Today is the Dalai Lama’s 77th birthday. “Tenzin Gyatso was born in Taktser of Qinghai on July 6, 1935. While recognised by Tibetans as being the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama two years later, he was formally given the status of the 14th Dalai Lama only on November 17, 1950, at the age of 15. ” ~ dnaindia.com
There are many people who want to celebrate this man, his kindness and promotion of non-violence, but there are many who still cannot because of harsh government oppression.
“According to the Associated Press, exiled Tibetans in Nepal were banned from observing His Holiness’ birthday, and were blocked by police from entering the school where a birthday party was to be held. The reason being that Tibetan ceremonies and observances can lead to anti-Chinese protests. ” ~ Huffington Post.com
Yes, the United States considers China an ally, but you really have to wonder about a government which would condone the things involved in the Occupation of Tibet. It reminds me very much of how our own government has treated the Native Americans in our country. There are numerous sites that can show us what we can each do to help the people in Tibet. One such is FreeTibet.org. Of course, this site and others like it are considered “harmful” by the Chinese Government, and banned, since they are critical of their policies and voice opinions about democracy and basic human rights.
Now, whether or not you believe in re-incarnation, or the tenets of Buddhism, when you learn about such tyranny it becomes more difficult to turn a blind eye to the suffering of those being oppressed. There have even been threats to poison or assassinate the Dalai Lama as recently as last month. 😦
It is my birthday wish to him that He continues to enjoy a long and healthy life and that soon the people of Tibet will be truly free. He is a kind and wise man with interesting and thought-provoking things to say. There are many of his quotes floating around out there in the world and the internet. One of my favorites is:
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” ~ Dalai Lama
It reminds me to stop and consider how judgmental of others that I might be, if I don’t try and stay aware and mindful of how different we all are. Tolerance is sadly one of the things we don’t do well, here in America. There are indeed different paths to the top of the mountain. May your path today be full of light, love and peace. 🙂