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Buddha World: The Mission To Build A Buddhist Amusement Park

As bizarre as it sounds, there really are some folks building a Buddhist-themed amusement park in Thailand.  And, even more bizarre, when you read about what’s being done it makes perfect sense.  I put it on my list of things I’ll regret not having done when I’m facing the bardo.

But I can do the next best thing, and so can you.  A couple of young filmmakers are attempting to raise enough money to fly to Thailand and make a documentary about the park.  (No, I don’t know if they have deer in the park, so don’t ask.)  Folks have underwritten their travel and living expenses, and they’re trying to raise $4K by August 26th for equipment and other expenses.

Subscribing with a reasonable donation (minimum is $1.00) will get you various bennies like a DVD of the finished film, etc.  This is a great chance to be a part of a worthwhile effort to spread Dharma awareness.  Give the website a look, and if you think it’s worth a few bucks, cough some up.  It may be the closest you’ll ever get to a trip to Thailand.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/buddhaworld/buddha-world?ref=live


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Many Faiths, One Truth

by Tenzin Gyatso

When I was a boy in Tibet, I felt that my own Buddhist religion must be the best — and that other faiths were somehow inferior.  Now I see how naïve I was, and how dangerous the extremes of religious intolerance can be today.

Op-Ed Page, New York Times, 24 May, 2010


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Chinese Leader Visits Tibetan Quake Victims, Dalai Lama ‘Eager to Go’

Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the quake-stricken area of the
Tibetan plateau in northwest China on Sunday, pledging to help victims
rebuild their homes.


The 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the Yushu prefecture in Qinghai
Province on Wednesday, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, has caused
the collapse of most of the buildings in the city of Jyegu, burying many
people.

Chinese Leader Visits Tibetan Quake Victims, Dalai Lama ‘Eager to Go’

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The Tibet film China loves to hate

“The Sun Behind the Clouds”: The Tibet film China loves to hate – Andrew O’Hehir, Movie Critic – Salon.com

It isn’t literally true that there’s a new documentary about Tibet every six weeks, but it does kind of feel that way. What sets apart “The Sun Behind the Clouds,” made by the Tibetan-Indian filmmaking duo Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, is both context and content. The film includes extensive interviews with the Dalai Lama, who is less circumspect than usual about the political and moral challenges facing his “Middle Way” strategy of arguing for greater Tibetan autonomy under Chinese rule. Sarin and Sonam also lift the veil on potentially explosive divisions within the Tibetan exile community, which is torn between spiritual and cultural loyalty to the Dalai Lama and a widespread longing for true independence. (The filmmakers clearly belong to the pro-independence camp.)

This film also became the centerpiece of an altercation last year…

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China seeks to annihilate Tibet’s Buddhism – Dalai Lama

BBC News – China seeks to annihilate Tibet’s Buddhism – Dalai Lama

Tibet’s spiritual leader has said China is trying to “annihilate Buddhism”, as the region marks the anniversary of a failed revolt against China in 1959.

The Dalai Lama’s comments come as Tibetans also mark the anniversary of the bloody riots in 2008, which were crushed by Beijing.


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China elevates its chosen Tibetan spiritual leader

Religion News: China elevates its chosen Tibetan spiritual leader

Born as Gyaltsen Norbu, he was anointed the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995, shortly after the Dalai Lama identified a different child as the reincarnation of the previous Panchen Lama. A few weeks later, that boy and his family vanished. The government has said that they are in “protective custody,” but their whereabouts have been an enduring mystery for 15 years. …


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Dalai Lama moves thousands at ceremony

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2009/09/02/2003452594

More than 17,000 people from across the country packed the Kaohsiung Arena yesterday morning as the Dalai Lama held a two-hour prayer ceremony for the victims of Typhoon Morakot.

Although the ceremony officially started at 9:30am, many people began lining up on Monday night and by 9am the stadium was packed….


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Dalai Lama favors democratic leadership

DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) – The Dalai Lama has encouraged Tibetans in exile to embrace the democratic system of electing a leader, saying it was essential to keep step with the larger world and to ensure the continuity of their government.

In a video clip shown to hundreds of monks, nuns and lay people in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala late on Saturday, the 73-year-old also said it was no longer essential to thrust spiritual and political leadership on one person. …

Dalai Lama favors democratic leadership – Yahoo! News


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HHDL Reaches Out To Chinese Emigres

The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting article regarding the way His Holiness is reaching out to ordinary Chinese in the wake of the breakdown in talks with the Chinese government. It looks like being a long row to hoe. When democracy comes to China, then there’ll be a chance for Tibet — if it’s still Tibet.


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Dueling Dalais?

China Creates Specter of Dueling Dalai Lamas – NYTimes.com

DHARAMSALA, India — For centuries, the selection of the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama has been steeped in the mysticism of a bygone world.

On the windswept Tibetan plateau, his closest aides look for divinations in a sacred lake. A mountain god transmits oracular messages by possessing a high lama. Monks scour villages for boys precocious in their spiritual attunement.

All that is about to change, as the current Dalai Lama and his followers in exile here in India compete with the Chinese government for control of how the 15th Dalai Lama will be chosen.