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March 24, 2008

Mu

Apparently the old koan was wrong. More »
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March 24, 2008

Olympic Torch Lit

Will Tibet unrest deter foreign investment in the region? The Wall Street Journal dryly observes: Even before this month's riots in Tibet, foreign investors found reasons to bypass what is a tiny market in the Himalayas with a big public-relations problem. More »
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March 22, 2008

China won't talk

Anyone surprised? More »
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March 21, 2008

Tibet News Round-up from the Center for Buddhist Studies

Nice round-up (and interesting comments following it) from the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. More »
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March 21, 2008

Monks in Bodh Gaya Speak Out; Himalayan Solidarity

Two stories from the Buddhist Channel: Buddhist monks in Bodh Gaya protest China's treatment of Tibetans Display of Solidarity by Himalayan Buddhists More »
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March 21, 2008

Dalai Lama with Nancy Pelosi, and Young People

Nancy Pelosi gives her support to the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. A Presidential candidate couldn't do that -- China would come calling. Anyway this trip was arranged long before the "controversy" in Tibet (but anytime is a bad time to see the DL in China's eyes.) “If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China’s oppression in China and Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world,” Ms. Pelosi, Democrat of California, told an overwhelmingly Tibetan audience of around 2,000 people in the courtyard of the town’s main temple, Tsulakhang. The visit by Ms. Pelosi, accompanied by nine other members of Congress, most of them Democrats, was arranged some time ago as part of a visit to India. More »
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March 21, 2008

China's Internet Warfare

Is Beijing attacking Darfur advocacy websites that criticize China's close cooperation with the genocidal Sudanese government? More »
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March 20, 2008

International Buddhist Film Festival

Shoot, missed the International Buddhist Film Festival in San Francisco (2/14 to 3/6) and so missed all the fine offerings there, including the awesomely titled Meditate and Destroy about Noah Levine, by Blue Lotus Films. We won't forget to mention this year. Ahem! More »
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March 20, 2008

What Started the Violence? Plus: A Stroke, Step by Step

[A young Tibetan looks at Chinese riot police officers in Kangding County, Sichuan Province.] The indispensable Danny Fisher shows us a BBC video depicting the incidents that may have sparked the violence in Tibet. And this article is now updated -- China admits the protests have spread. Tibet's spiritual leader Thursday said he was powerless to stop anti-Chinese violence as authorities in Beijing acknowledged for the first time that unrest had spread into neighboring Chinese provinces. More »
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March 20, 2008

Tibetan Youth Challenge the Dalai Lama

The Wall Street Journal has a piece on Tsewang Rigzin and the Tibetan Youth Congress, whose goals for Tibet are more ambitious and radical than the Dalai Lama's. The Times (UK) reports the Tibetan left is "frustrated" with the Dalai Lama. These are times of stress. Cracks will appear in the facade, but that doesn't necessarily foretell a permanent split or break. More »
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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 »