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Best Ways to Get to 34th Kalachakra in Bodh Gaya

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 09:03
Listen to reporter Tenzin Sangmo's interview with Tsering Choephel, Windhorse Tours and Travels; Ugen Sonam, Himalayan Tours and travels, and Tenzin Jigme, President of Tibetan Youth Congress on the best ways to get to the 34th Kalachakra in Bodh Gaya. Full interview below:  

Dalai Lama Inaugurates Silver Jubilee Celebration of Tibet House

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 06:02
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama inaugurated the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Delhi Tibet House and the Centenary of Tibetan Medical Center (Men-Tsee-Khang) and gave a public talk on "Meaning of Life and Secular Ethics" to a gathering of around 10,000 people at Thayagraj stadium on December 9, 2016. The Nobel Laureate also launched the Masters Course in Nalanda Buddhist Philosophy and released publications of Men-Tsee-Khang. Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India; Shri Najeeb Jung, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi; Ven. Karma Gelek Yuthok, Minister of Religion and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration were among the guests of the function.

Tibetan Reincarnation Based Play Wins Theater Awards

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 06:40
Tibetan Buddhist reincarnation based American play, 'Oldest Boy' has won three theater awards including the 'Outstanding Choreography' to its only Tibetan actor and production team member Tsering Dorjee Bawa from Theatre Bay Area Award (TBA awards). Dorjee tells VOA that the award represents a big recognition for his hard work, and he and his family were ecstatic to receive the honor. The same play has won this year’s TBA award for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Costume Design, and Outstanding Choreography. Written by an award winning play writer Sarah Ruhl and directed by Sarah Rasmussen, the play is about an American mother and her Tibetan husband, and how they cope with their son’s fate when he was recognized as the reincarnation of a Tibetan lama. The play has been shown in five major cities of the United States and 225 times in theaters in different cities.

Preparation Status of Kalachakra: Interview with Yuthok Karma Gelek

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 06:00
Venerable Yuthok Karma Gelek, President of the 2017 Kalachakra organizing team shared the special arrangements of his team following the demonetization announcement. The organizing team has collaborated with the local Indian authority to make special arrangements for digital payments, where they have urged and encouraged the religious teaching attendees to bring their credit and debit cards to Bodh Gaya. The Kalachakra organizing team has also prepared special ventilation at the venue to ensure clean air and to prevent dusk from settling in. Ven Yuthok, who is also the Kalon of the Central Tibetan Administration's Department of Religion, stressed on the high level security arrangements by installing CCTV in and around the venue.

Tibetan Political Prisoner Released Mentally and Physically Damaged

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 08:27
A Tibetan political prisoner was released after serving a four year prison term in a Chinese prison on December 6, 2016. According to Venerable Jamyang Jinpa of Depung Monastery in South India, Gyatag, 65 years of age from Rebkong county, Qinghai province was recently released from the prison with severe mental and physical damage.  Ven Jinpa tells VOA's Tibetan Service that based on reliable information he received from Tibet, Gyatag had become physically handicapped, where he is unable to use both his legs and hands, and suffers from mental illness as a result of enduring torture in prison.  According to the same source, the Chinese authorities have banned people from visiting the recently released political prisoner.  Full interview below:  

Introduction to Bodhgaya

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 06:12
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama has left his exile seat of Dharamsala, North India for India's capital city of Delhi on December 8, 2016. The Nobel Laureate is scheduled to preside over the 50th anniversary of Delhi based Tibet House and is expected to head to Mundgod, South India before the 34th Kalachakra in Bodhgaya. Venerable Thupten Yarphel speaks to VOA's reporter Tenzin Sangmo on the importance of Kalachakra and Bodh Gaya. Full interview below:  

Self-Immolation in Amdo Machu

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 06:00
Several videos have surfaced on social media of a person engulfed in flames on an urban street in Tibet. Sources, including the exile Tibetan administration’s website are reporting that the incident took place around 5PM local time in Machu county, located in today's Gansu province. In one of the videos, a nearby woman is heard praying to the Dalai Lama. Another clip shows police arriving at the scene and taking away the charred body without any medical personnel or equipment in sight. The identity of the person is not known at present. This brings the number of people who carried out self-immolations in Tibet since February 2009 to 145.

Dalai Lama’s Representative Highlights Tibet’s Human Rights Situation At Congressional Hearing

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 04:47
The former speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and the current representative of the Dalai Lama at the Washington based Office of Tibet, Penpa Tsering highlighted the grim and deteriorating human rights situation inside Tibet during the Congressional Executive Commission’s hearing at the Capitol Hill on December 7, 2016. During the hearing of "Dissidents Who Have Suffered for Human Rights in China: A Look Back and A Look Forward," organized by the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC), Mr. Penpa Tsering informed the members of the Congress, CECC, and other staff members on China’s continued demolition of the largest Tibetan Buddhist learning center of Larung Gar in Serta county, China’s restriction on Tibetans wanting to attend the Dalai Lama's Kalachakra religious gathering in India, while demanding the release of all the political prisoners inside Tibet including Tibet's second highest lama, Panchen Gedun Choekyi Nyima, who was abducted by the authorities at the age of six, making him one of the world's youngest political prisoners. Tsering added that the new United States Administration should implement Tibet policy Act 2002 that would appoint senior level State Department Special Coordinator for Tibet. Other speakers at the hearing included Wei Jingsheng, Chairman, Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition; Rebiya Kadeer, President, the World Uyghur Congress; Chen Guangcheng, Chinese Legal Advocate; Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies; Bob Fu, Founder and President, ChinaAid; Yang Jianli, President, Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China; Xiaodan Wang, Falun Gong practitioner and daughter of former political prisoner Zhiwen Wang.

Mongolia Protests Hike in Tariffs Imposed by China Following Dalai Lama Visit

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:27
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama's visit to Mongolia's capital city of Ulaanbaatar last month for religious teachings has raised concerns for China. Following the warm welcome extended by Mongolia, a country of largely Buddhist population towards the Tibetan Buddhist leader, China has reacted by imposing a hike in tariffs on Mongolian trucks passing through Chinese territory. Ambassador-designate of Mongolia, Gonchig Ganbold has urged India to provide clear support against the difficulties caused by the recent hike in tariffs that would result in transport obstruction with the flow of essential commodities and likely turn into a humanitarian crisis.  China believes that the Dalai Lama is a separatist, an opponent of Beijing, and has repeatedly urged countries to stay away from China's internal policies and not to meet with the Nobel laureate. More on the report below:    

Tibetans Jailed for Links to Self Immolation Released

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:51
Dolma Tso, 33, mother of a 14-year old daughter, who was jailed in 2013 for her alleged involvement in the self-immolation of Kunchok Tsetan, was released on the evening of December 4 after serving a three-year prison sentence. Kunchok Lodoe, who was also jailed for his alleged involvement in the self-immolation of Tsetan, was released on the same day after serving his prison term of three years.  Meu Kungam, the brother of Dolma Tso, who resides in Australia tells VOA that his sister was a healthy 30 year old prior to her sentencing and since being released from the prison, suffers from constant headaches and is in a frail physical condition. The condition of Kunchok Lodoe is currently unclear.  They were detained three years ago along with ten other Tibetans for stopping the Chinese authorities from confiscating the charred body of the Tibetan self immolator Konchok Tsetan, who later succumbed to his injuries.  In another news from Tibet, a Chinese court in Barkham, Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province sentenced a group of 10 Tibetan monks, laymen, and women to a prison term of five to fourteen years.

An Interactive With Jigden

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 07:01
Shenpenn Khymsar, a New York based independent movie maker and musician talks about his new film, 'Jigden', which was shot recently in New York city. Jigden is an experimental work comprising first time actors from various Himalayan descendants living in the Queens area, NY.  Khymsar shares the challenges he faced while directing and producing the movie with VOA in the interview below:    

Exile Tibetan Administration Urged UNHRC to Save Larung Gar Buddhist Institute

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 05:47
Dharamsala, India based Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) and Tibetan Parliament in Exile urged the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for an immediate intervention to save Larung Gar, one of the world’s largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning. Dr Lobsang Sangay, head of the Tibetan Administration in Exile and Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile held a joint press conference in Dharamsala on December 5, where they screened a 7-minute film entitled ‘We Stand in Solidarity with Larung Gar’. They spoke about the large scale demolition currently taking place in Tibet and said, 'we fear cultural revolution is reviving in Tibet' citing sources from a leaked religious policy draft. CTA will observe a solidarity prayer on December 10, 2016 at the main temple of Tsuglagkhang, Dharamshala.