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Washington — The US Congress members and the Chairman and Co-chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission (CECC) condemned violent attacks by pro-China Chinese on Tibetans and others protesting against Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States for the APEC Summit. "We, the Chairs of the CECC, strongly condemn the reported violence perpetrated against individuals exercising their rights of freedom of expression and assembly in the United States. We urge San Francisco County police to review these reports and pursue justice as appropriate,” they wrote.
Washington — The United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, also known as the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved the Tibet bill, H.R. 533 "Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Conflict Act", at a markup hearing on November 29, 2023. If it becomes law, it will strengthen US efforts to push China to negotiate with envoys of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama to resolve the longstanding Tibet-China dispute.
Dharamshala — Chinese authorities have sentenced a Tibetan singer from Pema county, eastern Tibet, to three years' imprisonment allegedly for singing a patriotic song about Tibet on a social media platform. After disappearing for months, the Pema County Police informed his family that he had been imprisoned for three years and was currently serving his sentence in the Pema County Prison, without providing any documentation about the reasons for his imprisonment.
Dharamshala — Chinese authorities in Dingri County, southern Tibet, arrested four Tibetan monks for allegedly organising prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet. The Chinese authorities forced the people and leaders to write a letter promising that they will not recite prayers for the Dalai Lama in the monastery or any other public place.
Brussels — President of the Foreign Relations Committee of Belgian Chamber of Representatives call on China to end the coercion of Tibetan children into state-run boarding schools, to cease repressive assimilation policies and to comply with the PRC’s obligations under international law. She said, “The forced assimilation of nearly one million Tibetan children in Chinese state-run boarding schools, separated from their families, is a violation of international human rights."
London — Free Tibet, a human rights group is launching a campaign to call on the Chinese government to release Lhundrub Drakpa, a popular Tibetan singer from Driru County in Nagchu, central Tibet. He was sentenced to six years in prison in 2020, for his song called "Black Hat", which criticises the CCP's repressive policies towards Tibetans. British MPs from across the political spectrum showed their solidarity at the latest meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet.
California — USA President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in California on Wednesday. During their four-hour meeting, they discussed a wide range of issues, including human rights. According to the White house press release," President Biden underscored the universality of human rights and the responsibility of all nations to respect their international human rights commitments. He raised concerns regarding PRC's human rights abuses, including in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong."
Dharamshala — Tibetans, students and members of Tibetan Writers Abroad PEN Center commemorated the imprisoned writer's day in Dharamshala and, in collaboration with PEN International, they called for the release of Tibetan writer Go Sherab Gyatso, who has been imprisoned 10 years by China for advocating the preservation of Tibetan language, religion and culture and authored books describing the restrictions on freedom of expression under the Chinese regime.
Dharamshala — Chinese government recently issued a white paper on Tibet. Dr Arya Tsewang Gyalpo, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Japan and East Asia said, "China has issued many white papers on Tibet. This shows how insecure China feels about Tibet that they have to issue white papers on Tibet from time to time. The contents of the white papers are all lies and distortion of reality. If China is serious about their claims that they have developed Tibet and the region is a socialist paradise, then they should allow the UN rapporteurs, diplomats, and media to visit Tibet to confirm the Chinese claims."
Washington DC — A large protest organised by Regional Tibetan Youth Congress in Washtong DC on November 11, 2023, to protest against Chinese President Xi's visit in the free country, they shouted: stop the genocide in Tibet, Xi Jinping is not welcome in the United States, as long as China does not respect human rights.” The Tibetan activists also called on US President Biden to speak up for Tibet, raise the Tibet issue with Xi Jinping.
"Jigme Guri, also known as Jigme Gyatso, passed away at the age of 56 on Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2022", a source told TPI.
"From May onwards, his health had been deteriorating for a long period before he was taken to a medical facility in Siling, a town in the Tso-ngon region of Tibet, but without success.' it added.
In a five-year period, between 2006 and 2011, the Tibetan monk was arbitrarily arrested four times, with the most recent arrest which led to five-year imprisonment. Each time he was ill-treated and systematically tortured, and his physical condition was severely damaged by the Chinese brutal, inhumane and degrading actions.
In 2009, after a videotape of his brutal treatment and torture in a Chinese prison went viral on the internet, the Tibetan scholar became a national hero to the Tibetan people, not only in his homeland but also around the world.
Dharamshala — His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks out on the need to tackle climate change at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), as the future of our planet is in our hands.
"We human beings are the only creatures with the power to destroy the earth, but we are also the species with the greatest capacity to protect it. We must confront issues of climate change on a cooperative global level for everyone’s benefit. But we must also do what we can on a personal level," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama, sending his message to COP26.
"Even small daily actions, such as how we use water and how we dispose of what we don’t need, have consequences. We must make taking care of our natural environment a part of our daily life, and learn what science has to teach us," the Nobel Peace Luareate said.
"I am encouraged to see that our younger generations are demanding concrete action on climate change. This gives some hope for the future," His Holiness said, adding, "the efforts of young activists such as Greta Thunberg to raise awareness of the need to listen to the science and act accordingly is crucial. Since their stance is realistic, we must encourage them."
"I regularly emphasise the importance of maintaining a sense of the oneness of humanity, the idea that every human being is a part of us. The threat of global warming and climate change is not limited by national boundaries; it affects us all," the Tibetan leader further added.
"As we face this crisis together, it is imperative that we act in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation in order to limit its consequences. I hope and pray that our leaders will gather the strength to take collective action to address this emergency, and set a timetable for change. We have to act to make this a safer, greener, happier world," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who expressed long-held hope for the COP26.
Dharamshala, India— "Warm-heartedness is the key factor in creating a joyful community and a happier world. It leads to a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama during an online conversation on "Creating a Happier World" on 28 July 2021.
Lord Richard Layard, Professor at the London School of Economics and founder of Action for Happiness, welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama Wednesday morning for a talk on "creating a happier world". He informed him that today marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of Action for Happiness, an organisation His Holiness had joined even before it was founded. He reminded His Holiness that they had been discussing secular ethics on a panel in Zurich when he explained his plans for Action for Happiness and His Holiness told him: "I want to join".
Later, he said, in the Lyceum Theatre in London, His Holiness launched Action for Happiness’s course, ‘Exploring What Matters’. Trials have been held to assess what difference attending the course had made for participants, and positive results, an increase in basic happiness, have been significant. “I remember that as that event in London came to an end, a BBC correspondent backstage asked you what single thing would make people happier and you immediately replied, ‘Warm-heartedness’. It brought tears to my eyes.”
According to the official website of His Holiness, Layard opened the conversation by asking His Holiness how we can make our hearts warmer.
“We are well-equipped from birth to be warm-hearted and to take care of others,” he replied. “Our very survival depends on other members of our community. From the moment we are born we depend on our mother’s affection. Becoming familiar with being taken care of when we are young prepares us to look after others when are able to. Being warm-hearted and taking care of each other is a natural thing to do.
“The problem is that our existing education system is oriented towards materialistic goals, but doesn’t take account of our need to maintain a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. However, school-children recognise that they enjoy classes taught by teachers who smile happily more than those taught by teachers whose expression is stern and grim. Even animals respond if we are warm-hearted towards them. Dogs wag their tails and I’ve seen birds eat out of the hands of people who are warm and peaceful towards them.
“Warm-heartedness is the key factor in creating a joyful community and a happier world. It leads to a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. I’m determined to contribute to creating a community with a sense of the oneness of humanity, a community in which faith or colour are secondary to the fact that we are all the same as human beings.”
Layard remarked that some people seem to be cold-hearted as a result of experiences they’ve had. He asked His Holiness how he had retained his inner radiance and loving smile in the face of many difficulties.
“The whole of Tibetan culture is focussed on not doing harm,” he told him, “even towards insects. If a child catches a flying insect, someone else in the family will say, “Don’t kill it”. We are Buddhists, but we share with other religious people the idea of kindness to other creatures.
“My mother was very kind. I learned about compassion from her. I was chosen as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and taken to Lhasa where what I learned about compassion and Buddhist philosophy I found to be very useful.
“Later I came as a refugee to India, a free and democratic country where members of all the world’s great religions lived together in peace and harmony. I’m a guest of the Government of India, and as a result I’m safe and happy. And I consider it to be my responsibility to share what I’ve learned about inner peace with others.
“In recent decades, I’ve engaged in discussions with scientists who have come to appreciate the importance of finding peace of mind. They recognise, for example, the contribution peace of mind has to make to better physical health and well-being.
“I’ve met many different kinds of people, but meeting them doesn’t make me more conscious that I’m Tibetan or Buddhist, it makes me realize that we are all the same in being human.”
Lord Layard wanted to know the secret of making good relationships.
“I believe that all seven billion human beings alive today are essentially brothers and sisters,” His Holiness replied. “To think only of ‘my nation’, ‘my people’, ‘my group or community’ is out of date. This narrow thinking too easily leads to conflict. In our interdependent world we have to think instead of the oneness of humanity. We have to consider the wider community because we have to live together with each other. This is why we have to try to educate others to appreciate that humanity is one family.
“In addition to our interdependence, we face the serious challenges of climate change and global warming that we can only meet if we act together and help each other.
“We are social animals. If someone is angry with you, it’s important to remain warm-hearted towards them. Today’s enemy may become tomorrow’s friend. If they behave negatively towards you and you are hostile in return there’ll be no end to the trouble between you.”
Lord Layard recalled His Holiness telling him that founding an organization to promote greater happiness was not his job. However, he agreed to be the Patron of Action for Happiness. Layard asked if he had a message for the movement’s members. His Holiness laughed and told him:
“Your organization is based on cultivating a peaceful, warm-hearted attitude towards others. It’s wonderful and so practical. It shows there is hope for the future. We can create a happier world and a happier humanity. It’s wonderful. And I think your members have already discovered that we are much happier when we’re helping each other.”
The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives an online talk on Well-being and Resilience followed by a question and answer session with students of the British School in New Delhi from his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on January 22, 2021.
San Francisco — Members of Students for a Free Tibet protested against Xi Jinping's visit to the United States at San Francisco's Moscone Center. They climbed the Moscone Center and unfurled a banner reading: "Dictator Xi Jinping, your time is up" and shouting ‘Free Tibet now, you are not welcome in the free country and you violate the human rights of the Tibetan people’.
Kolkata — Indian Tibet supporter Sandesh Meshram began his fifth cycle rally in eight Indian states, from West Bengal to New Delhi, and called on the Chinese government to release Tibetan environmentalist Karma Samdrup, who has been imprisoned to 15 years for advocating the protection of Tibet's fragile environment and Tibetan rivers, which are a source of fresh water for millions of people in countries neighbouring with Tibet.
Dharamshala — The fourth conference of Future of Tibet, entitled "Seeds for the Future" begins on Monday in Dharamshala with the participation of more than 90 young people from seven countries. It will cover topics such as the geopolitics of Tibet, China and India, Tibetan unity, Tibetan identity, future paths for Tibet including self-determination and facing up to the future after His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Dharamshala — Monlam Tibetan IT Research Centre launched its first ever Tibetan AI tools: the Machine Translation Model, Optical Character Recognition Model, Speech-to-Text Model and Text-to-Speech Model on Friday in Dharamshala and Director Geshe Lobsang Monlam said that we have to catch up with modern development in terms of Artificial intelligence (AI) in Tibetan language and these tools made people's work easier and helped them to complete tasks in a short space of time.
Dharamshala — Dharamshala International Film Festival announced that this year's film festival will screen over 90 feature films, documentaries, and short films from 40 countries and will begin November 4, 2023 at Upper Tibetan Children's Village School. The film festival will expose local audiences to meaningful independent cinema, promote and encourage regional filmmaking talent, and provide a forum where filmmakers and film-lovers from India and around the world could interact in an informal and intimate way.
Taipei — Chime Lhamo, a Tibetan activist from Canada invited to speak on Tibet at the Oslo Freedom Forum, Taiwan on Tuesday and she said, “Free Tibet is a Crime in the Eyes of the Chinese Communist Regime, Tibet is my homeland, it is homeland of thousands of Tibetans in exile who cannot go back and millions of Tibetans who cannot leave Tibet freely. But we will fight every single day and some day we will return our home."
Dharamshala – In an interview with Dr Lobsang Yangtso, the climate activist of Tibet said, “Tibet is not just politically important but environmentally as well. Tibet is the main source of fresh drinking water for its neighbouring nations. Almost 1.5 billion people depend on the water of Tibet. Maybe after 50 or 100 years on, the sources of drinking water from Tibetan glaciers will vanish and slowly the rest of the world will face water shortage problems.”
Berlin — International Campaign for Tibet has released a new report on Tibetan environmental defenders entitled "Environmental Defenders of Tibet: China's Persecution of Tibetan Environmental Defenders", ahead of World Environment Day on June 5, 2022.
Dharamshala, India — “Our initial aim was to help Tibetan refugees from Tibet and assist them in any way we could. The first projects we got involved in were teaching English and basic computer skills to the community, so they could develop their skills and lead a new life in exile," said Dorji Kyi, Executive Director of Lha Charitable Trust.
Dharamshala, India – “We must pay more attention to our thousand-year-old tradition of Ahimsa and Karuna. The tradition of non-violence and compass can teach the world a path of tolerance, thoughtfulness, and compassion,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama while interacting with the students and faculty of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Rohtak.
Mainpat, India — The Mainpat Phendeyling Tibetan Settlement was one of the first Tibetan settlements established by the Indian government in 1962 to rehabilitate the 1,400 Tibetan refugees who arrived in India after the Chinese annexation of Tibet in 1959.
Dharamshala, India — An exclusive interview with tattoo artist and musician Tamding Tsetan. He shares with TPI his strong passion for art and the meaning behind it, as well as how he became an artist and musician. Tamding says, "Music has always connected me to my culture, and my lyrics are related to the fight for Tibetan freedom".
Tibet Post International (TPI) conducted an exclusive interview with renowned Tibetan poet, writer, and activist Tenzin Tsundue. Talking about the ideal dream of every Tibetan, he said that independence is the ultimate goal, which alone can keep the power of dreams alive, and if required, we are also willing to wait a thousand years. The Middle Way Approach should therefore only be seen as a survival tactic.
Dharamshala — TPI conducted an exclusive interview with Tenzin Topdhen, Director of the Tibet Museum. In this interview, he talks about the museum, its significance, the challenges the team faced in building the museum, his own experience of collecting objects and the purpose of all the stories. He explains that "through these stories, we establish a link between older and younger generations, and the Tibet Museum fills in the gaps".
Dharamshala — The PRC's latest white paper lists the government's proposals for the future of humanity and speaks of universal values and principles "which, if put into practice, could earn China a Nobel Peace Prize. China's new white paper looks good on paper, but fails in practice, the white paper is all about what China is not," says Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, representative of the Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Japan and East Asia.
Dharamshala — In an exclusive interview with the author of <<Far from the Roof of the World>>, the award-winning journalist and author said, "Tibet is like a flower or a plant that is trapped in a cage and cannot grow freely. Put a part of this flower in a different soil, like India or Australia, then it is no longer caged, it gets sunlight,, The soil is different but now it can grow."
New Delhi — Many international experts on China and Tibet are of the opinion that President Xi Jinping’s obsession with security and to present himself as the new Mao Zedong is resulting into cultural genocide and total annihilation of the national personality of China’s colonies like Tibet, East Turkistan (Xinjiang) and Southern Mongolia. Analyzing the causes and impact of dividing occupied Tibet in 1965 into many pieces at an international webinar titled “China’s Cartographic Colonialism in Tibet” experts from USA, Europe, Tibet and India expressed concern that China’s Communist Party (CCP) and its leaders are religiously focused at washing out Tibet’s history by rewriting and propagating a manufactured version that suits Chinese expansionism.
Guwahati – This is in response to the reports of the unauthorised renaming of 11 places situated inside Indian Territory in Arunachal Pradesh by Chinese government recently. According to news released through Globaltimes, a CCP (Chinese Communist Party) mouthpiece, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs announced standardized Chinese names of11 places in Zangnan, the Southern part of China’s Xizang), in accordance to regulations on geographical names issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet.
New Delhi, India — In a world where most rulers and powerful people are known more for taking away the rights of their people on one or the other pretext, His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet has emerged as a unique leader who has presented the example of how the leaders can strengthen the people and themselves by giving up and sharing their own powers with the people they lead and govern.
Dharamshala, India — "Happiness is very much related with our emotions. If our mental state is calm and peaceful, then external factors can not disturb our mind. The mind can be trained to build constructive emotions and reduce destructive emtions," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while interacting with scientists as part of the Science & Wisdom of Emotions Summit.
Dharamshala — Emphasising the crucial role in seriously making our world more peaceful and harmonious, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, all sentient beings want to lead a happy life and a happy life means a peaceful life. Because we as social animals depend on the community in which we live and we depend on the care and affection of others to survive from the moment we’re born. This is nothing to do with religious practice, it’s simply natural behaviour.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has congratulated Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on his victory in the presidential election in the Philippines.