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The goal of this page is to heighten the awareness of the Tibetan peoples plight and struggles & educate people about both Buddhism and Bonpo. It covers such topics as the Karmapa, the Panchen Lama, the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, sand mandalas, the Shi-Tro three dimensional mandala (sometimes also spelled Zhi khro, and Xi tro, shi khro, and xi khro), quotes from His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Bhutan, malas, meditation, Tibetan Buddhist sacred art and Buddhist books. I am planning to sponsor a tour to Bhutan in the near future, see the Bhutan link on the menu to the left. If you appreciate this site, please bookmark it & tell your friends to visit us.
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To better understand how the religious leadership of Tibetan Buddhism is at risk when H.H. the Dalai Lama passes away click here. This covers who and where both the Panchen Lama and the Karmapa are; so get informed. I want to extend my congratulations to His Holiness for receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor from the President of the US and Congress in October, 2007. He deserves it!
Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama
We need him to stay on the planet a while longer.
Gang Ri Ra Wey Kor Wey Shing Kham Dhir
Phen Dang Dey Wa Ma Lu Jung Wey Nay
Chenrezig Wang Tenzin Gyatso Yi
Shab Pey Si Tey Par Du Ten Gyur Chig
In the heavenly rhelm of Tibet, surrounded by a chain of snow mountains
The source of all happiness and help for beings is
Tenzin Gyatso, Chenrezig in person
May his life be secure for hundreds of Kalpas
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Historically, the Chinese invaded Tibet and in 1959 the Dalai Lama sought refuge in India at Dharamsala. But many of the Tibetan people were left behind and most of the monasteries were destroyed by the Chinese. (See the Karmapa page for further details). The invasion resulted in the deaths of more than one million Tibetans. Many of the written sacred texts were destroyed and there is ongoing political indoctrination in the monasteries and nunneries which remain. No one is allowed to display a photo of the Dalai Lama. People are tortured and imprisoned to this day. This has also negatively impacted the passing along of the oral tradition basic to Tibetan Buddhism.
Dharamshala: Chinese armed police have killed around 100 Tibetans and injured many others for taking part in peaceful demonstrations, according to unconfirmed sources. These protests have spread from Lhasa to all over Tibet both in intensity and scale.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama has issued the following statement today. "I am deeply concerned over the situation that has been developing in Tibet following peaceful protests in many parts of Tibet, including Lhasa, in recent days. These protests are a manifestation of the deep-rooted resentment of the Tibetan people under the present governance.
As I have always said, unity and stability under brute force is at best a temporary solution. It is unrealistic to expect unity and stability under such a rule and would therefore not be conducive to finding a peaceful and lasting solution.
I therefore appeal to the Chinese leadership to stop using force and address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people through dialogue with the Tibetan people. I also urge my fellow Tibetans not to resort to violence."
A Statement of the Kashag (Tibetan council of ministers) read, "Starting from 10th March this year, Tibetans from all over Tibet started a series of peaceful demonstrations to express their dissatisfaction with the Chinese policies. The Kashag had earlier hoped that these demonstrations will stop.
However, partly due to heavy-handed response of the authorities to these peaceful expressions that the demonstrations continued to spread all over Tibet and the situation is getting worse.
Therefore, we are deeply concerned and have also urged the People's Republic of China for due consideration to take these incidents with all seriousness and not to take further repressive actions. The situation urgently demands the attention of the governments, parliaments and the international community to persuade the leadership of People's Republic of China to refrain from further repressive measures and to restore normalcy through peaceful means."
Kalon Tripa also made an urgent appeal to the Chinese authorities stating, "From 10th March this year Tibetans from various parts of Tibet (in and outside TAR) staged series of peaceful demonstrations to express their dissatisfaction with the present situation. Such demonstrations are clear symptoms of discontentment among the Tibetan people with the current policy towards them.
We are observing this with a great sense of concern and would like to earnestly urge to the central and local authorities of the People's Republic China to take these incidents with all seriousness and not to take any repressive actions. We further urge them to restore the normalcy through dialogue and understanding of the Tibetan people's aspirations."
The situation in the Tibetan capital has intensified because Chinese authorities have rolled out a large number of armoured vehicles including tanks in the Bharkor square and have started shooting into the protesting crowds.
As protests continue to have a ripple effect across Tibet, the Chinese police are reported to have sealed off all monasteries and nunneries in and around Lhasa.
In order to provoke the protesting crowds, Chinese policemen dressed in monks, attire are reported to have lashed out at the peaceful demonstrators, which incited the crowd into burning police vehicles. According to other reports, from 10,000-20,000 Tibetans have joined the demonstration in the Tibetan capital.
Also in Northeastern Tibet, thousands of Tibetans led by monks from Labrang Tashikyil monastery staged a peaceful demonstration. The demonstration, the biggest ever in this part of Tibet, was held in Sangchu county, Kanlho, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu province.
There are many refugee communities (over 100,000 have escaped to freedom). There are also many non-profit organizations dedicated to assisting refugees and to preserving what they can of the art and books - see the links page.
How can you help? You can make a difference. Spread the word to others. Join Human Rights groups. Write articles about Tibet in newspapers and magazines. There are numerous organizations which you can join one of which is Colorado Friends of Tibet. There is a large refugee community of Tibetans living in Boulder, Colorado and we need volunteers to work with them.
You are invited check out and join the following groups, if you are interested. The Dharma Group or The Sound Therapy Group or the Activists Sound Off Group Thank you for your interest!
"THE SENSE OF THE SACRED" - an excerpt from Healing with Form, Energy and Light The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
"How can we develop the sense of the sacred? By remembering that the source of all is sacred, that space and light are sacred. Every appearance is beautiful if we go beyond prejudice and recognize the vibrant, radiant nature of phenomena. Remember that all beings have the buddha-nature. Remember the sacredness of the religious tradition. Spend time in nature, particularly places special to you, and open yourself to the beauty of the natural world. Begin each practice period with prayer and open your heart. End each practice period by dedicating yourself to the benefit of all beings. Engage in the practice as a way to help alleviate the suffering of all those you care about. Spiritual practice is an activity meant to benefit all; it is not only for yourself. Look into the night sky when the stars can be seen, feel the immensity and magnificence of the universe. Think about the complexity of your own body, the mysterious functions that support your existence. Broaden your mind enough and you necessarily come to mysteries that are so much bigger than everyday concerns that to encounter them is to experience awe, to experience the sacred."
With good will for the entire cosmos,
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Be sure to check out the page on the Healing Buddha and Manjushri sand mandalas which were created in Colorado.
Check out this interesting article in the New York Times on meditation and the emotions. If we can each reach more inner peace I am convinced that this will show in the external world. If we want peace in the world we must start with ourselves.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the absence of violence but the manifestation of human compassion.
A Highly Recommended Book on Buddhism
I recently finished a newly published book on Buddhism and the world of business, which I found very valuable. It is written by a New Yorker, who happens also to be a Geshe (master of Buddhism). He actually worked many years in the diamond industry in NY and draws on this experience in his writing. The book covers strategies for managing your business and your life and I found it very down-to-earth, practical and readable. Many of the people of the East focus on the inner world while denying the outer world of illusion or "maya". Many of the people of the West accept the outer or material world and tend to deny the inner world. This book basically talks about becoming a whole person by integrating the inner and outer world and creating and allowing abundance for the benefit of all. It has many very useful Buddhist suggestions and tips for business management. If you are interested in learning more such as the title and author click here.
May all beings benefit.
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