An Audience with His Holiness
Tuesday, September 27th was an unforgettable day for SFT. His Holiness the Dalai Lama granted an audience to New York-area Tibet Support Groups including SFT, USTC (United States Tibet Committee), TJC (Tibet Justice Center) and others.
His Holiness spoke for a good fifteen minutes, during which he talked about the dangers to Tibetan survival posed by the China-Tibet Railway, the urgency of the Tibet situation, and most importantly, he spoke of hope. The thing that registered most deeply in my mind, as I listened closely to my leader's impassioned speech, was that he was getting old. But he was not giving up! Again and again, His Holiness said, "Work harder." It was as if he was acknowledging the fact that we were already working very hard - but that we need to work even harder if we were to achieve our goal. Although there were not many people in that audience, his message "Work Harder" was clearly intended for everyone working for Tibet and freedom everywhere.
After the audience, the SFT staff, board, and some of our most dedicated members and supporters went to Tibetan Kitchen to eat some momo and drink some beer (those under 21 drank water or soda, of course).