标题：Discipline and Resistance on the Tibetan Plateau
火与冰，力量面对力量。过去的几百年来，图伯特政府官员、当权的贵族，以及其他朝圣者，每十二年要去图伯特西南面的扎日雪山朝圣。除了从圣山的质朴自然中得到祝福，朝圣中另一个最有价值的体验，是见证竹巴齐洽（Drukpa Chigchar，译注1）的僧人展现他们体中瑜伽热的力量。[原注1] 半夜时分，朝圣者、贵族，和当地僧众聚集在一起，目睹一组瑜伽僧，只穿薄薄的棉袍，坐在冰上一动不动，直到早晨，仅以他们的心灵之火取暖。这个奇观，证明了禅定冥想的力量，进而证明了佛教的力量。修行者的身体被理解为佛教力量的见证，而甘丹颇章政权自身的合法性也源于同一力量。
1675年新年，在拉萨祖拉康[译注2]祈愿大法会上，五世达赖喇嘛发布了一个指导僧人行事的条例。[原注2] 他提醒数千名参加这个仪式的僧人，图伯特佛国的长寿—— 更不要说佛教本身的长寿——有赖于他们的行为举止。他们训练有素的举止与尊严，标志着国家的健康以及他们所知世界的繁荣。
托尼•胡伯（Toni Huber），《纯净水晶山崇拜：西藏东南的朝圣与景观》（The Cult Of Pure Crystal Mountain: Popular Pilgrimage And Visionary Landscape In Southeast Tibet）纽约：牛津大学出版社，1999。特见88-90页。
阿旺罗桑嘉措（ངག་དབང་བློ་བཟང་རྒྱ་མཚོ），五世达赖喇嘛， ལྷ་ལྡན་སྨོན་ལམ་ཆེན་མོའི་གྲལ་་འཛིན་བཅའ་ཡིག 自 《西藏历代法规选编》（བོད་ཀྱི་སྔ་རབས་ཁྲིམས་སྲོལ་ཡིག་ཆ་བདམས་བསྒྲིགས 拉萨默朗钦莫祈愿大法会祝辞），拉萨：西藏藏文古籍出社，1989, 324-345页。
Discipline and Resistance on the Tibetan Plateau
Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies, Harvard University
There is history and a grim logic in it all, but any satisfaction we might find in recognizing these things is laced with unspeakable sadness.
It is all about power, of course, but in this case a very specialized kind of power is in the mix. Up against the massive military and legal power of the state, protesting against the disempowerment of ethnic Tibetans in China, is the old power of the monastic, the power of the disciplined virtuoso.
Buddhism from its beginning has operated on the basis of two mutually dependent communities: virtuoso clerics and the lay people who support them. The laity are generally not ready or willing to undergo the deprivations of monastic life. But they recognize the value of it, and so lend material patronage. In return the laity get not only religious guidance, they get a proxy in purity. They sustain a group of people specially devoted to virtue, purity and discipline: the Buddhist Sangha.
The Sangha’s ongoing support depends on its members’ purity in maintaining its vows. Monastic law regulates chastity, imposes strict restraints on property, and discourages ego in personal relations. The very absence of what in lay society spells charisma and esteem (adornment, riches, sexual prowess) in the monastic setting spells virtue and strength. The very resolve to resist temptation shows exceptional strength. It also shows the cleric’s priorities. More valuable than having worldly comforts is the power to live without them. Something else, something more important, is thereby enabled.
In Tibetan Buddhism, as in many other varieties, a second kind of virtuosic power is cultivated through meditation. Meditation requires the power to remain strictly focused without yielding to distraction. It fosters the wisdom to maintain focus on an elusive and shifting object: reality itself. It also fosters the bodily experiences that accompany such focus and wisdom. It encourages deftness in cultivating those bodily experiences in order to make them burn brighter.
Meditative focus in its highest reaches is said to be accompanied by intense bodily heat. It rises from the navel and can pervade the body with light and insight. Tibetan yogis used to practice it in the snow. A first-rate meditator could demonstrate yogic power concretely by doing heat yoga while sitting in the snow.
Fire and ice; power facing power. For the last several centuries, members of the Tibetan government, the ruling nobility, and many other pilgrims would journey once in every twelve years to the icy ranges of Mt. Tsari in southwestern Tibet. Along with receiving the blessings of the pristine natural features of this holy mountain, one of the most valued experiences that these pilgrims could have was to witness monks of the Drukpa Chigchar order displaying their power to raise yogic heat in their bodies. In the middle of the night the assembled pilgrims, nobility, and local monastic communities watched as a group of yogi monks, wearing only a thin cotton robe, would sit motionless on the ice until the morning, warmed only by their inner fire. It was a spectacle that proved the power of meditation and in turn the power of Buddhism. The yogis’ bodies were understood to be witnesses to the power of Buddhism, upon which the Ganden Phodrang state’s own legitimacy rested.
Traditionally, ascetic practice targeted an inner enemy: selfish clinging, vanity, enmity. Today the target of Tibet’s recent self-immolations is an outer enemy: an intrusive, repressive, unsympathetic state. Differently from the old pattern, this outer foe is compelled to witness the display of yogic power, the power to withstand the pain of fire, the power to face down death or torture. But this is not a witnessing that bolsters the power of the state. It is a forced witnessing of a spectacle that aspires to delegitimize the state. It is a spectacle that purports to demonstrate with deadly precision where real power still resides: in the vision and skill of the virtuoso who masters his own destiny.
In the 1675 the Fifth Dalai Lama issued an ordinance to guide monastic behavior at the Great Prayer Ceremony held at New Years in Lhasa’s central cathedral. He reminded the thousands of monks who would participate in this ritual that the longevity of the Tibetan Buddhist state — and even more so the longevity of Buddhism itself – depended on their comportment. Their disciplined comportment and dignity signaled the health of the nation and the flourishing of the world as they knew it.
Today it seems some monks and nuns are using their discipline and purity to signal instead the devastation of their world. It is often said that clerics can risk such a protest more readily than lay people can, because clerics have no spouse and children to suffer revenge. It is also clear in the current situation that a deeply distressed and disenfranchised monastic population has decided that extreme acts are the only way to bring attention to a remote part of the world. That they are actually carrying out such acts has everything to do with the conception that clerics have the responsibility to represent the aspirations, and now the sorrows, of society. But in the end, the decision these men and women are taking to mount the spectacle of self-inflicted pain and agonizing death – and recently the monastic exemplars are beginning to be followed by the laity in this gruesome demonstration—may have no reason behind it at all. It is a severe response to an intolerable situation, like a scream.
We bow our heads in sadness that the extremity of the situation, the intractability of the powers that be, has brought monks and nuns – and now even a few lay people — to such a sorrowful display of protest.
March 26, 2012
 Toni Huber, The Cult Of Pure Crystal Mountain: Popular Pilgrimage And Visionary Landscape In Southeast Tibet New York : Oxford University Press, 1999. See especially pp. 88-90.
 Ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtsho, Vth Dalai Lama, Lha ldan smon lam chen mo’i gral ‘dzin bca’ yig in Bod kyi snga rabs khrims srol yig cha bdams bsgrigs, Lhasa: Bod ljong bod yig dpe rnying dpe skrun khang, 1989, pp. 324-345.