Harding first-graders make prayer flags for Mount Everest base camp

From The Tennessean – Seven-year-old Megan Murphy described her creation quite simply.

“Well, it had a giraffe and an ocean and some grass. It was pretty. It was a blue flag. It had some peace signs and hearts,” she said. “And that’s about it.”

But the flag she designed and made in her first-grade Harding Academy class last spring must be pretty special, as it, along with her classmates’ creations, is hanging at 17,040 feet in a base camp of Mount Everest.

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Nepal authorizes deadly force to stop Olympic torch protests

From Associated Press – Nepalese soldiers and police guarding the slopes of Mount Everest are authorized to shoot to stop any protests during China’s Olympic torch run to the summit, an official said Sunday.

Chinese climbers plan to take the torch to the summit of Everest – the world’s highest peak on the border between Nepal and Tibet – in the first few days of May. During that time, other climbers will be banned from the mountain’s higher elevations.

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Singing nun raises money for Nepal

From Reuters – Buddhist nun, Ani Choying Dolma, a 37-year-old Tibetan-Nepali known as Nepal’s “singing nun”, has soared to global fame with her eight albums of Tibetan and Sanskrit meditation songs.

The income from her CD sales has helped Dolma build the Arya Tara School, which has 58 students drawn from poor Nepali families, including some from neighbouring India and Tibet. Dolma wants to set up a kidney transplantation hospital in Kathmandu in the memory of her mother, who died of kidney problems.

With audiences across Europe, Asia and the United States and more concerts planned in Germany this year, Ani might just achieve her dream.

Nepal police beat Tibetan protestors, UN concerned

From Nerve – The UN in Nepal Monday said it was concerned that Nepalese police could have used excessive force on unarmed Tibetan protesters and would investigate the assault of a monk that left the 30-year-old with head injuries.

The monk, Tseten Dorjee, managed to flee from Tibet to Kathmandu. But here the , police in riot gear and wielding wooden batons beat him up in front of the UN headquarters for protesting against Beijing’s use of force on demonstrators in Lhasa.

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‘Unprecedented’ Chinese intervention in handling of Tibetan protests in Nepal, Greece

From Phayul – There was unprecedented intervention by Chinese embassy officials in Kathmandu yesterday with the handling of clashes between Nepalese police and Tibetans carrying out demonstrations for an important Tibetan anniversary, March 10 National Uprising Day.

In Greece, too, Chinese officials filmed Tibetan activists yesterday and were caught on camera attempting to impede a peaceful protest by Tibetans linked to the Olympics in Olympia, ancient site of the first Olympics.

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Nepal hands over Tibetan after late night raid on Tibetan refugee center in Kathmandu

From International Campaign For Tibet – Nepal handed over a Tibetan man in his twenties to Chinese authorities today after he was taken into custody during a February 23 late-night raid by 50 to 60 armed police on the Tibetan Refugee Reception Center. The center is administered by the Lutheran World Federation and funded by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. The excessive show of police force was unprecedented at the Kathmandu center, a place where emergency humanitarian assistance is provided to Tibetan refugees transiting to India after escaping from Tibet. Twenty-seven year old Tsering Dhundup from Qinghai Province was held in a cell by the Nepalese immigration department before being handed back to the Chinese authorities at the Tibet-Nepal border at 4:15 pm local time today (5:30 am EST).

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From the Canby Herald – The journey of Lobang Yeshi began with one step, then another and another. Two-and-a-half months of walking across his native Tibet toward Nepal to escape Chinese oppression and find freedom to practice Buddhism.

The journey that he began in 1989 has now carried him on his first visit to the United States and a stay in Canby as party of a fundraising tour by a group of Buddhist monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery in southern India.

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Declining Trend Of Vihara Culture In Kathmandu

From The Rising Nepal – The demise of Buddhist Culture in East and North India after the eighth and ninth century AD came as a shock to the adherents and sympathizers alike in the subcontinent. It was a time when the Hindu state of Nepal had strong Buddhist base of both the tradition oriented Theravada and the more ritualistically oriented Mahayana sects. The Licchavi rulers like Siva Deva, his grandson Narendra Deva and their successors had upheld the tradition of protecting the faith through the works of charity and commitment. Many viharas were constructed for the monks, nuns and practitioners. In the so-called ‘Thakuri’ (also known as early medieval) period one normally finds the continuation of the Vihara culture. The frequently used term in the contemporary inscriptions ‘�. samskaarita vihara �’ against the name of the rulers of the period can be construed as a ‘renovated and/or consecrated’ monastic complex. Even at a time when the general polity of the period seems at a low ebb in terms of national unity, integrity and consolidation, both the Hindu and the Buddhist cultures flourished well indicating that people, not the rulers, are the real architect and saviors of a culture.
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