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Austrian soldier Heinrich Harrer escaped from a British POW camp in India in World War II and ended up as the young Dalai Lama's tutor in Tibet. Harrer wrote about his cultural immersion for the July 1955 edition of National Geographic. Republished in the May 2008 special issue on China.
Timing is everything, even in Tibet, a place where time used to stand still. Findlay's Phil Sugden and Carole Elchert believe this could be the year the world finally takes notice of the human rights injustices that have taken place in Tibet for nearly five decades.
Sugden and Elchert, frequent travelers to the Himalayan region, said they are not surprised by the current rioting in Tibet, considering the deep frustration many Tibetans feel living under China's rule.
Lhasa, a city once home to the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, and still considered the holiest city of Tibetan Buddhism, has been transformed into a shopping mall for the Chinese, who can travel there via high-speed train.
Today a sprawling city of 1.5 million people, Lhasa has more Chinese than Tibetans.
"The Chinese have attempted to destroy the Tibetan culture over the years, but the natives, despite that, have somehow managed to remain a very religious people," Elchert said.
From the FWBO blog there's an article by Lokabandhu about Zee-Zee and her astonishing exploits. I met her at the Bodhi Retreat at The Buddhist House last December. She's currently at Amida France with Modgala, de-briefing, before returning to the UK and giving talks. Good that she can get that breathing space and kind understanding in such tranquil surroundings, after her intense time away.
Her work has been a varied mixture of personal training, checkpoint
watches, accompanying children to school past violent Israeli settlers,
interviewing victims of military or settler violence, and sending news
of what is happening to friends and contacts in the West. ::link
QUESTION: Do you have a theory about Jesus from a Buddhist perspective? Was he just a good man, a prophet or what?
DHARMAVIDYA: Yes, I have a private hunch. I'd
put it like this. In the career of an enlightened teacher one observes
three phases which we may call preparation, renunciation and ministry.
In the case of Shakyamuni Buddha the phase of preparation runs from his
birth until he left home and the phase of renunciation runs from then
until his enlightenment. His ministry then occupied the remaining forty
plus years of his life.
Now my hypothesis about Jesus is rather unconventional..... ::read more
And, re the similarities and differences beween Pureland Buddhism and the Lord's Prayer:
I have been thinking about the ways in which The Lord's Prayer could and could not be regarded as a Pureland Buddhist text...
The Hebrew "Abba" that Jesus used to address God is rather close to th
Japanese Oyasamma ("honoured parent") that is used to refer to Amida
Buddha..... ::read more
Gansu Province, China -- Dunhuang in northwest China's
Gansu Province is planning to build an international airport because
the number of overseas tourists flocking in to see the ancient Buddhist
cave paintings is growing by 30 percent annually.
<< A painting in one of Dunhuang's famed grottoes, a popular destination for Buddhist tourists
The new airport will first open to international charter flights to
and from Hong Kong, Osaka and Seoul, said Feng Shiping, head of
Dunhuang's Commerce Bureau.
About 370 charter flights will fly these three routes in the peak
travel seasons between late April and mid October each year. He said,
"China Southern Airlines, Air China and Hainan Airlines will be
operating these flights."
Dunhuang received 79,000 international tourist arrivals last year.
The figure totaled 71,000 in the first nine months of this year,
according to the local tourism administration.
I'm a Minister with Amida Shu, a Pureland Buddhist Order. Now semi-retired, I teach on-line and hold Pureland Buddhist sangha gatherings in Perth, Scotland. This site is mainly Buddhist in content. I share the teachings of the Head of our Order, Dharmavidya David Brazier