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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

From the Himalayas to the Boston suburbs

October 20, 2008

By Andy Metzger/Staff Writer
The Arlington Advocate
Thu October 16, 2008

Arlington, Mass. -- Tibetan dancers performed four ancient dances to
a crowd gathered at Town Hall, in an Oct. 4 event sponsored by
Jokhang Institute, an Arlington non-profit that started this spring
to preserve living Tibetan traditions.

The dances originated in the court of King Gesar in the 11th century
and then spread out into the Kham region of Tibet, said Jokhang
President Alexis Tsapatsaris.

But they are not folk dances. Each movement in the dance is a
specific symbolic gesture related to Tibetan Buddhism, said Tsapatsaris.

The 17 dancers from New York-based U.S. Lingdro Dance Group performed
four dances that translate to English as Dance of Offering,
Invocation of Deities, Victory of Gods and the last one, the Dance of

According to Tsapatsaris, the leader of the Lingdro group, Tagsar
Wangdak Jigmey, can trace his lineage back to one of the original
dancers in King Gesar's court.

Tibetan Buddhist spirituality and customs were very closely guarded
until the country was occupied by China in the 1950s and refugees
brought their culture to the rest of the world, said Tsapatsaris.

The performance was attended by people of both Tibetan and Western
origin, Tsapatsaris said.

Staff Writer Andy Metzger can be reached at
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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