CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1995 |
Lined up in row after row of gold-stamped order, their elegant bindings bathed in a soft amber glow, the vast collection of books projects an aura of serene scholarship. But behind the newly published volumes lies a tale of tragedy and loss, of sacred manuscripts smuggled to freedom and rescued from the detritus of a pillaged culture. This book-lined room is the result of a 25-year mission to recreate the lost libraries of Tibet.
May 10, 1992 |
In a time of widespread demands for ethnic self-determination, the plight of Tibet, occupied by the Chinese since 1959, seems to have been forgotten. Prepared under the auspices of the Tibetan Aid Project, "From the Roof of the World" dramatizes the plight of the more than 100,000 refugees who have fled to India, Nepal and Bhutan.
December 1, 1996 |
Hanging on the wall of the Tibetan Buddhist exhibit, the sacred art of centuries past gleams in the mellow glow of museum lighting. In a back room a few steps away stands something that helped create the display--a thoroughly up-to-date computerized, two-color press. It's centuries-old knowledge meets modern know-how as a group of Buddhist scholars and artists works to restore the lost religious heritage of Tibet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1993 |
The 1970s and '80s saw Buddhism carve itself a slender slice of the American pie of religious diversity. To a small extent, U.S. Buddhist ranks grew with American-born converts captivated by meditation, Eastern philosophy and the tranquil way of the Buddha. Many more adherents were young immigrants from Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and other Asian countries where Buddhism was simply part of the culture.
August 29, 1996 |
Wanted: bookbinders. Free room, board and a small stipend. One- to three-month commitment. No experience necessary. Subject: endangered Tibetan Buddhist teachings. If the job doesn't sound like a smart career move, at least the perks are good. Consider that you may get to visit the recently completed Odiyan Tibetan retreat. Odiyan (pronounced Odie-ON) stands on a coastal cliff north of Petaluma, somewhere between the big blue sky, the vast green ocean and herds of brown and white cows.