No Sign of an End to Border Tensions

By Ben Byrne  /  July 20, 2017

A trip scheduled annually for Indian and Nepalese journalists to travel to Tibet has been cancelled by Chinese authorities following border disputes between China and India in the Dokklam area in Sikkim and Bhutan. Beijing has also ordered the suspension of the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage route through the Nathu La read more →

His Holiness Draws the Crowds in Ladakh

By Rebecca Wilk  /  July 18, 2017

Thousands of people from around the world gathered in Ladakh for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s four-day series of public teachings beginning on July 11. The first teachings were held at Disket Monastery in the Nubra Valley and were based on the middle volume of Kamalashila’s The Stages of Meditation read more →

Religious Freedom in Tibet

By Tenzin Samten  /  July 18, 2017

A seminar on freedom of religion in Tibet was held in the United States by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. The hearing took place on July 12 to coincide with the second anniversary of the death of Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche – a well known religious leader in Tibet read more →

The World Mourns as China’s only Nobel Laureate Dies in Custody

By Tenzin Samten  /  July 14, 2017

Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese writer, literary critic, human activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, died aged 61 on July 13 in Shenyang hospital in Liaoning province, still under police guard. Last month, the Chinese government announced that Liu, who was serving an 11-year prison term, was suffering from a late-stage read more →

Tibetan Nomadic Lifestyle Under Threat

By Nirmit Shah and Mary Trewartha  /  July 14, 2017

While UNESCO is this month designating Kokoxili, or Hoh Xil on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau as a World Heritage Site, the nomadic lifestyle of the people who have lived there for thousands of years is under threat from the Chinese government and there is concern for the implications for the ecosystem read more →

Birthday Celebrations Continue Despite Chinese Ban

By Tenzin Samten  /  July 13, 2017

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama turned 82 on July 6, and even the Tibetans inside Tibet didn’t shun away from celebrating the special day despite the Chinese ban, according to a Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) local source. Tibetans in Tibet honored their spiritual leader’s birthday with prayer gatherings and read more →

Happy Birthday and Long Life to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

By Sarah Weber  /  July 7, 2017

His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrated his 82th birthday in Leh, Ladakh on June 6. The celebration was organised by the Tibetan Community in Ladakh and the Ladakh Buddhist Association. Around 20,000 people were in attendance; among those present were the Tibetan president in exile Sikyong Lobsang Sangay and other read more →

His Holiness Visits America UPDATED

By Zoe Jackson and Tenzin Samten  /  June 30, 2017

His Holiness the Dalai Lama travelled to the United States on June 13 for his annual medical checkup at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was greeted by a crowd of two hundred Tibetans, North American Tibetan Representative Penpa Tsering and the members of Mayo Clinic reception staff. read more →

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Begins

By Ben Byrne  /  June 30, 2017

The first Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims of the year have crossed into Tibet through the 16,500-foot high Lipulekh pass in Uttarkhand. Pilgrimages will take place between June and September during which time 1,430 devotees are expected to visit one of the holiest sites in the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Bon religions. read more →

35th UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Looks at the Issue of Tibet

By Sarah Weber  /  June 28, 2017

The United Nations Human Rights Council holds three regular sessions a year: a total of ten weeks. The most recent took place from June 6 – 23. In this assembly, which was held in Geneva, various countries including the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, raised their concern over the read more →

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