Rest in Peace Jigme Norbu

Donna at Dedication Site

Donna at Dedication Site

A bittersweet reunion of about 25 supporters gathered April 3 at the accident site 28 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida to participate in the 49th Day Shay-Gu ceremony for Jigme Norbu.

Wangchuk Dorjee led us in Tibetan prayers releasing his spirit to move on to auspicious reincarnation and seeking compassion as expressed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Brian Scrone recited Rumi, Deacon Dan Scrone reminded us that the foundations of all faiths are the same: many lanterns, one light. Miessa Myrick recited a favorite passage from His Holiness and Jim Sheils thanked Wangchuk & Jigme for the inspiration of their vision and dedication.

Donna Kim-Brand recited from Jigme’s late father Dr. Thubten Norbu and passages about the Dalai Lama to remind all present that each of us, Jigme included, is on a lifelong (and beyond) journey of discovery, evolution and faith in action that begins wherever we are. World Peace begins with each of us finding and expressing our own peace. 

Original songs by Jamie Defrates, Susan Brown, Lee Pinkerson & Bill acknowledging Jigme-la’s free spirit, his mission to free Tibet and inviting all present to ‘Dream On’ embraced us in the spirit of good will and hope that goes beyond words, beyond time and space, beyond what seems possible….

Natural Peace

Natural Peace

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49 Day Tribute for Jigme Norbu-Ambassador for World Peace

Jigme Norbu-Ambassador for World Peace

Jigme Norbu-Ambassador for World Peace

Sunday April 3 marks the 49th day since the sudden passing of our friend & Walk for Tibet leader Jigme Norbu. In Buddhist tradition, this formally ends the mourning period, thus allowing the spirit of the departed to be free to reincarnate (if it hasn’t already)  or otherwise continue its journey.

Many of the original band of walkers and local supporters, including the venerable Wangchuk Dorjee, will gather at the accident site Sunday, April 3, 12 noon, for a brief ceremony celebrating the life and spirit of Jigme, sending him on his way with Buddhist prayers, song & fond memorial tributes.

Please join us in person if you can (A1A in Palm Coast, Florida, about 30 miles south of St. Augustine, across from the Publix & Comunity Center with parking lot). Just as beneficial will be your prayers from wherever you are in the world.

Remember Jigme’s message and why he walked.  You too can contribute to World Peace by your own deeds and spirit of goodness expressed in the world day by day. You too, can assist in awareness of Tibetan independence by using your own voice to speak out against injustice, and requesting international recognition of Tibet as a land governed by Tibetans. 

Your well wishes and comments that promote Jigme’s goals for World Peace, Human Rights, Tibetan Independence and Freedom for ALL humans are welcome.  Namaste- we recognize and honor the Divine, and your  unique expression of the Divine, in each of you.

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What Cost, Freedom?

Candles for Freedom

Candles for Freedom

Today, March 17, is the anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet into India in 1959. It changed not only his own life, but the lives of millions of Tibetans and others world-wide who resonate with his universal message of kindness, compassion, world peace, Tibetan & human freedom. We honor him, with gratitude for his living example of his message.

In a similar way, we had come to know Jigme Norbu as a man who walked his talk- through his Walks for Tibet and other plans he had begun to bring into being. More to come as they unflold in his memory & honor.

Extracted from Stephen Talty’s new book, Escape from the Land of Snows, on the young Dalai Lama’s harrowing flight to freedom and the making of a spiritual hero:

“In leaving Tibet, the Dalai Lama gained unprededented personal liberty. From that moment on, freedom- not a traditional Buddhist subject of contemplation- became a subject he returned to again and again.” ….

“Brutality can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom. It is not enough as communist systems assumed, to provide people with food, shelter and clothing. If we have those things but lack the precious air of liberty to sustain our deeper nature, we remain only half- human.” So, what price did he pay, and are we willing to pay, in the name of freedom? What does it really look like? What does it really mean to be free?

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

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Letter from Veteran Walker for Tibet

Jigme,Jim,Miessa,Donna,Brian,Wangchuk & Coco

Jigme,Jim,Miessa,Donna,Brian,Wangchuk & Coco

We finished the Walk for Tibet, World Peace and Human Rights from St. Augustine to West Palm Peach, Florida, covering about 300 miles. It was part of the tradition that was started by the late Jigme Norbu-La’s father, the late Thubten Jigme Norbu (Taktser Rinpoche), that Jigme La had kept alive by walking all over U.S. and other countries. Our late Jigme Norbu La and I started this edition of the walk on Feb 14, 2011 with the help, support and guidance of Donna Kim-Brand.
 
Jigme La’s sudden death was very sad and shocking. We were at an emotional loss for awhile, then Donna and I decided to carry on the walk even though it would be difficult emotionally and dangerous. Fortunately, Jim Sheils and Brian Scrone supported our decision and decided to join the walk for the remaining 2 weeks. We were able to keep Jigme La’s wish and legacy alive because of sympathetic individuals like Donna, Jim, Brian and Coco Scrone’s great help and support.
 
Jigme La and I shared a strong belief that Tibet will be free someday. “Tibet belongs to Tibetans”, is a simple statement that does not mean we Tibetans are against the Chinese people. It means we are against the Chinese policy in Tibet, which aims to suppress our character and the identity of Tibet and its people. We Tibetans, and our supporters believe that our struggle is legitimate and worthwhile because the truth is on our side. Sooner or later Tibet will be free of the Chinese occupation.
 
On behalf of late Jigme Norbu La’s family and six million people of Tibet, I want to thank the people of these great United States and we are especially thankful to the people of Florida who really showed strong interest, support and encouragement through our walk. Appreciation also goes to the many Tibetans from New York, Minnesota, Indiana, Washington DC/Virginia/Maryland and our American friends who came to join or support the walk after sad and shocking passing of Jigme La.
 
As a side note – to our Tibetan brothers and sisters, the death of Jigme Norbu La is a huge loss to our cause as he is one of the few people who had taken the self initiative to lead with his self less service to our cause for many years.  I hope our brethren in exile will remember his sacrifice and rededicate their efforts to contribute to our cause.
 
This walk was well organized and very successful due to the leadership of Donna Kim-Brand with primary support of Jim, Brian and Coco. We will remember your kindness, sincerity and genuine support with gratitude in our hearts forever. We keep the late Jigme Norbu La and his family in our prayers. We will also keep driver of the vehicle that killed Jigme La and the driver’s family in our prayers. 
 
Thank you,
Wangchuk Dorjee

Walk for Tibet Florida- February 14-26, 2011

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Rise Up with Heart & Courage

Peace Takes Courage

Peace Takes Courage

The word COURAGE includes the word  from French, COEUR, which means HEART.  It takes heart & true compassion to have the courage to stand up for our convictions and claim our freedom, especially in the face of difficulties and apathy.

Our friend, Tibetan Freedom Fighter and founder of Ambassadors for World Peace, Jigme Norbu, had come to live as a man of courage- full of heart in its deepest sense- with the sweetness born of suffering and empathy, with the spirit of joy & laughter that recognizes what a gift each day is, and with the stoic determination required to go the distance….as Jigme did. Step by step, mile by mile, person by person he met and shared his message with, to great affect around the world.

A message of World Peace gained first by each of us choosing our own inner peace.

A message of Human Rights, gained first by each of us choosing to do the right thing by others.

A message of Tibetan Independence, gained by Tibetans in and out of Tibet knowing they must first claim their freedom in their own minds, as an act of personal dignity.

A message of Hope & Freedom for ALL who are oppressed, helping them see beyond their suffering to know that they matter and that they are not alone.

Yes, peace is an inside job to start with. But it then takes every ounce of the fiber of your being to LIVE in peace personally, then move the vibration of peace outward courageously to all who so desperately need it. This requires vigilance, good choices, sacrifice, engagement in the fullness of life, and usually requires ‘going the extra mile’.

Think about it; there are usually very few people along that extra mile. Let’s meet there, and continue to Walk our Talk, as demonstrated by Jigme, his esteemed father Dr. Thubten Norbu, and many dedicated supporters over the years.

This Tibetan Independence Day (March 10), in remembering the uprising, also claim your own inner peace….then Rise Up to make your own courageous and heartfelt difference in our troubled world.

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Tribute to Jigme Norbu & Walk for Tibet Florida Completion

MemorialTribute to Jigme Norbu & Walk for Tibet FL completion

MemorialTribute to Jigme Norbu & Walk for Tibet FL completion

Tribute Service Alter

Tribute Service Alter

AlterThe Walk for Tibet Florida held a bitter-sweet celebration on completion of 300 miles walked from St. Augustine to West Palm Beach February 14-26, 2011. The Final Mile walked from the downtown West Palm Beach Green Market square, and being greeted  my Mayor Lois Frankel, to the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens for the Memorial Tribute to Jigme Norbu and Walk Completion Ceremony was laced with emotion for the 50-plus walkers and young skateboarders who joined in.

 What a lovely environment at the Gardens- serene, beautiful and filled with love of the nearly 100 people who attended to pay tribute to Jigme and the higher values for which he ultimately gave his life: World Peace, Human Rights, Tibetan Independence & Freedom for All peoples. Thank you Cynthia Palmieri, Director and keeper of the flame that is Ann Norton’s legacy…and to all volunteers and local establishments who gave so unstintingly of their talents, time & resources to make this event so memorable. Present to share their musical gifts were LeRoy Wright- drummer, Henry Lepler-toning & crystal bowls, Jamie Defrates with his song Winterhawk. Donna Kim-Brand invited all present to Come ALIVE  in their own unique ways to make our world a better place: where
A=Align with your values & higher purpose
L= be Laser Focused
I= be bold in your Imagination of what is possible
V= be a human lightning rod of Vibrational Resonace &
E= Engage with Energy & your  Expertise
Donna invites us to be ALIVE!

Donna invites us to be ALIVE!LeRoy Wright-sacred drummerHenry Lepler Healing ResonanceWinterhawk-Jamie DefratesWalk Leaders in Service to the CauseMarlowe Brand kata from Kunga Norbu