The Tibetan leader, draped in a silky, conventional loose coat, joined a gaggle of monks in prayers with a single purpose: charting a path towards peace.
Near Lobsang Sangay, the Harvard-educated ruler of the Tibetan authorities in exile, stood Hoi Trinh, a Vietnamese & Australian lawyer lauded as an skilled in international refugee law & policies.
In an unprecedented gathering in Westminster to spotlight human rights abuses, both Trinh & Sangay described themselves as men who come from nations “on the same journey,” whose people struggle under communist brutality still refuse to provide up fighting for freedom.
Primary human rights & freedom continue to be denied to six million Tibetans inside their homeland, exploited for its rich minerals under China’s control, & to 95 million Vietnamese in Vietnam, leading to beatings, deaths, imprisonment with out trials & self-immolations, they stated.
The gang of nearly 250 people reserved its loudest cheers for Sangay, who stated: “Communism is 100 years of time of time old. Buddhism is 2,500 years of time of time old. There isn’t any competition between the 2,” praising the faith’s endurance “since it has this innate strength. The- inspiration is solid.â€�
Even when corrupt Chinese language leaders destroyed greater than 90% of Tibet’s monasteries & nunneries, after its takeover of their homeland in 1959, expatriate Tibetans working with the Dalai Lama, their spiritual leader, succeeded in spreading Buddhism back in to Tibet & across the globe, Sangay stated.
New dharma centers which have opened in past decades across the world show the vitality & amazing thing about the faith, he added. “Your struggles are similar to ours. We’re in solidarity,” Sangay stated, in a nod to listeners at the acceptable hall of the Dieu Ngu Temple in Little Saigon.
Though ordinary Tibetans are forbidden to own a photograph of the Dalai Lama, or shout a slogan of democracy on the streets of Tibet â€” liable to going to jail & being tortured â€” Sangay stated they don’t seem to be intimidated by the Chinese language authorities. “You should purchase goods with money. You possibly can force action with guns,” he stated. â€œBut, ultimately, if you wish to win the hearts & minds of individuals, you would like respect.”
Each local Vietnamese American political figure, from members of the Garden Grove City Council & school board to a county supervisor & state senator, made appearances to back the human rights marketing campaign. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), who has fought against the repression of Tibetans, was seated within the front row, waving to immigrants as they held up their cellphones to capture him speaking.
Two years of time of time ago, the Freedom Home index listed Syria as the least free country on the earth â€” with Tibet ranked No. 2.
Trinh & Sangay attacked China as “the most noteworthy bully,” with Trinh explaining in that he preferred to move Sat.’s focus beyond human rights issues, which have been rigorously documented by bloggers, the media or non-governmental organizations, to speaking about options. Trinh asked people to train activists and supply monetary support to groups fighting for human rights in Southeast Asia.
“Do not just pay attention, you should become involved,” Trinh urged.
Many within the audiences have been left impressed by the speakers.
“Lastly, there’s guidance,” pharmacist Elise Phan, 43, stated after Trinh’s remarks. “I am grateful there’s Vietnamese young talent on the market who sacrifice their skilled life to raise human rights in our country. That’s all the things to me.”
“Undoubtedly, we both will assist one another in our struggles,” states Nawang Lhautara, 67, a retired insurance executive from Ojai who additionally attended. “We’d like to mix our heads & work out more of what to do.”
Chog Tsering, a board member of the Tibetan Assn. of Southern Calif. who helped arrange Saturdayâ€™s event by partnering with the Vietnamese American Buddhist Congregation within the USA, agreed.
“The right thing to do is to construct trust & work collectively,” Tsering stated. â€œWe have the same hearts.”