"From an esoteric point of view, Tibet has passed through the burning
ground of purification on a national level. What is the "burning
ground"? When a developing entity, be it a person or a nation,
reaches a certain level of spiritual development, a time comes for
the lower habits, old patterns, illusions and crystalized beliefs to
be purified so as to better allow the spiritual energies of inner
being to flow thru the instrument without distortion. The
spiritualization of the entity has sufficiently strengthened it
enough to endure this extremely stressful experience."
From "The New Tibet - The Pure Land", World Service Network,1993.
Quoted in Donald S.Lopez Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West
(Chicago: The University of Chicago Press,1998) p.203.