Buddhism and the Environment in China: PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

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PBS takes us to China this week, where the increasing signs of environmental degradation are leading many in this officially 'atheist' nation to embrace Buddhism. Buddhism is on the rise in China, currently estimated to have about 200-300 million adherents, for a variety of reasons. After the extreme persecution of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 70s, the nation slowly and quietly allowed some cracks to form in its atheist and socialist facade. Over the last twenty years especially, the … [Read more...]

BREAKING: World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates canceled after the Dalai Lama’s visa refusal

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Speaking from Dharamsala, India, American Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams told reporters that the event in South Africa had been cancelled and shifted to another venue, to be announced. Williams is in Dharamsala with Shirin Ebadi of Iran, a fellow laureate, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his 1989 award (live stream available here) on October 2nd."We feel proud that the summit has been cancelled after we lodged a protest over denial of visa to the Dalai Lama," she said. "Even other … [Read more...]

Tibet’s Self-Immolation Protests Reach Shocking New Levels, a film by Journeyman Pictures

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This recently posted video gives a rare and direct look inside the Tibetan community in exile as their thoughts and lives ebb and flow between India and their homeland.Further reading:The Future of Tibet, a re-post in honor of Tibetan Uprising Day (March 2014) Spanish court rules for Tibetan victims of Chinese genocide (November 2013) … [Read more...]

Tibetan Sky Burial (photos) UPDATED: Propaganda vs Scholarship

In 2012 I found and shared some images of a then-recent Tibetan Sky Burial (original post is here). Over the years I have received a fair amount of feedback on the post, mostly of the "wow" and "thank you for sharing" nature. However, one commenter, using the handle @Tibetans at twitter, has repeatedly asked that I remove the post. In his/her own words, a recent tweet reads: "@Buddhistethics Again please stop promoting Chinese propaganda against Tibetan in occupied #Tibet, be human. #Buddhism … [Read more...]

Spanish court rules for Tibetan victims of Chinese genocide

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Spain's National Court has issued arrest warrants for former Chinese President Jiang Zemin (b. 1926), former prime minister Li Peng (b. 1928), former security chief Qiao Shi (b. 1924), former Communist Party official Chen Kuiyuan (b. 1941) and former family planning minister Pen Peiyun (b. 1929), "on suspicion of involvement in alleged genocide in Tibet," reports Voice of America.It may be just a symbolic victory, as these former leaders are aging and unlikely to find themselves in Spain (or … [Read more...]

Moves to block China from the UN Human Rights Council

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“All victims of human rights abuses should be able to look to the Human Rights Council as a forum and a springboard for action.”- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, 12 March 2007, Opening of the 4th Human Rights Council Session"Lack of access to justice, the official impunity, the possibility of arbitrary detention...." These are not statements about a country you would expect to be joining the world's highest Human Rights body. The country in question is, of course, China, which was de … [Read more...]

“AKONG a remarkable life” – an interview by Lisa Tully

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Many of you may have heard about the recent and tragic death of the Tibetan master Akong Tulku Rinpoche. He set up many Dharma centres around the world where people could learn and practice the principles of Buddhism. In London, a group of filmmakers are in the process of making a documentary about him. They are Chico Dall'Inha, Jörg Wagner and Gerry McCulloch.This project actually began over two years ago and now due to his untimely death is more imperative than ever before. His life was … [Read more...]

RIP Lou Reed: meditator, student of Buddhist philosophy, and friend of Tibet

Lou Reed, friend of Tibet

"Lou Reed was not a Buddhist" writes Rod Meade Sperry for Shambhala SunSpace. However, he did study meditation under Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and claimed to be a "student of Buddhist philosophy." He was also a supporter of various causes, including the movement to free Tibet.Find out a bit morehere (wiki) Meditating on the Wild Side (Beliefnet, on his Tai Chi album) And, in case you missed it above, Rod's article is here. … [Read more...]


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