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in the dust of the human race are tiny remnants of tattered cultures
trying desperately to hold on to the keys that unlock the great
mysteries of life. Did the American Indians understand things
that we will never know? And what of the Aborigines of Australia?
Did one ever find proof of the existence of the human soul while
on a walkabout? One of these keys also belongs to the Tibetans.
concept that solutions to the ills of the world lie within the content
and quality of each individual's heart are now lost on the "me"
generation. Bigger weapons, faster computers and wireless technology
are the answers and things have become the gods. More money, more
power, more...that is the new sound of Om, the new amen, the new
Tibet" is a cause that has risen on the world stage to the
level of the Nobel Peace prize for the Dalai Lama in 1989.
most who know their plight of human annihilation and cultural desecration
by the Chinese over the past 50 years, the soul of Tibet is embodied
in the Dalai Lama. Every Tibetan seems to contain a portion of that
life holds little mystery, those who have come in personal contact
with the Dalai Lama can at least recognize that his gentle presence
is powerfully felt-ike a mystery of life. To the ingrained Judeo-Christian
sensibilities of the West, in its understanding of the Tibetan cause,
the Dalai Lama is ironically seen as the symbolic representation
of Tibetans soul. Ironic because Tibetan Buddhism does not recognize
the existence of a permanent human soul, but rather a transitory
spirit trying to find its way to being nothing more than truth.
What is it about the Save Tibet effort that seems to maintain a
hold on the one element of human nature that we cannot define in
DNA or through technology? Do we recognize that we can not let another
culture be swallowed up lest we lose all chance to find and prove
there is something greater within us than DNA, cells and bone and
will the concept of saving Tibet not stop nagging at the collective
conscience? A Tibetan monk, when asked what he thought was in it
for those in the West who were trying to help Tibet, said there
is nothing in it for us, except that it is right. When asked about
becoming a Buddhist, one Lama answered that religion should be a
choice that follows ones own tradition. A person should pick a
religion that matches their nature because religion is there to
make people better.
is rising on the world stage as a military and economic force. China
could save Tibet with a slight change in policy and in doing so
it would rise above all other great nations. Their current path
is to gut the Tibetan culture, while leaving a corpse dressed up
to attract tourist dollars as a sort of Tibetan amusement park.
Parading the image of the Tibetan culture will undoubtedly part
of the propaganda gained when China presents the 2008 Olympics.
realistically, there will be no great change coming from China.
That leaves it to us to do what ever we can, large or small, to
help the Tibetans save their culture. Individually we will gain
nothing from the effort, but in saving Tibet we prove the existence
and power of the human spirit.
your representatives and the President about your concerns for Tibet
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