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Sunday, January 15, 2006

of Tibet and trainings

It's over.

It has been a four-day whirlwind of trainings and workshops, meeting other hardcore Tibet activists, and Thupten's famous chili paste and averaging five hours of sleep at night because we were up talking or singing or because we slept next to Jigme who generates snores the way the CCP generates propaganda.

Anyway, this is definitely the most helpful training I have attended so far. The workshop I liked best was the one where we talked about SFT's mission, vision, and operating statement. The workshop cleared up confusion I didn't even know I had about SFT like our stand on nonviolence. I encourage everyone to read the mission and values statement carefully. I also really really liked the brainstorming session for the Olympics 2008 in Beijing.We talked about creating Team Tibet, the Forbidden Team, because the China has forbidden the concept and existence of the Tibetan nation. Someone suggested making fake newspaper fronts with fake headlines about Team Tibet and distributing them nationally or globally. Tsering from Canada suggested that Tibet support groups and communities could start up funds to help pay for people to get to Beijing. And I thought, a free trip to Beijing, yes please.

I am going back to school with new energy and new tools. In some ways, this leadership training was like a major shot of Red Bull, and I think the skills and knowledge I learned from this one will sustain and inspire me till the next one.

But for now, I am going to the lovely Santa Barbara beaches to chill with the other SFTers and talk about how we are going out for a drink tonight!

Tenzin Dickyi, SFT, Harvard University.


  • At 10:18 PM, Anonymous I was there said…

    Hmm... I didn't see anyone making out! Who? Give up the dirt Dickyi!

    I saw some flirting on the dance floor last night at the closing party at Biko House (that was hella fun - great vibe) but that's it!!

    I'm sorry it's over. What an amazing group of people. Thanks SFTers, every one.

  • At 3:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    what is this bull shit?
    sorry about the language, but thats the first thought that hits me....
    what Tibetans need is a reality check. You cannot be free, by taking acting classes, wearing the Tibetan flag around your hip. Where is your intellectualism?
    I always wish we were like the jews, who roamed for centuries and nations, and became such strong contributors to the societies and cultures they lived amongst.
    And then they got their fabled home land...ofcourse there was the genocide, of which we do not have an equivalent. Nevertheless, enriching yourself and the society and the Tibetan culture is so much more positive than wearing handcuffs and black ski masks and parading in front of ten western sympathisers, while China relentless floods Tibet with Hans, builds east-west railway lines and in essence makes it economically viable for Tibetans living in Tibet to claim China nationistic idea.
    That would be a sad day.
    But in the meantime, to see this blog is even sadder

  • At 3:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey its me again,
    I thought perhaps I was too harsh ?
    But then what is this on the blog you wrote :
    "Tsering from Canada suggested that Tibet support groups and communities could start up funds to help pay for people to get to Beijing. And I thought, a free trip to Beijing, yes please."
    Hello! If you were a normal charitable /NGO, with a line like that you'd have donors demanding their money.
    I know because I work in an NGO!
    I dont have a blog, so am Anonymous, but my name's Dechen

  • At 6:29 AM, Blogger Ben said…

    Dear Dechen

    Your first comment was definately harsh. You may say that parading around in "hand-cuffs and black ski-masks" does nothing for Tibet, but it does a lot more than bad-mouthing people who are supporting your cause. SFT has done amazing work stopping the mass migration of Han Chinese into Tibet through economic campaigns and helped to secure the release of politcal prisoners. Training students at conferences like these ensures that the movement continues to grow and be effective. Criticising the work of SFT does nothing to help make Tibet free.

  • At 3:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    how nice? finally got dis moment to break down someone so obscure n pathetic wen it comes wit throwin opinions, dechenla presumably scoops out all her underappreciative n unintelligible comments to wut i wud think have done an amazin n a brainstormin' exercise needed to acquire long coveted independant n free tibet. Freein tibet is a mission which is gonna take some time n more dan anythin' well planned strategies n tactics, which obviously aren't as easy as wut dechenla thinks n hence require xtensive trainin'. Now, i don't understand da remarks dat flows wit jews... but i wud label u hypocr..if u meant da way i understood da content....
    Free tibet
    tashi(1 of da participants.)

  • At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    obviously "anonymous/dechen" is not tibetan. of course, tibet HAS experienced genocide. and, of course, tibetans support SFT and anyone else for that matter that does something/anything for the Tibetan cause!

  • At 3:51 PM, Blogger cold mtn said…

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  • At 3:55 PM, Blogger cold mtn said…

    "Dechen," it can't be proven but from reading hundreds of even the most antagonistic comments on Phayul over the years, I just don't think you're Tibetan.

    I'm a non-Tibetan supporter with no right to question a Tibetan's view of the struggle. But SFT's leadership training isn't about "acting classes" (?) or "parading in front of western sympathisers." It's about empowering young Tibetans and their supporters with the strategic thinking and concrete skills to effectively campaign for human rights and freedom in Tibet. I would ask the same question you asked though, "where is your intellectualism?" What do you propose? How about starting with honesty...

    Noone is trying to say that Tibetans have a genocide "equivalent" to that suffered by the Jews. But since China's invasion in 1949, over a million Tibetans have been killed out of a population of only six million. In 1959 the International Commission of Jurists stated that there was prima facie evidence of Genocide in Tibet. Prima facie (latin for "at first sight") is a legal term - look it up.

    Oh and I think you missed the facetiousness in Dickyi's excitement at a free trip to Beijing. It's not going to be a "fun" place for Tibetans or Tibet supporters to be during the 2008 Olympics but we'll be there because it's too important not to be.

    Where will you be, "Dechen"?

  • At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I wish I were there too. Couldn't join the others because of classes and some other problems. Anyway, I hope SFT will organize such workshops in the future too, so people like us can go. Next time maybe in the east coast for that would be way easier for students like us living on our own. Just a suggestion! Way to go, SFTers.

  • At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    THe Conference Was Great Fun!! and very Educational!!

  • At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    More misguided "Free Tibet" bullshit. Tibet has always been a part of China, the Dalai Lama owned slaves under his "Royal rights over the serfs" and since China has taken over control of Tibet from the feudal oligarchy, life has drastically improved for the people of Tibet. Hows THAT for a run on sentence.

    Try getting your facts from some other place besides Brad Pitt movies and misguided youth.

    One million dead ? Bull shit.

  • At 2:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Mr. or Ms. Anonymous/Bull shit,
    I know its damn easy to throw out a peace of information that you can just google it... Well, my message for you is to be original... Speak from your heart, not by others. What are the evidence you can proove us by claming Tibet as part of China? huh.. People like you should not have born in this earth, because God create each one of us to speak for the truth.

  • At 2:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, I really appreciate the great effort of SFT. Big Cheers for SFTers... Have a wonderful Year ahead... and Thanks so much for everything..


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