Tweeting in Tibetan and What the Buddha Would Think
Posted October 27, 2009on:
I confess that I have been bitten by the Twitter bug. It is not as bad as the Swine Flu or even the seasonal flu. There is no shot to be taken, except for the pot shots that one could take on others.
I succumbed to it some months back and began tweeting about this and that. In the process, I had an epiphanic moment during which I realized that if I had to venture into this somewhat egoistical adventure I might make it useful to myself. It was thus that I changed from tweeting in English to doing so in Tibetan so as to encourage myself to practice the language better.
I don’t know whether I am the first one in tweeting in Tibetan (see my ego here), but the experience has been worthwhile. Tibetan is a formal language, at least to me, and trying to express my informal trivial experiences in 140 words or less has been interesting, to say the least. I even have the chance to see how Tweeter computes 140 words in Tibetan. They seem to look at every consonant and vowel as a word.
Those of you who can read and write in Tibetan, please take a look at my tweeting and let me know what you think.
Being a Buddhist it was natural for me to wonder what would the Buddha think about tweeting. Lo and behold, someone has already blogged on this on the Huffington Post.
This individual quotes some words that are ascribed to the Buddha. Whether or not he said these is something that I cannot confirm but I tend to subscribe to some of them that I have copied below.
“Never allow yourself to envy others. For you will lose sight of the truth that way.”
“Better than a thousand senseless verses is one that brings the hearer peace.”
“The one who talks of the path but never walks it is like a cowman counting cattle of others but who has none of his own.”
“The conquest of oneself is better than the conquest of all others.”
Be that as it may, I wonder how involved are the Tibetans in Tibet. I have heard of tweeting in Chinese, which has been having some impact in the Chinese society. Could there be Tibetans in Tibet or China who tweet in Tibetan? Do you know of any?