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  • 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 »
  • Afghan Buddhist ruins in danger, this time by mining company Paid Member

    Science.org reported a few weeks back that the remains of an ancient Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan will be destroyed if a Chinese mining project goes forward. The proposed copper mine may require that the site be blown up, although Afghan and French archeologists in the field believe that the monastery's remains can be preserved to generate revenue from tourism in the future. The mine itself will generate an estimated $400 million a year for the Afghan government. 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 »
  • Buddhism diagrammed Paid Member

    Last time I wrote about a diagram outlining Buddhism I referred to it as "Buddhism in a nutshell" (see "A picture and a thousand words"). I won't make the mistake again—some cried foul because they felt the diagram was incomplete or biased. Well, I suppose that would have to be the case for any diagram claiming to outline the whole of Buddhism (although in this case, the author makes no such claim) but I like diagrams and enjoyed this one, by blogger Sabio Lantz at Triangulations. 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 »