On our website you may have already noticed that we donate a part of the profit from our jewellery we sell to the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). I would like to share with you why we are so passionated about supporting the ICT.
I have always had quite a philosophical mindset, and I was always looking for answers to the complicated questions like; what is the reason for our existence? what do I find important in life? And what makes me happy? This contemplation led me to the philosophy of Buddhism. After reading books of the Dalai Lama he soon became an important influence and an inspiration to me.
In 2018 I had the privilege of witnessing a lecture by the Dalai Lama in Ahoy, Rotterdam. His reading of ‘Why compassion is essential in this troubled time’ and his physical presence left a distinct impression on me, wanting to support the Tibetan people even more.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.Z.H. the Dalai Lama
When we speak of the Dalai Lama, we may immediately think of the current situation in Tibet and the invasion by China. The Chinese invaded Tibet on the 7th of October 1950, this was the first step in Peking’s objective to integrate Tibet in to the People’s Republic of China. Even today, the Tibetan people continue to endure China’s merciless regime. We are deeply concerned wth China’s continued aggression and remain touched by the plight of the Tibetan people.
So what makes Tibet so special to us? You might have heard of the Dalai Lama, seen Tibetan prayerflags or you possess the geographyical knowledge of Tibet on the worldmap. But what makes Tibet such an unique country?
Tibet is located to the South of China, in the Himalayan Mountains and is rich in tradition and history. In distinct contrast to many other nations today, the Tibetan culture and nomadic lifestyle has changed very little for generations. The Tibetan culture and identity is inseparably linked to Buddhism. Religious practices and principles of Buddhism are a very important part of daily Tibetan life. Monks and nuns play a key role for the people, offering education and guidance for their community. They often play an active role in protecting and maintaining the Tibetan culture, environment and languages. Tibetans learn about the value of their land through their cultural and religious values. They are inspired and guided by the way their ancestors protected their land for many centuries. This all shows how important tradition is for the Tibetan people.
As neighbouring countries, Tibet and China lived in peace for thousands of years. But since the Chinese oppression Tibetans feel limited in experiencing and expressing their own cultures, religion, tradition and languages freely.
Fundamental human rights are continually denied and sacred lands are exploited and destroyed. The mother tongue slowly disappears because of the replacement of Mandarin. Personal religious practice or even speaking about Buddhism is not accepted.
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is a non-profit organization that fights for the Tibetan culture of compassion and wisdom, but also fights for human rights and democratic and general freedom of the Tibetan people. Nobody deserves to live in such circumstances and everybody should have the right to maintain their own culture. That’s why we here at Lovely Yogi support the organization International Campaign for Tibet, and why for every bracelet we sell, we pledge a donation to the ICT.
We are very grateful for your purchases and those resulting donations to the ICT. We want you to know we don’t take this for granted.
If you would like to learn more about the International Campaign for Tibet, please visit their website www.savetibet.org for more information.
With warm regards,