Feb 25 2009

Tashi Delek! Happy Losar!

Today is the Tibetan holiday called Losar (New Year’s Day.) It is traditional to wish everyone Tashi Delek (Good Fortune/Happiness) on this day.

TIbetan New Year

TIbetan New Year

Along with my traditional Tibetan wishes of Tashi Delek for everyone, today I also offer special wishes for the Tibetan peoples — and for all people and sentient beings everywhere. I have some things to say about Tibet — and hope. The image above has particular meaning for me, with its energy of sweeping. May our thoughts, words, and actions sweep away confusion, pain, grief, and despair. Please read on for some astonishing information. . .

FIrst, the sadness. Then, the hope.

I want to witness the suffering of the Tibetan peoples, both in Tibet and in their diaspora. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Han Chinese invasion of Tibet, forcing many to flee (including the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, who at the time was but a young boy.)

Since that time, the Tibetan people have been subject to religious repression, harsh treatment by the Chinese (in the form of being relegated almost to a lower caste status in the very communities where they have always lived for centuries on end,) and deprivation of key resources including employment and economic resources. The Chinese authorities have moved ethnic Chinese into every Tibetan village, replacing local economies with Chinese businesses, and taking over all key positions of power.

If you do not know any Tibetans, you should know that they are a cheerful, peaceful, respectful people. Their religious beliefs are centuries old, and very spiritual. But for 50 years now, their lives (and their peaceful WAY of life) have been steadily threatened. Life in Tibet in 2009 is very different today than it was in 1959 — most would say for the worse (except for the Chinese, who resent the “lack of appreciation” from the Tibetans for having been “liberated” from their “feudal conditions.”.)

The ethnic Tibetans are all but forbidden to practice their religion (despite propaganda to the contrary), even in the monasteries; the monks and nuns are forced to endure “re-education” from the Chinese who have taken over the administration of all public services in their locales. Yes, there have been upgrades to many of the public systems (such as updated transportation, communications, and power and water) — but at a steep price to the Tibetans. The power and authority remains in Chinese hands.

What the Tibetan people want is very simple: they wish to live as they choose in the place they have for untold generations called home; they wish to come and go freely, without interference or hindrance, as they please; they wish to practice their religious beliefs and pass those beliefs along to future generations, without interference or hindrance from anyone. They wish for the right to determine how they wish to live and work, and to be free from persecution in any form, for any reason.

But the Chinese government’s position (and official policy) is to deny these fundamental rights to the Tibetan peoples. While the long term strategy is as yet unclear, many outsiders (and some Tibetans) fear that the Chinese claim to the Tibetan plateau might be to mine its rich resources in the Himalayan range. And if true, that would be an enormous global tragedy. No one but the Chinese know the plans for the future — and they aren’t talking about it.

May I also say that while the Chinese government will surely reap the karma of their actions, as we all do in life, it does no good for anyone to project hatred onto en entire people. This is a path we humans all too often take, and we are beginning to see that it does not work. We need a new way.

And now the hope! While I feel sad for what has happened with the Tibetan people and their religion, recenty I came across new information from a completely different source that changes how I view this and other situations around the world where conflict and suffering have been great — and still continue (places like Darfur, the middle East, and so on.)

It seems fitting that I offer this to you on Losar, with my best wishes for a Happy New Year. It’s from Drunvalo Melchizidek, recorded on December 18, 2008. Please take 34 minutes to hear what he has to say; I think it will make your heart sing! (And you will learn some important things too. . . )

Here’s a tidbit for you: It’s prophesied by the Indigenous spiritual leaders of ALL traditions that the center of Light on this planet is shifting; it used to be in Tibet and Peru — but soon it will be in South America instead. Interestingly, many Tibetan teachers have established dharma centers in South America over the years, and several Tibetans-in-exile communites thrive there.

But that’s not what this video is about — it’s much more than that, and you will be glad you saw it.

Drunvalo on what lies ahead very soon

Tashi Delek to everyone!

More news and announcements coming along real soon,

Stay tuned.

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One Response to “Tashi Delek! Happy Losar!”

  1. Ashleyon 25 Feb 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Tashi Delek to you as well! 🙂

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