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unbelievable trials and torture. Even a s you
read this article, Tibetans are b eing tortured
a nd suffering under severe oppression.
How many of us, after we have read a
book by the Dalai Lama or hung some
prayer flag s or dinged a singing bowl,
give a thought beyond our own spiritua l
materialism and self aggrandisement, to do
something practical to support the ma ny
mothers in Tibet whose sons l anguish in
Chinese jails f acing frequent beatings a nd
worse. Or the young children crossing the
roof of the world in sub zero temperatures,
avoiding snipers , not knowing if they will
find freedom, or if they will see their family
again. Or, in fact, all Tibetans living under
the dread of the constant surveillance,
informers and oppression.
I have had the great blessing over the past
12 years to befriend many Tibeta n people;
most of my best friends now are from Tibet.
I entered Tibet in 2001 for the first time with
entirely selfish motives. I wa s too troubled
with my own suffering to be able to spare a
thought for those outside my skin.
But the love and respect and offering of
simple human dignity I received opened a path
of healing for me. My eyes began to open and
I saw that the very people who were helping
me had circumstances many times tougher
than my own, from the basics of getting food
to sustain their bodies to the suffering of the
recent past in their family lines ravaged by the
Red Army and secret police, to the continued
hara ssment and genocide.
But this is in the Tibetan psyche ; you
will rarely find a Tibetan asking for help;
they are only too willing to lend a hand but
they will not ask. This does not mean they
do not want help or that the nation does not
require outside assistanc e but Tibeta ns won’t
put a burden on another person.
Let me tell you one story. It was the
deepe st instruction to my being and one
that I reflect on often and still brings a tear
to my eye.
In 2011, I travelled to A mdo to attend
my friend’s wedding. He c omes from a part
of Tibet that faces some of the strongest
oppression. Like all Tibetans who have
escaped to the West he faces hours of
interrogation e ach time he returns and it
is only possible to return onc e you have a
passport from a country that wields influenc e
in Beijing, a country the Communist Party
doesn’t wa nt to upset for fear of losing public
respect and valuable trade. He c omes from a
‘For the last 60 years, that tree
has been facing unbelievable
trials and torture.’
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Tibet is burning. The torment
of the collective Tibetan soul is
being expressed in the extreme
tragedy of self immol ations. In
the la st three years, 119 Tibeta ns have set
themselves alight in a very typical Tibetan
protest demonstrating the de ep pain and
frustration in their soul but without a ny
desire to inflict pain on e ven their captors.
As His Holiness, the Dalai Lama,
graces our shores once more I could easily
a nd happily write an a rticle celebrating his
virtues, but instead this article is a call for
Austra lians to rise and meet the gift that is
being given to them.
There c omes a time in everyone’s
spiritual path and any path we take in life,
be it ca reer or family, where we no longer
expect to be spoon fed and taken care of but
when we bec ome a leader in our own right.
No longer the apprentice chef but the leader
of the kitchen, no longer the student but the
teacher, no longer the child but the parent.
And it is with this in mind that I turn my
passionate urgings tinged with anger on my
fellow countrymen who gorge themselves
in the luxury of receiving teachings and
blessings from the presenc e of the Dalai
La ma, surely one of the most noble beings
to grace this Earth at this time. But once
the feast is over they do nothing to support
or protect the culture that gave birth to the
Dalai Lama. We are all happy to pick the
fruit but how many turn and care for the tree
that ra ised it.
We fl atter ourselve s at how special we a re
to sit in our comfy seats and receive these
blessings but do we reflect on the hundreds
of yea rs of work and struggle that it took
to create Tibet and the office of the Dalai
Lama, to create a society and culture to
be a womb for this level of Divinity. for
the last 60 years, that tree has been facing
‘We are all happy to pick the
fruit but how many turn and
care for the tree that raised it.’
As the Dalai Lama visits Australia
this month, Jeremy Ball calls on
us all to translate our love for His
Holiness into tangible support for
his tormented homeland.
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