Stand With Larung Gar

Stand With Larung Gar

Join the #StandWithLarungGar #GHO | 12 October at 14:00 UK time

Urgyen Badheytsang (Students for a Free Tibet) and Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren (Free Tibet) will be giving an update on how the campaign has developed since the TSG Conference in Brussels, stressing the importance of the campaign, and discussing further coordinated actions.

The hangout can be see via this page (below) or watched at http://youtu.be/LJZtHiwJnoM

Up to 10 representatives from Tibet Groups can join and it will also be broadcast “live” and available for playback. If you wish to be included in the Hangout please contact mandie@tibetnetwork.org. Questions from Tibet Groups can also be emailed or Tweeted using#StandWithLarungGar #GHO.

The time for the Hangout in will be; Sydney 23:00, Delhi 18:30, Berlin 15:00, London 14:00, Montreal/New York 09:00

BACKGROUND: The world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist academy, Larung Gar, is currently facing wide-scale demolitions by the Chinese government. The multi-year plan, which aims to downsize Larung Gar’s population by 50% and evict and displace at least half of its 10,000+ residents, began on July 20th, 2016.

At the recent 7th International TSG Conference in Brussels Tibet group delegates voted to develop coordinated action against the demolitions and expulsions at Larung Gar, the world famous buddhist institute in eastern Tibet.

A small working Group of SFT and Free Tibet, convened by Tibet Network, have been working to expand on the draft plan, which can be seen HERE. The goal is to generate joint and individual actions by Governments, focusing on Larung Gar (and also Yachen Gar).

Resources and materials, including sample letters and share images, can be found in a Google Folder

Social Media resources: Students for a Free Tibet have created an “I Stand With Larung Gar” ‘Twibbon’ – a way for supporters on social media to add the slogan to their profile pictures. There are already nearly 4,000 sign ups and we encourage Tibet Groups to add a twibbon to your own pages, and promote to your supporters via the link http://twibbon.com/support/i-stand-with-larung-gar?fb_ref=Default

Further images and social media resources and materials will be shared shortly.

Students for a Free Tibet
have designed a dedicated sitewww.StandWithLarungGar.org, which features information about the situation, a ‘Take Action’ area for supporters to send a message to their Foreign Minister and a campaign endorsement section to highlight Tibet Groups that are working on the campaign. Please share this page and contact Sonamtso (sonamtso@studentsforafreetibet.org) if you would like your Group’s logo added to the site.

Free Tibet has a dedicated page, www.freetibet.org/urgent-action-larung-gar-buddhist-academy, which includes options to send a message to the United Front Work Department in Beijing, and also to Chinese Ambassadors in the UK, USA, India, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Ireland.

Tibet Initiative Deutschland has a dedicated page in German, www.tibet-initiative.de/larung-gar/, with a corresponding ‘Take Action’ to send a message to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at www.tibet-initiative.de/index.php?id=11496

Advocacy Materials Links
All Stand With Larung Gar advocacy materials have now been translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese. Sample letters, talking points and other resources are available in the following folders:
Spanish:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6q-qWV5wyFQZHN6X1k3YUpvbTQ
Portuguese:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6q-qWV5wyFQMU5hU1F0LTdtT1k
French: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6q-qWV5wyFQR0k4a19OMTBPSlk
English:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6q-qWV5wyFQSEFqN1VfTThqRjQ

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Stand With Larung Gar