Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dalai Lama's Nephew Killed in U.S. Accident

The Dalai Lama's nephew, Jigme K. Norbu, famous for his long distance peace walks on behalf of the Tibetan cause, has been killed in Florida.

He died during a 300-mile "Walk for Tibet," from St. Augustine to West Palm Beach, intended to raise awareness of the Tibetan struggle for independence.

The Florida Highway Patrol said that the 45-year-old was hit by a Kia SUV at about 7:30pm local time on Monday on State Road A1A, which runs along the east coast. The location is in Flagler County, Florida about 10 miles from Flagler Beach, and 25 miles from St. Augustine. The Kia was driven by 31-year-old Keith R. O’Dell of Palm Coast, who had his two young children with him. O’Dell was not charged with the accident.

Local reports said Norbu was walking on the west side of the road, which did not have a pavement and was not lit. There have been other fatalities of a similar nature at this same location.

Norbu was a father of three, and normally lived in Bloomington, Indiana, where he owned a restaurant.

As a gesture of respect, it would be one idea for people to get together and finish what the man started.

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22 reader comments:

karma said...

its acrazy thing to happen. the people behind the wheels does not care of human life if they think they are on right side and wont be charged for killing. they are more careful if they see animals on the road because they are afraid they would be charged for anumal cruelty. ]

may the deseased soul rest in peace!

John Morrison said...

Very sad news. I've had the pleasure of knowing Jigme for several years in Bloomington and my wife and I still make the drive occasionally to eat at his restaurant (the Snow Lion) - you are right that we should redouble our efforts...

Anonymous said...

Are you dead too....???...such ghostly silence ...it's been a week now....

Jin B said...

Sometimes how hard life is gets driven home in an instant. That said, dramatic events, and exits, seem to stay in popular memory longer than more pedestrian existences. May Jigme Norbu's cause be served.

Anonymous said...

Tenpa, where have you gone. I miss you and hope you are not ill. If you are then may you find many blessings in being that too.

Much love to you

Anonymous said...

Hi dear blogger,

Where you have been, we're waiting for your update. :-)

Daniel Mroz said...

Dear Tenpa,

I hope this note finds you well. As I check in often with your writing I notice you've been quiet for a while. If you are confronting any obstacles, I hope they transform themselves quickly!

All the best,

Daniel

Patricia said...

what happened to this week's astrology report?

Anonymous said...

Hi Tenpa,
Are you OK? I hope so, I miss your posts.
Best wishes.

Padma Kadag said...

You Ok?

Anonymous said...

Wondering about the blog...finished?

Jambyang Dorje said...

May his efforts to bring about awareness of Tibet's struggle not be forgotten nor be in vain.

With his memory in mind I would like to draw attention to a post on your blog from 2006... (http://tibetanaltar.blogspot.com/2006/09/buddhist-vexillology.html)
which refers to the Tibetan flag as having been gifted by a 'wandering' Japanese man (namely Yasujiro Yajima, who did in fact design the barracks at the Norbulingka) and designed by the priest Aoki Bunkyo. There is not much actual evidence to support widely touted rumor regarding the heritage of the flag. Most of the symbolism in the flag can be traced back to King Songtsen Gampo, and in general the flag shows all the characteristics of Tibetan art: the overwhelming cramming of symbols, bright colours and intricate meaning; but very little of Japanese 'wabi' (reverence for simplicity) evident in the Japanese Military flag itself. The comparison is often made merely due to the appearance of the sun's radiating light in both flags. However you could just as easily make the comparison with the Union Jack with which the Tibetan flag arguably has just as many similarities, ie. colour, crowded design and so forth.

For more info on this matter I would point you to Jamyang Norbu's insightful article:

http://www.rangzen.net/2004/05/20/freedom-wind-freedom-song/

Please honour Jigme Norbu's memory by honouring his country's flag!!!

Jambyang Dorje said...

May his efforts to bring about awareness of Tibet's struggle not be forgotten nor be in vain.

With his memory in mind I would like to draw attention to a post on your blog from 2006... (http://tibetanaltar.blogspot.com/2006/09/buddhist-vexillology.html)
which refers to the Tibetan flag as having been gifted by a 'wandering' Japanese man (namely Yasujiro Yajima, who did in fact design the barracks at the Norbulingka) and designed by the priest Aoki Bunkyo. There is not much actual evidence to support widely touted rumor regarding the heritage of the flag. Most of the symbolism in the flag can be traced back to King Songtsen Gampo, and in general the flag shows all the characteristics of Tibetan art: the overwhelming cramming of symbols, bright colours and intricate meaning; but very little of Japanese 'wabi' (reverence for simplicity) evident in the Japanese Military flag itself. The comparison is often made merely due to the appearance of the sun's radiating light in both flags. However you could just as easily make the comparison with the Union Jack with which the Tibetan flag arguably has just as many similarities, ie. colour, crowded design and so forth.

For more info on this matter I would point you to Jamyang Norbu's insightful article:

http://www.rangzen.net/2004/05/20/freedom-wind-freedom-song/

Please honour Jigme Norbu's memory by honouring his country's flag!!!

Anonymous said...

om mani padme hum

Anonymous said...

So where is Tenpa?

Anonymous said...

No updates in a long time ... Hope everything is ok!

Nigel said...

please post more, i'm a big fan of your blog. keep it coming love the wisdom and info you spread! Thanks!

Nemo said...

Hey where did you go Tenpa?

Nigel said...

Hello, i love your blog, please keep on posting forever! i miss your posts :) Thanks, Nigel

Nemo said...

Are you still alive Tenpa?

Anonymous said...

Hello there !
So what's happen to your blog Tenpa ?
No event since this sad news.
Somebody could explain why ?

Didier (from France)

Anonymous said...

Guess this site is dead now, too bad.