Tibetan Prime Minister, Lobsang Sangay, requests that instead of celebration, traditional rituals are observed.
-New Year Prayer For 2012-
Tashi Delek to Tibetans and friends around the world!
Warm Losar (New Year) greetings from Dharamsala, which falls on February 22.As requested, please do not celebrate Losar this year, but do observe traditionaland spiritual rituals by going to the monastery, making offerings,and lighting butter lamps for all those Tibetans inside Tibet whohave sacrificed and suffered under the repressive policies of theChinese government.
News from Tibet continues to be grim. Tibet isvirtually sealed off with foreigners not allowed to enter. EvenChinese tourists are prevented from visiting Tibet, and the militarybuildup is very heavy.
The Chinese government has launched amassive crackdown on Tibetans who visited India for the KalachakraTeachings. Several hundred Tibetans have been detained and are beingforced to undergo political re-education. Please see the newsrelease from Human Rights Watch. We are extremely worried overwhat is happening and what might happen inside Tibet.
Under such circumstances, please do pray for all Tibetans inside Tibetespecially on the third, eight, tenth and fifteenth day of Losar, asthese are auspicious days.
March 10, our National Uprising Day, iscoming up soon. There will be many other activities as well whereTibetans and our friends will be requested to participate. Pleaseremember and observe the guidelines issued by CTA, which is toorganize and participate in events peacefully, legally and withdignity. Peacefully because non-violence is our core principle.Legally as we are in a democratic country and have to follow the lawof the land, and with dignity because we are seeking our freedom anddignity.
Tibet Lobby Day is also coming up when Tibetans and friendslobby parliaments or the congress and share with members our concernover Tibet and the continuing repressive policies of the Chinesegovernment. This year is especially important given the unfoldingtragedy inside Tibet. It is important that we do the best we can toapproach as many Congressional members and Parliamentarians aspossible so as to make them aware.
If possible, please try to have aresolution passed in the parliament or have a good debate on thesituation inside Tibet. This way the suffering of Tibetans insideTibet and their voices will be heard loud and clear around theworld, particularly by the leaders in Beijing.I would like to thankall those Tibetans and friends who participated in the global vigilon February 8. According to various accounts, hundreds of activitieswere organized around the world, thousands participated, and the daywas very successful.
In conclusion, I want to say to our dearbrothers and sisters inside Tibet that you are in our hearts andprayers every day.