Fuck Yeah, Tibet!

All things Tibetan that we love.

བོད༏

Sights, scenery and news sources from the land and people of the nation under illegal occupation of the Chinese government.

Happy 79th birthday to His Holiness the Dalai Lama! 
May you live long and in good health, may your wishes find fulfillment, may your spirit never waver, may your guidance see us through and may there come a day when you set foot again on your own homeland. 
With deepest gratitude and love, we wish you health and happiness. Happy birthday, Gyalwa Tenzin Gyatso!
TianamenIs broad and cleanAnd you can’t tellWhere the dead have beenAnd you can’t tellWhat happened thenAnd you can’t speakOf Tianamen.You must not speak.You must not think.You must not dipYour brush in ink.You must not sayWhat happened then,What happened there.What happened thereIn Tiananmen.The cruel menAre old and deafReady to killBut short of breathAnd they will dieLike other menAnd they’ll lie in stateIn Tianamen.They lie in state.They lie in style.Another lie’sThrown on the pile,Thrown on the pileBy the cruel menTo cleanse the bloodFrom Tianamen.Truth is a secret.Keep it dark.Keep it dark.In our heart of hearts.Keep it darkTill you know whenTruth may returnTo Tiananmen.TiananmenIs broad and cleanAnd you can’t tellWhere the dead have beenAnd you can’t tellWhen they’ll come again.They’ll come againTo Tiananmen.James Fenton - Hong Kong, 15 June 1989
ngawangjorden:

Sorry if this painting reminds you of yourselves, because I can see myself reflected in here. Welcome to the jungle!

McSamsara

ngawangjorden:

Sorry if this painting reminds you of yourselves, because I can see myself reflected in here. Welcome to the jungle!

McSamsara

This is the Bodh Gaya Buddha, considered very sacred by Tibetans and Buddhists everywhere. It is located in the Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar, India, where Gautama Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment. I took the picture during my trip there this January. It never stops astounding me, how well endowed religious sites and institutions are. People will keep giving as long as they maintain the faith that they’re getting something back, in this life or the next. I mean, look at all the glitter up there. I’m not foolish enough to assume they’re diamonds (right?) but they don’t look very cheap either, you know? Makes for a pretty picture still. Although one wonders what Gautama Buddha would think if he saw himself clad all in gold and glitter. This was a common theme throughout my visits to religious attractions around India and Nepal. I shouldn’t be surprised. My mother probably spends more money making donations to various monasteries to look after me and my brother’s collective wellness, on upholding daily religious rituals, etc than anything else. How many others like her? It just never stops stumping me though. All that faith. All the blingz. I’m off on a tangent. I shouldn’t be writing. 
What Makes the Dalai Lama Lovable?
 by Alice Walker
His posture
From so many years 
Holding his robe with one hand
Is odd.

His gait
Also.

One’s own body
Aches
Witnessing 
The sloping
Shoulders
& Angled
Neck;

One hopes
He
Attends 
Yoga class
Or does Yoga
On his own
As part
Of prayer.

He smiles
As he bows
To Everything:
Accepting
The heavy
Burdens 
Of
This earth;

Its
Toxic
Evils
& Prolific
Insults.

Even so,
He sleeps
Through
The night
Like a child
Because
Thank goodness
That is something
Else 
Daylong
Meditation
Assures.

You could cry
Yourself to sleep
On his behalf
& He
Has done that
Too.

Life
Has been
A great
Endless
Tearing away
For
Him.

From
Mother, Father, Siblings, Country, Home.
And yet
Clearly
His mother
Loved him;
His brother & sister
Too: Even his
Not so constant father,
Who
When Tenzin was
A boy
Shared
With him
Delicious
Scraps
Of 
Succulent 
Pork.

He laughs
Telling this
Story
Over half a century
Later
& 
To who knows
How many
Puzzled 
Vegetarians:
About
The way he sat
Behind
His father’s chair
Like a dog,
Relishing
Each juicy
Greasy
Bite.
Whenever I see
The Dalai Lama
My first impulse
Is to laugh
I am so happy
To
Lay eyes
On
One
So effortlessly 
Beautiful.

That balding head 
That holds
A shine;
Those wire framed
Glasses 
That might
Have come 
From
Anywhere.

That look of having offered
All he has.
He is my teacher;
Just staying alive.
Other teachers
I have had
Resemble him
In some way;

They too
Were
& 
Are
Smart
And Humble;
Fascinated
By Science & things like
Time,
Eternity,
Cause & Effect;
The Evolution
Of the Soul.

A
Soul
That 
Might
Or might not
Exist.

They too
See all of us
- Banker, murderer, gardener, thief -
When they look
Out across
The world:

But that is not all
They see.

They see our suffering;
Our striving
To find
The right path;
The one with heart
We many only
Have heard about.

The Dalai Lama is Cool
A modern word
For 
"Divine"
Because he wants
Only
Our collective
Health
& Happiness.

That’s it!

What makes
Him
Lovable
Is
His holiness.

What Makes the Dalai Lama Lovable?

 by Alice Walker

His posture

From so many years 

Holding his robe with one hand

Is odd.

His gait

Also.

One’s own body

Aches

Witnessing 

The sloping

Shoulders

& Angled

Neck;

One hopes

He

Attends 

Yoga class

Or does Yoga

On his own

As part

Of prayer.

He smiles

As he bows

To Everything:

Accepting

The heavy

Burdens 

Of

This earth;

Its

Toxic

Evils

& Prolific

Insults.

Even so,

He sleeps

Through

The night

Like a child

Because

Thank goodness

That is something

Else 

Daylong

Meditation

Assures.

You could cry

Yourself to sleep

On his behalf

& He

Has done that

Too.

Life

Has been

A great

Endless

Tearing away

For

Him.

From

Mother, Father, Siblings, Country, Home.

And yet

Clearly

His mother

Loved him;

His brother & sister

Too: Even his

Not so constant father,

Who

When Tenzin was

A boy

Shared

With him

Delicious

Scraps

Of 

Succulent 

Pork.

He laughs

Telling this

Story

Over half a century

Later

To who knows

How many

Puzzled 

Vegetarians:

About

The way he sat

Behind

His father’s chair

Like a dog,

Relishing

Each juicy

Greasy

Bite.

Whenever I see

The Dalai Lama

My first impulse

Is to laugh

I am so happy

To

Lay eyes

On

One

So effortlessly 

Beautiful.

That balding head 

That holds

A shine;

Those wire framed

Glasses 

That might

Have come 

From

Anywhere.

That look of having offered

All he has.

He is my teacher;

Just staying alive.

Other teachers

I have had

Resemble him

In some way;

They too

Were

Are

Smart

And Humble;

Fascinated

By Science & things like

Time,

Eternity,

Cause & Effect;

The Evolution

Of the Soul.

A

Soul

That 

Might

Or might not

Exist.

They too

See all of us

- Banker, murderer, gardener, thief -

When they look

Out across

The world:

But that is not all

They see.

They see our suffering;

Our striving

To find

The right path;

The one with heart

We many only

Have heard about.

The Dalai Lama is Cool

A modern word

For 

"Divine"

Because he wants

Only

Our collective

Health

& Happiness.

That’s it!

What makes

Him

Lovable

Is

His holiness.

'Hack Tibet' by Jonathan Kaiman

Welcome to Dharamsala, population 20,000 and one of the most hacked places in the world. This small city in India’s lush Himalayan foothills is home to the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader; the Central Tibetan Administration, or CTA (formerly called the Tibetan government in exile); and a host of Tibetan media outlets and nongovernmental organizations, some of which the Chinese government classifies as terrorist groups. The Dalai Lama fled here in 1959 after communist troops violently suppressed an uprising in Lhasa, now the capital of western China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region. India embraced the Dalai Lama as a token of religious diversity, and tens of thousands of refugees followed suit. About 130,000 Tibetans live in exile, according to a 2009 census; Dharamsala is the closest thing they have to a political capital.

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"Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."  - Nelson Mandela
This photo is from the meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela in 2004. Earlier this year, when the ailing Mandela was hospitalized, the Dalai Lama expressed remorse at not being able to visit South Africa to see him for a last time due to his Visa being denied by the government officials. 
Now it is with deep sadness that we had to see this day, this passing of one of the greatest men whose struggles and sacrifices shaped not just a nation, but our whole world.
Rest in peace, Madiba. Your legacy will live on. 

Is this Tibet’s big chance?

fuckyeahtibet:

It is incredible the pace with which this online petition has been moving. I don’t know why I did not post this here sooner. But please, if you haven’t signed this Avaaz petition already, please take a second to do so. Avaaz is the largest online advocacy group and we are both extremely grateful and excited that they joined in on the good fight. We’re hoping to hit 1,000,000 signatures. 1,000,000 people who want China to know we’re not cool with their sick human rights record, which makes them the last government we want on the UN Human Rights Council. 

Life is not so idiotically mathematical that only the big eat the small; it is just as common for a bee to kill a lion or at least to drive it mad. - August Strindberg

Let’s be the biggest, baddest bee we can be. Please sign the petition! We’re NEARLY there. Less than 10,000 signatures until we hit a million! 

Is this Tibet’s big chance?

It is incredible the pace with which this online petition has been moving. I don’t know why I did not post this here sooner. But please, if you haven’t signed this Avaaz petition already, please take a second to do so. Avaaz is the largest online advocacy group and we are both extremely grateful and excited that they joined in on the good fight. We’re hoping to hit 1,000,000 signatures. 1,000,000 people who want China to know we’re not cool with their sick human rights record, which makes them the last government we want on the UN Human Rights Council. 

Ai Wei Wei rocking the Tibetan national dress. 
Follow him on Instagram for a lot of black and white cat pictures, pictures of weird haircuts, endless glamorous selfies, and more.

Ai Wei Wei rocking the Tibetan national dress. 

Follow him on Instagram for a lot of black and white cat pictures, pictures of weird haircuts, endless glamorous selfies, and more.

thefreelioness:


As UN member states arrived this morning for China’s Universal Periodic Review, Tibet activists from three countries abseiled down the side of the United Nation’s Palais de Nations and unfurled a 9x15 meter banner reading “China Fails Human Rights, UN: Stand Up for Tibet.”
The two climbers Laerke Arvedsen (Denmark) and Chris Brocklehurst (UK) along with Luna Pedersen (Denmark) and Phil Kirk (UK) were arrested and are currently in police custody. A fifth activist, Cheme Nelung, a Swiss-Tibetan member of the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe was not arrested. The daring action drew attention to the extreme human rights violations taking place in Tibet right now and urged UN member states to block China’s re-election to the Human Rights Council in early November.
"Just this month, Chinese forces reportedly shot four Tibetan protesters in Driru dead (1), and injured dozens more, in what is only the latest example of the Chinese government’s brutal rule in Tibet," said Pema Yoko, Deputy Director of Students for a Free Tibet. "The human rights crisis in Tibet demands action by the international community and must be front and centre during today’s review."
This is China’s second Universal Periodic Review, a mechanism by which once every four years, the UN’s Human Rights Council reviews the performance of member states against their human rights obligations and commitments. According to UN guidelines, the Chinese government is required to respond to the concerns and recommendations raised.
"The Chinese officials here today will do everything they possibly can to cover up their regime’s atrocities in Tibet and pretend nothing is wrong. We’re here to expose their lies and the reality on the ground, where entire towns and villages in Tibet are under military lockdown," said Padma Dolma, Europe and Campaigns Director of Students for a Free Tibet. “Too often the Chinese government avoids any scrutiny of its flagrant human rights abuses in Tibet but today, in Geneva, China is finally in the hot seat.”
China’s review comes amidst several reports of a violent crackdown in Driru county, central Tibet (Chinese: Biru, Naqu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region). According to media reports, four Tibetans were fatally shot by security forces following another incident where 60 Tibetans were injured when Chinese forces opened fire on a crowd peacefully appealing for the release of a fellow villager who had objected to a government order for all Tibetan homes and monasteries to raise the Chinese flag (2).
On October 21, a rare smuggled video footage emerged showing Chinese forces using machine gun fire to break up a peaceful blockade by Tibetans against mining operations at a sacred mountain in Dzatoe county in eastern Tibet (Chinese: Zaduo, Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province) (3). Since 2009, at least 122 Tibetans, including monks, nuns, women and even teenagers, have lit their bodies on fire in protest of China’s increasingly oppressive rule in Tibet, demanding freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama.

Read the rest here.

thefreelioness:

As UN member states arrived this morning for China’s Universal Periodic Review, Tibet activists from three countries abseiled down the side of the United Nation’s Palais de Nations and unfurled a 9x15 meter banner reading “China Fails Human Rights, UN: Stand Up for Tibet.”

The two climbers Laerke Arvedsen (Denmark) and Chris Brocklehurst (UK) along with Luna Pedersen (Denmark) and Phil Kirk (UK) were arrested and are currently in police custody. A fifth activist, Cheme Nelung, a Swiss-Tibetan member of the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe was not arrested. The daring action drew attention to the extreme human rights violations taking place in Tibet right now and urged UN member states to block China’s re-election to the Human Rights Council in early November.

"Just this month, Chinese forces reportedly shot four Tibetan protesters in Driru dead (1), and injured dozens more, in what is only the latest example of the Chinese government’s brutal rule in Tibet," said Pema Yoko, Deputy Director of Students for a Free Tibet. "The human rights crisis in Tibet demands action by the international community and must be front and centre during today’s review."

This is China’s second Universal Periodic Review, a mechanism by which once every four years, the UN’s Human Rights Council reviews the performance of member states against their human rights obligations and commitments. According to UN guidelines, the Chinese government is required to respond to the concerns and recommendations raised.

"The Chinese officials here today will do everything they possibly can to cover up their regime’s atrocities in Tibet and pretend nothing is wrong. We’re here to expose their lies and the reality on the ground, where entire towns and villages in Tibet are under military lockdown," said Padma Dolma, Europe and Campaigns Director of Students for a Free Tibet. “Too often the Chinese government avoids any scrutiny of its flagrant human rights abuses in Tibet but today, in Geneva, China is finally in the hot seat.”

China’s review comes amidst several reports of a violent crackdown in Driru county, central Tibet (Chinese: Biru, Naqu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region). According to media reports, four Tibetans were fatally shot by security forces following another incident where 60 Tibetans were injured when Chinese forces opened fire on a crowd peacefully appealing for the release of a fellow villager who had objected to a government order for all Tibetan homes and monasteries to raise the Chinese flag (2).

On October 21, a rare smuggled video footage emerged showing Chinese forces using machine gun fire to break up a peaceful blockade by Tibetans against mining operations at a sacred mountain in Dzatoe county in eastern Tibet (Chinese: Zaduo, Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province) (3). Since 2009, at least 122 Tibetans, including monks, nuns, women and even teenagers, have lit their bodies on fire in protest of China’s increasingly oppressive rule in Tibet, demanding freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama.

Read the rest here.

(Source: thefreelioness)

Chinese police and paramilitary forces have fired machine guns on a group of Tibetan protesters. The group had been peacefully demonstrating for three days after the arrival of hundreds of miners who were due to start operations on a mountain that has special religious significance to the local population.

The protesters had flown Chinese flags over their camp to show that they weren’t Tibetan nationalists and were simply campaigning against the mining. Amazingly no one has been reported killed but there were at least 14 people hospitalized.

Lhadon Tethong,  Director of the Tibet Action Institute and one of the most prominent faces of Tibetan freedom activism, has this to say about the news of the Spanish court’s decision to indict former Chinese President Hu Jintao:

I think maybe people don’t understand the significance of the news from Spain today…The fact that Hu Jintao was indicted on charges of genocide and other crimes by the Spanish court today is HUGELY significant. This is one of only times in history that a world leader has ever been indicted for genocide.

Hu Jintao woke up today and was told: because of your record in Tibet, you are now indicted by a court in Spain and if you travel to Europe or anywhere with an extradition agreement with Spain, you may be at risk of being arrested.

Not only that, but the decision to even move ahead with this case is history-making. An independent and neutral international court has reviewed the evidence and said that they believe there is enough evidence to charge Hu Jintao with this crime AND recognize Tibet as a country under international law.

Of course, there is no guarantee that Hu Jintao will end up in jail but legally, it is a possibility AND this represents an incredible ratcheting up of pressure on him and all Chinese leaders that their actions and behavior in Tibet could have serious consequence on them one day!

We can not underestimate the potential or power of this event.

Spain probes Hu Jintao ‘genocide’ in Tibet court case

Hu Jintao, 27 Sep 10

Spain’s top criminal court has decided to hear a case brought by Tibetan rights activists who allege that China’s former President Hu Jintao committed genocide in Tibet.

Judges ruled that they were competent to handle the case because one of the activists, Tibetan monk Thubten Wangchen, is a Spanish citizen.

Hu Jintao was the Communist Party leader in Tibet in 1988-1992, when Chinese troops quelled mass protests.

China imposed martial law in Tibet.

The remote mountainous territory is an autonomous region ruled by Beijing.

In their lawsuit against Hu Jintao the Madrid-based Tibetan Support Committee allege that as Communist leader in the region he was ultimately responsible for actions “aimed at eliminating the uniqueness and existence of Tibet as a country, imposing martial law, carrying out forced deportations, mass sterilisation campaigns, torture of dissidents”.

The Spanish legal system recognises the universal justice principle, under which genocide suspects can be put on trial outside their home country. But for Spain to hold the trial there is a requirement that at least one victim of alleged genocide must be a Spanish citizen.

Beijing claims a centuries-old sovereignty over Tibet, but many Tibetans remain loyal to the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. He is seen by his followers as a living god, but by China as a separatist threat.

Genocide, the gravest crime against humanity, is understood to mean actions aimed at the mass extermination of a whole group of people.

(Source: BBC)

At least 60 Tibetans were injured after Chinese police fired into a crowd of protesters, rights group Free Tibet and US-based Radio Free Asia report.

The shooting occurred on Sunday in Biru county, as villagers demanded police free a man who led separate protests in September, the reports said.

There had been clashes in September after Tibetans refused to fly China’s flag outside their homes, reports said.

Tibet is governed as an autonomous region in China.

However, rights groups have accused China of religious and political repression - something denied by the Chinese authorities.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that she was unaware of the reports, and declined to comment further, Reuters news agency said.

A policeman at the public security bureau in Tibet’s Biru county also told AFP news agency that there was “no protest, no one injured”.

Foreign media are only allowed to enter Tibet at the invitation of the Chinese government. These visits are rare and tightly controlled, making it almost impossible to independently verify reports.

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