Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Open Letter from Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet to his Excellency Dalai Lama

Eleven years ago Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet wrote this open letter to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama when he visited Miami in 1999. In honor of the Dalai Lama's visit in 2010 the letter is reproduced below. Since then Dr. Biscet spent 10 of the past 11 years in prison as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience. Oscar Elias is one of 13 prisoners of conscience who have rejected exile demanding freedom in Cuba. Please sign the petition calling for his freedom.

H.H. 14th Dalai Lama Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet

Havana, Cuba. April, 1999.

Your Excellency Dalai Lama:

I greet you respectfully with profound admiration, unable to conceive the ideal words that could express all the love and devotion I profess towards you and your people.

Your visit to Miami vivifies the desire for freedom of a people forced into exile during the last decades. Your story and that of your people are one and the same with outs. Tibetans and Cubans, geographically distant, yet, close as they bear a suffering imposed by a common adversary: communism, usurper of our homelands.

A large number of Cubans support the independence and freedom of Tibet. In your struggle, you may count on the support of the members of The Lawton Foundation who recognize your authority as Tibet's head of State. We call on the nations of the world to officially recognize this exemplar for the good of humanity in its struggle to obtain universal respect for the inalienable rights of man.

The great work of the prince Gautama Buddha is today a reality. His heart reflects the true light that leads to the path of uprightness and a life full of God, as he leads his people to a level of superior peace through the use of nonviolent means of resistance.

Contemporary of Siddhartha, the “Illuminated", was the prophet Isaiah who, in his book of divine wisdom, stated: " Pay attention to Me, O My people, And give ear to Me, O My nation; For a law will go forth from Me, And I will set My justice for a light of the peoples." (Isaiah 51:4)

The acceptance of these words by Buddha, would complement our existence: "A heart, already free, has eliminated all desire."

I remain, sincerely yours,

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet
Lawton Foundation for Human Rights
Havana, Cuba

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