GLOBAL VILLAGER 9 – TRANSPARENCY
Man aged 48 from Tibet, China. Lamaist, literate, imprisoned, speaks Tibetan and Mandarin, heterosexual
The hand of this monk is clutching the bars of his prison window as the rest of his body shudders with cold. The window frames the blue-grey mountains of the Tibetan plateau. Though the slopes are barren, the monk recalls the green forests of his youth, now ruthlessly felled by the Chinese. Even now he can hear the indistinct roar of trucks in the far distance – the endless convoy of trucks transporting even more trees to China. He has heard rumours about the widespread planting of new, genetically manipulated trees and though they are not here on the slopes opposite his prison window, he thinks they cannot be far away. Why didn’t he take action sooner to prevent the pillage of his country? He quenches a strong urge to shout out loud, protesting China's ruthless exploitation of Tibet's natural resources, aware that this would be deemed ‘unpatriotic behaviour’ and prolong his prison sentence. He curses the Chinese for their insensitivity, arrogance and nationalism.
During meditation the monk receives a vision from a deity, Black Tara, the only saint to whom he did not pay due reverence in his monastery because she was a woman. In the vision, Tara reminds him that the outer world is a mirror of his inner world, and she instructs him to contemplate his own insensitivity and arrogance. Humbled, the monk considers his elevated position in the monastery and the way he withheld his disapproval of the Chinese authorities to keep this position. He thinks about the vivid scarlet robes he used to wear and the playful discourses on philosophical subjects in which he boasted a certain prowess. He remembers showing tourists the precious artefacts and intricate gold painting on the red entrance gates, stating with pride that his monastery was the most beautiful and spiritually significant. With sadness he recognises the barriers he has set up around himself, his estrangement from the other monks and his loneliness. Even if he were allowed visitors, nobody would come. He remembers the words of the Buddha, “It is your mind which creates this world”, and so he uses his time to meditate on changing his attitude. Realising that his physical limitations reflect his locked-up mind, he begins to see things more transparently. He recognises that sending more anger and condemnation into the world means that there is more anger and condemnation in the world, so instead of attacking the Chinese, he seeks to negotiate. He regrets his pride and sees his imprisonment as a self-made mind prison, a painful stepping-stone to higher awareness.
Is there any way in which you have imprisoned or compromised yourself?
How comfortable are you with the thought that your outer surroundings are a reflection of your inner self? Given that your mind creates the world you see, which world do you choose to create and which principles determine your path now?
To what degree does your fear of repercussions prevent you from speaking your mind?
Which of your “achievements” estrange you from others?
What unpleasant ‘rumours’ with catastrophic potential do you (individually, or as part of humanity as a collective) choose to ignore rather than investigate?
When was your last uncontrollable urge to speak out and did you follow that urge?
What if nobody bought any more newspapers and nobody cut any more trees?
What if everyone went ‘within’ in the face of outside chaos?
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