21 March 2011
A Very Short Blog, Literally


So I saw on the Nightly News today that some changes have been made regarding children’s safety and car seats. One new recommendation is that children use a booster seat until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall. I am 4 feet 8 ½ inches tall…and honestly, the arthritis in my neck isn’t going to do so well if I have to have to be confined in said car seat.

Plus, I’m 50 years old now, and I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to start shrinking soon. I’m going to look at it this way: I’m a rebel. I may pay my taxes, drive within the speed limit, and vote in every election, but at least in this one instance, I can throw my fist up to authority (though I can’t look eye to eye at said authority because I’m too short) and roll my eyes (after taking off my reading glasses for more dramatic affect) and say, “whatever…” as I hop into my Mitsubishi Montero and drive away – in the front seat, booster-free, with the radio blaring (mostly because I don’t hear as well as I used to). Yeah, I’m a real rebel….

Namaste B’Shalom,




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13 March 2011

Everything is impermanent…what we think is solid, isn’t solid; it is dynamic and fluid. The shifting of the earth that created the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan this week attests to the fact that even the ground beneath our feet is far from stable. 

All created things are impermanent. Strive on with diligence.

- Buddha 

Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.



May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of
body and mind quickly be freed from their illnesses.

May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those
bound be free. May the powerless find power, and may
people think of befriending one another. 

-Traditional Buddhist prayer


My thoughts are with our brothers and sisters in Japan…


Namaste B’Shalom,


Posted by emfrankel at 11:43 AM | Link
10 March 2011
Marking the anniversay of the Tibetan People's Peaceful Uprising

Did you know that it is illegal for people in Tibet to have a picture of the Dalai Lama? Today marks the anniversary of the Tibetan’s peaceful uprising in 1959.  In this world of violence across the globe, please take a moment to hold Tibet in your heart. For the past 52 years, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people have sought freedom through non-violent means.


In the words of the Dalai Lama:

I find that because of modern technological evolution and our global
economy, and as a result of the great increase in population, our world has
greatly changed:  it has become much smaller.  However, our perceptions have not evolved at the same pace; we continue to cling to old national demarcations and the old feelings of 'us' and 'them'.  "War seems to be part of the history of humanity.  As we look at the situation of our planet in the past, countries, regions and even villages were economically independent of one another.  Under those circumstances, the destruction of our enemy might have been a victory for us.  There was a a relevance to violence and war.  However, today we are so interdependent that the concept of war has become out dated.  When we face problems or disagreements today, we have to arrive at solutions through dialogue.  Dialogue is the only appropriate method.  One-sided victory is no longer relevant.  We must work to resolve conflicts in a spirit of reconciliation and always keep in mind the interests of others.  We cannot destroy our neighbors! We cannot ignore their interests!  Doing so would ultimately cause us to suffer. I therefore think that the concept of violence is now unsuitable.  Nonviolence is the appropriate method."
-- His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from 'An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life', available from Snow Lion Publications.


March 10th 2011

From His Holiness the Dalai Lama:
Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising of 1959 against Communist China’s repression in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and the third anniversary of the non-violent demonstrations that took place across Tibet in 2008. On this occasion, I would like to pay tribute to and pray for those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the just cause of Tibet. I express my solidarity with those who continue to suffer repression and pray for the well-being of all sentient beings.


From the International Campaign for Tibet (March 10, 2011)

Dalai Lama proclaims success of Tibetan democracy, hands over government duties to elected Tibetan leader

Amidst the Tibetan people’s annual commemoration of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising against the Chinese Communist occupation of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has proclaimed a victory for Tibetan democracy by announcing his desire for the full devolution of his responsibilities in the Tibetan exile government to the elected Tibetan leader or Kalon Tripa.

“As early as the 1960’s, I have repeatedly stressed that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people to whom I can devolve power. Now we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect.” For the full statement, see www.dalailama.com.

In his statement, the Dalai Lama cited appeals he has received from Tibetans both in Tibet and in exile that he not step back from political leadership. He implored them to understand his intention, support his decision and allow it to take effect. “As one among them, I am committed to playing my part in the just cause of Tibet,” he said.

“In contrast to those long-serving autocrats who have been much in the news, the Dalai Lama is the rare visionary who is willingly divesting power to his people,” said Mary Beth Markey, ICT President. “His decision, based on the maturation of Tibetan democracy in exile, deserves both accolades and support.”

As a young leader in Tibet the 14th Dalai Lama had visualized “far-reaching” reforms in the governance of what he called a “New Tibet,” but it was not until he escaped that he was able to freely develop representative government. In 1959, the Dalai Lama established the Tibetan government in exile, officially the Central Tibetan Administration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (CTA).

In his first March 10 statement, delivered from Dharamsala, India, in 1961, the Dalai Lama called for reforms, telling Tibetans that “the task and responsibility lies upon all of us.” Two years later, on March 10, 1963, the Dalai Lama introduced a draft democratic Constitution for a Future Tibet that provided ‘for effective participation by the people and for securing social and economic justice.” Although the Constitution was meant to come into force when Tibetans regained their freedoms in Tibet, it guided the CTA for almost 30 years.

In 1990, a Constitution Redrafting Committee instituted by the Dalai Lama prepared a draft Charter for Tibetans in Exile. On July 14, 1991, following its circulation for popular comment, the Tibetan parliament in exile voted unanimously to approve the final Charter. Two weeks later, the Dalai Lama added his consent, and so it was duly approved by the elected representatives of the Tibetans in exile and by their spiritual and political leader.

The Charter is a working constitution modeled on similar documents in liberal democracies. To date, the only contentious provisions of the Charter have been those limiting the power of the Dalai Lama, which he proposed. When the parliament pressed for the withdrawal of these provisions, the Dalai Lama responded: “The two clauses exist not as decorative pieces of the Charter but to drive home the difference between a system that pays lip service to democracy while holding on firmly to power, and one that is serious about implementing democracy.” The Dalai Lama summarily exercised his authority to limit his own power, overriding the parliament’s objection.

The Dalai Lama’s stated decision to fully devolve his formal authority to an elected Tibetan authority will again require a legal response within the Tibetan democratic system. “During the forthcoming eleventh session of the fourteenth Tibetan Parliament in Exile, which begins on 14th March, I will formally propose that the necessary amendments be made to the Charter for Tibetans in Exile,” he said.

“No one can dispute the relevance of the Dalai Lama as the natural leader of the Tibetan people,” said Tsering Jampa, Executive Director of ICT-Europe, “but now we will see how the Tibetan leaders in parliament respond to a significant step for the Tibetan people in the democratic process.”

A spate of comments from Chinese officials dismissing the authority of the Dalai Lama and directives limiting foreign travel in Tibet indicate that the Chinese government is nervous about what the Dalai Lama would say on March 10 and its effect on stability in Tibet. In March 2008, a wave of demonstrations began in Lhasa on Tibetan National Uprising Day and spread across the Tibetan plateau. The Chinese government responded with a massive security crackdown, and its tight restrictions remain in force.


My thoughts are with the Tibetan people who yearn for their freedom, and for all people who are enslaved both from within and without...

Namaste B'Shalom,


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