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    India weighs its relationships with China, Tibet, and Burma Paid Member

    Tibet is a ticklish subject for India: India enjoys a trading relationship with China expected to be worth $40 billion this year. At the same time, it hosts the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, his exile government and his followers. Authorities in Beijing have accused the Dalai Lama of fomenting the recent Tibet protests. "It is a difficult position for India," said Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary. "We gave asylum to the Dalai Lama and his followers on the condition that they would not conduct political activities on Indian soil. More »
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    Change Blindness Paid Member

    Interesting article in the New York Times today about how we often fail to notice change, even when it's right in front of our eyes. Would meditators do better on the test given in the article than non-meditators? What do we choose to pay attention to? How much attention do we pay to the world around us? For most of us, the answer is Not much, the article concludes. Plus: the Dalai Lama's blog. Satire alert. More »
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    Torch Begins its Journey -- Two Torches, Actually Paid Member

    The Olympic torch begins its journey in Beijing and will soon be split into two flames. One will be sent to Lhasa for the Everest trip, and the other is going to Almaty, Kazakhstan to begin a five-continent tour including San Francisco. More »
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    Obama and Pelosi Push Bush on Tibet Paid Member

    The International Campaign for Tibet reports that Obama is pressing Bush to get teh UN to investigate Tibet. Bush loves the UN about as much as China does. And Pelosi calls on Bush to boycott the opening cermonies. More »
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    British intelligence says the riots were staged by Chinese agents Paid Member

    Heard a lot about this one: British intelligence says Chinese soldiers dressed as monks were involved in — no, make that started — the Lhasa rioting. This finding would confirm the Dalai Lama's assertion that the violence was staged. While this does not seem far-fetched, considering what Beijing is capable of, we should take all government intelligence with a shaker of salt, since we know it is ruthlessly used to achieve often very questionable political ends, and we have been given no proof. The whole idea seems a little whimsical, but so many of us want to believe it, since it confirms what we tend to believe about Tibetan monks and Tibetans more generally that they are not capable of the violence we have seen. That is to say, it makes an attractive narrative a little too neat. More »
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    Santi Asoke eco-village; Dith Pran passes Paid Member

    A writer for Energy Bulletin visits the Santi Asoke eco-village in Thailand. An interesting post on Buddhism and Science from Vincent Horn coming from a discussion with B. Alan Wallace on Buddhist Geeks. And killing fields photographer Dith Pran has passed away at the age of 65. More »