I just signed an urgent petition calling on the Chinese
government to respect human rights in Tibet and engage in meaningful dialogue
with the Dalai Lama. This is really important, and I thought you might want to
After nearly 50 years of Chinese rule,
the Tibetans are sending out a global cry for change. But violence is spreading
across Tibet and neighbouring regions, and the Chinese regime is right now
considering a choice between increasing brutality or dialogue, that could
determine the future of Tibet and China.
We can affect this historic choice. China does care about its international
reputation. Its economy is totally dependent on "Made in China" exports that we
all buy, and it is keen to make the Olympics in Beijing this summer a
celebration of a new China that is a respected world power.
President Hu needs to hear that 'Brand China' and the Olympics can succeed
only if he makes the right choice. But it will take an avalanche of global
people power to get his attention. Click below to join me and sign a
petition to President Hu calling for restraint in Tibet and dialogue with the
Dalai Lama -- and tell absolutely everyone you can right away. The petition is
organized by Avaaz, and they are urgently aiming to reach 1 million signatures
to deliver directly to Chinese officials:
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Sent: Thursday, March 20,[masked]:06
Subject: [buddhism-552] Burma and Tibet
Burma and Tibet Peace Gathering
Crescent Lake Park, St.
Peace Meditation and Discussion + Literature Table
Educate ourselves and the public on peace issues
and the ongoing
repression in Burma
Support Burmese Monks and the People of
When: Saturday, March 22,[masked] am- 2 pm
Crescent Lake Park
1320 5th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Meeting at: The North end of the Park, on 22nd Ave under the Banyan
There is a small trail which loops around the north end of
the park which can be used for a silent march or walking meditation.
Zenrin Robert Lewis abbot of the Jacksonville Zen Sangha will
participating along with Ayya Sudharshana and Bhante Tassi from CPP
Burma Tibet Support Gathering.
Contact: Erin Lauer[masked]
or Tom Lacey (727)[masked]
Please forward this and do as
much other publicity as you can!
Please join us in St Petersburg this Saturday to
support the people of Burma and Tibet.
From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm we
will gather at the north end of Crescent Lake Park, near 22nd Ave and 5th St.
Buddhist Peace Fellowship will host a table with literature
and petitions. Come and talk about what we might do to help.
1:00 there will be a short program including guided lovingkindness
RAIN OR SHINE: if it rains, we will have the literature
under a canopy, and will direct people who want to discuss to a local coffee
shop. The meditation and chanting will be in the park about 1:00 regardless of
This will a non-confrontational, non-partisan gathering in the
spirit of the protests in Burma: "Love and kindness must win over everything."
Everyone with an interest in peace is welcome.
This free event is
sponsored by the Tampa Bay chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, an
international organization that was founded in 1978, and now has chapters in
29 states and 11 countries. Members come from many different Buddhist
Who: Sponsored by the Tampa
Bay chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Everyone with an interest in
peace and freedom in Burma and Tibet is welcome.
& chanting (1:00 pm) and information exchange in support of the struggles
of the people of Burma and Tibet
When: Saturday March 22, 10:00 am
to 2:00 pm. Program at 1:00
Where: Crescent Lake Park, north end
near 22nd Ave and 5th St. North.
Why: To raise awareness of the
situations in Burma and Tibet, and express support for the people of those
How: Literature and petitions, informal discussions. At
1:00 there will be a short
Crescent Lake Park, is located just south of 22nd Avenue,
near 5th Street North.
From I-275, take the exit at 22nd Ave North,
and head East about 1-mile to the park.
There should be a google
map available at:
more information contact:
Rick Ferriss:[masked] (cell phone at
Event web pages:
Peace Fellowship Tampa Bay web
Buddhist Peace Fellowship Tampa Bay
Google group website:
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship - Tampa
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