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Free Tibet by Standing Up for Tibet
by Linda Lane
2008-04-10 08:07:40
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Somehow, this series of images reminded me of what Tibet would feel like as a free place, with freedom of speech and religion, sort of floating up into the blue like a sky flower.

2349490274_86cfe1f7fe_400Do you know why His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama calls for peace? He understands cause and effect. When you can recall your last 13 lifetimes it will change your perspective too. That alone would give one a broad view.

The foolish attempt at control continues in Tibet, and it's just painful, in the face of the world's honor of H.H. the Dalai Lama.

You may ask - why don't the Tibetans still in Tibet just leave their ancient homeland, leave their farms and houses, and friends? They can not do so under fear of death. This fall far fewer Tibetans snuck across their southern borders to nations such as Nepal. There is real fear ... and as we now see with the deaths in Lhasa it is justified.

Why don't the Tibetans come here? Why when they do come here posing as non-resident workers at factories why do they 'defect' en masse? The US does not recognize them as refugees, and therefore they can not obtain passports or visas in most cases except illegally, purchasing phony documents in the 3rd world; it is easy but expensive.

China is trying to paint her face like an old lady to appear young, or in this case from brutal ruler to a forward thinking host of the Olympics. It appears the effort has backfired.

From the Tibetans living in Nepal, and foreign business people on my last trip there in Oct-Nov, if you travel just 30 KM outside of the Olympic Games area, you will find extreme poverty exists and is easy to see. One Tibetan refugee, a woman whose husband works as a trader, told me "In the Himalayan borders the soldiers shoot first, never ask questions."

What is less obvious is how China's invasion of Tibet has colored my life for good and bad. 29 years of studying the extraordinary lamas' revered methods, seeing our world through their eyes, a long term patient global view, within a completely universal framework. They love ruthlessly.

But I lucked out because the Chinese invaded Tibet. I benefited because China was power hungry. I am better off because of the highly placed Tibetans who landed here.

Among other things I was warned not to discuss religion - one lama told me that Americans have freedom of religion, but we don't believe in freedom of religion.

Long live HH The Dalai Lama, and anyone else who is a member of his "clique" hen hen he. I am completely in awe of him, I humbly and respectly bow as an American with a million billion visualized unique bodies to him.

How I made this image = a couple of weeks I've been waiting for my software to arrive. So I made this, in stages as I learned another graphics package. Easy when you take an evil mad scientist approach to learning graphics tools. They almost always have something hidden. Prepared to be amazed - it was created entirely in Microsoft Powerpoint.

Tibetan freedom can not be eradicated, it is not possible.
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Emanuel Paparella2008-04-10 08:28:30
Interesting comment: Americans have freedom of religion but don't believe in freedom of religion. If I understand the comment correctly, rights are pretty sterile until they become a value also, and they certainly cannot be granted, or for that matter taken away, by a powerful state which is soon to put on a charade called the Olympic Games free of politics. When Mao told the Dai Lalama that religion is poison we ought to have known where it would end up in Tibet. It would appear that we really believe is "the bottom line" and because that is what we believe we'd rather do business as usual than take the stance that Jimmy Carter took against the Soviets in 1980 and boycott the politic free Olympics. Pity.

Jamyang Chopel2008-04-10 21:12:27
Maybe it is time for Tibet to be free. Tibet can take care of itself. Non-violence -- sitting still while they shoot you -- goes so far. None-violence -- global economic sanctions, global recognition of the United Nations resolutions of 1961, -- that will go very far. Liberty with Peace!

Emanuel Paparella2008-04-10 22:18:23
Actually, had Ghandi and Martin Luther Kind dispensed with non-violence, it is doubteful they would have gotten ver far. On the contrary, liberty, equality, and brotherhood with violence produced a Napoleon, as Beethoven soon found out with dismay. Liberty and peace will not mix very well until they are bound by chemical called justice. That is what the Dalai Lama understands very well while the Chinese and those who will run to the Olympics to play the charade, alas do not.

Emanuel Paparella2008-04-10 22:22:06
Errata above: ver = very, doubteful = doubtful, chemical = a chemical.

Linda Lane2008-04-11 06:22:43
Thank you Emanuel, Jamyang of course, your comments are much appreciated.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Seattle today. Tomorrow morning I am one of the fortunate few to hear him speak - the topic will be what science shows us about compassion.9:00 – 11:00 am, Bank of America Arena @ Hec Ed Pavilion, UW

The Scientific Basis for Compassion: What We Know Now with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is joined by a panel of leading researchers to discuss the quantitative benefits of compassion.

Moderated by Daniel Goleman, author of “Emotional Intelligence”


Richard Davidson, Director, Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience
Alicia Lieberman, President, Board of Directors, Zero to Three
Daniel J Seigel, Author of "The Mindful Brain" and "Parenting from the Inside Out"
Andrew Meltzoff, Co-Director, UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences

LL2008-04-11 06:29:26
4:30 – 10:00 pm, Key Arena, Seattle Center

Concert for Compassion: An Acoustic Evening with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will be performing in celebration of the historic visit to Seattle of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other compassion leaders to bring global attention to the importance of nurturing kindness and compassion in the world, starting with children and all those who touch their lives.

Prior to the concert, from 4:30 to 5:15 pm, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will have a dialogue on compassion in the media with Dave Matthews and Ray Heacox, President and General Manager of KING-TV, moderated by Margaret Larson. All ticket holders for the benefit concert can also attend the dialogue.

Please note: As of Monday, February 18, 2008, non-sponsorship tickets to the Concert for Compassion sold via Ticketmaster and the KeyArena box office are sold out. You can still attend the Concert for Compassion by sponsoring Seeds of Compassion.

Emanuel Paparella2008-04-11 07:31:19

The above link will take you to an intriguing article on the benefits of peace and compassion titled: "How the Daila Lama keeps his Cool." Check it out.

LL2008-04-12 04:17:16
I'll check it out.

It was great seeing him at the University of Washington today.

LL2008-04-13 01:18:08
On going news about His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Seattle ...

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