President Trump, meet the Dalai Lama

By Lobsang Sangay | May 24, 2017 |
The Dalai Lama
On his first foreign trip, President Trump has met with King Salman in Saudi Arabia, the home of Mecca and Medina, the holiest shrines of Islam. He met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel and visited the Western Wall, all that remains of the Jewish Temple Mount. And he then met with Pope Francis in the Vatican.

The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party

By Jayadeva Ranade | May 21, 2017 |
The upcoming 19th Congress of the nearly 88-million strong Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is important not only for Xi Jinping and China, but potentially for China’s neighbours and the world. It will consolidate the course on which China is set.

TWO MORE YEARS: A Memoir Book in the Making

By Tendar Tsering | May 8, 2017 |

I could call my family in Tibet twice a year, but they couldn’t contact me. There was no

international out call service in most of the places in Tibet. It was a forbidden region. I would call them once in awhile. Occasionally I was able to reach them but most of the time, they were unreachable. 
    “Duibuqi, ni de dianhua buzai choe” –Your call is not reachable— was the answer most of the time, but occasionally, I was able to reach them after hours of trying over and over again.
       Whenever I spoke with my parents over the phone, I sensed both of my parents were living in agony and regret. My mother would often apologize to me for sending me away to an unknown country. She would always keep sobbing. Her agony and her tears would always remind me that the pain in her heart was still an open wound. Knowing my tears would be like rubbing salt into her open wound, I would always calm myself, and hold in my tears. But I often cried in silence while lying on my bed, drowning myself with tears. 

The Dalai Lama in Mongolia: 'Tournament of Shadows' Reborn

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For a Few Tanks More

By Claude Arpi / July 29, 2016 /

The Chinese are not happy!
Last week, they were furious after the announcement of the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). The International Tribunal in The Hague had given its ruling on a reference by the Philippines over the South China Sea (SCS): China has no historic ‘rights’ over the natural resources in most of the areas of the SCS; further any right must not exceed what’s permitted by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Now, China is upset again.
This time, it is because the Indian press reported the deployment of T-72 battle tanks in Ladakh.

The lion and the tiger—the two fighting for the Sikyong post

By Tenzin Phuntsok / February 06, 2016 /
Lobsang Sangay, left, and Penpa Tsering, right.
In Tibetan community, a religious man can take the role of political leadership while the otherwise wouldn’t be possible for a layman unless he/she is an incarnated being. Ever since the Dalai Lama renounced his political leadership, the election for Sikyong (Tibetan political leader equivalent to prime minister) assumed significant attention from every nook and corner of the Tibetan community. There is no denying of the fact that the Tibetan leadership has democratically well grounded as the two most popular and powerful leaders of the decade are fighting for the prime ministerial post.

China’s Dalai Lama: Another Miscalculation?

By Apa Lhamo |January 13, 2016|

  Although the Communist Party of China officially proclaims its firm adherence to atheism in its ideology, in its promotions and rankings, and in its policies, it also rather consistently undermines its own atheistic position when it comes to Tibetan Buddhism, specifically, with regard to its policy involving the reincarnations of the Tibetan Lamas.

Rangzen Needs to be Reviewed

By Tendar Tsering |Jan. 1, 2016 |

Rangzen means more than freedom from oppressors and suppressors, it means the sheer joy and liberty to own and run the whole sovereignty of a nation independently but unlike Rangzen, Umaylam—the Middle Way Approach is a strategy set and voted by the public. So, contrary to the growing number of Rangzen activists demanding to end the Middle Way Approach, recent incidents in New York/ New Jersey and else where speak other wise— making many mull over that maybe it’s the Rangzen which needs to be reviewed.

Why I vote for Amdo Warrior Penpa Tsering for 2016 Sikyong

By Mila Rangzen | Dec. 30, 2015|

My candidate, Lukar Jam, is out of the race after a brave and historic fight.
We are now left with two choices: Penpa Tsering and Lobsang Sangay.
I choose Penpa Tsering. I prioritize qualities, not issues with my choice. This is because the dismissal of Lukar Jam was also the loss of issues important to our struggle. Both Tsering and Sangay are Umaylam followers: I choose the horse from the mule.

The politics of Tibet’s poisonous religious divide

By David Lague, Paul Mooney and Benjamin Kang Lim / Dec. 21

The doctrinal schism that the Chinese Communist Party is using to hound the Dalai Lama arose long ago in the internecine politics of his own school of Tibetan Buddhism.Dalai Lamas are drawn from the dominant Gelugpa School, one of the four major Buddhist traditions in Tibet.