The Tibet Society of the United Kingdom and the Tibetans of Britain Society joined forces at Chelsea Town Hall, London Saturday (5 April) to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the uprising of the people of Lhasa against the Chinese in 1959.
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Background: The Tibet Society of the United Kingdom and the Tibetans of Britain Society joined forces at Chelsea Town Hall, London Saturday (5 April) to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the uprising of the people of Lhasa against the Chinese in 1959.
Although the uprising failed and thousands of Tibetans lost their homes and fled to exile in India and numbers of them have since scattered to settlements all over the world, they feel that a unity of spirit developed among them as a result of the Chinese invasion and that this is worthy of remembrance.
The Tibetan community in the United Kingdom is small in numbers -only about 80 people - but active in its endeavours to retain the cultural traditions of old Tibet and help other exiled Tibetans who live in less fortunate circumstances.
The Chelsea celebrations took the form of a Buddhist commemoration ceremony - a personal message from the Dalai Lama was read by a young lama, Sogyal Tulku, who is resident in London - and prayers for the release from suffering for all mankind.
Later there was traditional dancing and flute music and a bazaar selling Tibetan goods - statues, ritual objects, clothes, books, food, curies and jewellery.
Many of the 300 or so British people who attended the celebration are themselves followers of Tibetan Buddhist meditation techniques and also were traditional Tibetan costumes and jewellery.