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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 »
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April 09, 2008

Pico Iyer on the Dalai Lama and The Open Road

Attention Gothamites: This Friday at the New York Public Library, Pico Iyer will engage with Paul Holdengraber in an open conversation about the Dalai Lama's work and ideas. From the NYPL's event description: In his new book, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Pico Iyer gives us the first serious consideration of this worldwide leader’s work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher. Having been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama for the last three decades, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama’s position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. More »
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April 08, 2008

The Torch Will Go On

Even though the torch's victory lap is turning into a torture tunnel for Beijing, the journey will continue. Next stop: Buenos Aires. More »
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April 08, 2008

Statement from the Dalai Lama

On Sunday His Holiness the Dalai Lama released this statement. Thanks to the International Campaign for Tibet for this. More »
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April 08, 2008

17th Karmapa headed to the U.S. in May

The International Herald Tribune discusses the Karmapa's upcoming visit to the United States. He'll be here from May 15th through June 2nd. The article doesn't mention it, but there are two rival Karmapas. Below are links to the two Karmapa's websites. The one coming to the U.S. is the first one below. • Ogyen Trinley Dorje • Thaye Dorje More »
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April 08, 2008

Violence in Sri Lanka and Thailand, Natural gas revenue in Burma

Burma's trade hit an all-time peak last year: $8.7 billion, much of it in natural gas exports to Thailand, according to the Bangkok Post. (UPDATE: Danny Fisher has a great post on remembering Burma today, with an amazing, Pulitzer-prize winning photo by Reuters photographer Adrees Latif as well.) The Tamil Tigers ask Norway to intervene in the vicious Sri Lankan civil war. More »
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April 08, 2008

Torch arrives in North America

If you're going to San Francisco... The IOC might end the torch's action-packed international tour because of all the protesters. The torch's global journey was supposed to highlight China's growing economic and political power. More »
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April 07, 2008

The Torch and the Golden Gate

The protests move to San Francisco, the only American city the torch will visit. A least six protesters arrested so far. They were worried about this -- the city being a famous hotbed of protest and political activism. Not everyone in the Bay Area is on board with the protests, of course. More »
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April 07, 2008

London Protest Reports

Great reports from the protests in London over the weekend courtesy of Konchog at DODR and Students for a Free Tibet. CNN's take here. More »