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Tibetans cancel New Year celebrations
« on: February 22, 2012, 12:42:58 PM »
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/21/world/asia/tibetan-new-year-celebration/index.html

"Wednesday marks Losar, or the Tibetan New Year, but there will be no music, chanting, spectacular costumes or pageantry this year.
Instead, Tibetans across the world plan to observe Losar with the solemnity their government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India, has proclaimed it deserves.
Lobsang Sangay, the Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, issued a statement asking Tibetans to refrain from celebration.
"But do observe traditional and spiritual rituals by going to the monastery, making offerings and lighting butter lamps for all those who have sacrificed and suffered under the repressive policies of Chinese government," Sangay said.
Sangay asked for a somber New Year because of the "grim news" that continues to stream out of Tibet, he said."
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In the past year, 22 monks, nuns and other Tibetans set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule, according to the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet.
The latest incident occurred Saturday when an 18-year-old monk self-immolated in front of a monastery in the village of Barma village in China's Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, according to a statement from the government-in-exile.
He apparently died shouting, "May His Holiness the Dalai Lama live 10,000 years!" and "Freedom for Tibet," the International Campaign for Tibet said.
The government-in-exile also said it has had news of arrests of Tibetan writers and intellectuals.
China accuses Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for inciting unrest and trying to divide China.
But monks who spoke secretly to CNN said they want China to allow the Dalai Lama to return to a free Tibet. In their pouch, they carry a sacred keepsake of their leader.
In 1950, Chinese troops occupied Tibet, enforcing what Beijing says is a centuries-old claim over the region. Nine years later, the Dalai Lama fled to India after a failed uprising in Lhasa left 85,000 people dead.
Pro-Tibetan groups say Chinese persecution and torture has killed hundreds of thousands of Tibetans over the years. They also say Han Chinese, China's main ethnic group, have migrated to the region and turned Tibetans into a minority in their homeland.
Sangay urged Tibetans to protest non-violently and legally, especially on March 10, the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising.
"We once again fervently urge the Chinese government to give serious consideration to our legitimate demands and appeals we have made so far," the government statement said.
Sangay said he wanted to make sure Tibetan voices were heard loud and clear in Beijing.
Tibetans all over the world began posting Sangay's message on websites. In the United States, several Tibetan associations canceled Losar celebrations, one of the biggest annual festivities for Tibetans.
"It means much more than Losar," said Tsepak Rigzin, program director at the Drepung Loseling center in Atlanta.
This year, he said, Losar would truly signify unity, solidarity, compassion.
"It's a symbol of our integrity," said Rigzin, 51, who has lived in the United States since 2005. "It means sharing the suffering and pain of our brothers and sisters of Tibet."
He, like Tibetans everywhere, will begin the year 2139 with quiet contemplation -- and dreams of a homeland."

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Re: Tibetans cancel New Year celebrations
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 01:00:37 PM »
As an Astrologer - Jonathan Cainer in a UK newspaper (The Mail) put it "Today in Tibet, they celebrate New Year. Or rather, they don't - beacause Tibetans can't see anything to celebrate. For more than 50 years, the people of this land have lived under a brutal occupation. Imagine if Argentina invaded the Falklands and the rest of the world including Britain just shrugged their shoulders! New Year there wouldn't be much of a party either! Tibet is famous for a culture steeped in tales of telepathy, telekinesis, even teleportation. Let's hope the national faith in miracles is well founded - for nothing less will now make China give back this country it's freedom."

Maybe the falklands isn't the best analogy but you get the drift and i personally hope Tibet is one of the first countries to get a visit from our galactic friends and send the invaders packing!

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Re: Tibetans cancel New Year celebrations
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 01:36:36 PM »
It certainly would seem to make an excellent place for the first point of visitation, in my opinion.  Not that there isn't a lot of help needed in many other areas of the world as well.

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Re: Tibetans cancel New Year celebrations
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2012, 01:50:08 AM »
It certainly would seem to make an excellent place for the first point of visitation, in my opinion.  Not that there isn't a lot of help needed in many other areas of the world as well.

Yes totally agree, i was intrigued by the astrologer's bit about "even teleportation" ooooooooooo 8), i personally think that the tibetans monks are as close as anyone on this planet in to knowing what the mind is capable of as i believe it is scientific fact that we hardly use any of it.

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Re: Tibetans cancel New Year celebrations
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 02:47:24 PM »
Here's a link for a petition to help free the Panchen Lama. It is totally outrageous that a child who would of been a peaceful figure  has been treated like this in this day and age. I must admit i didn't know about this until now. Totally outrageous.
https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/campaigns/human-rights-1/free-the-panchen-lama

"Gendun Choekyi Nyima was kidnapped by Chinese authorities in 1995 after being officially recognized as the 11th Panchen Lama, one of Tibet's most important religious leaders. He was only six years old. For seventeen years he and his family have been held under house arrest in an unknown location. April 25th is the Panchen Lama's Birthday.
He is now 23 years old. Please take action for his immediate release. The Panchen Lama's detention is a purely political act by China to further control Tibetans' culture and religion. He is beloved by Tibetans everywhere and everyday he is missing is one day too many."

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Re: Tibetans cancel New Year celebrations
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2012, 04:00:03 PM »
Thanks for this post. A subject I have known about for many years. The Chinese have a lot to answer. I think the most incredible thing about the Tibetan People is that there struggle for freedom from the Chinese, who invaded and annexed their land, is a peaceful one. They have never used violence. They have my respect. I visited Tibet many years ago and found them a wonderful people. I also had an audience with the Dali Lama at the same time. A man of infinite wisdom and knowledge.

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Re: Tibetans cancel New Year celebrations
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2012, 04:51:49 PM »
Thanks, once again Mel, for bringing this new petition to my attention...You keep posting them, and I'll certainly keep signing them!

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Re: Tibetans cancel New Year celebrations
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2012, 02:17:17 AM »
Thanks Nigel and Mary, my eldest sister visited Tibet a long time ago but i unfortunately have never been (yet). Yes, they the people of Tibet have my utmost respect as does the Dalai Lama. Dealing with such a vast and ruthless army, i think there would of been genocide if they tried to fight fire with fire, so peaceful protesting is and was the way to go for them.

Thanks Mary, will keep the petitions acoming!

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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2012, 04:44:53 AM »
Excellent!

 

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