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Tibet impressions, #1: Tibetan Uprising Day

My trip to Tibet in the first week of March coincided with the start of the month, March, when Tibet had it's major historical uprising (3/10/59). On that day after 8 years of harsh occupation by the Red Army, 30,000 Tibetan people surrounded the Potala Palace of the Dalai Lama in a spontaneous attempt to thwart a plan by Mao to get the Dalai Lama out of his seat of power. Through various methods such as the state oracle and the CIA, the Dalai Lama dressed in simple monks robes slipped past the Chinese cordon of troops who had begun shelling the Potala Palace with artillery.. He eventually made it to the Indian border and was given refuge by the Indian Prime Minister Nehru.

In 2008 the Tibetans erupted in protest against Chinese rule in a pent up show of emotion. Their spirits have still not been broken by the military and ideological machine and a massive crackdown ensued that tortured and jailed many innocent Tibetans.

When I was in the Barkor a few days ago there was a massive presence of several types of paramilitary, machine guns at the ready. The Tibetans are on notice to not agitate for their independence on no uncertain terms. To see and feel all of this was stirring and thought provoking.

The Tibetan's beliefs in the Dalai Lama and in Buddhism will never be broken and this may lead to their own genocide by an uncaring Chinese godless bureaucracy.

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5 days In Tibet... Altered States

Just back to Kathmandu after 5 days in Tibet. Sorry I haven't posted regularly, but there was no lack of censorship on the part of the Chiese communists (reference the latest company to see the light in China re: censorship on the net' -- Google

Anyway, flew in to Lhasa from Kathmnadu and had quite a 5 day trip like no other experience in my life. The sky so close, the wind so persistent and irregular, the wildlife so plentful and adapted to the climate. The etched browns, greys and in between shades of mountains rsing off the 12k foot plateau. The old temples and archiectecture of pre-1959 , And, of course, the Tibetans themselves.

Will write more soon.

~Black throated wind
Keeps on pourin' in~

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dang, gonz!!

missed yer b-day!!....happy belated birthday!!..cake and ice cream?...how traditional! hope ya had a pleasant time!!

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Where's Lamagonzo?

Lama....Lamagonzo....Do you read me Lamagonzo?Happy belated birthday wishes for you and positive healing vibrations for the Tibetan people....

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Enjoy Gonzo!

Is about the coolest way to celebrate a birthday that I ever heard!! Have a great one, and best wishes for a happy and healthy next year of your life!
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lamagonzo (not verified)
Well, will be celebrating my birthday in Nepal this evening...

...here in Kathmandu. After being in the country since 2/16 just gradually devolving my western accelerated lifestyle, I feel like I've adjusted to the slower and more family oriented way of life.
Tonight will be a feast of Napali food with a beautiful banquet of cake, ice cream and fresh flowers and fruits, along with the conversation of close and beloved family.

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Yesterday was the Hindu holiday of Holi in Nepal

Which is one of the most bizarre I have ever seen anywhere in the world. Children to 20somethings fill water balloons and chuck them at unsuspecting people from rooftops. Smart people who like to stay dry stay inside and the more frolicsome roam the streets taking their chances with super-soakers (the Chinese rip-off model, of course). Still, it is part of the crazy custom and color of foreign countries that we have this vast variety of experience -- it must be a blast if you have little kids and don't happen to be wearing a threee piece suit to work!

So tomorrow is the big day for me, off to Tibet. Not a grand adventure by any means but a week where the skies are a bluer blue than imaginable and the sun beats down like a hammer from the god's right hand.

I haven't spoken much about the religion of Tibet but it is a highly esoteric form of hybrid Buddhist tantra with certain flavors of Bon and the remnants of an ancient kingdom of Zhangzhung (to the North & West of the country's old boundry). This is the place where powerful, learned men command the gods and not the other way around.

Sadly, karma is karma. If the Tibetans made it go around, the Chinese sure do come around! And there is no god that can get in the was of fated karma!

lamagonzo (not verified)
Yesterday was the Hindu holiday of Holi in Nepal

Which is one of the most bizarre I have ever seen anywhere in the world. Children to 20somethings fill water balloons and chuck them at unsuspecting people from rooftops. Smart people who like to stay dry stay inside and the more frolicsome roam the streets taking their chances with super-soakers (the Chinese rip-off model, of course). Still, it is part of the crazy custom and color of foreign countries that we have this vast variety of experience -- it must be a blast if you have little kids and don't happen to be wearing a threee piece suit to work!

So tomorrow is the big day for me, off to Tibet. Not a grand adventure by any means but a week where the skies are a bluer blue than imaginable and the sun beats down like a hammer from the god's right hand.

I haven't spoken much about the religion of Tibet but it is a highly esoteric form of hybrid Buddhist tantra with certain flavors of Bon and the remnants of an ancient kingdom of Zhangzhung (to the North & West of the country's old boundry). This is the place where powerful, learned men command the gods and not the other way around.

Sadly, karma is karma. If the Tibetans made it go around, the Chinese sure do come around! And there is no god that can get in the was of fated karma!

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Congratulations....

So glad to read that you got your papers Lamagonzo.The last four sentences of your most recent post are pure gold.All the best for the rest of your quest....

lamagonzo (not verified)
Got my Visa for Tibet...

...While the Chinese don't make it hard, they do make it very expensive -- $200 for the privilege of entering a country thaty has been rapped.

While I'm happy that after many years I am finally go to be able to visit the famed "Land of Snows" in a few days, it is still with a heavy heart that I'll be taking a most critical look at what changes the Chinese have wrought on the Tibetan plateau.

In many ways the Tibetans exemplified what a country could do if the population followed a unified course aimed at the further evolution of the human mind, as opposed to the further development of all disciplines aimed toward the goal of material wealth and comfort.

In many ways it will be sad but I'm taking it as a challenge to see how the Tibetans maintain their thousands of years old culture while still having to live up to the rigors of the mind-numbing drubbing of the human psyche through political indoctrination.

The ultimate irony is that the Chinese feel they are giving a helping hand up to a backward cousin trapped into a feudal condition. Unfortunately the Chinese are the like rich uncle who has everything but peace of mind.

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