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Walk for Tibet by Taktser Rinpoche's son enters 24th day

April 3, 2009

In his father's footsteps, a young Tibetan is
walking cross country to pay his respects to all
those people who stood for Tibet's independence.
Kalsang Rinchen
Phayul
April 2, 2009

Dharamsala, April 2 -- A nephew of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama has entered the 24th day of his --
walk for Tibet" to pay tribute to his father and
all those who fought for Tibet’s independence, a
website dedicated to the walk said.

Jigme Norbu, son of late Takster Rinpoche, who
stood by his commitment for complete independence
for Tibet until he breathed his last on September
5 last year, started his "walk for Tibet" from
Indiana on March 10 coinciding with the 50th
anniversary of the Tibetan people’s uprising
against the invading communists forces. Along his
walk, he talks to people about Tibet's history,
its ongoing struggle and Chinese repression while also distributing leaflets.

"My father was a big inspiration," Norbu said.
"He fought almost his whole life."

Jigme’s legs and body have become sore and large
blisters have formed on his feet, according to
Wangchuk, a 66 year old former member of Tibetan
parliament assisting Jigme on the walk. "My pain
is nothing compared to what my brothers and
sisters have suffered in Tibet, under Chinese
oppression that has now lasted for over six
decades,” said Norbu who walks about 25 miles everyday.

"It is really inspiring to see a member of Yabshi
(His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s family) taking
such an initiative. I did not know that he was
son of Taktser Rinpoche until I read about his
walk on the internet," said Tenzin Tsering, a Tibetan college student.

Norbu is expected to reach Washington DC on April
4. He will then head for Boston and New York City
where Tibetans and supporters will gather to
conclude his walk at the Chinese Consulate in Mid
May when he will have walked 900 miles.
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