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March 16, 2008

Dalai Lama Feels Helpless

All eyes are on the Dalai Lama, who, though accused of instigating by some, says he feels helpless as he watches, as we all do, the events unfold. Dalai Lama video, courtesy of Precious Metal. More »
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March 16, 2008

The Dalai Lama Calls for International Inquiry

The DL asks for an inquiry into Tibet saying some kind of "cultural genocide" is taking place. CNN blogs the turmoil. Updates from Tibet Daily. More »
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March 16, 2008

Monastery Bulldozed and Burned in Burma

Burma's long nightmare continues. More »
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March 16, 2008

In the Name of the People

China's crackdown on Tibet is an embarrassment to the Bush administration's foreign policy team (but then again, what isn't?) China was recently taken off the U.S.'s list of worst human rights offenders, and this is how they repay Dubya? Protests at Chinese consulates around the U.S. today, including New York and Chicago. [Picture at right from the Chicago Tribune.] Meanwhile China declares a "people's war": More »
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March 15, 2008

Lhasa, Beijing, IOC

Will cries of "Free Tibet!" drown out China's Olympic triumph? No, says Beijing, and hell no says the International Olympic Committee. Video of the protests. Several videos on YouTube and elsewhere with fleeting glimpses of the unrest. UPDATE: Protests at the Chinese embassy in Washington. More »
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March 15, 2008

Run-Up to the Olympics

Reports of at least 30 dead fromTibetan exile groups. Sun Weide, a spokesman for the Beijing Olympics organizing committee, said the unrest would not have a negative impact on the Games or the torch relay. Preparations to carry the Olympic torch across Mount Everest and across Tibet "have been proceeding very smoothly and according to schedule," Sun said. "The hosting of the Beijing Games is the 100-year dream for Chinese people and I think the Chinese people, including our compatriots in Tibet, very much look forward to hosting the Games," Sun said. The United States and other governments have urged China to show restraint on the protesters, though International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge deferred, saying he didn't have details. More »
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March 15, 2008

Chinese media confirms 10 deaths

From the New York Times. 50 or 60 monks arrested. Dead bodies all around Lhasa. The government response to the Burmese protests was such a black eye for China, it is astounding they would raise the ire of the world again by firing on peaceful demonstrators themselves. Is it arrogance, or fear that motivates them? This should lead to many condemnations and Olympic boycotts. The world has so little leverage over China otherwise, and the games are so important to Beijing . More »
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March 15, 2008

No Deadly Force, Beijing Claims

China says warning shots and teargas only. Residents were under attack and many police officers were injured, Beijing claims. And stories coming out of Tibet sound bad. More »
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March 14, 2008

What is Happening in Tibet?

The International Campaign for Tibet condemns the Chinese government's excessive use of force against a peaceful demonstration, while the Chinese government news agency Xinhua says the Dalai Lama clique is responsible for causing unrest and damaging property. Meanwhile, in a piece of bitter irony, The Buddhist Blog notes the U.S. has removed China from its list of worst human rights offenders. More »
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March 14, 2008

The BBC on the Violence in Tibet

The BBC has good coverage of this ongoing crisis. Here are the headlines: Deaths Reported in Tibet Protests (an "unspecified number" of dead) Eyewitness accounts: Tibet clashes Tibet poses dilemma for Beijing (especially with the summer Olympics approaching) Eyewitness: Monk 'Kicked to the Floor' Chinese Media Silent on Tibet (so the rest of us shouldn't be) More »
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March 14, 2008

Death in Lhasa

The Chinese police fired on protesters in Lhasa. There were deaths -- no word on numbers yet. The U.S. and E.U. More »
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March 14, 2008

Violence in Lhasa as Police Clash with Protesters

Trouble has been brewing in Lhasa since Monday: Violent protests erupted Friday in a busy market area of Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, as Buddhist monks and other ethnic Tibetans clashed with Chinese security forces. Witnesses say the protesters burned shops, cars, military vehicles and at least one tourist bus. The chaotic scene marked the most violent demonstrations since protests by Buddhist monks began in Lhasa on Monday, the anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. More »
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March 12, 2008

Meditation Myths

The Chinese embassy in Israel seems to have put pressure on Tel Aviv University to remove a Falun Gong flyer. Some students and faculty were appropriately outraged. An article on meditation myths. One myth? More »
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March 12, 2008

All About China: Tibetan Protests and Pollution from Solar Panels.

The second day of protests in Tibet: Out comes the teargas. And still no permission for Tibetans to march from India. And Chinese police in Kathmandu observe Tibetan demonstrators, manipulate the local police, and try to get American journalists arrested. The latest "eco-friendly" product to get a black eye: solar panels. The never-ending quest for capital brings more poison to China. More »
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March 11, 2008

U.N. Losing Hope for Burma?; Freedom Torch; By-products of Biodiesel

 Is the U.N.'s Burma effort running out of steam? It doesn't seem like it ever had much. And sanctions haven't bothered the junta either. Blood rubies: Who's buying Burma's gems? Monks and some citizens staged a bold protest in Lhasa to celebrate Uprising Day. But Tibetan protesters in Greece (where the Olympic torch is lit) were blocked by police, and will face similar treatment in India. More »
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March 10, 2008

Buddhist News and More, March 10, 2008

[Now with two updates! And one amended comment (#2.)] Ibrahim Gambari's latest visit to Burma is over without achieving conclusive results other than meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi twice. Burma said No thanks to having U.N. or international oversight for its May constitutional referendum. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president of the Philippines, stepped up and criticized the junta on this. Thailand's problems in its restive south with insurgent Muslims have left 3,000 dead in four years of conflict. To confront this issue, senior Buddhist monks arrived in Cairo to speak with Sheikh Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, the leading Sunni Muslim in Egypt, on the issue. More »
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March 07, 2008

Tricycle Pilgrimage to India, January 2008

The Tricycle pilgrimage to India was an eventful one, with so many sites visited we were all a bit winded by the end of it. This year, our unflappable Indian guide, Shantum Seth, took us down to the stone-temple caves of Ajanta and Ellora--truly spectacular. Stephen Batchelor and Shantum led mediations and teachings, and most memorable for me--after Ajanta and Ellora--was our visit to Sanchi, in Madhaya Pradesh. Sanchi is the site of some of the most well-preserved stupas and examples of Buddhist architecture. Stone structures spanning centuries are perched high on a hill overlooking the plains below. The great thing about Sanchi is that it spans a period from the third to the twelfth centuries. The earliest structures show no representation of the Buddha at all, in keeping with the tradition's focus on the teachings, not the man. More »
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March 06, 2008

Overcoming Caste

An article on dalit oppression in India from the Washington Post, via Going for Refuge. Not so long ago, in the back of a tin-roofed restaurant, Ramu, a teenage dishwasher, spent his nights chained to a radiator. That's how his employer kept him from running away. Ramu wanted to flee because his boss, who was from a higher, more privileged caste, constantly berated him for showing an interest in learning to read. The boss believed Ramu had to get used to a life of cleaning up after other people because as a Dalit, a member of India's lowest and most shunned caste, he could never amount to anything. Then a foreigner who ran a private school and home for Dalit children noticed Ramu. He enrolled him in classes. More »
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March 05, 2008

Bodhidharma's Shoe

Two-part movie of a dai-sesshin at Bodhi Manda in New Mexico with Joshu Sasaki Roshi, the last of the O.G. Japanese Zen "missionaries" to America. (See A Century of Zen, about his hundredth birthday.) The film is by Tom Davenport, who writes: I will be taking this film off revver.com in a few days. This is a draft version -- there some mistakes -- Bodhi Manda is a "Zen Center" -- not a monastery. The Roshi leads about 18 seven days sesshins a year, not 30, but still an impressive number! Also delivery of the narration and camera moves on the still pictures can be improved. More »
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March 05, 2008

Life in Lhasa

A photo essay on Slate. This weekend in 1989, martial law was formally imposed on the Tibetan capital of Lhasa by the Chinese government amid growing protests by Tibetans and violent crackdowns. Magnum presents portraits of Lhasans and images of the transition the country has had to undergo in recent years. [Photo: LHASA, Tibet—A monk at Jokhang Temple, 2000. © Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos] More »