On August 30th, we held a special memorial and tribute for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche in New York City. Titled “Tenzin Delek Lives,” the event brought together 300 friends and supporters, along with speakers from numerous organizations, including Human Rights in China, National Endowment for Democracy and Committee to Protect Journalists, who spoke about Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s achievements as an educator, reformer, environmentalist and rights defender for the Tibetan people.
Geshe Nyima, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s cousin, who traveled all the way from Dharamsala, India set the tone for the evening with a powerful message: “My cousin’s death is not the end, but the beginning for all of us to finish his work. We will not stop working until there is freedom in Tibet, until people can live without fear of the Chinese government and His Holiness the Dalai Lama can return home.”
An excerpt from Buchung D. Sonam’s “Quiet Dissent,” written for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and read by Tenzin Dicky at the memorial:
You stood tall as a mountain,
You didn’t slip through their fingers like glass-noodles;
They had power over your body
But your mind like a giant eagle in flight was free.
Through your thick glasses you witnessed
Display of their fear with armoured cars,
Automatic rifles, gas masks, fire extinguishers;
Tongues of hatred from the electric batons
Dissolved powerless into your flesh –
Read the entire poem here.
Thank you to all who attended and made this event so special!