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March 20, 2008

China's Firestorm

Beijing feels China's getting a raw deal in the western press. Chinese official media condemned Western news coverage of unrest in Tibet on Thursday, in a commentary that accused the reports of being "hostile" towards China ahead of the Beijing Olympics. China says the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, masterminded a wave of protests that were capped by a riot in Tibet's capital Lhasa last week and were followed by anti-government demonstrations in ethnic Tibetan parts of China. "While we highly appreciate the efforts of the global media in seeking facts and providing accurate, objective and timely reporting, we are somewhat disappointed to find, from time to time, rather biased news coverage," the official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary. The violence in Tibet is straining China's already difficult More »
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March 20, 2008

Contact info for China's U.S. Consulates; HHDL opposes Olympic boycott

In case you'd like to remind them the world cares about Tibet. Courtesy of Vichy Democrats ("still dogging Joe Lieberman until he's in his political grave.") Also see TIME magazine's China Blog, which is following the goings-on in Tibet. The Dalai Lama fears there will be a "lot of casualties" in Tibet. More »
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March 20, 2008

Nirvana defined

Courtesy of BoSacks:  "NIRVANA, n. In the Buddhist religion, a state of pleasurable annihilation awarded to the wise, particularly to those wise enough to understand it." - Ambrose Bierce  (American Writer, Journalist and Editor, 1842-1914) More »
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March 20, 2008

Day-by-Day Account from Reuters; China warns Gordon Brown; Clarification from HHDL

Reuters has a day-by-day account of the "largest and most sustained protests Tibet has seen" since 1989. China warns English PM Gordon Brown about getting cozy with the Dalai Lama. And regarding his announcement that he would resign if the violence continied or esclated, the office of the Dalai Lama issued this clarification: Dharamsala, 18 March, 2008: During a meeting with some representatives of the Media this afternoon, His Holiness repeated what he told Jonathan Mirsky of the Observer, London, more than fifteen years ago that if the majority of the Tibetans in Tibet resorted to violence in their freedom struggle, he would have no option but to resign as spokesperson of the Tibetan people. On the issue of indepe More »
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March 19, 2008

Will there be a boycott? No progress in Burma. Conflicts continue in Thailand and Sri Lanka

An interesting piece in the New York Times addresses Tibetans living in western China, caught between several worlds. Not surprisingly, China is said to be tightening its grip on all Tibetan areas. Meanwhile, some western European countries flirt with an Olympic boycott. [Image © Mark Trepte/The Associated Press.] More »
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March 19, 2008

Hunger Strike; Who is the Dalai Lama?

From the Buddhist Channel: Tibetan exile leaders took part in a hunger strike in Delhi yesterday. And Who is the Dalai Lama? More »
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March 19, 2008

Photo Evidence from Tibet, plus Obstruction of Journalists in China

Two more articles from Precious Metal: the blog. Photo evidence of Tibet horror comes to light from Toronto's Globe and Mail News of Tibet Under Scrutiny from CNN Update: Protest Maps updated as of 3/19/08. From Mikel Dunham's blog. More »
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March 19, 2008

Zen Monster

Though the term "Zen Monster" may bring to mind the Buddha-on-Godzilla image from Brad Warner's Sit Down and Shut Up, Zen Monster is actually a new magazine full of politics, religion, criticism, poetry, fiction, book reviews, and art. It's described as "a voice for independent poets, artists and writers outside of any hierarchical or ecclesiastical Buddhist affiliation." It's very pretty, too, thanks to designer Charles Rue Woods, a longtime friend of Tricycle. Contributors to the first issue include Norman Fischer, Philip Whalen, Susan Bee, Ann Waldman, Gary Snyder, and many more. I opened right up to a bunch of Philip Whalen epistles and Eliot Katz's Elegy for Allen Ginsberg, plus a photo of a cool sculpture by Steven Siegel, not to be confused with the smililarly named action star / tulku. More »
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March 19, 2008

Tibetan Violence and the Beijing Olympics

Lots to talk about with Tibet. China's news agency says more than 100 protesters have surrendered. And there are no changes to their plan to run the torch down Everest and across Tibet to Beijing. The unrest won't affect the Olympics at all, officials say. More »
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March 18, 2008

Ditha

[Author’s note: It’s been my observation that the deepest compassion often arises from worst adversity, abandonment and neglect. It is those who suffer most who understand suffering best.] The year was 1954 and I’d been drafted into the Army and sent to Germany as part of the occupation forces. I met Ditha through a friend of hers who contracted with the Army to manage the mess hall at Friedberg Kaserne where I was stationed. As time went on, I learned something of Ditha’s past. She remembered being left one day at her aunt’s apartment in Frankfurt because, as it was explained to her, her Mother and Father had “business” somewhere that day. But they never came back to pick her up, and that’s the last she knew of them or their whereabouts. Later the Nazi’s came and took her aunt away, and Ditha became a ward of the state, housed in an orphanage. More »
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March 18, 2008

Stand with Tibet; Beastie Boys Speak Out; Young Tibetans Reject the Dalai Lama

From Precious Metal: Stand With Tibet, an online petition. Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys asks that you contact your Congressperson. More »
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March 18, 2008

Photos from Nepal

From Mikel Dunham's website. More »
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March 18, 2008

Message from Executive Director of the Tibet Connection

 We received this email a short time ago: Dear All, Since March 7th, The Tibet Connection has been unable to publish anything to our website thetibetconnection.org because of a problem with our server. We are learning that other Tibet-related sites are experiencing similar problems. More »
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March 18, 2008

Dalai Lama Says He’ll Resign if Violence Escalates

China has blamed the Dalai Lama for the violence in Tibet, and the Chinese response to the protests has stirred resentment among Tibetans in India. So we come to this: DHARAMSALA, India — The Dalai Lama on Tuesday invited international observers, including Chinese officials, to scour his offices here and investigate whether he had any role in inciting the latest anti-Chinese violence in Tibet. More »
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March 17, 2008

Tibet from around the blogs

Danny Fisher points us to Wildmind's excellent Tibet turmoil round-up. This is a great summary of what's going on. Buddhist Jihad returns from hiatus to give us some Tibet links. More »
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March 17, 2008

What can meditation do for you?

Lower your blood pressure, and your stress. Even the NIH is in on it. More »
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March 17, 2008

China Blocks YouTube; Violence continues in Sri Lanka, Thailand

China defends its role in the Tibet crisis. There were even demonstrations in Beijing. And of course, China blocked YouTube. 49 people reported killed in fighting in Sri Lanka over the weekend. More »
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March 17, 2008

China's Spiritual Awakening

It's a bit ironic to look back on this BusinessWeek article from January -- while soldiers kill monks in Tibet, Buddhism is actually booming in China. More »
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March 17, 2008

Barack Obama's Statement on Tibet

Our friend Sharon Salzberg sent us an email with the following: Statement of Senator Barack Obama on the situation in Tibet Chicago, IL, March 14-- "I am deeply disturbed by reports of a crackdown and arrests ordered by Chinese authorities in the wake of peaceful protests by Tibetan Buddhist monks. I condemn the use of violence to put down peaceful protests, and call on the Chinese government to respect the basic human rights of the people of Tibet, and to account for the whereabouts of detained Buddhist monks. These events come on the 49th anniversary of the exile of the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama. They demonstrate the continuing frustration of the Tibetan people at the way in which Beijing has ruled Tibet. There has been an informal dialogue between Chinese leaders and the Dalai Lama's representatives over the past six years. More »