July 07, 2015

"We Tibetans have many terms of respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Yeshe Norbu, Gongsachog, Chenrezig, Gyalwa Rinpoche, Kundun..."

Huffington Post These are the names we use when we speak amongst ourselves and these were also the names I heard invoked many times when travelling around Tibet on my trips there in 1994, 2004, 2007 and 2008. by Dechen Pemba, Editor of High Peaks Pure Earth

'The term Kundun in Tibetan literally means "presence" but the Dalai Lama's absence from Tibet is an all too real pain that is impossible not to feel. Or in a strange way, it could be interpreted as an overall presence in noting the absence.

'In contemporary Tibetan songs and writings, themes of missing someone, often a parent, are common, as well as longing for a distant far off place. These poetic expressions are often ambiguous to avoid censorship and political problems, many have been translated into English on my website High Peaks Pure Earth.

'In 2011, prominent Tibetan writer, poet and blogger Tsering Woeser wrote about having a Skype audience with His Holiness from her Beijing apartment. Her blogpost became the most read on High Peaks Pure Earth ever and and the third most commented upon.

'Woeser movingly wrote:
"I cried and I cried. When I, as Tibetans do, prostrated three times, silently reciting some prayers, holding a khata in my hands and kneeling in front of the computer with tear-dimmed eyes, I saw His Holiness reaching out both of his hands as if he was going to take the Khata, as if he was going to give me his blessings. I am unable to describe with words how I felt: I am really such a fortunate person; in Tibet, many people get into trouble simply for owning a photo of the Dalai Lama."'

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