Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tibet 1959-2009

Video: The Yogis of Tibet
Since the invasion of Tibet over 50 years ago, China has systematically destroyed the Tibetan culture. One of the most profound losses is the tradition of the great master yogis. The entire system which supported these fascinating mind masters has been inexorably eliminated. In order to record these mystical practitioners for posterity, the filmmakers were given permission to film heretofore secret demonstrations and to conduct interviews on subject matter rarely discussed. This profound historical, spiritual and educational film will someday be the last remnant of these amazing practitioners.

Today on the fiftieth anniversary of the flight of his Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama from Tibet to India, the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, accused the Chinese Government of putting his people through "hell on Earth".

The Dalai Lama accused Beijing of "repressive and violent campaigns" that have killed hundreds of thousands of Tibetans and destroyed its cultural heritage.

"These 50 years have brought untold suffering and destruction to the land and the people of Tibet," he said.

China described the critical comments from the Dalai Lama as "lies" and insisted Tibet has enjoyed profound democratic reforms under Chinese rule.

In the landmark speech to commemorate 50 years since he fled Tibet, the Dalai Lama dispelled speculation that he would step back from the struggle for Tibetan autonomy. "To work for the cause of Tibet is the responsibility of every Tibetan, and as long as I live I will uphold this responsibility."

“Today, the religion, culture, language and identity, which successive generations of Tibetans have considered more precious than their lives, are nearing extinction,” said the Dalai Lama, 73, the spiritual leader of the Tibetans. SMH, NYT

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