TIBETANS PRAYER FOR HELP
“Paul Robeson said it best: an artist is responsible to fight for freedom. An artist is responsible to change society. That’s how Paul put it… Not only do you have to be good at your craft, but you have to make a contribution to society…” – Randy Weston in an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now
We’re touched by the many responses to Michelle’s poem that we offered as yesterday’s Thought for the Day, and spent most of this Tibetan New Years day with the Tibetan community in Seattle. We joined them in walking more than 8 miles for a march and rally to raise awareness of the dire situation in Tibet, and to call for global action to free the Tibetan people.* At the rally, we were deeply touched and inspired when to our surprise, two young women – one Tibetan, the other an American, gave an impassioned and heartfelt reading of Michelle’s poem toward the end of the rally. May all our prayers and creative offerings ripple out into the world in transformative ways)))
“Each time a man (or a woman) stands up for an ideal, acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he (or she) sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples can create a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
– Senator Robert Kennedy, addressing students in South Africa who suffered under the yoke of apartheid.
* Note: IF you are interested in the current situation in Tibet – which is closed to foreign journalists and in lock-down at this time – the following article from a McClatchy correspondent is informative: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/02/14/138867/rare-visit-to-remote-chinese-region.html
Poem sent yesterday….
In honor of Losar, Tibetan New Year 2139
This poem is offered:
A Poem in Dedication:
To the Women of Tibet, My Mothers, My Sisters
Sisters of Niguma (1), Daughters of Tibet, Flowers of Emptiness—
Where will you bloom now?
Your native land has been burned
And dumped with nuclear char,
And the sweet song of your mantras
Moans imprisoned behind bars.
Mothers of Lineage Masters,
Who have nurtured me with kindness through countless years,
And given fully of your milk of wisdom—
Will the flow of your precious nectar
Now be turned into tears?
Sisters of Niguma, Daughters of Drolma (2),
I who have chosen to be childless
In order to have the leisure to practice more intensively
The wisdom teachings you have preserved,
Sit comfortably in retreat
While you are tortured in the fields
With forced sterilizations and forced abortions—
Your full term babies’ cries
Silenced forever at birth by a needle
In the hospitals where you labor
To give birth to death.
Mothers of Maitreya,
Mothers no more.
I mourn your murdered children—
I your orphan,
And your heir.
Though your wombs are barren
The Emptiness of your Spirit bears many fruit.
Though you weep in the streets of Lhasa
Your spiritual children everywhere
Rejoice in the legacy you have released.
Through the power of Interdependent Interrelatedness,
The treasures of Truth you have preserved
And passed on through generations
Though you may not.
Through the flower of Interbeing,
And by the Winds of Impermanence,
Your seed is carried across the world
And flourishes in fertile, thirsty mindfields
Unknown to you.
Sisters of Niguma, Daughters of Drolma,
Do not despair—
We your foster children,
Whose faces you have never seen,
Will build a living bridge of Dharma,
And dedicate your dream.
(1) Niguma was the wisdom dakini consort of Naropa. Her teachings form the basis of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage.
(2) Drolma is the Tibetan name for the female deity TARA, the Great Liberator. This poem was written by Jhampa Khacho (Michelle Levey) on Dakini Day, Saga Dawa, Year of the Earth Dragon, at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, U.S.A.
May this poem-prayer inspire all who read or hear it. May it awaken within them a heartfelt yearning to realize the ultimate potentials of this precious life and to help others to do the same. Permission is freely granted to copy, print and share this in any way that will benefit to others.