C HINA invaded Tibet in 1950, and thus began the tragedy of the Tibetan nation. For nearly a decade, the Dalai Lama and his people tried to coexist with the oppressive Chinese. Finally, in 1959 the people revolted against the Chinese invaders and were harshly put down by the People’s Liberation Army . As the oppression steadily grew until intolerable, the Dalai Lama, his government, and a hundred thousand of his people fled into exile. Later, the Chinese killed 1.5 million Tibetans, imprisoned and tortured tens of thousands, and destroyed six thou-sand monasteries. They imported millions of Chinese nationals, deforested Tibet, and stationed hundreds of nuclear warheads on the roof of the world.
An organization inspired by the interfaith vision is currently attempting to raise the profile of Tibet around the world, and particularly among the membership of the various religions. Founded by Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati and Brahmadas, this group is called the Council for World Tibet Day. World Tibet Day itself happens each year on or around July 6, the Dalai Lama’s birthday. This event has the potential to galvanize support for the Tibetans and gradually raise the consciousness of the world toward efforts to finally resolve the Tibetan issue. The Council for World Tibet Day also sponsors the Interfaith call for Freedom of Worship in Tibet, and their website offers numerous prayers from various traditions and figures that convey the desire that Tibet and its people will be restored to their land, culture, and freedom.
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