Larry Long presents "Tibet"





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Uploaded on Jan 6, 2012

Gyatsho Tshering
Tibetan Scholar and Author
BORN: 1935 in Sikkim, China
HONORED AT:Valley View Celebration Day 2008

Tibet: Peace, Loving-Kindness, Compassion

I was born in a beautiful country,
In the mountains of Tibet,
In the land of the Dalai Lama,
In the land of Consciousness.

Growing up along the border
Beneath a ripe orange tree,
Sitting with my grandfather,
Words of kindness, he taught me.

Shewa Zopa -- Ning-ja
She-wa, Jum-pa, Nin-jay
Shejee-wa --zo-pa,ning-ja
Peace, Loving-Kindness, Compassion

Through 14 Dalai Lamas,
We were taught to do one thing,
At a time with 5 senses,
A diplomat, I chose to be.

Then from across the border,
Like a colony of ants,
We could smell dead bodies burning,
For days and days after that.

She-wa, Jum-pa, Nin-jay
Peace, Loving-Kindness, Compassion

Burning books by the millions,
They took everything they could steal,
Destroyed 6,000 monasteries
Beneath clothing we concealed.

The sacred text of our people
Held tightly against our chest,
As we fled across the border,
To India from Tibet.

She-wa, Jum-pa, Nin-jay
Peace, Loving-Kindness, Compassion

Without land, without a country,
One hundred thousand refugees,
One million killed, so many orphaned,
The Dalai Lama called for me.

Will you be there to help the children,
To build schools, clinics, libraries,
Will you be there to help the people,
Serving others, I agreed.

She-wa, Jum-pa, Nin-jay
Peace, Loving-Kindness, Compassion

What can we do but to be mindful,
Where can we go but to be kind,
to soothe those who suffer,
To keep hope alive.

For Tibet, for the children,
For those in whom, yet to arise,
May love grow, May love prosper,
May Tibet never die.

She-wa, Jum-pa, Nin-jay
Peace, Loving-Kindness, Compassion

Words & music by Larry Long with Tara Thukral 5th grade class of Valley View Elementary School. Columbia Heights, Minnesota.

 Larry Long 2008 / BMI

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