Posted by Tal (220.127.116.11) on June 29, 2000 at 02:07:16:
This past weekend was a joyous, though hot!, occassion in Washington, D.C. The Tibetan Festival at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival was a great opportunity for people to learn both about Buddhism and Tibetans. Particularly about the culture of Tibet; there was little in the way of politics and overt theology. The festival continues on Friday through next Tuesday.
Two highlights of note:
On Saturday, July 1, there is a rally at Lafayette Park starting at 11 AM, followed by a march to the Chinese Embassy. This is to foster awareness of the continuing Chinese interference in the spiritual and cultural freedom of the Tibetan peoples.
On Sunday, July2, His Holiness the Dalia Lama will lead the Great Prayer festival, already in progress, starting early in the morning, and then have a public speech at 11 AM.
If you are able to attend, and have an interest in, and affinity, for the people and thoughts of Tibetans, I encourage your attendance.
There will also be opera, folk singing, crafts demonstrations, lectures in and demonstrations of chanting and praying, and discussion. One million people are expected to be enlightened by the biggest Tibetan festival in America. And, as if that is not enough (what with the rally, march, and HHDL!), there are many Tibetan made items, for sale in the Marketplace. Dolls, masks, incencse, bells, clothing, books, videos, wall hangings, and much more. (Please avoid buying Buddhist related items made in PRC- while they may be cheaper, they add to the undercutting of the Tibetans, depriving them of modest income, on top of the denial of their spiritual and cultural freedoms!
You may learn more at www.savetibet.org and www.tibet.com. Please learn and become involved.
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