March 29, 2009 |
China marked 50 years of direct control over Tibet, observing a new political holiday honoring what it calls the liberation of slaves from brutal feudal rule. Testimonials about the misery of life in old Tibet kicked off the short ceremony -- televised live from in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa -- recognizing the end of the Dalai Lama's rule in Tibet. The Tibetan government-in-exile said on its website that the new holiday, called Serfs Liberation Day, would be a day of mourning.
March 23, 2009 |
Hundreds of Tibetans surrounded a police station and government offices in a remote enclave of western China after the apparent suicide of a monk who had been taken into police custody. The protests near the Rabgya Monastery were the largest this year and show how volatile the situation remains despite the deployment of tens of thousands of paramilitary troops.
March 11, 2009 |
In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising that forced him into exile, the Dalai Lama invoked unusually harsh rhetoric against Chinese authorities, highlighting the widening gulf between Tibetans and China. Among the Dalai Lama's comments during the speech Tuesday in Dharmsala, India, and to reporters afterward: "These 50 years have brought untold suffering to the land and people of Tibet . . .
February 23, 2009 |
The Chinese government has a New Year's greeting for Tibetans: Celebrate, or else. The Tibetan New Year, or Losar, is normally the most festive holiday of the year, when Tibetans burn incense, make special dumplings and set off fireworks. But this year, Tibetans have declared a moratorium on celebrating their own holiday, saying they will instead observe a mourning period for people killed last year during protests against Chinese rule.
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February 21, 2009 |
Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, a leading Tibetan lama, human rights activist and founder of a Buddhist center in Long Beach, died Feb. 13 after a short illness. He was 85. Gyeltsen died at his home at the Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist center, which he founded in 1978, two decades after he fled the Chinese occupation of Tibet. A member of the same Buddhist sect as the Dalai Lama, he hosted six visits to Los Angeles of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the most recent in 2006.
February 3, 2009 |
The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, was hospitalized here Monday after complaining of discomfort in his arm, aides said. He was released a few hours later after a series of tests. The 73-year-old leader was diagnosed with a pinched nerve caused by a slipped disc, said Tenzin Taklha, an aide, who added, "The doctors said it was nothing serious."
November 21, 2008 |
China has further tightened control in its ethnic Tibetan region in recent weeks, exile groups say, even as it was ostensibly negotiating in good faith with the Dalai Lama's envoys. Stepped-up patrols and increased paramilitary presence in Lhasa, the regional capital, and along major transport arteries coincide with a strategy meeting attended by exiles in northern India this week, members of exile groups say.
November 20, 2008 |
China may be more than a hundred miles away over a clear Himalayan horizon, but it is casting a huge shadow over this week's special meeting of exiled Tibetans, as is the mortality of the Dalai Lama and the future of the struggle to preserve their culture and religion.
November 17, 2008 |
Several hundred Tibetan exile leaders began a meeting today in Dharmsala, India, that is likely to determine the direction of the struggle to win autonomy from China. The weeklong meeting was called by the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhists' spiritual leader, saying that new ideas were needed after the repeated failure of talks with Beijing. The Dalai Lama's envoys to the talks issued a statement saying they had presented a detailed plan on how Tibetans could attain autonomy within the framework of the Chinese Constitution.