2009 年3 月14日
A TRAGEDY COMBINED WITH 50 YEARS TIME AND INTERLACED SPACE
By Fu Zhengming
To commemorate the 50th Tibetan National Uprising day, artist and
sculptor Chen Weiming, both as an ethnic Chinese and an immigrant to
America, entrusted by the New York-based Sino-Tibet Study Group, has
created a huge relief under the title of “Tibetan Journey to Freedom”.
This artwork (3.2m wide and 2 m high), unveiled on March 10, 2009, in
New York City, is a glass steel high-relief with an artistic effect of
copper relief, molding a vivid portrait of ten Tibetans in exile. It
will be moved to Taipei for exhibition to the public and then will be
moved to Dharamsala, India, the site of Tibet’s government-in-exile,
for exhibition and conservation.
On the back of Nyaiqentanglha Mountains
A couple of high passes split by a demonic sward flinging up to heaven
East Sharkong La and west Nupkong La watch each other without disgust
Under the mountains there are unbreakable veins of earth
On America Land of Liberty
A Chinese artist grasps his fist and then makes
A Mudra of V-shaped fingers
A symbol of the adjoining veins of blood of Sino-Tibet
Sculptor, the drafts worked out in your mind
Are like the houses built and destroyed over and over again
By Milirepa, the last one is an essential song of the Tibetan saint
With the magic power of subduing the four maras. 1
Your art knives with unique edges
Is like the pestle in the mortar once used by Tilopa
Grinding the sesame seeds, inspired by the sacred Dakini 2
You turn your primordial wisdom into timely flower rains.
Ah, an epic relief artwork upon which
The hope of the kidnapped Drugmo floats
The rainbow’s horse of Gesar of Ling
Carries Shambhala vision and returns to the Land of Snow. 3
Ah, an epic relief artwork upon which
Odysseus’ returning ship drifts.
The sails are shredded after Aeolus’ bag being opened
But it sails always toward Ithaca in the hero’s dream
Ah, a silent music in heaven from which
The lion’s roar spoken of by the Buddha is heard.
"Evam," fearless nonviolence and the Six Perfections
Help us remember the kind things as they are. 4
Ah, a tragedy combined with 50 years time and interlaced space,
A lingering sound of both traditional warriors and gentlemen haunting
in the distance,
One breath remaining in Chinese and Tibetan civilizations,
An Oneness of Heaven, Earth and Man created in the autumn wind.
Beholders short of aesthetic sense,
Please don’t violate a virgin soul by speaking loudly, don’t break
The first dream of the child in the arms of its mother dressed in a
Here is a place suitable for retreat meditation.
Beholders who understand only violent words
Please retain your self-respect and control your flying spittle
Here is being held a special prayer ceremony for the female victim
Who lies in the arms of the old woman whom she met by chance.
The youth who once watered his horse at the Brahmaputra’s shore
Had already returned his gun to the monastery storage of the Rinpoche
Who stands behind him, but both the youth’s figure and his value,
After the sculptor’s exam, have been mould a typical Khampa man
The couple is held with both arms behind the back,
But you needn’t conceive of them as mother-daughter or sisters.
These landsmen on the exiled road are connected by a string of prayer beads.
One can perhaps step forward to somehow block a flying bullet for another one.
The old mantras on the prayer wheel and in the lips
The six syllables, simple in language but esoteric in meaning,
Link the devotional hearts of six millions Tibetans,
Speaking of the essence of the Great Perfection.
Please answer back the girl with her hands in the ‘Namaste-hello’ position.
Have you perhaps discovered the Plateau Red in her face?
That is the red ink paste sealed by the warmest sun
Upon the pearl on the roof of the world.
Women, your name is frailty no longer
Jetsun Dolma or Tibetan Tara is the “mother of liberation”
And the feminine principle marked by Jomo-Glangma
Is an antidote for the male chauvinism of Mount Tai.
Those humble but noble Tibetans,
Their request is so small but appetite is so huge:
We want to go back! Return us the basic right to go back our home!
Let us go on the Tibetan journey to freedom and to the nirvana of all
Ordinary but great artist,
Your plastic glass steel is a dorje symbol imprinted the tragic event
of March 11,
It will light the memory of New York, Taipei and Dharamsala.
When shall Beijing and Lhasa receive the great gift?
1 Before becoming a great Tibetan Yogi and poet, Milirepa found his
teacher Marpa who asked him to build and re-build houses in order to
inspire his self realization. In Milirepa’s songs, “mara,” Sanskrit
for “demon,” refers to anything that obstructs the attainment of
liberation or enlightenment.
2 Indian Mahasiddha Tilopa, the founder of the Kagyu lineage of
Tibetan Buddhism, is said to have spent his years earning his living
by producing oil from sesame seed because of a vision of a Dakini or
3 In the Tibetan Epic of King Gesar, the kidnapped Drugmo is the
consort of Gesar of Ling. In his poem ‘Enthronement,‘ Ch?gyam Trungpa
Rinpoche, Gesar’s heir and founder of Shambhala International, writes:
“The warrior without a sword /Riding on a rainbow” ”The rainbow’s
horse” is an allusion of Trungpa’s metaphor.
4 ‘Evam’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘thus’ or ‘such,’ often used in
the opening lines that preface the sutras. Buddha's taught Six
Perfections (Sad Paramita): Generosity, Ethical Discipline, Patience,
Enthusiastic effort, Concentration and Wisdom.
March 14, 2009