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  • In 1959, Chinese troops entered Tibet to put down resistance to their rule. The Dalai Lama had fled to India, and Lhasa, the capital, was quickly overrun by the invaders.

    What followed next was an orgy of burning, looting and killing. Religious artifacts by the thousands were fed to the bonfires. Monasteries were sacked. Tibetan civilians were slaughtered or took their own lives. Panic was the order of the day in Lhasa.

    A Western reporter covering the scene noticed two Buddhist monks carrying an armful of scrolls. Their fleeing countrymen streamed past them, but the monks' pace remained slow and dignified. Tears were streaming down the men's faces.

    The reporter managed to make his way to them and, through an interpreter, asked if they were crying because of what the Chinese soldiers had done to their sacred heritage.

    Both men shook their heads. "Oh no," said one. "We are weeping because of what they've done to their karma."
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