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Tibet’s warrior past

In response to a letter on a Free Tibet bumper sticker. It is important to remember Tibet’s warrior past – especially when looking at where they were headed.

Indeed, the Tibetans were feared warriors, toppling the Tang dynasty and running off Kalif of Bhagdad. Around 742 CE, the Teachings of the Buddha were brought into a hostile Tibet. Over 500 years, these teachings took hold. Tibetan warriors laid down their weapons in pursuit of these teachings. Armies of warriors became legions of monks. Fortresses were transformed into monasteries and centers of learning. Through a dedication to these teachings, Tibet successfully defended her borders through non-violence for nearly 1,000 years in a war-torn Asia.

For the past six years, I have joined Tibetans exiled in the Bay Area to walk in solidarity commemorating Tibetan Uprising Day, when 80,000 Tibetans were slaughtered. I can tell you from this that the brave Khampa warrior is alive and well, some living right here among us in Grass Valley. Only these Khampas have evolved to an new warrior class, wielding the nonviolent weapons of compassion, patience and tolerance. C’mon, Evolution is calling.

Could it be that “Free Tibet” is a state of mind?

Melanie Sullivan

Grass Valley

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