Tashi Delek! My dear freedom loving friends, let me share my experience about my ignorance. My late mother said Every person in this world has Ego, hatred, jealousy and anger. This ignorant tools build in our system because of our human environment.
When i was kid my parent used to tell me the story about their life in Tibet. My parent said they were born in a rich family in Tibet and they didn’t have to worry about the job to survive. My dad said, they had thousand of yaks, goat and sheep which was enough to take care of our family and of course our coming generation.
These animals produced tons of organic butter, milk and cheese. Not only that, our grand grand parent left enough gold and jewels to support our family and for the coming generation but after communist China invaded Tibet in 1959, everything was looted by the communist. My parent left everything behind and fled to India followed His Holiness the Dalai lama with other tibetans.
This is how my story started in exile. My generation born in India as a refugees. Time goes by, but painful memories remain inside of my heart. It doesn’t matter how kind or peaceful we tibetan are, once you have REFUGEE status, it is extremely hard to become a peaceful person because every where, we have to face unnecessary challenges in exile. most of the time people treat us, we are poor,weak and stateless person and it is really hard for me to control my anger, hatred and ego. My blood boils when people discriminate and treat me like an Allien.
When ever my Indian friends go to the best school of our town. I felt so jealous and always hate myself to being a refugge because neither my parent afford to send me a good school nor have enough money to take care of my future. I can’t think what my Indian friends used to think about their future.I always feel myself a helpless human being.
So during that situation, our Tibetan culture, which is connected to our Tibetan buddhism, helps me a lot to think in a different holistic dimension to reduce my EGO, ANGER, JEALOUSY and HATRED to the Chinese people and others.. Neither i’m a monk nor seriour buddhist practioner still then i’m able to learn and practice our spiritual thinking to make my life peaceful and calm.
So I’ve been living in the United States for just over ten years now. There has been a lot to get used to, But the one thing I have been most surprised by is what limited understanding there is about Tibet.
- Most people have seen His Holiness the Dalai Lama, you’ve seen “Free Tibet” bumper stickers and “Save Tibet” t-shirts, but do you really know WHY Tibet needs to be saved?
- All you have to do is turn on the news to see how much suffering there is in our world. Our Tibetan culture is based on compassion, wisdom and true understanding that we are all interconnected. I believe Our Tibetan buddhist wisdom could help ease, the suffering in our world. And its THAT wisdom and culture that needs to be saved.
- Lhaksam is of only a handful Tibetan film maker in exile. He is an editor, photographer and physical training instructor. Lhaksam was born into a refugee family in Darjeeling, India. His parents were from Amdo, Tibet. In 2004 he made his first film with a group of friends. NEW YORK MARE MIYOK REY was a short, low budget- production. It showed Tibetan life in New York City with a message directed to the younger Tibetan generation, focusing on the importance of a modern education and professional skills. The film was a big hit in Tibetan communities. It also ignited Lhaksam’s passion for filmmaking.
- In 2008 he entered the New York Film Academy, paying tuition out of his own pocked without any financial support. Community Service has always been an important aspect of Lhaksam’s life. For two years, he served as the Cultural Secretary of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of NY/NJ. He was then elected as the President of the Parents Association of NY/NJ. By 2008, Lhaksam had financed, shot and produced his own documentary, NEVER GIVE UP and Torture without Trace, Lhaksam has filmed many major news events including visits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) Debate, His work has appeared across the United States as well as world wide on NBC, Reuters and Voice of America.