Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Kumbum On A Journey" - A Poem About Kumbum Monastery

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a poem titled "Kumbum On A Journey" by a Tibetan blogger whose online name is "Madman". The poem was written on July 22, 2011 and posted on his TibetCul blog on August 17, 2011.

Kumbum Monastery featured here on High Peaks Pure Earth in July 2011, we translated an open letter written by the monks and local residents to the authorities appealing for action to be taken over the lack of clean drinking water in the area, brought on by intensive mining activities.

The poem conveys the rather sad thoughts and feelings of the blogger as he visits Kumbum Monastery, mourning what he sees as the loss of the greatness of past, both historic, Tsongkhapa, as well as more recent, Tenth Panchen Lama. Interestingly, this sense of Kumbum's decline was featured in a Wikileaks Cable from the US Embassy in Beijing in September 2009, read more by following this link: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2009/09/09BEIJING2719.html

Kumbum On A Journey
-- Thoughts and Feelings on Going to Kumbum This Time

The place of Tsongkhapa's birth

The Tenth Panchen Lama set out from this place

My only starting point where everything of mine starts

Rays of sun emanate from your bosom
Glittering in my sky
Illuminate the yesterdays of my compatriots

My yesterday

Today, your name hasn't changed
Your location hasn't changed


Tsongkhapa's traces cannot be seen
The Tenth Panchen Lama's laughter is gone

What remains is only the ancient soil

Transformed into something else

That seemingly has nothing at all to do with me

Today, I only want to pay homage to Buddhas

Apart from footprints, I won’t leave any trace at all and leave
Apart from reflections, I won’t be able to take anything with me either

July 22, 2011
Madman" in Kumbum

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