August 29, 2008
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

An appeal from Office of Tibet in Australia to join non-violent action

Friday, 29 August 2008, 11:59 a.m.


Canberra: The representative
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australia, Mr Tenzin Phuntsok Atisha,
has made a personal request to Tibet supporters and peace loving people
in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, to join worldwide non-violent action on Saturday, 30 August 2008.

On that day, Tibetans and Tibet supporters around the world will
observe a symbolic 12-hour fast with prayers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This is an extremely important non-violent action undertaken by
the Tibetans under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a
very critical period for Tibet, said Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong Rinpoche
of the Central Tibetan Administration.

The fast is symbolic of Tibetans’ re-commitment to the path of
non-violence, aims to bring relief to those enduring hardship in Tibet,
said Kalon Tripa, adding, it is an effort “to create wisdom and
compassion in the minds of the oppressor.”

Representative Mr Atisha said: “People will be gathering to
observe the fast at a number of events organised by Tibetan Community
Associations, Dharma Centres and Tibet Support Groups in Australia and
New Zealand. Please see the list of locations and contact details below
and also visit atc.org.au.”

“If you can’t make it to one of these locations but want to
take part, you can observe the fast by yourself at home between 7.00am
and 7.00pm. Water (hot or cold) is allowed. Please use common sense if
you begin to feel unwell in any way,” he added.

Voices of Support

The Australia Tibet Council has extended their endorsement and
support to the worldwide non-violent action by peace-loving people for
truth, human rights and world peace and fight against oppression in
Tibet.

“The members of Australia Tibet Council (ATC) and supporters
will be joining Australia’s Tibetan Communities at many locations
across the country to observe the fast and join in this very timely and
important peaceful action,” said Paul Bourke, Executive Officer of ATC,
in his message on 27 August.

Mr Bourke said: “Over the coming weeks, as international
attention on China subsides after the Olympic Games and we move into a
new phase in the Tibetan struggle, it is more important than ever to
maintain the international support for Tibet. It is timely for Tibetans
and Tibet supporters to re-affirm their commitment to peace and
non-violence.”

“For many Tibetans 2008 has been a year of tremendous hardship.
Yet despite the immense challenges of recent months we remain convinced
that under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and through a
steadfast commitment to truth and non-violence, the coming months will
mark the beginning of a brighter future for Tibet,” he said.

He further said: “ATC is calling for substantive,
results-orientated and time-bound negotiations on the future of Tibet
to begin immediately. We are urging the Australian government to be
forthright with the Chinese leadership and to encourage President Hu
Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao to enter into direct negotiations with
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”

“ATC continues to call for full media access to Tibetan areas
and for the release of the more than one thousand monks and lay
Tibetans unaccounted for since March,” Mr Bourke said.

“ATC sends its heartfelt support and encouragement to all the
Tibetans, Tibet supporters and peace-loving people of the world who
will be observing the 12-hour fast and prayers,” he added.

Details of events around Australia and New Zealand follows:

Victoria (3 locations)
Host: Tibetan Community of Victoria
Where: Tara Institute, 3 Mavis Ave, Brighton East
Time: 8.00am to 8.00pm
Contact: Community President, Thupten Dhondup on 0417560562

Host: Drol Kar Buddhist Centre
Where: 625 Nortons Rd, Paraparap
Contact: Spiritual Director, Geshe Sonam Thargye on 03 5266 1788

Host: Kagyue E-Vam Buddhist Institute
Where: 673 Lygon St, Carlton North
Contact: 03 9387 0422

New South Wales (2 locations)
Host: Tibetan Community of NSW
Where: St. Kevin’s Hall, Oak Ave, Dee Why
Time: 8.00am to 8.00pm
Contact: Community President, Tenzin Gaden on 0413542320

Host: Vajrayana Institute
Where: 9 Victoria Square. Ashfield
Time: 7.00am to 7.00pm
Contact: VI Office on 02 9798 9644

Canberra (2 Locations)
Host: Tibetan Community of ACT
Where: Tibetan Buddhist Centre, 25 Alderman St. Evatt
Time: 8.00am to 8.00pm
Contact: Community President, Tsering Deki on 0422302648

Host: Chengawa Centre, 32 Atkinson St. Cook
Time: 8am to 8pm
Contact: 02 6125 4662

Queensland (2 Locations)

Host: Tibetan Community of QLD
Where: Chenrezig Institute, 33 Johnson Road, Eudlo
Time: 8.00am to 8.00pm
Contact: CI Office on 07 5453 2108

Host: Devachen Study Group- Mackay
Contact: 07 4954 5188

South Australia
Host: Tibetan Community of SA
Where: Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 8 Ross Avenue, Flinders Park, Adelaide
Time: 7.00am to 7.00pm
Contact: Community President, Tenzin Dhargyal on 08 8351 8788

Tasmania
Where: Chag-Tong Chen-Tong Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, Warwick St, West Hobart
Time: 8.00am to 8.00pm
Contact: Dr. Anna Alomes on 03 6226 2258 or Dr. Sonam Thakchoe on 03 6224 6292

Western Australia
Host: Hayagriva Buddhist Cenre,64 Banksia Tce, Kensington
Time: 6am to 6pm
Contact: 08 9367 4817

New Zealand
Host: Tibetan Community and Friends of Tibet (NZ)
Where: Dorje Chang Institute, 56 Powell St. Avondale, Auckland
Time: 7.00am to 7.00pm
Contact: Geshe Thupten Wangchen on 09 828 3333 or Mr. Thuten Kesang 09 483 7275

For further information contact the Tibet Information Office on 02 6285 4046

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