Sometimes I see, I hear, I know / My country men laying their lives
Given that China is a totalitarian state, there is no way it can accept the Middle Way approach without itself first undergoing a major transformation.
My feet are wandering neath the alien star, / My native land, – the road is far and long.
Poem by Tsoltim N Shakabpa: The Chinese have a way with art / That comes not from the heart
As the purple sky kisses the horizon once again / Life retires in the warmth of the chimney fire,
What the Tibetans have presented to the world is the extraordinary idea of a whole nation, not just individuals, resisting violence and terror through love and compassion. It is not a new concept in itself, but it is the one that has faced the toughest test of all.
For a complicit people, / forgiveness must come first, / then perhaps freedom.
While Kekexli: Mountain Patrol focuses on the attempts of a group of Tibetans to save the chiru — a quintessentially Tibetan animal — from being wiped out by indiscriminate hunting, the creature itself has been adopted by China as one of its mascots for the Beijing Olympics.
Dedicated to the imprisoned Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Bangri Rinpoche and Lobsang Tenzin.
Review by Jeffrey Bowe of Winds of Change – An Autobiography of a Tibetan, by Tsoltim Ngima Shakabpa. Provides a close and revealing insight into those forces which have crafted this biographical voyage from a carefree and privileged childhood in independent Tibet.