September 22, 2010 |
Dharamsala, the Indian hill town of monks, chocolate pancakes and backpacker kitsch, has long been a mecca for Tibetans fleeing Chinese communist rule. Thousands have made the tortuous journey over the Himalayas from Lhasa, drawn by the promise of a new life, freedom of expression and the presence of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who arrived in 1959 after he fled Tibet. But it's also become a town of tarnished illusions, homesickness, intrigue and a more nuanced view of China than one might expect from the anti-China posters, anti-Beijing testimonials and shops claiming to shun all Chinese products.
June 24, 2010
Two years ago, the Beijing Olympics sparked the biggest uprising of the Tibetan people inside and outside their country since China invaded it in the '50s and imposed a harsh, repressive rule against the native population. This protest prompted documentarians Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam to make a fresh examination of the plight of the Tibetans still craving independence after a half century of either homeland misery or increasingly long exile. Their beautiful, stirring and inescapably elegiac "The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom" illuminates the increasing complexity and contradictions in regard to the role of the Dalai Lama, exiled in India since 1959.
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May 29, 2010 |
In 1972, Jack Kornfield stepped off a plane in Washington, D.C., his head shaved and his body swathed in golden robes. He had come home to see if he could make it as a monk in America. Kornfield had spent several contemplative years at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, where he lived with few possessions, followed a strict monastic code and retreated each day to the lush forest for hours of meditation. But in the U.S., he found no monasteries that practiced the Vipassana meditation he had studied.
April 21, 2010
It's something of a parlor game among Chinese Internet users to figure out what terms and words really are taboo. Chinese users of the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing application eMule found that the company is blocking searches of the following terms and words in China. (Some of these words are still searchable on some sites.) adult adultery brainwash censorship civil movement core principles corruption credit crisis Cultural Revolution Dalai Lama demonstration dissident economic bubble Edgar Snow evil exile fraud genocide impeachment June 4 lust mafia mainland mistress Mongolian independence multiparty national secret nurse naked one-party overthrow princeling rape Rebiya Kadeer revolution riot scripture sperm state security Taiwan independence temptation Tiananmen Tibet independence truth yellow
April 19, 2010 |
Chinese President Hu Jintao flew Sunday to the site of last week's earthquake on the Tibetan plateau, the latest effort to portray a government that is both compassionate and competent to a people who have made it clear at times that they don't want to be under Chinese rule. With the death toll rising sharply -- at latest count, 1,706 -- China's handling of the disaster relief is under close scrutiny. The pressure on China has been heightened by a request over the weekend by the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, to visit the area where the earthquake struck and pray for victims.
April 7, 2010 |
The world is in a cyber arms race and needs to take steps to reverse it, said the authors of a report released Tuesday that detailed the extensive theft by Chinese hackers of Indian national security information, 1,500 e-mails from the Dalai Lama's office and other sensitive information. Canadian and U.S. researchers at the University of Toronto monitored the hacking of a "shadow" spy network over eight months, tracking it to computer servers based in China and to individuals in the city of Chengdu in central China.
April 7, 2010 |
You may think you know the Buddha, because you have seen him standing outside a Chinese restaurant, belly burnished from being rubbed repeatedly for good luck, or hiding in the corner of a garden. But you have more to learn, grasshopper. David Grubin's "The Buddha," which airs Wednesday on PBS, is not the story of Buddhism -- whose history as a religion, like that of Christianity, really gets going after the demise of its founder and is addressed here only in a couple of lines near the end of the film -- but rather that of the historical person who said the things on which followers have based their several, differing practices.
February 24, 2010
The good soldier Re "Alexander M. Haig, 1924-2010," Obituary, Feb. 21 Just before the start of Operation Junction City in Vietnam, Lt. Col. Alexander Haig gave a pep talk to the troops of the 1st Infantry Division. I was there, and I felt energized, to say the least. A few days later, we were in the thick of it. Haig did not hesitate to call in airstrikes and artillery, very close to our positions. His actions helped save GIs' lives and produced a successful operation.
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February 21, 2010 |
In his first major public appearance in Los Angeles in more than three years, the Dalai Lama spoke to a crowd of several thousand people Sunday about his hopes for Tibet, the need for dialogue in resolving conflicts and the importance of spurning the material world to cultivate compassion. People today are "too much concerned with exterior material values and not our inner values," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said. Happiness, he said, touching his heart, "ultimately depends on here."
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February 20, 2010 |
After pressing the case for Tibetan autonomy with President Obama in Washington, the Dalai Lama said Saturday that he is encouraged by what he sees as rising support for the Tibetan cause among Chinese intellectuals, although he said the Chinese government remains "hardened" against him. The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism arrived in Los Angeles on Friday and planned to spend the weekend here in support of Whole Child International, a...