The Worst Abuser of Internet Freedom

By Mary Trewartha  /  January 18, 2018

China has once again been named by Freedom House* as the worst abuser of internet freedom in the world. It specifically mentions Tibet and the effects there of these tight restrictions. It goes on to mention the response of the Chinese authorities to events such as self-immolations in Tibet,which includes read more →

30,000 Flock to Hear His Holiness in Bodh Gaya

By Tenzin Samten  /  January 18, 2018

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s second three-day teaching this month in Bodh Gaya was Nagarjuna’s Commentary on Bodhicitta and Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. Around 30,000 people attended, including 10,000 monks and nuns and 3,300 foreign visitors from 70 different countries. This teaching was organised at the read more →

Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are not “Countries”

By Tenzin Samten  /  January 17, 2018

A chain reaction by international companies operating in China has been sparked by the Marriott International’s apology to China for listing Tibet as a separate country in their literature. Now more high end companies have followed the lead of the Marriott – the third biggest hotel chain in the world read more →

50,000 Gather in Bodh Gaya for His Holiness’s Teaching

By Tenzin Samten  /  January 11, 2018

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the 82 year-old spiritual leader of Tibetans and Buddhist around the world, concluded his three-day teaching in Bodh Gaya in Bihar on January 7. According to, the official website of His Holiness, over 50,000 devotees gathered for his teaching. On the first day, read more →

Tashi Wangchuk’s Trial Labelled a “Sham” and a “Travesty”

By Mary Trewartha  /  January 10, 2018

The trial in Tibet of Tibetan activist Tashi Wangchuk has hit the international media, sparked an outcry from Human Rights groups worldwide and been labelled a “Travesty”. Tashi Wangchuk, 32, went on trial on January 4, two years after he was detained following his appearance in the New York Times read more →

Confrontation in Arunachal?

By Mary Trewartha  /  January 9, 2018

“There is no troop confrontation […] It’s not a Doklam-like situation”. The Times of India has quoted Indian security establishment officials as playing down the latest incident on the Arunachal Pradesh-Tibetan border. In the last days of December, Chinese road construction workers crossed the border into the Upper Siang district read more →

New Vacancies in Tibetan Schools

By Tenzin Samten  /  January 9, 2018

The eight schools remaining under the Central Tibetan Schools Administration (CTSA)* will be transferred to the Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society (STSS)**, an arm of the CTA’s Department of Education, by the end of February. This transfer has created 158 vacancies for teachers. Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the President of the CTA, read more →

New Spiritual Head of the Bon religion of Tibet

By Tenzin Samten  /  January 6, 2018

Followers of the Bon religious sect enthroned their new spiritual head on January 1. Geshe Dawa Dhargay was appointed 34th Menri Trizin, elected from 60 candidates. Bon or Bonism is the ancient Tibetan religion believed to exist before the advent of Buddhism. The enthronement ceremony was held at Pal Shenten read more →

Freedom for Dhondup Wangchen

By Mary Trewartha  /  December 27, 2017

Dhondup Wangchen, 43, the Tibetan filmmaker and political activist, has arrived safely in the United States to be reunited with his family on Christmas day. Wangchen served six years in prison in Tibet for his role in the production of the documentary Leaving Fear Behind which portrayed interviews with Tibetans read more →

China blocks Dalai Lama’s new mobile app

By Lauren Chaplin  /  December 23, 2017

A new mobile phone application launched by His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been blocked by China on the Apple Appstore. The app, called “Dalai Lama”, is an extension of the website, which is also blocked in China and occupied Tibet. Zhu Weigun, Director of the Chinese People’s Political read more →

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