Adding to the confusion is the romanticized spin that Western writers and filmmakers have adopted in an effort to appease the popular myth of Shangri-La.
Buddha's Warriors is no fairy tale. Set in a narrative framework but relying heavily on the oral transcripts of the Tibetan men who actually fought the Chinese, Buddha's Warriors tells, for the first time, the inside story of these historic developments, while drawing a vivid picture of Tibetan life before, during, and after Mao's takeover. The firsthand accounts, gathered by the author over a period of seven years, bring faces and deeply personal emotions to the forefront of this ongoing tragedy. It is a saga of brave soldiers and cowardly traitors. It's about hope against desolation, courage against repression, atheism against Buddhism. Above all, it's about what happens to an ancient civilization when it is thrust overnight into the modern horrors of twentieth-century warfare.
Tibet China’s invasion of Dalai Lama’s escape Tibet’s appeal to U.N. trade with, Mao and U.N. debate Tibetan refugees in U.S. relations See also GOI; Nehru, Jawaharlal Indian army, and Chinese invasion Indian public, and Tibet Infant mortality Information to Dalai Lama, control of International Commission of Jurists International community, and Tibet International politics, Dalai Lama and Isolation of Tibet Thirteenth Dalai Lama and Jagotsang, Donyo Jagotsang family Jamyang
Guru Rinpoche Paintings, Buddhist Pakistan Palden Lhamo (Protectress of Tibet) Panchen Lama Dalai Lama and “17-Point Agreement” terms visit to India Panchshila Agreement Parachute jumps Parthasarathi, H. G. Patterson, George Patung Ahnga village, atrocities PCART (Preparatory Committee for the eventual establishment of the Autonomous Region of Tibet) Peacocks Peasantry, Tibetan, and communism Peissel, Michel Peking Review Pemako area Pembar region, Tibetan rebels Pembar Tulku
tea bound in rawhide—the highest quality tea—all of this was given to the high lamas. Their generosity was met with appreciation. Everyone relaxed. The festival continued as usual, the troops gradually joined the celebrations, but they didn’t get drunk or rowdy They were very respectful. And they gave silver dollars freely! It was our first taste of communism, and it was a big improvement over the Nationalist Chinese. The communists only wanted to be nice to us, they kept saying. We were their
skill of a black-necked crane. They fed it a magic potion and sent it in search of their beloved king. After flying far and wide, the bird spotted Gesar sleeping in the foreign queen’s courtyard. He was flat on his back with his mouth wide open. The crane swooped down and shat in Gesar’s mouth, King Gesar swallowed the potion, and was thereby cured of the queen-induced amnesia.73 A black-necked crane flying over 1950 Tibet could have seen what the mapless Tibetans could not: Jyekundo, Kanze,
“power spot” much frequented by pilgrims. In 1957, the number of people in the CIA who knew of Samye’s existence or, for that matter, the relevance of Guru Rinpoche in Tibet’s history, was zero. IN SAIPAN, THE TRAINING OF THE SIX KHAMPAS WAS PROGRESSING at a remarkable rate. Nearly fifty years later, McCarthy still marvels at the amount of training that he and his team crammed into five months before air-dropping the trainees back into Tibet: Had I known then what I know now, I would have also