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Self-immolation and Buddhism
Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 – 11:24 pm | No Comment
Self-immolation and Buddhism

The Yiddish word “chutzpah”, pronounced “huspa”, has the exact same meaning as the Tibetan word “hamba”, and even shares a passing tonal quality to it. Leo Rosten, the humorist, defined chutzpah as “that quality enshrined …

Havel’s Legacy to The Tibetan Struggle
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 – 2:49 am | No Comment
Havel’s Legacy to The Tibetan Struggle

This post is not intended as an eulogy or a discussion of Havel’s literary work, but rather to introduce an important, even game-changing, legacy that he left us Tibetans and other freedom fighters struggling against the oppression and violence of “post-totalitarianism”.

Shakabpa and the awakening of Tibetan history
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 – 6:14 am | No Comment
Shakabpa and the awakening of Tibetan history

Academic scholarship may not generally lend itself to moving or inspirational writing, but there are exceptions. Edward Gibbon’s, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, is probably the greatest work of …

What Must I Do?
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 – 6:10 am | No Comment
What Must I Do?

In 1946 when the Muslim League declared “Direct Action Day” and some of the most horrendous and large scale Hindu-Muslim violence erupted throughout India, one of the worst hit areas was the Noakhali district of …

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 – 6:09 am | No Comment

སྔ་ལོའི་ཟླ་བཅུ་གཉིས་ པའི་ཟླ་དཀྱིལ་ཙམ་ལ། སྲང་ལམ་གྱི་ཤིང་ཏོག་དང་ཚལ་རིགས་བཙོང་མཁན་གྱི་ཊུ་ནི་ཤེ་ཡའི་མི་ཉམ་ཆུང་ མོ་ཧ་མཱ་ཌི་ བྷོ་ཛི་ཛི་ཟེར་བ་ཞིག་གིས་ ས་གནས་ཀྱི་ཉེན་རྟོག་པ་དང་ལས་བྱེད་ཚོས་ཉིན་རྟག་པར་ཁོང་ལ་ཐུབ་ཚོད་དང་བརྙས་ བཅོས་བྱས་པ་དང་།

Igniting the Embers of Independence
Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 – 6:53 am | 2 Comments
Igniting the Embers of Independence

In mid-December last year, Mohamed Bouazizi, a humble Tunisian street-vendor of fruits and vegetables, set himself on fire to protest the confiscation of his produce and the daily harassment and humiliation inflicted on …

Ending to Begin (Part I)
Saturday, Jul 16, 2011 – 3:35 am | 2 Comments
Ending to Begin (Part I)

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate …

Resolving the Dalai Lama Resignation Crisis
Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 – 5:02 am | One Comment

In a media season dominated by stories of geriatric, lunatic and other sundry leaders-for-life (and family members) ignobly clinging to office like old chewing gum, the Dalai Lama stepping down from his position of (albeit …

In Defence of Tibetan Cooking (part I)
Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011 – 7:10 am | 8 Comments
In Defence of Tibetan Cooking (part I)

In some of his public talks, His Holiness makes a joking observation of how Tibetans are so sharp (dungu) that they took the best of all religions from India, the warmest of clothes from Mongolia, …

Not The Buddha’s Middle Way
Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 – 3:43 am | 7 Comments

You might not agree with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s decision to give up the fundamental national goal of Tibetan independence, but you have to admit that whoever was put in charge of branding and …