Tibetan Buddhism

  • Dalai Lama acknowledges independence movement growing stronger Paid Member

    The Dalai Lama has acknowledged that demands for outright independence for Tibet from China are growing stronger. The longer the situation remains unaddressed, he says, the likelier it is this trend will only continue, especially among young Tibetans. Sify News reports: Answering questions from his Chinese followers on Twitter, which he joined last month, the Dalai Lama said: "There are forces within our community such as the Tibetan Youth Congress who criticize our Middle Way policy and demand complete independence [for Tibet]. It seems their voices are growing stronger [these days]." More »
  • Video: Watching Dilgo Khyentse Yansgi Rinpoche grow up Paid Member

    Filmmaker Mark Elliott is making a movie about Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and has been visiting him every three years. He takes time out on his fifth trip to talk about his work. Great footage of Khyentse Yangsi as a playful and fearless toddler and of his training as he approaches adulthood. More »
  • Tibetan writer called to trial Paid Member

    A forty-seven-year-old Tibetan writer, accused of "splittism," will stand trial next month in Xining, the provincial capital of Qinghai Province on the Tibetan Plateau. Splittism is a charge most Tibetan critics of Chinese rule face when arrested. The writer, Tragyal, who writes under the name Shogdung, was arrested following the publication of The Line Between Sky and Earth, which, according to the New York Times, is a "painstakingly written indictment of Chinese rule and a call for a 'peaceful revolution' against what Mr. Tragyal describes as Beijing’s heavy-handed governing style." More »
  • 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 »
  • Documentary about Western Tulkus to be screened tonight on CBC Paid Member

    It is quite the news day for the Mukpo family.   The morning began with reports on the birth of a princess, while tonight, Am I reincarnated? Tulku, a documentary by Gesar Mukpo, will be screened on the CBC, Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster (at 10 pm ET/PT).  The film will also be shown on the big screen at the Boulder Theater in Colorado, on the 18th.  I have not personally seen the film but have heard very good things about it, and I strongly encourage anyone with access the CBC to tune in tonight. As reported by the CBC, More »
  • Shambhala king, queen have baby in Halifax Paid Member

    via the Chronicle Herald, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his wife Sakyong Wangmo Khandro Tseyang had a baby girl this morning at 10:24 at the IWK Health Centre, according to a joint news release from the IWK and the president of Shambhala. The couple decided to come to Halifax to have the baby because it is their adopted home and the spiritual capital of the international Shambhala community. Rinpoche is the eldest son of Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala  Buddhism. His marriage to his Tibetan princess in Halifax in 2006 linked lineages for Buddhists around the world. The couple are holders of the hereditary Shambhala Buddhist lineage, which dates back more than 1,000 years to the Tibetan king, Gesar of Ling, according to the release. More »