Systemic oppression, war, and genocide always have deeply harmful effects on the peoples who are faced with them. Sometimes other countries are willing to accept refugees who flee these atrocities. The people who survive them suffer great pain and trauma, and it may take a long time for them to recover from such life experiences. Some refugee communities are lucky enough to return to their homelands, but most never do – they remain exiles in foreign lands. The Tibetan community in exile lives mainly in India and the United States.
Tibetans have lived in exile in several places around the world since 1959. They have a challenge common to many refugee populations: to preserve their culture without a homeland, while living and raising their children in the foreign lands in which they live. Tibet Today is an hour-long event that will be a deeply engaging and educational introduction to the current situation of Tibetan refugees, the hardships they face, and the creative and inspiring community efforts they undertake to preserve their culture.
“Tibet Today” is a panel discussion about Tibetan refugees and what is being done to help them preserve their culture in exile. Nyima Lhamo, a Tibetan refugee, will tell her story. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama has provided guidance on the future of the Tibetan community: his Middle Way Approach, based solidly in the Buddhist tradition of valuing peace and compassion for all, lays emphasis on the survival of Tibetan culture and identity through a win-win solution.
This one-hour presentation and discussion is open to all, and complements DNKL’s cultural presentation and performance Living Compassion II. Sponsored/produced by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), a non-profit advocacy group that promotes human rights and the preservation of the Tibetan culture and environment.
“Tibet Today” is appropriate as a curriculum component of Living Compassion II for college or high school students to engage in-depth with the subject matter of refugees, human rights, and cultural preservation.
This one-hour discussion is free and open to the public, hosted at the Ridgefield Playhouse, and serves as a pre-event to the cultural presentation and performance Living Compassion II. Roundtable guests include Tencho Gyatso, Niece of HH the Dalai Lama and Director of Outreach, ICT, Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT - savetibet.org), and Nyima Lhamo at Tibetan refugee.
“Tibet Today” is presented by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), a non-profit advocacy organization that promotes human rights and the preservation of the Tibetan culture and DNKL Tibetan Center for Universal Peace.
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