Friday, November 28, 2008

Tibet Update and links to Bagdro

French President Mr Sarkozy is renowned for being headstrong. At present, he is also the EU president and his style is causing problems - not least of which is his personal stance on Tibet.
He has agreed to meet officially with HH Dalai Lama in Gdansk, Poland, on December 6.
This, predictably, has angered the Chinese Government who have just issued a warning against political leaders meeting with His Holiness and appearing to offer support for the cause of Tibet.
It may even damage the ongoing talks between China and the Tibetan envoys sent recently to Beijing.

Of course, Sarkozy has confirmed his intention to go ahead with the historic meeting anyway. France has always championed the underdog and the pursuit of human rights worldwide. The French government at one time was the ONLY official supporter of the State of Tibet, and HH Dalai Lama as its leader.
Recently, HH Dalai Lama visited the South of France to inaugurate Lerab Ling, Rigpa's wonderful Tibetan Buddhist Temple there .
The guest of honour from the French side was none other than French First Lady Carla Bruni, wife of Nicolas Sarkozy. She was gloriously effervescent on the day, unashamedly sending a long-awaited EH ALORS! ['So what !'] to the Chinese and was clearly also moved by the Dalai Lama's deeply transformative presence.
The whole occasion caused quite a stir in the media, so we can only imagine what it will be like when her husband meets HHDL !

It is sometimes hard to remember that 'the Tibetan problem' has been going on for over half a century, and [despite other world events coming and going in the news] day in day out the lives of ordinary Tibetans, monks, nuns, and spiritual teachers are continuously being ruined. Chinese oppression, imprisonment and torture continues on a daily basis.
It is widely accepted that things inside Tibet are worse now than ever !

In the aftermath of last March's uprising, for example, we still don't know where most of the arrested Tibetans are or how they are surviving prison.
The media black-out is almost total. And it seems the world's press has given up digging for updates.
This is precisely why Sarkozy meeting HH Dalai Lama is so important - it reintroduces the issue to the public's awareness and keeps the diplomatic pressure on China.

You may remember from my earlier blog posts [March] that I was in the Himalayas during the afore-mentioned uprising in Tibet.

At that time, I wrote also about my friend Bagdro [left].
He is a simple monk and was imprisoned and tortured for 3 years in Tibet for his part in a major uprising that took place there 20 years ago.
He now lives in Dharamsala, India and collects current information from INSIDE Tibet and tries to get international press agencies to publish the people's stories.
Usually this is to no avail as the media generally aren't interested in writing about Tibet.
Furthermore, it is understandably considered bad journalism to publish third-hand hearsay.
You just can't win!

Anyway, I just thought I'd give Venerable Bagdro a mention here as I keep finding references to him all over the web.
If you would like to inform yourself about Bagdro and the current situation in Tibet, there's nothing simpler than surfing the net.

Here is a youtube interview he gave just days before we first met.

And here is an interview/article based on Bagdro-la's personal story as depicted in his very moving book Hell on Earth.

Free Tibet!

May the whole world wake up from its long slumber.

May all beings enjoy freedom.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Bruno,
    Nice to meet you!
    I'm happy to see that you also know Venerale Bagdro and I watched the video on YouTube. I met Venerable Bagdro for the first time in Dharamsala in October 2008. We kept in contact and in June 2009 I have organised a public speech for him in Antwerpen (Belgium). I also met him in Dharamsala in October 2009 and April 2011. I have translated his book "A hell on earth" in Dutch and this is published in the beginning of September. Here's a link to an article I wrote:
    Here another one on my CNN iReport acount (where you find more articles I wrote):
    Bagdro also asked me to organise a tour in Europe, so this will be in 2012.
    My best regards,
    Dennis (Belgium).