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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Conference: Tibetan Buddhism at the Engaging the Other conference in San Mateo

November 11, 2009

tephen Colgan
Examiner (Canada)
November 9, 2009

Toronto -- The 4th Annual International Conference on "Engaging the
Other," in San Mateo from November 12th to 15th, will include
representatives of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The conference
will bring over 75 "presenters and visionaries" of varying political
persuasions to examine the problem of polarization in the world,
"addressing fear-based belief systems, negative stereotypes,
polarization, enemy images, scapegoating, and artificial barriers of
distrust that divide us."

There will be 25 concurrent workshops and roundtables on a wide
variety of topics. One of the scheduled panels will discuss the
Tibetan Nonviolent Action Movement. The presenters, Geshe Gendun
Gyatso and Tashi Wangdu, will address the Tibetan freedom movement
led by HH the Dalai Lama and based on the belief that Nonviolence is
the only viable way to resolve any conflict.

There will also be a Tibetan Sand Mandala Ritual by the presenters
and a group of monks from Sera Jhe Monastic University in South India.

Keynote speeches will be by Huston Smith, Michael Ostrolenk, and
Michael Lerner.

Registration is open to all online at or email or telephone Steven Olweean, director of Common Bond
Institute and coordinator of the conference, at 269 665 9393.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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