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Kashag Appeals to Tibetans to Stand committed to Non-Violence

September 1, 2008

TibetNet
August 29 2008

Dharamshala -- The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration has
made a strong appeal to all Tibetans to strengthen their commitment
to non-violence, and to put concerted non-violent efforts to bring a
natural end to the torture and persecution in Tibet.

"Our pursuit of non-violence has not only enabled us to keep alive
the Tibetan issue but also compelled the People's Republic of China
to respond to our policy of rapprochement irrespective of their
sincerity," Kashag said in its statement on worldwide non-violent
action to be held on Saturday, 30 August.

"The Kashag of the central Tibetan Administration would like to
heartily thank all the Tibetans, Tibet supporters and those believing
in non-violence who are taking part to observe this symbolic fasting
and prayer service," the statement noted.

The full text of the Kashag's statement follows:

Statement of the Kashag on the occasion of worldwide fasting and
prayer service on 30 August 2008

Today on 30 August 2008, the last day of the sixth month of
Earth-Mouse Year in Tibetan Calender, Tibetan Solidarity Committee
appealed the Tibetans, Tibet supporters and peace loving people all
over the world to observe a symbolic fasting and prayer service for
12 hours. We are immensely fortunate and grateful that His Holiness
the Dalai Lama has consented to take part in person here, but due to
a slight indisposition this could not happen. However, His Holiness
is observing the fasting and prayer from Mumbai today and we convey
our immense gratitude and respect to him.

The Kashag of the central Tibetan Administration would like to
heartily thank all the Tibetans, Tibet supporters and those believing
in non-violence who are taking part to observe this symbolic fasting
and prayer service.

This activity is not a protest led by hatred, rancour and anger but
by the teachings of the Lord Buddha in all the vehicles to refrain
from harming others and do everything to benefit others with love and
compassion, which is the essence of spiritual practice. Mahatma
Gandhi has shown us with his practical demonstration that this is
only for spiritual practice but it can very well apply to the
politics for the benefits of society and nations. Our effort of today
symbolizes that this method is effectively relevant in the
post-modern world also.

Due to the consistent effort and guidance of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama to pursue non-violent methods to resolve the Tibetan issue, it
has been many years that most of the Tibetan movements remained free
from gross physical violence. This garnered immense support from
around the world for the just cause of Tibet. Our pursuit of
non-violence has not only enabled us to keep alive the Tibetan issue
but also compelled the People's Republic of China to respond to our
policy of rapprochement irrespective of their sincerity. However, on
account of some Tibetans being not able to completely give up
violence in vocal expressions and thoughts, all our efforts till
today instead of achieving a genuine result, is stuck in a vicious
circle. If all the Tibetans have a genuine aspiration to resolve the
just cause of the Tibetan issue, we have to strengthen our commitment
and reinforce the power of non-violence. It is hard to achieve any
results in resolving the Tibetan cause unless anger of the Tibetans
subsides. Therefore, we take this opportunity to strongly appeal to
all the Tibetans and particularly to the monks and nuns to get rid of
any visible hatred and anger, and make every effort to develop
undiluted thought leading to the cultivation of non-violence and
thereby all our physical and vocal expressions become non-violent.

By observing this symbolic fasting and prayer service if we Tibetans
are able to make way to advance a step further in pursuit of our
non-violent movement, it is worth observing. Otherwise, if it turns
into an opportunity that arouses feelings of hatred and anger, it is
then, as the saying goes, "sending ransom to the west when the demon
lies in the east".

On this special occasion, we hope that the observation of fasting and
prayer by numerous people around the world will help the Tibetans to
do away their bad karmic action and enhance meritorious virtues. This
virtue may help Tibetans to get rid of their anger and hatred towards
all sentient beings, especially the PRC authorities who oppress and
torture the Tibetans and instead could help us to respond to them
with love and compassion. Our sincere practice of non-violence will
ultimately help change the mind of the PRC authorities to more
compassionate. We hope and pray that all will firmly believe in
non-violence. We strongly appeal to all the Tibetans to put concerted
non-violent efforts to bring natural end to the torture and
persecution in Tibet.

We pay our condolence and homage to those who lost their lives and
those who are imprisoned ,tortured and beaten in the recent uprisings
in Tibet. We pray that the lives sacrificed by the Tibetans become
worthwhile and end the torture to the innocent Tibetans .We also pray
and sympathise for the victims of the earthquakes in Sichuan and the
one in South-western Tibet recently and the disaster caused by flood
in some other part as well.

We end with the prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's long life
and may the just cause of Tibet prevail.

The Kashag
30 August 2008

--N.B Translated from the Tibetan original
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