Death of Nelson Mandela

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Death of Nelson Mandela

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In the face of major world events I get a little disappointed at the lack of attention paid by Tibetan Buddhist leadership (HH Dalai Lama excluded).
This is possibly reflection of Tibet’s incredibly insular culture…maybe? Or possibly due to a serious lack of secular education? dunno.
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HH Dalai Lama's Condolences at the Passing On of Nelson Mandela.
December 6th 2013

New Delhi, India, 6 December 2013 – In a letter to the family of Nelson Mandela, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his deep sadness on learning of the passing away of Nelson Mandela. His Holiness wrote: “In his death the world has lost a great leader, whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in securing peace and reconciliation during South Africa’s transition from apartheid rule. Under his leadership South Africa was transformed through peaceful means, in the spirit of reconciliation.”

His Holiness said that he will personally miss a dear friend, who he had hoped to meet again and for whom he had great admiration and respect. In his letter, His Holiness continued, “He was a man of courage, principle and unquestionable integrity, a great human being, someone of whom we can truly say, “He lived a meaningful life.” I pray for him and offer my heartfelt condolences to you, the members of your family and the entire people of South Africa.”

Finally, His Holiness expressed that although Nelson Mandela had physically departed, his spirit will go on. He expressed that the best tribute we can pay to him is to do whatever we can to contribute to honoring the oneness of humanity and working for peace and reconciliation as he did.
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What lack of attention are you referring to?
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philji wrote:What lack of attention are you referring to?
Well....when u consider that parallels between the Tibetan struggle for freedom and Mandela's life long commitment for the same, it seems odd to me that his passing is going unrecognized by the greater Tibetan community in general, an the community's leaders in particular.

Again as initially stated, other than HH Dalai Lama, the rest of the Rinpoches are silent.

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Considering that he only died last night and also that mainstream news such as BBC and CNN etc are hardly likely to put condolences on there from Tibetan Lamas I think it is unfair to state that the Tibetan community is ignoring. in Samye Ling Monastery,Scotland prayers are being said and I am sure they will not be alone in this....
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From Shambhala Times.

The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, has begun practices for Nelson Mandela, the historic leader who spearheaded the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and inspired the transformation of his country into the “rainbow nation.”

The Sakyong has invited members of the Shambhala community to dedicate their individual or community practice to the commemoration of “Madiba,” the name by which Mr. Mandela is affectionately known and honored throughout South Africa. Individuals can dedicate the benefit of their personal practice to Madiba, his family and all those who are experiencing loss and mourning in the wake of the announcement of his death. They may also wish to contemplate the historic role that Madiba played and the impact of his life and message on the world. Shambhala Centers and groups may similarly dedicate their practice to Madiba. His photo may be placed on the shrine for the occasion; people could be invited to speak from their heart about what his life means to them; there could be readings from his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom”; there could be individual and group contemplation of his role in bringing about the end of apartheid and the contribution he has made to a more just world order.

In a letter to Mr Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, the Sakyong has written: “The whole world watched as Madiba emerged from 27 years in prison, a free man. He had devoted himself single-mindedly to breaking the shackles of apartheid, which had held his country and its people in its grip for decades. Through his deep inner work, his personal struggle and his vision for what the world now calls “the rainbow nation,” he came to a powerful and unshakeable awareness of the human dignity inherent in all people. This was the conviction that fueled him. It inspired his followers, and even his opponents. As he said: ‘I have never yet met an enemy whom I did not try to turn into a friend.’ What made him a giant of history is that he tried to do that not only for himself, but for his entire nation. In this way, his life has been an inspiration for all humanity. I bow to his courage, love, and vision.”
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Its certainly surprising to me that this thread is seeing so little traffic considering the genuine greatness of the man.
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Simon E. wrote:Its certainly surprising to me that this thread is seeing so little traffic considering the genuine greatness of the man.
Simon, I agree. Perhaps another example to highlight my initial inquiry?
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Far as the question of leadership response, I really don't know..as far as this thread goes though, I am sure there are plenty of us marking the occasion in our own ways, and dedicating our practices etc...most people don't post about it, so it's not fair to judge people's reactions on this forum by that.
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Simon E. wrote:Its certainly surprising to me that this thread is seeing so little traffic considering the genuine greatness of the man.
There is already another thread so maybe they should be combined. Also, I agree with JD.
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Today, December 8th 2013, at 2:00 pm at the Garchen Institute temple in Arizona, USA, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche will come out of retreat for the afternoon to lead White Tara practice followed by a special Prayer Dedication Puja in remembrance of Nelson Mandela.
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