Buddha's Not Smiling

Buddha's Not Smiling

The Day the Last Monastery in Shangri-La Fell

from Erik D. Curren

Buddha's Not Smiling is the anatomy of a crisis. On August 2, 1993, Rumtek monastery was attacked. Its monks were expelled and the cloister was given to a lama appointed by the Chinese government. But Rumtek was not in China, and its attackers were not Communist troops. Rumtek was in India, the refuge for most exiled Tibetans. And it was Tibetan lamas themselves who led the siege. Evidence shows that the Chinese Communists directly supported Tibetan lamas and monks who attacked Rumtek monastery.

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