Politics

  • No Dalai Lama iPhone apps in China iTunes store Paid Member

    Looking for a Dalai Lama app in China? You're not going to find it. The Chinese government's obsessive aversion to the Dalai Lama, whom it considers a "splittist" and a “devil with a human face," has now hit iTunes stores: According to Wringer World, Apple has barred access to Dalai Lama apps in China: At least five iPhone apps related to the Dalai Lama are unavailable in the China store. Some of those apps — named Dalai Quotes, Dalai Lama Quotes and Dalai Lama Prayerwheel — display inspirational quotes from the Tibetan spiritual leader. Another, Paging Dalai Lama, tells users where he is currently teaching. A fifth app, Nobel Laureates, contains information about Nobel Prize winners including the Dalai Lama. More »
  • Bill McKibben on "The Moral Math of Climate Change" Paid Member

    Last week, Bill McKibben lit a fire up underneath us all by writing in no uncertain terms about climate change. If you didn’t catch it, read it now. If that leaves you wanting more Bill McKibben you can listen to him in “The Moral Math of Climate Change” on Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett (which is, in an effort to have a “more spacious container” for the show to grow into, changing its name to Krista Tippett on Being). More »
  • Buddhism and Conflict Resolution Paid Member

    As many of you know, Tricycle sends out a daily email called Daily Dharma, containing short teachings and links to longer articles from the Tricycle Archives.  A few months ago we received a very thoughtful response to a Daily Dharma from an author and security specialist named Michael Jaquish, which we published here on the blog, leading to a very interesting and dynamic discussion on Buddhism and Faith. We recently heard from Michael again, this time in the topic of conflict resolution, and I am once again very thankful to be able to share his thoughts with our readers.  We thank him for this contribution, and welcome all of our readers’ responses to Daily Dharma as well. Here is the Daily Dharma, The causes of any conflict lie in strong attachment to certain views, and More »
  • The Indian-Chinese Rivalry Paid Member

    China's "assertiveness" in regional disputes, particularly Tibet, is causing disquiet among the member nations of ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations). ASEAN is now looking into territorial disputes in the South China Sea: Although Tibet was never mentioned as part of the dispute in the South China Sea, and the Chinese position over its sovereignty is both very clear and undisputed by all attending ASEAN nations and observers, it is obvious that China’s 60 year old assertiveness towards regional disputes has reached a plateau. Buddhism is still a strong influence in many ASEAN member countries and the plight of the Dalai Lama, while not officially recognized or discussed, still causes regional discomfort. Add to that skirmishes with Vietnam in 1979, and still ongoing border disputes over Tibetan territorial claims with India, and China’s position as asserting more regional sovereignty is now starting to be questioned. Neither India nor China is a member of ASEAN, but the two countries are wrestling for influence in southeast and central Asia and are the elephants in the room at ASEAN discussions. More »