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However capable and skillful an individual may be, left alone, he or she will not survive.  When we are sick or very young or very old, we must depend on the support of others.  There is no significant division between us and other people, because our basic natures are the same.  If we wish to ensure everyone’s peace and happiness we need to cultivate a healthy respect for the diversity of our peoples and cultures, founded on an understanding of this fundamental sameness of all human beings.
– H.H. the Dalai Lama

Another reminder that this project would not be where it is today without the love, creativity, intelligence, and support of so many.  The website has been kind of quiet – I am leaving for India in just a few weeks and have much to do, none of which makes for interesting reading.  But very soon, things will start happening, and quickly, and you’ll be the first to read about it.  In the mean time, I wanted to share this quote from His Holiness, reminding everyone of how grateful I am to all of those who have reached out to help Restored Voice Project.  Happy Thanksgiving week, American supporters!  I’m not sure when you’ll be celebrating, but when my family gathers on Sunday,  I’ll be giving thanks to you.

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November 19, 2012 · 2:20 PM

Hope and Movement

I think it’s time for an update on the situation in Tibet:

Tibetans have been clamoring for the freedom to express themselves – culturally, religiously, and of course freedom of speech and press – and we’ve seen tragedy strike again and again.  62 Tibetans have now self-immolated.  62.  As I’ve expressed in my previous posts, I agree with the Central Tibetan Administration and H.H. the Dalai Lama on this – these individuals are desperate, and they are committing the ultimate sacrifice because they feel the world will not listen.

Remember, the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1949.  Tibetans have done everything they could, first appealing to the UN, fighting back against the incoming PLA troops, and then peaceful protests, for decades.   They simply have never had the resources that the PLA has always had at their disposal (to give you an indication: when China invaded Tibet, the entire plateau only had three radios.  Also consider than when the PLA first marched into Lhasa, they arrived with over 20,000 troops – all of whom had horses and empty stomachs – the fragile agricultural balance and carefully maintained surplus that Tibetans had kept going for four centuries was depleted and destroyed in roughly a few months.  Mao may have called himself a Communist, but the poor farmers and working class suffered first).

Today, people are suffering from poverty, imprisonment, police brutality, the destruction of their culture, and a general lack of freedom (take, for instance, the 19-yr-old monk arrested yesterday for having a cell phone).

As you may know, we saw 7 self-immolations in 7 days last week – the highest frequency yet.  Supporters of the Tibetan people have demanded change in its wake.  However, there is finally some good news.  The world is listening.

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Ann Curry Interviews H.H. the Dalai Lama

“The struggle which we are carrying is the struggle between power of truth, power of gun.  For short term, power of gun is much stronger.  But long run, power of TRUTH is stronger than power of gun.” – H.H. the Dalai Lama

Ann Curry of NBC News Interviews His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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