Today, July 6th, is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 76th birthday. It is also the first day of the Kalachakra for World Peace in Washington, DC, where His Holiness is spending the next ten days giving teachings on compassion and nonviolence.
His Holiness’s unwavering commitment to make the world a better place inspires all of us at SFT Canada. His dedication to nonviolence and justice helps fuel our work for Tibet.
Tibetans and supporters worldwide celebrate His Holiness’s birthday in many different ways. In Tibet, we are hearing that thousands of Tibetans are defying heavy police presence to observe rituals such as incense burning ceremonies.
One of the best ways to honour His Holiness’s birthday is by taking part in Students for a Free Tibet Canada’s “Work for Tibet Day”. On this special day we honour His Holiness’s lifelong work for Tibet and rededicate ourselves to the cause.
For the next 10 days, I will join my colleagues at SFT International in Washington, DC. We will have a table outside the Kalachakra and are organizing several events to translate the global public’s interest in His Holiness’s message of peace and compassion into support and action for Tibet.
Please join Work for Tibet Day by donating the equivalent of one day’s wages to Students for a Free Tibet Canada: http://sftcanada.org/index.php/make-a-donation
This year His Holiness’s birthday falls on a Wednesday, his “rlasa” or “soul-day,” the day that has inspired Lhakar, a growing noncooperation movement inside Tibet. Every Wednesday, Tibetans are reclaiming their identity by wearing traditional clothes, singing Tibetan songs, performing prayers, and eating Tibetan food. A growing number of Tibetans are refusing to buy from Chinese businesses in an effort to challenge China’s occupation.
Students for a Free Tibet Canada is working to support and promote this exciting new movement that is profoundly changing the scope of our freedom struggle.
Join me in wishing His Holiness the Dalai Lama a happy 76th Birthday. Please honour his tireless work for human rights and freedom by taking part in Work for Tibet Day:
Thank you to everyone who works for Tibet – today and every day.
Tenzin Lobsang Wangkhang