In just 7 days over 1 million people have signed the petition supporting human rights and dialogue in Tibet – the fastest growing internet petition in history! After decades of injustice, the Tibetan people are crying out to the world for change, and the world is answering.
As China’s leaders decide whether to respond to Tibetan grievances with increased repression or dialog with the Dalai Lama, an International Day of Action has been declared for Monday, March 31st. In a few days, thousands of people in cities across the world will march to Chinese embassies and consulates, and stack hundreds of boxes containing our petition outside them. 1 million signatures makes a mountain of boxes – it’s a powerful way to deliver our message.
We have just four days left until the petition delivery, but by doubling our efforts we can to secure the support for this petition even larger – to 2 million signatures – in this short amount of time. Please use the link below to sign, if you haven’t already, and then forward this message to all your friends and family:
The Chinese Communist Party hardliners are lashing out publicly at the Dalai Lama, but many Chinese people believe that dialog is the best hope for stability in Tibet and in China. Governments around the world have begun calling for dialog, and there are many hopeful signs that, if we can keep the pressure up, the Chinese authorities will agree.
China’s President Hu Jintao values his country’s international reputation, and he needs to hear from us that the “Made in China” brand and the upcoming Olympics in Beijing will succeed only if he chooses dialog over the Party hardliners’ repression. An avalanche of global people power is moving to get his attention. This petition recognizes the concerns of the Chinese leaders about riots and separatism that could lead to dangerous instability. It supports the position of the Dalai Lama, that the best path to stability and development for China lies through dialog and respect, not repression.
This is the most promising moment in decades to address the occupation of Tibet, but the media is already moving on to other news. We need to seize this moment with a massive statement of global support this Monday – for the next four days, let’s pull out all the stops for free Tibet.
Lama Tantrapa and Avaaz.org
About the Author
Lama Somananda Tantrapa is the holder of the lineage of Qi Dao – Tibetan Shamanic Qigong – that has been fostered in his clan for 27 generations. Affectionately addressed by his students as Rinpoche, Lama Tantrapa has over 30 years of experience in Qi Dao and other internal martial arts. He was primarily trained by his Grandfather who was the last Grandmaster of Qi Dao. As a reincarnate Bon Lama, he carries a title of a Tulku and was ordained as a Buddhist monk in three different traditions: Tibetan Nyingma, Thai Theravada and Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji.
Before immigrating to America, he actively participated in peace marches and conferences in the former Soviet Union supporting the peace work of his spiritual mentor and friend Junsei Terasawa who aspired to build a Peace Pagoda in the center of Moscow, Russia. His initiatives dedicated to peace work and spiritual freedom were subjected to persecution in his homeland thus he received religious asylum in the United States in 1997.
Rinpoche is an author of a book on Qi Dao and a companion DVD, as well as Qi Dao Home Study Course. Being an avid speaker and presenter, he appeared on many radio and TV programs in the US, Guam and abroad. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the US National Qigong Association. Visit us online at www.qidao.org.