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Tibetans gather at Dharamsala to know what the future holds

Written by Tashi Tobgyal | March 7, 2010 3:28:15 pm

Tibetans gather at Dharamsala to know what the future holds
Every year,at the Tenshug ceremony at the Namgyal monastery in Mcleodganj,Dharamsala,the future is summoned. The “state” oracles of the Tibetan government in exile invoke spirits and are rewarded with visions of what lie ahead. It is a ceremony packed with political portent and attended by the Dalai Lama. This year,it was a more elaborate affair as it marked 50 years of exile for the Tibetan people. Freedom or the absence of it was on many minds. “It has become more important for us to stand united,to believe in freedom,to stand by the Dalai Lama. The battle is not over yet. Fifty years is not the end of the time,” said Tenzin Thinlay,a Toronto-based Tibetan.

A huge crowd assembled to watch the ceremony last week. Many had arrived from Tibet and were in tears at the sight of the Dalai Lama. As part of the ceremony,Tsering Chenga,a woman oracle,led the other oracles into a trance. Their cryptic utterances will then be framed into predictions for the year. Amid the reaffirmation of faith,the young also spoke about their confusion. “People like me are stuck in between a belief in freedom and the lack of complete awareness. But it’s up to us. We are the future,it’s us who are the predictions. I am a musician,and for now music is what I give for my country,” said Tenzin Jigme,lead guitarist with the Tibetan rock band JJI exile brothers.

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