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HH the Dalai Lama Offers His Blessing to Candle for Tibet

July 31, 2008

Candle for Tibet, the biggest single action in the world for a free Tibet,
is now officially supported by HH the Dalai Lama.

For immediate release.

Tel Aviv, July 29, 2008 -- HH the Dalai Lama acknowledged today the
importance of the Candle for Tibet (CFT) campaign for Freedom in Tibet and
for all mankind.

"We hope your Candle for Tibet campaign will inspire the Chinese authorities
to appreciate the value of freedom of all mankind and the importance of the
Tibetan Buddhist culture that is benefiting millions of people and has the
potential to serve humanity as a whole, including the Chinese people," said
Tsering Tashi representative of HH the Dalai Lama.

The CFT action, named "The Greatest Light Protest on Earth", will start on
Thursday, August 7th, 2008 at 9:00 p.m., when at least 100 million people
all over the world will light a candle in public, with friends or at their

The event will then continue with light shows all over the world performed
by light artists.

CFT organizers also encourage all freedom lovers in the world to drive their
cars with headlights on during the entire day of Friday, August 8th,
2008 -- the day of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony -- in appreciation of
their own freedom.

CFT is additionally calling on all people attending the opening ceremony in
Beijing to light candles, lighters, flashlights and cell phones at the
moment the Chinese delegation enters the Olympic stadium.

Synchronized with the beginning of the opening ceremony, teams from "Sad
Smoky Mountains" will flare the skies with red smoke from skyscrapers,
monuments and major buildings In major cities, and from the summits of more
than 100 mountains on three continents. (For more information on Sad Smoky
Mountains, visit

"Like you, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in
Exile is not against the coming Olympics to be held in Beijing,²
added Tsering Tashi. ³We are also not against the Chinese people, who
also do not enjoy genuine human rights and freedoms that the people
in the free world take for granted."

"We are elated to have the blessing of His Holiness," said David
Califa, who created the Campaign for Tibet four months ago. "It
strengthens the values on which our non-violent action is based."


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