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On behalf of the indigenous people at Standing Rock, a member of the Yaqui tribe in the Southwestern part of United States has yesterday requested help to pacify the situation in North Dakota. In full regalia he made his prayer for a peaceful solution before the Buddhist master and benevolent sorcerer Chokling Rinpoche, and a group of 5000 people from all over the world. We all joined in the spirit of harmony and support for a peaceful resolution.

Chokling Rinpoche.

Juan Gutierrez of the Yaqui tribe offers a mandala ceremony, representing the universe on a outer, inner and hidden level to Chokling Rinpoche, in Kathmandu, Nepal.


Standing Rock website. Photo by Deependra Bajracharya, Nepal.

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  1. Beth Lee-Herbert

    This morning we shared the article with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche who was teaching a beautiful retreat on the Riwo Sangchö in Santa Fe during which he made many connections between Tibetan practice and the practice of Native Americans. We did an extensive Sang this morning with Standing Rock in mind. And overjoyed this afternoon to see that the peaceful resistance and prayers were successful!

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      Dear Beth
      I am writing a biography about the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa (in German a part was already published ( As widely known He visited the Hopi Nation and this was like a communion of “old and long ago seperated siblings”. I try to get more in deep information about those similarities. Could you help me an tell were I could them? What did Tulku Sang Ngag say precisely?
      Best wishes and many thanks – and hopefully the good news about Standing Rock continue!

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    Hi there-Incredible News-
    The Army Core of Engineers has denied the continuation of the DAPL route. From the news clip this means that they will not be going through Standing Rock pipeline-and they will be taking time to consider new routes and the environmental impact they have. This is wonderful. I hope that word has made it back to Rinpoche about this.

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    That appears to be a Plains Indian war bonnet. And fake braids. I mean, really. Yaqui are down by the Mexican border, not war bonnet territory. Sorry.

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      sorry Miriam, but you are wrong.
      The Yaqui or Yoeme are Native Americans who inhabit the valley of the Río Yaqui in the Mexican state of Sonora and the Southwestern United States, they also have small settlements in Sinaloa, Chihuahua, and Durango. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is based in Tucson, Arizona. Yaqui people also live elsewhere in the southwestern United States, especially Nevada and California.

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        I think what Miriam said is correct. I don’t think Yaqui Indians ever wore those war bonnets shown in the pics. The fake braids are hokie too. Not too sure what is really going on with Juan Gutierrez’s costume. Maybe he borrowed all that regalia from some Plains people. Whatever the case, good photo op for Rinpoche and Juan.

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      It’s unfortunate that this didn’t strike you as being likely symbolic for the plains tribes who were at the core of the Standing Rock protests. The Yaqui weren’t directly impacted by the pipeline, yet they were standing in solidarity with those directly impacted by the project as they themselves have had conflict regarding their rights to their own lands. It’s important for a representative to actually, or rather symbolically, represent those peoples he’s there to represent. It’s sad that people are so eager to jump to jaded conclusions and not consider the meaning behind what they’re seeing.

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    It is a watershed time for all human being to seriously reconsider our values. Politicians are no more our unquestionable trustees representing our genuine interests and concerns. It is time we look for a better solution for a better world. Until we are rid of ignorance, greed and aversion, we all will be facing a very dark time. Fortunately there are still hopes, but these hopes are hidden like sparks still to be generated from flint stones. All people from all continents of the same thinking must react and unite together to protect our quest for a better future for our children and their children. That future will no more be monopolised by individuals or individual countries, but belong to all mankind. In order to begin a new universal movement we must all change our own values in life, in order to get out of this social economical political system of greed. Then as our spiritual teachers recommend, we must all begin exercising love and compassion. It is time for a revolution. But this revolution begins within our .

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