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April 15, 2008

Philip Glass at the Met

Philip Glass's Satyagraha is at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Read his Tricycle interview from our Spring 2008 issue here. And A Monk Amok is heading to Korea. More »
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April 15, 2008

Ths Cost of Going Green

An appeal is made to the E.U. to slow down on using biofuels, which can be worse for the earth per gallon than fossil fuels. But on the other hand it's a little frightening that India (along with many other countries) is building huge coal-burning plants as fast as they can. As Andrew Revkin writes: The decision [to build the coal-burning plants] powerfully illustrates one of the most inconvenient facets of the world’s intertwined climate and energy challenges — that more than two billion people still lack any viable energy choices, let alone green ones. More »
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April 15, 2008

What Would the Boycott Accomplish?

Fareed Zakaria thinks boycotting the opening ceremonies of the Olympics makes no sense. He points out that the Chinese government is not really acting in opposition to the feelings of its citizens (and we know China cares more about domestic politics than foreign politics, as does the United States, generally): Public humiliation does not work nearly as well on the regime in Beijing as private pressure. At first glance, China's recent crackdown in Tibet looks like a familiar storyline: a dictatorship represses its people. And of course that's part of the reality -- as it often is in China. But on this issue, the communist regime is not in opposition to its people. The vast majority of Chinese have little sympathy for the Tibetan cause. More »
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April 15, 2008

Dalai Lama in Seattle

Both the Pope and the Dalai Lama are in the U.S., one on the East Coast, one on the West. The Dalai Lama has been met with both adoring schoolchildren and pro-China protesters. Guess which group called him a "CIA-funded militant"? The DL also reiterated his threat to resign if the violence continues. Students for a Free Tibet has cool Tibetan Olympic gear for sale, but much of it seems to be sold out. Are they playing with our desire? More »
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April 15, 2008

Laos Tourism

This picture from the Times was fairly striking. Americans in action-paparazzi poses photographing monks. The article is about tourism in a town in Laos. [Photo: David Longstreath/Associated Press] More »
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April 14, 2008

Meat and Murder; Our Foreign Policy Experts

Is there more crime near slaughterhouses? And you may have heard about the recent confusion between Nepal and Tibet by a member of President Bush's crack team of foreign policy experts. Get the scoop from the Worst Horse. More »
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April 14, 2008

Tibet Links, April 14, 2008

Nine monks arrested for allegedly planting a bomb: China has arrested nine monks for a bomb attack on a government building in Tibet last month, an official said yesterday. Tibetan support groups warned that it was impossible to verify the claims because the authorities do not allow independent observers into the region. The state-run Xinhua news agency alleged that the monks from the Tongxia monastery - around 850 miles east of Lhasa - fled after their homemade bomb exploded in Gyanbe township but later confessed to planting it. More »
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April 13, 2008

Philip Glass's Satyagraha at the Met; Tibet Rally in Union Square

Philip Glass's opera "Satyagraha" premiered at the Metropolitan Opera on Friday. Here's some video from it, and a review from the New York Times. For more Satyagraha events, visit the Satyagraha Forum. More »
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April 12, 2008

Bush to attend Olympics

Bush will attend the Olympics, and is unlikely to skip the opening ceremonies, as several European heads of states have said they would do. Chinese President Hu Jintao says Tibet is an internal issue for China and no one else. More »
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April 11, 2008

A 3-Year Retreat

Back in the old days when there were fewer distractions, you wouldn't miss as much spending a few years in a mountaintop cave. But these days... but 28 people did just that in Australia recently (except for the cave and mountaintop parts.) From the Buddhist Channel. Plus, new treatments for Parkinson's disease at Taiwan's Tzu Chi Hospital. More »
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April 11, 2008

Mikel Dunham on Nepal's Election Day

Mikel Dunham's blog is excellent on Nepal and many other things, and of course has beautiful photographs. Today being Election Day in Nepal, it's essential. Here's the AP on the vote-counting. More »
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April 11, 2008

Round-up from Danny Fisher; Rally for Burma at the U.N. today

Rally for Burma today at the U.N. in New York. Burma's still important! (Also, a funny Mac-PC-yoga ad on The Worst Horse.) Another great round-up post mostly on China and Tibet from Danny Fisher's anthropologist friend. Also don't forget Danny's speaking at the New Haven Shambhala Center tonight. And part of the new Indiana Jones movie was filmed in New Haven! More »
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April 11, 2008

More on, what else? The torch

The U.S. has hurt China's feelings again: An indignant China said Friday the U.S. "seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people" when Congress passed a resolution calling on Beijing to stop cracking down on Tibetan dissent and talk to the Dalai Lama. Athletes who show support for Tibet may be expelled from the Olympics for engaging in "propaganda", according to the Times of London. More »
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April 10, 2008

China and the IOC

There is some daylight between China and the IOC. How to Cook Your Life was great. Ed Brown seems like someone who could be difficult at times in the kitchen, but who isn't? And the part with the battered teapots in the end was excellent. UPDATE: "teacups" changed to teapots. The Manitoba Buddhist Temple's excellent blog has a post on this with video from, well, much closer to the actual release date of the film. More »
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April 10, 2008

Nepal's Election; World Food Crisis; How to Cook Your Life

Nepal's election is here, but it may be dangerous to vote. Manjushree Thapa writes: Democracy may be imperfect, but unlike absolute systems like Maoism and monarchism, it incorporates mechanisms to correct its own flaws. So, yes: I am planning to risk my life to vote today. Not that the election will resolve much. Most Nepalis recognize that it will, in fact, send our country into an era of heightened instability. Plus the world's growing food crisis, and how biofuels are at least somewhat to blame. And speaking of food, I recently watched the first half of "How to Cook Your Life", a movie about Edward Espe Brown, the author of The Tassajara Bread Book, teaching people to make bread as part of their Zen practice. More »
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April 10, 2008

The Games Must Go On - DL

The Dalai Lama on the '08 Games: The Dalai Lama said Thursday that he supported Beijing’s hosting of the Summer Olympics, but he insisted that pro-Tibet demonstrators had the right to voice their opinions during the international torch relay as long as they refrained from violence. Tomorrow morning he'll speak to Ann Curry on NBC's Today Show. [Photo: Dai Kurokawa/European Pressphoto Agency] More »
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April 10, 2008

Electro-zen!

A time-saving device. Hat tip to the Level 8th Buddhist. More »
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April 09, 2008

More connections with 1936

Every day brings more bad news for the beleaguered torch. Now they're saying the first torch relay was in -- you guessed it -- 1936. Gordon Brown, Britain's Prime Minister, won't attend the opening ceremonies, and Bush is said to be weighing the same thing. More »
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April 09, 2008

The Torch in San Francisco; Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu addressed protesters in San Francisco: "We're not at a moment where we are calling for a boycott of the games because the athletes have spent a lot of time preparing, and you don't want to penalise them unnecessarily. But I am certainly calling on heads of state not to attend the opening ceremony, to register their disapproval, their disgust really," says Tutu. And "fear" and "confusion" in SF as the torch begins its route, greatly changed to avoid protesters. And the airspace above has been declared a no-fly zone for some reaosn.... small planes trailing banners? More »
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April 09, 2008

China vows to send torch through Tibet; Rudd's blunt message; another media tour goes awry

China vows the torch will go to Tibet. That's what you call sticking to your guns. Violence won't help Tibet's cause, says Australia's Courier-Mail: Peaceful protest is one thing; violence, water, fire extinguishers and angry mobs will not replace diplomatic pressure and cannot be condoned. This comes after PM Kevin Rudd sent an "unusually blunt message to China over its humans rights abuses. More »