Help Us Build A Girls School
We started a fundraising campaign on Crowdrise to help us complete the construction of a school for Nomad Girls in Tibet. We are going in July to bring the funds to start securing resources for starting construction nest Spring. It will be the first school of its kind in the area and we have a commitment from each family in the village to send a daughter to the school.
TKU KarmaBlast Charity Art Show
This Friday September 21; 7pm – 10pm at Art Share LA – 801 East 4th Place Los Angeles, CA 90013 there will be an exciting evening of art and music where The Karma Underground and KarmaBlast are holding a charity art show and auction to benefit the people of Tibet. The show is to help raise money to build an all girl school for nomads in Tibet and all of the proceeds from the night will be donated to KarmaBlast.
Come and help us build a Girls School in Tibet. Your participation will make a difference in the direction of the lives of 108 girls and will have a resounding effect in the entire region. You CAN make a difference and don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Samir Arghandwall of 7th Letter will be live painting and DJ sets by J. ROCC, TICK (Latch Brothers/Routines/Dragons), Kiino Villand and Special Guests. There will also be live screen-printing by Hit and Run. A limited edition print by Malleus will be for sale to benefit the cause. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.
Artists: Allison Torneros, Andrea Lahue, Angela Clayton, B+, BD Miller, Birdman, Brenda Proudfoot, Casey Gray, Chuck P, Coop, Cyrcle, Daniel Jung, Dawn Wirth, Deedee Cheriel, Devin Liston, D Young V, E , Eddie Colla , Edition 100, Eric Pederson, Erwin Recinos, Esther Pearl Watson, Filthgrime, Gilbert Johnquest, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Heather Hoxsey, Henry Rollins, Ken Lee, Hugh Leeman, Jack Speciez, James Moreno, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jennifer Lafferty, John Carr, John Park, Kevin Rolly, Kiino Villand, Koffinz, Lantz Huston, Laura Shumate, Leba, Lydia Emily, Malleus, Margaret Leahy, Mark Todd, Michaela Devon Kary, Mike Maxwell, Miles Thompson, Paul Chatem, Rich DeSimone/Lucky Bunny, Risk, Sage Vaughn, SALTR, Samir ìEVOLî Arghandwall of Seventh Letter, Sean Cheetham, SEEN, Sequoia Emmanuelle, Shaun Roberts, Shaunna Peterson, Shepard Fairey, Skyler Grey, Sophia Gasparian, Steven Ballinger, Tada Chae, Tara McPherson, Texas Tom Carr, Tim Kerr, Brendan Behan, Ruby Hurley, Medgar Evers, Tom Neely, Van Arno
Sponsors: 12 oz Prophet, Art Share LA, Cool Haus, Edition One Hundred, Endless Canvas, Hit and Run, Karma Blast, Komodo, LA Taco, LAB ART, LALA Arts, Mad Props, Malleus, The Do Lab, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Warholian.com
Beginning in 2008 and continuing into today the U.S., Europe, Asia and most of the world is enduring an economic recession. Economic recession however offers a unique opportunity to understand the difference between money and wealth.
Money is a symbol that expresses how we value ourselves and others and also represents society’s values at a particular time and place in history. Wealth on the other hand is a state of consciousness that represents generosity of spirit that translates into material abundance. If we could know the truth of this much of the world’s suffering would be diminished.
My experience interacting with some of the lamas in Tibet and their generosity of spirit has provided me with the insight into this truth. This insight is only one small bit of knowledge of which the Tibetans hold the ultimate treasure chest. The Tibetans, having studied the nature of the mind and the nature of phenomena in a traceable lineage for the past 1300 years, is perhaps the most spiritual culture in the world. Now, unfortunately the Tibetan culture is on the very brink of destruction, and every government in the world is aware of the fact yet not one has come to its direct aid. We are all complicit in its demise by not reacting. This is an indication of the reality of the sad state of our world today. We value dollars over true wealth. We value greed over true happiness. We value pride over equanimity. We value holding a grudge over cultivating a compassionate heart.
Our very own dispassion for the situation in China and Tibet is a direct reflection of our values. Perhaps it also has to do with the cause.
However all problems can be viewed simply as challenges and opportunities. The only good thing about the imminent demise of this supremely valuable culture is that it can be reversed. My opinion is that most people are suffering within the constrictions of their own lives, extreme social mores, governments repressive or not, tyrants and most of all humans are held prisoners within their own minds. Human and animal rights are still in a primitive state. I think people, in their hearts know there is a deeper experience to be had. I pray this happens very soon. A very profound opportunity is about to disappear.
Open Letter to Apple Inc, Tim Cook and All Others Doing Business In China:
The Chinese Government is actively and aggressively engaged in the elimination of Tibetans and the Tibetan culture. The Chinese government embraces a policy that focuses on Tibet’s cultural elimination through torture, murder, forced sterilizations, fear mongering, kidnapping of monks and nuns, and propaganda to name a few. Whereas you are in a unique position to affect Chinese policy we would urge you to encourage the Chinese Government to address its counterproductive policies in the Tibetan areas, which have created tensions and threatened the unique religious, cultural, and linguistic identity of the Tibetan people.
Whereas the Tibetan culture is a very rare and valuable culture, having studied the nature of the mind and the nature of phenomena in a traceable lineage for the past 1300 years, and is considered perhaps the most spiritual culture in the world today we would ask, considering your unique position in China, to affect pressure to help resolve these issues.
We know that Mr. Jobs might have felt a certain sensitivity to what the Tibetans contribute to the world. Apple Inc has had another record year in several financial and income categories. Please bring your personal success to now be of benefit to the world at large. Now beyond material success, please enjoy the success of having done something meaningful, something more powerful and beyond the bottom line. Now, Think Different. We all know what you are. Now please, show the world who you are.
Please, anyone who reads this help edit to a more measured or palatable form for a full-page NY Times publication. Thank you.
Xi’s Visit to the U.S.
In the span of world and political history China is just coming out of the dark ages, albeit very quickly in a global economic way. The Chinese government’s policy to “crackdown” and “strike hard” is a primitive technique to bring fear not only to the Tibetans but also to their own population or to anyone who has an idea to bring reform. (It seems to be well documented that China’s domestic or in-country spy agencies consume more of the nation’s budget than its military defense.) Nevertheless, the wise action would be to support the Tibetan spiritual effort.
All this talk about freeing the serfs and bringing a better economy to Tibet has nothing to do with China’s agenda in Tibet. If China was altruistic they wouldn’t be engaged in torture and murder of innocents.
If China continues its “strike hard” policy in Tibet, China will continue to lose face to the rest of the world. They will also have lost an incredible opportunity to be world leaders in a meaningful way.
Letter to Hillary Clinton, Secy of State, U.S.
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of The United States of America
Maria Otero, Undersecretary of State for Human Rights
January 24, 2012
Dear Ms. Clinton and Ms. Otero,
Chinese security forces opened fire on unarmed Tibetan protesters in Drango, Kardze yesterday (as reported by the Washinton Post http://wapo.st/yEoskr) which resulted in the fatal wounding of three demonstrators and serious injury to at least 30 others. This followed an incident last week where security forces opened fire on an unarmed crowd in Ngaba injuring a number of Tibetans.
In the light of the recent self-immolations by Tibetan nuns and monks, the growing number of demonstrations inside Tibet and the extreme response being taken by Chinese security forces, I would call upon you and our government to speak up for Tibetans’ human rights and condemn China’s abhorrent use of force on unarmed Tibetans.
Ms. Clinton and Ms. Otero, you have been outspoken and consistent in defending human rights and supporting political and economic freedom in many troubled areas around the globe. Please now take the time to speak up for and defend the rights of the Tibetan people before there is even greater bloodshed.
With the Chinese New Year having just been celebrated and the Tibetan New Year falling on February 22nd, closely followed by the 53rd commemoration of the Tibetan National Uprising Day on March 10th, there is real danger of an escalation in tensions that could result in the loss of many lives.
In view of this, it is increasingly critical that you, on behalf of our government publicly condemn the actions of the Chinese security forces. At the same time there must be an urgent call on the Chinese government to show restraint in its response to Tibetans who are doing no more than exercising their fundamental human right to peacefully demonstrate, to express their long and deep held grievances against Chinese government rule and to show their great sadness and pain over the self-immolations by nuns and monks.
The United States government has asserted that its aspiration is to see long-term stability for Tibet. In the rapidly deteriorating situation inside Tibet, now would be a key time for The U.S. to lead the way and urge world governments to multi-laterally encourage and support the Chinese government to give consideration to the Tibetan people’s grievances, engage in points of substance and set in place practical mechanisms whereby a meaningful and productive dialogue could begin.
China’s actions in Tibet show a complete disregard to basic human rights. Its policy of quashing any form of demonstration or criticism through increasing instances of arbitrary arrests, trials conducted without access to independent representation, meting out of draconian prison sentences, torture whilst in detention and now even more extreme measures such as firing on unarmed crowds, illustrate an ever more flagrant contempt of international standards. If governments do not consistently stand up and condemn China’s actions, it is tantamount to giving China carte blanche to continue its appalling policies unabated.
For China to be part of the international community it must adhere to international norms and principles. If China is allowed to continue its policies inside Tibet unchecked, the world could witness a horrific and tragic meltdown. We will all have responsibility for having allowed it to happen.
This is a modified version from an article by Tibet Society and their similar request to William Hague in London on January 24th, 2012. Bit.ly/2401TS