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Rinchen  

Location: Canada
Subject: Free Tibet
May 29 2004 12:47 AM

First and foremost, I would like to say that if it weren't for His Holiness, Tibet would have been completely gone with only a whisper long ago. It is his constant efforts and increasing popularity that has put us back on the map. There is no single person, group, or all of us in exile combined, that could have accomplished what he has.
Now for the rest of us, we should use this to our advantage. The chinese tell the international community that Tibet is an internal affair, so let's make it so. Let's build schools, social programs, cultural preservation programs inside Tibet. We should unite our international passports and return to our homeland. Let's face it, we would make better social workers than soldiers. We don't have the money, the weapons, the strategic location, nor the man power to take on one of the most feared super powers of the world. We should educate our people and perserve our culture instead. We are at a critical stage, and it would be more wise to survive than to go out with a bang.
Those who think monks are weak, tell that to the monks and nuns serving long prison terms, subject to all sorts of unimaginable torture. Still they are able to pray for thier oppressors. I'll be the first to admit they are stronger than I. Plus my father was a monk, and I'm sure many of your own relatives are monks, so let's not mock our own.
Now back to the subject at hand. Everyone knows about Tenzi Delek Rinpoche, and the work he has done. Now imagine Tibetans with different international passports, perserving our culture and educating our prople from within. China wouldn't dare imprison us, and it would work alot more in our favour if they did. We could make it a huge internationa incident, on a global scale. It is up to us, who are privilaged to be living in exile to be taking up the cause. Our parents fled in hopes for better lives for their children. We can certainly do alot more than that.
Wherever you are, my brothers and sisters, creat awarness. Have cultural fairs, give speaches at schools, make documentaries, write papers and articles. Make the human rights violations in Tibet an election issue. Here in Canada, we were constantly lobbying, and because of all the hard work, we were able to get Paul Martin to be the first Prime Minister to meet with His Holiness.
This is not meant to be an immediate or simple solution. We all have to be commited to this until we have reached our indipendance. Keep in mind the olymics in Beijing are just around the corner. This a great opportunity to do somethin huge. BHOD RANGZEN!
Free Tibet movement  

Location: globle
Subject: let's do something for Tibet for once
May 28 2004 04:26 AM

I hear your heart talks - my fellow Tibetans wherever you are.
I weep for your soul and listen to your pains for years, but how long I have to suffer from it. My Guru says let's go that way, and my heart says this is not the right way, my people say let's put our heads together and regain our country back....... We must do what is right for your future generations, they are the hope of our dream and we must pave the way for their success.... I gave my Guru benifit of the doubt and now I am more than tired of his passive approach and fooling us all and taking for a ride. We do not have another 5o yrs to wait, by that time we will be gone completely by the chinese forece, we have to stop the evil now or the evil will devour us all in no time.

let mobolize the Tibetan people and take the other road, not the crap like middle way or whatever.

Free Tibet, Soon

Arok Khampa  

Location: NY
Subject: You spineless,brainless twit.
May 27 2004 04:23 AM

Hey Birgit, I doubt you are even tibetan because your comments sounds as though you are either oblivious to the sufferings my kind have suffered and still keep suffering OR you just don't give a damn. Your message of peace,love and winning over the minds and heart of 1 billion chinese is not just incredibly stupid, but a slap in the face of every one of us, so you'll have to forgive us when react with a little bit of frustration at your untimely comment. Personally speaking, if you were within reach, I'd inflict some senses into your head, with my closed fist and thats still alot better than what those PLA guys would have done to you, just ask Palden Gyatso.

Real Tibetans  

Location: USA
Subject: Bullshit-Brigit
May 27 2004 02:59 AM

Who is this Birgit? You should mind your own business and continue keeping yourself busy with your middle-path,non-violence,compassion and etc etc concepts.You can take the next train to nirvana and be happy up there.We are here on this earth to get our country back from the demons by whatever means.
Demon fighters
to all tibetans  

Location: europe+USA
Subject: Gyache mang nyul for weapons
May 27 2004 02:42 AM

Where did all those 40 years "gyache mang nyul" go? From now on we should spend the money for buying modern weapons to lounge war against communist regime to get our independence back.
Free Tibet and down with Chinese in Tibet.We are not against chinese in China, but against those parasites and blood S*****s in Tibet.
Boed-gyal-lo,Mimang da lang-sho!!!
Aro Khampa  

Location: Canada
Subject: Never Give up
May 26 2004 04:12 AM

We are wasting our time with the Middle Way. Let us repudiate the 17 point agreement and the Middle Way.

The problem is when Tibetans oppose and fight against the Middle Way, the zealots use it to suggest that one is against His Holiness. We can be opposed to the Middle Way and still be supportive of the Dalai Lama as the leader.

Fcuk Middle Way! FREE TIBET. And Brigit, Middle Way is not same as Free Tibet.

Yes, it may seem the Free Tibet may not seem possible but hey how many thought that the Berlin Wall would fall? Or that the USSR would become obsolete?

Don't let anyone tell us that FREE TIBET is hopeless.

Desperation gets us doing crazy stuff. Let us hope that we do not become very desperate that the world regret us.
Drangpo  

Location: Europe
Subject: Western Politic has no place for Non-Violence
May 26 2004 02:52 AM

Like a Brigit, most of our western friend will feel same way and even I could feel that way if I am westerner, but only one will understand when you become stateless or unofficial refugee.

Some well known names mention by Brigit, like Gandhi, Martin Luther, and Nelson Mendela are not compassionate people. If we follow them then we have to struggle for free Tibet rather then world peace.

Two of these people are pass away, so its history and living Mendela never support for His Holiness middle path or Tibetan struggle.Recently even he refuse to attend with Tibetan Non-Violence gather[I think in South Africa].So our Non-Violence quality is poor or his one?

TASHI  

Location: CANADA
Subject: STAB IN THE BACK
May 26 2004 01:39 AM

THIS IS THE REWARD WE ARE GETTING FROM CHINA BY BEING NON VIOLENT. NOT A SINGLE NATION ON THIS EARTH HAS EVER REGAINED HER INDEPENDENCE THROUGH NON VIOLENT MEANS. EVEN THE MIGHTY MAURYAN DYNASTY LOST ITS KINGDOM AFTER ASHOKA BECAME PACIFIST BY EMBRACING BUDDHISM. TIBETAN HISTORYITSELF SHOWS CLEARLY THAT AFTER THE ASCENDENCY OF BUDDHISM, TIBET GRADUALLY DRIFTED INTO WEAK NATION AND FINALLY ENDED IN THE INFAMOUS YEAR 1951. IT IS HIGH TIME THAT WE REALIZE THIS FACT. WE SHOULD DEMAND FOR INDEPENDENCE THAN THE DUBIOUS AUTOMONY. WE CANNOT SURVIVE LET ALONE THRIVE LIVE WITH CHINESE. LET'S DO WHAT IT TAKES TO REGAIN FREEDOM. STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENCE IS NOT JUST SHOUTING SLOGAN ON MARCH 10 OR OCCASSIONAL HUNGER STRIKE WHICH END UP AFTER SOMETIME WITHOUT ANY RESULTS.
A Friend  

Location: Dumra
Subject: The Sacrifice of the Warrior
May 25 2004 11:34 PM

Brigit, just a few thoughts -

You state that it is "much easier to pull the trigger and kill a person...instead of convincing people (hard work!)"

If you think soldiering is not hard work, please allow me to suggest otherwise. There is nothing easy about taking up arms and defending one's nation. The life of the warrior is one of deprivation, fear, and self-sacrifice. It can be a noble form of service if done with the right motivation (and I would agree with you that hatred is not enough of a motivation).

His Holiness Himself stated that, when done with good intent, even violence is permissable. (I don't have the exact quote at my fingertips, but you can see him say it in the video _The Shadow Circus: CIA in Tibet_, produced by White Crane.)

Although many in the Tibetan government (and even more in the "Tibet support movement") seem to want to forget it, countless thousands of Tibetans fought the Chinese with all their might - pulling those triggers you spoke of in your post.

They were right to do so, and we should give thanks for these warriors every day. They are the elders who must share their stories with today's Tibetan youth.

On another matter - Mahatma Ghandi admitted that his tactics would not have worked against a truly brutal dictatorship. And Mandela was not imprisoned for passing out leaflets; he was arrested with a huge cache of arms and munitions.
BIRGIT  

Location: US
Subject: KEEP COOL2
May 25 2004 10:38 PM

AROK KHAMPO says "And especially lets shut up the monks and their weakling followers who preach compassion to our enemies."
Please don't lose your respect for momks, nuns and praticicing lay people. They are not your enemy, they do not intend to harm you.
A "weakling" is somebody who knows only violence as a tool to find solutions. A brave person is somebody who is mindful, thoughtful and searches for peaceful ways.
Instead of thinking of using violence and causing more and more suffering, what about trying to win the ordinary Chinese population over? Talk to them about the advantages of democracy, the disadvantages of the communist system (dictatorship), about the terrible problems the Tibetans face every day.
Of course, it is much easier to pull the trigger and kill a person (for a violent human being) instead of convincing people (hard work!).
We'd better follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. They were peaceful, intelligent, compassionate, patient and warm-hearted people and they were successful.
Therefore, please do not poison youself with thoughts of hatred. These negative thoughts don't help at all, they just make you feel miserable and do not lead to happiness.
Sooner or later Tibet will be FREE! The "Middle Way" would be a Tibet that would be part of a free and democratic China, that would honor human rights ...

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