Today is the Dalai Lama’s birthday, at least according the Gregorian calendar, though his birthday according to the Tibetan lunar calendar was June 22nd which is when it was celebrated in Tibet even though the celebration of his birthday is banned by the Chinese authorities who have occupied the country since 1950.
To celebrate the birthday of this man of peace please read the following information and take the suggested actions from “Free Tibet” Also you will find a selection of quotations at the end of this post.
If you are not familiar with the facts about the Chinese occupation and brutal oppression of the Tibetan people you can read the above, click the link below for interactive links to more detailed information:
Thousands Gather to Celebrate Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday
DHARAMSALA: The Dalai Lama marked his 80th birthday on Sunday and vowed to continue to work for promotion of religious harmony as thousands of Tibetans and supporters joined the celebrations at the main temple Tsuglakhang at Mcleod Ganj.
The Dalai Lama’s birthday was also celebrated during a visit to Glastonbury where the crowds at the famous music festival sang happy birthday.
Here’s a video of thousands singing Happy Birthday to the Dalai Lama with Patti Smith on the Pyramid Stage – an act that would be dangerous in occupied Tibet:
The Dalai Lama speaks at Glastonbury 2015 ahead of his 80th Birthday
A similar celebration would not have happened in Tibet where even owning a photograph of the Dali Lama is banned with serious consequences for non compliance.
See more photos from Glastonbury:
Free Tibet’s photos of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Glastonbury
You can read more about the Dalai Lama and oppression and injustice in occupied Tibet:
Please watch and share this short Video
Ask your country’s leaders to meet the Dalai Lama
Both the US and UK fail to support Tibetans’ struggle for freedom. The UK even praises China’s “investment” in Tibet:
China promises “dire consequences” if foreign political leaders meet the Dalai Lama. In giving in to bullying by Beijing, governments are allowing an undemocratic regime which routinely abuses human rights the power to dictate policy to them. They are also turning their backs on the Dalai Lama’s standing as a representative of peace, and the hopes of the Tibetan people.Join our campaign and ask your leaders to meet the Dalai Lama.
For more information and to take action click the link above.
Tell world leaders to meet the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama is visiting the UK and USA in the near future.
http://freetibet.org/standing-china – note though the deadline for the Dalai Lama’s UK visit is past there is a further visit planned later in the year.
At the present time the Dalai Lama’s schedules include the UK and USA but please visit this page even if you do not live in either of these countries and where possible send e-mail and write to the listed politicians, officials and leaders, sign petitions and please share widely.
Can you help get the truth about Tibet into schools?
It may surprise you to know that cities throughout the UK and worldwide are hosts to the Chinese government’s educational programme called Confucius Classrooms.
In the UK and worldwide Schools and other institutions of education receive thousands of pounds each year in funding from the Chinese government and have even been provided with Chinese teachers who are answerable to Beijing.
The Chinese government’s Confucius educational programme financially supports more than 650 Confucius Classrooms in junior and high schools across the world. The number is growing on a weekly basis. Described by a senior official as “an important part of our overseas propaganda set-up”, the Classrooms provide an opportunity for China’s government to provide a positive image of China and hide the truth about Tibet.
Read more about Confucius classrooms and please take the suggested action:
Visit this page for a map showing the location and website for each UK school and some suggestions for a message you could send, including resources teachers can use.
If you are not in the UK or have already contacted your minister, write directly to the head of the Confucius Institute in Beijing to demand that China keeps its propaganda out of schools: http://freetibet.org/email_targets/2309
Please take as much action as you can, the people of Tibet have lived their lives under the tyranny of China for 65 years and the world’s governments have done little to help them.
Please visit Free Tibet’s website where you will find more information and further actions you may take.
Quotes by the Dalai Lama
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
“I believe the most important thing for humankind is its own creativity. I further believe that, in order to be able to exercise this creativity, people need to be free.”
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”
Read the Dalai Lama’s thoughts concerning:
Human Rights, Democracy and Freedom
This year, 2008, marks the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948–2008). This declaration affirms that all human beings have the right to freedom from want and freedom from fear. These human rights are inclusive, interdependent and universal.
Whether we are concerned with suffering born of poverty, with denial of freedom, with armed conflict, or with a reckless attitude to the natural environment everywhere, we should not view these events in isolation. Eventually their repercussions are felt by all of us. We, therefore, need effective international action to address these global issues from the perspective of the oneness of humanity, and from a profound understanding of the deeply interconnected nature of today’s world.