The Dalai Lama released a book titled, "Two Saints - Speculations Around and About Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharshi" by veteran author Arun Shourie at the India International Center, New Delhi. "As far as deeper experience of ancient Indian knowledge is concerned, I think, I am more Indian than you Indians," said Tibet's spiritual leader while addressing the audience about his commitment to revive ancient Indian knowledge. The event was witnessed by dignitaries including former Deputy Prime Minister of India Shri L.K. Advani, and bureaucrats and media personalities, accompanied by conversations between the author and noted personalities: Fali Sam Nariman, an Indian jurist and Shyam Saran a former foreign secretary to Government of India. The author, Arun Shourie, is a former editor and minister, and is one the most prominent voices in Indian public life. The book is published by HarperCollins India.
A giant rhinoceros the size of three African elephants once grazed on treetops in Tibet, but succumbed to climate change more than 20 million years ago. The high treetops disappeared, along with its food source, says Xiaoming Wang of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Wang has done field research on the long-legged rhino, more formally called the Indricotherium, one of the stars of a new exhibit that shows how radical adaptations that aid survival in one setting can spell disaster in another. Through fossils and reconstructions, the exhibit tells the story of Mother Nature’s radical gambits to keep organisms alive in changing conditions. The show was built around an earlier exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, which also included ice age remains from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Mammals that have adapted in the extreme include an ancient whale that walked on land and more recent pygmy mammoths on California’s Channel Islands, whose small size is illustrated with side-by-side jaw bones of a Columbian mammoth and its pygmy relative, which shrunk to cope with limited food resources on the islands. Many species challenged Climatic variations over the ages and the more recent incursion of humans have challenged many species, said Emily Lindsey of the La Brea Tar Pits, a site rich with fossils from the mammoths and giant cats that once roamed California, but died out more than 10,000 years ago. Seen in the exhibit are the extinct American lion, “which along with the cave lion in Europe was the biggest cat that ever lived,” Lindsey said. There are fossils from a scimitar cat, also extinct, and a long-gone subspecies of jaguar. “And then we have the mountain lion, which is the only one of those five big cats that’s still alive today,” she notes. Also known as the cougar, panther or puma, the species is represented with a photo of a celebrated cat that continues to roam through the hills above Los Angeles. “People thought he would just spend a couple of days there, then continue to move on or attempt to move on,” said Miguel Ordenana, who coordinates the amateur citizens scientists who make wildlife observations to help scientists better understand the region. Mountain lions, he said, typically do not survive crossing busy freeways, but this intrepid mountain lion is a survivor, as is his species. Arctic island was once like Florida Other mammals in the exhibit include the Batodonoides, a long-extinct shrewlike mammal from 50 million years ago so tiny that it could have perched on a pencil. The South American Macrauchenia, with a camellike body and giraffelike neck, had a flexible trunk, like an elephant. It went extinct a mere 10,000 years ago, but is represented here in a reconstruction. Earth’s extreme changes can be seen in a diorama of Ellesmere Island in the Arctic. Just 1,000 kilometers from the North Pole, it was home to warm swamps 50 million years ago and a host of animals adapted to a Floridalike climate. Those intense changes served many species well, but presented extreme problems. Especially as environmental conditions caused the Arctic freeze over, leaving Ellesmere Island one of the coldest and driest locations on Earth. An earlier version of this report had Xiaoming Wang's name misspelled. VOA regrets the error.
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama addressed the staff of Indian National Daily "The Indian Express" at Taj Mansingh Hotel in Delhi, where he talked about the importance of media in promoting human values. "On many occasions when I met the media people, I suggested that for the promotion of human value and compassion, the media also have important responsibility. So, must make effort," says Dalai lama. The Nobel Laureate also stressed on the importance of reviving ancient Indian knowledge, mainly the Nalanda tradition of Buddhist system of knowledge that is relevant in today's world. When asked about the Chinese government's involvement with the recognition of reincarnation of Dalai Lama, he said that the Chinese communist has no connection to it. The three-hour long interaction in the form of Q&A was attended by more than 300 people including some guests from foreign missions in Delhi, politicians, government officials, and businessmen
Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration attended the "Indo-Tibet Summit 2017" held at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on May 20, 2017 as a chief guest on invitation by the Delhi based South & East Asia Foundation. Dr. Sangay spoke on the importance of Tibetan issue in relation to India and concluded his address by saying that "if you want to understand China you have to understand Tibet" and applauded India for not participating in the recently held Belt and Road Forum (BRF) organized by China. "India didn't participate it. It is good. I think India has learnt from Tibetan story," says Dr. Sangay and continued that the final objective of One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is invasion and occupation as happened to Tibet. The summit was organized under the guidance of Mrs. Priyanka Singh Rawat, a Member of Parliament from BJP, and one of the main speakers of the summit was Mr. Gopal Krishan Agarwal, a National Spokesperson of BJP.
A Tibetan monk has set himself on fire to protest China's repressive policies towards Tibetans. Jamyang Losel, 29, from Gyerthang monastery has succumbed to his burns following the self-immolation protest in Chentsa County, Malho Prefecture, Qinghai Province on May 19, 2017. Sources confirming the protest say that the local authorities arrived at the scene within minutes and confiscated the young monk's body. The body has not been returned to the family despite their pleading at the local police station.
A Tibetan monk has set himself on fire to protest China's repressive policies towards Tibetans. Jamyang Losel, 29, from Gyerthang monastery has succumbed to his burns following the self-immolation protest in Chentsa County, Malho Prefecture, Qinghai Province on May 19, 2017. Sources confirming the protest say that the local authorities arrived at the scene within minutes and confiscated the young monk's body.
The Tibet Museum in Dharamsala, North India took part in the 40th International Museum Day on May 18, 2017. Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration inaugurated the two day program and said, 'Museums play an important role in introducing one's history and its participation in the International Museum Day could play a role in educating many on the real historical and present situation inside Tibet.' Tashi Phuntsok, the Director of Tibet Museum spoke to Tibetan media on the significance of participating in the International Museum Day and its effort in reaching Indian and wider international audiences. The two day event in Dharamsala will consist of talk series, movie screenings, and cultural performances. Full report below:
The Dharamsala based Central Tibetan Administration's Department of Health has organized a 6-day training program for the health workers of their branch clinics from the Tibetan settlements in the North and Northeast part of India in Delhi from May 15 - 20, 2017. 16 participants will receive training on "Comprehensive Community Outreach and Coordinated Care Workshop" from two main experts, Mr. Vikas Dagur and Ms. Pragya Pranjali. Experts are scheduled to train the health workers on how to make field visits, record health data of their respective settlements, and report back to the concerned. The training program is funded by USAID through the New York based Tibet Fund.
A bipartisan U.S. congressional delegation led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi discussed bilateral relations and regional security issues Thursday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India. Pelosi and Modi exchanged views on cooperation, terrorist threats, global warming and human rights issues, including Tibet. "In our meetings with top government officials, the delegation expressed our gratitude to the Indian government and people of India for hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and for the support of Tibetans living in India," said Pelosi, a California Democrat. According to Pelosi's website, the group spent two days in Dharamsala and met with the Dalai Lama as well as Lobsang Sangay, the head of the Tibetan government in exile. During a welcome ceremony Wednesday, Pelosi said the delegation came to "pay tribute to His Holiness [the Dalai Lama], a visionary, a man of compassion, a man of hope." She also expressed her commitment to support Tibetan causes. "Brutal tactics of the Chinese government to erase the religion, culture and language of the Tibetan people challenge the conscience of the world," she said."We will meet that challenge. Working together, we will meet that challenge." Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, said the U.S. Congress stands in solidarity with "the Tibetan people to be free from the repression that has been put upon them for a very, very long time from Beijing." Pelosi said gaining a status of "authentic" autonomy for Tibet requires narrowing the differences between Chinese and Tibetan leaders. "To some in China, an autonomous, authentic Tibet is inconceivable. To us, it is inevitable," she said, "So we must shorten the distance between inconceivable to them and the inevitable to us." Pelosi led a congressional group to Tibet in 2015, which she said was part of Sangay's proposal for them to visit Tibet and Dharamsala to learn more about the Tibetan situation, according to Tibet.net. Dharamsala is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile. China considers the Dalai Lama a dangerous separatist who seeks Tibetan independence. The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, and the current exile government, or Tibetan Administration, say they seek only a "genuine" autonomy for Tibet under the People's Republic of China. International human rights groups and exiles routinely condemn what they call China's oppressive rule in Tibetan areas. They say pervasive surveillance and displays of military force are used to intimidate and quell dissent. The Dalai Lama told the delegation Tibetans do not need weapons in their struggle for autonomy, and he again called for nonviolence and compassion. The United States considers Tibet a part of China, but supports Tibetans' right to preserve their unique religious, cultural and linguistic freedom.
A high-level bipartisan United States Congressional delegation led by House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi has pledged continued support for Tibet and called on China to respect Tibetan people’s basic human rights and end its repressive policies inside Tibet. During a public felicitation to the delegation members organized by the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, North India, delegation leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep.Jim McGovern, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal spoke one after the other on the dire situation inside Tibet and demanded China to respect Tibetan people’s aspiration for freedom and justice. The delegation members also underlined the bipartisan nature of United States support for Tibet and the Dalai Lama and US Congress’s resolve to continue supporting Tibetan issue until the end. Delegation leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi has spoken about her visit to Tibet few years back and her interaction with the Chinese officials there. “We went to the Potala Palace and we saw the room where His Holiness lived. We promised each other then and there that we would do everything in our power to make sure he would return to that place.” Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner has spoken about the lack of freedom and justice in Tibet. “Only when there is justice in all of these areas, will there be freedom in Tibet. And that is what we, in the United States Congress, is firmly committed to”, said Rep. Sensenbrenner. Rep. Eliot Engel urged China not to interfere in Tibetan’s faith and religious practice. “Let the people of Tibet practice their faith. Let the people of Tibet determine their own future,” he said. He further affirmed his continued support to the Tibet cause and said, “We will never stop until Tibet is free.” Rep. Jim McGovern made it a promise to make it possible for Dalai Lama and Tibetan people to return to Tibet and urged China to release all the political prisoners in Tibet including the Panchen Lama. Rep. Pramila Jayapal emphasized the importance of preserving Tibetan religion, language, and arts. “United States has consistently and bipartisan way said that we stand with the Tibetan people, freedom, and justice”.
The Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi organized the Buddha Jayanti Celebration 2017 (popularly known as Buddha Purnima) under the auspices of Ministry of Culture, Government of India in New Delhi on May 10, 2017. The function was held at the NDMC Convention Center, Parliament Street, New Delhi, where the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javdekar was the chief guest. The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju, and Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma were the special guests at the celebratory function. The Ambassador of Bhutan, Mr. Namgyal and the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kasur Ngodup Dongchung were also present as guests of the function. The Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Tibetan Studies, Professor Geshe Ngawang Samten presented a lecture on "The Words of Buddha" and said, "The ancient Indian definition of Education is not dissemination of information but transformation of personality". On the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti Celebration 2017, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, felicitated Professor S.R. Bhatt, an eminent scholar of Buddhism who has made immense contribution to the preservation and promotion of Buddhism.
As President Donald Trump appears to be warming to China, a bipartisan group from the U.S. House of Representatives took aim Wednesday at one of Beijing's sore spots: Tibet. Rep. Nancy Pelosi accused China of using economic leverage to crush Tibetan calls for autonomy. During a meeting with Tibetans and the Dalai Lama at his main temple in the Indian hill town of Dharmsala, she urged the community not to give up. ``You will not be silenced,'' said Pelosi, a California Democrat. ``The brutal tactics of the Chinese government to erase race, culture and language of Tibetan people challenges the conscience of the world. We will meet that challenge.'' The visit by Pelosi and seven other U.S. representatives is likely to irritate Beijing, which considers the Dalai Lama to be a dangerous separatist. China says the Himalayan region has been part of the country for more than seven centuries. Many Tibetans insist they were essentially independent for most of that time and have protested what they regard as China's heavy-handed rule. In many cases, China has offered aid packages to foreign governments on the condition they support China's position on issues such as Tibet and Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing has pledged to take control of, by force if necessary. Mongolia said in December that it would no longer allow visits by the Dalai Lama after a recent trip by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader led China to suspend talks on a major loan. ``China uses its economic leverage to silence the voices of friends of Tibet,'' Pelosi said. ``But if we don't speak out against repression in Tibet and the rest of China because of China's economic power, we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights anywhere else in the world.'' The Dalai Lama said, meanwhile, that Tibetans do not need weapons in their struggle for autonomy, and again prescribed a path of nonviolence and compassion. While the Dalai Lama has devolved political power to an elected government, he is still widely revered by Tibetans as their most influential leader. The timing of the U.S. congressional visit may also irk Trump, who just weeks ago boasted of enjoying cozy conversations and chocolate cake with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Florida resort. During Xi's official visit last month, Beijing also approved a raft of patent applications for Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter. President Trump's rhetoric on China has warmed considerably since the U.S. presidential campaign, when he repeatedly called the Asian giant a currency manipulator and an economic adversary of the United States. On Tuesday, Pelosi and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican from Wisconsin, posed for photos holding up a Tibetan soccer jersey. And earlier in the week, the group visited Nepal, where the government has been criticized for not allowing Tibetans to protest in front of the Chinese Embassy. Pelosi said the delegation, in talks with Nepalese officials, had raised the issue of ``the wellbeing of the thousands of Tibetans who have been living in Nepal for decades as well as the rights of other minorities,'' according to a statement.
A United States Congressional delegation headed by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi visited Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in Dharamsala, North India on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The bi-partisan group is scheduled to meet with leaders of the Exile Tibetan Administration and other civic leaders from the Tibetan community. Other Members of Congress joining the bipartisan delegation on the trip are: Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee; Energy and Commerce Committee - Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Appropriations Committee, - Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Ways and Means Committee; Small Business Committee - Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Financial Services Committee, - Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Vice Ranking Member, Budget Committee; Judiciary Committee.
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama's widely acclaimed book, 'Freedom in Exile', an autobiography's translation into Tibetan was released on May 3, 2017. Samdhong Rinpoche, Former Minister (tibetan:kalon tripa) of the Central Tibetan Administration and the chief guest at the book launch said, "His Holiness's two autobiographies, 'My Land and My people' and 'Freedom in Exile' are the two most important books out of the hundreds of books on the Dalai Lama." Tenzin Sherab, a staff at the private office of the Dalai Lama speaks to VOA's Dharamsala reporter on the reasons behind this translation. 'Freedom in Exile', published in the year 1991, was first translated into Tibetan by the New Delhi based Tibet House. Full report below:
VOA Tibetan has confirmed that a young Tibetan male carried out a self-immolation in Bora, a town in the Tibetan region of Gansu Province yesterday, May 2, 2017. Sources confirming the protest say that the person was taken away within minutes and that even as of tonight, more than 24 hours after the incidence, most people in Bora are unaware that a self-immolation took place. The identity of the man and whether he had stated any reasons for his act is unknown at present.
A young Tibetan male carried out a self-immolation in Bora, a town in the Tibetan region of Gansu Province yesterday, May 2, 2017. Sources confirming the protest say that the person was taken away within minutes and that even as of tonight, more than 24 hours after the incidence, most people in Bora are unaware that a self-immolation took place. The identity of the man and whether he had stated any reasons for his act is unknown at present.
Dr. Lobsang Sangay, political head of the Tibetan Administration in Exile, attended the 9th Festival of Tibet in Brisbane, Australia on 28th April, 2017 where he met with the friends of Tibet and local Tibetans. On May 3, 2017, Sangay arrived in the city of Dunedin on the second leg of his New Zealand tour. Mr. Sangay addressed a gathering of Tibetans and students of University of Otago and spoke on “Tibet in 21st Century: Political, Environmental and Cultural Challenges.”
Listen to Tsering Kyi's report on Jampal, a Tibetan man from Amdo Machu who was swept up along with thousands of others in the sweeping arrests that took place following the 2008 protests across Tibet. Jampal was recently released on May 1, 8 years into a 13 year sentence that he had received. The reasons for his early release is not clear but many speculations point to his poor physical condition.
With the increasing number of Tibetans settling in the west, Tibetan children are facing numerous challenges in learning their mother tongue in a foreign land and environment. This rings especially true for those who were born and brought up in the west, compared to the ones who have immigrated from Tibet and Tibetan refugee settlements in India and Nepal. Seeing this challenge, California based Tibetan Dhundup Tsering started the 'Tibetan Kids Book Project' that aims to teach Tibetan language to young Tibetans through easy to understand language and pictures. Tsering has published 5 kids books, Tibetan alphabet flash cards, and Tibetan Blackboard which are all available for sale on Amazon.com and in his own website: http://www.tibetanbabybooks.com/ On this week’s Table Talk, reporter Rinzin discusses the project and its benefit for the Tibetan kids living in the west.
Professor ML Sondhi Memorial Trust honored Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama with the Professor M L Sondhi Prize for International Politics 2016 at a function held at India International Center, New Delhi, India in the evening of April 27, 2017. Former Cabinet Minister of the Government of India, Dr. Arun Shourie was the chief guest at the event. The Professor ML Sondhi Prize for International Politics was instituted by the ML Sondhi Memorial Trust and the ML Sondhi Institute of Asia-Pacific Affairs in 2006. The prize is given annually for an outstanding contribution, relevant to India, to the theory or practice of international politics. The Dalai Lama becomes the seventh recipient of the award.