Today is both World Tibet Day and the birthday of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and concerned bloggers worldwide are supporting the cause of Tibetan freedom. 'World Tibet Day has opened many hearts to fundamental rights of the Tibetan people to preserve our culture and to practice our religion freely. The event had greatly raised public awareness to the present threat to the very existence of the Tibetan people' - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Now follow these links and listen to the culture of Tibet in the form of superb streamed Tibetan music from Tibetan Avenue and Phayul Radio while you read the following:
'As you know, Tibet has, for forty years, been under foreign occupation. Today, more than a quarter of a million Chinese troops are stationed in Tibet. Some sources estimate the occupation army to be twice this strength. During this time, Tibetans have been deprived of their most basic human rights, including the right to life, movement, speech, worship, only to mention a few. More than one sixth of Tibet's population of six million died as a direct result of the Chinese invasion and occupation. Even before the Cultural Revolution started, many of Tibet's monasteries, temples and historic buildings were destroyed. Almost everything that remained was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. I do not wish to dwell on this point, which is well documented. What is important to realise, however, is that despite the limited freedom granted after 1979, to rebuild parts of some monasteries and other such tokens of liberalisation, the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people are still today being systematically violated. In recent months this bad situation has become even worse' - from His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama's 1989 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
Now please read On An Overgrown Path's small contribution to World Tibet Day - Freedom to Tibet's serfs and slaves, Tibetan Monk up for Grammy, and The wheel would scar the earth ...
* Sakya Monastery in Seattle has a lot of audio and video resources on their excellent blog, while Tibetsites.com has links to more radio and video resources.
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