Tibet was the birthplace of Lobsang Rampa, he grew up there and went to school in the monastery of Jokhang, where he trained as a monk. Tibet is a beautiful country set in the high Himalayan mountains with a strong buddhist tradition. The spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet is HH The Dalai Lama, who has lived in Dharmsala in neighbouring India since the chinese invasion in 1959. The Dalai Lama is an inspirational teacher and world figure, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent resistance to occupation of Tibet.
Today, in the early 21st century, dialogue is beginning between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government, to find an acceptable form of self-rule for the Tibetan people. It is the hope of the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan teachers like Sogyal Rinpoche, that Tibet will once again become a free country and home of great spiritual learning, as it was in the past.
Please watch this video to help raise awareness of Tibet and visit Candle For Tibet to learn more about the candle vigils and projects being undertaken. Visit the Tibetan Photo Project to discover how you can be part of the world-wide premiere of the new film - Save Tibet...Why? - on 23rd October, 2010.
May 2008 news update - Living Treasure Lobsang Lhalungpa, 82, who was HH Dalai Lama's translator for over 40 years, has been killed in a hit and run incident in New Mexico, US. For the full story please see the press release.
Lobsang's widow, Gisela Minke, graciously and publicly forgave the driver for killing her husband at the memorial service which was attended by Lobsang's children and grandchildren as well as many local people and buddhist monks. This has helped to heal the hurt in all of his friends and family; this is Buddhism-at-its-best at work, and this is probably what Lobsang himself would have done.
His Holiness Dalai Lama has sent this message to Lobsang Lhalungpa's son - "Your late father will be remembered for his pioneering role in establishing the first Tibetan language programme of All India Radio and for his dedicated life service to the promotion and preservation of our rich spiritual and cultural tradition. He also did much in helping Tibetan refugee communities at a very difficult time in their early years of exile. In his passing away, we have lost a great patriot and scholar." For more about Lobsang 's memorial service please see the press release.Here are some links to resources for further research into Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism and the works of Tibetan masters in the West:
Please see our spiritual links page
for more information about buddhism and Tibetan buddhism.
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