The Onion sends NBC’s Brian Williams to Tibet

Brian Williams in Tibet via the onion

Wearing what appears to be a Japanese Zen robe and a shaggy beard with his hands in good meditation position, complete with wooden mala, Brian Williams, according to The Onion, has absconded to the remote mountains of Tibet (never mind that the picture looks like it was taken in the summer). Williams is quoted by the paper as saying: “Truth itself is in many ways the one universal constant—that which indisputably conforms to reality. But the question remains: Can we as humans understand this con … [Read more...]

Jay Michaelson is right, don’t get your hopes up for Tibet

Tenzin Gyatso - 14th Dalai Lama by Christopher Michel (C.C. flickr)

The mere sight of the Dalai Lama smiling brings joy to many of us. Knowing that his smile - and perhaps some sort of influence - is in the same room, and just yards away from, President Barack Obama can doubtless bring a sense of hope for the world. And if not the world, at least the Dalai Lama's beleaguered homeland of Tibet.But as Jay Michaelson writes for Salon, "don't get your hopes up, Tibet." In his insightful essay, subtitled: "Why Obama's Meeting With The Dalai Lama Is An Empty … [Read more...]

President Obama warmly welcomes the Dalai Lama in Washington [Video]

President Obama bows to Dalai Lama

In the first public meeting of the two world leaders,* President Obama took a moment in his speech to praise the Dalai Lama: I want to offer a special welcome to a good friend, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, who is a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion and to inspire us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings. I've been pleased to welcome him to the White House on many occasions, and we are grateful we are able -- that he is able to join us at this … [Read more...]

Dalai Lama likely to have first public appearance with President Obama next week

The Dalai Lama with Italian politician Marco Pannella (2007)

TIME reports today that H.H. the Dalai Lama will appear for the first time in public with President Barack Obama at the Feb. 5 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. The breakfast, organized by the Christian Fellowship Foundation, is expected to bring 3000 people of various religions together "in the spirit of Jesus". According to TIME:The Dalai Lama will attend this year’s National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5, marking the first time that the Tibetan leader will appear in public at an ev … [Read more...]

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

Tenzin Gyatso - 14th Dalai Lama; photo by Christopher Michel Flickr C.C.

 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. … [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...]


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