Ed. note: From an e-mail I received making me aware of the auction. The auction runs until Dec. 6th!
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, head of state and spiritual leader of Tibet, is auctioning an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet him at the Newark Peacemaking Summit to raise funds for Tibet House. The experience is live for bidding at leading charity auction site charitybuzz through December 6th at: http://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/218612
Tibet House and The Infinite Possibilities Foundation, with the support and blessing of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, and the Honorable Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, are organizing the Newark Peacemaking Summit, a high-profile event on the subject of nonviolence. The auction winner will enjoy prime seating and lunch for ten at the summit, a V.I.P. entrance, a sponsor listing, admission to the closing reception, and a small audience and private photo taken with His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Continue reading →
The Dalai Lama intends to retire as head of the Tibetan government in exile next year as he looks to reduce his ceremonial role and scale back his workload, his spokesman told AFP Tuesday.
The Tibetan movement in exile, based in the northern Indian hill station of Dharamshala since 1960, directly elected a political leader in 2001 for the first time.
“Since then, His Holiness has always said he has been in a semi-retired state,” spokesman Tenzin Taklha said.
“In recent months, His Holiness has been considering approaching the Tibetan parliament in exile to discuss his eventual retirement.”
Taklha stressed that his “retirement” would be from his ceremonial responsibilities as head of the government, such as signing resolutions, not his role as spiritual leader and figurehead for Tibetans.
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A couple of days ago, I dropped into a local Tibetan shop and started talking with one of the owners. Whenever I get the chance to, I love to ask ethnic shop owners about their background and how they ended up here. This being a Tibetan shop I was curious, of course, about her roots to Tibet and what her journey had been like.
She was 9 years old when she left Tibet, her family fleeing via the Nangpa La Pass. She didn’t go into great detail, but as we can all imagine from stories we’ve already heard, it was not easy. Her family made it safely to Nepal, and from there she was schooled in Nepal as well as in India.
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From The Office of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
I would like to offer my heart-felt congratulations to Mr. Liu Xiaobo for being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Awarding the Peace Prize to him is the international community’s recognition of the increasing voices among the Chinese people in pushing China towards political, legal and constitutional reforms.
I have been personally moved as well as encouraged by the efforts of hundreds of Chinese intellectuals and concerned citizens, including Mr. Liu Xiaobo in signing the Charter 08, which calls for democracy and freedom in China. I expressed my admiration in a public statement on 12 December 2008, two days after it was released and while I was on a visit to Poland. I believe in the years ahead, future generations of Chinese will be able to enjoy the fruits of the efforts that the current Chinese citizens are making towards responsible governance.
I believe that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s recent comments on freedom of speech being indispensable for any country and people’s wish for democracy and freedom being irresistible are a reflection of the growing yearning for a more open China. Such reforms can only lead to a harmonious, stable and prosperous China, which can contribute greatly to a more peaceful world.
I would like to take this opportunity to renew my call to the government of China to release Mr. Liu Xiaobo and other prisoners of conscience who have been imprisoned for exercising their freedom of expression.
Ed. Note: Spiked.com is running a series this week, from Tibet. I have not been a fan of some of the condescending articles that have been written so far, but I thought in this particular article the writer made some valuable points. His “know-it-all” voice gets in the way a bit now and again, but for the most part I think this article is important to read and pick apart.
From Spiked.com series inside Tibet
It’s not often I feel the urge to defend the Dalai Lama, having never been a fan of his vogue spiritualism or a supporter of the idea that he’s the man to bring liberty to Tibet. But things change when I find myself in conversation with Tibet’s officials. Their belief that the ‘Dalai clique’, as they call it, is behind every problem in Tibet is so wrongheaded that it’s enough to make even a Dalai doubter like me rush to the giggling monk’s defence.
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I’ve been trying to get refocused on my practice lately as I know my focus has severely slipped. I’m not sure if that’s why I’m seeing Buddhism everywhere I look or if it’s just coincidence. For example: I was reading a mystery performer forum and found a link to a documentary featuring Eugene Burger (it’s ok if you don’t know that name). When I followed the link I saw a link to another video featuring the Dalai Lama. See what I mean?
There are a total of nine videos here from the Peace Conference in 2007.
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From The Aspen Daily
After the Dalai Lama’s meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, the Aspen Institute held an intimate reception for the exiled Tibetan leader in Washington, offering a handful of supporters a rare chance to get close to the him.
At the reception, the Dalai Lama said Obama “reminded him of a monk,” the Aspen Institute said in a message sent by Twitter on Friday morning.
Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama was a low-key event. They met off-camera in the Map Room, rather than the Oval Office. No reporters were present. The White House released only a single official picture and a written description of their meeting. A Christian Science Monitor reporter caught a photo of the Tibetan leader walking past a pile of White House trash on his way to speak with reporters.
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Wow, what a heading on their site, Newsweek boldly calling Tibet a “Charity Case” of China. I read the article and was nearly seething at the ignorance shown but what really got me, and should have maybe sparked something for this reporter from Newsweek, is the final paragraph…
It’s true that, so far, all the money has failed to buy Tibetan loyalty. Beijing won’t deal with the Dalai Lama, even though Tibetans revere him, nor will it let his monastic followers build any power or voice any nationalist sympathy. Instead, the government is offering Tibetans the same bargain it has offered the rest of the country: in exchange for an astronomical rise in living standards, the government requires citizens to relinquish the right to free worship and free speech. The Chinese government has kept its end of the deal. Even if Tibetan residents never signed the contract, they have benefited from its enforcement—a fact Obama might keep in mind when he meets the Dalai Lama
Idiots, of course the Tibetans have not reciprocated, THEY NEVER WANTED CHINESE INTERVENTION!! They never asked to be beaten for their religious loyalties to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They never asked to be forced to speak a foreign language in their own country. They never asked for your “economic boom”. They have asked for none of this, it was forced upon them, I mean FORCED.
If a Tibetan resident does anything to express any sort of disagreement with the CCP they are detained, beaten and given Chinese “re-education” classes. Not sure about you Newsweek, but that doesn’t sound like a place I want to be, never mind a place where a resident of that country would be happy to be either. Before the Chinese invasion there were 6,259 monasteries for Tibetans to freely worship. By 1979, there were only 10 monasteries.
Not that I expected Newsweek or any other agency to actually report something factual, but it would have been nice if they tried to convey at least an iota of truth. Maybe they should have tried to interview a couple Tibetan folks and see how they feel about the repression they live in??
From AFP – China on Tuesday warned U.S. President Barack Obama against meeting the Dalai Lama, saying it would “seriously undermine” Sino-US ties — the latest salvo in an escalating row between the two powers.
Beijing also said no progress had been made in the latest round of talks between Chinese officials and envoys of the Buddhist monk, saying the two sides remain “sharply divided” on the future of the Himalayan region.
The comments came after the first negotiations between the two sides in more than a year, which wrapped up at the weekend. The envoys of the Dalai Lama returned to their exile base in India on Monday.
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