The Tibetan flag, a.k.a. The Snow Lion Flag.
The symbolism of the flag includes the mountain representing Tibet, the snow lions of "a unified spiritual and secular life", three-coloured jewel of the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
The flag was adopted as a symbol of the Tibetan independence movement, and has become known as the "Free Tibet flag". Through the diaspora's and international protesters' use of the flag, it became known and used in protest by the Tibetan public.
This flag is banned in mainland China.
This concludes my 8-day happiness journey, Thank you Little Lhasa for opening up my eyes and my mind!
With the prayer flags surround the tibetan flag, I also hope that Tibet will be free someday!
One of the highlight of this trip is to exchange stories with the tibetan refugees.
I decided to went inside a random shop to buy a daily tibetan shirt and ended up staying there for 1.5 hours to have an afternoon chat with this inspiring couple.
Meet Dorji and Dolma, Dorji's father was part of the Tibetan guirella army and fought the Chinese army for 14 years, he escaped from Tibet with Dalai Lama in 1959 with tens of thousands of others. Before he reached India he was still fighting for years in mustang, Nepal border, until Dalai Lama said "let's end this and give up, there's no point of violence." they ended up surrendered their armors and artillery to the Nepalese government and went to India. Dorji was born in 1961 in Shimla, India and now they have 2 sons, 27 and 23 year old all were schooled in Tibetan Children's Village (TCV), their first son got a scholarships in MIT and still continuing his study for PhD in quantum physics. Their second son is currently studying Buddhism in South India and teach the monks English as well. We exchanged stories about Tibetan and Indonesian culture, we talked about the fundamental of all religions, the concept of emptiness in Buddhism, and how they really wanted to go to Tibet, their real home.
They have the same way in looking at their life with what HH Dalai Lama testified in public during his teachings that there's always a bright side in everything, if the Chinese didn't oppress Tibet maybe all of these good things will never happen (Dalai lama spread compassion and teachings about happiness, and to spread kindness around the world) and for them they might not have chance to raised their kids like how they did and got opportunity to get a proper education like right now. he jokingly said "I won't be able to speak 3 languages like right now, Tibetan, English & Hindi".
At the end I provided my detail because they really want to visit Bali.
Dorji and Dolma, thanks for the time, the life lessons, lemon tea & biscuits! I'd be the happiest person to host you in Bali :) #HappinessJourney#storiesoftibetans#tibet#freetibet#savetibet#Happiness#dharamsala#mcleodganj#India
Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) is a non profit, charitable institution for the care and education of orphaned and destitute Tibetan children in exile.
During the escape, Dalai Lama was followed by 100,000 refugees, among them thousands of orphans and children ravaged by war, hunger and psychological devastation of losing their families, homes and country. Tsering Dolma Takla, elder sister of Dalai Lama directed the project to create Nursery for Tibetan Refugee Children in early 1960s. Thus the first TCV was born, thousands of children received education, family life and love through this institution.
Every year there are still many tibetan parents flee their children to Dharamshala although they know this means a permanent goodbye, because they can never see each other again, main reason for this is the sense of hopelessness in Tibet where educational opportunities for the children are extremely poor. There the school system is used to suppress the cultural identity of Tibetan children by teaching in Chinese and denigrating the tibetan language and culture.
All the children live in group homes called Khimtsang (a typical Tibetan home with foster parents). Children are raised as brothers and sisters.
These pictures were taken in their kindergarten (kids from 3 to 5 years old) , the curriculum is tibetan language, math, traditional tibetan music and art, apart from that they started their day with morning prayer and a 1 or 2 minute meditation.
Despite the hardship that they've been through and separated by their families, they still manage to find joy and happiness in exile, because they are all in "a home away from home" and receive meaningful life and education.
TCV works only with donation and there are opportunities to lend a helping hand as a sponsor for the kids, for more information please visit www.tcv.org.in
Сегодня я была в Роттердаме и ещё одна моя маленькая мечта сбылась. Я хотела побывать на учениях Его Святейшества Далай-Ламы. И сегодня я хочу, конечно, поговорить о буддизме и написать короткие выдержки из сегодняшней лекции или «8 строф о преобразовании ума». Все эти учения о сострадании. Просто поразмышляйте о смысле. Разбирать будем по порядку использую разный перевод для осознания.
Да смогу я обладать таким отношением ко всем живым существам:
Относится к ним как к более высшему, чем исполняющая желания драгоценность,
Так, чтобы я смог достичь высшей цели -
Пусть я всегда смогу относится к ним как к божествам.
(Эти же строфа, но в переводе Далай Ламы):
С решимостью сотворить
Наивысшее благодеяние для живущих,
Которое превосходит даже дарение сокровища-предмета желаний,
Я научу их владеть верховной драгоценностью.
Это очень важный стих о любви и сострадании ко всем живым существам . О нашей зависимости от всех живых существ. В хорошем смысле. Бодхичитта - доктрина в буддизме, провозглашающая любовь ко всем живым существам. Так вот без живых существ мы не смогли взрастить в себе бодхичитту. И в нашем движении по духовному пути мы очень сильно зависим от других. Если мы хотим взрастить терпение, например, то большую важность приобретает наш враг, который даёт нам возможность развивать терпение. Это же качается созерцания и мудрости.
И это только один из восьми строф. Я знаю, вы давно просили новый пост о буддизме. Теперь их будет 8, каждый посвящён своему стиху и тренировки ума. На каждый стих можно медитировать, погружаюсь глубже в смысл и открывая новые глубины понимания. (тег #)
Текст был переведён первоначально на английский, поэтому тоже представлю:
With a determination to achieve the highest aim
For the benefit of all sentient beings
Which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem,
May I hold them dear at all times.
In 1949 China invaded Tibet. The occupation was accompanied by policies and actions intended to wipe out Tibetan identity and traditional way of life. More than a million tibetans died as a result of the occupation, victims of fighting, executions and labor camps. Spiritual and material treasures are robbed, burned, destroyed and are lost forever (also known as "Cultural Genocide"). The terrors of occupation forced many to flee their homeland. Most of the refugees escaped Tibet on a perilous exodus on foot through the Himalayan ranges and brought little with them but their memories. They spent weeks and months on this dangerous journey. Since 1959, over 150,000 tibetans have fled into exile. Hundreds of them died on the way as a result of Chinese attacks and harsh conditions. Even after 50 years later thousands still continue to escape each year from the oppression and persecution in Tibet under China.
I did this 7 hours moderate trek and overnight camp in the lower hills of western Himalayas to get the 1% feeling on how the refugees feel after they finally escape from Chinese occupied Tibet and reached India. Nothing can beat their level of survival to trek at night to escape from the Chinese army (to avoid getting shot during daylight), to fight the frostbite and to fight the cruel harsh cold.
At the end of it "Nothing Beautiful Comes Without Some Suffering". #savetibet#freetibet#triundtrek#triund#dhauladhar#mcleodganj#dharamshala#himachalpradesh#dharamsalagram#himachalgram#Himalayas#India#huaweimate10#mate10#bokeh#leica
Tibetan Monks Debate. The usual form is a debate between a Challenger, standing and asking questions, and a Defender, sitting and answering those questions. The attitude is as if the Challenger is respectfully approaching the Defender with a quandary. The dramatic clapping is done by the standing Challenger only, and is used to punctuate the end of the "question," which is an argument in response to the Defender's answer.
In their understanding of the gesture, the right hand represents method, meaning especially the practice of compassion, and the left hand represents wisdom. Bringing the two hands together represents the joining of wisdom and method. At the moment of the clap, you hear the left foot stomp down and that represents slamming shut the door to rebirth in the lower levels. After the simultaneous clap and stomp, the Challenger holds out the left arm of wisdom to keep shut the door to all rebirth. Also, in that gesture, the Challenger uses his right hand to raise up his prayer beads around his left arm. This represents the fulfillment of the efforts of compassion, in lifting up all suffering beings out of the round of rebirth. #dharamshala#dharamsalagram#mcleodganj#tibetan#monk#buddhism#tibet#freetibet#savetibet#Himalayas#himachalgram#himachalpradesh#India
🐚🙏🏾 HH The @DalaiLama
📍Malmö, Sweden (Sep 12, 2018) In an interview with Dutch daily De Volskrant, the Tibetan leader said, “I am keen to make a pilgrimage to #Wutaishan . I have two conditions. Many Tibetan and Chinese Buddhists will come to meet me there, so I want to have the freedom to give a religious teaching. And I want to visit top universities in Beijing. I have been discussing emotions, psychology, the cosmos and quantum physics with scientists in India and the West for almost forty years. I want to do that in China.”
The #DalaiLama said that he has made his wish known to Chinese friends, adding that he now “waits”.
The Tibetan leader also suggested that the pilgrimage to China will also serve to build confidence for the Chinese government to allow him to later visit his home town of Takster in Amdo, Tibet, as well as other parts of Tibet such as Kham and eventually to Lhasa city, the tradition capital of Tibet.
The Nobel laureate who turned 83 in July said that his pilgrimage to China is to meet Chinese brothers and sisters and particularly Buddhists there. China’s growing Buddhist population is said to have crossed 224 million constituting just over 18% of China’s total population.
On the 2nd of September, Rohini RTYC in the collaboration with SFT Delhi celebrated 58th Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day
Its a gift by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama upon which we shall built our nation.
In the Tibetan youth hostel's dinning hall we organised a candle light dinner while in the backdrop slight show regarding Tibetan democracy was shown.
The candlelight dinner symbolised hope in the darkness, to remind each of us what we had lost but at the same time make us realized each of us as the light that must shine for Tibetan couse as Tibet dwells in the darkness under the Chinese government.
The Three Universal Truths:
1. Everything is impermanent and changing
2. Impermanence leads to suffering, making life imperfect
3. The self is not personal and unchanging
The Four Noble Truths:
1. All life involves suffering (the Truth of Suffering)
2. Suffering is caused by desire and attachment (the Origin of Suffering)
3. Desire and attachment can be overcome (the Truth of Cessation)
4. The way to overcome them is by the Eightfold Path (the Truth of the Path)
The Eightfold Path:
The Eightfold Path is eight ways of behaving and each way has to be followed because they depend on each other. They relate to wisdom, morality and meditation.
1. Right seeing and understanding – e.g. the Noble Truths
2. Right thought or intention – e.g. acting considerately
3. Right speech – e.g. avoiding lies or gossip; saying what you mean
4. Right action – e.g. honesty and not harming living things
5. Right work or livelihood – e.g. avoiding jobs that harm other beings
6. Right effort – e.g. seeking to overcome desire, selfishness and attachment
7. Right mindfulness – e.g. thinking before acting; meditation
8. Right concentration – e.g. freeing the mind of distractions before meditation
Buddhists sometimes speak of their most precious beliefs as The Three Jewels – belief in the Buddha, the Dharma and the community (or monastic order) of the sangha.
1951, China no reconoce la autonomía cultural y religiosa del Tíbet e inicia la conquista por convertirla en una província comunal más. El conflicto se materializa con el exilio a la India en 1959 del Dalai Lama, máxima autoridad tibetana. Desde entonces, el pueblo tibetano lleva más 60 años de persecución, adquisición de bienes y vulneración de sus derechos humanos mientras reivindica su identidad. Ayer estuvimos en un asentamiento tibetano en Pokhara (#Nepal ) y no os imagináis la calma, la paz y el aire que se respiraba. La esperanza en silencio por el proceso de paz, a pesar del conflicto. La confianza ciega de que un pueblo unido puede reconstruirse y mantenerse vivo. #savetibet