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"Dalai Lama's Man in America" Joins Candle for Tibet

August 5, 2008

Candle4Tibet
August 4, 2008

Robert Thurman, whom the New York Times called "The Dalai Lama's man
in America," officially supports Candle for Tibet, the biggest single
action in the world for a free Tibet.

In France, Marcelle Roux, founder and President of the France-Tibet
Association, joins too.

Tel Aviv, August 4 - Robert A. F. Thurman, close personal friend of
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and father of renowned actress Uma
Thurman, has officially joined the Candle for Tibet (CFT) campaign.
He will speak and open CFT's public candle lighting in Union Square,
NYC, on Thursday August 7th.

"The Candle for Tibet initiative is a most wonderful thing," said
Thurman, president of Tibet House US, in a statement sent to Candle
for Tibet. "We seem powerless to ameliorate conditions on the ground
in the present crisis moment. This peaceful prayer vigil, since it
focuses the minds of many millions on the different sufferings of
tormented and tormentor alike, is a powerful way to intervene. And it
does not preclude anything else we can think of and do further on. I
hope everyone who reads this will join in this important effort."

Marcelle Roux, founder and President of the France-Tibet Association,
joins CFT campaign in France. Mrs Roux is planning, if her health
permits, to open the public candle lighting in Paris.

"Congratulations, my friends, for this fabulous action in favour of
freedom in Tibet. Special thanks to Mr David Califa for his
dedication and his creativity. Thank you to all the members of
Candle4Tibet for their generous and tireless efforts." Said Marcelle
Roux, who H.H. the Dalai Lama named "The Mother of the flag."

CFT recently received official support from His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, and Thurman and Roux's participation adds yet more prominent
names to the effort. The New York Times has referred to Thurman as
"The Dalai Lama's man in America" and Time magazine has named him one
of the "25 Most Influential Americans."

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 homes. People can join the action at
http://www.candle4tibet.org.

CFT organizers are expecting millions to take parts in public candle
lighting events throughout the world. "We can hardly keep up with the
flow of incoming events" Says David Califa, who created the campaign
and is running it from Tel Aviv. "We have vigils in virtually every
major city in the world. The beauty of it is that we organized none
of them. It is truly a people's protest". (Click here for complete
list of candle-lit vigils.)

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 www.sadsmokymountains.net.)

"Mr. Thurman and Mrs. Roux's support of our efforts is very
inspiring," said David Califa, who created the Campaign for Tibet
four months ago. "It reinforces the importance of our non-violent
action and the power it will have for the people of Tibet."

More about Robert A. F. Thurman from his website :
A scholar, author, former Tibetan Buddhist monk, co-founder with
Richard Gere of Tibet House in New York City, a close personal friend
of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and father of five children
including the actress, Uma Thurman, he is the Jey Tsong Khapa
Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University.
Time magazine named him one of the "25 Most Influential Americans."
He has lectured all over the world; his charisma and enthusiasm draw
packed audiences.
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