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Dalai Lama visited pro Tibet event in Berlin

May 24, 2008

by Roman vC
Berlinista (Germany)
May 22, 2008

On monday the Dalai Lama visited Berlin to attend the "Freedom - Germany for Tibet. Tibet for the world." demonstration.

In the afternoon around 25.000 people had gathered on both sides of the Brandenburg gate to attend the event organized by the Tibet Iniative Deutschland e.V. and the Verein der Tibeter in Deutschland e.V.

The event, moderated by German actor Ralf Bauer who since many years is a friend and supporter of Tibet, saw some speeches by German politicians like Dr. Geisler and a supporting program by well known German bands like Wir Sind Helden, 2raumwohnung and Curse - just to mention a few.

When his holiness finally arrived on stage at 5pm the crowd was overwhelmed by his presence and especially the Tibetans living in Germany, many of them dressed in traditional outfits, waved their flags.

The Dalai Lama is one if not the most charismatic living person who is known all over the world across political and religious borders and is highly distinguished. The peace nobel prize winner started his speech inviting the people to think about the victims, families and friends who suffered from the huge earth quake in China. Many of them lost their lives and numerous persons lost all their belongings. The Dalai Lama said that the Tibetan exile government has asked the people in Tibet to pause their protests in order to show their respect and compassion for their Chinese brothers and sisters.

During his speech the man of peace and dialogue repeatedly talked about the friendship with the Chinese population, pointing out that separation is absolutely not what Tibet aims for. Quite the contrary - they are very happy about the positive development of the Chinese economy and hope to profit one day because Tibet needs the strong Chinese economy.

The Dalai Lama judges the Tibet question as some just and moral case and the people who support Tibet are not against China but for justice and moral. He asked all humans to spread their care for Tibet towards all people around the world who suffer. “The 20th century has been a century of wars. From my personal point of view i think that we should make the 21st century a century of the dialogue.” Caring about all people on the planet is from his point of view some improvement for all humans.

One of the causes for the world-wide Tibet support movement is the peaceful way the Tibetans deal with their problems. Every one should make nonviolence a part of his daily life. Practicing nonviolence in your daily life and supporting the Tibetans on their non-violent march make up for a very nice ensemble - is what he said - smiling very happily.

The Dalai Lama saw the location of last monday’s get together as a symbol, because that was the place where the east German public brought down the Berlin wall with peaceful protest and non-violence.

At the end of his speech the Dalai Lama didn’t want to leave before having said something about the flag of Tibet - pointing out that all those flags you could see on monday are no symbol of some anti Chinese approach. He told the crowd that it was Mao, whom he met several times during his nearly six months visit to China in 1954, 55 was the one who allowed Tibet to keep the flag. On one occasion Mao addressed the Dalai Lama asking if Tibet already had a flag, the Dalai Lama said yes and Mao replied that this was fine with him and the Tibetans should keep it. As the Dalai Lama pointed out, they like to put the Tibetan flag right next to the Chinese flag back in Tibet to show their support for the big country. They regard themselves as advanced in some spiritual kind of way. “But you have to judge for yourself. That’s just the way we see ourselves!” They don’t want some separation from China - they just wanna keep their culture and religion. Even for many young Chinese people the flag is a symbol because it represents peace and harmony.

Before the holy man left the stage, three young Tibetan girls handed over 40.000 signatures that got collected during the last weeks in Germany to show the support of the German population for Tibet.

After this impressive speech of the Dalai Lama whom many see as the ideal human being, the visitors of the gathering let 3.000 balloons in the Tibetian colors fly up in the sky. Some nice and symbolic act at the end of some remarkable afternoon.
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