Thursday, March 29, 2012

dog eaters

Jampa Yeshi's will

 What a courageous act,  the spirit of Tibetan people is unshakable, who knows what is the future in store for us.

Self immotion in Delhi

Monday, March 26, 2012

Popular Tibetan singer detained

A Tibetan Kham pa singer detained for his alblum. read details here..

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Muzzling Monks

Tibetan protesters were paraded in public after handing down various sentences.

Ngarong, March 18.

7 Tibetans, who are involved in a peaceful protest earlier in Kham Ngarong, were handed down various prison terms and they are paraded in public.

On January 23, during the Chinese Lunar New Year, Tibetans protested against the Chinese government. Subsequently around 17 Tibetans are arrested, out of them 7 Tibetan were sentenced by a relevant court in Sichuan province. Sentences ranging from 12years, 10 years, 8 years were announced.

On March 18th, those 17 Tibetans arrested are brought to Ngarong County from Tridu, and paraded in public in an apparent attempt to intimidate the local populace.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Art of Happiness

Reading Dalai Lama's "The Art of Happiness" is a joyful experience, profound with its simple message and common senses.

After reaching the last pages of the book, I feel  like emerging out from a long retreat and contemplation. I am  intellectually nourished and physically reinvigorated. It was one of such books, that really have enriched my knowledge, perspectives and understanding of human psychology, the path to true happiness. A great handbook for living, that brings much warmth and compassion so close, that by embracing principles and techniques discussed, myself feel in a state of blessing.

 Dalai Lama is known to be a realistic and pragmatic.  His books are examples of what are the possibilities for human beings for better.

Some of the interesting topics such as the sources of happiness, facing suffering, training the mind for happiness and so on are very beautifully dealt and dotted with interesting anecdotes, really life incidents and examples. That made it very unique book.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains the concepts and Buddhist philosophy, which in turn are being interpreted, illustrated and commented  by a renowned Western psychologists. Indeed, it has the best of the Eastern philosophy and the Western modern science. A groundbreaking collaborative works on the art of happiness.  Shedding more light on the bright side of human psyche and its potential.

While all the chapters are are so relevant and important from a learning prospective, I am particularly amused by some of the down to earth anecdote that the Dalai Lama shared with the audience. His co author ones noted how the Dalai Lama is so unpretentious and unassuming. One afternoon in Tucson, The Dalai Lama had been commenting on a Shantideva's guide to Bodhisattva's way of life. When he come across a complex logic, he confessed its difficulties and said that with great humiliation, that they better leave it to a robust laugh from the audience. He shared a joke. "The expression is like an old person eating, ---an old person with a very poor teeth.The soft things you eat, the hard things you just leave".

Reading the Dalai lama's thoughts and philosophy is equivalent of  listening to his real speech.  The messages f the book, has universal appeal.  The Art of Happiness is undoubtedly a great legacy for humanity. It is the  Bible mankind. This book has to be kept as refer to it. It is insufficient for just one time reading.  As I learnt it is a sequel, so I will read the other two, The Art of Happiness on Living, and The Art of Happiness In a Troubled World.


TYC event

Two heavyweights  of Tibetan freedom fighters were accorded a warm welcome reception on Saturday evening at a community center in Vienna,VA . The event was organized by the regional Capital area Tibetan Youth Congress. A drove of local Tibetan residents arrived to hear the speeches of Tendor and Tsundun with great anticipation. These two young activists have received an standing ovation as they were ushered in the room, where scores of Tibetan well-wishers, and their supporters patiently seated.

It is apparent, that these young men are examples of a true Tibetan activist, armed with modern education, instilled with courage and determination. They are the flagship carriers of  Tibetan struggle, especially with message of  independence (Tib:Rangzen) . What set them apart from other ordinary Tibetan is that these two people are actively serving, they are actively involved for the propagation of Tibetan causes.  Hence they receive  due recognition, admiration and appreciation of from their fellow Tibetans.

 During the Q & A session, an audience complimented the will, determination and commitment of the young activists, by recalling what Swami Vivikanda, a renowned Indian social reformers ones said

 " Give me four committed people and I will move the mountain". So by implying that if Tibetan people have more such dedicated,  and committed people  as these two, they too  could  move the mountain, or at least make a difference.

The president of Capital Area TYC, Ms. Lhadon humbly introduced the two guest speakers. Tenzin Tsuldon  broke the ice with a gentle sense of humor with his compatriots Tendor la, and began his address. It didn't seem that he has been given a specific topic to address. He was forth right and mince no words about asking  for donation for his regional office in Dharamsala.

His speech was on Tibetan activism in general and he rambled a little bit about this. He made a clear point of his active involvement in direct action protest  in India. He took ownership of the  Indian subcontinent, while Tenzin Dorjee is entrusted with Tibetan activities in the U.S.  What a beautiful delegation of common works.

In that sense the TYC and SFT are not competing but complementing each other. Their presence at the same venue, on the same table suggest their comradeship, friendship, unflinching partnership. They understood that united we stand, divided we fall. Tenzin Tsuldon is sincere in his message, but he needs to  be more forceful,  his Tibetan more refined and polished.  I believe he has fulfilled his purpose of  the talk. he spoke completely in Tibetan and that was typical of TYC members.

Tenzin Dorjee, was very articulate, and passionate and clear in his message of the nature of Tibetan struggle, and the roles individual people could play. He said that the students, could turn the classroom, the computer, the internet into a battle field, where every individuals and Tibetan supporters voice their protest against the CCP. He was inspiring, and he is very clear in what he is asking from the audience. He is right, every Tibetan needs to be equipped with the knowledge and education to fight with their enemy primarily, this is information war. Pen is mightier than sword, a parable that the Tibetan activists took to heart.

The session ended with a book signing of Tenzin's collection of essays and poems, and photo session. A big thump up for the fine work of the regional TYC, lead by a  young, energetic Lhadon la. Tsundun la announced the forging of partnership between the two regional TYCs, his in Dharamsala, known as the little Lhasa, and theirs in the  capital city of Washington D.C. The session  was informative and stimulating, another wonderful event that the  small team of Capital Area TYC have carved out from their busy schedule.  The session ended, but it ended with the beginning of the tale of  two cities.


flatten your belly

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


མི་དམངས་དབྱིངས་རང་ངོས་ནས་གོ་རྟོགས་སད་ཅིང། བློ་སྟོབས་རྒྱས་ཏེ་བྱུང་བའི་ཞི་རྒོལ་ཆེན་པོ་ཞིག་རེད།ནང་པ་སངས་རྒྱས་པའི་ཆོས་ཀྱི་བསླབ་བྱའི་འོག་
ཞི་བའི་འོས་ལངས་རང་ཡིན་པ་ལས་དྲག་རྒོལ་གྱི་ཐབས་ཤེས་ཀྱི་ལམ་ལ་ཞུགས་པ་ཞིག་མིན་ལ། མི་དམངས་སྒེར་གྱིས་རྒོལ་ཐབས་ཞིག་ཡིན་པ་ལས་སྲིད་གཞུང་

Fresh clip of unrest

Brave monk

 self immolating for self protesting, face similar consequences...

handthemselves in

March 10th, statement

གསུམ་བཅུའི་དུས་དྲན་ཐེངས་ ༥༣ པའི་ཐོག་སྤེལ་བའི་བཀའ་བློན་ཁྲི་པའི་ཡོངས་ཁྱབ་གཏམ་བཤད།

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mother wounded

Chinese security forces severely wounded a grandmother and several children when they fired indiscriminately into a Tibetan home and killed two fugitive brothers during a raid last month, an exile Tibetan source said, citing contacts in the region.