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This page is dedicated to images that honor the vision of Tibetan freedom, and honor the Tibetan spirit.

You're now on the bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo, the great central river of Tibet running west to east south of Lhasa. Ironically, one of China's great souls, Lao-tzu, pointed out that though water is "of all things most yielding," in time it can wear mountains to the sea. The resistance of the Tibetan people to the occupation shows a similar gentle, infinite strength.

And in truth, China will change. Consider how close it came to transformation at the time of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989. The question is not whether the transformational process will complete itself; just, "When?"

The message left by a traveler through the pass at Lhakpa La speaks for literally millions of people around the world who know that Tibet belongs to Tibetans, and that on the future of this extraordinary land hangs the integrity of the global community.

The underlying message is really a hopeful one. After all: just a few years ago, who would have predicted the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the restoration of independence to the territories it had absorbed?

For seventy years, Armenia ceased to exist. Today it is an independent nation. Miracles happen -- even in geopolitics.

Within the Deden Tsuglakhang -- or "Seat of Happiness Temple" -- at the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamsala, India, is the largest statue of Buddha ever made by Tibetan artisans working outside Tibet. The Institute, founded after the awarding of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama, is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture. (On the other side of Dharamsala, in McLeodganj, resides the Tibetan Government-in-Exile.)

A few yards below the Deden Tsuglakhang lie the shops and workspaces of Tibetan artists and artisans, around a quiet pool, with the western Himalayan foothills rising above.

The spirit of Tibet is alive here... and in those places around the world where the Tibetan diaspora has built islands of hope, and where the vision of both a free Tibet and a just and peaceful world survives and flourishes.

As with any country the heart of Tibet, and the nation's future, lies in the children. The steps of these small dancers in the border village of Lho -- part of the old, culturally Tibetan area of north-central Nepal -- are light and graceful but strike deeply into the land. These children live within a stone's throw of Tibet, and they are free. They bear within themselves the seeds of a renewed culture and a reborn nation.



[The photos below all reflect the spiritual, environmental, and human possibilities for Tibet, and include: the sacred lake of the Dalai Lamas -- Yamdrok Tso; the south face of the Potala; winnowing grain in a village...

When you think of Tibet and its children, think of this, the flag of the Land of Snows.

Picture it flying in the sunlight where the Chinese flag now hangs below the Potala.

Picture the people whose faith and strength the true flag captures, dancing beneath it, in freedom and in joy.



...the present Dalai Lama's summer residence in Lhasa, at the Norbulingka, since 1959 awaiting his return; and a trader with his cart at Lalung La. Click on any image to enlarge it.]

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