David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

18 October 2011

Crisis in Ngaba: A young Tibetan nun dies - Please act now

We are old enough here to recall seeing with profound shock, in the press and on TV during the VietNam/America war, South Vietnamese Buddhist monks self-immolating in political protest.

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In recent months we have received urgent reports from Tibet about Buddhist monks, and now a nun, self-immolating in protest against ongoing Chinese repression.
1. Ngaba Crisis Update :
Kirti Rinpoche speaks of self-immolations ;
death of two former Tibetan monks

The exiled head of Kirti monastery, Ngaba, where six monks have set fire to themselves since March, has spoken to the International Campaign for Tibet about their actions and his views on why Tibetan monks are choosing this new form of protest and sacrifice. Two monks who were taken to hospital after they set fire to themselves on October 7 have died.

Read the article here

2. Received from Australia Tibet Council :

I am writing from Dharamsala in India where I have come to attend a regional meeting of the International Tibet Network. Saddened and shocked, Tibetans and Tibet supporters here held a candle light vigil last Saturday as 19 year-old Norbu Damdul became the sixth monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba to set himself on fire in less than a fortnight.

Many of you have emailed Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, calling for an urgent Australian government statement on the monks of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba. Even as the crisis continues to escalate at the cost of more young lives in eastern Tibet, Australia has not taken a stand.

As Tibet support groups around the world ramp up their campaigns for their leaders to speak up, we need to increase our efforts to reach the Foreign Minister.

Yesterday as senior members of the Tibetan government-in-exile prepared to leave for New Delhi to organise a series of hunger strikes and rallies in a solidarity movement, yet another Tibetan took the most desperate measure of self-immolation. Tenzin Wangmo, from Mame Dechen Chokorling nunnery in Ngaba, called for freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama after which she set herself alight. She was only 20 years old.

For the first time in the Tibetan resistance movement, a nun has burnt herself to death in her resolve to draw attention to the situation in Tibet and bring an end to the Chinese repression.

The loss of these young lives saddens and shocks Tibetans in exile and the Tibet supporters alike. However it is also the spirit of resistance of these Tibetans in Tibet that continues to inspire us all.

The Tibet movement's determination in finding a resolution for the Tibetans was palpable at the meeting here in Dharamsala, where I spent the last few days strategising campaigns with around 40 activists from Asia and Australia.

I urge you to join us today in putting direct pressure on the Australian government to play its part in delivering justice and freedom in Tibet.

In solidarity

Tsering Kyinzom
Australia Tibet Council
3. Please email Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today and ask him to speak up for these young Tibetans (CLICK HERE)

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