emails from a Buddhist nun

I sponsor a Buddhist nun named Tenzin Pema who lives at the Jamyang Choling Institute in Dharamsala, India. in the last two days I’ve received emails regarding the protests in Tibet. Her first email read: “…am sure you know what is happening in Tibet at the very difficult time. It is very worrying and saddened…

every picture tells a story: saving Tibet

(Tibetan protesters in exile held a candlelight vigil as part of an anti-China demonstration at Boudha in Kathmandu on Friday.Photo: Prakash Mathema/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images) (photos nos. 1, 2, 4, and 5 originally uploaded by The Buddhist Blog) If you don’t know what is happening in Tibet, please visit my sister blog. every picture…

how does one stand up to evil?

On Christmas night I watched the movie 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama. The movie’s director appropriately called the Dalai Lama a “rock star for peace”. Nice. One of the questions the Dalai Lama was asked was how does one continue to practice non-violence when faced with evil. A monk who was arrested and tortured…

why there’s blood on the Olympic rings

The Nangpa La Shootings From Wikipedia: “On September 30, 2006 75 Tibetan refugees, among them many young children, and their 2 guides were trying to enter Nepal illegally via the Himalayan Nangpa La pass (5,700m). Chinese Border Security soldiers opened fire on the group and killed Kelsang Namtso, a 17 year old nun, just before…

what did I say about peace?

Sometimes one image is juxtaposed against another to bring home a point. “Earth will be safewhen we feel in us enough safety.”Thich Nhat Hanh — Vietnamese Buddhist monk, nominated in 1967 by Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize This image is taken from ko htike’s blog who continues to write, post photos, and…

aung san who?

Did you know that a Nobel Peace Prize winner has been held under house arrest for 11 years by her government? Did you know this woman is considered a modern day Gandhi? Did you know that Burma (also known as Myanmar), a country where the population is primarily Theravadan Buddhist, is ruled by a military…

obama’s response about China

Some time ago after I watched a debate between the Democratic presidential candidates where they discussed the situation in Darfur, I wrote letters to my US Senators, Dick Durbin and Barack Obama. The debate angered me because all the candidates were sanctimoniously decrying China’s human rights abuses, how China was somehow linked to the conflict…

the countdown begins

China Tightens Control of Tibetans “BEIJING (Reuters) – Reincarnations of “living Buddhas” in Tibet which fail to get Chinese government approval are illegal and invalid, China has announced as it tightens control of a region still deemed loyal to the Dalai Lama. The regulations coincide with reports from an ethnically Tibetan region of the southwestern…

if you only had one hour…

…what would you ask the Dalai Lama? from YouTube.com: “Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? These are some of the questions posed to His Holiness the…