The physical, cultural, political and spiritual home of the Tibetan people has been in jeopardy for the past 50 years. In 1949, the People's Liberation Army of China invaded Tibet with the hopes of occupying the region. The 14th Dalai Lama, the political and spiritual leader of Tibet, was forced to flee his country in 1959 and live in exile in Dharamsala, India followed by over 100, 000 Tibetans. Since the invasion and occupation of Tibet, over one million Tibetans have been killed and six thousand monasteries, temples and nunneries have been destroyed, leaving thousands more people to be imprisoned and tortured.
Today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; continues his steadfast dedication towards non-violent methods in reclaiming his home and culture. Not only am I in constant awe of his dedication and wisdom in his non-violent approach towards resolving the conflict, genocide and return home, but he has inspired millions of people to live a more awakened life.
Awareness of our global surroundings, as well as our personal sufferings has been a constant message of the Dalai Lama. You need not be Tibetan or even Buddhist to take away a message of peace and loving-kindness that he offers. Therefore, I offer this brief post about the plight of the Tibetan people to shed light on the suffering of a nation, as well as inspire you to realize that you can take action in a peaceful, enlightened and powerful way toward your own personal and global struggles.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the tress and the stars. In the noisy confusion of the world, keep peace in your heart - Max Ehrmann