Jigme Norbu (son of Takster Rinpoche and nephew of His Holiness the Dalai Lama) has completed more than 21 walks and bike rides and altogether has compiled over 7800 miles both in the United States and overseas for Tibet.The most recent walks Jigme has completed was in December 2010 over 300 miles in Taiwan and in October 2010 over 550 miles from Indianapolis to Toronto Canada.Also in May Walk for Tibet 2010, Jigme Norbu was joined by Tenzin Jamyang ex-President Tibet Alliance of Chicago in walking over 600 miles to Minneapolis from Indianapolis.Then in July, Jigme walked from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. during Independence Day.In March of 2009 Jigme and former Tibetan Parliament member Wangchuk Dorjee walked from Indianapolis to NewYork over 900 miles for Tibet and in the memory of his late father, who spent his life fighting for Tibet’s Independence, as well as, the memory of all our brothers and sisters who have died in peaceful protest to the brutal suppression of Tibet by Communist China, for the past six decades.Also in dedication to all the victims and lifes that were lost and suffering to all the families of the most recent earthquake trajedy in Tibet.
As Jigme’s father always said, Tibet belongs to Tibetans’ and Tibet has never been part of China.” Currently in Tibet, monks are peacefully demonstrating against the Chinese repression. Tibetan monks have also set themselves on fire to protest against six decades Chinese occupation. The Chinese military occupation and its use of force against civilian Tibetans is inhumane China has closed Tibet to tourists, in order to hide the brutality of their military aggression from the rest of the world.
Tibet lies at the center of Asia, north of the Himalayas, with an area of 2.5 million square kilometers. The earth’s highest mountains, a vast arid plateau and great river valleys make up the physical homeland of indigenous 6 million Tibetan people. It has an average altitude of 13,000 feet above sea level. In the history of Tibet, it has been an independent country.
Despite over 50 years of Chinese occupation of`Tibet, the Tibetan people refuse to be conquered and subjugated by China. The present Chinese policy, a combination of demographic and economic manipulation, and discrimination, aims to suppress the Tibetan issue by changing the very character and the identity of Tibet and its people.
The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet went to exile in India in 1959 along with over 100,000 Tibetan refugees. There he is established a democratic government in exile. 1989 he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for Tibet. Currently he travels around the world, preaching the message of peace, nonviolence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion.
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