Saturday, February 8, 2014

Petition to spread the truth, not propaganda.

All people in the world have the right to be informed in a truthful and accurate way. But many people have to deal with propaganda, even people in the USA.
Students and others face the propaganda machine of China, without knowing it. The way it works is called brainwashing.

To end this, please sign the petition >>here<<.

Start of Tibetan Uprising March

The Tibetan Youth Congress, the largest pro independence Tibetan NGO in exile, has organized a peace march from Dharamsala to Delhi. The socalled Tibetan Uprising March 2014 has started today at Dharamsala and will end in Delhi at march 10.
This amounts to a total of about 600 km, which means about 20 km per day.

The March is initiated to raise awareness about the situation in Tibet.
The president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, Tenzing Jigme, stated in a press conference that the Chinese government has enforced a series of policies to systematically destroy and stifle Tibetan culture, language, identity, and spiritual traditions. "The result is that Tibet is now facing a life-and-death struggle."
He invited the chinese government to have a different look at the self-immolations and respond in a positive way on the demands.
The march is dedicated to show solidarity with the Tibetans in Tibet and marks the 55th anniversary of Uprising Day.

The demands are:

  1. The Chinese government must positively respond to the demands of the self-immolators, who have called for, among many other things, the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet
  2. Free all political prisoners, including 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima, Tulku Tenzin Delek and Rongye Adak who are in Chinese jails
  3. China must allow the world media and an independent international youth group into Tibet to find out the ground reality
  4. Immediately cease population transfer into Tibet and stop insidious ‘Patriotic re-education campaign’ that is being forced upon the Tibetan people
  5. Stop nuclear testing, excessive mining and damming of rivers on the Tibetan Plateau which impact millions of people in Asia

At the Tibetan Uprising Day, March 10th, Tibetan people and friends will gather at different places all over the world.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Yes, I'm going!

It took a few days to get through online, but I finally managed to get a seat at both the lesson and public reading of the Dalai Lama.
As far as I can see it's almost at the back, so I hope there are large screens so I can see enough anyway.

It's a pity it's all a money thing.
But long long ago I was promissed that I would be able to go when he would be in my country. I never thought the promiss would be kept, but without any real discussion a seat was booked.

I feel very lucky.

There are many reasons for me to be present at the event.
I feel buddhist and I want to hear the lectures from as close to the source as possible.
Many people have told me the Dalai Lama in person is a big inspiration. I wonder if I can sense that too.
Maybe I will be too far aaway, maybe not. We'll see.

I wish I could have a good talk with him. I heard him say, a while ago, that he's afraid to die.
I don't experience fear of death. In fact I don't mind if I die, because maybe the next life will be better.
I feel sorry for those that will be left behind and who will miss me. But to deal with mourning is part of life's tasks. I can prepare them for that as well as possible.

Well, it will be nice to have a day all for myself.
One of my sons will drive me there, so I'll be in time.

What can I have more?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pawo Phagmo Samdup

Pawo Phagmo Samdup/Samdrub, a 27 year old father of two, has set himself on fire today in Dokarmo town in Tsekhog of Malho, the Tibetan area of Amdo.
It's said his body has been taken away by the chinese authorities.

The chinese givernment has enforced even stricter security measure in the Tsekhog area and the nearby Rebgong area, where more people have self-immolated.
They have also restricted communication in Tsekhog and the areas around it.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dalai Lama to The Netherlands

I was elated to hear that the Dalai Lama will visit The Netherlands May 10-12 2014.
He will give a public lesson and reading at may 11 in Rotterdam.

Tickets are available but be aware that it's best to use the advice given on the main site of the visit, as there are commercial ticketsellers who provide a kind of second hand tickets for more money.

You can get more information at this site.

Monday, January 27, 2014

I'm back

Sorry I've been away for quite a while.

Those who need to have my email: please leave yours written in the comments.
I won't publish yours unless you're spamming me.

As most of my readers know I have been caring for a large family with 4 kids with special needs for a long time without any vacation.
I didn't mind, as I considered it to be my task in life.
I cared for my grandmother until she went in a home at a very old age, a few years before I married and got children. So it was a kind of ongoing theme in my life.

Apart from that I had to deal with quite some bad karma of others or a life I don't know, as I have started to call it.
I have a clean conscience, but one way or another got dragged in the mistakes of other people and caught up in the whirlwind it all caused.
The stress proved too much.

Without realising I was developing a serious heartproblem I went on putting the wellbeing of others first, ascribing symptoms to my asthma.
My health was deteriorating so bad that I started to arrange matters for my death.

A bad pneumonia made me go to our family physician. He asked a longspecialist for advice and she called me in. It turned out I have some strange things going on in my lungs.
She send me off to a cardiologist after she found something seriously wrong on an ECG.
Well, at the moment I was at the cardiology department for an echo, straight during the echo, my heartfunction was almost nothing. I was admitted to hospital straightaway, put on a monitor and went through a whole lot of diagnostic procedures. The cardiologist couldn't do anything else but give me lots of medication.

Now he states that he doesn't understand how I survived, as all others who arrive in hospital in the same condition have died.

I quickly regained most of my health, but recently it took a turn worse. My bloodpressure went far too high even though I was taking all the right meds.

So now I'm having the last pills available for the problem.
I've lost more than 30 kg in weight.
Eat and act healthy.
There's not much more we can do.

I feel the moment has arrived that I have to balance wellbeing, health and medication carefully.
It's like being sliding on a slope with a weight that helps to feel better but which also pulls you down to the edge of the rocks above a deep valley.

What a blessing I've already been living mindful before the whole concept even was (re-)invented in modern times.
So I try not to worry, but prepare.

Will you be walking this last part of my path with me?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wedding of the King of Bhutan

The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, married today with Jetsun Pema.
She the daughter of a pilot and when the King saw her when she was 7 he already knew she would be the woman of his dreams.
There's an age difference of 10 years, but they know each other already 14 years.

We wish them both a happy life.

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