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  • Human Compassion To Help Ease Tensions | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    another these things are very very essential the 14th Dalai Lama told a hall packed with hundreds of people to hear him speak on Ethics For The New Millennium Without that you can t be a happy person you can t be a happy family He was in Bombay India s commercial capital to inaugurate the first Festival of Tibet from March 12 to 17 showcasing the culture and traditions of Tibet and its suffering under the Chinese rule The Dalai Lama who fled his Himalayan homeland in 1959 after he failed uprising against Chinese communist rule said compassion had little to do with religion People have the impression the concept of compassion is to do with religion That is wrong It need not be based on religion Religion comes later Compassion is a part of human life the 64 year old Nobel Peace Prize Laureate said Irrespective of whether you are a believer or non believer trying to be a warm hearted person is essential This is nothing to do with religion nothing to do with the philosophy There are different religions but all are for the betterment of human beings All carry the same message of compassion love

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  • Dalai Lama Thanks India For Helping To Preserve Tibetan Culture | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    Congress The Dalai Lama was introduced to a packed audience by industrialist Mukesh Ambani who described him as the epitome of peace and goodwill among all nations and a messenger of Lord Buddha s message of peace The Dalai Lama however said he was just a practitioner of the Buddha s dharma and was like any other human being I am not special he said adding it was very important to realise that all human beings have the same potential It is very important to utilise your good potential and you will be a happy person The festival which aims at showcasing the unique and endangered culture of Tibet was given a personal touch by the Dalai Lama who spoke at length about the great bond between India and Tibet The spiritual leader noted that in the past few years intentionally or otherwise though a cultural genocide was taking place the Indian government and the country s citizens had helped preserve the culture of his land The festival through its various exhibitions and film screenings will highlight the intermingling and shared evolution of Indian and Tibetan cultures There are many poems in Tibetan that mention things of Indian origin like the Ganges the Dalai Lama observed adding in a lighter vein that no one mention the Great Wall of China I believe that Tibetan spirituality and its unique cultural heritage is based on compassion and peace and therefore we can say that Tibetan culture is the culture of peace he observed He further stated that becaues of the influence of Buddhism there is much emphasis on altrusim in Tibetan culture The Dalai Lama explained that though there were different philosophies and religions they proclaimed the same principles of love peace compassion forgiveness and contentment He described the practice of compassion

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  • Dalai Lama Appeals For Compassion | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    links of India with Tibet Buddhism after all came from India as all the distinguished Buddhist scholars of Buddha times India he smiled and said with a mischievous tone is our Guru and we Tibetans are from a small land as disciples or chela Tibet s relationship with India is close and something very special and unique he said Differentiating religion from culture he said there were differences and contradictions between one religion and another but several religions shared a common culture Referring fleetingly to the cultural genocide in Tibet annexed by China in 1949 he said there is no need to explain because the whole world knows by now what is happening in his homeland he explained that his dilemma was how his people who had left Tibet could conserve Tibet s ancient culture The Festival of Tibet 2000 which he had earlier inaugurated at the YB Chavan Centre was one way to keep the Tibetan culture alive albeit in India The Buddha s message of compassion he said was a message for the times it is very useful to practice compassion it can change transform a person Real compassion he defined was not something to do with pity

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  • Tibet Will Be Autonomous Within A Decade Or Two | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    prisoners released in 1992 by the Chinese authorities due to pressure from Amnesty International That was the last time they freed any political prisoners Mr Togden sighs About 1 000 of our friends are still behind bars in Tibet Four of them have been incarcerated for nearly 20 years One of them is a young nun whose sentence has been extended three times reportedly because of her political activism in prison Another is a 73 year old layman who has been in and out of prison since 1964 and is likely to be released only in 2011 Many others have been slapped with a sentence of ten years for two minutes of sloganeering These are peaceable individuals like me who have been locked up for simply demanding that they be allowed to live freely in their homeland and practise their ancient religious and cultural traditions They are doing hard labour living in the most awful conditions often in solitary confinement and being tortured Mr Togden reveals holding up electric prods and other implements of torture employed in Tibetan Chinese jails used on him in the Gusta and Oritudulaositrul jails It was his spiritual training as a monk and patriotic zeal that sustained him during those painful days But he holds no grudge against his captors Many of the prison guards were only carrying out orders They would have been thrashed even tortured had they disobeyed their seniors You know the kindest prison guard I knew was a middle aged Chinese fellow He would give me a nominal thrashing and quite neglect to torture me when the supervisor was away Clearly he hated his job and felt a sympathy for us Some of the young Tibetan guards who had been raised in Chinese military schools were far more cruel the monk

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  • Five-Day Festival Of Tibet Unfolds | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    on Buddhist teachings and meditation will also be held at the Y B Chavan Centre Around 150 invitees are camping in Mumbai including monks scholars political leaders photographers and film makers There s also a special guest the hero of Martin Scorsese s Kundun 14 year old Tulku Kunga Tenzin said to be a reincarnation of the Dalai Lama s spiritual teacher A day before the event all roads lead to Regency Inn at Regal where organisers and invitees are ensconced in 20 rooms Bombay has been deprived of the Tibetan presence culture religion their cause In Delhi for instance there is Tibetan settlements but here other than a handful of sweater sellers in winter there s very little says Prashant Verma organising secretary of Friends of Tibet INDIA Apart from a post box an e mail connection and a website the organisation doesn t have a real office to meet at and organisers hope that the festival will help them strike roots in a city where Tibetans have a marginal presence Invitees also hope the festival will get people talking about Tibet Religious scholar Geshe Damdul Namgyal of the Drepung Loseling Monastry says The festival will provide the public an opportunity to know the Tibetan situation closely The political situation is passing a critical phase he feels and the flight of the Karmapa proves yet again that all s not well For photographer Diane Barker it s her second visit she was in Mumbai last year to exhibit her work on Tibetan monks They are very beautiful people and it s very hard not to get involved with them says Barker Such festivals she feels reaches out to those who want to do something in their own way Even if you can educate just one person it s enough

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  • Of Lamas and Mandalas | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    in India Says Norbu actually this is a small number when you realise that six million Tibetans are still in Tibet and they are being outnumbered now by 7 5 million Chinese China from the sound of it has left no stone unturned in its efforts to root out the religious and cultural identity of native Tibetans and replace it with Chinese homogeniety Tibet was invaded and annexed by China in 1949 In India Tibetan refugees who were away from home for the last 40 years the idea behind having the Festival of Tibet makes sense It is to create understanding and get support from every section of Indian society for the Tibetan cause This is the second time such a festival is being held in Mumbai but the last time it was on a small scale this time His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be arriving in the city to inaugurate the richly packed six day festival He will also be addressing a public gathering on The Ethics For The New Millennium at the Birla Matushri Hall at 4pm Preparations for the festival have been in full swing throughout this week with over 150 participants already here to prepare for the cultural programmes being featured during the festival Highlights include the release of the book Breaking Silence In Support Of Tibet a 13th century traditional masked Cham dance performed by monks of the Zonkar Choede Monastery a fair of things Tibetan including a Tibetan kitchen a Five Candles photo exhibition at Coomaraswamy Hall and a grand finale to the festival a flute recital by Tibet born flute maestro Nawang Kechog for detailed schedule contact Hotel Regency Inn behind Regal Cinema Colaba or call tel nos 2020292 2823948 or email Apart from the cultural troupe quite a number of monks

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  • From The Roof Of The World | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    Chavan Centre will be the hub of all the activity Martin Scorsese s Kundun Herge s Tintin in Tibet and many short films too will be screened over the five day festival followed by discussions Jetsun Pema sister of the Dalai Lama will present Kundun An exhibition of photographs called Five Candles will be held on at the Coomaraswamy Hall Prince of Wales Museum Photographers like Diane Barker Jacqueline Meier Suresh Natarajan Vijay Kranti and Lobsang Wangyal will exhibit their work on Tibet and its people Meier from Switzerland who has been involved with the Tibetan issue for a while now says I have taken pictures of Lhasa In slide show and lecture I will show the changes that the city has gone through between 95 and 98 Today the city look more Chinese than Tibetan The traditional mask dance by Tibetan monks called Cham will be performed for the first time in Mumbai Monk dance to the trumpet and recitation of tantras This dance is taught to the monks of the Zonga Choedhe monastery in order to ward off evil forces A package of 21 traditional songs and dances by 30 students of the Tibetan Children s Village Bylakuppe Karnataka is an added attraction This presentation showcases the different dances of Tibet To get a taste of Tibetan cuisine there will be stalls at the YB Chavan Centre that will serve momos and shabakleb among other delecacies There will be a hadicraft exhibition in which thangka paintings and woodcarvings will be exhibited and monks will perform for the Mumbai audience on March 16 An added attraction is Dr Kangyur the Dalai Lama s personal physician s visit He will give a peek into the traditional Tibetan medicine The biggest attraction however is the butter sculpture which is four hundred

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  • Cyberspace Helps Sustain Tibetan Struggle | Media on FoT ~ Friends of Tibet (INDIA)
    Dharamsala and various Tibetan settlements in the country now boasts of hundreds of membership from the world over and is growing steadily with every passing day The club and the Tibetan Youth Congress TYC have now joined hands to organise a week long Tibetan festival in early 2000 in Mumbai We are planning film festival camps seminars music concerts talks by religious and political leaders from Tibet all over India including Dharamsala The Festival of Tibet in Mumbai will flag off the organisation s programmes in rest of the country says Sethu The highlight of the festival is a panorama of Tibetan centric documentaries and feature films that are adored as classics The three feature films likely to be screened are Little Buddha by Bernardo Bertilucci Kundun Martin Scorcese and Seven Years In Tibet a film based on Heinrich Harrer novel A score of documentaries have already been lined up including Why Are We Silent Garthwait Griffin The Shadow Circus CIA in Tibet Tibet My Country Escape From Tibet and The Tibetan Book Of The Dead I II Many reknowned writers journalists painters and human rights activists have joined hands with the organisation to make the festival the biggest event of 2000 More details are available http www friendsoftibet org Sethu Das himself visits Dharamsala quite frequently One of the biggest Tibetan refugee settlements in India and the land of Buddhist monasteries Dharamsala has ever held a fascination for him He learnt the unique Tibetan culture and its traditional nuances after interviewed many political prisoners ex army chiefs and Dalai Lama s close confidantes Everyone has to say a story of torture that they suffered at the hands of the Chinese police he says We want to inform people about the unique cultural and religious identity of the Tibetan people

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