The support rate for Dalai Lama among Tibetan
Buddhists recorded a drastic drop, according to a sample survey
released on March 9. Responding to a question of "what kind of
a person the Dalai is," 86 percent of the respondents think that
he is a separatist and a politician. Only 4 percent of those polled
said he is a religious leader and another 4 percent described
him as a living Buddha. About 6 percent avoided giving a direct
The survey was conducted among 100 Buddhist households
by Chengguan District in Lhasa City, capital of the Tibet Autonomous
Region. Those surveyed represent a wide range of social backgrounds
and range in age from 25 to 80. The respondents have different
social backgrounds including: slaves, manor owners of old Tibet,
people born after the peaceful liberation of Tibet in 1951 and
those who have returned after spending years abroad since they
fled to India with Dalai Lama in the 1950s.
A male, who fled to India with Dalai before the
peaceful liberation of Tibet in 1951 and returned to Tibet after
spending years abroad, filled in the blank with no hesitation:
"Dalai is a separatist." "I know Dalai clearly in the course of
my time with him abroad. I decided to came back and resettle in
Tibet because I hated to see what Dalai did," he said. "Great
changes have taken place in Tibet since I came back in 1985. The
houses of many Tibetan people are better than the previous manors
of slave owners. What they eat is more plentiful than the slave
owners," he said, adding, "There is nothing compatible with the
life ruled by Dalai." "The poll indicates Dalai had lost the heart
of Buddhist believers.
A growing number of believers have extricated
themselves from blind worship to Dalai Lama." said Galsang Yixi,
a research fellow with the China Tibet Academy of Social Sciences.
"They treasure the peaceful and happy life they are leading,"
said Galsang Yixi who just came back from a trip to the United
States, Canada and Mexico.
A 35-year-woman said, "I have neither seen nor
believe in Dalai Lama. What I care about is whether my kids can
be enrolled in a prestigious school in Beijing or another provinces
and have a bright future." A male respondent, 73, said, "I used
to take Dalai Lama for a savior and expect him to bring us a happy
life. However, the serf owners led a luxurious life while the
majority of slaves had inadequate food to eat and clothes to wear."
"Even today, what Dalai Lama did abroad has disappointed us,"
The poll included 24 questionnaires covering the
living condition, income, education, religious belief, political
viewpoint and other aspects of daily life. On the question of
when was the happiest moment after the peaceful liberation of
Tibet 50 years ago, over 90 percent of the respondents said the
moment that millions of slaves smashed the fetters of serf system
and slaves became master of their own house.
A youngster aged 25, said, "Influenced by my parents,
I became a Buddhist. I often go to a lamasery near Lhasa to pray
for my family and me. I think the "independence of Tibet advocated
by Dalai could only sabotage the good life we are leading."
Tibet was liberated in 1951 and launched democratic
reform in 1959, thus ending the slave system and embarked on the
road to modernization. The region has a population of about 2.4
million, the majority of whom are Buddhist believers. (Xinhua