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Tibetan Solidarity Committee to hold worldwide Mass Prayer, Fasting on 30 August

August 17, 2008

Tibetan Solidarity Committee, Dharamsala
August 13, 2008

Detail programme of 12-hour long Fasting and Prayer Service to be
observed by Tibetans, Tibet supporters and by the peace loving people
of the world on 30th August 2008 or Last day of the 6th Month in
Tibetan Calendar.

1. Aims of this Fasting and Prayer Service:

a) To purify negative actions of all beings, particularly of Tibetan
and Chinese people, and, to accumulate and multiply our collective
good karma. As a result, this will:

b) Bring long, healthy life to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and help
his activities to prosper and benefit all sentient beings.

c) Ease all the conflicts, diseases, sufferings, and natural
calamities in the world, so that all beings shall live in peace and harmony.

d) Cleanse the negative actions of all those Tibetans who have died
fighting for their political cause in the aftermath of March protest
in Tibet this year and help them reborn in higher realm and
eventually get freed from vicious Samsaric cycle. And,
instantaneously relieve those Tibetan who are still enduring
atrocities under the brutal Chinese oppression from their sufferings,
and for the truth of Tibetan issue to prevail soon.

e) Finally get all those people in the world in general and Tibetans
in particular, who have been victims of forced oppression and
violence and deprived of their religious freedom and freedom of
conscience and expression, be freed and enjoy state of well-being and
freedom. And, dismantle all the hatred in the hearts of oppressors
and guide them with discerning wisdom, and

f) Earnestly remind and appeal to all the human beings to effectively
counter the acts of oppression, violence and injustice with
non-violent and peaceful means, borne out of compassion and loving
kindness to our oppressor.

2. Duration of Fasting and Prayer Service:

a) On the auspicious day of 30th August 2008 and the last day of 6th
Month in Tibetan Calendar, the Fasting and Prayer Service shall be
observed in one's respective area from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. for 12 hours.

b) In specific area of special cases, if the above timing is
inconvenient they can modify the timeline, suppose, from 0800 hrs to
2000 hrs but the idea is to observe 12 hours long fast and prayer on that day.

c) Those who are old and infirm, patients and children who cannot
participate in a 12-hour fast can join in for 10 minutes or half an
hour or up to one hour, according to their disposition.

3. Observing Fast:

During the period of observing fast, one is allowed to drink hot or
cold water (plain water). But drinking tea, milk, fruit juice and
other energy drinks should be barred as well as eating, chewing and
munching any eatables. However, daily medical prescriptions are
exception; one can take them as in their daily routine.

4. Program of the Prayer Service:

a) In the monastic assemblies of four great traditions of Tibetan
Buddhism, and Bon, as well as in other smaller monasteries and
nunneries, apart from performing one's own traditional pujas and
activities unique to them, all should recite as many as possible the
Prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Guru Prayers, Dhen-pai
Nga-dra, Dhen-stik Mon-lam (Prayer of Truth), Prayer of 21 Taras,
Six-syllable Mani mantra and invocation prayers of deities Palden
Lhamo and Nechung.

b) Those Tibet supporters and others who are non-Tibetan and who do
not recite Tibetan prayers can observe silent fast or they can recite
prayers and hymns of their respective faiths.

c) At intervals, official statements may be read out and speech on
introduction of this fast campaign should be invited. But raising
slogans and aggressive speeches should be avoided.

d) To make offerings and prayers to any place of worship nearby your
fast observing site.

5. How to assemble:

a) In monasteries and in nunneries, all the monks or nuns should
assemble together for mass in their respective Prayer Halls or
Monastery Assembly Halls.

b) Dharma and Retreat Centers should assemble as many people as
possible in their prayer halls.

c) In schools, all the students and staff should gather in the school
auditorium/hall to observe the fast.

d) In Tibetan settlements, people may assemble in community halls or
any other facilities available in the area.

e) Hospitals and Old Age Homes that have difficulty assembling with
masses can gather on their own in their respective premises.

f) Scattered Tibetan community who don't have specific meeting place
can observe by themselves at home or together with their neighbours.

g) Tibet Support Groups can observe fast by gathering at convenient
location or at specific place where large participation is possible

h) Those Tibetans, Tibetan supporters and justice and peace loving
people of the world, who cannot go and join the masses to observe
fast and prayer service, can observe it at their own home.

6. Reporting:

On completion of one-day fast, a report should be submitted by
Regional Committees, Associations or individuals clearly mentioning
the number of attendance and the detail programmes of the event, to
Tibetan Solidarity Committee, Dharamsala.

Tibetan Solidarity Committee
13th August 2008
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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