I’m going to make this a quick blog today as I am working at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on Center Court for the London Fire Brigade ( Lucky for some ha ha!).
I mentioned last week in my blog about the recent visit to London of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. What I also forgot to mention was that in the same week The Dalai Lama, the great spiritual leader from Tibet was also on tour in Britain. In 1950 the Dalai Lama stood up against the Chinese military takeover of Tibet as he enthroned as Tibetan political head of state in the capital, Lhasa. By 1959 He flees Tibet for northern India followed into exile by about 80,000 Tibetans. This year, in May 2012, he ends the centuries old tradition of the Dalai Lama being both political and spiritual Tibetan leader when he steps down as head of the Tibetan government in exile.
In China, to become a firefighter, you have to first join the military whereas here in Britain you don’t. If I joined the military as a firefighter in China, I’m sure that I would have been forced into exile for speaking out, as I’m not spiritual but I am political.
Coincidentally today, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, Mohammed Mursi, is due to be sworn in, a week after his victory in a disputed poll was confirmed. Historically, this will be the first time that Egypt has democratic, civilian and Islamic rule. So following the lead of Aung San Suu Kyi, Mohammed Mursi and The Dalai Lama — It looks like 2012 is the time to get spiritual and serious!
Below is a you tube video of The Dalai Lama’s recent visit to Britain with comedian Russell Brand.