"Tibet in Darkness" by Acharya Rajneesh (Osho) | Friends of Tibet with any Catholic monasteries These monasteries have no comparison in the whole world These monasteries were concerned only with one thing to make you aware of yourself Thousands of devices have been created down the centuries so that your lotus can blossom and you can find your ultimate treasure the diamond These are just symbolic words but the destruction of Tibet should be known in history particularly man becomes a little more aware and humanity a little more humane This is the greatest calamity of the twentieth century that Tibet has fallen into the hands of materialists who don t believe that you have anything inside you They believe that you are only matter and your consciousness is only a by product of matter And all this is simply without any experience of the inner just logical rational philosophising Not a single communist in the world has meditated but it is strange they all deny the inner Nobody thinks about how the outer can exist if there is no inner They exist together they are inseparable And the outer is only a protection for the inner because the inner is very delicate and soft But the outer is accepted and the inner is denied And even if sometimes it is accepted the world is dominated by such dirty politicians that they use even the inner experiences for ugly ends Just the other day I came to know that America is now training its soldiers in meditation so that they can fight without any nervous breakdown without going mad without feeling any fear so they can lie down in their ditches silently calm and cool and collected No meditator may have ever thought that meditation can also be used for fighting wars but in the hands of politicians everything becomes ugly even meditation Now the army camps in America are teaching meditation so that their soldiers can be more calm and quiet while killing people But I want to warn America you are playing with fire You don t understand exactly what meditation will do Your soldiers will become so calm and quiet that they will throw away their weapons and they will simply refuse to kill A meditator cannot kill a meditator cannot be destructive So they are going to be surprised one day that their soldiers are no longer interested in fighting War violence murder massacre of millions of people this is not possible if a man knows something of meditation Then he knows the other whom he is killing He is his brother They all belong to the same oceanic existence If humanity were a little more aware Tibet should be made free because it is the only country which has devoted almost two thousand years to doing nothing but going deeper into meditation And it can teach the whole world something which is immensely needed But communist China is trying to destroy everything that has been created in two thousand years All their devices all their whole
Friends of Tibet: Global | Activities (November 2001 - July 2002) Arunachal Pradesh from June 17 2002 Read Non Violent Action For Tibet 4 Friends of Tibet India organises six day long workshop on Non Violent Action For Tibet at the Tibetan Settlement Tezu Arunachal Pradesh from June 6 2002 Read Non Violent Action For Tibet 3 Friends of Tibet India organises seven day long workshop on Non Violent Action For Tibet at Choephelling Tibetan Settlement Miao Arunachal Pradesh from May 18 2002 Read Heart Of The Matter 3 Hortsang Jigme Member ATPD speaks on Return To Tibet To Resolve The Issue at a programme organised by Friends of Tibet Dharamshala at McLeod Ganj on May 4 2002 Read Talk on Tibetan Medical System Friends of Tibet India organises a talk by Dr Pema Dorjee senior physician and general secretary of the Men Tsee Khang at MC Ghia Hall Bombay on April 27 2002 Read Heart Of The Matter 2 TT Karma Chophel Member ATPD speaks on Independence Is Achievable at a programme organised by Friends of Tibet Dharamshala on April 20 2002 Read Heart Of The Matter 1 Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche speaks on Middle Way And The Future of Tibet at a programme organised by Friends of Tibet Dharamshala on April 11 2002 Read Uprising Day Anniversary 2002 Friends of Tibet Bombay and TPPRC organise Glimpses of Tibet a photo exhibition at Churchgate Station and a candle light vigil at the Azad Maidan on March 10 2002 Read Zhu Rongji Protest Protest rally and 24 hour hunger strike at Azad Maidan Bombay during the visit of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji on January 15 16 2002 by Friends of Tibet Bombay and MTRA Read Non Violence Social Action II Friends of Tibet India organises three day long workshop on Non Violence Social Action at the Dekyiling Tibetan Camp Derahdun
"Little Tibet Grows"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) the creation of the Tibetan mandala was on view Lamas in religious robes bent over the floor pouring careful jets of powdered stone colour and working toward the completion of a mandala often illustrated as a palace with four gates facing the four corners of the Earth is wiped out once it is completed reconfirming the Buddhist belief in the transience of life Writing about Tibetan activities cultural or otherwise requires more thought not because of their tiny numbers but primarily because the idea of Tibet is intricately linked with its politics and the colonisation of the Plateau of the World by the Chinese However the purpose of the Hacienda show was not politics It was concerned only with the rich articulation of the thangkas as Gopal Mirchandani a member of Indian Aesthetics Almuni says This exhibition has nothing to do with politics With this we hope to raise awareness about this wonderful expression of art The project was initiated when I met Shinza Rinpoche a reincarnation of a revered Tibetan lama at the Sera Jhe Monastery in Bylakkuppe Karnataka Occasionally though benign cultural activities have been stifled In August 2004 the Asian Film Festival dropped few films including Martin Scorsese s Kundun because of pressure from the Chinese Consulate In defiance the organisation Friends of Tibet immediately screened one of the dropped films at Jai Hind College Churchgate CA Kallianpur all India Coordinator Friends of Tibet who attempted a failed intervention at the film festival says The Deputy Consul General of China should been summarily expelled A diplomat of any country cannot call up a citizen of this country and make such demands He adds As a community Tibetans have a voice and we hoped that through Friends of Tibet we could help it be heard a little louder
"No Peace Gong This"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) any religion But this wasn t before Song Yumin China s deputy consul general in Mumbai tried his best to foil the talk smelling political interference in the affairs of China On what was clearly a spiritual agenda Lhakdor la official translator to the Dalai Lama and director of the Dharamshala based Library of Tibetan Works and Archives was in Mumbai at the behest of the recently formed Dharma Rain Education Society DRES an organisation promoting the understanding of spiritual traditions But less than a week before the talk Yumin called Aspi B Mistry DRES secretary and sternly asked him to cancel the talk repeatedly referring to the speaker s affiliations with the Dalai Lama who said Yumin was using India as a base for anti China activities This is an unconventional unwarranted illegal and shocking interference by a senior member of the Chinese diplomatic corps in the affairs of an Indian organisation fumed Mistry as he pressed ahead with the lecture Yumin maintained he was only acting in his official capacity He told the press the consulate had been keeping a close tab on the activities of the society because of its perceived proximity to members of the Tibetan
"China Cloud Over Lama Lecture"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) them to cancel the programme The talk will be given by the Ven Geshe Lakhdor la director of the Library of Tibetan Works Archives Dharmashala Himachal Pradesh Geshe Lakhdor la is also the official translator of the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama The diplomat said the lecture session should be cancelled immediately as it would tantamount to political interference in the affairs of China Aspi B Mistry secretary of the society has alleged Mistry was a software consultant and NGO activist who was attracted to the Buddhist philosophy A staffer at the Chinese Consulate said Yumin was out and would return only Friday morning You can only talk to him tomorrow morning one of the consulate staff said It may be recalled that last year as a result of a similar controversy following alleged Chinese pressures the Asian Film Festival organisers were compelled to withdraw a retrospective section on Tibet from being screened Recounting the incident Mistry said Dy C G Song called on my cell and started inquiring about my relations with the functionaries of the Friends of Tibet India I objected to this and even invited Mr Song to personally come and listen to the lecture session
"Three Tibetan Nuns in Mumbai"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) to flee Tibet Dolma who was a nun at Shar Pumbpa nunnery from Phenpo district 60 km away form Lhasa the Tibetan capital Her companion Nyima 27 who like many Tibetans has only one name and Nyima Dolkar 28 were nuns at Poto nunnery in the early 90 s the Chinese government came up with the Chinese forbidding Tibetan women below 18 years of age from becoming nuns they three were expelled form the nunnery because they were under age They were imprisoned after they protest their expulsion They spent five years in jail till their release in 1999 Dolma says she spent 22 months in solitary confinement Unable to get back into the nunnery after their release they started an eatery however they were under constant surveillance by the Chinese authorities Our parents were worried about or future they asked us to go to India said Nyima Dolker Dolma says she left home in December 2003 and trekked over the Himalayas and was guided by Sherpa guides She reached Dharamsala in March 2004 The two Nyimas traveled by another route ad reached India after braving frost bites and Chinese guards They are now studying english and Tibetan culture at
'What Are Friends For?'
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Free Tibet from the scaffolding on the 14th floor of the Oberoi Hotel Morparia the exhibits offer glimpses of the complex relations between Tibet China and India since 1950 Organised by Friends of Tibet FoT a group working to spread awareness about Tibet and Freedom First a quarterly promoting cultural freedom the four day exhibition began on October 1 and is on till October 4 Says CA Kallianpur FoT s national coordinator and a keen follower of India s foreign policy on China Just because British India protected Burma does not mean modern India can occupy it tomorrow The travelling exhibition with 30 cartoons was in Cochin and Dharamshala before it came here At the gallery Kallianpur has two young Tibetans helping with the arrangements Laxman s caricature of the 14th Dalai Lama the spiritual leader of the Tibetans is placed prominently at the beginning of the display When his parents migrated to India in 1959 Tashi Phuntsok was not even born Nor where his parents married Forty six years later the 29 year old chef at a Bandra restaurant is hanging cartoons and decorating the gallery with Tibetan flags His younger friend ex armyman Lobsang Dhundup 24 also works
"Tibet Issue Depicted by Cartoonists"
| Friends of Tibet (INDIA) their work resulted in the 18 cartoons which are on display and give an insight on the issue of Tibet Cartoonist Morparia Being Welcomed CA Kallianpur National Coordinator of Friends of Tibet in the Middle The whole focus of the exhibition is on awareness of Tibet and it is travelling so that every city in the country knows about it explained Yogendra Verma coordinator of the Mumbai chapter of the Friends of Tibet While the entire process took two years to take shape the cartoonists were most willing to part with their work Cartoons arent necessarily comical They are satirical and make a strong point which is our motto added Verma Cartoonist Priya Raaj with Friends of Tibet Members With a view to highlight issues concerning Tibet and China the cartoons on display argue their way to reason Like Shankars cartoon in 1950 shows US President Thurman and Secretary of State Acheson laughing and saying We told him so to Pandit Nehru when China invaded Tibet Another one is by Morparia wherein stands a shop called Great Mall of China and a monk sticking a poster Free Tibet on the shops window driving home a valid point of Tibet being an issue which is often paid lip service The cartoons are accompanied by background text by Claude Arpi who has authored The Fate of Tibet A striking piece was the one by Rajinder Puri done in January 2005 which shows a snowman holding two boards while one read MEA Ministry of External Affairs the other board reads Do Not Touch Frozen for 50 years bringing the Tibets status to light While one could laugh away the cartoons for 29 year old Tashi Phuntsok it is a matter of identity Most people ask me if I am Chinese because of my