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I Will Not Die

Song by Samtse Words by Tatse

Sunday 1 November 2009, by Bhuchung D Sonam

The bright yellow sun has
Set behind the Freedom Hill
Now I cannot put my faith in
This dark and violent storm –

The bright youthful moon is
Suddenly covered by clouds
Now I cannot put my faith on this
Fake moon-like image in water –

My peace-loving lama
Was forced to go into exile
But until I see him again
I won’t die even when death comes –

Our ancient culture and tradition
I will maintain, promote and renew
In so doing I will sacrifice my life
And I will have no regrets –

When I heard a sky of tales about
How our fathers were murdered
Those enemies I will never forget
Even when I attain the Buddhahood –

(Translated from Tibetan by Bhuchung D. Sonam)

P.S.

This is a song by Samtse, a young Tibetan singer in the Chinese-occupied Tibet.

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  • I Will Not Die 5 January 2012 at 07:13 , by Arpita Chatterjee

    Dear Bhuchung,
    I am Arpita Chatterjee and I live in Kolkata. I have lived for long in Nepal and Gangtok as a result of which I have a special love for Tibetan Language ,Culture and Religion. I know Tibetan though not very well. I just read your translation of I Will Not Die and I was overwhelmed.However I want to read the original Tibetan poem. I would be grateful if you send it to me and also let me know how I can get other Tibetan poems along with their translations.
    Thanking you,
    Arpita Chatterjee

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