By Jen Burton

When I walked in to the Causes lunch room the other day, I was struck, quietly, with emotion. Palden Gyatso was sitting, smiling, with his translator in advance of his talk here at the office. I’ve never been in the presence of someone like him before and I was moved.

Palden is an 80 year old Tibetan monk who spent 33 years imprisoned by the Chinese government for his crimes of conscious. He was imprisoned in 1959 during the Chinese occupation of Tibet and their “Cultural Revolution.” While in prison, Palden was brutally tortured at the hands of Chinese prison officials – the stories are graphic and heartbreaking, but it’s important people learn about these atrocities as they continue today to the hundreds of political prisoners in China.

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