Good morning and, after a hiatus of one week, welcome back to another edition of Breakfast On The Blog. Today we have a visitor…
THE CELEBRATION HIS 80th BIRTHDAY IN GERMANY
The city I live in apparently has a special relationship with the Dalai Lama. He celebrated his 70th birthday here ten years ago, and now, as a part of his extended 80th birthday celebrations (he was just in New York City on Thursday and Friday), he came here to visit today. Actually born on July 6th 1935, the 14th Dali Lama, whose religious name is Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Dondrub, brought his message of peaceful resistance and inner sanctity to a Sunday afternoon crowd of well over 10,000 people.
Local and national politicians, conservative, socialist and green, offered their good wishes and walked that always delicate line between support for him, his cause and his nation and not wanting to ruffle the occupying aggressor, China. In the end result, isn’t it always about money? The West, with its trillions of dollars of economic capitalistic greed is afraid to draw the line on the Chinese overlords for their atrocious, despicable and illegal subjugation and occupation of Tibet. Nations, whose moral compass should deem different behavior, dare not upset the Chinese fascists by doing more than just calling out their human rights abuses and aggression in Tibet. The West meekly condemns Chinese policy in Tibet, but does nothing concrete, like strict and comprehensive economic boycotts, to work towards freeing Tibet from Chinese domination. And that is simply pathetic. Nonetheless, he was well received by an enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers today, who heard his enduring message of brotherhood, peace and love with the hope of seeing him again, not only in the near future, but for his 90th birthday too…
All photos taken in July 2015.
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