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Exhibition marks 50th anniversary of Tibet in exile

July 17, 2009

Dawa Tsering, Tibet Religious Foundation hope exhibit teaches visitors
about region's history and current position By Lu Chia-ying

Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

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2009-07-14 12:00 AM

An exhibition on the Tibetan people's traditions and their experiences
in exile is on display in Taipei now to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of Tibetans and the Tibetan government in exile after the Dalai Lama was
forced to leave Tibet in 1959 following the armed occupation of the
Chinese communist regime.

"The exhibition wants to show people, especially Chinese-language
speakers, the real history and accomplishments of a Tibetan culture that
has been tortured (by Chinese government) over the past 50 years," said
Dawa Tsering, representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Taiwan.

Comparing to speakers of other languages, the reality of Tibet is hardly
known by Chinese speakers because the Chinese government tries to
manipulate information about Tibet, he explained.

Dawa and his Tibet Religious Foundation of H.H. the Dalai Lama are
hosting the exhibition to showcase 440 rare pictures, Tibetan money as
well as religious arts of Tibetan refugees' accomplishments in the
community, education and cultural preservation at Taipei's Chiang
Kai-shek Memorial Hall. The month-long exhibition also features a series
of lectures on Tibet and screenings of several Tibetan films and
documentaries during weekends.

During an interview with the Taiwan News on July 3, Dawa said that the
prior concern of Tibetan people when it comes to the issue of Tibet is
to preserve the Tibetan culture. Tibetans have developed outstanding
achievements in medicine, creating a unique calendar system and carrying
forward Tibetan Buddhism ever since Indian Buddhism was imported to
Tibet in the 80th year of the Christian era, he noted.

Tibetan people hope to retain the cultural heritage created by their
ancestors in the past thousand years, as it is one of the few remaining
origins of human civilization, Dawa continued.

"Once we are assured that the traditions and cultures of Tibet can be
carried forward from generation to generation without any interference
from politics, the issue of Tibet will then be a minor issue and so does
the debate whether Tibet should separate from China," he remarked.

In 1992, it took Dawa nearly a month to walk away from his hometown in
Tibet to Dharamsala with other 11 people - some of whom decided to leave
the motherland to become monks under Tibetan Buddhism, which they were
barred from doing at home as Beijing tightly controls the number of
monks in Tibet.

"The Tibetan tradition to integrate religion and political power results
in the Chinese government's vigilance against the development of Tibetan
Buddhism," Dawa explained.

Outside Tibet, the Dalai Lama and his followers have profoundly
developed Tibetan Buddhism over the past 50 years, although Tibetan
monks in Dharamsala had to practice and improve their understanding of
the rules and teachings of Buddha in rough brick houses with only bare
walls.

Dawa said that the foundation spent half a year preparing the
exhibition, doing their best to present visitors different aspects of
Tibet, ranging from religion, culture, science (including medicine and
development of a calendar system) to documents and images of the Tibetan
people in exile.

Individuals may visit the exhibit for different parts of Tibet that
interest them, but the organizers have worked hard so that at the end of
the visit the exhibit should help every visitor create a comprehensive
understanding on the past and current situation of Tibetan people, both
at home and overseas, and their reasons for striving to preserve the
Tibetan civilization, Dawa said.
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