In case you’ve been living under a rock (on Mars, with your fingers in your ears), there’s much happening in Tibet right now. As the world gets ready for the Olympics, many folks know that this is as good a time as any to shine a spotlight on China and it’s long laundry list of human rights violations (despite what the State Department says).
Here’s my own laundry list of relevant stories, pulled from the Buddhist Channel:
- Chronology of events
- Protesting monks
- Dalai Lama prayers
- Defiant, helpless Dalai Lama
- More protests, children beaten
I’m not sure what to make of all this or what do about all this, especially the contentious issue of whether or not to boycott the Olympics.* All I know is that it seems as though things will get worse before they get better, that this is both a pretty big year for Buddhist protesters, and, as is always the case with Tibet, sad sad sad.
* To be clear, the reason I’m not sure about a “boycott” is because I don’t know what “boycott” means for people like myself. While a full commercial boycott (meaning sponsors pull their financial support) would no doubt have some sort of impact, it’s (a) not gonna happen and (b) not something I personally can do. So just “not watching” the Olympics seems far too removed an action for my tastes. There must be something else. Any suggestions?