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Recognizable Buddhist: Harrison Ford

Tibet and Dalai Lama has support from Harrison Ford

by Sifu TW Smith

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harrison ford buddhist  Harrison Ford, Buddhist, was born in 1942 and has demonstrated his support of the Tibetan People and the Dalai Lama. He was a tremendous supporter of the movie "7 Years in Tibet".

Harrison Ford was born in 1942 and is very recognizable for his works and performance. He is also recognized for his support of the Tibetan cause and the Dalai Lama.

In 1998, during an interview he stated, "I support Tibet publicly," Ford told George magazine. "I just don't make it a public issue. I have introduced the Dalai Lama on a couple of occasions, and I have privately supported and am involved in other efforts to redress the inequity of the situation, but I don't actively look for opportunities to advance these issues."

Mr. Ford worked on the "Dalai Lama Renaissance" and narrated the documentary. You are encouraged to visit this site.

In San Francisco, 1997, many recognizable people lined up to shake the Dalai Lama's hand with the "Free Tibet Concert". Included was Mr. Ford, Steven Seagal, Sharon Stone, and many others.

On September 7, 1995, Mr. Ford testified to Congress about his experience in Tibet:

"Mr. Chairman,

It is a great honor for me to be here today and to participate in this

important hearing on Tibet.

I would like to salute you for the tremendous support you and your

colleagues have provided His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the people of

Tibet. This is not something that has gone unnoticed by the American

people . The Tibetan struggle is no ordinary freedom struggle. The

courageous men and women in Tibet have chosen the path laid out by

their leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is a path of non-

violence-- a path that too few peoples around the world have dared to


As an American who cares deeply about justice, freedom and democracy,

I can tell you that this is a cause that touches at the core of our

own values. It is about the survival of a people who seek only to

democratically determine their own government, to have the freedom to

practice their own religion without interference, and to bring up

their children in a safe environment where they can be proud of their

unique heritage.

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my own

experiences in Tibet, although you will hear about our trip there from

my wife, Melissa. But I would like to take this Opportunity to

introduce to you a man of remarkable courage. A man who has risked his

life to bring information about the suffering of the Tibetan people to

the outside world, Mr. Gendun Rinchen.

Three years ago Melissa and I traveled to Tibet. Our tour guide was an

outstanding man, Gendun Rinchen. One year later, Gendun was arrested

and detained for attempting to provide information about human rights

in Tibet to a visiting delegation. He was charged with stealing state

secrets, but was released after eight months because of intense

international pressure.

He will tell his own story. But, I would like to impress upon you the

dedication and courage of this man, who under impossible

circumstances, contributed enormously to educating the world about the

brutal Chinese occupation of Tibet and the effect it is having on the

Tibetan people.

As we appear before you today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in this

country, speaking to students, business leaders and Americans from all

walks of life for whom his message of peace, compassion and

non-violence resonates deeply. I would also like to take this

opportunity to encourage you to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

when he is in Washington next week and to urge the President to also

meet with this man of peace. His Holiness is a great man; to meet with

him brings dignity to America and to us all.

Thank you for this opportunity to appear before you today."

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