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Gelek Rimpoche talks about Buddhism, Tibet, the Olympics and a new vision for the world

Jewel Heart leader Gelek Rimpoche talks about Buddhism, Tibet, the Olympics and a new vision for the world

Q. Some scholars have reported that more young people are turning to Buddhism. Why is that?

A. The young people are attracted to Buddhism because it is interesting to them and useful. Young people find Buddhism to be honest and helpful. …


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China jails monks to silence Olympic protests

Why do we see and hear nothing about this from the US press. Are we that afraid of the Chinese? Or does the almighty dollar have something to do with it?

Chinese authorities tightened security around Tibet’s main monasteries and banned visits to a sacred site on the edge of the capital, Lhasa, for fear of a fresh outburst of unrest on the Dalai Lama’s birthday.

Few monks remain, however, in the province’s three most important monasteries. Many have disappeared, their whereabouts a mystery. Chinese officials have deployed troops and paramilitary police around the ancient religious institutions, suspecting these sprawling hillside communities are at the heart of the unrest that has swept the region since early March.

Dozens, possibly several hundred, have been arrested or are detained…

Tibetan monasteries empty as China jails monks to silence Olympic protests – Times Online


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Fraudsters cash in on Myanmar, China

Fraudsters cash in on heartbreak – Scambusters.org

It had to happen (and frankly, we’re surprised the scams didn’t start even more quickly). With the plight of earthquake and cyclone victims in China and Myanmar hitting he headlines — and our hearts — every day, it didn’t take aid scammers long to put together phony relief campaigns and solicit donations. More on this below. …


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China condemns Dalai Lama meeting with Gordon Brown

BBC NEWS | China condemns Dalai Lama meeting

China has criticised Gordon Brown for taking part in talks with Tibet’s exiled leader, the Dalai Lama.

The two men had a 30-minute discussion at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official residence, Lambeth Palace in London, on Friday.

Foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the meeting “interfered” in China’s internal affairs.


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Seeing China’s Climate Emissions Clearly

Article PhotoOne of the frequently repeated claims in American politics — used often by those advocating the impossibility of effective action on climate change — is that China has “caught up” on greenhouse gas emissions, thus rendering useless any steps we might take ourselves.Even smart, well-intentioned people repeat this claim without much critical distance. But it’s worth unpacking all this

1) Generally, what’s meant is that China’s direct emissions as a nation have caught up to those of the United States. This is possibly true, though the figures used to make that claim skip a bunch of important factors, like meat production and air travel, that may well tip the scales back to the U.S. having the world’s largest national share of direct emissions.

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Dalai Lama speaks on Chinese Olympics, rights

“From the very beginning I have supported the Olympics,” said the Dalai Lama. “We must support China’s desires. Even after this sad situation in Tibet, today I support the Olympics.” Still, he said he fully understands why people would express frustration and protest.

Dalai Lama speaks on Chinese Olympics, rights | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press


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Tibetan Buddhism’s next leader?

In mid-May, a serious young man of 22 who is revered as the 17th Karmapa – now the second-most-important figure in Tibetan Buddhism – will make his first visit to the United States. The trip comes eight years after his dramatic flight to India from a monastery near Lhasa at the end of 1999, when he was just 14 years old. This is the first time that a skittish India has allowed him permission to travel abroad. His flight from Tibet was a considerable embarrassment to China.

The Karmapa Lama, spiritual head of the Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism, is now the only major Tibetan lama recognized as a reincarnation of his lineage by both the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government since it overran Tibet in the 1950s. The Panchen Lama, the third of a triumvirate and previously the second-highest ranking among the three lamas, vanished into Chinese custody as a boy in 1995 and has been replaced by Beijing’s own political appointee.

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