Thursday, July 06, 2006

Bloggers for Tibet

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.

Any copyrighted material on these pages is used in "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report broken links, missing images and other errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk

6 comments:

Pliable said...

And on the Dalai Lama's birthday comes news that India and China have reopened the Silk Road.

A strategucally vital Himalayan pass was opened on 5 July to border trade, 44 years after a brutal frontier war shut down the ancient route.

Senior officials from Tibet and the tiny northeastern Indian state of Sikkim cut a ribbon marking the border at the Nathu La pass.

Read the full story here

Aqua said...

Thank you for supporting the Tibetan Cause and World Tibet Day!

Pliable said...

The profile of Aqua who posted the comment above describes the blogger as ... Tibetan, Indian, Darjeeling, Bangalore, Dreamer.

Do visit Aqua's Dreamscapes

Pliable said...

Dalai Lama cancels European tour

Associated Press in Helsinki
Thursday July 6, 2006
The Guardian

The Dalai Lama has cancelled a European tour scheduled to begin in Helsinki next week because doctors have ordered him to rest, Finnish organisers said yesterday.
Doctors advised the 70-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader "to take complete rest" because of his "extremely hectic and nonstop schedule" since the beginning of this year, the Dalai Lama's office in London told organisers in Finland.

The Dalai Lama had been scheduled to give a public lecture in the Finnish capital on July 11, followed by a two-week teaching and lecture tour of French towns and a visit to Spain.

AdSenseMaker said...

Pliable, yeah like aqua said thanks for writing about this. I just wanted to let you know that when you click on the Tibetan Avenue radio, it just opens up in the same window so you can not read while reading your blog. Otherwise, nice work in blogging man.

Pliable said...

Zikpo, well spotted, I had forgotten that the default code in Blogger doesn't open a new window for links.

I've tweaked it now so you can listen to that gorgeous Tibetan music and read the article at the same time now.

Thanks for pointing it out, and enjoy the rest of World Tibet Day.