here is a contemporary motto: “Think globally, act locally,” to which it should be added – “cooperate regionally.” A day when peace may be achieved at the global.
scale is too far; and if it is to be possible, it will only grow out of close coopertions among networks of people of various regions. This is why some on-goings in Thailand and her regional friends should arrest our attention.
In the previous issue, we published the chronology of events and campaigns concerning the refusal of the Thai government to allow His Holiness the Dalai Lama to enter Thailand. Despite the government’s stubborn reaction, the event raised much interest among the Thai in the situation in Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. Then in December last year, we received the following news from Dharmasala.
To celebrate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s achievement of the fifth cycle and his 60th birthday anniversary, five hundred Tibetan lamas and monks gathered at the Mahayana Central Cathedral, Dharmasala, on December 5, 1987 and performed an elaborate ritual ceremony: The Prayer of 16 Arhats, A Set of Eight Profound Prayers and An Eulogy to Arya Avalokiteshvara, The Buddha of Compassion, fervently requesting these sublime beings to bestow on His Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand longevity and all prosperity.Vol.4-No.2-May-2531-1988