Message to congratulate His
Holiness the Dalai Lama
Greetings from Bangkok.
Congratulations with your Birthday and growing support for Tibet World
In Bangkok your Birthday at Sunday
6th July will be celebrated with a Roundtable Discussion guided by
Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa and Dr. Puntasen on "Buddhist Economics".
This discussion will also inaugurate activities in Ruen Roi Chanam or "New
Century" building of the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation, of which Ajarn
Sulak is the President, constructed with the support of the Embassy of
Japan in Bangkok.
We selected this topic following
discussions with Ven. Samdhong Rinpoche and Lodi Gyari in the framework of the
Ariyavinaya project. Samdhong Rinpoche and Lodi Gyari made us
understand that in the process towards autonomy of Tibet the economic
factor may become decisive. In Thailand we experience that freedom is an
illusion if "consumerism" dominates the minds of the citizens. The search
for genuine "Buddhist Economics" is a common effort in which we need to
support each other.
The roundtable in Bangkok in a
way is a warming up for the international workshop on "Buddhist
Economics" in Bija Vidyapeeth, College for Sustainable Living in Dehra Dun,
India 17 - 20 September 2003. The workshop will be guided by Sulak
Sivaraksa, Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva; three Right Livelihood
Award recepients. We hope the workshop will be a meeting point for
socio-economic activists and business leaders from India, Tibet, Thailand and
other Asian countries.
November 9 - 11,
2003, the first Social Venture Network Asia conference will be
hosted in Bangkok in cooperation with the International Peace Foundation. The
conference will include a "Spirit in Business" workshop. This
conference will be followed in December by a creative gathering in Ashram
Wongsanit on "Buddhism and Development" co-organised with
the World Faiths Development Dialogue.
We hope our efforts contribute in a
modest way to the high value of Compassion His Holiness is uniquely representing
and we look forwards to strenthening cooperation.
On behalf of:
Santi Pracha Dhamma
Spirit in Education
Tibetan Staff and Students at
the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)