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Dalai Lama |July 6, 1935 – Present|

Posted in Asia, History with tags , , , on July 6, 2009 by Peace-ling

2009_02_08_Dalai_Lama_enfant“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” Dalai Lama

“All People and things are interdependent. The world has become so small that no nation can solve its problems alone, in isolation from others. That is why I believe we must all cultivate a sense of responsibility based on love and compassion for each other.” Dalai Lama

As war, violence, crime and disasters flood across worldwide, now more than ever before we need to reflect upon the precious little things that bring us joy and happiness every day.  From the mysteries of the endless horizon spanning far beyond the deepest of the oceans to the miracle of a color filled rainbow; from the warm affection of a marble eyed cat to the soft and sweet memories of childhood; with so much beauty around us, there is no reason but to smile away one’s worries and preserve the beauty that lies both within us and outside.

pf01His Holiness Dalai Lama, the spiritual peace messenger turns 74 today. In honor of his life long journey towards promoting inner and outer world peace, I will dedicate my next few articles to our beautiful world.

With compassion we can progress our modern world towards a peaceful universal society, where no boundary; religion, culture, class or gender separates one from being sensitive to the other.

Floating on these thoughts; let me spread my wings and showcase some of my beautiful snapshots from across the world. Through these photos, I hope to inspire peace and serenity amongst all. Let us bring to surface our inner Dalai Lama; let peace, love and beauty raise every human spirit above all violence and pain.

 Exiled Tibetan children wait to perform a traditional tibetan dance during celebrations of the 74th birthday of the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India on Monday, July 6th

Exiled Tibetan children wait to perform a traditional Tibetan dance during celebrations of the 74th birthday of the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, Monday, July 6, 2009. (AP PhotoAshwini Bhatia)

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Waltz with Bashir

Posted in History, Lebanon, War with tags , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by Peace-ling
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Imagine watching an animated film that is crafted so brilliantly that you can feel every horrific nightmare and trauma associated with a war to the bone. Waltz with Bashir, is one such film that takes you deep inside the mind of a teenage Israeli soldier who had barely begun to shave. If you fancy animated features, take a break from the seven dwarfs and the little mermaid and tune in to learn history the animated way. Strap up, sit back and pretend you’re an Israeli soldier ready to take on the enemy, except you don’t know the why, how and when. The 1982 Lebanon War through the eyes of Ari Forman; an Israeli veteran, here’s presenting Waltz with Bashir.

Written and directed by Ari Folman, the film is Folman’s autobiography, where he narrates his journey back in time to recollect memories from the 1982 massacre by interviewing the soldiers who had served alongside him during the war. Waltz with Bashir frames war as a meaningless exercise that holds no real relevance to its perpetrators, including Folman. Folman’s amnesia shows an interesting depiction of how injustice and violence during wartime is so easily forgotten and accepted.

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Walking Marriages 走婚 in the Land of Mosuo; a Woman’s Kingdom

Posted in Asia, China, History with tags , , on June 30, 2009 by Peace-ling

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There are so many knowledgeable people, but none can equal with my mother.

There are so many people skilled in song and dance, but none can compete with my mother.

There are so many skillful people, but none can compare with my mother.


This beautiful folk song is intrinsic to the Nari culture; an ethnic group based in southwestern China more formally known as the Mosuo, which is quite often referred to as a ‘Girl’s Kingdom’.

American writer, Joseph Rock has described the land as:

“The last peaceful place on the planet, the last place where war has never existed, where people live in harmony, is Lugu Lake. The lake is home to the Mosuo minority, one of China’s 56 ethnic groups, hidden in the shadows of the Xiaoliang Mountains.”

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In the Mosou tradition; a man and a woman never leave their mother’s home. When a woman reaches puberty, she is given a coming-of-age ceremony at which time she can begin engaging in ‘Axia’; a walking marriage. It starts of with both men and women interacting with each other through group songs and other activities and if there happens to be a love connection between a pair, the woman invites the man through some form of gesture, i.e. gift. The man returns to this woman after dusk, when night falls and leaves before dawn to return to his mother’s home. If the woman desires, he returns; otherwise they end the relationship and move onto someone new. A relationship goes public to the families once a man and a woman decide to have children, until then the lovers will pretend not to know each other in public. Continue reading

Celebrating the Legends – From Michael Jackson to Benazir Bhutto

Posted in History, Media with tags , , , on June 26, 2009 by Peace-ling

PicturesThe month of June marks the birth of several honorable beings, notably Pakistan’s first female Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto (21 June 1953), Tehran’s first female judge, human rights’ activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi (21 June 1947) and Environmental activist, Erin Brockovich (June 22, 1960). Yesterday onwards; this month’s 25th day will mark the loss of the music legend and King of Pop, Michael Joseph Jackson and Charlie’s Angels’ fan favorite; Farrah Fawcett.

Not only had these icons reached the skies of infinite success, but they had also stolen the hearts of fans worldwide with their determination, passion and love for life. From Michael Jackson’s moonwalk to Farrah’s famous hairdo, we have followed through these legends success as they’ve become an essential part of our lives. Continue reading