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  • Desparately Seeking Mumbai | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    and the weel heeled of the city stood in the sweltering heat for four hours just to fight their way into the auditorium where he was to speak Models actresses politicians businessmen all nudged and shoved waving VIP passes Meanwhile the endearing figure in maroon robes and rubber slippers was doing the rounds of a special exhibition It was truly amazing to see people s reactions Awe reverence adoration and

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20000326.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Tibetan Tales | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    sculptors But it was the 11 year old Jamyang Kunga Tenzin who acted in Kundun Martin Scorsese s film on the 14th Dalai Lama who stole the show Tenzin had played one of the young Kunduns in the films But Tibet was not only the only thing on his mind I like India and love the actress Kajol he said This week it will be Delhi s turn to showcase

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20000323.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Land Of Buddha | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    much larger scale says Sethu Das president of Friends of Tibet INDIA We needed a forum where our voices would be heard The group had made an attempt to achieve this by involving people from all walks of life at the festival Hence films photographs food dance and music formed a part of the festival Among the films screened were Martin Scorsese film Kundun which tells a story of a giggling child who transforms into the figure of the Dalai Lama and raises the world s consciousness about Buddhist society the plight of Tibet and the suffering endured by her people The Shadow Circus The CIA in Tibet a film by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam was put together using unique archival footage and exclusive interviews with former resistance fighters and CIA operatives And Why Are We Silent by Garthwait Griffin was an advertisement film in support for the cause of liberation of Tibet from China Reciting portions of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights were Hollywood stars Harrison Ford Richard Gere Goldie Hawn and Julia Roberts Dances from the Roof of the World packaged 21 traditional songs and dances by the students from the Tibetan Children s Village Bylakkuppe in Karnataka A group of 30 children put forward performances from different regions of Tibet The highlights were the Ngonpa ritual dance from the hunters and masked dancers representing the Buddhist diety of Chakna Dorjee the destroyer of evil Ralpa is the dance of the wanderers who travel from village to village singing and dancing spreading their poetry and wisdom collected through their journeys While Chanshae is the song of the drinking in celebration of joy and happiness Tashi Shoelpa the white bearded mask dance is the realisation of the dream of fifth Dalai Lama Butter sculpture was a

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  • Closing Ceremony | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    lingbhur jeling and modulated his voice to create some rare vocal music sorry after that we thought the accompaniment of Sultan Khan s sarangi was utterly superfluous The flute is meant to be heard solo and solo only Especially when it is Nawang Kechog played it It is this pic of Buddhist monks bearing symbols of the eight fold path of Buddhism which we finally looked at the longest From

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  • An Exotica Called Kundun | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    a group of monks on a rural Tibetan farm is deemed to be a the new Dalai Lama the latest reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion From here the film chronicles the boy s life through the bloody Chinese Communist invasion of 50 to his final escape into exile in India Kundun follows in outline the Dalai Lama s autobiography My Land and My People Despite the remarkable story it is unfortunately soured by storytelling problems and marred by messy and episodic narrative Scorsese s documentary style accumulation of exotic detail occasionally serves to distance rather than illuminate the sacred world Kundun has powerful images that mesmerise with their haunting beauty with the stark improbable beauty of its setting its marvellously haunting score by Philip Glass and Roger Deakin s remarkable photography Deakin applied colour in the film like Like A Painter and used naturalistic light The film is more a poem than a traditional narrative Kundun has gorgeous production design and costumes The film is a celebration of Buddhism that engorges the senses There is no doubting Martin Scorsese s awe and and passion for his subject A rich spiritual film that will stay with you for a long

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20000319.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Lessons To Learn | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    come in all the way from Pune I missed the Dalai Lama when I visited Dharamsala Maybe I ll be lucky A lady standing a little ahead overheard him and fished out a pass from her handbag Here I have an extra one Ironically the Dalai Lama in his speech touched on the burgeoning Buddha business in the west and the sellers of Dharma The organisers had obviously miscalculated the

    Original URL path: http://friendsoftibet.org/mediaonfot/20000313e.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Call To Preserve Tibetan Culture | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    week long Festival of Tibet here on Sunday Organised by the Tibetan Youth Congress and Friends of Tibet India the festival would showcase the art dance crafts and religion of Tibet Speaking with characteristic simplicity the Dalai Lama talked about the relevance of preserving the ancient but endangered Tibetan culture In the last one year the situation in my own country is very serious very sad he said Whether intentionally or unintentionally some kind of cultural genocide is taking place Therefore we the refugee community have to preserve this rich and ancient culture He said he appreciated the support to Tibetans from Indian people in this endeavour Tibetan culture had synthesised many different cultures he said and described the choices Tibetans faced as they stood on the roof of the world Tibetan medicine too synthesised many different systems including Ayurveda Chinese traditional medicine and Unani medicine The Dalai Lama dwelt at length on the issue of compassion I believe that Tibetan spirituality its unique cultural heritage is very much based on compassion We can describe Tibetan culture as the culture of peace Drawing a distinction between culture and religion he said the former related to society while religion related to

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  • Dalai Lama Breaks The Ice With Broken English, Spreads Laughter | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    Chinese occuped territory Films photographs food dance and music are among the events on offer The Dalai Lama also released a book on Tibet on the occassion As he sat cross legged on the seat on stage he peered beyond the flash bulbs The hall s quite dark I can t even see you he laughed Jokes apart the 65 year old leader was to speak on Ethics For The New Millennium but his freewheeling talk partly in his native tongue and partly in English hit several notes mainly centering around the need for compassion in a world torn by strife I started learning English as early as 48 years of age Broken English helps me communicate better and creates laughter when I make mistakes he said disarmingly I am nobody special just another Buddhist bhikshu So it s important to realise that we all have the same potential of good and bad Therefore it s important to use the good potential to be a happier human being If you have negative potential you should be clear of consequences of your actions said the Nobel Peace Prize winner The Dalai Lama also warned that things were not hunky dory by any measure in Tibet We Tibetans have been refugees here for about 41 years the Dalai Lama crossed over with his followers to India in 1959 not because we did something mischievous Now events over the last one year show that a cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet by the Chinese government he said Indo Tibetan ties received special and repeated mention Buddhism originated in India and we are the chelas of Indians he said The Indians had supported the Tibetans through many difficult years and it is because of their help that the Tibetans had managed to preserve

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