It’s that time of year again, folks. Get on your bike and help support the Minnesota Tibetan community by participating in the “Bike Ride for Tibet’s Panchen Lama” on Saturday, April 25th. Hosted by several local Tibetan associations, the bike ride will go from the State Capitol all the way to Peavey Plaza on Nicollet Mall, for a total of 15 miles on wheels.
The Panchen Lama, who is the second most revered figure by the Tibetan Buddhists, was kidnapped at age 6 by the Chinese in 1995. This year, he celebrates his 20th birthday. His story, like so many others, reaffirms that the Chinese still hold oppressive rule over the Tibetan state, where religious and political freedoms are constantly in jeopardy.