Dear Jamyang Friends,
We share some photos of Geshe Tashi in his role as Buddhist Chaplain at the London Olympics.
We think that this is the first time a diaspora Tibetan (or any Tibetan for that matter) has held such a position at the games. So we are inordinately proud of him and this first for the Tibetan people.
We live in a country where the Taiwanese national flag was taken down in Central London from the display of flags of nations participating in the Olympics at the behest of business and media interests for 'fear of offending' the Dictatorship of Communist Party of China.
We live in a country where the Daily Telegraph Newspaper - which used to report on China, Tibet and Inner Asia objectively and knowledgeably - has spectacularly kowtowed to the Dictatorship of the Communist Party of China.
It did so by posting an article by the Chinese ambassador in the online version of the paper defending the Communist Party of China's actions in Occupied Tibet and then shamefully disabled the comment button so people could not offer any opposite view or critique online.
We live in a country where dictatorship is rightly seen as an ugly and oppressive form of government.
We live in a country where we are free to point up such grovelling hypocrisy in business and the media.
We live in a country where we can celebrate the vibrancy of authentic Tibetan Buddhism and of authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture and their contributions to world culture. Where we can openly admire the sheer guts of the Tibetan people in resisting the cruel oppression of the Dictatorship for so long.
With very best wishes