Spanish court rules for Tibetan victims of Chinese genocide

tibetans protest in spain

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

Keep China off UN Human Rights Council

“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

Akong Rinpoche

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...]

Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chöje Akong Rinpoche reportedly assassinated in China

Chöje Akong Rinpoche

Oct. 9 Update: The story has been covered by numerous news sites across the UK: ITV, the Belfast Telegraph, The Scotsman, along with those listed below and Phayul, a major Tibetan website based in India.The police in China, as noted below, have arrested three Tibetan men, listed as "a Tibetan man from Derge and two others from Chamdo Joda region" by Phayul. According to The Scotsman, "A spokesman for the Free Tibet campaign said his organisation did not want to comment on Dr Rinpoche’s death … [Read more...]

The Future of Tibet


The Tibetan Center in Kingston, New York has announced an upcoming discussion of the six decades of human rights abuses in Tibet under Chinese occupation, the recent rise in protests (especially self-immolations), and the possibilities concerning the future of Tibet.Update (watch a recording of the event here):Upcoming Event! Live Internet Stream Link: The Future of Tibet Saturday, February 23, 2-4 pmBertelsmann Campus … [Read more...]

Tibet on Fire: a Resource for Activists and Educators

Tibet is burning

As those of you who read this blog know, I'm a strong supporter of Tibetan independence from China. Real autonomy, as advocated by H.H. the Dalai Lama, would be a welcome step, but in truth, the people of Tibet deserve the return of the country that was violently stolen from them just 60 years ago (between 1951 and 1959).The realities on the ground are incredibly complicated, as roughly 1/6 of the population of Tibetans has been wiped out under Chinese rule and millions of (mostly) Han … [Read more...]

Tibetan Language: more than you imagined

Tibetan languages - main

When many Western practitioners speak of learning Tibetan, they don't often realize that the Tibetan language is actually composed of a number of dialects and could even include different languages - some being Mongolic languages, Wutun (spoken by only an estimated 2000 people in the world today), Naxi, Minyak and Gyarong (no wiki), and Chinese dialects influenced heavily by local languages.The three main dialects are the Amdo, Kham, and U-Tsang dialects, representing the three main pol … [Read more...]