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…

where is the outrage over Tibet?

(photo from ICT website) Tibetan Monastery Surrounded by Military After Dalai Lama Award “Tibetans in Tibet celebrated the award of the Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama last Wednesday despite a stepping up of security and severe restrictions on religious practice in Lhasa and areas of eastern Tibet. One of the major monasteries in…

will the real reincarnated Buddha please stand up?

Starting September 1, all reincarnated living Buddhas will first have to be approved by the Chinese government. Excerpts from a recent news story on the website phayul.com: “…The measures, which are deliberately targeted at one of the core belief systems of Tibetan Buddhism, reveal the Party’s agenda to undermine and supplant the Tibetan religious hierarchy…

help free the Panchen Lama

Most of you know who the Dalai Lama is, but many people do not know that the Panchen Lama is the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism. The Panchen Lama traditionally recognises the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. There will be consequences for Tibet if the recognition of the next Dalai Lama was to come under…

for your consideration: Tibet

I’ll take a break from my India travelog and give you a little heads up about Tibet. I’ve always had a BA – Buddhist Attitude – but it hasn’t been until the last few years when someone asks “what are you?” that I do not hesitate to say “Buddhist”. My dharma name is Sama (meaning…

what about me, what about you?

What about me? Don’t we go through our days with that mantra constantly playing in our head? We’re stuck in a line…hey, what about me?!? The kid at Starbucks messes up our order…hey, what about me?!? I wanted a DOUBLE SHOT, you idiot! We’ve been sitting in the doctor’s waiting area for 45 minutes and…