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Dharamshala, India — Spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama ongratulated Ursula von der Leyen on being elected as the new President of the European Commission.
Washington DC — Nyima Lhamo, a Tibetan activist, whose uncle Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, one of the most prominent Tibetan religious leaders died in a Chinese prison, has strongly appealed to the United States President Donald Trump for continued support for Tibet and support for the return of the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Tibet.
Rovereto — In the presence of Tibetan President Dr Lobsang Sangay as the Chief Guest, the City of Rovereto, Italy, hoisted the National flag of Tibet at the Bell of Peace, on July 12, 2019, to honor Tibet's peaceful and non-violent struggle for freedom from the Chinese totalitarian regime.
Dharamshala, India — "To resolve the Sino-Tibetan dispute in a peaceful and mutually beneficial way," the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile said, "His Holiness articulated a Middle Way Approach. Governments of many countries, as well as other entities both private and the public across the world, continue to extend a high level of support for his approach."
Dharamshala, India — To honor His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his 84th birthday, Dr Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Tibetan-government-in-exile, officially known as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), based in Dharamshala, India, highly praised the extraordinary achievements of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which spans across the globe and the great accomplishments of the Tibetan people, in and outside Tibet.
Dharamshala, India — As Tibetans and supporters all over the world celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama's birthday, thousands of people gathered at the main Tibetan temple on Saturday to celebrate the 84th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
London — Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom has praised the good and important work of the President of the Tibetan-government-in-exile, now officially known as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), saying that the Tibetan President represents the people of Tibet.
Dharamshala, India —The Sixth All India Tibet Support Groups Conference strongly expressed its position saying they "recognize the Central Tibetan Administration as the legitimate representative of Tibetans within and outside Tibet, while "reaffirm Our Commitment to support Tibetan people’s legitimate quest for dignity, justice, and peace in Tibet."
Edinburgh— Speaking to the Cross Party Group for Tibet at the Scottish parliament, the president of the Tibetan-government-in-exile, officially known as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), said China's communist authoritarian regime imposed a policy that aimed at eliminating all traces of Tibetan religion, culture and identity during the period 1950s-1960s when the Chinese authorities killed over a million Tibetans and destroyed more than 98% of the monasteries in Tibet.
Dharamshala, India — Responding to the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace kicked off recently with a China's heavy pressure on Mongolia in an attempt to expand Beijing's aggressive political influence, a top Tibetan government official said that the unfortunate development was the clearest sign yet of China’s aggressive campaign of undermining core democratic freedoms across the world.
Dharamshala, India — His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains the importance of warm-heartedness and intelligence in answer to a question from a young girl at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on June 10, 2019.
Dharamshala, India — Explaining "unsurpassed enlightenment is the goal you seek when you generate the awakening mind," the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that "we need to understand that we are seeking to attain a state in which all defilements and faults have been eliminated and in which perfect realization—omniscience—has been achieved."
The ‘Heart Sutra’ was recited three times in the languages of the Buddhist Republics of the Russian Federation, Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tuva. Once His Holiness the Dalai Lama had arrived the Main Temple Sunday morning, May 12, 2019, greeted the eminent Lamas and the audience and taken his seat on the throne, the ‘Heart Sutra’ was chanted once more in Russian.
“So to conclude this series of teachings, today we’ll conduct a ceremony for generating the awakening mind of bodhichitta,” His Holiness announced. “As far as the awakening mind is concerned we need to understand that we are seeking to attain a state in which all defilements and faults have been eliminated and in which perfect realization—omniscience—has been achieved. Unsurpassed enlightenment is the goal you seek when you generate the awakening mind. You aspire to become a Buddha for the benefit of all sentient beings.
“In terms of practice, compassion is important in the beginning, middle and end. The ‘Prayer of Maitreya’ states that bodhichitta is the factor that leads you away from the lower realms, to higher realms and finally to that deathless state where you are free from aging and death. Since the time of the Buddha, the great Indian masters who followed him cultivated bodhichitta. This is why we refer to the Buddha as the teacher, the Dharma as the actual refuge and the Sangha, like Nagarjuna and so forth, as companions on the path to enlightenment.
“To achieve Buddhahood we also need to realize emptiness. The Middle Way propounded by Nagarjuna is important, so much so that Bhavaviveka criticized what he called Asanga’s and Vasubandhu’s recklessness in neglecting to accept and follow it. However, if we only read Nagarjuna, we won’t reach a very deep understanding. Addressing the challenges posed by other points of view has the effect of broadening and enriching our sense of discernment. Studying a variety of treatises has a clarifying effect.”
His Holiness explained that to conduct the ceremony for generating the awakening mind you can follow the extensive rite described in Asanga’s work the ‘Bodhisattva Grounds’, or the shorter version in Shantideva’s ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’. He suggested that today he would use the verses that begin, ‘With a wish to free all beings ...’
He observed that the Buddha is someone who has travelled the path and teaches from his own experience how to overcome afflictive emotions, ignorance and their residual stains. By following his teaching we can eliminate all mental defilements, because of which he can be seen as the highest teacher.
His Holiness called on the audience to imagine the Buddha in the space before them as a living person surrounded by his Eight Close Disciples, Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and so forth; the Seven Patriarchs like Kashyapa who came after him; the Seventeen Nalanda Masters, Nagarjuna and Asanga and their followers; the 84 Great Adepts (Mahasiddhas) such as Saraha and so forth.
His Holiness digressed to mention the distinction drawn by an 18th century Lama called Nyengön Sungrab between teachings that constitute the general structure of Buddhism and specialized teachings. Teachings belonging to the Sutras and works like Nagarjuna’s ‘Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way’ constitute the general structure that anyone can follow. Tantras, such as Kalachakra, that involve working with channels, winds and drops are specialized teachings intended for specific disciples.
Continuing to describe those imagined gathered around the Buddha His Holiness mentioned Tibetan masters as well as their Indian mentors: Nyingma masters like the 25 disciples of Guru Padmasambhava; Sakya masters of the LamDre tradition; masters belonging to the three Kadampa lineages; masters from the four major and eight minor Kagyu traditions and masters of the Renewed Kadampa tradition, the Gandenpas, Jé Tsongkhapa and his disciples.
“These figures are role models for us in terms of practice of the profound and extensive paths. Taking them as witness to your generating the awakening mind of bodhichitta you generate much merit and wholesome energy.
“We have to make bodhichitta our main practice. When I was about 13 years old, with Ngodup Tsognyi’s active encouragement, I took great interest in emptiness, but bodhichitta seemed remote to me. However, after I came into exile and especially after I received an explanation of ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ from Khunu Lama Rinpoché, I began to integrate bodhichitta into my practice. Over time, as a result of effort, it has become close to me. You should do the same. Generate bodhichitta, pursue the practice and what happened to me can happen to you.”
His Holiness asked the congregation to kneel on their right knees and, keeping the visualization he had described vividly before them, to recite the Seven Limb Prayer—prostration, offering, confession—taking the Buddha and so forth as witness, rejoicing in their manifest qualities, requesting them to teach, beseeching them not to pass into the state of peace, and dedication.
At the end His Holiness encouraged those gathered before him to recite these verses three times every day after they wake in the morning and three times again in the evening. He explained how cultivating bodhichitta and setting an aspiration for enlightenment at the beginning can set the tone for the whole day, enabling you to spend your time meaningfully in the service of others. Then, at the end of the day, you’ll be happy to dedicate the virtue for the benefit of all.
Dharamshala, India — Tibet Post International recently has conducted an exclusive interview with President of the Tibetan Youth Congress, the largest and most active exile Tibetan organisation, based in Dharamshala, Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
In the interview with President Tenzing Jigme in Dharamshala, India, reporter from the Tibet Post International Nikhil Kujur asked about TYC's contributions toward Tibetan community in-Exile and its potential role on independence struggle of Tibet.
Tibetan Youth Congress was formed in 1970, with the sole objective of restoring Tibet’s lost independence from the repressive Chinese communist rule. The organisation which claims over 30,000 strong members under its 85 regional chapters in 12 countries around the world, has organized some of the most dramatic “Free Tibet” protests over past 50 years, often targeting Chinese embassies and consulates in different parts of the world.
Tibet was forcefully occupied by China after Communist Chinese troops marched into Tibet in late 1949. The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 amidst a mass Tibetan uprising on 10 March in Lhasa against Communist China's continuing presence in Tibet.
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Dharamshala, India — The Clean Upper Dharamsala Project (CUDP) is an anitiative launched by the Tibetan Settlement Office in McLeod Ganj of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India, that operates the solid waste management scheme for Upper Dharamsala while aiming a more sustainable future and a cleaner environment in Upper Dharamsala.
Upper Dharamsala is a hill station in the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Green forests surround the little towns with the snow-covered Dauladar Himalayan range towering above. The arrival of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1960 had revitalized the area which virtually abandoned after a catastrophic earthquake in 1905. Since then, Upper Dharamsala has been the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
In an interview with Ngawang Sonam, environmental officer at Tibetan Settlement Office in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176219, India, reporters from the Tibet Post International Nikhil Kujur and Kalsang Choetso asked about human rights situation in Tibet.
According to the office, the Mcleod Ganj is the largest town,Upper Dharamsala also includes the communities of Gangchen Kyishong, Jogibara, Gamru, Heru, Bhagsu, Dharamkot and Naddi. At any given time, the area is home to 2000-3000 recently arrived refugees from Tibet as well as about 2000-3000 Tibetan monks from the Settlements.
Additionally, there are tourists waiting to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama, listen to his teachings, and to explore Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Consequently, the area has become a popular destination for tourists from throughout India and the world. Today there is 20,000 -25,000 population in the area.
The CUDP is the branch of the Tibetan Settlement Office, that reportedly operates the solid waste management scheme for Upper Dharamsala. The initiatives include a recycling programme with a "Paper-Recycling Workshop", a "Environmental Education and Awareness Programme", as well as the "Green Shop" which sells eco friendly products. CUDP says it has a total of 40 employees under the project.
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Dharamshala, India — Tibet World, an exile Tibetan NGO, celebrated His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 84th birthday, by inaugurating World Compassion in Action Day and also launched World Compassion in Action Organisation, in Dharamshala, India on July 6, 2019. Over 100 people from more than 20 countries attended the event.
Elista, Kalmykia — Acting Head of the Republic of Kalmykia, Batu Khasikov, has sent a message to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet to mark his 84th birthday anniversary, on behalf of all the people of the Republic of Kalmykia.
Campbelltown, NSW — The 84th birthday of the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrated by Campbelltown Tibetan community in Australia on Saturday, July 6, 2019 for the first time, displaying gorgeous colourful and symbolic Tibetan prayer flags.
Dharamshala — The Department of Health of the Central Tibetan Administration, in collaboration with Tibetan National Sports Association, organized the first Tibetan Women’s Basketball Tournament against Tuberculosis (TB) at Ghangkyi Basketball Ground on July 2, 2019. The event aims to prevent TB disease, plus raise awareness and advocate for efforts to eliminate TB.
Edinburgh — The President of the Tibetan-government-in-exile, officially known as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dr Lobsang Sangay, arrived late in the afternoon the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh on June 24, 2019.
Geneva — Members of the Swiss Parliament known as Federal Assembly of Switzerland, questioned the federal government over Tibet and efficacy of Switzerland’s bilateral human rights dialogue with China. The government did not immediately respond to the queries but has agreed to response the interpellations at forthcoming Parliament's spring session.
Dharamshala, India — Located in Sidhpur, a suburb of Dharamshala, about 30 minutes from Mcleodganj, stands the Norbulingka Institute. The institute, erected for the revival of Tibetan culture and art, stands tall and proud.
Dharamshala, India — Thukpa is a very popular dish in the Indian subcontinent, with its origins tracing back to centuries when Tibetan people consumed it to keep themselves warm in sub-zero temperatures in Tibet. Today, it has become one of the most appealing immigrant foods in India along with momos.
Dharamshala, India — The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivered a special message to the 11th General Assembly of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace, held in Mongolia, June 21, 2019.
Dharamshala, India — A young Tibetan woman has won the prestigious America TV award, the Emmy for a category in video production on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The young woman has raised a patriotic Tibetan slogan in her acceptance speech at the award ceremony.
Dharamshala – The 7th Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) 2018 concluded in the Himalayan town of McLeod Ganj, in northern India, on November 5, 2018 with screening dependent features, documentaries and short films, including Aijaz Khan’s Hamid.
Kollegal, Karnataka, India — Kollegal Dhondenling is one of the five Tibetan settlements in the south Indian state of Karnataka. In a series of special features, TPI journalist Tenzin Tsomo reports from the Kollegal Tibetan settlement in the southern state of Karnataka, India.
Dharamshala, India — Anisha Joneja from the Tibet Post International conducted an interview with Tenzin Chondup a child of Tibetan refugees, now owner of Rewa Café in McLeodganj. The 44 year-old veteran of the Special Frontier Force of the Indian Army shared his own personal stories and why it is important to maintain a humble life in-Exile.
Dharamshala, India — The Tibetan plateau is Tibet itself. So actually I didn’t know much about Tibet at first. I began my journey by getting a train from Bejing to Xining in the Qinghai province. Then I found out that Kumbum Monastery wasn’t far from it so I went there to learn more about Tibet, Liam Flag, a western tourist who recently traveled to Tibet and parts of China around last year. He recounts his experience visiting Tibet through a series of questions:-
London, UK — The way that Human Rights Watch researches Tibet has become more like its work on North Korea as Beijing has successfully moved to reduce the flow of information leaving the Himalayan country, said Sophie Richardson, the China Director for Human Rights Watch (HRW).
Dharamshala, India — Tibet was considered terra incognita i.e. an unknown territory to the world for many years (Gupta, Ramachandran 2012). Donald Lopez quoted “Tibet seemed not to belong to our earth, a society left on the shelf, set in amber, preserved in the deep freeze, a land so close to the sky that the natural occupation of her people was to pray” (Oesel, 2015).
Bangalore — TPI Reporter Dawa Tsering has interviewed Thrinley Jigmey (3rd year tourism student at Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore) about Tibetan youth and education.
Dharamshala, India — Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) India works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence, organised a solidarity campaign or action for Hong Kong at the main market area of Mcleodganj.
Dharamshala, India — Member of Indian Parliament and former Minister of Himachal State, Kishan Kapoor has highly praised His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his insight on modern education and his message of peace, articulating a view that is concerned with the welfare of the entire world in the 21st Century.
Dharamshala, India — “Before they enter the education system, young children’s basic human nature is fresh. Their basic outlook is compassionate," His Holiness the Dalai Lama told a group of educators from different parts of the world, saying “Children survive because of their mother’s kindness and concern, which gives them a lifelong sense of security."
Dharamshala, India — Pointed out that "weapons can only be used to kill and maim and the use of force to solve problems is mistaken", His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that "If we’re interested in peace we should seek a demilitarised world."
Dharamshala, India — Spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama who turned 84, on on Saturday, July 6, 2019, left wellwishers across the world delighted on his birthday, as the Nobel Peace laureate released a thank you note to all his devotees, saying that he hopes to celebrate many more birthdays to come.