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Angry Young Chinese Students, and Woeser May 7, 2008

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Should’ve linked to this earlier but Konchog at Dreaming of Danzan Ravjaa has a great post on feeling sympathy for the young Chinese people who are vigorously defending their country from what they see as unfair attacks from abroad. Some good mythbusting info on the office of the Dalai Lama among other things in there too.

And Danny Fisher linked to a Washington Post article on the Tibetan writer Woeser, who was profiled in the New York Review of Books and elsewhere some months ago. She bravely lives and writes in Beijing, along with her husband, the activist Wang Lixiong.

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The Reincarnation / Karma Conundrum May 7, 2008

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Interesting stuff going on at the Urban Monk, where Dogo Barry Graham declares:

The Buddha did not believe in reincarnation (those who think he did do not understand the sutras).

This stems from an earlier discussion where the Dalai Lama said (among other things) that Tibet is being punished for feudalism. (See the DL interview here.)

The Urban Monk is a great blog. And if you’re in the Valley of the Sun, probably a pretty warm spot these days, go visit the Sitting Frog Sangha. Dogo Barry Graham is a student of the great Kobutsu Malone.

Dalai Lama’s Envoys Head to China May 2, 2008

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The talks will be “informal” and their visit will be “brief”.

Update: The torch in Hong Kong.

China agrees to meet Dalai Lama’s envoys April 25, 2008

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At heart China is a business, and this turmoil was hurting the bottom line:

China appeared to bend to international pressure on Friday as the government announced it would meet with envoys of the Dalai Lama, an unexpected shift that comes as violent Tibetan demonstrations in western China have threatened to cast a pall over the Beijing Olympics in August.

20 Activists Arrested in Burma; China says guns, bombs, found in monasteries April 16, 2008

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20 activists arrested in Burma. Thanks to Precious Metal for this one.

The Chinese media on guns and bombs supposedly found in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

A light piece on how the Dalai Lama is more than a simple Buddhist monk.

A Bu-Jew’s guide to Passover from the Huffington Post.

Torch comes to India; more voices against a U.S. boycott April 16, 2008

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The torch comes to India, home of the Tibetan exile community. (But the DL is in the U.S., currently getting a checkup at the Mayo Clinic — he has good insurance.) Several protesters have been arrested in India already.

Walter Mondale says theres no need for a boycott. Mondale, as Carter’s VP, was involed in the boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Bush’s foreign policy expert Stephen Hadley (the man who confused Nepal and Tibet) called boycotting the opening ceremonies a “cop-out” and said that instead, the U.S. is engaging in “quiet diplomacy.”

And Anne Wu, an associate at Harvard’s Kennedy Center says to keep Tibet and the Olympics separate:

Using the Tibetan issue as a cunning game of political machinations is unfair both to China and to the Tibetan people.

Foreign reporters highlighted a few weeping monks decrying Tibet’s lack of freedom in the Jokhang Temple after China organized the media trip to Tibet. Didn’t the young Han Chinese man shown separately on Sinovision, whose teenage sister died in the fire set by the mobs, deserve equal coverage?

It would be wrong to assume that the Chinese do not have free minds and that the government orchestrates everything. It’s not surprising that blogs in China have exploded with anti-splittist and anti-West comments of the “Fen Qing” (furious young surfers), expressing anger over the violence and the Western media’s one-sided, twisted reports.

Overseas Chinese have also been energized. A video on YouTube, “Tibet was, is, and always will be a part of China,” produced by a Canadian Chinese student, was clicked 1.2 million times and received 72,000 comments in three days. Patriotism and nationalism are strong among the Chinese. The power of the people’s voice should not be underestimated.

Historical burdens at times prevent people from moving forward. Buddhism’s art of meditation offers wisdom: Let go, develop a refined awareness of the present moment, and reach a clarity of mind.

Well, if you want to leave Tibet out of the Games, how about starting with keeping the torch out of Tibet?

Dalai Lama in Seattle April 15, 2008

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Both the Pope and the Dalai Lama are in the U.S., one on the East Coast, one on the West. The Dalai Lama has been met with both adoring schoolchildren and pro-China protesters. Guess which group called him a “CIA-funded militant”? The DL also reiterated his threat to resign if the violence continues.

Students for a Free Tibet has cool Tibetan Olympic gear for sale, but much of it seems to be sold out. Are they playing with our desire?

Tibet Links, April 14, 2008 April 14, 2008

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Nine monks arrested for allegedly planting a bomb:

China has arrested nine monks for a bomb attack on a government building in Tibet last month, an official said yesterday.

Tibetan support groups warned that it was impossible to verify the claims because the authorities do not allow independent observers into the region.

The state-run Xinhua news agency alleged that the monks from the Tongxia monastery – around 850 miles east of Lhasa – fled after their homemade bomb exploded in Gyanbe township but later confessed to planting it. There was no mention of casualties or damage.

Beijing works on clearing the air for the Olympics.

The DL asks for Tibet to be opened to the world.

Professor M.D. Nalapat asks, Can the Chinese government control the “Tibet flu”? (Yes, but for how long?)

China and Russia’s support prop up the Burmese junta, says Myat Soe.

China isn’t solely to blame for the survival of the Burmese junta, says an editorial in The Canberra Times.

Susan Kaiser Greenland in HuffPo on China and the media.

Round-up from Danny Fisher; Rally for Burma at the U.N. today April 11, 2008

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Rally for Burma today at the U.N. in New York. Burma’s still important! (Also, a funny Mac-PC-yoga ad on The Worst Horse.)

Another great round-up post mostly on China and Tibet from Danny Fisher’s anthropologist friend. Also don’t forget Danny’s speaking at the New Haven Shambhala Center tonight. And part of the new Indiana Jones movie was filmed in New Haven! Interesting…

Are we too quick to point the finger at China over the Sudan (and Zimbabwe)? Should we look in the mirror first?

More on, what else? The torch April 11, 2008

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The U.S. has hurt China’s feelings again:

An indignant China said Friday the U.S. “seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people” when Congress passed a resolution calling on Beijing to stop cracking down on Tibetan dissent and talk to the Dalai Lama.

Athletes who show support for Tibet may be expelled from the Olympics for engaging in “propaganda”, according to the Times of London. Activist Majora Carter of the Bronx is profiled in the New York Times and Daily News for displaying the Tibetan flag while carrying the torch.

The little guys are getting in on the act: San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom feels that the torch should bypass Tibet. And the province of Ontario will “express concern” over the Tibetan situation.

Louise Blouin MacBain writes in Forbes:

Still, I remain convinced that substantial negotiation is possible if His Holiness directly engages the fundamental issues concerning Tibet. I am further convinced that His Holiness will find a willing and serious partner in negotiation with the Chinese.