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April 21, 2008

Protests Spreading

Pro-government protests, that is. More »
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April 19, 2008

Boycotts Go Both Ways

Chinese urge a boycott of the West (especially France.) More »
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April 18, 2008

The Buddhist Cellphone

Not sure why it's gold-plated, exactly. And it's available only in China. The best religious cell phone in the world is made for Buddhists. This highly modified and rare Nokia N70 is currently available only in China. Like other religious cell phones, the Buddhist phone has Buddhist ring tones, software and other trappings. What sets this phone apart from the pack is the sheer beauty and detail of the customization. More »
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April 18, 2008

"China to extend crackdowns" says Tibet's PM; DL at Mayo Clinic

The Dalai Lama visits Minnesota and discusses meditation and compassion. The meditation talk will include Daniel Goleman and will be for Mayo Clinic employees only. He also gave a thank-you scarf to his physician, Dr. More »
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April 18, 2008

Japanese temple backs out of route

Thanks to Marcus for pointing this one out: A Japanese Buddhist temple has removed itself from the torch's route. Japan and China continue to disagree over whether Tibet is an international issue or just a domestic issue of China's. Edward Gomez notes the rhetoric is running high: China stoked the nationalist fires and is now trying to temper its citizens call for boycotts of products from countries where the torch relay has run into trouble. More »
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April 18, 2008

Hunger

Hunger is on the rise across the globe as food prices rise out of reach of the poorest families. With the sinking economy, with climate change, with war  -- the poor are always the most vulnerable. More »
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April 17, 2008

Earth Day

(Don't forget Earth Day next week!) More »
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April 17, 2008

The Torch in India, Australia

The relay begins amid heavy security in New Delhi. Meanwhile, China cancels its plan to open Tibet on May 1st and seals the borders. And if you wonder why Nepal is cracking down on protesters so hard: Chinese security police in athletic wear can be seen lounging in tea shops and strolling the sole street in the border town of Liping. They shadow three Associated Press journalists from the moment they arrive, ordering them not to take photographs — on Nepalese territory. More »
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April 17, 2008

China resists Japanese pressure; more than 500 arrested in Nepal

Japan urges China to work out the Tibet situation peacefully. China tells Japan that Tibet is a domestic issue. In other words, buzz off. More than 500 Tibetan protesters arrested in restless Nepal. More »
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April 17, 2008

New Tibet Museum in Beijing

A museum in Beijing that tells the Chinese side of the story and buries any notion of an independent Tibet. This is the viewpoint Chinese citizens are being bombarded with every minute. For example, when the international news came to the protests, the screens went black in China. Beijing is being scrubbed clean -- and this includes the news. And Chinese internet users are taking to the web to fight back against what they see as international bias against their country -- seeing red, if you will. More »
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April 17, 2008

The Diversity of China

The diversity of China, photographs from National Geographic. More »
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April 17, 2008

Tibetan TV personality Jamyang Kyi Arrested

Prominent Tibetan TV personality Jamyang Kyi has been seized by Chinese authorities. UPDATE: More on the abduction of this reporter from the Times. More »
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April 17, 2008

World Food Crisis; Street Zen

The world food crisis: Scientists and economists worry that the reallocation of scarce water resources — away from rice and other grains and toward more lucrative crops and livestock — threatens poor countries that import rice as a dietary staple. More »
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April 17, 2008

Whose side is Coke on, anyway?

This article on Coke and the Olympics reminds me a bit of Nicholas Kristof's Op-Ed today. More »
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April 17, 2008

Praying for Change in Burma

The All Burma Monks Alliance is praying for democracy, but if the past is any teacher, it will take a lot more to make the junta budge. Their plans so far are not encouraging. Here's an account from an American tourist who recently visited the country. More »
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April 17, 2008

Caught in the middle

Grace Wang tried to walk the middle path but took heat from both sides. More »
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April 17, 2008

The Flame in Delhi

Remember that Tibetans tried to storm the Chinese embassy here in March. Security will be tight. India's relations with China are fragile enough already. More »
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April 16, 2008

Big Dream on the Bare Stage

[The following is a guest post from Tricycle's Copy Editor Karen Ready.] I'm puzzled that virtually no New York bloggers have posted anything about Evan Brenner's work in progress The Buddha-In His Own Words, a one-man performance of excerpts from the life and teachings of the Buddha taken directly from the vast collection we know as the Pali canon. These texts form the basis of the Theravada tradition: discourses, teachings, monastic rules, and philosophical texts attributed in large part to the Buddha and his disciples, they were passed on orally and committed to writing only after the Buddha's death. The play is the result of some four years of work (so far) on Brenner's part to "assemble the life of the Buddha." I like his choice of "assemble": in fact, Mark Epstein has referred to the play as "masterfully crafted," and both terms provide a good sense of Brenner's deceptively simple eighty-minute creation, like the attentive folding of an origami shape. Here the actor-playwright takes on all the roles, from the young prince who leaves his royal surroundings to seek an answer to the world of suffering and death he finds beyond the palace gates, to those he encounters along the way (including Mara the tempter), to members of his ever-growing following as well as opponents who brought tragedy to his later years. More »
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April 16, 2008

Burma Peace Walk; Donna Karan's Urban Zen

Here's a collection of links on the recent Burma Peace Walk and other Buddhist activities in the Bay Area, courtesy of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship: ABC7 Local Network Coverage: Monks march through Golden Gate http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local&id=6070807 KRON 4 NEWS Video: Burmese Monks and Supporters Walk Across Golden Gate Bridge htt More »
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April 16, 2008

Neither cruel nor unusual?

In honor of the Pope and Dalai's simultaneous visit to our fair shores, the Supreme Court decided by a 7-2 margin that lethal injection as used to kill convicts in Kentucky does not violate the Constitution. More »